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Can a few spammy links have adverse affects on 1st page positions

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by myk33, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. myk33

    myk33 Junior Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Id like to start by saying that my website ranks on first page (average around 6-7 place) on google for most of its targeting KWs. Many years ago I made the stupid mistake of buying seo packages which included crappy spun articles, forum profile links, blog spam. While back in 2010 this worked things as we know changed and I am still left with a handful of spammy links (roughly 20%).

    Most of my high quality links come from my own network of sites on separate hosting much like a pbn.

    my question is, if I remove these 20% bad links or disavow them could they help me increase my SERP positions even though I am already on the 1st page? or in this instance there is no way I have any kind of penalty as google is just ignoring the bad links and only taking into account the good ones I have?
     
  2. asap1

    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Removing the links will likely lower your rankings. Just keep them.
     
  3. splishsplash

    splishsplash Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Spammy links don't really affect your rankings "per say".

    What does is having a percent of exact match anchors, and although I've not done specific tests, what does seem to be deadly is having exact anchors on low quality pages, directory links, forum profiles, bookmarks, comments etc.

    The specifics aren't too important, the key take home thing is when you're building spammy links use 90% brand/url anchors and 5-10% misc like "click here, this site here". 0% exact and 0% partial.

    And again, I've not tested it, but I would guess that a very high link velocity, even with brand anchors would have an affect on your site. This is just based on my own understanding, experiences and discussions with others. Anything up to about 100 to 150 links per day is safe though. You're only in the danger zone if you're blasting in the high xxx's or xxxx's, and it's a fresh site.

    Google has some sort of 'authority' metric that's separate from the power and relevancy of a page. The authority increases with both age and trusted links, so the more authority a site, the less susceptible it is to algorithmic penalties.

    But even a brand new site, with no links is actually quite hard to hurt if you stick with safe anchors.
     
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  4. Chiefjop

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    Yeah I don't think those links do any harm. Google is very aware of negative seo and otherwise people would just spam their competitors with bad links. I'm not saying there is no such thing as negative seo but if it's just a couple of links it won't have a negative effect.
     
  5. wblteam

    wblteam Regular Member

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    Bad links now hurt rankings. Even if you are on first page, I think you should start removing all the bad links. Who knows in future those links could bring you damage as Google algo gets updated all the time.
     
  6. xlcrash

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    There is no need to remove those links... I also have one site like you with around 30-40% of shitty links and Im on no.1 spot for my main keywords on google almost for a year now... No Penguin, no panda or other animals... Google knows when somebody is spamming othervise everyone could crush his competition...