Originally Posted by stephengfm
Someone should write up an SEO-type article about this topic and trend. I'd imagine that MORE webmasters will be cautious about handing out Links on their websites
Here is one from Search Engine Watch posted yesterday: Google Penguin & Unnatural Links: How to Protect Your Site Moving Forward
The Penguin update shouldn't scare you off linking out. Linking out is good if you do it the right way:
Are You Linking Out? You Should Be
Providing Relevant Outbound Links is Good
Why is linking out good? Because as you write your article and make statements you should provide links to related and respected sources to backup your statements. This can be done by quoting a source and providing the link to the original article you quoted from (besides being good manners on the net).
Another way to provide relevant outgoing links is to provide a further reading or resources section at the end of your article.
If you read Google's rel="nofollow"
article the nofollow attribute is meant for certain things, one of which is don't trust the site. Why anyone would link out to a site they don't trust makes me wonder why they linked to them in the first place.