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@AdamJamesMason I have had some tussels with clients regarding links to remove, sites under brutal penalties still hanging on to links on sites that look okay, but are to all intents and purposes just dead in the water.
I tend to think be pretty brutal - if it's not a real link on an active site then kill it.
Will have a play with this though for sure and shout you back. :)
2 years ago on Surfacing Unnatural Links > Why You’re Doing it Wrong
@AdamJamesMason @Elaine Clay @markba55 I'll second that and I have seen sites with almost purely branded anchors still clearly under the wing of the penguin.
@AdamJamesMason Hey, yeah, sorry, terminological gaff there, this seems in most cases I have seen to be algorithmic and the anchor aspect seems related but separate to the quality of the linking sites for sure. Will give this a blast though and let you know how I get on.
Sadly, I am a little excited to give it a go, which shows I don't get out much. ;)
@AdamJamesMason @marcusbowlerhat Very good, replied above, god knows what happens with this duplicate. :S
Hey Adam, certainly in our experience, there is a lot more to this than just anchor text and I have seen clearly penalised site with what would look at first glance to be a nice and clean branded anchor profile. But, when you dig in, via majestic or we have been using the link detox tool from link research tools you still see that pattern of links from low quality sites.
Anchor text seems to be part of the problem, one that is actually fairly easily fixed. I have resolved a few anchor text issues for people that got them back up on one or two heavily hit terms, but still the overall traffic was decimated.
Very cool. :)