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Two, is that you're leaking.
The second, leaking, has numerous threads here indicating recently that stopping the leak helps their rankings. The first way, I've never seen anyone say that it's directly impacted their rankings.
So, I don't like it, but the emperical evidence seems to say that you should stop the leak.
I can't conclusively suggest that it was indeed the nofollow tags that were responsible--it could have very well been a number of other factors including cleaned up html source and the like. However, the nofollow tags were the only new item I added and hence the cause and effect in my mind.
Just my two cents.
If you have 1,000 inbound vs. 6,000 outbound links = you're probably leaking.
If it's 10,000 inbound vs. 6,000 outbound = it's the natural "web".
Open directory. Lot's of outbound links. No leakage.
When inbound/outbound quality are not balanced. Junk vs. Authority
>>>Wikipedia. No outbound links. Ranks like crazy even on competitive terms.
Wikipedia ranked well before they nofollowed the links.
Outbounds that are broken or go to parked pages do nothing for your site's credibility with your visitors. I would at least scan for broken links before doing anything else. I don't know of any way to automate checks for parked pages or moribund, out of date, sites however.