Take the 2-minute tour ×
Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I was running backlinks analysis and it shown me some suspisious backlinks on forums. These links are natural, as users of these forums shared links with others.

Should I disavow such links in GWT?

share|improve this question
1  
If these backlinks are natural from users, keep them all. From Google, it's the golden rule for backlinks. –  Zistoloen Jun 2 at 9:48

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

You should keep them if:
- If they are normal urls (not with weird parameters)
- The forum is of proper ranking (not spammy, decent reputation etc)
- The forum is about the same general stuff as you have (eg: forum->cars & you->puppies = useless)

If it doesn't harm you, don't disgard. Backlinks have value in Google, but quality over quantity, but a backlink is a backlink. Maybe it's not the most optimal place to get linked from, but if users click the link and visit your site, who cares? You just got a visiter :)

PS: Bing! goes with the quantity over quality logic, so that will benefit.

share|improve this answer
    
If the backlinks are natural from users, they most probably come from a forum with the same theme (or a topic with the same theme at least). –  Zistoloen Jun 2 at 9:50
    
Yes, most probably they are, but thats not guaranteed, hence me posting it. Apart from that, it's good general knowledge for other people :) –  Martijn Jun 2 at 9:52
    
But what if one of the backlink analysis tools marks them as suspicious with a 50-70% chance that this is a toxic link, what do I do? –  CamSpy Jun 2 at 10:42
    
Do a manual check. Those are just tools, they're not perfect. Google's analysis will be WAY more advanced, just asume that if they're good, G will see the good. –  Martijn Jun 2 at 10:43

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.