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1:19 am on Jun 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure many of you have seen a multitude of inbound links from Updowner showing in your GWT results. Their FAQ provides examples of how to block them from indexing sites..... but makes no mention of how to get them to remove the links they have already created.... and I see no offer to do that anywhere on their site.

Has anyone had success in getting these pests to remove the links they have already created?
4:38 am on June 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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No. But I don't think the links count for anything.
8:36 am on June 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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If you register and block your site from listing, the links will eventually be gone when Google spiders the pages again. I see the link count slowly getting smaller from that spesific site. Not that it helps in any way, so I am not sure if it is worth the bother.
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see also - [updowner.com...] there is a robots.txt block option

have noticed these showing up on every site under my control in WMT with thousands of links...
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We have this issue too. If netmeg correct about not counting, that would be good. Our number of links from aolstalker is 3X that of updowner and that site provides no way to block.
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I have literally thousands of links from updowner to some of my sites. I'd assume a significant percentage of all established websites are in the same position, and doubt Google would penalise these links (nor give them value).
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Problem is, I have dozens of sites like updowner linking to me - mostly with 1,000's of links - am I supposed to hope that google just doesn't count any of these?
1:55 pm on June 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have dozens of them too, on various of my own sites and client sites, and I don't think Google counts them. I've seen no differences between before they were there and after they were there.
2:26 pm on June 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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i registered and added the robts txt entry. The links in webmaster tools are dropping every week or so. No change in serps.
4:23 pm on June 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I agree with netmeg - there are tons of sites like this, and it's pretty obvious we're not all simultaneously seeking links from all of them. I don't see that Google has any incentive to penalize a site for getting these links - it wouldn't improve the SERPs from their perspective to penalize OR reward them, so I think they just ignore them.
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I have 1000's of links from Updowner and other similar sits that I have no control over. With Penguin, you would hope Google would take that into consideration, but after reading several posts around the Web I wouldn't be surprised if Google didn't care.
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Those links have been there for a while, and none of my sites have been pandalyzed or penguinized. I'm as confident as anyone outside of Google can be that they are all but invisible to G.
6:42 pm on June 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I did actually see an updowner bot in my traffic logs a little while back. Can't remember the exact UA but it was the first time I'd noticed it.
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I think Netmeg is right and that Google will just ignore them. However, given that Penguin is supposed to be all about bad backlink profiles, and given Google's past history of never acknowledging collateral damage, I'd be a lot happier having a backlinks profile free from these types of links.

But I sure as hell ain't going to register with them as a way of getting them to cease and desists. Arrogant bast***s.
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I see the link count slowly getting smaller from that specific[sic] site.


- I see the link count slowly getting smaller in general, from all sites.
- I don't work for Google or for Updowner so I don't care what either of them do, nor do my visitors.

I see both of those as a Google problem, not mine, and I don't advise wasting an ounce of your resources trying to please either. Save your creative energies for your own content and visitors and let Google solve their own issues(since they created them).
7:34 am on June 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I sent them a message via the enquiry form asking them to remove the links. They replied quite quickly saying they had, but as far as I can see they haven't. Register with them? No thanks.
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A couple of my sites also have hundreds (or thousands) of backlinks from .ru (Russia) and .cn (China) domains. I suppose that these fall into the same category.
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The thing is, even if you have gotten to remove your page ...they still scrape and "frame" other sites that link to you. So getting them to remove your site, doesn't help much with the backlink counts.

I think it's ridiculous that Google allows sites like these to have so many pages indexed. It's showing 6 million now, but I could have sworned it was 17 million last time I checked.
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I'd be a lot happier having a backlinks profile free from these types of links.

Hmm, but then you would risk being penalized for over-optimized backlink profile :-)
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penalized for over-optimized backlink profile :-)


Please don't give them any ideas...
8:44 pm on July 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Update on this, even though I requested they remove all links and added the robots txt entry. The link count has increaded by 8000. Nice.
11:20 pm on July 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I registered with them, put the verification code on my site, logged on to their control panel and excluded my domain. Link count has been falling ever since.
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But has it done you any good otherwise?

I'm not going to "register" with them.
2:21 pm on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't see the problem with registering with them. I did this on 6th June and today there are 50% fewer links showing in WMT. I don't know whether it's done any good, but it can't have done any harm.
2:27 pm on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I noticed a 10% drop in traffic a week or so ago around the same time these extra 5k links where picked up in WT, was it panda? was it these extra 5k links our of the blue? who knows.

What I do know is they some how link to a site with 286 pages 7325 times.
3:19 pm on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't understand why this should be a big deal! Ignore those links
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John Mueller has confirmed these links are ignored! I am 100% sure about this -- don't worry!
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sid786 - Would you give us a source for the John Mueller confirmation.
8:04 pm on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@robert. It was here: [productforums.google.com...]

A updowner rep was also in that thread.
8:22 pm on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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thanks @klark0
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