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Unnatural Linking - Can it be just ONE link?

9:45 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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If you get one of these warnings - which I have - can it be just ONE link? Or maybe a threshold of a percentage of links that triggers the penalty?
I know a human is looking at the backlink profile and deciding on whether to give the penalty or not - but just wondering how touchy it is.

With the disavow tool you could actually really hurt your site if you go crazy and remove every link that could be misconstrued as "bad".

I have over 900 domains linking to my site - I'm just having a hard time pulling the trigger.

Are there guidelines to follow when thinking about having links removed?
Like a criteria that make a link fall into - "Absolutely should be removed"?

I know a PAID link is obvious...
And crappy directory links maybe?

But what do the pros go by? What are they looking for when they are wanting to clean up a backlink profile?

Any tips?

Thanks in advance.
11:32 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Matt Cutts said in a recent video that every site is going to get a variety of links of different qualities. Even if you have never bought/solicited/submitted for a link, your site will get crappy links from scraper sites.

It can't just be one link.