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how much damage can 1 bad link do to a sites rankings?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by traveler329, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. traveler329

    traveler329 Registered Member

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    i built 1 link on a questionable business directory, and since that happened my rankings dropped 20-30 places for a handful of keywords in Google, but all stayed the same for Bing

    im wondering if this 1 link can be responsible for the loss in ranking or if the problem is something else?

    my site has ~200 links from ~50 root domains, and its about 3 months old
     
  2. Zevoltai

    Zevoltai Senior Member

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    Usually 1 link isn't a huge problem unless the site is ridden with malware, from my experience
     
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    if one link could cause so much damage we would have been ahead of all our competitors with no or little effort..
     
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    I will agree with the rest here... one link can't do it.. you would be able to outrank your competition badly easy if that was the case.
     
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    ya as pointed out that would make manipulating the SERP way too easy
     
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    One link cannot damage much unless there is some manual review and the reviewer is hell bent on demoting the site. However, Google automated algos behave weird at times and keeps on jumping out of the blue even for established sites. That has happened to me in the past. Your website can just be pushed down one day "without any reason" due to some of their random algo changes. I have manually disavowed links and contacted them in such cases. But they informed that it was not manual but just due to some random algo changes. In such cases, the rankings get back to normal after sometime. It might take a long time though and one of my website got back nearly 2 years to get back to first page of Google after such a random ranking change. The inner pages never returned to the top of Google though. Trusting the Google algorithms to be absolutely correct is like trusting a politician to do everything right. Never happens especially in case of bots.
     
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    There is no way 1 link can do that damage. Most probably you got a manual review and penalty.
     
  8. traveler329

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    i really don't believe that a 3 month old website with 200 backlinks would be on a radar for manual review. and there was no messages in the GWT
     
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    how many bad links does it take to have a negative impact on a sites ranking?

    dozens or hundreds?
     
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    I do not think 1 link will affect your site,instead of that create 5 good links on that same keywords.