Leosghost - 7:15 pm on Oct 22, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Leosghost at 7:24 pm (utc) on Oct 22, 2011]
The only thing that we need to do vis a vis the web..is link to who we want to , how we want to, and link to what we like ( content and sites ..even sometimes outside our particular site or sites "niche")..then people ( visitors and us, because we, each of us, is someone else's "visitor" will find interesting things, products, and content and information, on one another's sites , without always going through Google, or Google's "approved" ways of linking ) ..convincing webmasters to hoard links..via the FUD of "link juice"..allowed Google to provide the iron and webmasters made their own shackles..
You don't need to "combine" into anything to liberate yourself from search engines , Google or any other..just link to what suits you, what interests you, and to stuff you like..and forget the "follow/no follow" crap ..only cost to you?
The occasional line of html somewhere on a page or pages..tell your visitor "hey I like this" or "if what you found on my site interested you, maybe this will too" ..or say nothing ..just link..
Little by little you'll get and you'll give traffic that doesn't come direct from search.. combine this with direct ads , bought and sold, ..and all the other things talked about here in various fora as ways to get the word out about your site(s)..
But link..and don't spend all your time asking for back links from each one..just link sometimes..the way it used to be..
I never listened to Google about "no follow"..I always added in some links to what I like,even if it had nothing directly to do with the sites, along with the ( SEO, on site topic type links ) links..never used "no follow" ..never did me any harm..
Blindly doing what Google says, makes you and your site, "Google's poodle".."don't be Google's poodle" ..;-)
And don't promote any one search engine over any other..if every one linked out naturally for themselves and their users and not for search engines ..eventually no one search engine could be dominant ..
As to who goes first ? I've been doing it this way since I started on the web..and like I said ..it has never hurt me, or my sites, if anything it has made them ride higher in serps, and more able to ride out things like Panda ..
[edited by: Leosghost at 7:24 pm (utc) on Oct 22, 2011]