bumpaw - 7:26 pm on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)
What message does that send if the link goes to one of the pages on your own site - especially to contact information which certainly you would "vouch for"? I think the message is very clear: "I'm trying to manipulate Google's rankings for my urls."
So are we saying that rel="nofollow" on an affiliate link is a bad thing? I pull the affiliate link out of my database sometimes, and the link to it has the nofollow attribute also.