I have a website which is not scoring good in Google's search results. I use Majestic SEO and Open Site Explorer in order to have a view about my link profile. I now see different backlink domains, some of them already removed, that contains sexual content or other non relative content linking to my domain.

How much influence does these strange linked domains have on my search result? Even if some of them are already removed for a couple of months. I have already disavow open sexual domains using the tool that Google provides.

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If those websites are spammy and link from and to other low quality websites, then they are in what is called a bad neighborhood. If you link to them or they link to you, then you become part of the bad neighborhood too. It is bad for your rankings.

However, since you most probably do not link to them and you removed (disavowed I guess) those links, then you should not worry about these. Your ranking issues do not come from them. Just make sure to remove bad links if new ones appear.

  • And what about business directories? I see 80% of the domains are business directories. What should I do about these?
    – Mivaweb
    Aug 22, 2014 at 7:49
  • If there is editorial content and they are not accepting 'anything', then they are ok. Otherwise, get rid of them, especially if you did not subscribe to them. Aug 22, 2014 at 7:53
  • What do you mean with: If there is editorial content and they are not accepting 'anything', then they are ok.
    – Mivaweb
    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:00
  • Someone is reviewing what is being submitted to these directories (i.e., it is not automatically accepted). Aug 22, 2014 at 8:01
  • What do you think about the following domains: spidir.com, cybo.com, europages.dk
    – Mivaweb
    Aug 22, 2014 at 8:08

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