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Google says

avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links

A bad neighborhood on the Web is any website that uses any dirty tricks to try and increase their site's rankings or do harm to customers reading the site. These include:

All of these things will get a site penalized or banned from Google and other search engines, and if you link to these sites, your site will be penalized.

How to Check if a Site is a Bad Neighborhood

Search Google for links to that site. If there are none, chances are the site has been banned. In the Google search engine, type:

site: URL

If no results are found, it's not a good idea to link to that site, as it is probably considered a bad neighborhood.

Also Known As: link farms, spam sites
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