Version 6.0 of the External Links WordPress plugin has been released. The biggest reason to upgrade is performance. The version 5.x releases had a lot to be desired and added a drain to site loaded. I’m embarrassed about it. Thanks to David and Alex for pointing this out on the External Links wordpress.org plugin area. Good news is that things are much, much quicker now. (Note that the Auto-Thickbox plugin used the link parsing logic and suffered poorer performance than necessary. It has been upgraded as well).
Search engine Land just posted Google’s Matt Cutts: I Recommend NoFollowing Links On Widgets.
Matt Cutts said, “I would recommend putting a nofollow, especially on widgets.”
If your a WordPress user, Semiologic’s External Links plugin can accomplish this for you without the need to manually enter rel=”nofollow” in all your outgoing links in your sidebar, header and footer widgets.
Notice — Subscribe Me is now v.3.8.
The key change is a new nofollow option, which allows to avoid PR leaks.
The new images are courtesy of Max Eyed.
News — The dofollow plugin v.1.0 for WordPress is now available for download on Semiologic.