1script - 9:48 pm on Apr 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
I read this first:
and was going to say exactly that
the best solution would be to balance the nofollows with follows
but then I kept reading your message and you've said it perfectly yourself :)
... we need to start buying links again! /eyeroll ...
So, yeah, I can totally see how no-follows links, legit or otherwise, are not ideal. However, I am scratching my head and I can't really put a finger on another important definition we have to use here: what in the world would be a legitimate do-follow these days then?! In order to get a do-follow you have to exchange something for it. Money is just the most obvious exchange, sometimes disguised as a "donation", sometimes as "advertising" but in reality you're just buying the link which would work better than any advertising the site could hope to offer. Then there's exchange of time and content for a link in case of a guest blog post. Even if you're a brand and people would link you you without any enticing, forum posts about you would most likely be no-follows. What else is there among legitimate sources of do-follow links?