As I mentioned in the last post, Wikipedia is moving to place a nofollow tag on all external links. While not ALL of the links have had the tag applied yet, they will soon. And just as a quick aside, the comments were 100% correct, when a page is updated, the
Google’s patsy tag NoFollow tag will be applied. Anyway, we now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.
While I do agree that spam was a problem for Wikipedia, I do NOT believe this is the answer. Similar to the NoFollow move pulled by SearchWarp a while back, this move is a slap in the face of the very webmasters who helped build Wikipedia into what it is today. And apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so…
Andy Beal of the Marketing Pilgrim has begun a campaign to reduce Wikipedia’s PageRank to Zero. While he admits that he’ll never succeed, it’s the principal of the matter that’s important.
Until Wikipedia realizes that its popularity (and link value) has only come about because hundreds of thousands of lowly webmasters linked to the site without using the NOFOLLOW tag, I plan to include NOFOLLOW on any future links to Wikipedia and will display the above logo on my site as a battle-cry to rally others.
Wikipedia is all powerful, because the masses made it that way. Send Wikipedia a message and display either this sign or your own!
Hopefully, by sending this message to Wikipedia, it will also serve as a warning shot across the bow of any site that receives its content and support from Webmasters. Don’t forget where you came from and who helped you get where you are today.