Interesting interview. I remember reading that Matt made those comments earlier this year. But as far as Michael's comments go, I couldn't disagree more. I don't really understand where you're coming from and how you could make this argument after reading the comments.
As I showed above, that was not the case. Rand took what Matt said and blew it way out of proportion, basically distorting the facts.
He did? How could you take an exact quote from someone and blow it out of proportion?
You need to stop and look at what is happening. If the only links to your internal pages are from your own nofollowed pages, then you're removing your pages from the index.
Michael, are you the same dude that used to write for SEOMOZ? Because I'm finding that really hard to believe. Nofollow doesn't remove pages from the index...go back and get the SEO textbook out. As long as their is one follow'd link on your site, the page will get indexed...regardless if there are 1000 other nofollow'd links pointing to the same page.
Did you read what I said? People who have complained that their "About Us" pages come up first for their names can usually fix the problem by altering their internal navigation text by replacing "home" with their name.
Ummm....ok....do you have problems ranking for your name? Because I kind of consider that a given without any real shift in your SEO strategy. I'd rather use my internal links to target high value keywords. And I'll just assume that I can rank for my name just fine.
You really don't seem to understand what this is all about. "Nofollow" began life as Google's proposed solution to blog comment spam. Having failed miserably to cure that ill, they perverted it to be their solution for paid links.
Who cares what it began as, I only care what you can do with it now. Just because paypal started as software for palmpilots, doesn't mean i can't use it today to accept cc's.
It's not an SEO tool, it's not a good idea to use on your own pages, and it sure isn't something you want to use on your internal navigation pointing to the root URL.
Matt cutts disagrees with you. And who to trust? Matt Cutts (who typically would err on the side of caution and tell webmasters not to use something risky) or you? Hmm.
And you need to learn that PageRank isn't some mystical thing that comes from outside. It starts with your own pages. The fewer pages you include in the index through your own deliberate omission, the less PageRank you end up having to work with.
Come back to reality Michael. We're talking about use of nofollow on a handful or pages. You still have the other 1000 that are on the site. And what you gain by cutting those pages out far exceeds leaving them in to have them suck pagerank from other pages.