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How to identify the Spammy Links.?

Asked by Ripan Choudhary, in Internet & eBusiness
Hi Friends, What is best ways to identify the Spammy links while doing SEO. is any way to find the Spammy links without paid tool. if yes. then must explain. Thanks for your attention. I’m looking forward to your reply.

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Brahim A. Tycoon I Premium   Social Media Adviser, prof. Author
Ahrefs is in search for the best solution that will accurately identify bad links, but so far, we haven't found a way that can be as precise as a manual review. Therefore, the whole process of detecting spammy links comes down to the following steps:

1. Put a domain into Ahrefs Site Explorer tool and choose Backlink profile > Referring domains report from the left menu. You’ll get to see all the domains that link to a given website.

2. You can now sort out these domains by various metrics. As you’re looking for low-quality websites, click the DR (Domain Rating) metric to sort them from the lowest DR to the highest.

(Read more about Ahrefs UR and DR here: https://ahrefs.com/blog/seo-metrics/)


3. Low UR/DR metric doesn't necessarily mean spam, as it may mean that the site from which that link originated is new. So, you’ll have to investigate each suspicious link further. Look for common spam indicators such as spammy sounding domains, lots of foreign (especially Chinese — .cn) domains, sites that obviously don't belong to your niche, etc.

4. When you detect a suspicious domain, click the number under the “backlinks” column for more details. The first thing you should do is to look at the anchor text of the link. If it sounds suspicious, incoherent or doesn't coincide with your niche, it can be a strong signal of a spam link.


5. You can also click on a suspicious link to check if the content on that page is low quality.

The other way to detect spam with the help of Ahrefs Site Explorer would be to check the Anchors report. Typically, if there are a lot of same irrelevant anchors, the links are spammy. From there, you can see the referring domains and, therefore, backlinks by hitting the Details button near the anchor under the question.

Please note that it is strongly recommended to disavow spammy backlinks from Google Search Console. In order to do this, create a .txt file with all the unwanted referring domains in it (or simply export it from Ahrefs Dashboard). When the file is ready, submit it to the Disavow Tool within Google Search Console.

More details here: https://ahrefs.com/blog/bad-links/
Jan 19th 2019 14:26 

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Ripan Choudhary Advanced   SEO Expert
Can Anyone Answer it......???
Jan 19th 2019 02:32   
Deepika Sain Senior  Seo Expert Deepika Sain
Link spam is the posting of out-of-context links on websites, discussion forums, blog comments, guestbooks or any other online venue that displays user comments. Link spam is also known as comment spam, blog spam or wiki spam. Link spammers usually don't leave comments of any value along with their links.
Here are 4 steps to remove bad back-links for your website:
Identify your bad links (you'll find how exactly from this article).
Search for the contact information of the website you have the link on.
Contact the webmaster asking him to remove the link. ...
Disavow the links and upload the file to Google.
Jan 19th 2019 06:14   
Brahim A. Tycoon I Premium   Social Media Adviser, prof. Author
Ahrefs is in search for the best solution that will accurately identify bad links, but so far, we haven't found a way that can be as precise as a manual review. Therefore, the whole process of detecting spammy links comes down to the following steps:

1. Put a domain into Ahrefs Site Explorer tool and choose Backlink profile > Referring domains report from the left menu. You’ll get to see all the domains that link to a given website.

2. You can now sort out these domains by various metrics. As you’re looking for low-quality websites, click the DR (Domain Rating) metric to sort them from the lowest DR to the highest.

(Read more about Ahrefs UR and DR here: https://ahrefs.com/blog/seo-metrics/)


3. Low UR/DR metric doesn't necessarily mean spam, as it may mean that the site from which that link originated is new. So, you’ll have to investigate each suspicious link further. Look for common spam indicators such as spammy sounding domains, lots of foreign (especially Chinese — .cn) domains, sites that obviously don't belong to your niche, etc.

4. When you detect a suspicious domain, click the number under the “backlinks” column for more details. The first thing you should do is to look at the anchor text of the link. If it sounds suspicious, incoherent or doesn't coincide with your niche, it can be a strong signal of a spam link.


5. You can also click on a suspicious link to check if the content on that page is low quality.

The other way to detect spam with the help of Ahrefs Site Explorer would be to check the Anchors report. Typically, if there are a lot of same irrelevant anchors, the links are spammy. From there, you can see the referring domains and, therefore, backlinks by hitting the Details button near the anchor under the question.

Please note that it is strongly recommended to disavow spammy backlinks from Google Search Console. In order to do this, create a .txt file with all the unwanted referring domains in it (or simply export it from Ahrefs Dashboard). When the file is ready, submit it to the Disavow Tool within Google Search Console.

More details here: https://ahrefs.com/blog/bad-links/
Jan 19th 2019 14:26   
Lucas Turner Advanced  Marketing Manager
Very well answered by Brahim.
Jan 20th 2019 03:50   
Brahim A. Tycoon I Premium   Social Media Adviser, prof. Author
one must studie and try to understand web complicatiions if he wants to succeed and prevent his traping with scammers and phishers!
Jan 20th 2019 04:08   
Jen McDade Committed   Environmental - Health & Safety
Here are 4 steps to remove bad/Spammy backlinks for your website:

1) Identify your bad links
2) Search for the contact information of the website you have the link on.
3) Contact the webmaster asking him to remove the link. If you don’t get a response in within 2 weeks, go to the next step.
4) Disavow the links and upload the file to Google.
Jan 20th 2019 23:51   
Naveen Kumar Freshman  SEO Executive
Here are 4 steps to remove bad/Spammy backlinks for your website:

1) Identify your bad links
2) Search for the contact information of the website you have the link on.
3) Contact the webmaster asking him to remove the link. If you don’t get a response in within 2 weeks, go to the next step.
4) Disavow the links and upload the file to Google.
Jan 20th 2019 23:54   
Sandeep Kumar | Sandeep Bhirwaliya Committed  SEO SMO Excutive
Hi Friends, What is best ways to identify the Spammy links while doing SEO. is any way to find the Spammy links without paid tool. if yes. then must explain. Thanks for your attention. I’m looking forward to your reply.
Jan 21st 2019 01:42   
Kathy T. Ray Freshman  Marketing Consultant, SEO, SMO
Before you read: In the wake of Google Penguin and other penalties, a lot of webmasters are scrambling to have their links removed in order to either recover from a penalty or avoid being penalized all together. If you are thinking about removing links on your own, prepare yourself for a huge amount of work ahead of you. If you are short on time or want to save yourself the headache, check out our list of recommended backlink removal companies, that will take care of everything for you. Otherwise, this page will go into how to remove toxic links on your own. Here we go!

A few years back, SEO was fairly easy and link manipulation was rampant since it was very clear to SEO’s that large scale link building and link manipulation was very effective. Lots of site owners and SEO companies piled on and enjoyed some pretty impressive rankings for a bit. Unfortunately for them, this was a temporary solution until Google figured out how to identify the sites that were doing it and applying a penalty to their site whether it be a manual penalty or an algorithmic penalty. If you think you have low quality or spammy backlinks pointing to your site, then you are going to really want to make sure that you address it as soon as possible. Even if you haven’t received a penalty yet, you will be at risk in the near future unless your link profile is cleaned up.

Step 1: Figure out if you were hit with a penalty
Before we do anything and start removing backlinks that could actually be a good links, let’s first take a step back and asses whether or not you were hit with a penalty. Generally speaking, there are two forms of Google Penalties. One is a manual penalty and the other is an algorithmic penalty.

Manual Penalty: A manual penalty means that your website has been reviewed by a Google Employee and has had a manual infraction put in place. If you have a manual penalty, you will receive a notice in Google Webmaster tools that there was a detection of unnatural links. Below is an example message from Webmaster tools:

Algorithmic Penalty: The other penalty is an algorithmic penalty. You won’t ever receive a message or notification if you were hit by an algorithm penalty. However, what you can do in order to determine if you were hit by an algorithm penalty is to use the Panguin Tool. This is a fantastic tool that allows you to login using your Google Analytics account and it will overlay various algorithm updates on top of your search traffic. You can even dig into your data all the way to the keyword level to see if there are any keyword specific penalties. When you use this tool, be sure to double check that you have your traffic source set to “Organic” so that other traffic such as referrals or PPC traffic don’t skew the results.

Step 2: Pull all your backlinks together
In order to take a deep look at all the links and the types of links that are pointing to your site, we first need to be sure that we can pull as many of the backlinks together as possible. Google only gives us a very small sampling of links in Webmaster tools, so we are also going to use some third party applications in order to get as much of a sample as possible.

Backlink Sources:

Open Site Explorer
Ahrefs
MajesticSEO
Google Webmaster Tools
Bing Webmaster Tools
If you don’t have subscriptions for all of the services above, don’t worry! We can still get a good amount of link data for free. Additionally, OpenSiteExplorer and Majestic SEO have a free trial that you can use to get access to the data. You are going to want to export each list of URLs and copy and paste them into a new tab in an Excel file. Once you have a tab for each source, you can then merge all of the data onto a new tab and call it “All Links.”

Now that we have a long list of URLs, we are going to want to remove any duplicates that were found using multiple sources. All of the sources that we are going to use to find the links are pretty good, so now we just need to remove any overlap. Once you have copied all the links from each tab and put it on the “All Links” tab, you can remove all duplicate URLs. If you have a lot of links, you can also use Excel functions to automate the “All Links” tab.

Step 3: Scrutinizing your links
Now that we have a pretty good total of all the links that are pointing at your site, we are going to want to dive in and examine each of the links that are linking to you. When we are looking at all of the link data, we are going to want to be on the lookout for the following:

Sites that are de-indexed in Google: if you perform “site:websitelinkingtoyou.com” does it return any results?
Links from paid posts: usually there will be a tagline that says “This is a sponsored post”
Links from directories
Links from blog networks
Links from poor quality or spammy looking website
Site-wide links
Footer links
Blog Comment Spam or Forum links
Sites have 0 PageRank or PR-n/a
Come from sites with same C class- you can use this C-Class Checker to check a list of sites
Linking pages have excessive number of outbound links
The above gives us a really high level look at the quality of the links that we have pointing at the site. To dive in a little deeper, we are going to want to fire up two tools that we used earlier to really get granular with our detective work.

Ahrefs Site Explorer– This is a great tool that will allow us to really dive in and take a look at the following:

The total number and types of links: do the domains that are linking to the site look spammy?
Unique referring domains: is there an unusual amount of referring domains?
Anchor Text diversity: is there little to no anchor text diversity? Does it look natural?
New & lost links- have links been acquired in a short amount of time?

Majestic Site Explorer– This awesome tool will give us another angle and help us understand the following

Site-wide links: are there site wide links either in the footer or sidebar of websites?
Over optimized anchor text: are all of the links keyword rich heavy and focused on “money keywords?”
301 redirects: are there lots of 301 redirects pointing to your site?

Things to consider when evaluating your links:

Don’t jump the gun just yet and start removing or disavowing links. When you remove or disavow links, you need to be 100% sure that you are sure that you do not want these links going to your site. Sit back and ask yourself the following:

Does this site look spammy?
Does the site have the user in mind?
Does it have potential to pass along referral traffic?
Is this a website that I want to align myself with from a branding or business perspective?
Jan 21st 2019 02:43   
Max Anderson Advanced  Digital Marketer
use tools like moz, ahref it will be easier for you to consider the spammy links.
Jan 21st 2019 03:30   
Matt Henery Innovator  Author
Spamming links can be verified by Moz, Ahref
Jan 21st 2019 05:22   
Quick Book Freshman  QuickBooks support phone number
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Jan 21st 2019 05:33   
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High Spam Score — The spam score is calculated by Moz to show a website’s likelihood of being penalized. The higher the spam score This is calculated using different spam flags, like a low number of linking domains, a high ratio of “follow” links and so on.


Low Domain Authority — This score is used by Moz to predict the rank worthiness of a website based on its backlink profile. The Domain Authority is dependent on a number of Moz metrics, like the MozTrust and MozRank.


Unindexed Website — This indicates that the website isn’t currently indexed by Google, which could indicate low quality.


Low Trust Flow — In addition to the backlink profile, the Trust Flow also factors in the quality of traffic that flows through links. This metric is introduced and used by Majestic SEO.


High External Links — A high number of external links could pertain to a low-quality web directory, sitewide footer links or spam comments.


Unnatural Anchor Text — Finally, unnatural anchor texts disrupt the balance of your backlink profile’s anchor text diversity. Good anchor texts include your brand name, naked URL and partial keyword matches.
Jan 21st 2019 06:00   
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Jan 21st 2019 06:08   
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Jan 21st 2019 06:33   
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Jan 22nd 2019 00:52   
Linda Martin Advanced  Certified QuickBooks Support
Just Search spam checker on google and then you will find the result, just click on any top 3 results. and place a web link into it. It will show you spam score.
Jan 22nd 2019 02:34   
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Jan 22nd 2019 04:01   
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Jan 25th 2019 01:25   
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Can be identified with the help of tools like ahref, moz, etc.,
Jan 30th 2019 02:06   
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