I just started a new blog type authority niche site and I was wondering about citations and outward backlinks. What?s the general opinion on these things? Necessary? All my content is original. Is it important to have outward backlinks from your site to other authority or source sites? Most of my articles have an informative nature, but I don?t really cite any other websites usually because I?m not taking any specific information really. Will I be penalized if I don?t have citations or outward backlinks? Is there any benefit to doing this?