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How can detect bad links?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by codeman1234, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. codeman1234

    codeman1234 Power Member

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    Hello guys,

    I was wondering how I can analyze or scan if my website has any bad backlinks or penalize backlinks pointing to it, is there a way to do this? I heard that in webmaster tools you can tell Google what links to ignore with the "Disavow links" tool there but, it is only for the ones you know there are bad, how do you detect the bad links??


    Thanks!!
     
  2. srinu0812

    srinu0812 Supreme Member

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    Majesticseo.com :)
     
  3. deki33

    deki33 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This big and boring job that need to be done manually:
    Pay one month subscription for ahrefs service, or just find someone on fiverr to give you all backlinks for $5
    Then look for:
    - all links that are sidewide, if you paid in past for link on more then one page from one domain
    - links on non related sites (but with low PR and high OBL)
    - links on high OBL pages
    - links on low PR pages (sites)
     
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  4. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    I was going to suggest Ahrefs as well. It's a great site that shows all the backlinks. Deki33 definitely got all the types of links that you want to watch out for. I would go in order of his list from top to bottom. Sitewide links are the biggest offender, and are really easy to find using the tool. Getting these removed is the highest value move.

    Unrelated sites come next. If they are Low OBL, and only a single link; I wouldn't necessarily worry about them.

    High OBL could be worth taking your link off of.

    As for the low PR sites. I wouldn't necessarily do this, especially if the content is related.

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    Have you gotten a warning from Google yet, or are you just doing this as a preventative measure? If you got one, make sure you take note of every link you pointed out, contact attempts, successful removals, and talk about how you changed your strategy for the future to pure White Hat (don't call it that though).

    After you do a reconsideration, wait for a response. Depending on what they say, then use the Disavow tool.

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    Ahrefs Paid is definitely worth it. The free version is decent, but you can only see a very small portion of the links. Check out Fiverr though, it looks like they have some services on there.

    Hope that helps. ~englandrm
     
  5. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The free version of ahrefs is too limited, they limit the queries and shows too little info. I'd definitely go with an ahrefs subscription, the system is well maintained and better presented than other competitors, though I have no complaints about majesticseo either.
     
  6. TheN20

    TheN20 Regular Member

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    Check your backlinks at ahrefs and see you can find some links with bad anchor text.
     
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    That is the million dollar question. You can use tools like ahrefs, majesticseo and opensiteexplorer to try and help analyze them but there are other ways.

    Another quick way of sifting out the REALLY bad ones is to use Scrapebox. I generally export all links found in webmaster tools and load them up into Scrapebox then:
    Use the outbound link checker and keep links with that have greater than "x" outbound links (start out with ~50)
    Check the DOMAIN PR of the new list and remove any that have PR greater than "x" (start out with removing PR 1+)
    This will give you a list of links pointing to your website that have more than 50 OBL and DOMAIN PR < 1. These links are probably crap. Disavow them.


    I have had almost zero luck with the disavow tool though. I believe you have to try and manually get those links removed by contacting webmasters for it to have a serious impact. When you are dealing with tens of thousands of links it just isn't practical to go through all of them one-by-one to determine how good they are.
     
  8. MaximumAchievement

    MaximumAchievement Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    very easy.Use Google's webmasters tools to find urls that generate errors.
     
  9. steves

    steves Regular Member

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    Linkdetox is a good site for this. Import your backlinks from WMT, OpenSite, aHref or whatever other tools you use into the site, make sure the first line of the text file starts with URL and then lists each backlink one line at a time. You will want to take the deadly, highly toxic, toxic and moderate links and export them to a csv file. It will rank each back link you have, when you see 4 or 5 of the same domain listed in a row, just disavow that entire domain name as the tool will only list a max of 5 links from the same domain.
     
  10. mishel

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    Any good fiverr gigs for this?
     
  11. emidelicious

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    You have to manually check which link is bad for you, e.g. if your site is about bakery food items and you got links from engineering website, then these sort of links are suspicious. I can provide you ahrefs reports if you dont have full access to it. PM me.
     
  12. steves

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    Manually checking thousands of links is a waste of time and money...look into Linkdetox and you will thank me later.
     
  13. WebMeUp

    WebMeUp Regular Member

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    First, you should define what makes a good backlink.

    Links with diverse anchor text, coming from high-PR reputable websites, sites that are relevant to your category, etc., are definitely worth to keep.

    Paid backlinks, links that come from penalized sites, low-PR or thin-content sites, spammy sites, low quality (most) link directories, etc. are the ones you should get rid of.

    So, you need to http://webmeup.com/tools/backlinks.html, analyze them against all the above mentioned factors and disavow (or try to delete manually) the bad ones. There are lots of free and paid SEO tools that will help you with this task.

    P.S. If you are interested to learn more about the process, http://webmeup.com/seo-guide/get-rid-of-low-quality-backlinks.html.