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What are the benefits of link cleanup?

As Brisbane SEO specialists, we know just how important it is to have a clean link profile. Removing and disavowing bad links allows you to:

RECOVER FROM A PENALTY

A Google penalty can greatly affect your rankings and your reputation. Link removal or cleanup helps you recover from a penalty and gain a fresh start for your SEO or online marketing initiative. It may take time, but patience will lead you to your goals.

PROTECT YOUR SITE AGAINST A PENALTY

Regular link audit and cleanup should be part of your reputation management program or plan. These allow you to maintain a clean backlink profile and avoid a Google penalty. Your dedicated Brisbane SEO company can help you do this.

PREPARE YOUR SITE FOR THE NEXT UPDATE

Whilst Google provides clues regarding the next algorithm update, you can never tell when it will hit your website. Having a spotless link profile is your safety net. It keeps your website ready for upcoming Penguin updates, which are likely to continue targeting unnatural links or poor linking structures.

EARN BACK YOUR RANKINGS

Decreased or lost rankings are among the most serious effects of a Google penalty. You may eventually earn back your rankings after disavowing or removing bad links from your site.

 

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What is the link cleanup process?

To find out what these bad links are, our Brisbane SEO specialists will advise you on how to conduct a link cleanup. Here’s a list of the things that you’ll do to clean your backlink profile and get your SEO back on track:

- Collect Your Backlink Data

Export all your website’s backlinks using Google Search Console or Open Site Explorer from Moz. It is important to monitor links and make sure you are not missing any of them. Once you have the data, you still need to gather SEO metrics and other information to identify the bad links and the good ones.

- Conduct a Link Audit

If your website has few backlinks, manual auditing would be a breeze. If you are dealing with a huge number of links, you may use any of the audit tools available today. Your SEO service provider may also do the job for you. This will help you prepare for the cleanup process.

- Remove Bad Links

Once you identify the bad links, you can start the cleanup process. Send an email to the owner or webmaster of the site (source of bad links) and ask for removal of the link. Be polite and make the email as professional as possible. Provide clear instructions and details of the backlinks you need removed.

 

You may also add nofollows to or stop paying for paid links, and remove directory submissions. Never pay for link removal. Some webmasters may ask you to pay before they completely remove those bad links. You still have an option: disavow.

- Disavow

You may disavow links you could not remove. Add those links to your site’s “disavow list” and send the report to Google. By doing so, you are informing the search giant that the links are not part of your SEO initiatives and are beyond your control. Google will then ignore all links from the domain/s you specified in your disavow report. It may take a few weeks to see the result.

Link cleanup is often an overwhelming task, especially for business owners who are new to SEO. As one of the foremost Brisbane SEO companies, Bambrick will provide the knowledge, tools and assistance you need throughout the process. We would love to share our SEO expertise with you.