SEOs Want Bad Link Reporting In Google Webmaster Tools

Feb 12, 2013 • 8:06 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Silly StringsYesterday, Matt Cutts of Google posted a video on YouTube named How do I know which links to remove when I get an "unnatural links" message?

Matt Cutts in the video explains basically two ways to find "unnatural links."

(1) Google more and more is sending examples of unnatural links in their unnatural link warning emails. This is rolled out and Google will give you examples of what types of links they see as being bad.

(2) If it is a recent warning, you can always see your most recent links within Google Webmaster Tools.

Here is the video:

That being said, Webmasters and SEOs are not satisfied.

They want Google to add a method of showing you which links are bad right in Webmaster Tools. They want to click on a filter to "Show Unnatural Links" only.

Is that even doable?

For the manual link penalties, probably not. Googlers are not tagging every specific link that is pointing to your site and marketing them all as unnatural. Maybe they are marking some but I can't see them marking all. Seems like an exhaustive process.

For a more automated link penalty, maybe like Penguin, I assume Google can do this. Would they? I am not sure. It can lead to spam issues if you give too much detail to those trying to manipulate the search results. But Google has been surprising me in this area, so who knows.

We do know that many people do not want this data to be public. They don't want a public site to show which links are unnatural so that anyone can tell on anyone else. But to have this data within Google Webmaster Tools, that might be useful.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Vikash Khetan

02/13/2013 12:13 pm

Well, I know its difficult to list all links. But currently only method to report bad links is through Disavvow tool, which may work and may not, if we have an option of reporting specific bad links, then it will really help webmasters and SEOs


02/13/2013 03:48 pm

Unbelievable - what a joke. So Google sends you veiled threat saying you have unnatural links, We have "spotted them" but we're not going to tell you what they are. You'll just have to guess and use a weed whacker when a scalpel would have been more appropriate. Hey Google - if you think you know what are bad/unnatural links? Just remove them from my profile when you are determining how to rank the site -- save us all the grief. Just ignore the damn things - it ought to be easy enough since you just said you knew what they are! Heck Google already sent out notes last year that said they do exactly that! This is stupendously ridic and given that Matt Cutts has previously said that there's too much handwringing and conjecture about Google and SEO he is now saying Google is playing right into the same nonsense?!?!? Insanity.

Jimmy Maddox

02/13/2013 03:50 pm

that would be really nice. but dont count on it. It would give SEO's & webmasters too much of an upper hand. Google dont want that.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

02/19/2013 08:05 am

In which cases Disavow tool wouldn't work? I am basing totally on that. Also, " if we have an option of reporting specific bad links," that is exactly what Disavow does, doesn't it?

Vikash Khetan

03/05/2013 01:55 pm

Hi Faiz, I have no evidence of when Disavow tools doesn't work. My statement May and may not is because we are yet to have concrete evidences of efficiency of the tool.


03/07/2013 04:58 pm

For manual links I agree that it might seem unreasonable but for links caught under the Penguin radar I don´t see why not!

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