jimbeetle - 8:19 pm on Dec 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
Also how are we suppose to know if the site has done some blackhat things behind the scenes?
With that thinking you simply can't link out to anybody and your site has to become an Internet dead end.
....and you have been on this SEO forum for 10 years!
Yep.* And have never seen the need to nofollow a link, and I link out quite liberally.
I do my link due diligence to the best of my ability: site quality, backlink profile, etc.
I periodically check all external links and change or delete them as necessary.
In the spirit of "The Miracle on 34th Street" I give my competitors credit where credit is due and sometimes (gasp) even cooperate with them. It seems to work well.
And I refuse to work being afraid of Google penalties.
*My 15th anniversary as an Internet marketer is Monday the 16th.