After the Google’s Penguin update, have your web site got affected? Is this attributable to the spammy links that you have on your website, which you are not able to take off? If yes, then you need not to worry any more, because Google has made it attainable to dig out those spammy links that are affecting the reputation of your site, with the help of their “Disavow Links Tool“. This great tool has been launched by the Google’s web spam team Matt Cutts in October 2012.
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In order to fight against various link spammers, Google is constantly updating its algorithms. As many of us have noticed that after the Penguin update, countless websites have been caught up in link spam, and several webmasters have received the messages in Webmaster Tools regarding “unnatural links” pointing to their site. This tool is especially created for those who were encountered by the Penguin Update as a result of purchased or spamming links. Before using this tool, one should be clear about a few things such as:
Who all required to Disavow links?
Those who have suffered from the unethical SEO back linking tricks can use this disavow tool to clean up spammy back links. Especially the folks, who have purchased links by violating the Google’s policies and can be suffered a penalty if links not get removed, need this tool. Moreover, the people who have gained the links from participating in bad link networks may require this to disavow.
How Google designed its endemic Disavow Links Tool?
Google’s disavow links tool is created with an aim to clean up and improve the link profile of a particular website. As soon as, Google started considering the bad links, a kind of a negative vote, it introduced this tool. This is created in order to prevent the spammers from being able to harm your ranking.
How to determine if you are having spammy links to your website’s link profile?
There are mainly two methods using which you’ll be able to determine the spammy links to your site:
Download Your Link Profile in Google Webmaster Tools
Make use of SEOMoz’s Open Site Explorer to download your link profile.
No matter, whatever method you are choosing from the above methods, the result that you’ll get after reviewing your downloaded CSV link profile will make you able to identify the spammy links if any. After receiving the result, you can start contacting those websites directly and try to make them take down the link. Because, even after using the Google’s disavow link tool, the actual link will still be there on your website and can be clickable by the users.
Proper System to yield for enduring links to the Disavow Links Tool:
The process is quite simple:
Develop a “.txt”, document that you will be acknowledging to the tool
Copy the spammy links from your exported CSV file that you couldn’t get extirpate
Paste them inside your “.txt”, file, one link for each line. You can avail distinguished language to disavow links from whole domains a lot like you do with the “robot. txt”, file
Once you have a saved “.txt”, file, check again all the links in this file that you want to clear
Go to the Google disavow link page and select the site you’d like to disavow links from
Flip through Google’s small cautionary message and click “Disavow Links”
Choose the “.txt”, file of the links you’d like to remove and upload.
In this way, you can choose to opt for using this tool. If you like to make some changes in the submitted links, you can do so as Google keeps the “.txt”, file available for download. You can download the file, add another link to ignore and then re-upload the “.txt”, file for Google to process.
Some important deliberations to comprehend formerly using this tool:
Before opting for this tool and submitting the links, there are some important things to be kept in mind such as:
a) It should be used only when you are engaged in SEO efforts and have spammy link profiles that you need to clean up.
b) This tool should be used as a last option when you are not able to clean these links manually.
c) Be very cautious while using this tool, first have a careful research of all the spammy links.
How does this tool operate?
If you are bothered that due to some backlinks, the reputation of your site may get affected, you can go for the disavow links tool. You can submit those links to this tool. It will be like an indication to the Google that these links should not be considered while ranking a site. Using this tool is very simple, you just have to be logged in your Google Webmaster Tools. Now, you can enter the particular URL that you want to disavow in the disavow links page. After entering the URL, you are required to upload the particular pages or whole web site for which you would like to disavow links. It is advisable to the average users who haven’t used or been hit by the aggressive SEO tactics, shouldn’t use this tool.
How much competent this Disavow Links Tool is?
Although, submitting links to disavow links page is considered as a strong suggestion by the Google to ignore these links, but it doesn’t give a guarantee that these links will be ignored fully. Therefore, there is a need to pay a great attention while using this tool as your one wrong step can have, devastating consequences on your Google page rank. This is because, you may by mistake disavow links that were working in favor of your website and by disavowing them, you could end up lowering your ranking.
Why it is worth to employ Disavow Links Tool?
It is better to try to remove bad links manually, if your site has not been penalized yet by the Google. Furthermore, if the ranking of your site has already suffered from the bad links, Disavowing these links could be a good option. It may take some time to see the significant changes in your ranking after using this tool, but after re-crawling and re-indexing all the pages, Google will surely let you notice the boost in the ranking of your site.
Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?
Some people love attention.
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I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.
I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.
If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:
- small talk
- general BS
people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.
100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.
How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries
Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.
I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.
If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.
You Are Walking into a Word Office
Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.
What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?
I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.
I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.
I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.
People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.
Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.
Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?
Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.
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The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.
Birds of a feather flock together.
You have heard that one, right?
I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:
- face your fears
- serve humanity
- be a bright light for people to follow
- live your deepest, wildest dreams
Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.
Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.
Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.
Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.
Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.
Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.
Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.
Who Do You Hang With?
Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.
For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.
Surround yourself only with bloggers who:
- have posture
- have authority
- charge top dollar
- profit freely
- prosper freely
- exude confidence
- have a highly developed prosperity consciousness
You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.
But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.
Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.
Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.
Just your blogging success at stake.
Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?
My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.
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All of our power resides in the moment.
None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.
Time is illusion.
Only Now is real.
Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.
This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.
How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?
I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.
Bruce Lee and Blogging
Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.
Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.
Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.
The Flavor of the Month
Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.
While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.
Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.
Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.
Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.
Success Finds Specialists
I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.
Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.
Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.
I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.
Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.
Do one thing. Do it well.
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