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    ABW Ambassador Andy's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    I have a site that has slowly been dropping in Google's rankings, and I couldn't figure out why. I haven't over optimized it, nor does it practice any questionable tactics.

    I've been trying to figure out why it was dropping, as the sites taking its place weren't all that spectacular. Finally, I wandered over to my Links page and started checking for dead links.

    I found 3 links that were dead, one that didn't respond, and another that no longer went to the site intended, but to a certain body part enlargement site!

    I figured since this site doesn't have that many outbound links, this would be enough to get penalized by Google. I've removed the bad links now, and will see if this helps restore the previously healthy ranking this site has enjoyed over the past few years.

    If you haven't spent some time clicking on those outbound links lately, you might want to do it. I'm going to be checking them monthly from now on.


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    Good reason why you should have total control over all links in & out.

    They should be owned by you or "distant relatives"


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    Full Member markschok's Avatar
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    January 17th, 2005
    I like xenu link checker for this job.
    good when you have a lot of links.

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    ABW Ambassador erninator's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    I learned this lesson the hard way when I got dropped by a merchant due to a porno link. I traded links with a Christian family-oriented site that I had previously known and trusted. When I checked the link it went to a XXX site that produced a pop-up hell session. A link checking program would not have caught this.


    It may be that my sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

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    Hey at least the XXX folks knew which prospects to target

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    January 17th, 2005
    because of this thread I went and checked a few of my links and some were dead, others that were supposed to be reciprocal links had missing links pages or switched to a script that google couldn't follow. Off they came!

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