Adnan123
Adnan123 asked
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over a year ago

How to remove spammy backlinks?

Recently a spammy looking directory has linked to my website. Not once, but 3000 times. I assume it's a new directory trying to beef their listings up by adding random websites. I fear this may look spammy to Google. How do I remove these spammy backlinks?

#backlinks#spam
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Matt1966
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over a year ago

I've actually had the exact same thing happen to me a couple of years ago.

Unfortunately, you cannot "remove" these links. Although you can take steps to make them become completely meaningless.

First, make sure to contact the owner of the website who is spamming you with links. If they don't have a way of contact on their website, head over to a whois website like https://who.is/ and grab their contact details from there. It's crucial to keep your cool, try to be nice about it and ask for the links to be removed. 

If they're difficult about it, or simply don't respond, you can disavow the links.

Disavowing the links is not removing. The actual link will always stay present, but what it is doing is telling Google (and Bing if you disavow their too) to not count said backlink/website towards your website's ranking. This will eliminate any potential negative effects caused. 

You can disavow the backlinks by doing the following:

  1. Go to Google's Webmaster Tools disavow page: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main
  2. Select the website which you'd wish to protect
  3. Google will now warn you about disavowing. It is indeed an advanced measure, although if you're sure the links are spammy - go ahead. 
  4. Now upload your disavow file.

Saying that John Muller (Google Employee: https://twitter.com/johnmu) has recently said disavowing is basically pointless because Google's algorithm can detect spammy links that well. That being said, I don't believe him enough in some cases - If it'll make you sleep easier at night, still disavow.

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Matt1966
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over a year ago

I've actually had the exact same thing happen to me a couple of years ago.

Unfortunately, you cannot "remove" these links. Although you can take steps to make them become completely meaningless.

First, make sure to contact the owner of the website who is spamming you with links. If they don't have a way of contact on their website, head over to a whois website like https://who.is/ and grab their contact details from there. It's crucial to keep your cool, try to be nice about it and ask for the links to be removed. 

If they're difficult about it, or simply don't respond, you can disavow the links.

Disavowing the links is not removing. The actual link will always stay present, but what it is doing is telling Google (and Bing if you disavow their too) to not count said backlink/website towards your website's ranking. This will eliminate any potential negative effects caused. 

You can disavow the backlinks by doing the following:

  1. Go to Google's Webmaster Tools disavow page: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main
  2. Select the website which you'd wish to protect
  3. Google will now warn you about disavowing. It is indeed an advanced measure, although if you're sure the links are spammy - go ahead. 
  4. Now upload your disavow file.

Saying that John Muller (Google Employee: https://twitter.com/johnmu) has recently said disavowing is basically pointless because Google's algorithm can detect spammy links that well. That being said, I don't believe him enough in some cases - If it'll make you sleep easier at night, still disavow.

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nikitacod
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  1. Identify your bad links (you'll find how exactly from this article).
  2. Search for the contact information of the website you have the link on.
  3. Contact the webmaster asking him to remove the link. ...
  4. Disavow the links and upload the file to Google.
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Nizam18
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  1. Understand what makes a back link 'toxic'
  2. Use a tool to identify all bad links pointing to your website.
  3. Contact the webmaster and request removal.
  4. Create and submit a 'disavow' file to Google to ignore those links.
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Nizam18
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  1. find the contact details of the website owner and ask him to remove the link. 
  2. Check which low-quality pages on your website are linked by bad backlinks and get rid of the pages (404/410) instead of the links.
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  1. Understand what makes a backlink 'toxic'
  2. Use a tool to identify all bad links pointing to your website.
  3. Contact the webmaster and request removal.
  4. Create and submit a 'disavow' file to Google to ignore those links.
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To remove spammy backlinks, just need to do complete backlink audit to determine the toxic ones. In fact, there is some backlink audit tool that helps to filter your backlinks based on various parameters.

Here are some steps to remove spammy backlinks such as

  • Collect your backlink data
  • Find spammy backlinks
  • Remove the spammy backlinks
  • Track and monitor
  • Disavow The Remaining Bad Backlinks

You can use some backlink audit tools to filter spammy and low-quality backlinks and get them removed.

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