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Should I remove backlinks marked as unnatural by cognitiveseo?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by aussiejack, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. aussiejack

    aussiejack Regular Member

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    Just performed a website audit with cognitiveseo. I know that those tools are far away from the truth often. But I recognized some things about my backlinks that made me thinking

    1) 60% of my backlinks are from directories. My competitors are closer to 30%. It probably looks quite unnatural
    2) cognitiveseo considers 25% of my links to be unnatural. Mostly because they are from directories, see 1), but partly also because of thin content / link network / low authority etc.

    In some cases I doubt that the tool assesses that the situation correctly but mostly it seems right.

    My question: Should I remove some of the most suspicious directory links or should I focus on diluting the current pattern with good non-directory links?

    edit: I got no penalty so far
     
  2. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I would probably just add enough quality backlnks over a reasonable time to get the % of directory backlinks down to something reasonable
     
  3. Monty007

    Monty007 Junior Member

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    Directories are garbage, remove all of them.

    Automated link auditing tools are rubbish, audit it yourself manually.But first learn what a natural/unnatural link is and what an unnatural looks like to Google.
     
  4. aussiejack

    aussiejack Regular Member

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    I have to add that of those 60% 30-40 % are local directories, thus it is more a citation. The other are strongly related to my niche. My competitor use them as well but probably I overdid it a bit. Actually I rank pretty decent with this. But I know its risky and will reduce now.

    How would you define a good directory bl?
     
  5. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    All the more reason to add quality backlinks and probably leave them alone.
     
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    SEO_Alchemy Senior Member

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    You're creating problems where there are none.... local directories/citations are great links to have for your site.

    SEO directories that exist just to sell/exchange links are garbage and should be avoided.

    Who gives a rats ass if you competitors have a smaller ratio of link X to link Y

    Your site is healthy and ranking, nothing is wrong, and nothing will be wrong unless you go and start breaking links, throwing them into disavow etc for not reason what so ever. There is no golden ratio.

    .... want to rank higher? Do what BTB said and acquire more quality links. At the end of the day that's still exactly how google ranks pages: based on the amount, quality, and power of the links hitting the page and the anchors used.
     
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