piatkow - 7:17 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
In Google's algorithm, a dofollow link from an obscure free directory counts for more than a nofollow link from the New York Times or Harvard University. This is exactly the opposite of what it should be. The whole thing is totally messed up.
Not at all, the bot is doing exactly what it has been told to do. The problem is the redundant use of nofollow by webmasters because of the mistaken belief that it somehow improves the PR of the site giving the outbound links.