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So, I was looking at Moz Open Site Explorer and something sparked my attention.

We have 30 links coming from the same blog domain but on different posts. They are worthless links which is why it really got my attention.

I didn't do it. Of course my client didn't do it.

So I went over to Google Search Console/search traffic/links to site, and discovered, of course, Google also has them indexed, but I primary went there to determine the period of time in which these links were created.

All were created in a span of 1 month. Nov 2016 mostly.

Now when I check, today the links do not appear anywhere on the indicated blog post.

So its disconcerting of course to find worthless links and not know where they come from, because I should know, but also got to watch that spam score you know?

1. How did they get there?
2. Why are they no longer there?


The leading theory so far is it was due to an ad campaign from Facebook ... or maybe even Adwords re-marketing, but Adwords campaign has been set for sometime and running well enough to leave it be; therefore, I should find this occurrence more consistently if it were adwords. So I am leaning towards Facebook ads, which we only occasionally run.

However, we never run FB ads for more than a week.

3. As far as I know, Moz has no access to Google index and the links they find are due to their own crawl bots of course. There is no way Moz would have had enough time to index FB ads appearing over the course of a week right? Google maybe, but no Moz?


So we go back to question 1 and 2.

Well lets see what learning might occur on this thread ... aaaand GO!
#backlink #mystery
  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    They are probably from something like blog comments.

    So if you drop a link in a blog comment, and the site is running once of those "recent comment" widgets, and it gets crawled at the time your comment is showing in the widget, the crawler picks up the link on a bunch of different pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Lezcano
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      They are probably from something like blog comments.

      So if you drop a link in a blog comment, and the site is running once of those "recent comment" widgets, and it gets crawled at the time your comment is showing in the widget, the crawler picks up the link on a bunch of different pages.
      That makes sense. But we commented not on any comment section related to this blog domain.

      Also ... Have a look at the way the dates break down.

      October:
      14
      19
      20
      21
      23
      24 x 2
      November:
      6
      14 x 5
      19
      20
      23
      24 x 2

      So that somewhat looks like what you said but since we haven't made any such comments ... ???
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    The dates don't really matter. That is just the date the crawler saw them. Has nothing to do with when they were created or anything like that.

    The blog comments were just one example. Directories do "recent listings". If someone made a post and had a link the first paragraph or so, "recent post" widgets might show the link. There are a ton of different ways they could show up.

    Bottom line though, if they aren't there, they don't matter.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Lezcano
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      The dates don't really matter. That is just the date the crawler saw them. Has nothing to do with when they were created or anything like that.

      The blog comments were just one example. Directories do "recent listings". If someone made a post and had a link the first paragraph or so, "recent post" widgets might show the link. There are a ton of different ways they could show up.

      Bottom line though, if they aren't there, they don't matter.
      Ok so that's also something I was unclear on. If Google says there there, even though they are not actually there anymore, how can that not matter? Because soon it will be indexed accurately again?

      If the links aren't there; therefore, they are irrelevant, whats the process look like for the elimination of the links from the index ... ?

      If nothing else they are a nuisance as they skew my data.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Google Search Console's data is always lagging behind.

    Just go to the page the link is on and check Google's cache version. If it is not cached with the link, Google is not counting it as a link, despite what Search Console might say.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Lezcano
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Google Search Console's data is always lagging behind.

      Just go to the page the link is on and check Google's cache version. If it is not cached with the link, Google is not counting it as a link, despite what Search Console might say.
      I see ... good good ... it was cached a couple days ago and the link is not there.

      cool!

      Thanks ...
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Lezcano
      Originally Posted by rajkumer View Post

      Simply go to the page the connection is on and check Google's store adaptation. On the off chance that it is not reserved with the connection, Google is not including it as a connection, in spite of what Hunt Support may state.
      I would like to understand exactly what you are suggesting and I don't mind doing my own research, but queries "Google store adaptation." and "hunt support," are coming back with nothing relevant ...

      So a bit more info would be great!
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by Daniel Lezcano View Post

        I would like to understand exactly what you are suggesting and I don't mind doing my own research, but queries "Google store adaptation." and "hunt support," are coming back with nothing relevant ...

        So a bit more info would be great!

        That is just a spammer either using a crappy spinner or bad translator.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Yeah... definitely a spammer.

    They took my comment

    Just go to the page the link is on and check Google's cache version. If it is not cached with the link, Google is not counting it as a link, despite what Search Console might say.
    and threw in a few syllables that in this case make zero sense...

    Simply go to the page the connection is on and check Google's store adaptation. On the off chance that it is not reserved with the connection, Google is not including it as a connection, in spite of what Hunt Support may state.
    Just - Simply
    link - connection
    cache - store
    version - adaption

    and so on.

    Just a shitty spinner.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Lezcano
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Yeah... definitely a spammer.

      They took my comment



      and threw in a few syllables that in this case make zero sense...



      Just - Simply
      link - connection
      cache - store
      version - adaption

      and so on.

      Just a shitty spinner.
      lol ... ok that makes sense ... I couldn't understand what the hell he was talking about, I thought I had some learning to do. haha
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