I read an interesting article over on Google Blogoscoped about the possibility of Google having an “anti-linkjuice flag” that would allow a page to have PR, but prevent it from passing on PR to other sites.
We know Google sometimes penalizes sites, removing their PageRank, and thereby also removing the chance for webmasters to effectively sell PageRank through text links on those sites. But what if thereâ€™s a flag in the Google system that says â€œthe page can keep itâ€™s PR, but it may not pass on this PR to other pagesâ€… a forced but hidden â€œnofollow”?
Does Google penalize sites that sell text links by preventing them from passing on PR?Â If they do, which it is likely that they do, I for one think its pretty shitty.Â Who’s to say whether its right or wrong for me to monetize my own website?Â As long as the sites linked to are relevent, what’s the harm?
Apparently Google’s Matt Cutts has suggested that PR, in some cases, may not be transfered to another site, even without the presence of the “no-follow” attribute:
The trouble with supporting a site just to get PageRank-carrying links is that you donâ€™t always get what you might want,â€ and on being asked if that means a site/ page can have itâ€™s PageRank-transferring ability disabled, replied this was â€œwell said.â€