piatkow - 11:49 am on Jul 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
Can nofollow links still be classed as "Link schemes" in violation of google guidelines, I guess that's what im asking?
The point where somebody can give a definitive answer is the point where Google will move the goal posts again.
I have run information sites in the arts sector with lots of natural links in and out which have not had the tiniest bump in the SERPs through all the stuff that G has thrown at us. I just carried on getting it right for the visitors and everything seems to work out ok.