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Link removal is LONG!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by davids355, Aug 6, 2012.

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  1. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Wow, just spent about 3 hours to request removal of 45 links from one of my penalized sites. Its such a mission.
    Has anyone else got any experience of trying link removal following a Google penalty?

    So far I had left my site along for about 4 months following a big penalty from Google (When I say left along, I have been building slow high quality links) and ranking hasnt really improved.

    I am continuing link building efforts - being as high quality as I can, but decided to experiment with link removal for a particular keyword (was top ten 4 months ago, now around 250), just to see what the results will be like...
     
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    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Anyone else got any positive results from cleaning up link profile? Would love to hear details.
     
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    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Is this too whitehat? Did I post in the wrong section?

    Im sure some people who have been penalised by Google must have done this? I know everyone says dont respond to google, but surely cleaning up the backlink profile would help on its own?

    I am keeping track of changes in serps as I do this, and I will report back here, but just wondering if anyone else has had any success in this?
     
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    There isn't much sense in doing it, so can you elaborate specifics reasons for clean up? By removing your links you only acknowledge that you have been putting them there yourself and that you knew it was a bad thing to do. Can anyone clarify this issue?
     
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    I don't think you need to remove them. Try building good quality relevant links from relevant sites. This should start to over take the bad links mathematically. Everything Google does is math based.

    I think Google has us fooled with this link removal deal.
     
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    Lol you did that all manually!? That sounds awful!

    Why not just use a service like linkdelete.com? I used them and got a client cleaned up real fast and it was cost effective too. To answer one of the question above, the reason to delete the bad backlinks (even if you admit you did it) is to prove to google you are trying to comply. I was experimenting with a client and used the report link delete sent me in my reconsideration request. By showing that to them, we were able to say "hey, my client screwed up, we cleaned it up." The penalty was lifted shortly after.
     
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    it works with manual penalties. i did remove about 100 from 1k links, managed all over google docs. i marked when i contacted, got reply, or got the link deleted.
    after that i filed a reconsideration request with a link to the spreadsheet to show to good will. i told G thatwe had a worker whose salary was bound to the revenue and he did fire all this links to our site and is now fired.
    along with the removal report the penalty was lifted two weeks after the request.
     
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    I've got a feeling they didn't even read your report, otherwise I doubt they would reconsider especially because you told them that you had SEO work done on your website. But then again that's just a feeling.
     
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    I'm not even necessarily going to contact google, I just know that links have caused the penalty, so it makes sense that if I can work out what ones google has clocked on to, and remove them, my rank should go back to how it was - obviously I am building strong links at the same time.

    I do have a bit of an experiment going on though - one kw I'm leaving alone completely, one I'm building high quality links for and not touching existing ones, and one I'm doing just profile cleanup - will be interesting to see which shows better results.

    Also, as mentioned above, I could just outnumber the bad links with good - I'm sure that would work, but I have about 4000 links to a few pages, and if I have to build high quality links now, it will cost a lot to outweigh those bad links I believe.

    -I have stewed on this for about 4 months without taking this action, but it sort of reminds me a bit of twitter - if they ban you for aggressive following, you simply email them saying you read the terms and you won't do it again, and the un-ban you --they don't seem to care what you were doing.
    I've done this loads of times on twitter - the idea of course being that you don't get caught a second time- the same applies here I guess?

    And yes, I could use a service for link removal, but seeing as the penalty wiped out half my revenue, I'm trying to budget :)

    Ps woo-who I got some replies:-/
     
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    I haven't been deleting them, but I did spend two days going through all my links, and converting exact match anchors to generic/brand.
    I have seen some significant improvements in traffic so far, and it's been a couple weeks. Thank god that's the only penalized site I had.
     
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    I have been doing that as well with certain links, just trying to make everything look more natural.

    The links I'm focusing on removing are ones that look really suspect - like where my link appears in 2 lines of text, with 5 unrelated links along side it, and the same set of links on lots of different sites = too much of a footprint.
     
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    That sounds insanely tedious and awful haha. Props to you for being able to actually go forward with it and spend so much time on it.

    If you want, I believe there are actually services out there that can remove the links for you. Call on your behalf etc. So while they're cleaning up the past, you can build your website's future with quality links :)
     
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    ^^ yea I know, but I'm enjoying the challenge :) will pay someone else to do it when I get fed up :)

    Anyway, if/when I see results I'll report back :)
     
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    Please do. If it was me, I'd just go by Comic's idea, just building more quality links to try and bury the bad ones. So this is really interesting to me. I've subscribed to see how things go for you. Hope everything works great.
     
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