Automated Tools For Manual Google Penalties

Aug 5, 2013 • 9:08 am | comments (31) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

link detoxA month ago we asked Do Link Tools Help Find Your Really Toxic Links? The results were not awesome but I figured I keep looking and give it another shot.

Googler Aaseesh called out another link that is causing a site to have a penalty in the Google Webmaster Help forums. So I ran the site with Majestic SEO and downloaded all the backlinks that tool discovered. It did find the link in question in the thread.

So then I ran that report through Link Research Tool's Link Dtox tool and it showed that the specific link called out by Google as being a paid link was actually a "Very Low Risk" link according to the tool.

If you look at the specific page with the link on it in question, it does look like a paid article.

Google's Aaseesh said in the thread:

For example, on, there is a link to that looks like it may be a paid advertisement without preventing search engines from following the link.

When you can confirm that backlinks to your site are no longer unnatural, you can file a reconsideration request.

So can automated tools really help with manual Google penalties? I'll keep testing as these public scenarios come up.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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