Spam; backlinks to my site that I didn't do

by gelsi
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Why would a spammer want to link to my site??
#backlinks #site #spam
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    To damage your search engine positioning.
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    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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    • Profile picture of the author gelsi
      Actually, I phrased my question badly. Whats happening is my blog and videos which have links back to my site are getting reposted on other sites, some are spammy sites, some are competitors from my niche. I guess my content (and backlinks) is being recycled which I guess is good, but a ton of duplicate content. Can my content being reposted on spammy sites hurt me or should I be ecstatic?
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      • Profile picture of the author gelsi
        I think that automated affiliate sites are picking up my content for the main article on a new posting. Then filling the rest of the page with affiliate ads. But my backlinks are still there...
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        • Profile picture of the author swsalim
          Maybe it's content hijacking, happens a lot with Snipply and Start a fire. I heard about it after installing Social Warfare plugin on my site. It has frame buster feature to prevent this. I could be wrong though.
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          • Profile picture of the author gelsi
            they're hijacking my content but leaving my attached links in place thereby giving me extra backlinks to my site. According to Ahrefs: 9 links from 7 referring domains, 4 with D/A between 0 -30 and 3 between 31 -50.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suresh K
    Originally Posted by gelsi View Post

    Why would a spammer want to link to my site??
    Negative SEO or Spammy links occur when someone makes attempt to lower a site's rankings in the search engines. We know that a site can be penalized or can be suppressed by Google algorithms if they have engaged in manipulative link building. Penguin algorithm which was created to reduce and even penalize for the use of unnatural links.

    It would be better you find the links and disavow them using Google Webmaster Tools. You can use Ahrefs and get the complete list of spammy links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaac Adeyemi
    Basically, to hurt your SEO and your overall search engine ranking
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  • Profile picture of the author KinneyJ2014




    These type of links are useful for three reasons:
    • They allow users to navigate a website.
    • They help establish information hierarchy for the given website.
    • They help spread link juice (ranking power) around websites
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    1. Create lots of content.

    2. Use anchor text.

    3. Link deep.

    4. Use links that are natural for the reader.

    5. Use relevant links.

    6. Use follow links.

    7. Use a reasonable number of internal links.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    As usual, some very old, and in one case, irrelevant advice here. The new Penguin algorithm filter does not penalize websites for bad links anymore; it just ignores bad links.

    That said, you could receive a manual penalty from Google, but you would know about that from looking at Search Console. I wouldn't worry a whole lot about it unless there are tons of them and you don't have very many good links.

    And, of course, if they bother you and you are worried about it, just disavow them.
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    • Profile picture of the author olympiadillinger
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      As usual, some very old, and in one case, irrelevant advice here. The new Penguin algorithm filter does not penalize websites for bad links anymore; it just ignores bad links.

      That said, you could receive a manual penalty from Google, but you would know about that from looking at Search Console. I wouldn't worry a whole lot about it unless there are tons of them and you don't have very many good links.

      And, of course, if they bother you and you are worried about it, just disavow them.
      Absolutely correct information so far.
      If you want to disavow unwanted links which you are actually counting in spam links, You can request Google not to count them in your website backlinks through Google Webmaster Tool. You can search for online tutorials to know how to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    When you hang in awesome blogging circles - by commenting authentically on top blogs and by promoting top bloggers in your niche - you will get inspired back link juice, or kick butt back link juice.

    Just have your Akismet or other spam filter in place, and keep networking with the blogging big dawgs, and you will get rocking links in and weed out the spammy ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author anandsoft
    I doubt this: "The new Penguin algorithm filter does not penalize websites for bad links anymore; it just ignores bad links."
    It is very much happening that, back link spam not only pushing the ranking of legitimate page down the search results, it is also de-listing the page from google search results at times! Seen at least one instance of this happening very recently.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by anandsoft View Post

      I doubt this: "The new Penguin algorithm filter does not penalize websites for bad links anymore; it just ignores bad links."
      It is very much happening that, back link spam not only pushing the ranking of legitimate page down the search results, it is also de-listing the page from google search results at times! Seen at least one instance of this happening very recently.
      You can doubt it all you want or you can face reality. Unfortunately, people build bad backlinks and because the algorithm has not yet figured out they are bad, they get a temporary boost in rankings. Then, when the algorithm adjusts, the links are devalued and they fall in the rankings to where they would have been without those bad backlinks, That is NOT the same thing as getting penalized.

      This is very similar to people who still believe that there is such a thing as an EMD penalty. Sites have never been penalized for having exact match domains. Google just stopped giving a boost to sites with the keywords in the domain which caused many sites to fall in the rankings that had no business being there in the first place.
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      • Profile picture of the author gelsi
        Daves, this is a Moz blog post on penguin disavow by Marie Haynes, worth reading
        https://moz.com/blog/do-we-still-nee...isavow-penguin
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        • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
          Originally Posted by gelsi View Post

          Daves, this is a Moz blog post on penguin disavow by Marie Haynes, worth reading
          https://moz.com/blog/do-we-still-nee...isavow-penguin
          I never said not to use the disavow tool (and it's just called the Disavow Tool, not the Penguin Disavow Tool). There are other reasons to use it but not ones that are Penguin-related.

          If you thoroughly read the article, you would see that the main reason for still using the disavow tool is to avoid manual penalties - not the Penguin algorithm. The author makes an assumption that Penguin MIGHT still not do its job well enough (as if it ever did) but if it doesn't penalize, a bad job by the algorithm means that it lets more bad links pass good "juice". He also states that other algorithm filters like the Pay Day Loans one could bite you (not likely unless you are in that type of niche).

          I wish I could remember where I read it, but sometime last week one of the top Googlers said that by using the disavow tool, you are helping make Google's algorithm better. In other words, they may suddenly take a hard look at the sites being disavowed and, perhaps, tweak the algorithm to ignore/devalue links from those sites.

          The bottom line here is that people need to stop using the word "penalize" in association with Penguin. NOT being rewarded for a link is not the same thing as being penalized for that link. It only looks like a penalty because you may have gained a temporary boost until Google figured out that it was a bad link and devalued it (maybe after assessing yours or someone else's disavow file).
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  • Spammy joins happen when somebody makes endeavor to bring down a site's rankings in the web indexes. We realize that a site can be punished or can be smothered by Google calculations in the event that they have occupied with manipulative third party referencing. Penguin calculation which was made to decrease and even punish for the utilization of unnatural connections
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Database Professional View Post

      Spammy joins happen when somebody makes endeavor to bring down a site's rankings in the web indexes. We realize that a site can be punished or can be smothered by Google calculations in the event that they have occupied with manipulative third party referencing. Penguin calculation which was made to decrease and even punish for the utilization of unnatural connections
      Wow, what spinning software was used for this completely incomprehensible advice?
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      • Profile picture of the author gelsi
        Haha, ur right! Links spun to joins.
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  • Profile picture of the author lizajack2013
    To demonstrate what I mean, let's look at five different examples of "spam link building tactics", done right:

    Blog comments
    Press Releases
    Reciprocal Linking
    Directories
    Guest Posting
    Now obviously none of these tactics should be used to scale a link building campaign. I've seen time and time again the power of even a few well-built links - there's no reason to attempt to scale a campaign into a link mill.
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  • Profile picture of the author cearion
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    You know when your links are posted in low DA rating sites as backlinks your rating also shoots down.
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