---- Matt Cutts Explains PageRank Reduction for Websites Selling Links
Sgt_Kickaxe - 11:31 am on Aug 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
In particular, earlier this year on [website] we saw links labeled as sponsored that passed PageRank
note to self: be very careful not to have any link be near the words "sponsored results" and similar unless it has nofollow because this *detection* by Matt and his team is also likely done by algo.
In fact, we received a outside spam report about your site.
Even if that's true in this particular case I don't buy that nitpicking on your competitors can impact serps as easily as Matt suggests because it's not scalable without algo help. One less flag to worry about...