Would you like to know a big secret when it comes to removing a bunch of bad links from your site all at once? If you’ve been hit by an unnatural link penalty like I have you may be looking at your entire situation frustrated and depressed that you have a ton of links to remove.
I know the feeling, I’ve been there and done that. The truth is you do not have to remove every single link on your site one at a time. In fact in most cases I’ve been able to remove two to three links all the way up to 20 links all at once from my site.
How does this work you might ask?
In this article I am going to share with you a simple tactic with you on how I was able to remove tons of links all at once from my website.
Look At Your Links
To start the first thing you need to do is look the links on your site. In order to do this you will need to go to your webmaster tools and bring up the list of domains that are linking to your website. To do this click on Search Traffic and go to Links To Your Site.
You should see a page that looks something like the one I have below.
Above is a small snapshot of a few of the links pointing to one of my sites. Currently it has 739 domains or websites pointing to this site and in total has around 8,000 links pointing to this site.
If you had to remove each and everyone of these links on your own it could take some serious time but this may not be necessary. Let me show you why.
Some Links Have More Than One Page
When we take a closer look at just one individual domain pointing links back at our website this is likely what you might see below.
When you look at the picture above what you are really looking at is just one page. Yup, that’s right just one page even though their are 10 pages listed they are actually all the same page. To make things easier I’ve grouped the pages together based on the type of page they are.
- Archive Page. The first type of page listed at the top is an archive page. Whenever a page is published such as on a blog like WordPress a date is assigned to that page. In this case this page was published in June of 2011.
- Author Page. The author page is another group. This is a lot of times done when a blog or website has multiple authors and in most cases their name will be attached to whatever they have written.
- Category Page. The third page that is listed is a category page. A lot of times webmasters will categorize pages to fit within a specific group. For example, on my personal financial blog I have one category for insurance related stuff, and one category for investment related stuff.
- Tag Pages. Another page is the tag page. Tags are often given to a page to help describe a page. For example, on the page that I am looking at above it has tags such as drop shipping, eBay, and online marketing.
- The Original Page. Finally, we have the original page that we created. This is the actual page that was originally created.
Now you might be wondering why are their so many pages of the same pages listed. The answer is simple, with content management systems like WordPress they automatically create these pages whenever you write a new post for your site.
For example, if you create a new blog post for your site, added 5 tags, and assigned it to 3 different categories, you will have actually created 11 different pages, because each tag will be it’s own page, each category will be it’s own page, you will have created another article that will be added to your archive pages, and to your author pages, and finally you will have the original article itself.
Just know that any article you write may create additional tag, category, archive, and author pages and that each of these page will almost all be exactly the same as the original page of content you created.
Why This Is Good For You
When it comes down to it you might be wondering why are all these pages showing up for just one article and the reason is because the person that owns this particular website is indexing these pages into Google. In most cases webmasters will apply what is known as a no-index tag to all these pages except the original page thus taking them out of Google’s index however not all webmasters will do this.
The problem with this is that it will not only create several versions of the same page but the same link as well, all pointing back to the original page of content.
However their is a silver lining in this for you though. In order to remove all of these links you will not have to remove them all individually from each tag, archive, category, and author page. Instead you will only need to remove the links on the original page and this will remove the links on all the other pages simultaneously.
In my case if I took the links off the original page I listed above I would actually remove 10 links by just removing that one link. So what might have looked like a lot of work is really not that much at all.
So how about you, have you dealt with this situation, share your thoughts in the comment below.