Are external links near the start of blog post bad for seo?
I'm about to finish writing an information article for my blog, and I need to reference a few sources I'm using.
Originally I was going to use my text as anchor text for an external link, but one of the links would need to be in the first three sentences of my post.
Would putting an external link so close to the start of my post be bad for SEO and google juice?
Am I better off linking externally to these references at the very end like a footnote?
Thank you for any help.