atlrus - 1:04 pm on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
What about it being the default setting for millions of WordPress and other CMS sites? How does that square?
There are lots of things that are default for wp :)
Think of it using simple logic - yesterday you had all those outgoing links on your website and today they are all of a sudden "no-follow". What changed? Nothing, but your own admission that those links were paid for.
If I was building an algo to catch link spam, I would certainly put a question mark over a website, once that website has admitted to selling text links. And I would be right, since the OP clearly is (still) selling text link ads.
As far as your experience with one website - I have a bunch of websites which rank just fine in Google, yet all (and I mean ALL) links to them are from paid text links. Should I assume that Google doesn't mind paid links then?
@Samanthatouch - thank you for following up on this issue. If anything, I now believe more than ever I was correct in my observations of the no-follow tag.