There’s a lot of talk on the internet that you are judged by the company you keep, the concept of being involved in a bad neighbourhood would harm your rankings, may even get you banned from Google. There’s talk of roving gangs of marauding black hat SEO’s threatening to Googlebowl your site by linking to it from thousands or millions of bad neighbourhoods. So the question is, is this a truth or a myth, can other people harm your website simply by linking to it?
Of course it’s another big stinking myth.
Repeat after me:
Whether that link comes from a paid source, a dodgy source, a legitimate source, a porn site, a viagra site, a gaming site, thousands of comment spam links. No matter what dodgy link getting method that is used, the worst thing that will happen is that Google will simply discount that link in your backlink profile.
It would cost upwards of $100k to successfully Googlebowl a site and if the site has any authority whatsoever, it would be impossible.