diberry - 2:11 pm on May 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
Join the mountain of sites who've been hit with a false positive penalty. And so webmasters essentially nofollow everything.
I already did. I have a blog just like you describe, linking to people to reinforce my points or give readers a chance to read more in-depth about a part of my topic at someone else's site. I don't know if that's why I was hit with Penguin, and I refuse to nofollow those links in either case.
Rather than nofollow links in an attempt to regain Google's abusive love, I would rather accept life without Google and look at my other traffic sources. A lot of the traffic Google took from me with Penguin has actually already come back, just not from Google. It's getting easier and easier to live without Google. If Google reverses Penguin on me, I'll have more traffic than ever. If not... well, in a year, at the rate it's going I expect I'll still have more traffic than ever, it just won't involve Google much.
The only thing that sucks is if you're wanting to sell your site. Then of course no one wants to see Google penalties. But if you're getting enough traffic to sell a site for a decent amount, I think Google usually flips over to recognizing you as a brand and the penalties just waft away.
It's just so much BS.