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Victim of negative seo via wordpress trackback links (10 posts)

  1. buyfred
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello,

    Somebody has posted 1000's of links to my site in an attempt to hurt my rankings in google. About 50% of them are through wordpress somehow I'm told. A typical page would be http://betwixtbetweenblog.com/archives/4-shows-that-suffered-at-the-hands-of-the-networks where you (or I can't anyway) see them unless you go to the source code. Theres often links to 1000's of different sites all the ones to mine appeared on 21st/22nd April 2012.

    My question is is there any way I can get them removed en mass via wordpress management or is there something in particular I need to ask the webmasters to do? Because I sending emails to people asking them to take down links that aren't immediately obvious.

    Thanks

  2. Hi buyfred,

    There's not really much you can do about it from your end. You can turn off the ability to send/accept trackbacks and/or pingbacks but short of asking the offending site owners nicely to stop it's not something you can guard against exactly as it sounds like they're all inbound links.

  3. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    any way I can get them removed en mass via wordpress management

    There is no such thing for self-hosted WordPress sites. WordPress has no control over what people do with the free software.

  4. buyfred
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    "There is no such thing for self-hosted WordPress sites. WordPress has no control over what people do with the free software."

    I figured not but worth a try.

    Anyone know what I should ask the site owners to do to get rid of the link, I'm not familiar with WordPress and the only way I have found to even see the link is to view the source code?

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Don't bother. They're probably spammers, so it's not worth the effort. You need to amend your theme's comment listing to list only comments and not pingbacks/trackbacks.

  6. buyfred
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No the sites in question have been spammed they're not run particularly professionally but they're not spammERs

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Have you seen this recent post from Google about this issue:

    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-new-tool-to-disavow-links.html

  8. buyfred
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks, yes I have but I'm a bit wary of it. Mainly because it seems to say the tool is for repairing stuff that YOU'VE done and doesn't accept that negative seo is possible so I'm bothered that Google will then flag my site as suspected of spamming rather than being spammed also it says I've got to try to get them down manually.

  9. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The tool has to be used with care and only after understanding the worth of each and every link. There can be some high quality links that actually add to your ranking and SERPs. So, any bulk action without evaluating each and every link can sometimes really harm you too. Study all aspects, understand the risks involved in keeping the links as well as disavowing and take your own decision as no body (including Google) can guarantee you anything.

    Listen to Matt Cutts:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=393nmCYFRtA&feature=player_embedded

  10. buyfred
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There's no problem on that score, its all dross, I've got a list of 5000+ and I've sifted the decent stuff out luckily the spam all appeared on one day.

    Everything I've read/watched from google on the disavowel tool they keep on going on about the only reason you would need to use this tool is if you've done some dodgy stuff you need to clean up which I haven't. But if I use it I might be seen to have form.

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