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Proactively disavowing natural bad links, negative SEO?

5:37 pm on May 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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We have a ton of natural bad links pointing to one of our sites. Since these are natural, many have no contact forms, or email addresses listed for us to be able to contact them.

In an effort to not be a statistic when the next Penguin rolls out, I'm trying to be proactive and rest easy that these links can't be taken the wrong way by the bot.

I just found that a reputable site posted an article, and that article links to our site. That article was syndicated to what looks like at least 1300+ sites.

I was planning to disavow them, but know you are not supposed to unless you receive a warning, or unless you file a reconsideration request after.

What's the best way to tackle this to keep us from getting a penalty from this type of "negative seo".

6:28 pm on May 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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You should not disavow anything in your situation.
5:27 pm on May 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Keep developing good links so the potentially bad links are in a very small minority.

If you have food poisoning, you will not heal your body simply by removing the bad food. You also need to feed yourself some healthy food so your body has the energy to recover. Too many webmasters focus too much on poison and forget to also work on healthy links.
5:44 pm on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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its hard not to focus on the poison when another penguin update is around the corner.

since it drop rank now and asks questions later, im trying to develop a way of staying on top of it to not get penalized for something we didnt do.
3:43 am on May 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't disavow anything unless I had specific, critical reasons to do so. Just develop more high quality links by developing high quality content.

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