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How to Get out of a Linking 'Bad Neighborhood'

Discussion in 'Link Development' started by Elee, Sep 1, 2007.

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    Many of our sites have been around for 3 to 5 years and have thousands of incoming links. Most of these links were set up back when reciprocal linking was 'cool' and the thing to do. We did not intentionally ever link with a bad site, but things change over time. Good sites go bad, as we all know, and I think that might be what happened with us.
    SEMrush
    However, with the new approach Google is taking, only good, quality links count.

    I think one of our sites are being linked with one or more 'bad neighborhood' sites, as far as Yahoo and MSN are concerned. We do not have the search positions we do in Google.

    How do we determine IF our links are in a 'bad neighborhood', and if they are, more importantly, HOW do we get them REMOVED?
     
    Elee, Sep 1, 2007 IP
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    Perrow Well-Known Member

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    You never have to care about incoming links, as there is no way you can control them. Your concern should be with your outgoing links. They need to be checked one by one, to make sure you do not link to bad sites. If you're reciprocating with a "bad" site, there's nothing to loose by removing it.
     
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    sydneyaus Active Member

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    Just make sure remove the link going to the bad site. Google will not hold you responsible for inbound links, as you can't control them, like Perrow said. Imagine, if that was the case, how much damage you could do to your competitors :eek:
     
    sydneyaus, Sep 1, 2007 IP
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    Elee Well-Known Member

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    This is EXACTLY the argument I used with my SEO guy, but he is adamont that incoming bad links can and do hurt!!

    Can anyone provide me with an authoritative source I can show him, so he will stop harping on incoming links as the problem and look elsewhere.
     
    Elee, Sep 1, 2007 IP
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    sydneyaus Active Member

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    I think you need a new SEO guy.....So far I found this article on Google webmaster support http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769

    This only states you should not link to bad sites, but I am sure Google will not penalize you for getting a link from a bad neighborhood site. Think about it: your competitors and any other person that simply doesn't like you could do you a lot of damage just by posting links in your name on bad sites
     
    sydneyaus, Sep 1, 2007 IP
  6. Elee

    Elee Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone give me more specific wordings?
     
    Elee, Sep 1, 2007 IP
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    adrianzak Banned

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    That's Right , I Agree .
     
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    dinvasco Peon

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    #8
    just remove the links from your site.
     
    dinvasco, Sep 4, 2007 IP
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    Elee Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean here? What links did you remove?
     
    Elee, Sep 4, 2007 IP
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    Use automatic link exchange program. It allows to remove any kinds of unwanted links.
     
    Savweb, Sep 4, 2007 IP
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    trichnosis Prominent Member

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    if you are not giving link to a bad site, there is nothink to worry
     
    trichnosis, Sep 4, 2007 IP