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Disavow vs 301 redirect to deal with bad links. Any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tb303, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. tb303

    tb303 Power Member

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    I was just reading a thread where someone's debating what to do with a previously spammy expired domain and I wondered something.
    Personally I have my doubts as to how effective disavowing links is. Ive only tried it a few times though so my experience is limited - but it didnt work for me.

    So what about setting up a 301 redirect in htaccess to redirect to some other domain based on the http referrer?

    As an example of what i mean. crapbacklink.com is linking to mydomain.com

    Google's crawlers land on crapbacklink.com and see a link to mydomain.com. They follow the link but are 301'd away somewhere else (otherrealsite.com) because their referrer is crapbacklink.com.

    I mean 301 is "moved permanently" so would the links start to disappear in webmaster tools?
    Ive never tried this but wondering what people thought.
     
  2. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I'd think that 301ing various pages of a domain to other sites is probably a bad road to go down. Especially if you want to grow this into a longterm project.

    My advice is this, just move on and find a better domain that isn't spammed to death. You can try the disavow, and that MAY be an interesting test to see if you can wash a $1 domain into a more valuable one... but if you value your time I'd just move alone.
     
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  3. Chiefjop

    Chiefjop Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I agree with ThopHayt, if you are looking for a long term project just move on :)
     
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  4. thebomb

    thebomb Junior Member

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    So you want to go into .htaccess and make it redirect the crapbacklink to another site? That could potentially work, but if the amount of spam is in abundance, then it's a waste of time. Disavow and attempt a 301 to a new site.
     
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  5. clevelandslim

    clevelandslim Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    My answer is also the same. Try Disavow
     
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