joined:May 9, 2007
I run a community, for which we have "competitors" and I put the term in quotes, because I don't really see them as competitors anymore, actually I am quite content with the fact they exist. Historically we have not allowed our members to post links to these competitor websites and vise-versa. Some of the websites actually go to the extent of changing our website name to something childish. Imagine Pinterest of Facebook doing this?!
Moving forward, I want to give members the freedom to link to their other profiles if they wish. It's not as though our members do not know about the existence of these other sites and many are members of multiple communities.
However, not all of the communities are trusted and do some questionable things. I don't want to link to these websites and pass link juice on to them, largely because I don't want Google to frown upon the fact we're linking to questionable sources. Obviously we can add "nofollow" to the external links. But is there a smarter way to do this? a redirect of some kind?