How To Remove Bad Backlinks With A Simple Backlink Audit Today

If you want to get rid of a Google penalty or you simply want to prevent one…

 Learning how to remove bad backlinks with a backlink audit is critical.
There’s no other way around it.

You have to conduct a full backlink audit and find the low-quality backlinks.

While there are numerous link removal services, most of the time they are:

  • Expensive
  • Not effective

…so it’s better to do it yourself.

Finding low-quality backlinks can be a challenging task for some people, but it shouldn’t be that way.

By following the tips I’m about to share with you in this post, you’ll learn how to identify and remove all your website’s bad backlinks.

Once you know how to eliminate suspicious links, the penalty recovery process is very straight forward.

Collecting Your Backlink Data

You need to collect all your website’s backlinks from different sources, just to make sure you are not missing any of them.

Take a look at my case study to find the best backlink checker to learn more about that!

Option 1

To get started, go to Google Webmaster Tools and export all your website’s backlinks.Click on ‘Search Traffic’ and then on ‘Links to Your Site’.

links from Google Webmaster Tools

On the next page, click on ‘more’, from the module ‘Who links the most’. Then click on ‘Download more sample links’. Google will download all your website’s backlinks in a CSV format.

download backlinks

Option 2

Another way to find backlinks to your website is to use Open Site Explorer from Moz. Enter your website URL and click on search and then request a CSV report.

export links from moz

You now have two backlink reports, one from Google Webmaster Tools, and one from Moz. Both of them have a list of backlinks, but none of them has any metrics to compare the links value.

You could also get more backlink information from Ahrefs & Majestic SEO.

If your website has only a few links, manually checking them would not be a problem. But if you have hundreds or thousands of backlinks, you must find a way to sort them by their importance.

To help you identify what links are good or bad, you will have to gather more information and SEO metrics.

Digging Up The Dirt With A Backlink Audit

To determine your backlinks value, you can use Monitor Backlinks. In this tool, you can import both CSV reports from GWT and Moz, and you’ll get more insights that will help you identify what links are worthy to keep.

As a side note, you can also connect your domain with Google Analytics with Monitor Backlinks, to find more links.

The tool uses Analytics Referrals and also Ahrefs API, so this will get you fully covered. You’ll have backlinks collected from the most trusted sources, so there’s no way you will miss a link.

Here’s how to import all backlinks reports to Monitor Backlinks.

Click on ‘Add new backlinks’.

add new backlinks

Scroll down and click ‘Import now’. The tool automatically recognizes backlinks reports from GWT, Moz, Ahrefs or Majestic.

import links

On the next page, you have to upload the CSV report exported from Moz or GWT and then choose how many links / domain you want to import. Monitor Backlinks automatically removes duplicate links.

If you later want to know the source of the links, you can tag them. For example, you can tag all links imported from Moz as “MOZ Backlinks”. Next, click ‘Upload & Import’ and in a few minutes you will see all your backlinks along with their SEO metrics on the backlinks page.

upload report and import

Repeat the process to import your links from all sources and then you can move to the next step, which is identifying low-quality backlinks.

How To Find Bad Backlinks

When trying to remove bad backlinks, you usually have to check your backlinks one by one.

Nevertheless, if your website has too many backlinks, you will have to filter and sort them by their value. By doing so, you can save time and check only those that have very poor SEO metrics.

Check Backlinks From Domains That Aren’t In Google’s Index

If a website is not indexed by Google, it means it was penalized and banned from the search results, or it’s a very new website and Google has not crawled it yet.

These are not the type of websites you want to link to your website. Either way, you have to check such links manually, and remove them if they are bad.

Find all your website’s backlinks coming from unindexed domains, by using Monitor Backlinks filters. Click on ‘Filters’ and then on “Domain and Page not indexed”.

domains not indexed

When you find a backlink you want to remove, add a tag to your link by clicking on the settings icon on the right side of the backlink row. I usually tag such links with the word ‘remove’, so that I can easily find them later.

Sort Backlinks by Domain PageRank & MozRank

Next, you can check all websites coming from domains with PageRank 0. Google has not updated the PageRank toolbar for more than one year.

But this is the only SEO metric coming directly from Google, so we have to take full advantage of it.

Click on ‘PR’ and then choose to view only domains with PageRank 0.

domains with pagerank zero

After you are done analyzing and tagging backlinks coming from domains with no PageRank, you will have to filter your links by their Domain Authority.

This metric is coming from Moz, and it’s updated more often, so it should be more relevant and more accurate.

(Click here to learn how to increase Domain Authority).

Choose to view all backlinks from websites with a Domain Authority below 10 or 20 and analyze their quality.

domain authority sorting

Look For Backlinks With Too Many External Links

It often happens that websites with too many outbound links are of low quality.

An example can be auto approved blog comments. Because of the lack of moderation, the quality of the backlinks is very low, especially if it’s abused by spammers.

To find all your backlinks coming from pages with too many external links, from Monitor Backlinks, click on ‘Filters’ and then on ‘EXT’.

external links

This will show you all backlinks from sites that have over 100 external links.

Look For Backlinks From Spammy Blog Networks

It’s no secret that Google doesn’t like spammy blog networks. If your website has such links, you might want to remove them, especially if they are coming from sites using spun content.

Find backlinks from blog networks or from websites using the same hosting IP by checking the ‘IP’ column.

blog networks backlink audit

The number from the right side of the flag indicates how many backlinks your website has from that unique IP.

Identify Bad Backlinks by TLD

Another way to detect bad backlinks is to look at the TLD of the websites linking to your site.

Let’s say, for example, you have a local business selling online products in London. It would make no sense to have backlinks from websites located in India, Pakistan or Russia.

You can filter your links by their TLD using the search filters from Monitor Backlinks.

Check If Adult/Gambling Websites Link To You

Relevancy is another important metric to consider when cleaning up your backlinks profile.

It’s critical to check if your website has backlinks from gambling or adult sites.You can do so, by clicking on ‘from’ and typing keywords like adult, gambling, poker, etc.

Here’s an example of how I found two backlinks from adult websites I need to remove immediately:

remove backlinks from adult websites with a backlink audit

After completing the identifying process and finished tagging all your bad backlinks, you have to remove as many as you can.

How To Remove Bad Backlinks

The removal process can be challenging and tricky. Most importantly, you have to understand that you can’t remove all backlinks.

However, you will be able to disavow all backlinks you can’t remove.

These are the key elements to consider when doing link removal:

  • Be friendly and polite when sending your link removal request.
  • Personalize each email and don’t make it look like you are using a template.
  • Give exact instructions with the location of the backlink you need to remove. No one has time to spend digging for your hidden backlinks. Make the webmaster job as easy as possible.
  • Always send a follow up to make sure your message was received.
  • DON’T threaten the webmaster. Yes, as silly as that may sound to you, it happened to me. I was threatened that if I don’t remove a backlink, my website will be hit by negative SEO attack.
  • Don’t be discouraged if you fail to delete a link. A 10-20% conversion is considered good for link removal.
  • Never pay for link removals. As soon as you will start the removal process, you’ll notice that it happens quite often that webmasters ask money to remove links. You can disavow those links instead.

It really helps if you use an outreach tool like BuzzStream that will save you so much time when trying to lookup contact details and contact site owners. It’s an amazing tool everyone should have in their arsenal.

So how does a correct link removal request looks like? Here’s an example:

how to remove bad backlinks with a link removal request

As you can see, the outreach was very polite and gave me the exact details of where I can find the backlink I was asked to remove.

It was easy for me and didn’t take more than 1 minute to help him out.

To start cleaning your backlinks profile, head back to Monitor Backlinks and load all the low-quality links you have tagged in the first steps.

Next, take each backlink one by one and try to get in touch with the webmaster responsible for the website.

How To Find Anyones Email Address

There are a few different ways you can find someones email address or contact page. First you can use Matthew’s free SEO Tool RankCracker which can look up emails and contact URLs

You can also Use the amazing BuzzStream outreach tool which has too many awesome features to list.
Search for contact details on their website. Most frequently, you can find a link to the contact or about page, on the header or footer of the website.

If you like doing things manually you can look on each backlinks contact page, try to identify who is the webmaster or who is responsible for the content of the website.

Once found the name of the person that can help you, try to find his email address. Most often, email addresses are built like this: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Alternately you can use tools like Voilanorbert.com to find anyone’s email address. After inputting the webmaster name and website, VoilaNorbert will search for their email address.

find email address

If those tips fail, use Whois.net to find the email address associated with their hosting company.

Most of the time, you shouldn’t need to go that far, but if you are dealing with some very awful backlinks it’s worth spending more time removing them.

How To Disavow The Backlinks You Can’t Remove

After sending your removal requests, give it a few weeks for the webmasters to reply and then send your follow up. Tools like BuzzStream will do that for you automatically.

If you still don’t get any reply, it’s time to disavow the backlinks you couldn’t remove.

To easily create a disavow report, you can again use Monitor Backlinks. First choose the backlinks you have tagged to remove and then click on ‘With selected’ – ‘Disavow domains’.

create disavow report

It will create a disavow report with all the backlinks that contain the ‘remove’ tag.

With the report, go to Google Disavow Tool and simply upload the file. Make sure to double check everything before submitting the disavow report.

Wrapping It Up

Now you know how to remove bad backlinks to your website, you should be safe from link based penalties for the foreseeable future.

Always pay close attention to all your website’s backlinks and make sure you remove or disavow the bad ones with a regular backlink audit before it’s too late.

Grab your backlinks from as many sources as possible and filter your backlinks to identify those that are hurting your rankings.

Keeping a clean backlink profile is essential to successful SEO so make sure you are using reputable link building services in the first place.

How do you find bad backlinks? Have you ever dealt with a penalty? If you need help to detect bad backlinks & recover from a penalty click here.

165 Responses

  1. Elenko Lavov

    A very useful article will check the backlinks to my site

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 23rd, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Good luck!

  2. Carl Broadbent

    I have been looking for a service to clean up a site for me. I think I might tackle it myself. Unless you offer that service? I only want someone trusted to tackle it.
    It’s even riskier to let someone who does not know what they are doing tackle your backlink profile than to just let it be.

  3. rumbai

    Nice your article complete

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 12th, 2020 at 10:35 am


  4. Full Form Classroom

    Thanks man for this valuable information

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 11th, 2020 at 7:52 am

      No probs

  5. Matka 420

    Nice post thank you for this great idea

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 11th, 2020 at 7:51 am

      Glad I could help

  6. Adhyansh Jadli

    Thank you so much for such a helpful article. It helped a lot.
    Adhyansh Jadli

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2019 at 5:44 am

      Great news Adhyansh

  7. Christina Hush

    The homepage of our website is punished by google this month, we cannot find it on google, while before it ranked to the second and third page of google, I tried to remove all the spammy links. But I’m afraid even if removed them we still cannot have a good ranking since then or it may need about 1-2 years to recovery the rank. Really hope someone to give me some suggestions. We spent abou 2 years to make the website and spend too many time and energy to do seo, but the spammy backlinks destroy all. Desperate!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 18th, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      Check for penalties and get a full SEO audit done on the site – that should highlight what your problems are.

  8. Alex


    Thank you for all your relevant information. I just want to ask you a question. Why is linking important? I just don`t get it. Even Google recommends linking.

    I understand if you write an article about sea fishing and then you post a link to a type of fish. Makes sense. But most of the SEO is being done with irrelevant linking. People don`t consider content anymore.

    Few weeks ago i had a look at my competition linking on Semrush. 57k links. Most of the links for a carpet cleaning company were coming from un-related businesses.

    I focus my seo on content and i link my website to other relevant websites. Don`t get me wrong, i rank high. But i wonder why over linking to irrelevant websites is not punished by google? The idea of a search engine is to provide relevant content.

    Thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 12th, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      Hey Alex – Google sees each link as a ‘vote’ for that website and it’s one of the most important ranking factors… but yes you are right. For Google to understand what your website is about you need to build natural looking links to and from relevant sites in your niche (and don’t for internal linking). It’s hard for me to say what is going on with your competitor’s site without seeing it but there may be other factors at play which are giving them a boost.

  9. Alvina

    Thank you so much for this information I really need this Info to thank you so much.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 2nd, 2019 at 5:45 am

      Glad I could help Alvina

  10. Norbert Bökönyi

    Hi Matt,

    This is a very useful post about disavowing bad backlinks. Every half year I check our link healthy.

    And I have a plan to check our backlinks at the end of this year.
    This great article was a new inspiration to do that soon.

    Thanks for inspiring me. :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 21st, 2019 at 4:17 am

      Glad I could help Norbert

  11. Nero

    Your article is really impressive and convincing i will try my best to fix my website on what i have learnt here

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2019 at 2:31 am

      You won’t regret it

  12. freya

    I found many lost links for my website. Then I was searching on how to remove it and finally, I reached this blog..this was really a useful one.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 3rd, 2019 at 6:07 am

      Hey Freya, glad you found this article useful :)

  13. Jigna Boghani

    Great Information…
    It really helps me a lot. :)

    Keep sharing things like this, cheers!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 26th, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Certainly will do Jigna!

  14. rojgar result

    very valuable information about bad backlink topic, thank you so much

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 22nd, 2019 at 3:29 am

      No worries Rojgar

  15. Nenad

    Thank you Matthew.Youre articles is always top notch!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 18th, 2019 at 1:18 am

      I certainly hope so :)

  16. ayatt

    Really helpful Felix!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 29th, 2019 at 5:35 am

      Hope you found it useful!

  17. parveen iiadm

    Nice blog, Your blog is easily understandable and give complete information about remove bad links. Thanks for your great blog.keep it up I am waiting for your next blog.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 26th, 2019 at 2:48 am

      Glad you found it helpful, there’s plenty more on its way :)

  18. Kevin

    I found this outdated even though it has been updated this March. It is not the same google console which was changed around that time.

    As for being simple, I did not find that at all. There are so many explanations rather than just one simple giude to discover the toxic backlinks, which would have been easier.

    Not the best example from you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 5th, 2019 at 8:33 am

      Hey Kev, yes this is on my list of things to do.

  19. Ramesh

    Not a problem! It was good

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 29th, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Glad you think so Ramesh.

  20. Kar-Ling.

    Thank you Matthew for the informative post. I am still building my blog now I notice there are few website of linking spam to my website!! Horrid!! Now I am using your tip on using google webmaster disasvow. Just done it today and finger crossed xxx.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 29th, 2019 at 9:25 am

      No problem! Hope they get disavowed sooner rather than later

  21. Semogaqq

    Thanks a lot dude. This is what i want to know

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 21st, 2019 at 6:26 am

      Great news!

  22. Naveen Kumar

    I found this article by chance on google while I was brushing up my SEO knowledge, I never thought that my website was under a negative SEO attack but thanks to you, I disavowed all bad back links pointing at my website.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 11th, 2019 at 6:19 am

      Really glad you got this sorted Naveen!

  23. Lam

    Super good article must-read for anyone.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 14th, 2019 at 12:46 pm


  24. candy carlos

    Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Not a problem! Hope it’s helpful.

  25. alisha

    Thank you for sharing this useful information, I will regularly follow your blog. Excellent post!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 8th, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Thanks very much Alisha. Hope too see you again soon.

  26. Rajesh Deepak

    Nice and informative post. best tools served by you to know the backlinks of the website by webmaster tools and identify bad backlinks with removal.


    • Matthew Woodward
      September 7th, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Rajesh!

  27. Techgidd

    very nice , thanks for information

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2018 at 8:44 am

      No worries, I hope it proves helpful.

  28. AashiRana

    Nice website

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 31st, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Thanks very much

  29. Ravi

    Thanks you sir, it is a very good information for us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 9th, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      You’re welcome Ravi

  30. Karan Singh

    This is what most bloggers need…Thanks a lot for the great post and every informative article…

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 9th, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      No problem Karan, I hope it has helped :)

  31. gopala Krishna

    Simply steps to remove the bad links from my blog

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 5th, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      You got it! :)

  32. James Laim

    Thanks For giving simple method of removing spam backlink

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 5th, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      No worries James

  33. Ashok Yadav

    Thanks for helpful post

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 25th, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      You are more than welcome

  34. Prof.Nahabu

    Thanks for such a helpful post! Most of your suggested tools were quite familiar to me. Only I haven’t tried Voilanorbert and used Snovio email finder and verifier instead. So will give it try too.your really hitting points seriously.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 31st, 2018 at 10:32 am

      No problem! Yes, give them a try :)

  35. Mahimuddin Laskar

    Thanks for the post

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 28th, 2018 at 10:20 am

      No problem :)

  36. Dr Loden Rogers

    I gain I really liked this, This looks to be a really educative guide for us that are looking for ways how to remove bad links from the website. thank you for your wonderful post I continue looking forward to read more of your articles.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 28th, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Hey, thanks for taking the time to read. I hope it proves useful

      • Dr Loden Rogers
        May 28th, 2018 at 10:41 am

        Hello Mathew! thanks for your sweet comment, you’re really on top of the game.let us keep blogging at high speed I like bloggers like you

  37. Dr Loden Rogers

    Hello Mathew, your on top of the game .thanks for sharing such sweet comment.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 28th, 2018 at 10:21 am

      No problem, thanks very much

  38. Jordan

    Thanks for such a helpful post! Most of your suggested tools were quite familiar to me. Only I haven’t tried Voilanorbert and used Snovio email finder and verifier instead. So will give it try too.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 26th, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Jordan, no problem, let me know how you get on

  39. Seshnath

    Thanks, it’s very helpful post for us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Good to know

  40. Anto Navis

    Really thank you so much man, now only I found out lots of spammy backlinks and remove it.

    Thanks for the great help and brief explanation.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      No problem Anto

  41. Jim Sanders

    This is a great post. So clear and easy to follow. Thanks for the tangible and attainable help. All your hard work is much appreciated.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 3rd, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Jim, great feedback!

  42. Akash

    Someone tried to do negative backlinks on adult sites because of this when I typed my site in the Search engine I always find many adult sites. What I can do to recover it quickly?

  43. Himanshu kumar

    this is very informative post…thank u for sharing this post

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:29 am

      No problem Himanshu!

  44. Mogais

    Hi Matt How are you?
    Dear can you make a video for newbies? Because newbies can’t do this

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Yes I will think about it

  45. Pronob Kundu

    This is my second time in this helpful site.
    Really very very helpful post for bloggers.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:55 am

      No problem :)

  46. Bright Joe

    One of my niche sites started losing its SERP ranking, I think it’s due to bad backlinks. I’m trying to follow this guide, and I hope to see better results soon!

    Thanks! This is really helpful… :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 19th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      No problem Joe!

  47. Masud Rana

    Thanks for awesome post !!! Finally i found how to disavow my bad back link. Thanks a lot bro !!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      No problem Masud

  48. Sean McCammon

    This is a great article, thanks.

    I’ve been wandering whatbwas the best way to find out what bavklibks May effect my domain rank and then how to disavow then.

    This post will be my guide for this weekend to start cleaning up my nacklinks

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 14th, 2017 at 8:58 am

      No problem Sean, glad to help :)

  49. Dami

    Hi guys, the problem i’m having after doing all that was said is that the bad backlinks kept coming back. even after i disavow them all, they appear again.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 28th, 2017 at 10:07 am

      How do you mean ‘they appear’ again?

      • Dami
        March 28th, 2017 at 4:39 pm

        Hi Matthew, thanks for your quick response. so after the disavow using google webmaster tool. I use SEMRush to keep track of the backlinks which shows me the toxic backlinks are back again after few weeks. It’s very frustrating.

        • Matthew Woodward
          March 28th, 2017 at 7:06 pm

          Ok but as long as the disavow file is in place in Google, what SEMRush reports is irrelevant

          • Dami
            March 28th, 2017 at 7:16 pm

            Right, thought so, i believe SEMRush is good but they give false information sometimes. Thanks Matthew. really appreciate this.

  50. Raj Rana

    It is very helpful article. Keep continue!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 10th, 2017 at 11:11 am

      No problem Raj

  51. che3a

    thank’s man you help me

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 7th, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      No problem :)

  52. Tushar Sharma

    hi this was a great article but i found it more difficult can i get some more easy way through i can get the same result?

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 26th, 2017 at 7:42 am

      What did you find difficult?

  53. Mukesh

    One of the best article of my search… thanks alot.. finally found a helpful article on bad backlinks…

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 26th, 2017 at 7:53 am

      No problem Mukesh!

  54. Pavitra Kumar

    Really liked this one. This looks to be a really useful guide for someone who is looking at ways to remove bad links for their website. Well written and informative. Thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 23rd, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      No problem Pavitra

  55. Munna Hossain

    Excellent article. Bad backlinks are harmful to our blogs. We need to remove these backlinks. You have shared an excellent tool that helps us to remove bad backlinks.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      No problem Munna

  56. Joy Grace

    Thanks for this complete article

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 31st, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      No worrys Joy!

  57. Munawan

    Verry Nice Article… I like ite

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Munawan!

  58. Hajar Senaru Guide

    Hello Matt. What a good post it is. Many issues and tips to overcome it are already covered in a super informative post. Really love it and big thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 15th, 2016 at 9:33 am

      No problem Hajar!

  59. pcmate

    Hi there Matthew,

    In on of my clients website, I received a lot of backlinks from spammy sites, and they didn’t even exist so there’s couldn’t be anyway to contact them. The technique that you brought it here, it’s life saving, believe me.


    Clay Smith.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 15th, 2016 at 9:50 am

      How do you mean they didn’t exist?

  60. AndroidRev

    Thanks Felix.

    I have a feeling this could be the issues with my site because I lost a few hundreds of daily visitors to my site when a site or two linked to mine. Since then, I’ve been trying to improve SEO, traffic, etc.

    I may have to do an audit to be doubly sure.

    Then, I can begin again.

    Thanks again!

  61. Syam Trekker

    Great and complete article with step by step guide to remove bad backlinks..Thank you for great posting and sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 4th, 2016 at 10:47 am

      No problem Syam!

  62. Mido

    Nice share Matt, Thanks!
    Can I use scrapebox instead of Monitor Backlinks?

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 26th, 2016 at 11:40 am

      They are very very different tools

  63. Ashok

    It seems good for me and need to follow the process defined here.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 11th, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Glad to be of service Ashok!

  64. Emilian

    It is a very strong and useful article, i just read it and got one question still: if a domain is deindexed, how this could affect me? It is not in index at all…something like bad neighborhood maybe? Thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 5th, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Is it a new domain you have acquired?

  65. Kamal Deep Chandel

    One of my website hit by penguin update with lots of spammy links and I am looking for some good information about remove the bad and spammy links and I think this is one of the good one. Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 23rd, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Sorry to hear that, I hope this post has helped you!

  66. Dan Miller

    Great post, thanks for sharing.
    Next time when you need to find contact details, try out our free Chrome extension: http://www.Lusha.co
    Its super effective for finding private emails such as Gmail, Hotmail, etc

  67. Akash Tyagi

    Great Detailed article with step by step guide to remove bad backlinks..Thank you for sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 1st, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      No problem Akash!

  68. nandu web

    Nice post,This tutorial is going to save lots of time of mine to analyze the backlink profile of my client websites.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 20th, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Please come back and let us know how you get on!

  69. Jr

    Great share as always, Matthew, thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 9th, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Thanks =D

  70. Daniel tuson

    Hi Matthew do you offer a service where you will do the clean up for a fee?


  71. Ged

    Great post as always!
    This raises a question for me. If we use a backlink builder like GSA search engine ranker, are we causing potential problems for web masters by leaving links on their sites that Google might judge to be unnatural?

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Yes that is a risk

  72. Chris

    matt thanks for the post. I actually got hit with a penalty with less than 40 links reported in gwt and less than 6 links reported in ahrefs. Think it’s important for people to know that the links reported from these services can be completely different. I disavowed most of the links and have asked for reconsideration. I’ve been rejected twice. I’m going to go one more time link by link and I may just have to disavow every single link , even the good ones, because google is unpredictable. I’ll probably end up writing a blog post of my own documenting my journey wether the outcome is good or bad ! I will try some tips above.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 4th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Wow sounds like a bit of a crazy one – are you sure its a backlink related penalty?

      • Chris
        June 4th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

        The alert in my console says unnatural links to your site. Unless Google means something else by this
        I actually have a latest blog post on my own site that i’m using to document everything i’m doing to try and attack this. I even referenced your great blog post which i’m using as a guide.

        • Matthew Woodward
          June 4th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

          Ahhh yeah then its probably the links :P

  73. Franklin

    Thanks for this article! One of my niche sites got hit hard recently by a competitor with spam links. It was hurting the site big time and I’ve been trying to find a good article regarding this topic. I found a few but very hard to follw.

    This one did the trick. Cheers

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 8th, 2015 at 3:28 am

      Hope it does the trick for you!

  74. Hanif Sipai

    Amazing Share, Worth to have all in one simple post.

    Thanks for the post. Saves my many hours work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 8th, 2015 at 3:28 am

      No problem Hanif!

  75. Sonia Neuen

    Many thanks for this well written and properly guided article on such an important topic. I am a beginner on SEO and just completed my online course and joined a company. This tutorial is going to save lots of time of mine to analyze the backlink profile of my client websites.
    I really appreciate your knowledge and thanks for sharing the same.

  76. Kent

    Hi Felix, thanks for the article. However, is open site explorer a paid service? I can’t find the “request CSV” link that you’re talking about.

    Please help

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2015 at 4:47 am

      Yes it is

  77. John Maduka

    Honestly, This is what i’ve long to see .

    Mostly Google is messing around with my links . . .

    There are few links on my blog i thought of removing from search queries. . And you have save me from a huge stress.

    Glad to be on your blog , matt

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2015 at 4:48 am

      Glad to have you here John :)

  78. Matthew Cocking

    Hi There,

    I have been following your site for a good time now, and have implemented a good few of your suggestions where possible.

    After reading this guide I was, for the first time ever, a little disappointing.

    The solutions given appear a little obvious and nothing new in comparison to previous suggestions.

    When I read the title of the post I was very excited to see your suggestions on cleaning up a backlink profile that was a bit fishy. However I feel that the topic was not covered to its fullest. For example:

    I would like to know the best way to do all of the above but without the use of a paid tool doing all the leg work.

    What are the best methods for spotting a legitimate like vs an illegitimate link if we were checking manually?

    Are there any other tools or “secret methodology” that we are all yet to realise?

    Until today I was yet to find a post on your site that made me think “Yeah I know how to do that” so I am sure you can understand the reasoning behind my slight disappointment.

    I am very excited to receive your reply.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2015 at 4:50 am

      Hi Matthew,

      While this might seem a bit basic/obvious to yourself there are many people that dont understand how do diagnose their link profiles and clean them up.

      I wouldn’t recommend anyone waste thier time by checking manually, it would take a solid 45 seconds per link and time is money! Especially if I can check thousands automatically while I’m doing something else. This is business, value your time.

  79. Jorge

    Really helpful Felix! Thank you very much for the detailed tutorial :)

  80. Jan

    Hi Matt, thank you for this detailed guide. I hope I will not have to use it, but bookmarked for future use in case a penalty occurs ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2015 at 4:58 am

      You never know :)

  81. Munir Nathoo

    Hey Matt, Can see you’re still on the go and doing wonders! It’s been long!

    Have been waiting for this long overdue tutorial, Thanks Matt!

    Well done and keep it up!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2015 at 5:00 am

      Glad you enjoyed it

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