EditorialGuy - 5:28 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
netmeg posted in another thread that she gives out dofollow links to sites that she thinks would be useful to the visitors to HER page.
Yep, same here. A link is a way to direct users to a more comprehensive (or, in some cases, an official) source of information on a topic. If you're writing an article about your favorite childhood comic books and you mention Little Dot, it would make sense to link to a detailed Web page about Little Dot (as opposed to writing a history of the Little Dot comic books yourself).
Evidently in Google's view, a dofollow link from some obscure personal blog should count for more than a nofollow link from the NY Times or Harvard University.
For that matter, a purchased link from a second-rate directory counts for more than a nofollowed NY Times or Harvard University link (at least until the link seller or buyer gets caught).