Can I be penalized for linking to bad websites?

Yes, there is a chance that linking to unrelated or penalised websites will result in a penalty. Google considers your link as a recommendation for the website you are pointing to when you do so.

You may also receive a penalty if you support websites that have SEO issues or a poor reputation in general.
Use the rel nofollow property when linking to a website if you are unsure of its quality.

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