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    Question To Disavow or not Disavow - Dating sites or other unrelated incoming links


    We are working with an SEO service that compiled a disavow file for us and also provided us with a list of all of our incoming links.

    Their disavow list was about 500 domains and after I went through the list of incoming links, I found an additional 400 domains to disavow. I added in domains that weren't related to our site (we sell technology products) like "dating' websites, real estate, travel, etc.

    The SEO service said though that we should NOT disavow those links because they provide "link power".

    Should we knowingly keep questionable links like this?
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    Originally Posted by g1tech
    We are working with an SEO service that compiled a disavow file for us and also provided us with a list of all of our incoming links.

    Their disavow list was about 500 domains and after I went through the list of incoming links, I found an additional 400 domains to disavow. I added in domains that weren't related to our site (we sell technology products) like "dating' websites, real estate, travel, etc.

    The SEO service said though that we should NOT disavow those links because they provide "link power".

    Should we knowingly keep questionable links like this?
    Sure what's the harm?

    Rephrasing - how related is "click here" to your topics?
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    Originally Posted by fathom
    Sure what's the harm?
    The potential harm of having pseudo-porn/hookup/dating sites linking to our site for temporary 'link power' (if that is even true) is future loss of ranking or penalty.

    Originally Posted by fathom
    Rephrasing - how related is "click here" to your topics?
    I guess I'm not following you here. The direct answer is that 'click here' has no direct relation to our website or products.
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    I guess I'm not following you here. The direct answer is that 'click here' has no direct relation to our website or products
    click here, view site, read more are key words you're not trying to rank for, which won't hurt you and still pass juice.
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    Originally Posted by Test-ok
    click here, view site, read more are key words you're not trying to rank for, which won't hurt you and still pass juice.
    Please help me understand what that has to do with my original question about whether or not to disavow unrelated or questionable incoming links/domains.
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    Are these link anchors your key words? like dating, real estate, travel keyword anchors?
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    Originally Posted by Test-ok
    Are these link anchors your key words? like dating, real estate, travel keyword anchors?
    Thanks for clarifying. Dating, real estate, and travel were examples of categories of websites (domains) that have links to our site. These sites are not at all related to what our site offers. Our Google rankings and traffic started dipping in June 2013 and have slowly eroded over time and I suspect it is due to an unfavorable link profile in Google (Penguin?). Bing and Yahoo and even international Google sites haven't been affected. My question was - do I disavow questionable sites like findcougars(dot)com even though my SEO consultant says it is a helpful link.

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    It's not going to hurt, unless all these sites are using the anchor keywords you're trying to rank for.
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    The graph you posted is showing something different than what you think.

    From the peak traffic point 2 years ago to now isn't showing your website "TANKED" due to link webspam.

    You gradually gained traffic and then you gradually lost it.

    Disavowing links isn't about regaining traffic or results... so ignore that placebo.
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    I have tried disavowing hundreds of our backlinks late in 2013. Our site is pretty much doing great up until now. Traffic has doubled since then. I am not saying it was because of that as we've done a combination of SEO strategies. What I am saying is that it did not harm our site at all. The thing about this is that you only disavow those poor spam backlinks.
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    Originally Posted by Xen-G
    I have tried disavowing hundreds of our backlinks late in 2013. Our site is pretty much doing great up until now. Traffic has doubled since then. I am not saying it was because of that as we've done a combination of SEO strategies. What I am saying is that it did not harm our site at all. The thing about this is that you only disavow those poor spam backlinks.
    Actually the point of disavowing isn't about disavowing poor spam backlinks... what "PRECISELY" are those?

    The keyword phrases you lost ranks for are the link anchors you are interested in disavowing.

    Disavowing crappy links is a worthless investment. Calling any link spammy simply because you don't recognize it ... is likely disavowing natural links.
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    I am in this debate on what I should disavow, if any. For instance on some forums like ArsTechnica where I have been a long time user, I sometimes write about my website and occasionally link to it. The site has high DA, and according to Moz the site itself is not spammy (index score of 3) but the content as a whole on that forum site is not in my sector of business, it's just general business talk on that page.

    What say you all.
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    ArsTechnica has nofollow links, so they won't hurt in any way.

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    Originally Posted by g1tech
    Our Google rankings and traffic started dipping in June 2013 and have slowly eroded over time and I suspect it is due to an unfavorable link profile in Google (Penguin?).
    Not Penguin if that's the case - there is no way you'd describe the effects of Penguin as eroding over time ;)

    Apart from the links you are disavowing have you lost any other links through natural depletion?
    Are you sure the links you are disavowing should be disavowed? Could they explain some/all of the loss in rankings?

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