Negative SEO Techniques: Here’s How To Protect Your Site – Case Study

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Negative SEO Techniques: Here’s How To Protect Your Site – Case Study – The success of someone in the same field you are in will either make you feel inspirational or jealous. It depends upon self-perspective of any individual. Feeling inspirational will make you achieve greater heights, sooner or later, in a genuine way. But the jealous feeling will wake the evil inside you and make you think in a negative way. This jealousy leads to many dirty things in life which make the person evil and disrespectful.

Negative SEO Techniques: Here’s How To Protect Your Site – Case Study

The same applies even in the field of Blogging. If your fellow blogger is more successful than you are, you either get inspired with the work or you get jealous and dirty and try to get him down. One such easy way of getting the other blogger down is by bringing his blog/ website down. That is the reason many bloggers try to keep their blog secret and not reveal it. They are afraid of their own kind of people, “The Bloggers”.

As you have seen in the previous case study,  one of our sites All India Youth is performing absolutely great in all its categories making more than 8 Million Page Views last month. I know most of you must have been inspired with it, but jealous haters are all around trying to get me down. So, those jealous dogs did reverse link building to All India Youth, trying to get it down and thereby get us down.

You can see from the below screenshot, the number of links and referring domains to All India Youth.

ahrefs links report of all india youth

 

What to do when this happens with your Blog?


Firstly, you need to consistently keep an eye on the number of sites linking to your site. We are actually lucky that we were aware of whats happening before it had adverse effects on the blog.

Having backlinks to your site is really good, but the quality of the links also matters a lot. Higher the number of quality links better is the authority of the site. But what if there are a huge number of bad quality links to your site or from an adult or gambling site? These irrelevant bad quality links will definitely hurt your rankings.

So, for this reason, Google released a Disavow Tool which enables you to tell Google not to consider or count specific backlinks. This tool helps you to remove certain domains or URLs and does not consider those as a ranking factor.

The working of this tool is simple, you just need to list out the URLs which are linking back and submit it. But you need to be very careful while performing this task, as removal of even good links will affect your site and make the rankings go down.

Understanding the Disavow Tool

Before using the Google Disavow Tool, understanding it completely is important because a small mistake or negligence may act as self-destruction of your own site. Google itself shows a disclaimer when it comes to submitting to the Disavow Tool. It basically puts up this warning because disavowing links before an attempt to remove them is dangerous. The below screenshot shows the caution in support.google.com.

google-warning

When should you use the Disavow Tool?

The Disavow Tool can be used for various reasons. It’s not only when someone does harmful link building to your site. Here I have put forwards a few reasons to use the Disavow Tool.

  1. Use it when your site receives a manual penalty.
  2. When you are worried about Negative SEO.
  3. When you see link bomb attack and afraid if it hits your site.
  4. When your site receives an Algorithmic penalty.
  5. When you find that someone has built toxic links to your site.

Manual penalties are the main reason why Google developed the Disavow Tool. If you receive a manual penalty then you definitely have to use this tool.

How to use Google’s Disavow Tool?

Request for Removal

Before using the Disavow Tool, try to remove the low-quality toxic links to your site. This is one of the most important factors to consider. Try to message or contact the bad bloggers to remove the links, once it is unsuccessful then you can go about to disavow the links. If the links were built by someone manually out of ego, then removing them is practically not possible. So you can go for the Disavow Tool.

Create a Disavow File

The first thing you need to do is to create a Disavow File. The file must basically consist of all the links you want Google to Disavow. So collect the links from Google Webmaster Tools or any other tool like ahrefs.

Using ‘#’ at the beginning of the line will be taken as a comment. This should be mentioned so as to let Google know that you have already tried to remove the unwanted toxic links before submitting the disavow.

example of a disavow file

 

You will often be rejected with the file you submit. So, you have to follow few steps to submit it successfully.

  1. It should be a .txt file.
  2. Each URL should be placed in a new line.
  3. If you want to disavow links from the entire domain, then you should add “domain:” in front of the line. Eg: domain:example.com

 

Submit Disavow File

Simple Steps to be followed to submit the file to Google Disavow Tool:

  • Go to the Disavow Tool
  • Select the site which got affected
  • Click “Disavow Links”
  • Upload the file you created
  • Click “Submit”

Once you have successfully submitted the file to the Disavow Tool, you need to just wait till Google takes action and clears all the toxic links. Generally, Google says that it takes a few weeks or sometimes even more.

Conclusion

Follow all the steps correctly and you can submit the disavow file to the tool. The Disavow Tool will not help you to increase your rankings in search engines, but it offers a remedy to a sudden penalty on your site either manually, by other idiotic bloggers or due to some algorithm.

Our experience is a warning to all you fellow bloggers, reminding that tomorrow there might be an attack on your site. Keep an eye on all your blogs. Beware of the Blogger dogs in this Blogosphere.

All India Youth is not affected yet and we have already taken preventive measures against it. If still having any queries related to Negative SEO Techniques: Here’s How To Protect Your Site – Case Study, please make sure to go through the comment box below.

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Mukesh Joshi

How can i find negative or poor backlinks pointing my site? Please suggest me how to find poor backlinks that are affecting my site ranking?

I saw that on other day. It is good to see that there is no negative impact on your website. Keep rocking buddy. You are an inspiration to many of us

Vinay Kumar

Hi bro,
Such an informative article
thanks for sharing with us
I think now i could recover my blog from negative aspects .
Regards
Vinay
Friendship Day 2014

again an awesome and well explained helpful post…

Prateek

Hi imran there is a tool called http://www.rmoov.com/index.php that helps clean up bad links

Mehul Boricha

Thanks for this tutorial. Someone too have done negative SEO on my blog and spoiled SERP.

Thanks for introducing disavow tool. This tools is enormously appendage for me to save my own blog. Moreover, I am chosen astonished to hear that someone is exasperating to molest your blog.

Ishan Patel

Seriously I am sick of such mad people.
Yesterday I saw negative seo on popular seo experts website.
Even this fool people uses their captcha service…proxy etc just for such shameless act.

Even I regularly check my website and I disavow backlinks made by me which I felt has been more spammed after I got links from it

Haresh Chawda

Hi Anurag,

Can you suggest me how to check what type of penalty received by our site or blog so we can solve this issue? Any free trusted tools for checking penalty?

Thanks.

Thanks for this great tutorial, i was just confused in some points on how to create list of website which we have to remove the low quality links. But now its clear.. 🙂

Once again, thanks a lot. keep it up (y)

Thanks for introducing disavow tool. This tools is totally new for me to save my own blog. Moreover, I am totally shocked to hear that someone is trying to harm your blog. These kind of guys are disgusting. I don’t know why they are wasting their time in harming others rather then developing themselves. Shame on those people ……………..

Wow! Very informative article.
This is a complete tutorial about how to recover a website from negative SEO.
Thanks for sharing this article.

hello imran bro i have a site which is hitted by same negative seo if i will do same will that get back thanks in advance if you will reply

Rabin

I don’t understand why people do like this, The time they wasted to harm other can be used for their own development. By the way thanks bro for your awesome guide to recover from Negative SEO….

rabin

well, this was a kind of new info for me. Thanks for sharing bro.

Manpreet Singh

Hey @Imran
Great Post your site is amazing, by using this method i’m revover my site and remove some bad qualiy backlinks and now i’m happy.

Thanks for sharing !

Haroon Gul

thanks for the amazing post my site got hit by penguin update now i have collected bad links and disavow it.

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Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly
loved browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing in your rss feed and I hope you write
again very soon!

Mahip Shrimali

now i can check my website backlink
THanks for share useful article

Rahul Yadav @BloggerTipsTricks

Thanks for sharing such a great article with us. it is not a simple one….learned the things you have provided about content!

Rayhan Islam

Hello Anurag,
Nice to read the whole article. Let me know, how long it will take to Disavow my bad backlink by Google? I submit my Disavow link’s file long time ago. Still I don’t get rid of my negative SEO.

Its realtime now.

Good response in return of this question with
genuine arguments and telling all on the topic of that.

mac

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