If you've ever looked at the links pointing to your website, you've probably seen a lot that you don't recognize, and that look very suspicious. Some tools, such as SEMrush, tell you which ones pointing to your website are bad.
Once you've identified the links that are dangerous, follow these simple steps to disavow the links (but only if you're technical should you attempt this on your own):
1. Go to Google Search Console's page for link disavows (if you don't already have an account with them, you need to set it up and set up your website on Google Search Console as well).
2. Set up your list of links to disavow on a .TXT document (they give you an example of how to set up the disavows - you can disavow links or domains, or both.
What does disavowing do? It makes the links pointing to your website not count towards their score of your website. Google is constantly analyzing websites (including the links pointing to and from a website) and essentially gives them a grade that determines ranking. All-in-all, Google has a little over 200 factors that go into ranking websites (including website loading speed, which is more important now recently), so there are more things to improve, but disavowing bad links is essential if there really are bad sites linking to your website.
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