EASY WAY TO FIND AND REMOVE BAD BACKLINKS
I am going to share with you an easy way to find and remove bad backlinks from your website or blog. Indeed, you must know you are doing this.
Before we remove anything, we need to know: what are backlinks? To answer, we first have to know this before we can figure out what are bad backlinks.
WHAT ARE BACKLINKS
Backlinks are links from another website that links to your site.
So, if Site A has a clickable link on it that says something like: Go to Site B, then site B is said to have a backlink from Site A.
WHICH ARE BAD BACKLINKS AND WHICH ARE GOOD?
Backlinks are one of the strongest Google ranking signals. Now we know everyone wants to rank on Google’s first page to get free search traffic.
In the old days, Google’s ranking algorithm favoured sites with the most links. As such, unscrupulous persons figured that they could add as many low-quality links as possible and rank highly.
By the way, what are low-quality links? These are links from sites with low authority. These include spammy sites and sites with low backlink counts.
HOW GOOGLE PENGUIN UPDATE STILL IMPACTS YOU
So Google figured enough was enough and tanked the spammy sites. History records it as the now infamous Google Penguin update. From Wikipedia:
Google Penguin is a codename for a Google algorithm update that was first announced on April 24, 2012. The update is aimed at decreasing search engine rankings of websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by using now declared black-hat SEO techniques involved in increasing artificially the ranking of a webpage by manipulating the number of links pointing to the page. Such tactics are commonly described as link schemes
Guess what? This algorithm still remains and may just be affecting your website or blog.
Why? Websites with poor link quality will always be around.
HOW TO FIND BAD BACKLINKS
So, now we know what a backlink is, and when it is good or bad. Why not look at an easy way how to find bad backlinks?
REMOVE BAD BACKLINKS THE LONG WAY
In a recent article on Entrepeneur.com, this was the recommended method:
I recommend that you log in to your Google Search Console, go to “Search Traffic” and then click on “Links to Your Site.” From here, go to “Your Most Linked Content.” Once you reach this point, you will want to “Download Latest Links Report.”
This will download an Excel file that will have all the backlinks that Google detects pointing back to your site. If you see very spammy links within the report, it might be worthwhile to contact an SEO company to have them do a backlink audit and potentially submit a disavow file.
FREE BACKLINK CHECKER TOOL
To overcome this drawback, we will first use a free backlink checker tool to find bad backlinks. Check your links here.
- First, you will need to sign up
- Add your website
- Add your keywords (optional)
- Go to “Backlinks” Page
The video below shows the simple process that follows. Indeed, you do not have to be an SEO expert to use this free backlink analysis tool. Take a look.
SUBMITTING TO GOOGLE
After following the instructions in the video, we then have to submit the disavow file to Google.
To do this:
- Go to the Disavow page on Monitor Backlinks
- Click on EXPORT
- Import the file you just exported into Google Disavow Tool.
To import the file into the Google Disavow Tool:
- Select your website.
- Click Disavow links.
- Click Choose file.
Then you will see that you have been successful as shown below.
As you can see, it is very easy to find and remove bad backlinks. Monitor Backlinks identifies the bad ones and tells you why they are bad backlinks. You are then given the option to decide whether to keep the low-quality backlinks or not.
So, to “put the icing on the cake,” they give you a one-click option to remove bad backlinks (disavow bad backlinks). It’s so easy, even a caveman can do it! (Smile).
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