On SEOmoz, the blog features profile pages for members, rather than comment links. Why? Two reasons – because profiles actually let you learn more about the people leaving comments (rather than simply getting to a website they might control or work for) AND those profiles get some serious search engine traffic. Yep. People search for others by name or handle and our profile pages typically rank very highly for frequent commenters – it’s another way to get exposure to SEOmoz and build up search traffic.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy plugin I’m aware of for WordPress or Typepad or Blogger than enables these – you’ll have to custom build. But, the value is pretty terrific if you do.
p.s. Of course, another advantage of a custom blogging system is that we receive almost no spam comments – seriously, less than 1 a week and they’re manual, not automated.
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