I have received WT messages informing me that some of the backlinks pointing at my site are not compliant with Google's guidelines. It's a fair cop: many of these links are 7 or 8 years old and seemed like a good idea at the time.
Anyway, the bulk of these are links that I cannot control, or that the hosting webmasters cannot be bothered to change. Google's advice in such a situation includes:
"Redirecting the links to an intermediate page that is blocked from search engines with a robots.txt file".
Ok. I can do that. The thing is that I want users hitting that page to be redirected straight to our genuine homepage so that if they want to bookmark or link to us then they will link to the homepage rather than some page that's blocked in robots.txt.
It would get the user where they need to be while achieving Google's desired outcome of not passing PageRank from non-natural links...
Am I crazy or does this kind of make sense? Am I reinventing the wheel in a complicated and silly manner?
Many thanks for any input.