joined:Nov 25, 2014
I have recently taken over an ecommerce site and I've been going through our links and seen something which may be of concern.
To explain, we are a company which has brick & mortar shops throughout the UK.
At some point in history (long before I came on board) an area manager wanted to promote two of his branches in the SERPS so he created a web 2.0 blog site for two of his shop locations and he did this by naming these sites like this:
www.brandname-location1.co.uk & www.brandname-location2.co.uk (i.e. it's not a subdomain or a folder off the main website...it's a totally different website)
On a sidebar on these pages he has created a 'useful links' which includes a link back to our main website (www.brandname.co.uk).
This means that there are about 500 or so backlinks pointing to the main website from each indexed page of these blog sites. Can I safely assume that this is harmful?
How would you handle this? shall I get him to simply remove the link, or should I remove the link and put it in a disavow list as well?