Andem - 7:52 pm on Nov 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
I would estimate that even more than 70% of our links are nofollow. It's unfortunate, but the reality of the web today. The highest value links we have date back to the early 2000's or earlier which haven't updated their back-end. Now-a-days, most sites linking to us are relatively worthless in terms of Pagerank;
One thing that gets on my nerves is Wikipedia articles taking paragraphs and quotes from us and then if they do link back, we get a nofollow which gives us no algorithmic credit for our own work and research, then ranking several positions above us -- followed by scrapers -- for our work.
It's a little bit of a rant, but the original idea of PageRank was a democratic web. Right now, the majority of platforms which people use to post content to the web automatically nofollow: YouTube, WordPress, Wikipedia, Twitter, Blogger, Blogspot, Facebook and usually scrapers will nofollow links.
"It's a rat race and it sucks." You can create quality, original content but you're most likely not going to benefit much from it. It's a flawed system which most likely requires a completely revised algorithm on Google/Bing's part. I'm a little bit cynical on that point, especially when it comes to Wikipedia.
If there weren't so many unethical "web publishers", the rest of us would be at the very minimum, 200% better off.