Joined: 09 Jul 06
29 Jun 15 2:08 am
Mary, it seems like Chris is wondering whether his site can be penalized for links he makes to other sites. Like if he links to a website (by promoting it as an affiliate), and that website links to some other dodgy sites.
Not backlinks, but forwardlinks. (Did I just make that up?)
I don't really think this is something to be worried about, Chris. Google might look at this kind of thing, but they typically don't take action on something unless there is a lot of bad stuff going on.
If you had a LOT of links to a LOT of products that were ALL part of what Google might see as a "bad neighbourhood", then you might be tarred with the same brush to an extent. But a few links to products whose reputations might go downhill... I don't think this is something to worry about.
Like you said, it's not really something you can control, and you shouldn't be expected to sit there all day monitoring the reputations of the sites you're linking to.
So long as you're not going out and actively TRYING to do this, you'll be fine.