One of my blogs http://www.ebestcars.co.uk was hit by Penguin badly after the launch of animal updates. I started to remove all the links pointing to website whether good or bad because you don’t know what is going to turns against you. In an effort to remove the links I went so far to even remove links from all the directories that were in SEO Moz good directory list and WEB CEO Suggestion’s list. Guess what? Those were also included in manual action because Google rejected that look for paid links. And those were the only paid links (review fees by directory owners). However, I will cover this topic in my next post for Penguin Case Study.
Recently, I sent a re-consideration request on wrong message of hacked links and I was hoping that everything is clean. I should get my website back now. I was disappointed when again I was declined, but there was some hope when Google identifies which links to remove. These were all article website links, but Google provided a hint and I removed all the article website links. See the image below!
These article links were created in 2010 long before the launch of Penguin update. I had a lot of questions in mind when I was removing the link from these article websites.
- Ezine Articles PR 6, Domain Authority 93, Page Authority 94
- SooperArticles PR 4, Domain Authority 63, Page Authority 73
- ArticleBase PR 5, Domain Authority 91, Page Authority 92
- Amazines PR 4, Domain Authority 76, Page Authority 80
These websites have good Page Rank, Domain Authority and Page Authority, but all are now slammed down because of links created on these websites. It is now irrelevant that PR and Domain Authority matters for getting a good link.
ArticleBase is safe because they make your links no-follow, but remember anything you do on large-scale is going to hurt your rankings in Google. That being said, I wonder if 5 articles submitted to EzineArticles pointing to my blog were large-scale?
I will be covering case study on directory links in my next post.
There were many people saying that good authority Article Websites are still safe! This myth is now debunked, Thanks to Google.
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