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162 Questions You Need to Know About Risky Links to Disavow

The following 162 questions were compiled from the past 1.5 years of helping Link Detox clients combat their Google Penguin penalties with our WOW customer support, Q&A webinars for clients, and personal chats.

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Google Webmaster Tool Questions

  1. Do you know how Google selects the links it shows in Google Webmaster Tools?

Google only shows you a selection of your bad links, but not all of them. Unfortunately nobody except for Google knows how they select the links.

  1. How can I download Disavowed Links from Google Webmaster Tools and upload them into Link Detox?

  1. Log into Google Webmaster Tools
  2. Go to the Disavow Tool with this link https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main
  3. Select the site you want to get data for (see screenshot)
  4. google webmaster tools

  5. Click the “Disavow Links” (even if you don’t plan to upload a new file right now, but you will have to upload a modified disavow file here after working with Link Detox)
  6. Confirm the Warning that the Disavow Links Tool is a tool that can cause serious damage if used wrong (screenshot)
    again by clicking on “Disavow Links”
  7. google disavow links

  8. You should see a screenshot similar to the following (3. screenshot) saying
    that you uploaded a file and a box with submission result.

    “Results for the submission on (The exact date)”
    “You successfully uploaded a disavow links file (the exact filename, so make sure you use the meaningful file names we generate))
    containing X domains and Y URLs.”

  9. disavow links submission

  10. Click the “Download” button to download the most recent Google’s Disavow file again
  11. Select “CSV” as Format and Download
  12. You will receive a file with a filename DIFFERENT to the one you saw, containing only the domain name and some numbers.
  13. We highly recommend to rename that file BACK to what it was called for helping your project’s consistency when doing round-trip disavows

    e.g. rename www-cemper-com_20131028T094245Z_DisavowLinks.csv to viagra-plus-Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX)–Link Detox–www-cemper-com-1–2013-06-28.csv

    Note: YES. the Disavow Tool takes .TXT files as upload, but only exports .csv – make sure to get the file extension right, the Link Detox tool can handle it.

  14. Upload that Disavow File to you next Link Detox run (along with other custom link data files)

Here is an example of how the file should look like:

  1. Does Google also need a document that we tried to remove the links instead of just adding in a disavowing everything we don’t like?

To find out what needs to be included in a Google reconsideration request please see this Google post and video by Matt Cutts

  1. John Müller from Google suggests that if you clean the links from Google Webmaster Tools, that should be enough to get a penalty removed. Would you agree?

GWT only shows you a sample of your backlinks, but not the whole profile. We suggest that you check all of your backlinks to be sure that you will not get penalized in the future. Specifically GWT does NOT list links that were already penalized by Google, so that makes finding those penalized sites impossible only with GWT links. We heard from clients removing all bad backlinks from GWT and then receiving sample URLs from Google which were not included before.

Please also view the original video by John Müller (from 17.30):

Google Penguin Questions

  1. How can I detect if my website was hit by Penguin 2.1?

Usually you see it because your visibility i.e. your traffic from organic goes down drastically around October 4 2013.

  1. What is the first thing I should do to recover my Google rankings?

We recommend running a Link Detox report on your domain name and follow these important must-do steps that are found on this help page. This is the first step you should follow when wanting to recover your Google rankings.

  1. Are suspicious links needed for a natural link profile?

To have a natural link profile it needs to have a mixture of links. No site has only healthy links. But if you are suffering on a penalty you should try to clean it. You can also compare your link profile with the link profile of your competition to find out what is normal in your niche. (Best tools: CLA and COMPETITIVE LINK DETOX (CDTOX))

  1. Unnatural links and Penguin 2.1 seems to be similar: Get rid of toxic, spammy, low quality links and bad places/neighborhood or unnatural issue is about low quality and spammy? What is the difference?

Penguin 2.1 is an algorithmic penalty while the Unnatural link warning (as it used to be called in 2012) is a manual penalty. Today they call it “manual action”. In the latter case you can send in a reconsideration request via Google Webmaster Tools. Google Penguin filters do not give you the option to file a reconsideration request with Google.

However, both penalties are based on toxic, spammy and low quality links.

  1. I didn’t receive a Google penalty; can I make a reconsideration request anyway?

Unfortunately this is not possible – by Google.

  1. How long does it take to get out of Penguin 2.1?

It depends. You have to do a lot of link removal work and also upload the LINK DETOX disavow file to Google and then it is up to Google how long it takes. Please also monitor your backlinks to be sure that you will not receive new bad backlinks

However, with the new Link Detox Boost we will be able to speed up the process noticeably!

  1. Do I have to get new links to my website if I have a Penguin penalty?

If you disavow and remove links you should of course try to get new high quality and natural links. Keep in mind that especially through these penalties you lost links that helped you in the past. A good write-up about this problem was done by Sugarrae.

  1. What is a “good place to have a link there” after penguin is lifted? Do you have some examples of safe places?

We don’t have examples, but you could use the Competitive Link Detox to find some.

Other Google Penalty problems

  1. I think I have a Panda problem? Can Link Detox save me from the Panda Update issues?

Panda is usually based on onsite-problems. But you say that you have a link based problem, which was targeted by the Penguin updates.

  1. You used an example that had a ‘Sitewide’ manual action. A client of mine has a ‘Partial Match’ and says “we are taking targeted action on the unnatural links instead of on the site’s ranking as a whole”. I know I need to clean up, but should I really submit a reconsideration request?

If the partial match affects a site which is not important to you and you have a lot of shady links. Links that are still ok today are probably bad tomorrow, so if you think that some links are not ok, it is better to let them go.

Google Disavow Tool Questions

  1. Can uploading a massive disavow file trip a manual penalty?

We never heard of such a case.

  1. Is disavowing links enough? Some link removal and link deletion tool claim that it is required to remove links.

No. As Google officially stated here, links that you cannot get rid of should simply be disavowed. This is the case for many “Web 2.0”-Links, Article Directory Spam, Link Directory Spam and of course Blog Comments. Of course Google wants to see effort and there are some very simple ways to show them all your effort. Become an LRT Certified Professional and you will learn those ways.

  1. Does a site see that it got disavowed?

No unfortunately not. Only Google will see that information.

  1. How do I know that the disavowed links I just uploaded have reached Google? Will I get an email notification? How long will I have to wait to see the result?

Google will take the disavowed links into account when they crawl them again. Unfortunately they will not provide you with a confirmation mail or email notification. So it depends when your site will get crawled again.

However we strongly recommend you to use the advanced tool Link Detox Boost to speed up the process of Google factoring in your disavow file.

  1. Is the Disavow tool an SEO outing to Google? What do you think?

Yes definitely, but it is also recommended by Google to do it to get rid of the bad links this way. So it is important to disavow links when you cannot remove them manually.

  1. After how much time – months/ days you see some recovery after you submit a disavow links list in Google webmaster account?

The Disavow file should be processed after 24 hours.

However, elimination of a penalty involves many months of hard work, as you can read here for instance
http://lrt.li/tradebit

As you can see the site need OVER A YEAR to recover (and many work any many analyses of course).

It is not possible to recover from a penalty in just a few weeks. Although we work on it to solve the problem in 3 days with our Link Boost Tool.

  1. Does the Google Disavow Tool only work if you submit a reconsideration request?

We assume this is a myth. The Disavow Tool confirms your upload within 24-48 hours and from then on the Google Crawlers have that information. The Link Detox Boost tool then furthermore helps get those disavow commands to the GoogleBot work in faster than they used to.

  1. I heard that disavowing doesn’t work, is that true?

The problem is that Google is only a machine; they say they recrawl the web and the reprocess can take a number of weeks, but we designed the Link Boost tool to make it easier and FASTER for you.

  1. How important is contacting webmasters and providing evidence to Google on Resubmission?

It is very important to show some effort to Google, because you are talking to a real person to get the manual penalty removed. This means you should note down which webmasters you have contacted.

  1. Don’t you think we start a self-repeating disavow/toxic loop to Google?

It started when Google has released the Google Disavow Tool, but this is exactly what Google wants us to do and Link Detox and Disavowing supports you in this.

  1. When does Google take the disavowed links into account?

Unfortunately nobody knows exactly when Google takes the disavowed links into account. It can take several weeks or even months. But we have also built the Boost tool that you can use to speed up the process of Google crawling your disavowed links.

  1. If I submit a disavow list to Google. Will it trigger a manual review? Or only if I file a reconsideration request?

Nobody can be sure what Google exactly does, but we DO NOT believe a disavow file upload triggers a manual request.

If somebody is sending a reconsideration request, Google will check everything in more detail and we believe that it only passes their review when your backlink profile is completely clean. (Please Note: reconsideration request is different to uploading a disavow file)

  1. How to speed up google after you have uploaded the disavow list?

You can use our Link Detox Boost tool to speed up the process.

SEO Metric Questions

  1. Do you believe in Domain Authority above relevancy?

We believe in Domain Authority as an idea of an authority domain. However the DA metric calculated by MOZ is not very distinctive or helpful based on our experience. We recommend to user CEMPER Trust instead.

  1. What is the Cemper Power Trust and how is it calculated?

To learn more about the metrics CEMPER Power™, CEMPER Trust™ and CEMPER Power*Trust™

Please visit this helpdesk post to get a better understanding.

  1. I have found the definitions of the different SUSP rules of Link Detox- but I was wondering if there is any ranking as to which are the worst?

In our classification we use general rules. Depending on the niche, country, language, etc. there are different factors for a bad link. Due to this there is no way to say which of our categories is the most dangerous for your site.

So you have to individually filter out the most suspicious for you. But keep in mind – always double check the links you’d like to disavow.

We always recommend to double check and/or manually review all links you’d like to disavow, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

  1. Why is a non-indexed link called “TOX1″ (toxic) in Link Detox?

We found that Google de-indexed huge amounts (10,000s) of sites that were in (automated) link networks.

This is the reason why a non-indexed link is very probably in one of those networks. There are rare circumstances were you might have a link on a site that is not indexed either, but is not penalized. That is a very rare case and if anything, that link doesn’t help you anyways.

  1. How should look link profile (and what it is)? What is the best (or good) % of brand, money, compound, other keywords (with nofollow or dofollow)? What about image links?

This depends on your niche. Please start a CLA (competitive landscape analyzer) to see what is typical for your niche.

  1. What does “unverified” in the Link Detox results mean for a link?

Traditionally the mantra of Link Research Tools and Link Detox has always been “100% verified data”. This means we have to recrawl all the links we get from our sources and those you upload. However, there are some special sites, like “GOarticles.com” to name one that sometimes blocks our crawling– probably to make content scrapers life hard. Which is ironic because especially because those article syndication sites are some of the worst polluters of the web? Needless to say their name was dropped in Google Manual Spam actions.

Anyways, in the past we would have called the link “down” or “dropped” and now we simply resort to “Not Verified”. This can lead to a certain inaccuracy for anchor text or link status, but other Link Detox rules would still fire and call out spammy sites like above.

For the quality of the Link Detox report that’s OK, and we only do it there, because you want to get rid of such links anyway and it was a wrong decision to NOT show them in the report in the first place. Thanks to our users for pointing out such edge cases to us.

What’s helpful with those edge cases just mentioned being “not verified” is the option to see the specific (technical) reason why Link Detox was not able to crawl the link. Of course these HTTP codes are for the techie people, therefore it’s off by default. But, you can enable this optional column, like dozens of other optional column above the table header.

  1. Should I trust the Google PageRank?

The PageRank is not trustworthy anymore. We have a SUSP rule (SUSP 14) concerning the PageRank but you don’t have to worry about this too much and probably check how high the Link Detox Risk of these exactly is.

Link Detox Questions

  1. Why are SUSP22, SUSP 23 and SUSP24 the same in Link Detox?

We know that Google uses similar footprint rules.

You can find everything about this rule here:

http://www.linkresearchtools.com/news/link-detox-genesis/#TOX3-SUSP20

  1. How does the Link Detox Tool work?

To make it easier for you to start with our Link Detox Tool, we want to offer you a Link Detox Step by Step Guide for experiencing and understanding the functionality of the Link Detox.

You find will find tips for following topics:

  • How can I start a Link Detox report?
  • How can I exclude already ignored links from my report?
  • Step by Step description how you can receive more precise reports
  • FAQ

Please find the Guide here:

http://help.linkdetox.com/m/link-detox-step-by-step-guide

  1. How does the Link Detox identify toxic and suspicious links?

We use very common spam link rules and a self-learning data-driven algorithm to check the domains. Please find them here: http://www.linkdetox.com/faq/

  1. Does the Link Detox work in all languages?

Yes, the full Link Research Tools suite (LRT) and also the Link Detox tool (DTOX) work in all languages.

  1. How long do you need to wait before re-running Link Detox?

It depends on your website and your niche. When you receive many new backlinks every day you should probably do a daily Link Detox check. Don’t forget the importance of link monitoring.

  1. I don’t like webinars, why don’t you offer a guide for the Link Detox?

We offer a step by step guide, please find it here. We are also already working on improving the guides making them more detailed.

  1. Can Link Detox detect Negative SEO?

The Link Detox tool will be able to detect if more toxic and suspicious links are being built to your website, please make sure that you run a Link Detox report on a regular basis to ensure you are always aware of the amount of backlinks being built to your website. You can also use the Link Alerts tool to get notified when you want to review new incoming backlinks to avoid negative SEO.

  1. Is there built in function to e-mail multiple webmasters in Link Detox?

No, the Link Detox only provides you with a list of e-mails. You can find them in the table in the e-mail column. You also have the option to export this data. However you have the option to alert multiple persons in Link Alerts

  1. When Link Detox gives a ‘reason’ for a suspicious link where there are many reasons, how does it know to assign that rule for a specific link? How does the Link Detox Risk get calculated?

The Link Detox Risk is calculated in 2 steps:

  1. The first calculation is on an individual link level based on the specific rules detected.
  2. The second calculation helps you understand the overall risk implied by all bad link signals we found. This means the total amount of all the individual link levels combined.

All of the Link Detox rules have their own weight to contribute to the overall risk for a link.

For example:

If URL http://xyz.com gets SUSP1, TOX1 and TOX2 = 50 + 400 + 700 – That means http://xyz.com has a Link Detox Risk of = 1150 and puts you in the deadly risk category.

And the total Link Detox Risk is the total of all triggered rules weight per link.

To find a full explanation of the rule definitions go to http://www.linkdetox.com/faq/

  1. Is there a special format required in Link Detox for the link upload file?

Please make sure that you upload the file in the right format. We support the formats:
for custom backlink files: .GZ, .ZIP und .CSV.
for disavow backlinks files: . CSV und .TXT

You can find our requirements for custom backlink files here:

https://helpdesk.linkresearchtools.com/entries/29622813-Which-file-formats-can-I-upload-for-custom-backlink-and-disavow-files-

If you are unsure how to download your linking pages from the Google Webmaster Tools, you can read some information here.

If you wish to download a disavow file from the Google Webmaster Tools, you can read an instruction right here.

You can find our requirements for custom backlink files here.

  1. If you import a GWT link data file, will the Link Detox report be only from the spreadsheet? Or does it also include data from your database?

In the Classic Mode of the Link Detox (DTOX) report your GWT data will be added to the results which our sources will find. You will receive a combination of both. If you only want to analyze the uploaded file, and then you should start the Link Detox in the Review Mode, but please don’t forget that this mode does not include a link check, because it is created to make prognoses.

  1. What is the best tool for analyzing competitor sites in the Link Research Tools?

To have a good comparison the easiest way is to start a CLA, CKA or Link Detox (DTOX).

  1. My site was rated SUSPICIOUS/TOXIC in Link Detox? Can you please change it?

Please check out which rule applies to your site.

If your site triggers a rule it would make sense trying to make amendments to change the rating making your site cleaner.

We recommend all our clients to review the results therefore it has no negative effect for the ranking.

In general it is not possible to change the data or the results in the Linkresearchtools in the system, but clients have the option to correct the evaluation with the help of the rating in the report, for instance with the thumbs up/down rating you can evaluate the link itself. If they think that it’s good, they can give a thumbs up, if they think the link looks bad, they can give a thumbs down. This rating is being processed when re-processing (no cost) done and will affect YOUR report in YOUR project only. Each customer can decide whether he finds a link good or bad. The evaluated by the system links cannot be modified because the Link Detox used generally known spam rules and we cannot change this.

Please note that we do not offer a white-listing for any domain or page, without exceptions.

  1. What are the different run-modes of Link Detox?

Classic: Behind this mode, lies the original form of Link Detox. We crawl all backlinks to your entered domain and automatically classify your links in toxic, healthy and suspicious links. Please also enrich our data with additional backlink files, like from Google Webmaster tools (learn here how) or custom link building reports. We will combine and verify all links for you.

See also http://helpdesk.linkresearchtools.com/entries/25436758-How-can-I-export-individual-link-URLs-in-Google-Webmaster-Tools

What-If: Decide where you want to build new links. Upload a list of potential backlinks and check for suspicious/toxic links taking into account your existing links.

Note: In this mode Link Detox simulates that the uploaded backlinks are potential links you could get and helps you decide. This is done for all uploads marked as “POTENTIAL”. As those links are not built yet we cannot perform a Link Check for (no Anchor Texts and Link Status in results). If you upload links here marked as “EXISTING” those will be added to the existing link check as in Classic Mode.

Review: Upload a list of potential backlinks and check those for suspicious/toxic links.

Note: Your existing links will not be checked in this mode. In this mode Link Detox simulates that ALL uploaded backlinks are potential links you could get and helps you decide. No Link Check is possible here either. Since this mode does not take all existing links to a domain into account, their risk could be lower than it actually is, when you use the “What-If” mode.

  1. Will Link Detox remove my bad links?

No, Link Detox runs through complex procedures and analyzes to report the current status of your links. It categorizes your link set into healthy, toxic or suspicious and supports you with a recommendation whether you should remove these links. Get rid of your bad links via our integrated contact function and get in touch with the relevant webmasters.

  1. Why is it important to start Link Detox reports regularly?

Monitoring your links risk on an ongoing basis is what we call Link Risk Management. It is important especially when you want to detect negative SEO attacks and incoming new bad backlinks. You can use the LA/Link Alerts to find new incoming backlinks and review them. Then you can start a new Link Detox report and check these new links.

  1. Does Link Detox work for Penguin 2.1?

Yes, Link Detox works for Penguin 2.1. We always crawl the data on demand, so you always receive the newest data. We also tuned the recent Link Detox Genesis algorithm towards the recent Google Penguin 2.1 update.

  1. What is the Link Detox Screener?

You can always review and rate the links you have in the link detail table with our Link Detox Screener. This makes reviewing the links very fast and easily.

Make sure you have all the links you want to review in the table (by filtering) and open the Link Detox Screener by clicking on the blue button.

You can always review and rate the links you have in the link detail table with our Link Detox Screener. This makes reviewing the links very fast and easily.

Make sure you have all the links you want to review in the table (by filtering) and open the Link Detox Screener by clicking on the blue button.

Link Detox Screener

A new browser window will now open. This is the Link Detox Screener.

On the top you have the Link Detox Screener information and below you can see the page.

Start reviewing the pages

Link Detox Risk

  1. In the Link Detox Screener Details you can see which URL you are currently reviewing and to which URL it links.
  2. Further you can also see the Anchor Text and the Link Status of the Link.
  3. You can find the information if this is a toxic, suspicious or healthy link and which rule/rules has applied.
  4. Here you can also add any kind of tags. The tag function is a very useful one. For example you can tag all links that you have already reviewed with “Reviewed”.
  5. If you want to disavow those links you do this also here. Just choose if you wish to disavow the page or the domain. Make sure the box is ticked.
  6. You can also rate the link.

Link Detox Hot Keys

We have also added some Hotkeys to make your disavowing of pages and domains much faster.

A = Disavow Whole Domain (“A for ALL here is spam”)

D = Disavow Individual Link (“D for Dis link sucks”)

W = Clear disavow (“W for wipe the disavow flag on this”)

G = Rate link as good (“Good Link”)

B = Rate link as bad (“Bad Link”)

Questions about specific features and settings in Link Detox

  1. What website should I run a Link Detox report on e.g. www.domain.com or domain.com?

Link Detox must be run on a per-subdomain basis. This means if you have links to www and non-www you should be analyzing both the www and the non-www version of your website and partial penalties. We now have a feature for that, and in addition to the convenience it will bring you more precise results. If you do not combine both, then you might miss links and cross-effects between the two domains. So it’s highly recommended that you tick the box that enables you to run a Link Detox on both www and non www version of your website. This way you have the results of both domains in one report.

If you enter www.domain.com (subdomain) you be asked if you would like to analyze BOTH. Make sure you activate this option.

If you enter domain.com (topdomain or root-domain), the links to your subdomains (www-version) will automatically be analyzed.

  1. What does “Reprocess” in Link Detox mean?

By clicking on “Reprocess DTOX Rules” all rules and the Link Detox Risk will be recalculated.

The process does not cost any credits and you can do it as often as you want.

NOTE: This button ONLY becomes active (green) if any changes (like keyword classifying, link rating or disavowing) have been made in the report AND the report is re-loaded with F5.

If you did not make any changes to the report, then there is nothing to re-calculate.

  1. Is there a difference between selecting Ignored or Disavow while uploading a backlink file in Link Detox?

Both will get ignored by the tool.

Disavowed backlinks will not be included in your report and are automatically included in the export of your disavow file.

Ignored backlinks will not be included in your report and will not be included in the export of your Disavow file.

  1. How can I upload a disavow file to Link Detox / Link Research Tools?

To submit a disavow file to a report, you simply have to add the file when you start the report with the “Upload ignored links” option. All the uploaded URLs will not get taken into account in the results. You can find them still in the report marked with the status “Disavowed”.

You can also upload the disavow file in the “Settings” of your account in the section “Uploaded disavow / ignore files”.

https://helpdesk.linkresearchtools.com/entries/29622813-Which-file-formats-can-I-upload-for-custom-backlink-and-disavow-files-

  1. Does it help me to upload additional backlink files to Link Detox?

We have a lot of data sources (24 in total currently), however we do not have a 100% index of the web. For this reason, we recommend you use our improved upload function to provide us with all your available link source files – especially from Google Webmaster Tools for links and disavow-files. Make sure you also upload the disavow files in order to receive a correct calculated Link Detox risk. You can find more information about how to obtain links from Google Webmaster Tools on this help post.

  1. Can I upload a backlink file after I have started the Link Detox report?

No, you have to attach the backlink file before you start the report. It is not possible to attach the file afterwards to the results.

  1. What’s the best/quickest way to check out the health of new potential backlinks?

You can check potential backlinks in the LINK DETOX in the What-IF Mode. In this mode the tool assumes that these backlinks are yours and if they would harm your website. You can also use the JUICE tool to check your potential backlinks.

  1. How does a [LinkNotFound] work? You can’t find them right?

Our tool can find dropped links marked with [LinkNotFound] in BLP and LINK DETOX. Please check the advanced settings options where you can de-activate/activate the dropped links filter. The tool makes a Link Check and will see in this way if a link still exists.

  1. Is there a way to see only these Dropped Links in Link Detox?

You can deactivate the dropped links filter in the Link Detox when you start a new report. You can also start a BLP report and then filter for the dropped links (anchor text [LinkNotFound])

  1. How can I export individual link URLs in Google Webmaster Tools to upload them to Link Detox?

Please read this post by Google and check “Download links to your site” carefully. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2648487?hl=en

  1. Should I use Link Detox internal list, Google Webmaster link list, Majestic?

Yes, please upload all of them to have a maximum number of links to look at in the results.

  1. Can I start the Link Detox report with my own chosen metrics?

No. The metrics are pre-defined. If you want to see more data please use the BLP.

  1. Can I filter out some Link Detox rules from the results?

Unfortunately not, but you can filter it out in the table if you don’t want to see them. We also offer filter slices for this case. Please filter the table as you need it and then save it as your custom slice. Then you can easily filter for your settings very fast.

How to work with Link Detox reports?

  1. Can you please clarify how the rating in Link Detox works? Am I rating the link as bad or good? Or am I rating that the Link Detox report is good or bad for that link?

You should give us your rating if you think the link is good or bad for you. This means, if you think a link is bad, and then rate this link with Thumbs-Down. If you think a link is good, then rate the link with Thumbs-Up. These decisions are taken into account for risk scoring in the re-processing step. Your decisions count 100% for you. You can find more information about link rating in this chapter “Link rating”.

In short: If you think that a link is GOOD- thumbs UP
If you think that a link is BAD- thumbs DOWN

Don’t forget to reprocess your report.

  1. If we reprocess a Link Detox Genesis report will we lose our tags and ratings?

No, you will not lose your tags or ratings if you decide to reprocess your report.

  1. My disavow export file from Link Detox is empty? What should I do?

For including pages/domains in the Google Disavow Links export file you will need to tick the box in the “Disavow” column in the table.

You can even choose if you want to disavow the page or domain. Every ticked page/domain will be included in the export as displayed here.

disavow filter

Please keep in mind that we use very common spam link rules to identify bad links, but can still be wrong in certain edge cases. Make sure you review all links you want Google to ignore, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

In addition, we’re already working on improved export functions for the disavow tool and any suggestion on how we can improve that is really welcome.

  1. Concerning the sitewide filter of Link Detox, how does the tool choose which site wide links to retain for the report?

In the results you will see the 5 strongest site wide links.

  1. What are the filter slices in Link Detox (or LRT in general)?

Filter slices are predefined filters you can create which help you to filter the table with only one click. There exist some predefined filters which support you to find good or bad links easily. You can also create your own slice. You only have to filter in the table and then click on to “save slice”. Unfortunately it is not possible to save the slices for more than one report.

In Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX) you have even the option to find healthy and strong links of your competitors.

  1. How can you Disavow / Rate multiple links in bulk in Link Detox?

  1. You can filter the links in the table which you like to disavow, tag or rate as good/bad (you could even set the table to show 100 at once)
  2. Then you could use the “select all URLs” function.
  3. Afterwards you can bulk disavow the pages/domains in one step and then go to the next page.

This multi-link action of course also works also if you only select particular lines, not the “select all URLs”

disavow bulk

We always recommend to double check and/or manually review all links you’d like to disavow, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

  1. How do I see with which criteria Link Detox evaluates my Links?

The details on why a Link is “suspicious/toxic” etc. can be found in various ways:

  1. For every Link a certain set of rules apply; an overview can be found in the beginning of your reports right beside the graphics
  2. Further you can display the area ‘Rules’ in your spreadsheet/chart
  3. By clicking the “+” button besides every URL you will get more details and rules which have been applied

You can find an overview here:

http://www.linkdetox.com/faq/

  1. How should I use the Reprocess Button in Link Detox when I cannot see it, please help me!

This button ONLY becomes active (green) if any changes (like keyword classifying, link rating or disavowing) have been made in the report AND the report is re-loaded with F5.

If you did not make any changes to report, then there is nothing to re-calculate.

  1. How can I add a comment/tag in the Link Detox?

In the details summary section you can now tag each link that you are working on. So if you have already contacted some webmasters for link removal you can tag it as “mail sent” for example. This will help you keep track of all the webmasters that you have contacted or you might want to further review a link so you might want to tag it with “review”. Of course you can also filter for the tags.

Tagging each link is in your complete control so you can tag it with anything you think is appropriate. Once you have tagged your links you can easily sort the results by tag then by typing the tag name inside the search field in the Tags column and all links marked with a specific tag you are searching for will be displayed. Of course you can also use a complex combination of tags to filter by, using our fancy filters you already know.

This feature makes it easier to keep track of what you have done with your links. (Mailed, removal requested, partner, etc.) To manage all of the tags you have added for a specific link simply click on the (number) and you will be able to manage all of the tags that you have assigned to each link.

  1. Does the rating I give only influence my own link risk calculations in Link Detox or for all users?

The rating is only for your own report, but if a significant portion of users are the same opinion, then Link Detox Genesis will learn from it.

  1. Are you confident that TOX3 links in the Link Detox report shall be removed? Some of them look quite nice?

YES. Based on our experience and feedback we have, including that from many Google reconsideration requests we are confident about that decision. If we were unsure we could call it suspicious. For the TOX3 case, we are sure. Get rid of those links ASAP.

  1. Why is it important to classify the keywords in Link Detox?

To enable four rules (SUSP28, SUSP29, SUSP30, SUSP31) in the Link Detox Tool and to receive a correct calculated Link Detox risk, you will need to classify at least 80% of the keywords.

link detox risk keyword classification

This graph shows you how many backlinks have been classified. If the % of the keyword classification is lower than 80 %, you should classify your keywords.

Keywords can either be brand, compound, money or other keywords. You can find a definition of those four categories here.

classify keywords

This is an info box. Please read this carefully. From this box you can directly go to the keyword classification page.

classify keyword

This is another information box, which helps you to classify your keywords. Please note, that the classification page works best in Firefox.

keyword classification

This is the keyword classification page.

In the next steps we will show you a tirick how you can easly and quickly classify your keywords

Money keyword first

keyword classification anchor text

Money first: first select all the obvious money keywords (filter e.g. for “internet marketing”, then bulk-check on top of the “money” column. Repeat this step with different kind of money keywords.

Compound Keywords

keyword classification - compound

Then enter your brand and see which links need to be changed to “compound”. When you then exit and enter the classification tool, you can go to filter for the brand keywords.

Review your already classified keywords

Are your keywords classified correctly? Here you can use our trick too. Enter the most important keywords into the field “Anchor text” or enter your domain and review the classified keywords.

To see your already classified keywords make sure that the box “only show already classified keywords” is ticked.

keyword classification - filtered

  1. What are the different keyword categories in Link Detox and Link Research Tools?

Money Keywords

Money Keywords are those Keywords people want their websites to rank for. Usually this is a keyword that is popular and often searched for.

Example

“buy iPhone” could be a Money Keyword for an iPhone shop

Brand Keywords

Brand Keywords are those that can be associated with you or your company. That can be a certain product, service or the company name / domain name itself.

Example

“iPhone“, “apple products“, “apple.com” and “steve jobs” would be Brand Keywords for apple.com

Compound Keywords

Compound keywords are keywords that consist of both “Brand” and “Money” Keywords. They are a mixture of these two types.

Example

“smartphone accessories at apple.com” would be a Compound Keyword for apple.com, because it includes both a money keyword (“smartphone accessories”) as well as a brand keyword (“apple.com”).

Other Keywords

All keywords that don’t fit into any of the categories named above – “Money,” “Brand,” or “Compound” are being classified as “Other” Keywords.

Example

“click me“, “great site“, “link” and images with no alt-text are good examples for Other Keywords

  1. Is an EMD Domain with keyword in the name a brand or money keyword? For example www.my-KEYWORD.com?

www.my-KEYWORD.com is the brand, for example www.buy-diapers.com. But buy diapers would be a money keyword.

  1. A new client of mine has not yet received a penalty, but its toxicity score is through the roof? What happened? Why is the Link Detox Risk score higher than before?

To make the most out of the Link Detox Genesis™ I have put together some best practices on how to Use it correctly due to increased complexity and functionality.

We also have created a Link Detox guide, which informs you step by step how to work best with the tools: Link Detox – Step by Step Guide.

Below are the steps that we recommend that you follow:

Analyze BOTH www and non-www: Link Detox must be run on a per-subdomain basis. This means if you have links to www and non-www you should be analyzing both the www and the non-www version of your website and partial penalties. We now have a feature for that, and in addition to the convenience it will bring you more precise results. If you do not combine both, then you might miss links and cross-effects between the two domains. so its highly recommended that you tick the box that enables you to run a Link Detox on both www and non www version of your website. Please note that analysing both costs you 2 credits.

Classify 80% of your keywords or more: we now have keyword classification in Link Detox now like in other tools (CLA, BLP) that are very well known. In order for your risk calculation to work best you have to classify at least 80% of the keywords. If you don’t do it, then your reports will not be as precise as they can be, to learn more about classifying keyword go to our homepage.

Also, the new free “re-processing” feature allows you to re-process without incurring extra costs. This is a huge benefit for serious Link Detox consultants. If you are unsure how classification works, we can help you in the free LRT Associate training and have more info here. Also please note, that the “Reprocess DTOX Rules” button ONLY becomes active (green) if any changes (like keyword classifying, link rating or disavowing) have been made to the report AND the report is re-loaded with F5.

If you did not make any changes to report, then there is nothing to re-calculate.

Upload as many link source files as possible: please use the improved upload function to give us as many as possible link file sources – especially from Google Webmaster Tools for links here is a post about how to do that.

We’ve never claimed to have a 100% index of the web, only the biggest number of sources, and every extra info is helpful and can be combined and verified. Make sure you upload the disavow-files, because otherwise we cannot perform the risk calculation correctly, as we would still count those disavowed links. To submit a disavow file to a report, you simply have to add the file when you start the report with the “Upload ignored links” option. All the uploaded URLs will not get taken into account in the results. You can find them still in the report marked with the status “Disavowed”. You can also upload the disavow file in the “Settings” of your account in the section “Uploaded disavow / ignore files”.

Here are some typical mistakes we have seen in the past with data uploads

  • Users uploaded their existing link-data from GWT into the “WHAT-IF” mode. But that mode is for simulating “what if you had those links”. When you just want to add more link files, you need to use the “classic” mode
  • Users uploaded a file of “linking domains” from GWT, instead of the “linking pages”. We have a helpdesk post on how to correctly download that file. And we also recommend to download and re-upload ALL the files when re-running a report, as GWT never shows a full picture either.

Rate Links as Good or Bad: the thumbs up/down now rate the LINK itself, in a simple way – if you think it’s good, give us a thumbs up, if the link looks bad, give us a thumbs down. This rating is being processed when re-processing (no cost) done and will affect YOUR report in YOUR project only. By this you can fine-tune your results, but also give us feedback that we use to train Link Detox Genesis™

Here is a Typical workflow with Link Detox Genesis™

  • Starting LINK DETOX report with ALL data you can get
  • Reclassify, Link Rating, Disavow and RE-Process (NEW, Free, Unlimited!)
  • Export Disavow to Google
  • Re-Run LINK DETOX report and upload current ALL data AND Disavow files (Round-Trip Disavow) To read more about how round trip disavow works visit.
  1. What if we rerun the Link Detox Genesis report? Will we lose our tags etc.? How can we reuse them easily?

In this case it is better to reprocess the report. When you have created a disavow file and uploaded it to Google then you should start a new report to repeat with your analysis. Your ratings will, but the tags will not be carried over as we see them as part of the workflow on a single LINK DETOX report.

  1. Is it good to have no healthy money keyword?

It always depends on your niche. Please check your keywords in detail.

  1. Why do I always have to upload the disavow file again in Link Detox?

We recommend always uploading the newest disavow file, because we want to be 100% sure that we get the most accurate information from our users. Keep in mind that many users still review and tweak their disavow files before uploading it to Google. When you start the next Link Detox report, we want to be sure we have the most up-to-date file.

Link Removal and Disavow Questions

  1. How do you remove all toxic links in Link Detox? In one go?

You can filter the links in the table and then use the “select all URLs” function. Afterwards you can bulk disavow the pages/domains in one step and then go to the next page. We always recommend to double check and/or manually review all links you’d like to disavow, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

  1. I haven’t received a Google warning, is it necessary to start Link Detox reports anyway?

We always recommend our clients to monitor the backlinks because it can always happen that you receive new bad backlinks which might hurt your rankings in the future. This is also the reason why it is important to run Link Detox reports on a regular basis.

  1. How can I remove toxic/suspicious links?

It’s best to get in contact with the webmasters first asking them to delete the links manually before using the Google disavow tool to disavow them (Google Disavow Tool should be used if the webmasters do not remove the links). Here’s what Matt Cutts had to say about it on Youtube

Make sure you review all links you want Google to ignore, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings. Please find more information here.

  1. QUESTION

Once you know that you have suspicious or toxic links you want to get rid of them.

First, make sure you double check the judgments. Especially when it comes to networks (which could be your own set of 30 company sites linking to your product) to false non-index judgments (TOX1) – the tool isn’t perfect, but at 95% very accurate.

Second you have to decide if you want to

  • actually get the links removed by the linking webmaster
  • try to void their effect on your site

These two approaches are very different.

1. Get Links Removed

Following options are known as of now contact the webmaster via the automatically researched contact e-mail in Link Detox.

  1. Contact the webmaster via more contact properties you can get in the Contact Finder (CF). That works by exporting the relevant links into an XLS and starting CF with it. This yields not only Twitter and Facebook accounts but often telephone numbers and other websites the webmaster owns as well as typical contact form and feedback form URLs.
  2. try to perform (sometimes) brute force ways to get the website(s) linking to you down. This is certainly something you might have to do if the websites are hosted in crazy banana islands with no responses.

Please note: the team at Link Research Tools or CEMPER.COM do not offer a link removal outreach service at the moment.

2. Void the effect of bad links on your site

Following options are known as of now

  1. Bing has a link-disavow tool – Google has planned to launch one. This might be the ultimate solution in “link spam amnesia”. Not sure if Google will make it that easy to clean up.
  2. Redirect the pages linked to a separate page on the same domain (an often used SEO tactic if you tripped a filter for a subpage)
  3. Redirect the pages linked to a different domain. Some people try to use this for negative SEO, but always keep in mind it could also help your competitor
  4. Return 404 on the pages that have bad links. It appears this is a pretty simple way to tell Google that the page shouldn’t exist anymore, but it is unclear if they accept that as a clean-up method. The problem is, that any good links pointing at those pages would get toasted as well.

The following controversial (and problematic) idea came up:

  • Do an actual IP/referrer check if Google visits you from a site that is a bad link and THEN 404 it.
  • While this may sound tempting to keep normal users a good experience, Google calls this “ip delivery” or simply CLOAKING.
  • so this could be potentially dangerous
  1. When I export the disavow file from the Link Detox report there are URLs included which I haven’t included in the report. Why?

No, you can only see your own disavowed links when you have uploaded them in the results.

  1. When I export the disavow file from the Link Detox report there are URLs included which I haven’t included in the report. Why?

This happens when you have uploaded disavow files for the same domain before. All uploaded files are saved under “Settings” and get included in the export file, because you are only able to upload 1 disavow file in the Google Disavow tool. If you want all the files included, please edit the disavow files in the settings.

  1. Should I disavow the page or the whole domain?

It depends on the individual backlink. If you only have 1 backlink from this domain and no others, then you can only disavow the page. If you have many bad backlinks from the same domain then it could be a better idea to disavow the whole domain. Please also check out the following link to see what Matt Cutts has to say about this.

  1. After I have submitted a Disavow file to Google, and when I have new URLs to disavow, do I simply add this to the previous Disavow file?

Google only accepts 1 Disavow file. Therefore the Link Detox combines newly created disavow files with your old already uploaded disavow files. If you want to make changes you can either change your old file (you can find it in your settings https://www.linkresearchtools.com/toolkit/account.php) or upload an additional one. All saved files in the settings will be used.

  1. The sitewide links get filtered out of the Link Detox report – Shouldn’t I review them to include them in the disavow file?

If a website has more than 5 sitewide toxic links it is recommended to disavow the whole domain, and not the individual links. If you wish to see the site wide links, please start a BLP/Backlink Profiler report which is found in the Superhero plan.

  1. Would you disavow links when you have received no penalty, but your rankings dropped?

Link monitoring gets more important these days, so we would recommend running regular Link Detox reports and try to get the bad links removed before they may harm you.

  1. What if Google declines my reconsideration request because toxic links still exist?

You need to make sure that when you are disavowing links that you review them carefully and if you find a spammy domain then you should disavow links by domain instead of by page, this way any future links being built to your site from a particular domain that has been disavowed will not be counted.

  1. What would you recommend? Remove bad links or just disavow them? (If you are not penalized)

We recommend that you contact the webmasters who have toxic links pointing to your website first and if the webmasters do not respond or do not remove the toxic links pointing to your website then we recommend using the Google Disavow tool. Also, keep in mind that we use very common spam link rules to identify bad links so make sure that you review all the links you want Google to ignore, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

  1. What if you have already disavowed some links. Will the Link Detox tool show the same data if the report is run again for the same URL?

If you have submitted a disavow file to Google we recommend uploading your disavow file to your Link Research Tools account so these ignored links will be excluded and marked as disavowed on all your future Link Detox reports. To read more about Round Trip Disavow click here

  1. Does the percentage of disavow have a negative effect on your overall backlink profile? e.g. 55% disavow 35% healthy and 10% suspicious?

No, the disavow percentage does not have a negative effect on your backlink profile providing that you have disavowed the links that are harmful to your website. We recommend reviewing all of your links before disavowing them.

  1. Will the Link Detox Boost get linked to the Google Webmaster Account?

It is planned; However, not necessary.

  1. Do you think using the Google Disavow Tool often is a good idea?

When you have tried to remove your links manually it is recommended to use the disavow tool as a last step. Even more than once. You can also use the Link Detox for monitoring and remove/disavow bad links before they hurt you.

  1. Can you comment on Google saying that disavowing links is not a 100% cure?

You have to keep in mind that the spammy backlink is still online. It’s always better to get them removed. And also try to monitor your site on a regular basis using Link Alerts.

  1. When would you avoid a link from a site?

It is a good idea to check potential backlinks at first with the Link Detox in What-IF mode to see how high the Link Detox Risk is for your link profile. You can also use the JUICE tool for checking various metrics. Please make sure that you review every link manually as well.

  1. If I upload a disavow file with the domain: identifier, does the Link Detox take that in to account and show any links from the domain as disavowed?

The Link Detox will show you the disavowed links with a label that they are disavowed. You will have to upload your file with all the links that you want to be ignored inside your report.

  1. Do you have good experiences with sites after disavowing links?

We have many clients who have had success after disavowing toxic links. Keep in mind that we use very common spam link rules and a self-learning algorithm to identify bad links. Make sure you review all links you want Google to ignore, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

  1. If you update the disavow file does the Link Research Tools only use the latest version (even if it has less links)?

The tool takes all uploaded disavowed files into account which are saved in the settings and linked to this domain.

  1. If a link is highly toxic, should I contact the webmaster or can I disavow it?

It’s best to get in contact with the webmasters first asking them to delete the links manually before using the Google disavow tool to disavow them (Google Disavow Tool should be used if the webmasters do not remove the links). Make sure you review all links you want Google to ignore, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

  1. How long does it take for disavowed links to take effect?

As usual this depends. It can be many months. Our circle of LRT Certified Professionals already has a tool to speed the Recovery up as fast as 3 days! We call it Link Detox Boost and we plan to launch this new premium tool for Superhero and Link Detox Agency plans in the next weeks.

  1. Should I remove all my toxic / suspicious links?

Keep in mind that we use very common spam link rules to identify bad links, but this can still be wrong in certain edge cases. Make sure you review all links you want Google to ignore, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

We provide no liability for the completeness or correctness of this list and it’s your own sole responsibility to tell Google to disavow any of these links.

  1. How does the Link Boost work? Is it driven by the disavow file?

You will have to create a disavow file with Link Detox Genesis then upload it to Google and afterwards you have to wait 48 hours, so that Google takes the file into account and then start Link Detox Boost.

  1. Will Link Detox Boost work if there was no manual action only an algorithmic penalty?

It should, but at the moment we have no field- experience with only algorithmic Google filters. Our success story was a manual action and Penguin 2.1 drop combined.

  1. I had a site that had a manual action. I did a few rounds of link removal and disavow. The manual action was removed. Would you recommend Link Detox Boost for a disavow list from over 6 months ago. Site is still struggling on rankings.

Google has no logical reason to crawl the spam links therefore it is recommended to use the Link Detox Boost. Probably some pages are still affected by Penguin.

  1. Can you expect a bounce without strong recent healthy links?

This often affects affiliate only projects, with paid links and spam links. Artificial websites have a problem coming back. Run them for LINK DETOX and see if you have some healthy links and decide what you can do.

  1. I have 80% toxic links, should I disavow them? Is removing too many links not dangerous? (Google will see a sudden “loss of power”). Do you have user feedback on that?

Please review all the links and make sure that you really want to disavow them (because Link Detox Genesis is aggressive with evaluating the links), but we made the experience is that it is a good idea to get rid of all the links, because if your site is already not ranking, it cannot get worse. The bad links will not help you. Of course you should try to receive good links again.

But removal of the links is something different than disavowing them. By disavowing you tell Google that these links are bad and that you don’t like them. If you have more bad links than good links, then it would make sense to disavow them.

  1. Does the Link Detox Boost tool support also the “domain:” syntax?

Yes.

  1. My site has a Link Detox risk score of “1345 deadly risk”. What score should I be aiming for?

Try to go down to at least 700. Please make sure that you have followed all the important Must Do Steps to check the right Link Detox score.

  1. We suffered a manual penalty in April 2012, do you think we could still remove the penalty even though it is so long ago now?

Yes we think so. Please start a LINK DETOX report, follow the Must Do Steps- if you have a Link Detox Risk around 1000, then the chance to recover is not high. Try to reduce it to around 700.

  1. Would removal of the manual action mean that the site is good enough to dodge the algorithmic penalty as well? We were hit by Penguin 2.0 penalty in May and the manual action came in August, with traffic dropping even further. After the manual action was lifted, traffic returned, but not to the pre-May level, looks like the algorithmic penalty is still there?

In this case it sounds like that an algorithmic penalty was removed, but you don’t have enough good links to rank again.

  1. Is there any reason why Google Webmaster Tools doesn’t show any links but Link Research Tools shows thousands?

GWT only shows you sample URLs but not all of them. We try to show you as many backlinks as possible.

  1. Some of my sample bad links (from a failed Google reconsideration) are not visible in GWT, Moz or LRT and Link Detox – the 3 links are all from wordpress.com but I think there may be more, should I disavow the whole wordpress.com domain?

Please add the sample URLs into the Link Detox, because it helps us to train the Link Detox Genesis algorithm.

You can also start a BLP checking all these WordPress links and find if you have a single healthy blog link, if not, disavow the whole domain.

We do have a lot of data sources, but we do not have a 100 % index of the web. For this reason we recommend you to use our improved upload function and to provide us with all your available link source files.

  1. After the second reconsideration the Google SPAM team asked us to send an email back to them and not submit another standard reconsideration. We did that and submitted the third reconsideration direct to the email address suggested. After 6 weeks we have been ignored at that email address. What do you take from that?

We recommend sticking to the standard reconsideration process. Probably the mail got lost, since Google spam engineers, like all high profile individuals receive a lot of mails.

  1. Is it ok to disavow or remove all suspicious links, even when there are many false positives in Link Detox?

If you don’t agree with the rating of the Link Detox please use our rating logic with thumbs up and thumbs down and reprocess the report.

  1. When contacting webmasters I need to get them to remove all links for a client not just the 5 in the site wide Link Detox shows. Are there any plans to give an option export in the detox tool with ALL sitewide links – rather than manual excel work merging BLP?

If you write the webmasters you should add a line “please remove these sitewide links from these pages plus the others.” The webmaster has a widget or something where he can see it. You don’t have to list all the subpages. If the webmaster doesn’t know where all the site wide links are, then you are probably talking not to the responsible person.

  1. Do I have to wait for the next data refresh of Google to see if a link removal was successful?

No. Usually you should see effects in link building or link removing after a couple days or weeks. Of course very low quality links are only re-crawled every couple months, which could pose a problem. Use the new Link Detox Boost to be better safe than sorry and waiting.

  1. We have a client (large multinational) who has a “partial matches” penalty. Would you work sitewide to remove the dirt, or drive it down to URL?

In this case it is recommended to disavow the whole domain.

  1. Should I add comments in the disavow file?

No, this is not necessary. This is only important if you send in a reconsideration request. We know that some tools generate fancy comments into the disavow file, but Matt Cutts confirmed that those comments are ignored and never seen by a human.

  1. Is there a possibility to send you examples of “bad” links to review why they are bad in Google eyes?

It’s up to you if you want to remove or disavow a link, please make sure that you review the entire list of links.

Unfortunately we do not offer any consulting services, but if you wish to we can refer you to one of our Certified LRT Professionals. Please let our Support team know that you are interested in that.

Should I Disavow?

  1. Should I disavow dropped links as well?

Yes. Sometimes Google does a bad job at Re-crawling sub-sub-sub-subpages of some over-spammed forum that “someone” placed a link to you in 1995 or so. Anyways, that link might be gone, because that forum is gone, but Google might still believe it’s there. Our recommendation is to go over all those “LinkNotFound” links you get and disavow them on a domain level. We heard about people getting great results with this tactic in the past months, so we enabled it for you as well! In this case you should deactivate the Dropped Links filter.

  1. Should I disavow a link from a page with low trust, but the domain has high trust?

Start a Link Detox report and check if the domain is healthy and only this specific page is toxic or suspicious. If only the page is toxic or suspicious it would be better to get only the link on the page removed.

  1. Should we always disavow the unverified links or only on suspicious domains?

We recommend that you review all unverified links that you want Google to ignore, keep in mind that we use very common spam link rules and a self-learning data-driven algorithm to identify bad links, because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

  1. If a link is marked as a suspicious “no follow” why should I disavow it?

It’s a common disbelieve that NOFOLLOW have no effect. Think of a Wikipedia link! NOFOLLOW links from spammy/banned/virus sites are still links from bad sites that are potentially harmful. Think about all the comment spam – it’s usually NOFOLLOW but doesn’t mean it’s worthless or not harming.

If a Nofollow link is marked as toxic or suspicious you should review the link first, if it does look like a bad link then you should remove it by contacting the webmaster for removal or using the Google Disavow tool.

Funny thing here is that the statements from Google contradict themselves.

John Müller mentioned that “all you have to do look at it FOLLOW and listed in your GWT account” here in this hangout.

However Matt Cutts opposed that by confirming that a sufficiently large number of NOFOLLOW links could also pose a problem, like a grand scale of 100 million blog spam comments.

Truth is probably that the Algo doesn’t work as simple black & white as we heard for many years from Google.

  1. Why should I disavow links from scraper-sites, that Google should have devalued itself?

If you have backlinks coming from scraper sites that are marked as toxic or suspicions then it’s a good idea to remove that backlink to reduce your average Link Detox Risk score. They don’t add any value to your site. And it’s better than betting on Google disavowing them automatically, isn’t it?

  1. Free and paid directory listing is now considered spam or NOT?

The best idea to find it out is to start a Link Detox on these sites and check if they trigger one of the rules. Submitting to link directories is generally considered a spammy tactic, so don’t set your hopes too high.

  1. Google has mentioned No Follow links from guest blog posts written for the intention of getting back links, do you agree?

We would recommend checking if the blog would harm your website (toxic, suspicious or healthy) and then decide if you wish to have a link on it.

However in the past years the term “Guest Post” was often uses as synonym for a paid link packaged in five-dollar content. So judge wisely if you would like that “guest post” yourself when finding it on Google.

  1. Based on your experience, what sorts of links are usually considered as bad – directories, article directories, web 2.0 sites, blog comments?

Everything which looks artificial to Google can be a problem. Please use the LINK DETOX in What-If mode to simulate what would happen if you would have this link in your backlink profile.

  1. Sometimes it happens that Link Detox shows a link as highly toxic, which is in fact not a dirty link? How get rid of this problem? So at the end we have to look all the links manually?

Yes, it is important to review the links because it is up to you which links you want to disavow. You can start with the Links with a higher risk reviewing them. We know this is a time-consuming process.

Please also use the rating system if you disagree with the rating. If many clients rate the same the algorithm will get trained. But we know that we offer you similar evaluation as Google does.

  1. What do you think of links on a related forum? I have my link in my signature on that forum. Shall I remove it from my signature and disavow existing links?

If it is a theme related forum and it is your own profile there should be no need to remove it.

  1. In the adult niche 90% of all links are shown as suspicious – how would you determine which are to be removed in the adult niche?

We now have a new theme selection feature which will enable you to select if your website is in the adult niche. This way you will get more accurate results. In general it is recommended to choose the correct theme to receive better results.

  1. We have a sitewide GWT from July Penguin update and it’s a large brand – would you recommend disavowing ALL the dirt OR trying to identify the pages affected? If we disavow without email contact, how do you feel Google will respond?

Google recommended disavowing links pro-actively. If you cannot remove the links manually you should go and disavow them. We also recommend removing all the dirty links. What do you have to lose if you have zero traffic left?

  1. I disavowed some pages but now realize I should have done the domains. Is it okay to now do the domains?

Yes, you can exchange the file in the Google Webmaster Tools’ Disavow tool.

  1. Should I include in my disavow file links that are not shown in Google Webmaster Tools?

Google Webmaster Tools only show you a sample of your backlink profile but not all of your backlinks. So yes, it is totally recommended to disavow more.

Technical Link Detox Questions

  1. If you set the Link Detox tool to run regularly, will it let you know which links are new?

We actually have the Link Alerts product for alerts about brand mentions and new links, but we will consider building that into Link Detox as well soon.

  1. If you upload a disavow list in the Link Detox, does it just show up in other tool link reports for that website or will it show up across a set of websites (if you have more than one)?

We process the disavow list and you show all disavow information you gave us in all the other tools as well. By this you will have a more accurate picture on your links the more disavow list you upload.

  1. When you upload a disavow file is this taken into consideration across all reports?

Your disavow files will be saved in your account settings where you are able to edit them. These files saved in the account setting will be taken by default. They will get taken into account in Link Detox , BLP, CLA etc.

  1. Is it possible to check only 1 URL or page to see what the Link Detox says about it?

Unfortunately this is not possible. What you can do is to start the Link Detox in the What-IF Mode (available for Superhero and all Link Detox Pro plans) and upload just one URL to check it.

  1. Which tools re-crawl the data while the report is being built? BLP and Link Detox only?

All tools crawl the data live except for the Quick tools QBL and QDC and the specific tools like BLP in “Quick Mode”.

  1. Do the Link Detox reports automatically update after they have been started without having to run it again?

No you will have to re-run the report again. The finished reports show you the current results for the time when you started. To get updated information you will need to run a new report.

  1. If you make an export of the data in Link Detox you will have the descriptions alongside the SUSP number?

It depends on the export. In the Google Disavow Export the rule is not included, but in the CSV or XLS report the rule is included

  1. Why does the layout in Link Detox Screener look broken?

The Link Detox Screener implements iframe using “sandbox” that means we don’t allow iframe to execute javascript, redirects, escape from iframe, etc for security reasons.

  1. Why does the Link Detox report show a different number of links than the BLP?

The Link Detox and BLP have different sources. The Link Detox includes all the backlinks you have, not only current ones but also historical backlinks. The BLP just shows you your current backlinks, meaning you just see the real- data at the moment.

  1. What is the sitewide filter?

Our Sitewide Links-Filter is a filter that removes huge numbers of links from a certain domain to now skew results.

This means if you have a sitewide link from a domain from e.g. 1000 sub-pages, and the sitewide filter is set to 5 by default that means that 995 of those subpage-links will be removed from the report.

By this we manage to present better statistics on link metrics, because a link from 1000 sub-pages simply doesn’t equate 1000 links, but rather one and a bit. By showing and calculating the strongest 5 sub-pages for such sitewide links we already overweight them, but not to the extend as you find it in other tools where every single sub-page link is counted.

The sitewide link filter thereby results in lower absolute link counts as compared to other tools or e.g. huge link list uploads.

This reduction in links is your advantage as you see a more realistic picture of your backlink profile, but in tools like QBL and BLP this filter can be disabled (at the cost of longer processing and sometimes heavily skewed statistics).

In Link Detox this filter cannot be disabled, as it would hurt some of the detox rules.

  1. How do you find deleted links in Link Detox?

We aggregate from 23 different sources and crawl and verify the links on demand when they get crawled.

  1. Can the Link Detox tool tell me when I receive many bad links at the same time?

We have created the Link Alerts tool for this purpose.

  1. Is anybody able to access my ignored links?

Your uploaded files won’t be available for anyone except you. We reserve the right to use your anonymous upload files for future research purposes and improvements. You can manage all your uploaded files in your account settings.

  1. Can link sellers and spammers use your GOOD-ratings to trick you and pollute your system?

No. That was one of the first concerns and design issues we took that are effectively impossible. Good luck to everyone trying, we’ll find you and ban you from influencing Link Detox Genesis™

  1. Can you disavow links within the tool itself? Do you not have to do this through Google?

The Link Detox helps you in creating a disavow file and then you can export and upload it directly to Google.

Link Detox Product Questions

  1. Could you please tell me the difference of the prices and credits for Link Detox? Can I use them for some clients this month and other clients next month?

Please find our plans, prices and credits here:

LRT Plans: http://www.linkresearchtools.com/plan-details/

Link Detox Plans: http://www.linkdetox.com/plans-pricing/

And here you can find an introduction to the credit system: http://helpdesk.linkresearchtools.com/entries/25347067-How-does-the-credit-system-in-Link-Research-Tools-work-

  1. Does it cost a credit if you re-run a Link Detox report?

Yes, you always need a credit when you start a report, also for a re-run. Re-processing your report while tagging and marking links however is FREE. Unlimited times.

  1. Which tools can I use for Link Building?

We offer several useful tools for link building, like the SERP, CBLT, MLT or Link Detox tool. You can also check link lists in the JUICE tool to find new link targets. Please find an overview about our tools here: http://www.linkresearchtools.com/tools/

  1. How many backlinks does the Link Detox tool analyze for each website? Is there a max. limit?

The Link Detox tool analyzes up to 150.000 links and you upload up to 5 million additional links per domain on all of our product plans.

  1. When will the access to my Detox reports expire?

While your account is active we archive all of your reports here. If your account expires, we do delete all reports depending on your account level and the retention period.

  1. What is the difference between the Link Detox one-off product and the monthly subscriptions?

It doesn’t matter which product you have, the Link Detox will use the same credits and has the same limits and sources in all plans and products

The main difference is that in the higher plans you receive additional modes and more powerful features like Link Detox Screener.

Classic Mode: Available for ALL plans and products

What-If: Available for Link Detox subscriptions and Expert plans and above.

Review: Available for Link Detox subscriptions and Superhero plans and above.

  1. Why am I not able to see the anchor text or link status of the uploaded URLs in Link Detox?

If you have started your LINK DETOX report in the What-IF or Review mode then there is no link check included for the uploaded links. Please start the report again in the Classic mode.

  1. When do I need more than 1 credit to start a Link Detox report?

All of LinkResearchTools and Link Detox tools are based on a credits system. Each product contains a certain number of credits per month. Usually you need to spend one credit per report, no matter which report you start.

You can analyze as many domains/pages as you wish to do as long as you have enough credits. Every report, even if you start the report for the same domain/page again, costs 1 credit.

Even a re-run of a report costs credits. The termination of a report before it has reached 100 % also will deduct credits from your account.

Reprocessing of a report is completely FREE.

  • LINK DETOX if you start it for top domain (root domain) and subdomain costs 2 credits
  • Upload in the LINK DETOX tool in the plans Starter, Expert, Superhero or Enterprise

If your backlink file (.txt, .csv.) has more than 10.000 URLs , then this will cost more than 1 credit. The tool calculates the credits and you have to confirm the deduction of x credits for the report in the next step.

  • Upload in the LINK DETOX tool in the Link Detox Pro plans

With the Link Detox plans you can automatically upload more URLs for one credit (depending on the selected plan):

  • Link Detox Pro you can upload 150.000 URLs for 1 credit
  • Link Detox Consultant you can upload 300.000 URLs for 2 credits
  • Link Detox Agency you can upload 1.000.000 URLs for 7 Credits
  • Link Detox Enterprise you can upload 5.000.000 URLs for 33 credits
  • COMPETITIVE LINK DETOX (CDTOX)

The credits of the Competitive Link Detox (COMPETITIVE LINK DETOX (CDTOX)) depend on the number of competitors, every selected competitor costs 1 credit. For example: A COMPETITIVE LINK DETOX (CDTOX) comparison of your domain with 10 competitors costs 10 credits.

You can find an overview here: http://www.linkdetox.com/plans-pricing/

LINK DETOX/COMPETITIVE LINK DETOX (CDTOX) credits

The LINK DETOX and COMPETITIVE LINK DETOX (CDTOX) tools use the same pool of credits. This means, if you have 5 LINK DETOX credits per month, you can use these credits to either start LINK DETOX or COMPETITIVE LINK DETOX (CDTOX) reports.

Important Links

  1. Free Link Detox Webinar:

  1. Link Detox Genesis Webinar:

  1. Link Detox Guide

  1. SEO Metrics used in Link Detox and LRT

  1. LRT and Link Detox Help Forum

  1. Link Detox Rules

You can Tweet to Download the full “162 Questions You Need to Know About Risky Links to Disavow” PDF file

Our Superhero plan allows you to perform professional SEO and backlink analysis for your own or your competitor’s sites. If you only need Competitive Link Detox (CDTOX), that’s also included in all new Link Detox Pro plans and up.

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Christoph C. Cemper is the CEO and Founder of Link Research Tools. A well-known and distinguished expert in SEO and link building and founder of Internet marketing company CEMPER.COM. Christoph has been developing his SEO and link building toolkit since 2006, launched Link Research Tools in 2009 and Link Detox in 2012.

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17 Comments

  1. Emma North December 9, 2013

    Wow, mammoth post Chris! Thanks for sharing, some great advice in there and a good resource for sharing with clients with specific queries.

    reply
  2. Attila Rácz-Akácosi December 9, 2013

    I saw a post on SLND a few days ago: the “Yandex opened the door to a world after links” (becuse of the spam linkbuilding). They want use the “user interaction with a site ” for ranking (without links) in future.
    What do you think about this? How long will the Google use the links in ranking? I think, Google will not be able to handle this situation. The disavow tool, spam reports, etc. already not enough.

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  3. Craig December 9, 2013

    Would have been nice to provide a link to the Link Detox Boost after all you mentioned it a million times. Just felt like a bit of a *-tease. Where can one get more substantial information on your Link Detox Boost?

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  4. Christoph C. Cemper December 9, 2013

    Craig,

    check this out
    http://lrt.li/boostreplay

    and we’ll go live any day

    Christoph

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    • Craig December 10, 2013

      Hi Christoph
      Thanks for the link to the webinar. I note that you said that BOOST was only available in the higher-end packages geared towards consultants and agencies. Why would this not be available on an ala cart basis for those of us using the smaller packages, especially if we only have one website to fix?

      Thanks

      reply
  5. Ken December 9, 2013

    I am just working on one website with link detox (my own website). I want to use the link detox boost. How can I use this tool without paying for a service level that is designed for agency level?

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  6. Rick December 10, 2013

    What if you have a site with 6 million plus backlinks but only 30,000 domains? What package would you need to be able to check this site?

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  7. Bilal Ahmad December 10, 2013

    Very detailed article which has covered a lot of questions. Thanks Chris.

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  8. Hans December 13, 2013

    Hi,

    i don not understand your answer of point 14:

    You used an example that had a ‘Sitewide’ manual action. A client of mine has a ‘Partial Match’ and says “we are taking targeted action on the unnatural links instead of on the site’s ranking as a whole”. I know I need to clean up, but should I really submit a reconsideration request?

    If the partial match affects a site which is not important to you and you have a lot of shady links. Links that are still ok today are probably bad tomorrow, so if you think that some links are not ok, it is better to let them go.

    Do you recommend for this case a reconsideration request or not?

    Greetings from Hamburg,

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    • Christoph C. Cemper December 16, 2013

      If you have a manual or partial action, you HAVE to do a recon request to get it resolved, as it was already triggered by a human.

      reply
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  11. Rick Lomas February 10, 2014

    Something odd happened at Q88 and Q89, seems to be the same question with 2 different answers.

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  13. kat March 2, 2014

    When i read the Google disavow tool instructions, it says that you get the backlinks from your GWT. That doesn’t make disavowing any site that’s not listed there prohibited??

    reply
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    Some nice tips.

    The answer to question 123 doesn’t make much sense. Maybe worth revisiting?

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