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Possible Negative SEO?

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Possible Negative SEO? Marquie 7/9/13 9:03 AM
We've seen a sudden drop in rankings for branded terms since the last penguin update. I was doing a back link analysis and came across a huge influx of spammy links coming into our site from Chinese Wholesalers. There is the same block on hidden links in the footer on all of these sites which includes a link to our site.It almost seems like it's in the footer of a template. However, I've looked at other sites using the same templates and they don't seem to have the link.  I've never contacted these sites for links.  I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me if they've seen this type of occurrence before.

Thanks!
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Ashley 7/9/13 9:20 AM
URL?


What are the keywords that they are using to link to your website? It possible you've been hacked. 
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Marquie 7/9/13 10:34 AM
Our site: http://goo.gl/7wkUv

Example of linking sites:

http://www.dreaminthebox.com/
http://happyhamshop.com/

You have to view the source code to see the links because they're hidden.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Marquie 7/9/13 10:35 AM
They're using 'womens shoes' as the anchor text.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Ashley 7/9/13 11:11 AM
yuck. Just low quality spam sites linking to you - 

I think that you can probably ignore them, or disavow the entire domain. But I'm going to ask around to see if anyone else has any ideas. Have you submitted a spam report against these sites?
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Gary Illyes 7/9/13 11:52 AM
Hi Marquie!

These look like normal fluctuations for a site like yours. I don't see anything that's due to technical issues on our or on your side, so I would recommend continuing to work on your site, adding new content and improving existing content.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Marquie 7/9/13 12:05 PM
Not yet. I'm working on compiling a list of domains to disavow. Should I do both? disavow and report as spam? Since I don't know where it's coming from, I'm a little afraid that there's more lurking on the horizon. I would like to see how these got there and stop it from happening further. I'm at a total loss on why we would get these links.

Unfortunately, we've largely relied on naturally garnering links in the past so this big influx of links is throwing off our quality vs spam link ratio. I'm afraid it might be negatively impacting our organic rankings.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Marquie 7/9/13 12:13 PM
Hi Gary!

Thanks for the response. We've seen natural 'crap' links on our other sites before, but nothing on this level. There's about 20+ domains with the same spam links in the footer of their sites. I'll try and disavow them and build more quality links. However, I'm afraid it's going to be a slow go and our link profile is going to look unnatural for sometime to come unless we can get them removed.

thanks!
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Suzanneh 7/10/13 4:21 AM
>>...and build more quality links. 

Uh oh... What do you mean by that?  If you're building them, they're not natural.

Suzanne
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Vengatesan Sivaramakrishnan 7/10/13 5:47 AM
@Suzanne!  Should be building natural link by adding valuable content.  Does that make sense? 
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Marquie 7/10/13 8:37 AM
@Suzanne  you can also look for people that are already talking about your brand and request a link in the content they've already written.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? dwsmart 7/10/13 8:50 AM
@Marquie.

That is an example of unnatural links, if they wanted to link to you, they would have done.
If you do want them to link, for the traffic, not the ranking, get them to make the link nofollow.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Ryan Clark 7/10/13 9:06 AM
What a garbage response. If a related high quality site talks about your brand and you email to get a link, there's no need to get a nofollow. There's nothing unnatural about that and this over fear of links is crazy.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? dwsmart 7/10/13 9:22 AM
Surely the very definition of a natural link is one you had no hand in?

As you offer link building services for a living, I suspect your definition is probably very different to mine, but I suppose the only one that actually matters is google's, neither you or I have access to their exact definition, so I guess your answer is equally as rubbish as mine.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? Marie Haynes 7/10/13 10:33 AM
John Mueller has said in a hangout that it is perfectly ok to ask someone to link to you provided you are not giving anything in exchange for that link.  I would consider it perfectly natural to find places where people have mentioned you and ask if they can link to your site.
Re: Possible Negative SEO? dwsmart 7/10/13 11:10 AM
@marie

Fair enough, thanks for sharing and enlightening

@Ryan,
Looks like the only garbage in on my side after all

Re: Possible Negative SEO? StevieD_Web 7/10/13 12:27 PM
> I would consider it perfectly natural to find places where people have mentioned you and ask if they can link to your site.


Yep.  That would be a link in hindsight as the source has already mentioned your site/product so changing/adding/upgrading the mention to a link is very appropriate.

(in the same manner, if the source had misspelled your name, you would ask for a change/correction)




>it is perfectly ok to ask someone to link to you provided you are not giving anything in exchange for that link

asking is one thing....Just remember that there is a pretty good chance that sites who eagerly/willingly provide the link might not be the highest quality source of links..... so you might want to temper who you ask.