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HOWEVER, apparently if you reciprocate a link back to a 'link farm' or a 'free for all links' page that is penalized, you can get a penalty.
Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
Don't link to spam.
<aside>FYI, your question is specific to Google and it belongs in the Google News forum. From the charter [webmasterworld.com] for this forum:
Questions about links as used by specific search engines for ranking purposes should be put in that search engine's forum.</aside>