Broadway - 4:51 am on May 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have some clown(s?) (less than 10 domains) linking to a few isolated pages of my site. Evidently it's a template thing and I'm a link in the footer.
Their pointing 10's of thousands of links at my pages.
I reported this to Google via WMT some months ago. They responded but really didn't say anything or address the issue.
It seems to me that WMT should offer some way where, in instances like this, you could declare these as unwanted links (kind of a no-follow in reverse). I can't imagine that this would be difficult for them to do.
Sure they claim these links can't hurt you, but that's putting a lot of trust in a company that's not always so forthright.
Another advantage of this idea would be, then it would be just fine to go out and buy footer links (for valid advertising purposes) without having to be concerned about how it was handled at the source end.
Just declare it at your end as paid or unwanted links (you declare the no-follow at your end).