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are you 100% sure that your problem of "when ranks suddenly went south" was related to the inbound links to your website?
They may or may not have been the cause for rank drop
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is there any evidence to believe you shouldn't re-avow and disavow links in quick succession?
On the effect of reavowing (i.e. removing the sites/pages from the disavow file) see [searchenginewatch.com ]. Here, additional time-lag is deliberate.
Cutts explained that reavowing a link can "take a lot longer," though no one knows how long that is. Google wants to be really certain that spammers are not going to try to figure out which links are helping or hurting them by doing disavow and reavow experiments
But Matt says that the link may not be given the same weight it once had. Again, this is likely a measure to stop people from gaming the system.
joined:Nov 23, 2015
All serp reporting tools show major changes on the same day your traffic soared.glakes, thanks. I feel that this was an extremely helpful observation, but it needed some digging out the details.
29th Nov - Organic traffic from Google increases by over 100 percent and currently has highest ever traffic.
give us some feedback about whether there might be a connection between his Nov 29 move up and Glenn's observations
When you filed your disavow in April, did you see a further drop in rankings in the week that followed?
I would definitely reinstate the disavow. Here are my reasons as to why
However I wouldn't count on it since it isn't likely that disavow file will be processed and ranks adjusted before the next Penguin update?
My point is that the only way for us to see that reavowing a handful of links could make an improvement like this outside of a Penguin run would be if disavowing them had caused a dropYou have put it succinctly MarieHaynes. I have added those domains back in disavow file. There is no way for me to know for sure if the rank improvement was due to reavowing them, but I would rather live with reduced traffic at the expense of those disavowed domains than having to go through a Penguin filter.
I gained back ranking almost immediately, within a weekkeyplyr, did it by any chance coincide with any algo update?
You have put it succinctly MarieHaynes. I have added those domains back in disavow file. There is no way for me to know for sure if the rank improvement was due to reavowing them, but I would rather live with reduced traffic at the expense of those disavowed domains than having to go through a Penguin filter.
keyplyr, did it by any chance coincide with any algo update?No, not to my recollection although it is my understanding that the algo is always in flux and that it is only an event to us as webmasters when there appears to be a significant noticeable change.
"The factors that make things safer are the commonsense things you'd expect, e.g. adding a nofollow will eliminate the linking issue completely. Short of that, keyword rich anchortext is higher risk than navigational anchortext like a person or site's name, and so on."
I don't what to make of a scenario where noticeable change was only on 28/29.
Who created the links? That would be the first question.
Why do you believe they deserve to be disavowed? Would be the second question.
The third question is why didn't you just ask for the nofollow micro-expression to be added to the link.
Are the links indeed UNNATURAL and how do you define what an UNNATURAL LINK is?I will not venture a definition, but those directory links are hardly natural, allowing only the sites that submit free or paid, unedited.