This is my first post but I've been lurking here for a while. Anyways, I'm wondering if it's safe to use Nofollow links on sites you've ranked using Blackhat techniques to drive traffic to another site that's completely Whitehat (so far)? As far as I understand, the worst thing that could happen if you use Blackhat SEO (assuming you don't do anything illegal) is that your site will be banned from Google or even all of the search engines. But even if it's banned, your site will still be there. So Google bans your site, but you give your site's link to your friend - he can still visit your site. Or you create a Youtube video with a link to your site at the bottom, you'll still get traffic from there. Or heck, you put your URL on a bumper sticker on your car. Essentially, from what I understand, NOFOLLOW links are like the links on your bumper sticker. So I'm considering a proposal for building an authority site. The main site will be built using Whitehat SEO and my best content will go onto the Whitehat site. At the same time, I'll build a bunch of smaller sites in the SAME niche using Blackhat SEO, hoping to get those sites ranking quickly. Those Blackhat sites will be hosted on a completely different server. Once the Blackhat sites are receiving enough traffic, I'll create a very prominent NOFOLLOW link on the Blackhat site to my Whitehat site. Then on my Whitehat site, I'll have an email signup form or landing page where I can collect people's email addresses so that visitors who sign up will receive reminders of updates and hopefully return. It'll also have social media sharing buttons as well. The premise behind this is that the worst that can happen to a Blackhat site is that it gets banned by the search engines. But if I don't invest much effort into each site, then it may be worth the risk. And I, ideally, try to funnel a large fraction of the traffic the Blackhat site receives to my Whitehat site where all of my good content resides, but since it doesn't have a ******** link from a Blackhat site, it won't get penalized (at least that's what I think.. I watched a Youtube Video from Matt Cutts a few years ago where he says you won't get penalized for building nofollow links as long as you're not building so many that you're spamming.) What do you think of this strategy? Is it safe or not? Or even if it's safe, is it worth the effort and possibly money? Thanks.