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Google Penguin Update on the Way: Time to Analyze Your Backlinks

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When Google's Penguin algorithm first went live nearly four years ago, sites that were engaging in black hat link schemes saw massive reductions in search rank and traffic that ended up being very difficult to recover from. At it's best, Penguin helped even the playing field by penalizing sites that were gaming the system through dubious link building. Unfortunately, it also killed some sites whose webmasters were unaware they were doing anything wrong or unethical.

Now, a new and potentially final Penguin update could be on its way. Analyzing your backlink profile can help ensure your rankings don't plummet.

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Penguin 3.0 Is Here, but the Disavow Tool Remains Mysterious

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It's that time again. Google's Penguin 3.0 update has officially rolled out after about a year of silence, and the reactions so far have been mixed. Webmasters and SEOs will likely be doing one of three things as the update takes effect: enjoying a surge in rankings due to a clean link profile, seeing no change in traffic, or scrambling to fix low-quality links.

Fixing spammy links involves either contacting the webmasters that are linking to you or using Google's disavow tool. Unfortunately, despite much discussion, Google has failed to make it clear when people should actually disavow links.

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Is the Riskiness of Link Building Too High? Experts Are Divided

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John Mueller recently announced that Google's Penguin 3.0 update is likely to launch sometime this year. Webmasters won't really be able to evaluate its effect until after it's put into place of course, but the repercussions of the update shouldn't be all that surprising.

SEOs hopefully learned some lessons about spammy linking after Panda 2.0 ended up wreaking havoc with the traffic and rankings for some sites. Despite all the chatter over Penguin, however, nobody can seem to definitively assess the riskiness of link building. Experts disagree about even some of the most "dangerous" tactics.

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The State of Link Building in 2014

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The processes and effectiveness of link building have been under constant scrutiny over the past few years. Between Google's anti-spam Penguin updates and less-than-reputable SEOs taking advantage of decent linking techniques, the link building arena looks very different in 2014 than it did even three or four years ago. Techniques such as submitting to forums, blog commenting, using directories and article marketing are often now seen as spammy, ineffective or counterproductive. As far as guest blogging goes, different SEOs have various opinions.

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How to Send a Reconsideration Request to Google

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Google's Search Quality Team posted an informative FAQ on the Google Webmaster Central Blog about filing a reconsideration request to Google for backlinks - something you may need if your site suffers from inbound links from spammers and black hat sites.

This is because Google decides a page's ranking in the SERPs (search engine results pages) based not only on where that page links out to, but also from where links are coming. Although the entire post is worth a read and contains links to tons of useful webmaster resources, we're providing some highlights below:

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