Link building strategies are called backlinks. It is a very old Google ranking factor. It should be relevant and from good ranking websites.
But low-quality backlinks affect website rankings badly. In addition, Google can remove the website completely from search results. These links show poor link building strategies on the site.
Do you want to remove bad backlinks from your website? Backlinks are a very important ranking factor. It helps to improve search ranking. But low-quality backlinks affect your site ranking very much. In such a situation, removing spam backlinks/low-quality backlinks from your site is the right decision.
Today in this article I’ll tell you how do you get rid of toxic backlinks using Google Disavow Tool.
More backlinks on a website, higher the chances of ranking. But this all changed after Google’s Penguin release. Google started penalizing websites with unnatural backlinks.
Although buying backlinks may give you short-term results, it also has the opposite effect later. You can face Google penalties. Because such backlinks contain low quality and pornographic site links.
And low-quality backlinks have a higher effect on a website. They can eat your whole website.
So, if you want to get rid of the Google penalty, then remove bad backlinks from your site.
Below I have listed best backlink analysis tools which will give a good overview of your link profile.
Ahrefs is very popular among marketing professionals that gives the tools that you need to track your backlinks and keywords.
Furthermore, it helps you learn what your competitors are doing and why they rank so high and what you need to do to outrank them.
SEMRush is also one of the most popular SEO tools that can audit your backlinks profile. It is my favourite tools.
Furthermore, the tool helps to find the best keyword and monitor your site competitors. You can compare domain names and get a detailed list of referring domains, referring IPs, linking information etc.
Serpstat is an all-in-one SEO tool for SEO, PPC and content marketing. It comes with a powerful tool: Backlinks Analysis, Rank Tracking, Keyword Research, Competitor Analysis and Site Audit.
Majestic is the most popular tool in the SEO industry. It comes with countless features and easily sees a general overview of your website and the number of backlinks.
Moz’s Link Explorer gives a good overview of your link profile. It gives very fast results. When you run a search, you can receive results within seconds.
This tool analyze the links of any website for free. Just enter a domain in the search box and click on the get backlink data button to get an immediate link analysis.
It is easiest way to track your backlinks. Linkody automates the whole process to check backlinks.
- Notify when you lose or gain links.
- Get insights on competitors’ link building strategies.
- Analyse your link profile with tons of metrics.
- Easily identify and disavow bad links.
LinkResearchTools is an SEO tool for Link Analysis and Link Building. This tool identifies toxic links from your backlink profile and allows to disavow links and manage your disavow file.
As its name suggests – it is a backlinks checker tool. It checks the good and bad backlinks of any website. It is also a keyword tracking tool and tracks position.
Backlink watch is the easiest tool that analyze the backlink profile of any website. Just enter your website URL and hit on check backlinks button.
Here I will use three tools to find bad backlinks:
- Google Search Console Tool
- Moz Explorer
Method 1: Using Google Search Console Tool
It is a manual and time consuming process.
First, log in to Google Search Console Tool, then click on the Link >> Top linking sites >> More. Here you will see such sites which are linked to your site and giving you backlinks. You can see in the screenshot below.
After that click Download button to download this list.
Now you have to check it yourself whether it has any spam link or not. If you find spam, unrelated or unnatural links in this list, write it in your notepad.
In the next step, I will tell you how to remove toxic backlinks. But here I will learn about another method of finding spam backlinks.
Method 2: Using Moz Explorer
Moz is a very big SEO company that analyzes inbound links, linking domain, anchor text, Spam score etc of any website. This is a paid tool.
First, visit Moz Link Explorer site and sign up or sign in.
- Add the URL address of the site and click on the search icon.
- Now click on Spam Score in the left side.
You will now be able to see the list of spam backlinks. If you have a free account it will show you a few links. You must upgrade it to see all the links.
Now, click on Export CSV to download the result.
Method 3: Using SEMrush
- First, visit the SEMrush Backlink Audit.
- Add the URL of your site. It will audit your site backlink.
- Next click on “Audit”. As you can see screenshot below.
- It will show Toxic backlinks with Score (60-100 – domain is Toxic, 45-59 – domain is Potentially Toxic). Just select the toxic backlink from the list you want to remove.
Next click on Delete >> To Disavow.
Now navigate to Disavow tab and click on Export to TXT.
Your disavow file will start downloading.
Now we have a list of bad backlinks, so let’s start to remove them…
A few years ago, There was no easy way to control low-quality backlinks.
But thankfully, Google launched a Google Disavow Tool that allows webmasters to report and submit a text file to remove spam link or toxics link.
Google does not value those domain links for which you reported using the Google Disavow Link Tool.
To remove spam backlinks from your site, first of all, create a text file and type bad backlinks that you want to remove from your site. Which we already have
Go to the Google Disavow tool page and select your domain from the drop-down, then click on Disavow Links.
Next page, again click on the Disavow links.
Here just upload your spam link’s text file and click on Submit button.
Now you will see a message “You successfully uploaded a disavow links file” like this.
After uploading the file, wait 1-2 weeks to see its effect, because Google will reindex and crawl those pages again.
Here is a video by Matt Cutts, in which he is talking about Google’s new Google Disavow Tool feature.
Another easiest way to keep track of, review and clean up links in your posts and pages: LinkPatrol. But this is only for WordPress users.
It gives more control over links of your site. The links that can hurt your website’s search ranking, you can find and fix them easily. What does LinkPatrol do?
- Protect your site from spammy links.
- Destroy spammy keywords.
- Monitor recently added links and keywords.
- Undo Changes Instantly (Made a mistake? Restore links in one click).
Bad backlinks greatly affect the ranking of your website. But now you are ready to deal with them, just need to identify and remove them.
I use SEMrush to identify spam backlinks on my site. And it works great. In addition, when you connect it to the Google Search Console Tool, it provides great reports about the backlink profile of your site.
The free version of SEMrush is also very effective in removing toxic backlinks from the site.
I hope this article helped you get rid of toxic backlinks. What did you think of this post? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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