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"once the link has been removed and the url containing the removed link has been recrawled, i'm not sure how a disavow could be beneficial."
how do I remove all links from, say, a directory?
If you want Google to ignore all links from an entire domain (like example.com), add the line domain: example.com.
good video of MC introducing the most important disavowing mistakes
"I would concentrate on the links reported in the Webmaster Tools on Google"
"Do not worry about damaging other people, that does not happen"
"Be aware of the site-wide disavow possibility, it will make your life easier" have been the key sentences in his reply. I am thankful for such a definite answer and thought I'd share it here.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:23 pm (utc) on Jun 30, 2013]
"Are competitors able to hire these sites? How can I find out if that is the case?"
"Find your polluted links: Combine WMT and LRT for best results."
You say "when you remove links that have been discounted, you may not have enough remaining links to bring up your rankings to where they once were".
But this is only true when discounted links still have any value, right? You are talking from links being discounted but still have a little bit of value and therefore a great number of them help ranking.
1. Sitewide Links
2. Directory Links
3. Signature and Profile Links
4. Comment Links
5. Link Exchange
"More than 80% of my backlinks come from weak directories, different kinds of directories."
Published on Jul 15, 2013
Client got unnatural links warning in Sept'12 without any example links, 90% links removed, asked for examples in every RR but no reply, shouldnt it be better to have live/cached "list" of bad links or penalties in GWT? Think about genuine businesses.
Adeel, Manchester, UK