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Link Detox Genesis Algorithm

Introducing: The Link Detox Genesis Algorithm

Along with Link Detox Genesis® – our new organic data-driven algorithm – we present no less than 12 new additional Link Detox® rules, lots of useful improvements and a newly calibrated Link Detox Risk Score (DTOXRISK™) that has been adjusted to what Penguin 2.1 brought. We’re now more accurate than ever!

This confirms Link Detox as the market leading software for finding unnatural links. And we’re just getting started. Link Detox Genesis is a self-learning system that will be trained over time, without waiting for new releases like in the past. Unlimited FREE re-processing of your Link Detox Genesis reports is another cool new feature. Read on!

We know you will LOVE this new version and certainly look forward to your feedback!

All existing active users of Link Detox Pro or up and the Starters, Expert, Superhero plans get the option to earn extra Link Detox credits to test the new Link Detox Genesis algorithm coming soon in the next few days for FREE.

Please watch out for your personalized message inside your toolkit dashboard.

Christoph C. Cemper
and the team of

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About Link Detox Genesis

DTOX Genesis algorithm

Link Detox Genesis brings detection of unnatural and risky links to a whole new level. And this is just the first Genesis release – Genesis 1 if you want. The machine-learning capabilities will bring SEO audits and Google penalty recovery to a whole new level for you.

Link Detox Genesis is a data-driven organic algorithm that not only works in common rules as we did in the past with Link Detox, but now adds millions of extra data points we have collected the past year, from user-feedback and of course hundreds of valuable ideas and feedback from our happy users.

Historically a lot of bad links were very easy to spot, but Google gets better every month as you know.

How Link Detox Genesis works for You

Link Detox Genesis labels links with a low, medium, or high link audit priority, depending on an aggregated calculation of multiple patterns and risk signals.

Some of those pages spotted by Genesis are given a high link audit priority, but might look great to you. Well, we’ve seen SEOs say “That’s a link I would love to have” for links that Google specifically called out as spam examples.

Link Detox aggregates millions of data-points that we have collected from the web, users and our own systems and mash them all together.

This method and whole new approach is a quantum leap to what the classic Link Detox was and light years away from any other product we know that claims to detect unnatural links.

Link Detox Genesis takes your “bad” link analysis to a whole new level.

We pride ourselves in constantly improving our awesome tools to help webmasters like you get more accurate data for your link analysis. This is one of the many reasons thousands of webmasters from all over the world choose LinkResearchTools and Link Detox for their Backlink Audit and link analysis…

The Link Detox Genesis algorithm is ready for you to use right now in all plans, so all new reports that you generate from today onwards will be using the new Link Detox Genesis Algorithm.

Best Practices on using Link Detox Genesis

Link Detox has never been a “hands-off, mind-off” tool.

Link Detox Genesis now requires you more than ever to correctly use the application because there are some features that are very important and will only be activated if you utilize them in Link Detox Genesis.

So please follow the best practices below to make the most out of Link Detox Genesis

  1. 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 and partial penalties like the one mentioned here make it very clear why you need to analyze both. We now have a feature for that, and in addition to convenience it brings you more precise results. If you do not combine both, then you might miss links and cross-effects between the two domains.

  1. Classify your keywords 80% or more: we have keyword classification in Link Detox now like in other tools (CLA, BLP) that are very well known. But to enable three rules and the risk calculation work best you have to classify at least 80% of the keywords. If you don’t do it, you lack precision. The new free “re-processing” feature allows you to re-process without incurring extra costs. Please note this “re-processing” 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. 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

  1. 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 GWT for links (helpdesk post) and of course the disavow-files. 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.

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. To learn more about the WHAT-IF mode please read this article in our online help.

  • 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.

  1. 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 the re-processing of your report is done (which is no cost) 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

Successful and typical workflow using Link Detox Genesis

The typical workflow looks like this

  1. Starting DTOX report with ALL data you can get

  2. Reclassify, Link Rating, Disavow and RE-Process (NEW, Free, Unlimited!.. just make sure the report is re-loaded after your changes with F5 for the re-process button to become active)

  3. Export Disavowed Links to Google

  4. Re-Run DTOX report and upload current ALL data AND Disavow files (Round-Trip Disavow)

Step-By-Step Instructions using Link Detox Genesis

  1. Gather all possible link sources. Those could be from Google Webmaster Tools, Majestic Historic Dumps or even your old link building reports you received from Fiverr years ago. We suggest giving them meaningful names.

  1. Download your most recent Disavow file from Google webmaster tools

  1. Start a new Link Detox report.

    1. Enter your name
    2. Leave the “BOTH-Option” checked, unless you know very well that you only want to analyze one sub-domain and ignore the links to the other.
    3. Leave the “Classic” option
    4. Upload all your link data files as gathered in the first step.
    5. Upload all your disavow data files
  1. Make sure the “Delete Dropped Links” is checked to YES. We have other use cases to uncheck that,(that i will explain later on). Then start the report.
  1. Preliminary Checks: When looking at your DONE report, you can check the Link Detox Risk Score (DTOXRISK™), but it will not be as accurate as possible. You will also see a message indicating that e.g. only 20% of the keywords were auto-classified and you should go to 80% to enable all features like SUSP28, SUSP29, SUSP30, SUSP31 as well as improved risk scoring for your links. You should also see a certain percentage of “blue G links”, those are the disavowed ones.
  1. Keyword Classification: To classify keywords click the “Classify here” link and go through the bulk classification. Often this can done very quickly by
    1. Money first: first select all the obvious money keywords (filter e.g. for “buy”, then bulk-check on top of the “money” column.
    2. Money-Keyword

    3. Compounds: 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 then go to filter for the brand keywords.
    4. Compound Keyword

    5. Brand keywords: Be aware – the DOMAIN.COM is a brand keyword, which DOMAIN, especially if it’s a generic word like baby wear, fishing, motorcycles then this does NOT count as a brand name. Frankly, Google seems to work very much a trademark officer. Generic descriptive phrases like “baby diapers” just cannot be trademarked successfully for the keyword, the technical substring itself. So think like a trademark attorney when deciding between money and brand keywords and your job is done right there.
    6. When you exit the classification tool, the report will show you the % of keywords you have already classified.

keyword classification

  1. Re-Process your report at no cost: When you reached 80 % classified keywords, it’s time to reload the report with F5 then click the “Re-Process” button. This new awesome feature helps you improve the accuracy of your reports after classification. The rules SUSP28, SUSP29, SUSP30, SUSP31 will be applied to your report.

    You benefit from improved accuracy and new calculations within a minute or so, without spending extra creditswhenever you like. We want to highly encourage you to use it in combination with the ratings and classifications.

    Please note this “re-processing” 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

  1. Link Ratings: Link Detox Genesis like any other piece of software is not perfect. It’s great, but we have a new fine-tuning method. You can just override our decisions with the thumbs-up and thumbs-down at anytime.

link detox bad or good rating

These decisions are taken into account for risk scoring in the re-processing step. Your decisions count 100% for you – and based on your user’s authority and trust we apply it will also help improve Link Detox Genesis decisions in the future if substantial signals were generated.

We recommend the following this process

  1. Filter all links with low link audit priority. Filter FOLLOW Links in LinkStatus and “M” in “Class” for Money. Sometimes you can find some risky links with low link audit priority. Those are the very risky links usually, and unless you have been spamming like crazy, you shouldn’t have too many. Enable the LinkLocation to identify Comments, Sidebars and get a quick idea on where that link is placed. Then start the Link Detox Screener™ we introduced in July 2013 and use it rate the links really quick.

dtox screener

dtox screener

  1. Repeat above for the TOX3 links. Those are links where Genesis is VERY sure and you should get rid of them ASAP. We haven’t found a single case yet were we wanted the link, but if you do, just give it a Thumbs-Up re-load the report and then re-process.

TOX3 link-a

TOX3 link-b

  1. Repeat above for the SUSP20 links. According to Link Detox Genesis these links have medium link audit priority to various degrees. Filter SUSP20, Sort by Risk descending and start with the FOLLOW/Money links also. If you like a link give it a Thumbs-Up, if you think it must go, then a Thumbs-Down will make it clear that you really don’t like it and scores will adapt accordingly.

SUSP20 link a

  1. Feel free to perform additional ratings for other links too, as we take ALL your feedback into account – especially for your own report YOUR opinion counts a lot more now.
  2. Rating links Good or Bad is a vital new method to train our data-driven organic Link Detox Genesis algorithm.
  1. Re-Process your report: When you have rated the links and reloaded your report, it is time to click the “Re-process” button again.
  1. Disavow links or domains using the disavow functions. You can also do that in bulk, by selecting multiple links and using the “Multi-Action” bar that appears at the bottom of the table.
  1. Reload your report and then Re-Process your report
  1. Review your results and download the Disavow file for upload into Google Webmaster Tools.
  1. we recommend waiting a week then start at 1 again, Re-Run the DTOX report after uploading all link files and the most recent Disavow file.

Link Detox Screener™ Hotkeys

We have also added some Hotkeys to make your disavowing of pages and domains much faster, this new Link Detox Genesis version will make link audits feel like arcade gaming :)

A= Disavow Whole Domain (“A for ALL here is spam”)
D = Disavow Individual Link (“D for Disavow individual link”)
W = Clear disavow (“W for wipe the disavow flag on this”)
Left Arrow = ("Left Arrow to go to the previous Link")
Right Arrow = ("Right Arrow to go to the next Link")
G = Good Link ("G for letting us know if you think this is a good link")
B = Bad Link ("B for letting us know if you think this is a bad link")

Link Detox Screener Hotkeys

Here is the most current guide to your success with Link Detox. Please read it carefully to unleash the full power of Link Detox Genesis.

Link Detox – Step by Step Guide

All Link Detox Genesis Features in Detail

Read on for more details, more new rules and improvements of this new release:

Link Detox for BOTH – the www and non-www

As explained already, in most cases it’s very crucial and desirable to analyze both variations of a domain, and many users already did that in the past as per our recommendations.

However now you can combine that analysis in one report, so all sorts of signals work even better. We have seen that case of a penalty only on one variation of the domain, and no wonder, that was the one with the HUGE risk score.

This option costs 2 credits, but also doubles all quotas and please note for a huge site can also take longer to process. It’s really worth it and replaces previously separate reports www/non-www.

www and non-www

There are only special cases were you do not want the BOTH option, which is why we defaulted it to enabled.

Unlimited FREE re-processing

Once you classified keyword, rated links or disavowed links or domains you can press the new re-process button. This is a new feature that is available in all plans and allows for fast re-calculation.

And please note that nothing you manually entered will be lost here.

Please be aware, that this does not look for new links, so if you have more data-files and/or want to recrawl everything, you still need to use the Re-Run feature at normal credit cost.

Also, please note this “re-processing” 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


Link Detox Genesis rules – TOX3 / SUSP20

The new Link Detox Genesis algorithm calculates link risk in a new dynamic and weighted fashion. Depending on the Link Detox Risk Score (DTOXRISK™) we come to the link will be classified as TOX3 for the really nasty links we recommend you remove immediately or “only” suspicious (as SUSP20) which means you have to inspect those links very carefully. The higher the risk score of your link, the more probable it is that you should get rid of that links.

Keep in mind Link Detox Genesis is an organic, data-driven algorithm, also by your feedback. So if you DO NOT agree with the result of either TOX3 or SUSP20, please let us know with a “Thumbs up”, essentially saying the link is OK in your point of view. The same if we think a link has low link audit priority but you disagree. Then also give us a thumbs down on the rating please.

And this is how the new rules look like in the link list

TOX3 Linklist

SUSP20 App Linklist

And here are a few examples of TOX3 Links – would you appreciate a link there? We think no.

TOX3 paid blogpost

TOX3 paidblogpost

TOX3 paid ad blogpost

And here are a few SUSP20 link examples, which don’t look much better, but probably paid.
What do you think about these?

TOX3 paid post SEOed

SUSP20 spammy

New improved Blacklist Checking – SUSP21

A whole new rule checks a plethora of blacklists that your domain could be listed on, in addition to other lists for malicious or viral patterns we had implemented for over a year. We found these (undisclosed) blacklists a good way to identify unnaturally spammy and risky links, and so we added this new rule SUSP21 for you.

url found on blacklist

If you have any pages triggering this rule, it is a very good idea to review the links marked and potentially get rid of those links for your own sake.

New Website Footprint Detection rules – SUSP22,SUSP23,SUSP24

We have implemented three new ways of footprinting websites and link networks that we have found to be VERY effective. We know that Google does implement similar footprinting technology, so we thought it makes sense to add this technology to Link Detox Genesis too. Obviously we cannot detail all the “secret sauce” we use, as our competitors tend to call it, but you can be sure these are deterministic rules that work. You will be very impressed by some of the results.

webisite footprint detection

webisite footprint detection

webisite footprint detection

webisite footprint detection

SUSP25 Detecting Hidden Image Links

Link Detox Genesis can now detect hidden image links and trigger the SUSP25 rule. Image links are usually a sign of bad linking tactics, we recommend reviewing these image links to see if they are spammy or unnatural and remove them from your backlink profile manually or with the Google disavow tool.

Detecting Hidden Image Links

SUSP26 Detecting Links from Voting Directories

Link Detox Genesis can now detect links coming from voting directories which are a very common method of inflating link popularities. Link voting directories have also been used for selling links.

Those types of links are not recommended anymore to have or get.


The link examples of these link voting directories in English, Arab and even Tagalog do not look very trustworthy, do they?

SUSP26 Tagalog Linkvoting-Directory

SUSP26 English Linkvoting-Directory

SUSP26 Arabic Linkvoting-Directory

SUSP27 Detecting Links from Banned Domains

Link Detox Genesis can now detect backlinks coming from possibly banned domains with this new SUSP27 rule. It detects links from websites that do not have rankings anymore but have some CEMPER Power*Trust™ for the domain. This usually means that the domain is banned by Google and is usually a sign of a penalty. We highly recommend reviewing these links and consider a removal or disavow.

Keyword Intelligence in Link Detox – suspicious links based on keywords

LinkResearchTools introduced keyword classification in fancy way years ago with the Competitive Landscape Analyzer, so it was about time we bring this keyword-intelligence to Link Detox. This is even more important now that we are very sure that overdone Money-Keywords certainly cause penalties from Google.

A Link Detox report is not complete without you having helped classifying 80% or more of the key-words. That classification can be done pretty fast using our established bulk keyword classification tool.
Keyword classification is a crucial step to improve accuracy in Link Detox.

Once you have classified more than 80% of your keywords, the full power and accuracy of Link Detox Genesis gets unleashed. This is also where the risk scores for your links are calculated with a lot higher precision and the following four new signals may trigger after doing the free “Re-Processing” of the report.

SUSP28, Detection of Unnatural Money based Keywords

This New Link Detox Genesis rule detects if the anchor text has been marked as a “Money Keyword” and if it appears in more than 5% of all backlinks anchor texts.

This means the money keyword was found in more than 5% of the anchors of your link profile. This is usually a sign of “overdone” SEO and is highly problematic.

Please review if the keyword has been classified correctly and if you find high risk links that you should consider to get rid of.

You could manually spot high money anchor text ratios yourself in the keyword breakdown like here

SUSP28-11pct money keyword

And the link profile shows a pretty high percentage of 68% money keywords in this example

SUSP28 68pct money keyword

However the SUSP28 rules triggers that too in the link list

SUSP28 linklist asia

And when you look at the actual page, we can probably agree that that link does look very unnatural, too.

SUSP28 linklist asia

A note on the 5%: the threshold of 5% here serves as a simple filter for “really overdone” which does NOT imply that lower percentages of money keywords are helpful or OK. In fact we have seen Penguin victims in our analysis which had highly suspect money keyword ratios at less than that, too – but we have to draw the line somewhere.

SUSP29, Detection of Unnatural Compound Based Keywords

Combining money keywords and brand keywords in a linking anchor text is sort of a nice way to camouflage and pretend natural linking. However, if you have 5% of the same compound anchor text then somebody in the SEO team didn’t understand that idea.

This means the SUSP29 rule can check to see if anchor text has been marked as a “Compound Keyword” and if appears in more than 5% of all backlinks Anchor Texts. It’s highly recommended to review links marked as SUSP29 to ensure it is not Spam. Most probable it is.

SUSP30 Spammy Forum Links

The SUSP30 rule means that you have links coming from forums that are typically targeted by link spamming Tools like XRUMER. These links are usually harmful now, so please review if this link is spammy or unnatural and then consider to remove or disavow this link.

In the example below we see how this rule triggered with a couple others (the small number behind the rule name counts the number of different rules that triggered)

SUSP30 linklist

But if you look at the actual examples, you undertand why that happened. SPAM.

SUSP30 Forum Signature

SUSP30 Forum Signature

SUSP30 Forum Signature

SUSP31 Detection of Unnatural Keyword Anchor Text Rules

This new SUSP31 rule will be triggered when the anchor text placement of a backlink looks suspi-cious to us. We found this to be a pretty effective rule in addition to the Link Detox Genesis main rules. We strongly recommend reviewing these links before removing or disavowing them.
Also this rule triggered with others, and so the total link risk increased dramatic for some of the links.

SUSP31 multi-rule count

In the detail view you can still review all different reasons the link got flagge as risky.

SUSP31 4 rules triggered

And the link examples speak for themselves.

A spammy directory:

SUSP31 spammy directory

A spammy paid blog:

SUSP31 spammy paid blog

And even some hidden widget links were flagged as high risk by Link Detox Genesis

SUSP31 spammy hidden widget links

New “Not Verified” Status for crawling edge cases

Traditionally the mantra of LinkResearchTools 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 “” to name one, that sometimes block 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.

New HTTP-Code Column

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.

http errors filtered unverified

Of course you can enable this extra column like any other column as usual in the header above the link table:

enabling-http code

New option to keep “Dropped Links” in DTOX – and WHY!

You now have the option to keep the dropped links in your report, just like you have in other modules of LinkResearchTools.

We hear you ask:

WHY on earth would someone want to look at deleted links
when he’s hunting for which links to remove?

Well, the answer is simple. Google often does a bad job at RE-crawling sub-sub-sub-subpages of some uber-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!

Here’s how you can enable this feature in your Link Detox report start page.

dropped links handling

Then untick the “Remove Dropped Links” before starting the Detox report

remove dropped links

New Filter Slices in Link Detox

We now have Filter Slices in Link Detox, too. This allows you to look at a data slice report of your Link Detox report, as you could before in others already.

One particular handy feature for many is the slice “Without Nofollow Links”.

filter slices

Google kept and keeps saying that Nofollow links can never do any harm, and a lot of people tend do believe that. Others still prefer the theory that Nofollows can still have an impact – positive or negative and that the valuation of a link is not binary. It’s rather a simplified message that Google sends to webmasters of the world – big and small.

Anyways, if you would like to ignore Nofollow links, or just look at them separately, you can do so with that slice.

What you have to understand here is that your average Link Detox Risk Score (DTOXRISK™) gets recalculated for that new slice.

What’s interesting is, that this means, the NOFOLLOWs are taken out of the equation and it can happen that your average risk even goes way UP, because those Nofollows were the more natural ones that your site has.

The following two screenshots were made from the exact same site, same DTOX report, just a different view – the first for ALL links, showing a Below average Domain DTOXRISK of 576

risk score with all links

And the second screenshot shows the “Withouth NoFollow Links” stored sliced has a Average DTOXRISK of 659

link detox risk without nofollow

We also have other predefined filter slices if you uploaded your ignored or disavowed links

  • without ignored & disavowed links
  • only ignored & disavowed links

And of course you can define any slice that yourself… so if you for example believe our Link-Velocity based rule SUSP10 stinks and it is nothing to worry about to have links from really dormant domains then you can do that now – go for it! This is another new flexibility – Slice and dice in Link Detox now as you like!

Keyword-Cloud by Link Detox Risk

You have a new option now to find out which anchor text have the highest risk by checking the keyword cloud “anchor text by link detox risk”. If you see a red anchortext this means that you should check these links in more detail. Green means that there is not a high risk. The bigger the anchor text in the cloud is the more backlinks of this anchor text exist. With 1 click on an anchor text the data table get filtered for this specific keyword. Please be aware of the keywords which might harm you.

keyword cloud risk

More Usability improvements:

Now we have more for your – this new version introduces a whole new set of small but very helpful usability improvements that our users asked for!


The “WHAT-IF” Mode helps you deciding where you want to build new links. You can upload a list of potential backlinks and check for suspicious links taking into account your existing links.

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.

dtox mode selection

For further info, please review our Step by Step Guide and review the different Analysis modes of Link Detox .

Link Detox – Analysis modes of Link Detox

Credits Used For Each Report

This new feature will now show you how many credits have been used for each report so you can see where your credits have been spent helping you keep track of your credit balance. This is especially helpful if you are uploading links to your Link Detox reports to know how many credits have been used.

account credits

Report Table Usability

The report table now lets you

a) jump to a specific page that you stopped working on

jump to report page

b) show all hidden columns with one click

show all columns

Start CDTOX right out of QDC

You now have the ability to quickly and easily start the new CDTOX tool for the domains selected from inside your Quick Domain Compare (QDC) report.


Link Alerts: Move report to different project in Monitoring Overview

You can now move your Link Alerts to a different project in the Monitoring Overview from inside the Link Alerts tool. To do this simply mouse over the project column and click the icon with the green arrow in it.

Link Alerts move report

Click on the move link that will appear and you will be given the option to move the report to another project

Link Alerts move report

Improved backlink upload error messages

We improved the error handling for backlink file uploads. This is great, especially if you are uploading multiple files to your Link Detox reports. We now tell you what the problem is and actually which file had a problem.

link detox error message

Improved Google Disavow Export error notification

If you tried exporting to the Google disavow tool actually having links disavowed, you will now get a notification showing you that you need to select and mark the links that need to be disavowed and thus exported before you can proceed.

Google Disavow Export

Please note: in the past we always exported the visible links to the Google disavow file, while now we added the requirement to actively disavow links in the data table. This new way was implemented to avoid mistakes and ALSO having the inclusion of previously disavowed links more intuitively.

Generate WWW/non-WWW alternatives in JUICE report input

We have implemented a new feature inside the JUICE Tool to automatically generate www-alternatives (www / non-www versions of input URLs). Thanks To Marcela De Vivo for this timesaving idea.

So once you have added the domain names you want to analyzer simply click on the “Add WWW-alternatives” link and it will add the WWW Alternatives of the entered URLs to the list.

link juice tool www alternatives

And you can always remove these alternatives by clicking on the “Remove WWW-alternatives”

link juice tool www alternatives

Thanks to all of you!

Finally I want to thank a big bunch of people that helped make this version and Link Detox Genesis happen so quick by sending us examples, test data and feedback in a never before seen detailed fashion

FREE Link Detox Credits ahead!

We want to thank all existing subscription users for their feedback and support!

Therefore you’ll very soon get the option to earn extra Link Detox credits (that can also be used in CDTOX) to test the new Link Detox Genesis algorithm in the next days for FREE.

Some of you might be able to earn double your monthly quota.

Please watch out for your personalized message on your dashboard.

(we’re slowly rolling this out to qualified users to not overload us more than usual at launch :-)

Christoph C. Cemper

What do you think about Link Detox Genesis and the new features?
Are you just as excited as we are?

Let us know in the comments please!

Here is the most current guide to your success with Link Detox. Please read it carefully to unleash the full power of Link Detox Genesis.

Link Detox – Step by Step Guide

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are you confident that TOX3 links shall be removed. Some of the 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.

Can link sellers and spammers white-list their domains in Link Detox?


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 is effectively impossible. Good luck to everyone trying, we’ll find you and ban you from influencing Link Detox Genesis™ 😉

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.

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! – and we plan to launch this new premium tool for Superhero and Link Detox Agency plans in the next weeks.

I’m on the Starter plan will the new Link Detox Genesis be available in all plans?

Yes, Link Detox Genesis will be available in all plans

You have 24 data sources – Can you disclose which they are?

No, we don’t disclose that per company policy.

Can I plug in my own custom link tracking data?

Yes, you can add your Statcounter and Google Analytics accounts to improve results even further for your own site.

Christoph C. Cemper

Christoph C. Cemper is the CEO and Founder of LinkResearchTools and Link Detox. A well-known and distinguished expert in SEO who started link building for clients in 2003, building the Link Research Tools since 2006 and marketing it as SaaS product since 2009. When the famous Google Penguin update changed the rules of SEO in 2012, Christoph started Link Detox, software for finding links that pose a risk in a website’s backlink profile. He introduced ongoing link audits and risk management to the market in early 2011. In 2015, Christoph introduced Impactana, a new technology platform and SaaS product to measure the success of content beyond “social buzz”, to find content, videos and people that make an impact.

Christoph C. Cemper

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  1. Karting Extreme Verbier March 21, 2014

    The one bit that puts me off using the tool is summed up in the comment above.
    “Simply import all you link”
    Well please tell us all why the tool can’t find them all, if it can do link detox then it should be able to use all the search engines etc to get the websites link??
    Add Google analytics account, Add Bing, Add Majestic….etc

    • Christoph C. Cemper November 25, 2015


      and thanks for your comment and sorry for late response.

      We combine 24 link data sources already, but that’s no guarantee we find them all.

      Indeed you can plugin lots of different extra-APIs and also upload custom backlink lists that you might have from past campaigns.

      “why the tool can’t find them all”
      Not even Google can find them all sometimes.

      Best Christoph

  2. TrustRank - wazniejszy od PageRank November 3, 2013

    It’s impressive that you are getting ideas from this piece of
    writing as well as from our discussion made here.

  3. Derek Devlin October 31, 2013

    Having beta tested link detox genesis, I can say that this incarnation of the tool is in my opinion light years ahead of anything else in the market for bad link detection.

    No other tool makes link analysis this scalable and the accuracy is improving all time as more and more data points are factored into the calculations – reconsideration requests would be a complete nightmare without Detox and the process just got even easier…

    Simply import all you link sources into Detox and use the tool as your engine to manage your link cleanup. I for one, could not live without Detox now – I would recommend everyone to try the new genesis algorithms and become part of the community.

    Good work Christoph and the team!

    Derek – CLRTP


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