How SEO Advice is Making People Go Bonkers Over Links!

by Lisa Irby
I wasn’t planning to blog today, but after reading at least two dozen emails in the past week about link removal requests, penalties, using the Google’s disavow tool and sheer confusion about search engine rankings, I want to share my thoughts and opinions. One thing is very clear. The Google updates in the last two years have caused all sorts of confusion, paranoia and outri ...Read the full article

Disavow links

Matt Cutts explains the "Disavow links" feature of Google Webmaster Tools. Learn more about how to use the disavow links feature on our blog and in our Help Center: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-new-tool-to-disavow-links.html http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2648487 Access the feature here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main More webmaster resources: http://www.google.com/webmasters/


Should I use the disavow tool even if there's not a manual action on my site?

Should webmasters use the disavow tool, even if it is believed that no penalty has been applied? For example, if we believe 'Negative SEO' has been attempted, or spammy sites we have contacted have not removed links. James, Bristol, UK Have a question? Ask it in our Webmaster Help Forum: http://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!forum/webmasters Want your question to be answered on a video like this? Follow us on Twitter and look for an announcement when we take new questions: http://twitter.com/googlewmc More videos: http://www.youtube.com/GoogleWebmasterHelp Webmaster Central Blog: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/ Webmaster Central: http://www.google.com/webmasters/


Should I add rel="nofollow" to links that are included with my widget?

What should we do with embeddable codes in things like widgets and infographics? Should we include the rel="nofollow" by default? Advert the user that the code includes a link and give him the option of not including it? Christian Oliveira, Madrid Have a question? Ask it in our Webmaster Help Forum: http://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!forum/webmasters Want your question to be answered on a video like this? Follow us on Twitter and look for an announcement when we take new questions: http://twitter.com/googlewmc More videos: http://www.youtube.com/GoogleWebmasterHelp Webmaster Central Blog: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/ Webmaster Central: http://www.google.com/webmasters/