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Discrediting My Own Links

Can I tell Google I don't want credit for links?



11:12 pm on Nov 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

A couple months ago I noticed an enormous increase in the number of links to my site, as reported in Google webmaster tools.

I could think of no reason for this, and other tools that reported inbound links showed no increase.

When I look deeper, most of the links shown in Google webmaster tools are complete spam. In fact, they appear to be hidden from a regular users on the page on which they appear. Many are in an iframe.

Maybe a competitor paid for these links to try to hurt me. Either way, I never tried to get them.

I thought I heard at Pubcon last week that there was a way to report in Webmaster Tools that we don't want those links.

Is this true? I could not find a way to disown these links. If so, please let me know how to do it.


3:06 pm on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

Been on a lot of people's wishlist for years - a perfect way to stop negative SEO, crap links from scrapers you don't want associated with your site, wipe the slate clean when you take over a new site that's been promoted by spammers or idiots. So many good reasons for this. If there is a way to do this I'd like to know too.

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