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Continuous Bad Neighborhood Link Campaign

Hurting my Bing Rankings?

     
7:27 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Arghhh, for more than a year I've been battling a near continuous, automated link campaign that is creating a large number of automated backlinks to my main pages on foreign domains that have been hacked. The compromised pages contain many links to my website, but use auto-redirects to send visitors elsewhere.

Bing seems to have a big problem with these links. Perhaps Bing thinks I am participating in a cloaking scheme? After 15 years, my website was excluded from Bing's index and more than six figures in income was lost. I was able to work with Bing reps and get re-included, but they would never give me details on why I was banned. I'm assuming that it was the 100's of bad neighborhood bulk links, because I did dissavow the inbound domains prior to being re-instated.

Here's the thing... It appears that I'm in an impossible situation. There is a time-lag between when an inbound link penalty is affecting your rankings and when Bing Webmaster tools shows new inbound links? So I will dissavow a new set of links, start to regain my rankings, then lose the rankings as a new batch of links appears. I have to wait for the links to show in my webmaster dashboard to know what is hurting my rankings and this time lag completely kills my Bing traffic.

Has anyone ever experienced this problem? Have you had any luck regaining your SERP rankings? I see that many of my competitors are being hit with the same nefarious linking strategy. To me, it appears that someone is paying hackers to harm our ranking in the SERPS, although there may be some other monetary gain for the linkers due to the automated redirects.
9:02 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Have you tried disavowing suspected bad links in BWT?
9:27 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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That's what the member states:

I will dissavow a new set of links, start to regain my rankings, then lose the rankings as a new batch of links appears.


Are you blocking rogue bots from discovering and crawling your site? That might be a helpful start to preventing those links.

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9:38 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Ahh... thanks martinibuster. Somehow I missed that.

As far as blocking "rogue bots" that's a pretty big order. Takes a lot of time with constant diligence.
10:10 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Well, I think it is one outfit, perhaps two that are doing the linking. They are creating pages on the hacked domains and these new pages have the same naming characteristics.

Bot blocking is another story and I don't want to go off on a tangent, but suffice to say, due to the nature of my website, people find it profitable to scrape my data at regular intervals. My worst offenders are using residential proxy networks. I've counted many, many 1,000's of residential IP addresses (comcast, time warner, etc) and they are used rather infrequently. e.g. scrape a page, wait many hours, scrape another, etc. It takes days to establish a pattern for any particular IP address.
10:23 pm on Jan 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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As far as bad bot blocking, here are a few helpful links:

Search Engine Spider & User Agent ID Forum [webmasterworld.com]

Server Farm IP Ranges [webmasterworld.com]

Blocking Methods [webmasterworld.com]

Yes, scrapers often use corrupted ISP accounts. Difficult to defend against since, as you say, it takes a day or two to catch them and by then they've moved onto another IP address.

For these types of bad actors, blocking by header field combined with crawl behavior can sometimes get the desired result and protect against future campaigns.
2:13 am on Jan 18, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Yep, smells like someone is paying hackers to harm you.
Join with the others being hurt, hire a forensic specialist, and go after them.
You might also need a reporter on your side.

Do some more homework first, make sure Negative SEO is what's causing your issues.
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