Questions tagged [negative-seo]

The negative-seo tag should be used for questions about preventing attackers from hurting the rankings of your site. Questions about conducting negative SEO against other sites are off-topic (and immoral.) Negative SEO is NOT about potentially damaging your own site's rankings and this tag should not be used in such cases.

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What is the appropriate way to deal with blog post that start to rank on porn-related queries?

In Google Search Console, I noticed a few of my blog posts have started to rank for porn-related queries. When I checked in ahrefs I saw a few hundreds of spammy links to my page through a redirect ...
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Link exchange with nofollow noindex bad for SEO?

I have different websites A and B but the same niche. Some users visiting website A has interesting to buy products on website B and vice versa. So, I thought to exchange backlinks on both sites and ...
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Best way to configure URL and subdomain

I am configuring a new brand which is a sub-entity of a well established organisation with excellent Google standing. I was thinking to configure the new site as a subdomain, new.old-brand.example, ...
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How to redirect to the latest post/article correctly without impacting SEO?

I'm working on a site that will showcase the latest photos from photographers and there'll be minimum text e.g. description of the photo, location of the photo, etc. The site will deployed using ...
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How to stop false DMCA causing URLs to delist?

Recently a malicious actor started to attack the URLs of my website by using DMCA reports. I did not notice the first report so it caused me to delist some of the most important URLs of the website ...
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Is it possible to dissavow all links from a top level domain (like .xyz)?

Is it possible to disavow domain extensions? Like .com or .net? Lately I noticed new spammers strategy instead of pointing many URLs to your server they point hundreds of domains from certain ...
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How to deal with spammy links to an article I wrote in a different niche than the rest of my site?

I made the "mistake" of writing an article related to crypto (different from my main niche) and got tons of Blogspot backlinks from spammy blogs. Is it going to help if I just delete the ...
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How to deal with data-sheet and product PDFs which are repeated over the web?

What is the proper way to deal with a situation where a company (acme.com) is selling and implementing certain kinds of gadgets? Each product has its own dedicated HTML product page, with only general ...
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Can hashbang (#!) URLs be used to SEO attack a website?

Apparently Google indexes hashbang URLs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDs-MufuiAg Can an attacker link to another website with fictitious hashbang-URLs and use it to hurt that website (if the ...
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What's the best strategy for letting extraneous domains go?

My employer has several dozen domains that were registered by a previous marketing team, who felt they needed to register every possible variant/misspelling they could think of. The vast majority of ...
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Are Chinese websites unfriendly to Google optimization? Why does my website always fail to rank on Google? [duplicate]

Are Chinese websites unfriendly to Google optimization? Why does my website always fail to rank on Google? my:www.szhtw.com.cn And why many people on this platform want to hack our China, we are also ...
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Will a website on a different country publishing owned reviews from the original have any implication on SEO?

So I have a website where I post affiliate product reviews etc. Let's say it's example.com. On this site, I post international product reviews which have worldwide shipping. Recently I bought example....
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What do you do when you find out some one has created hundreds of low quality backlinks to your website?

For the last couple of months, I noticed that the backlinks to a website I manage as reported by https://semrush.com increased by more than 800. When I checked, I found that there were hundreds of new ...
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Bad backlinks although not yet registered in search engines?

I have a website that is hosted online but not yet registered in the search engines. But my website already has backlinks. Bad backlinks. Backlinks that have zero relation to my website. How can this ...
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SEO for websites with similar content

We have 3 businesses, located in different areas, with different names. They have different domains, and do not cross reference each other. The business is the same function (medical), and branded ...
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Malicious bot - mulitple cities and browsers

I have a very small website, in a very competitive niche, that may receive a 100 hits a day, mostly for long tail keywords in blog posts. Yesterday and today I have been receiving dozens of hits per ...
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Is it true that Google does not like copying pages and changing the keywords?

I have created 3 web pages and optimized each for similar content (only change Keywords) but different keywords & Meta Description in all 3 pages. Is the okay to have similar content on these ...
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site: search on Google was showing results from another site, they were removed, but now reappeared in Google Search Console

I'm facing an odd situation, I've added site as property to google search console in this april, around last week i checked that search query, site:my-site.com was showing links for pages which I have ...
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Malicious backlinks from malware sites - what's their purpose?

I have two websites that have created dozens of backlinks to my website. votefrankharris dot com and a similar ddswhite dot com. The first website's backlinking pages redirect to malicious pages/...
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What should I do about penalized websites that have been 301 redirected to mine?

Someone is doing a negative SEO attack on my site 301 redirecting toxic sites to my site. I have done research and nobody online seems to have an answer. Would disavowing the domain doing the 301 ...
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Ubersuggest continuously finds newly created spammy backlinks to my site

I found some of the spam links in Ubersuggest backlinks report for my website.. The spam backlinks increase daily as measured by this tool. I removed all URLs from Google Search Console as well as ...
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Permalink Structure change killed traffic - change back?

On my website I had a wordpress permalink structure that was as follows: http://example.com/2012/03/post-name/ Having read in many places that a simpler permalink structure could boost SEO rankings, ...
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How to block external links from websites that have loaded our website in an iframe?

There's website lilpot which has listed URLs to millions of website from it's domain and is loading those websites in iframe. Recently, it has started doing the same for my domain too. We want to ...
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Implement hreflang with multiple regions same language and page

My search results seem to not be correctly localized since adding a 'Europe' /eu/ page. My header now looks like this (taken from EU page https://example.com/eu/features/). <link rel="canonical" ...
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Can I wildcard disavow all links from any site on a specific top level domain?

So lately I found more than 7,500 links our website that are coming from spam sites. I used disavow to get rid of them. In the future though, nobody stops a spammer to make abc.tk foo.tk bar.tk LOL....
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How can we prevent sites from loading our site in an iFrame which causes spammy links in out "top linking sites" report?

There are few websites which are loading our entire website in iFrame and generating lots of spammy links to our website from their domain. Check this link which has linked our pages and loaded our ...
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Can a website harm the SEO of another? [duplicate]

Sounds strange because and indeed it is. I came here to ask for this because I am lost for words, in a negative way. The company I work for, created a new brand name. Let's call the company Foo and ...
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Is it okay to cross-post my own posts on multiple separate WordPress.org sites? Is it good or bad for SEO? [duplicate]

I write blog posts for multiple WordPress.org blogs and where content overlaps, I wonder if I should post it separately on multiple blogs or not. Often this happens with posts I write to my personal ...
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Using both JSON+LD and Microdata to markup the exact same information on a page

This Quora Answer: https://www.quora.com/Can-I-mix-microdata-and-JSON-LD/answer/Aaron-Bradley The above answer from 2015 mentions there being a potential problem when marking up the same entity with ...
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Is sudden high bounce rate traffic on one page of my site a negative SEO from competitors?

My Google analytics shows %100 bonce rate on one of my website pages in last 2 weeks. All of this traffic is new user and visit this page directly (Not from search engine, paid search or referral) and ...
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How can I quickly detect irrelevant Keywords suggested by Google Keyword Planner?

Even if I provide focused seeds to Google Keyword Planner, it usually returns some irrelevant keywords. I want to quickly detect and remove them. Do I have to check every suggested keyword? Sometimes ...
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Negative SEO: do brand mentions (not links) on low quality websites affect rank?

My brand - 'Brand X' - has thousands of mentions on low quality websites. These are mentions only, sometimes mentioning 'Brand X' and other times mentioning the domain 'brandx.com'. No hyperlinks ...
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Thousands of links from Russian Sites

I've recently checked into my Google Webmasters account and found that I have several thousand links from .ru domains. Almost half of all links from one domain. I have never hired anyone for link ...
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SEO for multifacited company [duplicate]

I am trying to create a website and up the SEO rating for rocket-media.co.uk. The company covers a lot of different design, print, exhibition and digital services. They currently have a one-page site ...
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Are automatically generated spam backlinks that I didn't create likely to be a negative SEO attack from a competitor?

In last 10 days, my website traffic suddenly increased. Yesterday I noticed that my domain authority value and my website backlinks also increased. I reviewed my backlinks in ahrefs.com and I noticed ...
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Someone is duplicating/reproducing my site what can I do?

Someone has created an exact copy of my site. At first, the code of his pages were identical to mine. A few days later he just replaced my internal links with the same links to his own domain. At ...
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Is it cloaking to use e.preventdefault on the link to the second page to make users register before continuing?

We have a very voluminous site. We want to index around 50,000 pages. We want the pages to be all in the Google index and accessible. We also want that if a user arrives on the first page, when he ...
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Accident with a lot of indexed pages - Google is not happy

We had more than 500 pages indexed, we are a relatively new site but I think we have good content so Google was ok with our pages. Most of this pages were profiles and had a url structure like /place/...
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Will Posting a Link to My Site in Every Tweet Have a Negative Impact on SEO?

I have a site that auto-posts to twitter (and facebook) different content from my site (always unique) about 5 times per day. Will including a backlink to my site in every post negatively (or ...
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Method for removal of high number of spammy links

I haven't been able to figure out the right combination for deindexing spammy links from search results. On one hand, we have the Google URL remover which removes links temporarily (they may show up ...
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What is happening with this backlink profile? Is it spam, malware or an intentional attack?

I recently took on a new website client. During my initial research, I ran their website through ahrefs. I discovered several dozen (maybe a little more) of spammy looking backlinks. Some dating back ...
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www vs non-www in seo [duplicate]

I recently overhauled a website for a client. Their preference was to switch from a www url to a non-www url as part of the redesign. Once we launched the site, it took a major plummet in its ...
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Is SEO dinged if another site's post excerpt and thumbnail are used on a different site for reference?

I'm trying to see if what I have in mind is optimal or if there is any other solutions as I didn't see a definitive answer when I tried searching the site. The closest question I was able to find was ...
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Business Directory - duplicate content in descriptions - SEO impact

I run a Business Listing Directory website listing local businesses in the area. These businesses are allowed to submit their company description, contact details, URL and other links such as Fb or ...
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Should I submit both mobile and desktop domain names for indexing on non-responsive sites or is that bad for SEO?

I have a desktop version of my site using yourwebsite.com and a mobile version using m.yourwebsite.com. Should I treat them as one site and only submit the desktop version along with its sitemap and ...
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How can I copy posts from my old (but still active) blog without SEO penalty?

I have had an old blog (which is still active) where I published some articles which I also want to publish on the new blog? How can I do this without SEO penalty?
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How can I unmask the culprit behind a Google Bowling (negative SEO) attack?

There is another question here, How to prevent negative SEO?, which gives the same advice found on most other online sources: Just have more good links to outweigh the bad. That's nice in theory, but ...
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Two websites with semi-similar keywords on same IP server / SEO affecting SERPS [duplicate]

Two websites have semi-similar (main) keywords 1 brand site /w keyword "Superman shoes" and 1 retail site named shoes.com They both run on the same server/hosting, same SSL cert, comparable design, ...
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How to PREVENT ranking for a keyword?

A client frequently receives unwanted traffic from Google. They do not wish to receive these visitors, mainly because they want not to deal with them through their support channels. So they asked for ...
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Get Google to ignore backlinks from a particular domain

I just used a backlink scan tool to show me the backlinks to my site. I have found there are almost 90k backlinks. The problem is that about 95% of these are coming from the same domains and these are ...