To everyone who is using the Disavowal Link Tool on Google and/or has had a loss of traffic, be sure to remove any articles you have on EzineArticles and any other article sites you may have used to post links to your HP subdomain or Hubs. These links are considered spam links by Google and will hurt your search rankings. The same is true for guest blogging posts and press releases. The Disavowal Tool will not work for these. You must have them removed from the Web yourself.
Thanks for reminding me to do this. I just closed my account since I have not written anything there for over 3 years.
Thank you, WF, for mentioning this. It confirms what I had done. I had written many business related Ezine articles for the purpose of having backlinks from Ezine to my business site. But when I first heard about how Google felt about this, I removed all those articles and closed my Ezine account. A few months later my business site picked up with Google traffic. I can't say for sure if the improved traffic had anything to do with no longer having links from Ezine, but your info here does support that theory. Thanks again.
All links from ezine are now nofollow so these should not matter.
I know that in one article, Google used a link from an EzineArticles post as an example of a spammy link. The result of that one link is that webmasters are saying, Google thinks all EzineArticles are spam. That seems like a big leap to me, and I'd love to know if anyone has any other evidence for the contention.
SEO gurus have made the same big leap about guest blogging - and they are wrong, as these articles highlight:
http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content … dnt-say-it
Guest blogging still works. It's a lot of work, though, because you have to write a decent article and find a quality blog that will accept it. Personally I don't bother to do that for Hubs, because the cost/benefit isn't there.
If I write a guest post linking to my blog, I get a visitor who is likely to stay and browse around several of my pages. If I write a guest post linking to a Hub, that visitor is more likely to be tempted away by the links to other people's Hubs, than to browse around my sub-domain. So a guest post link to my blog can get me several views per visit, whereas a guest post link to my Hub may get me only one view per visit. Not worth it.
I don't know where I've been all this time, but I didn't know about ezine. So if you wrote an article here, did you summarize it on ezine and then link back? Can you explain that process a bit? I did that in relation to one or two articles here, but only with my blog. I let the blog be the intro and then linked to the article here. I don't make any money writing to speak of anywhere, and I guess I just don't know how. Last month I earned $2.28. Of course, I gave up writing hubs here and keep flitting around between trying to promote my little children's book, making new online learning games and auditory apps, and fixing up the educational software and games website we had since the 90's - so lots of stuff for absolutely no money. While you mention taking off the links to ezine on this blog, I just want to know how that ever did work before this situation. Cheers Billie
Don't waste your time with EzineArticles. Its original concept was that you wrote an article on EA which included a link to your website. Blog owners and webmasters could then use your article on their own blogs/sites, meaning that your link would appear on many sites.
That whole concept is outdated now because you have no control over who uses your articles, or even if they preserve your link. So it's no longer worth using.
On Ezine you must compose original articles that are 400 words or more. And you get to post links to your HubPages blog in a resource box. They also give you a spot to list your main profile links on their site. It's a complete waste of time and energy!
I've never written on EzineArticles. There was a time when article banks and link directories would give back links which would boost the PageRank of your site or webpage, which in turn would help to get higher rankings on search engines.
Now, those links have the opposite effect and are considered spam backlinks. EzineArticles links have been listed as specific examples of webspam under manual penalty notices from Google.
Thanks Writer Fox for the heads up! I moved 8 Ezine Articles to Bubblews.
I have never had an ezine account but does this mean that linking related articles to one another is now a BIG NO even if they are your own articles? I read the blog post by Matt and it just left me all the more confused as to their intent. Is no one to write online unless they are a government website and guaranteed to be found by other means?
I'm not sure what 'related articles' you are talking about here. Linking related Hubs together with followed, internal links is good. If you have a blog where you are constantly posting external links to your Hubs, this can appear like the only reason you have a blog is to give backlinks and that can be considered spam. If you are also giving links back to the blog from your Hubs, those reciprocal links can be considered spammy, too. You can avoid any penalty from Google by just using the NoFollow attribute on those links so that traffic can find your content but Google will not use the link in its PageRank evaluation.
Links from content which you control is always in danger of being considered spam. One of the hallmarks of a good link is one that has editorial control, meaning that someone else saw your Hub and is recommending it to his audience without payment or incentive given by you.
Writer Fox. Do you think we need to contact all the webmasters on the bad links in WMT to get them removed? Several different opinions show up in forum re manual penalty versus no penalty. I didn't know where to post this question but value your judgment. Have great day.
Google's Matt Cutts says, "Yes." For the Disavowal Tool to work for you, you must follow the procedure and Google wants to see evidence that you have tried to get the links removed by contacting site owners, etc. It wants to see that you have actually been successful in getting some of the links taken down or, at the very least, changed from 'followed' links to 'NoFollow.' If you want Google to disavow the ones you can't get removed, you must demonstrate how you have tried to get the remaining links removed and what response you received from Webmasters.
And, remember, there is no guarantee that Google will, in fact, disavow the links you list. Google says that it will consider your list as a suggestion: "We treat it as a very strong suggestion, but we don't treat it as something that we absolutely have to abide by."
And, here's what he said about using the Disavow Links Tool when you haven't had a Manual Penalty notice:
" … you've done as much as you can to get those links off of the Web, but some people don't respond, or for whatever reason you can't get every single link taken off the Web, that's the perfect use case to do a Disavow and say, 'OK, these are the links that I have tried to get taken down and I can't manage to take them down."
I closed my account with Ezine. Would that be enough to get my inks disavowed?
If you deleted those articles on Ezine and you no longer have links from Ezine, then there is no need to disavow since they are gone.
Now, is this a problem? I've posted links to my author website from HP where my children's books are presented. Will this be considered spam?
Craan, if I've read Writer Fox's recommendations correctly, your links from your Hub Pages articles to your children's books website should be "no follow." If that's the case, then there should be no problem. ~~~
Thank you Writer Fox for your insights.
I have Pinterest and Listly pages where I list many of my hubs. Could these links be viewed as spam?
Writer Fox - Do you know of a good article to read about determining bad links or finding comprehensive lists? I read there are free tools where you can list your links and the site will tell you the status. Also, it says a good SEO person can look at a list and know which are bad links. An IT person told me that if the server gets moved, and the address changes, bad backlinks may result. I know we only disavow if we cannot get the webmaster to remove it. Appreciate any information. Thanks
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