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Can I be penalized for NOFOLLOW links?

Dave, I know that the NOFOLLOW attribute was introduced to prevent PageRank bleed through blog comment spam, but now that my site is automatically creating those NOFOLLOW links, I'm afraid that the search engines might assign some negative karma to the "linked to" domain, which would be my own. Is that something I should be worrying about? Thanks, Steve.

An interesting question, and for those of you reading who aren't sure what the NOFOLLOW attribute does, I recommend What's the NOFOLLOW attribute? as background reading.

I appreciate your concern here, but I assure you that this is not a threat and is not anything to worry about, Steve. If nothing else, realize that ...