By 2 years ago in Blogstorm SEO

We’re selling access to our link blacklist of 80,000 domains

Over the past 18 months we’ve been hired by loads of websites to help them recover from manual and algorithmic link penalties with quite a lot of success. Currently over 40 penalty recovery project clients have seen full recoveries thanks to our teams work.

During this process we have manually reviewed and classified over 80,000 domains as being the sort of domains that we never want any clients to have a link on. This classification is based on a number of criteria including direct feedback we have received from Google during conversations around reconsideration requests as well as when they have provided examples of unnatural links in Webmaster Tools messages.

These blacklisted sites are the sort of sites that would never pass any weight and any sites that have lots of links from them are potentially at risk from future updates. We take a proactive view about links and audit the profile of all new clients against this blacklist as a minimum.

We see the value in tools that offer an automated link audit but we firmly believe that the decision to remove or keep a link is a very difficult one and having access to a manually audited blacklist can save huge amounts of time and remove a lot of risk from your link profile.

Typically our blacklist will match around 30% of the link profile of a site that has been hit with a link penalty which really speeds up the audit process. Obviously if you have not been hit with a penalty and we can match over 30% of your links it might be time to panic!

We’re not selling the entire database but we are going to be selling a matching service whereby you tell us your domain and supply a download of your links from Webmaster Tools (we will also gather & merge Open Site Explorer & Majestic SEO data) and we will match your link profile against our blacklist and provide a list of matches with an appropriate disavow file which will effectively remove the link from each of these domains.

This service is priced starting at £1000+VAT per domain for small sites but we are charging based on the size of your link profile so please get in touch with us for a full quote. We can also do a manual audit of the rest of your links once the matching is completed.

By Patrick Altoft. at 9:43AM on Thursday, 11 Jul 2013

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events. Follow Patrick Altoft on Twitter.