Checking spammy backlinks

We have a lot of backlinks to our site, but due to some agency audits they all state we are very close to a manual penalty. We use Majestic to check our backlinks. There are too many to check manually so does anyone know what the best free tools are. One anchor text is definately overused and looks very spammy - what metrics would confirm it was spammy. Domain Authority, Page Authority, Citation Flow, Trust flow for all the source and or the URL. We have 300 same anchor text links and I don’t want to disavow them if it causes major damage to the site.

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From what I can tell, the first step is to do your best effort to get the links removed from those sites.

Then for whatever remains, use disavow




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Good sharing.

Google Backlink Checker - there are no less than two noteworthy players, and other information providers in that space all on my page one result for that term.

Numerous will let you see you information for your own site for nothing.

MOZ and Cognitiveseo are also the good options to find backlinks.

Thank you all so far for your contributions. I have an update and hopefully you fine gentleman can assist with some info. I am concentrating on some low quality links from some directory sites - the domain level is different for all of them but the branch of the URL’s are the same eg:

I have checked the DA/PA and also the spam rating from Moz for these site. They seem to be ok for those, with most of them 4/17 for spam with the odd 6/7 rating. Manually checking these sites, they have the same background, web layout, design etc, which immediately makes me realise there are bad links.

I’m aware that I should contact them to get the removed completely and if that fails disavow them. But I am cautious to remove some or all of these links as my total link profile will be missing a chunk of links and if google hasn’t necessarily recognised these links of spam, I could be doing more harm than good. Checking these url individually - none of them have been penalised by google. So if i remove them and my rankings take a hit, then not easy to re-add them, but if I disavow them I can always re-avow them, which takes a while but at least they go back on eventually.

Anyhow, seems I have splurged quite a lot above so I will try and be concise to what I’m asking

  1. Should I disavow 20 of these replicated links once a week even though they don’t seem to have been penalised.
  2. Will reducing the lower quality links regardless of if penalised or not help my site overall.
  3. Does anyone have a good site which primary focus is checking a websites spam?
  4. Previous disavow links we have - some look ok - is readding a viable option.

Thats all folks - all contributions are very welcome!

Have you read Google’s guidelines on link schemes?

Particularly relevant are these sections:

Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site’s ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.


Additionally, creating links that weren’t editorially placed or vouched for by the site’s owner on a page, otherwise known as unnatural links, can be considered a violation of our guidelines. Here are a few common examples of unnatural links that may violate our guidelines:

Low-quality directory or bookmark site links


Instead of finding free tools, go for pro tool like Link Detox. It will be really helpful to save your time.

Evaluate these links based on (1) relevance to your site (2) value-add – if both are not met by those low-quality links, I’d rather disavow them. It won’t hurt your site so much since you’ve mentioned they’re low-quality even if they’re not really penalised.

Links from Google Search Console, Majestic SEO , Ahrefs are good tools to use to check your backlink profile, but evaluation should still be done manually based on relevance and how natural you were able to acquire those links.

Hi everyone. I just have a quick follow up question.

I check our backlinks daily with Majestic and we seem to have links from article directories which definately look like spam. The domain is different but the branched url is also similar or exactly the same. Also the anchor text is something we don’t have on our site, and also the url it links to doesnt exist anymore. Examples are below - is those someone hacking us as in negative seo or is it scraper sites and how do I stop it. Help is much appreciated our organic rankings and sales have been dropping every month despite us running best practices.

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