Dance the dance, walk the walk, talk the talk or whatever you wish to call it. With Google recently announcing they changed how nofollow links are treated about a year ago, will this new knowledge change how site owners manage their internal and external links?
This policy change or shift impacts blogs a lot more than other traditional types of sites due to the ability of visitors to comment on the posts that are published, prior to this change, simply having a nofollow tag on the commenters link would preserve the PR juice for the followed links on the post pages, allowing bloggers to sculpt where the PR juice went. Now, on very popular blogs the available PR on any given blog post could be divided by hundreds of outgoing links, making any followed links on the page worth a lot less that they would be if you only had a few followed links you selected yourself.
Personally, I am not going to change how I do anything. I have already removed the nofollow tag for my comments anyhow, so this change will impact me very little but I am sure there are many bloggers out there who will see this as being quite detrimental to their overall ability to profit by including followed links in paid reviews etc as those followed links will only be able to cast a much weaker “vote” to the linked page after dividing it by however many links are on the page.
I’d love to get some feedback on this post, so please chime in with your opinions.