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Many of our top search results now have Pinterest boards listed above them now.
I'm sure this will be caught soon but I was amazed at how many number 1 results on Google were Pinterest pages using this technique.
It could take months, and if the company says they won't pay without the nofollow stuff, fire the company. Because there's a very good chance that Google will eventually whack you both anyway. If you're an .edu or a site with very high trust and authority, it sounds like they're counting on those links to prop them up.
Unfortunately the days of the do-follow paid link are just plain over.
UNLESS you get your traffic from other sources and don't rely on Google. But then you have the problem that the other site gets penalized, and then they're probably not gonna want to pay you for those links anyway.
So we may have dodged a bullet just in time.
If it takes months to notice then that would be thousands of dollars lost for us because we are paid very well for the links.
Any suggestions as to what we should look at since all the links we are paid to have on the site are nofollowed and not (never were) in the content but in the sidebar?
In my case, it wasn't until I removed the links entirely that my domain began to recover. This was back in 2008 or maybe even earlier, so I don't know if it's relevant anymore.
What about it being the default setting for millions of WordPress and other CMS sites? How does that square?
The nofollow value was originally suggested to stop comment spam in blogs. Believing that comment spam affected the entire blogging community, in early 2005 Google’s Matt Cutts and Blogger’s Jason Shellen proposed the value to address the problem.[en.wikipedia.org...]
The specification for nofollow is copyrighted 2005-2007 by the authors and subject to a royalty free patent policy, e.g. per the W3C Patent Policy 20040205, and IETF RFC 3667 & RFC 3668. The authors intend to submit this specification to a standards body with a liberal copyright/licensing policy such as the GMPG, IETF, and/or W3C.