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Irrelevant Backlinks

December 14, 2011

Hi Jill,

Image Credit: Dave HamsterI checked my website's traffic sources through Google Analytics and in the referral page section there were many .info sites that I have not linked to. I even checked the landing pages for the same and there were links referring to my site with different anchor text, etc. I usually do backlinks only within my related niche. Is there any way to block those links?

Kind regards,


++Jill's Response++

Hi Gautham,

Anyone can link to your site using any anchor text that they would like to use whether or not you link to them first. In fact, having others link to you without you linking to them is a good thing. While typically it's better to have relevant links pointing to your site, Google understands that you can't control who links to your site. There's no way to block them, but it won't hurt you to have them there either. My only caveat would be if those bad links make up the bulk of your linking profile. If you don't also have relevant links pointing to your site, that's when it might seem odd to Google.



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 William Rock said:
Great Question, I found myself asking a similar que stion today as I ran a back link check on an old site I am going to refresh the Goal for Q1 of 2012 however I noticed I have a ton of inbound links from X Rated Sites. I really have not have to deal with this type of band link stuff. Jill what type of advice would you suggest for me to do in order to remove these links.. I would feel really unconformable going to the site just to find a contact person.LOL

Thx in advance!
 Jill Whalen said:
As I said to the original poster, there's nothing you need to do. Just make sure you have real links to your site and it won't be a problem.
 James said:
we have had a very similar situ, some one created a blog and put us in a link wheel copying text, images and links from our sent. They have then made this blog look completely "black hatted" and google have knocked us down for it.

We are not spammers and dont use black bhat tactics at all, google are stillyet to remove this blog - its on blogspot. Does anyone have any suggestions???
 Jill Whalen said:
James, as I said, it's not a problem. You will, however, need to have good links (real one) as well. Then the bad ones will simply be ignored.
 Todd said:
Hi Jill, its 2013 and i have provided a disavow to google for the whole domain or do i have to specify each and every url? there is over 32,000 from this one domain and it just hammered my rankings. If i block the whole website in Cpanel will this help? google doesn't seem to be responding to my disavow request. Thank you for any help at all.
 Jill Whalen said:
I believe you can disavow the entire domain. Have you received an answer to your reconsideration request yet?