One of our old, old sites (call it A) implemented paid links by linking to a page(call it link.htm) on a separate domain (call it B) which also belonged to us. On the page on the B domain there was little more than a frameset containing two frames and some "noframes" text describing the page in the second frame and a link to it for those without frames support (which was not uncommon in the day). The first one displayed a header at the top of the page linking back to the page which linked it. And the second frame contained a link to the advertiser page. The overall affect was a page with our header at the top linking back to the page on domain A and the advertiser site framed. This was also common at the time (late 90's) with some certain search engines. The intent was one: load balancing, two: to one make it easy to track click thrus (before modern tracking software, simply by running a page access report) and three: to retain readers by making it easy for them to return to domain A. So in the simplest form it looks kinda like this.
href to www.example.com
So the questions are:
1. Does the framed link on page link.htm to the paying advertiser at example.com pass page rank, as defined and objected to by G?
2. Do we need to nofollow the link in the noframes section since technically the paid link is on a totally different page on domain A and domain B is ours?
3. We recently noticed some of the topborder.htm pages were getting indexed separately, If we place a noindex in the header of those pages will that be the same as noindexing the link.htm file?