Is It Impossible To Fully Erase A Backlink? (to stop competitors from spying?)

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Ok, I'm a bit paranoid.

But I'm trying to erase footprints and it seems once a link is built, there is always a record of it online.

I have 2 links I deleted a few months ago. But if you search backlinks on one of my sites, you can still see those 2 links and they bring you here... even though the links are gone, which is bs. So if a competitor wants to, they can do some spying and find out some things I'd rather them not know.

So am I right in assuming there is no way to fully remove these 2 footprints/backlinks?

Thanks guys!

-Red
#backlink #competitors #erase #fully #impossible #spying #stop
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I told you a long time ago to not post those links on WF.

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    I guess your talking about the links you posted here on WF.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    The links will show in backlink databases until they crawl the page again, which for most of those services will be at least a few months.
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  • Profile picture of the author Backlinko
    I don't get it: if the links are deleted where are they showing up exactly?
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    • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
      Originally Posted by [COLOR=black

      yukon[/COLOR];8086627]I told you a long time ago to not post those links on WF.

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      I guess your talking about the links you posted here on WF.

      Yes you did. But I was too much of a newbie to understand that this would happen.

      I thought it was simple, when you delete a backlink, it goes bye bye.

      Apparently I was wrong. And apparently google is like a suspended adventure into the past. Just tons of data flying around, frozen in the air, waiting to be eaten by tired spiders from the future. No, this isn’t the matrix, this is google I'm talking about lol.


      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      The links will show in backlink databases until they crawl the page again, which for most of those services will be at least a few months.



      Awesome, this is good news and you helped refresh my memory.

      I remember deleting blog comments a LONG time ago and it took them like 5 months to disappear from wmt. I don’t even remember if it was that long, but I do know it took forever. So maybe if I start pinging the hell out of these wf threads it may happen soon (its already been like 2-3 months).

      Thanks.


      Originally Posted by Backlinko View Post

      I don't get it: if the links are deleted where are they showing up exactly?


      They’re showing up with SEO Spyglass. I wouldn’t care if I was spamming WF, because I’ve found spammy links from my competitors on various forums. And I typically just go on to the next link. The problem is my links aren’t spammy, and its only 2 forums links, both on WF. I don’t talk about my niche but how I’m marketing it. And they can see this is a marketing forum and that I have over 1000 posts. So they’re eligible to click on my profile and look around.

      I’ve thought about going back to edit the actual posts, to make them look like I’m spamming WF (was a stupid idea & I thought it might misdirect them). But there are other posts in the thread so its pointless. All they have to do is scan down.

      Either way I’ll just keep pinging until they’re gone.


      Originally Posted by Innovator3 View Post

      Is there a way to search what backlinks are going to your website?



      UTFSE.

      Thanks.

      ps. my fonts are all screwed up & wf is acting buggy today. everytime I delete and save it randomizes some new changes. probably have to update my browser or something.
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      • Profile picture of the author shakir
        Is there a way to search what backlinks are going to your website?
        Many third party tools available on the net like backlinkwatch .com

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        UTFSE.
        didn't get
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        • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
          Originally Posted by shakir View Post

          Many third party tools available on the net like backlinkwatch .com

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          didn't get
          Its an acronym for use the fvcking search engine.

          Its a pet peave of mine when a person has to interupt a thread, to ask the most basic SEO question that a person can possibly ask.

          Don't get me wrong, this is highly relative. And there is nothing advanced about the question I asked. But asking how to check backlinks in someone elses thread, is like sitting in a stroller in someone elses kitchen, pounding your hand just to be spoonfed. Its not good table manners.
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          • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
            Unfortunately though Mike is right for most major services there are a few out there that hold links in their database for years. Bright side of it is they tend not to have great coverage and don't dig deep enough to record forum links often.

            Now you know why some of us are religious about not linking to any site or especially to any site that we do any kind of linking building or SEO to. Every now and again I get some person trying to say - you don't know SEO because the site in your sig is not SEOed properly or you have no pagerank.

            You bet your sweet petunias if you are looking at a site of mine linked on this forum theres not a thing for you to try and dig through.
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      • Profile picture of the author Innovator3
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Innovator3
        Is there a way to search what backlinks are going to your website?

        UTFSE.

        Thanks.

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        what is UTFSE?
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        • Profile picture of the author SirThomas
          Originally Posted by Innovator3 View Post

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Innovator3
          Is there a way to search what backlinks are going to your website?

          UTFSE.

          Thanks.

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          what is UTFSE?

          Post #8 explains it :-)
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Originally Posted by Innovator3 View Post

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          what is UTFSE?

          BARTTP

          Before asking read the thread please.
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  • Profile picture of the author SirThomas
    Red, posting links on WF is good and bad. You get people to see what you're talking about, plus a backlink from WF will help your ranking. The bad thing is your local competition finds out about this forum and your advantage disappears... Plus they learn from your posts.

    Do NOT post any links to your local sites from this forum!

    Thomas

    BTW, you are not the first person making this mistake here... :-)
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