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Sitewide Link - To Disavow Or Not?


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#1 dannyboy

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:16 PM

Hi

I have a few hundred sitewide links pointing to my site that I want removed(all from 1 domain).

I have contacted the webmaster many times by e-mail, web form and telephone but to no avail.

Should I disavow this domain in GWT and let google know what I have done to try and get this link removed.

Would do this in the disavow txt file as I haven,t had any manual warnings so a reconsideration request would not be appropriate.

So good idea or not?

 

Looking forward to the feedback.

 

ps. Have been hit by penguin 2.0 on 22 May. However not too harshly and no GWT warnings.

 



#2 qwerty

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 05:44 AM

A few questions:

 

Approximately what percentage of your total backlinks would the links from this one site represent?

Is the site's subject-matter relevant to that of your site?

Where do the links appear on the page (if they're even visible)?

Are the links nofollow?

How did the links get there -- are they editorial, like a blogroll, or were they somehow snuck onto the site?

Is the anchor text of the links your company name, or is it a "money" keyword phrase that you're actually competing for?

About what percentage of your backlinks that have that particular anchor text do these links represent?


Edited by qwerty, 19 June 2013 - 05:45 AM.


#3 dannyboy

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:47 AM

Hi There

 

Thanks for getting back.

 

1. About 12%

2. Is related (very)

3. They are in the right sidebar on every page under the heading resources.

4.Like a blogroll, owner just put the link there without my knowledge

5.Neither but related long tail kindof ( 5 words)

6.Dont know but really really low

 

The webmaster is really stubborn, have contacted by g+ twitter, facebook, telephone e-mail and sms!!

 

Looking forward to you reply

 

Dan



#4 Jill

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:55 AM

Sounds like a decent link to me. Why would you want to remove them?

 

Also one more question: do the links bring you traffic?



#5 qwerty

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:56 AM

It sounds like they're linking to you because they like your site and want to recommend it to their readers, which is just the sort of link Google likes. Yes, they're run-of-site links, but of the sort that's normal, as opposed to "sponsor" links in the footer or something that's hidden in the source code of every page but never displays. Unless there's something spammy about the site, I don't see a reason to think it's the cause of your problems.



#6 dannyboy

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:02 AM

Hi Guys

 

No traffic to speak of really.

 

Spammy site what do you think  [removed]

 

Little bit spammy, lots of ads, no contact us page ect

 

Cheers Again


Edited by qwerty, 19 June 2013 - 07:36 AM.
domain name removed


#7 qwerty

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:38 AM

Well, it doesn't look like a fantastic site, but it doesn't look like spam either. I tried searching on some random text from their home page and it looks like it's original content.

 

Unless they're getting links from sites that are so bad that it makes them look bad in Google's eyes, which in turn makes you look bad because they're linking to you, I don't think they're a problem.



#8 dannyboy

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:14 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!



#9 lister

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:09 PM

yeah I had the same issue - dont worry about it. If its from a crap site then sure, do something about it but otherwise its natual I reckon. Some wordpress themes and RSS feeds, Twitter Feeds etc can all syndicate content and URLS throughout a site.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 05:39 AM

I'm dealing with the issue of links coming from blog themes these days -- a few thousand sites, very few of which are in any way related to the site I'm working on, all linking to us from the footer of every page. All because someone who used to work on the site had a bright idea...






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