Disavow Tool Question, Bing’s SEO Checklist, MailChimp Hates Affiliates, Speedlink 33:2013

ditesco speedlink 2013Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great and productive week. This week, I’m starting this roundup a bit different and with a question. Following a video series from Matt Cutts (and company) about types of SPAM and what to do with them, I would really like to hear from you to some of these questions.

  • Have you ever used the “disavow links tool” from Google’s Webmaster Tools (or for your client)?
  • Did you use it because you received a “manual action”?
  • Or, did you use it without receiving a manual action just because you simply don’t want to be associated with another website?
  • If you did do a “disavow”, what was the result?
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Really would appreciate your feedback on this as it may help clear some confusions that are “wondering” around out there. Really, the mess is widespread, some going as far as “being afraid to link at all“, as reported by WebProNews.com.

I personally did submit a disavow for a client but only because he got a “manual action” message. The submission was done only after a “link recovery” process was performed. Along with the disavow, a reconsideration request has also been sent. This is quite recent so sadly, I still am waiting for a response. I’m curious if you have done it yourself, and if you have done it differently.

Why am I asking this? Well, this recent video from Matt Cutts should shed some light. Pay attention to the question and also the response. What’s missing – “no mention about manual action”?

Should I be worried if a couple of sites that I don’t want to be associated with are linking to me?

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Now on Bing’s side, Duane Forrester published a post about the 27 things that help and harm your SEO. From this list, you will see that it is not much different from what already is out there. Nonetheless, if Bing is part of your SEO strategy, you may want to look into it. Will you include Bing as part of your optimization efforts? Here’s an interesting case study that may or may not help you decide.

Finally, and one that is not SEO related. Everyone tells you about the importance of having an email list. One of the reasons is because “the money is on the list”. MailChimp, a service that offers you the possibility of rolling out your email marketing campaign for free (up to 2000 subscribers), has been touted as “not being affiliate friendly”. Is that really true? An article from clicknewz.com delves into this issue and reveals some facts that you as an affiliate marketer should know about, in case you have not decided which email management service to choose from yet.

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3 Responses to Disavow Tool Question, Bing’s SEO Checklist, MailChimp Hates Affiliates, Speedlink 33:2013

  1. Tim August 20, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    I’ve used Constant Contact in the past, and decided to give Mail Chimp a try (I tend to veer towards the underdogs). Well, after using MailChimp for a few weeks, I was so thankful that I had NOT cancelled my Constant Contact subscription. I especially didn’t like when I entered an email address and then confirmation was sent to the email address entered.

  2. Rich August 20, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Don’t let Tim scare you away from MailChimp.

    A new email address on your MailChimp list would only receive the confirmation message if you’re using the public-facing subscription form, designed to post on your website, blog, etc. It’s a standard, double opt-in process.

    When you add subscribers through the list management tools on the admin side of your MailChimp account, it just asks you to check a box confirming that you have the guy’s permission to include his address. So there are no stray confirmation emails when you’re importing a list from your old program to the new.

  3. Philip August 30, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    I too have had used disavow link tool for one of my client and it worked fortunately. However, my client’s website didn’t receive any manual action message, but as I saw some drop in ranks, I just disavow some bad links created earlier with exact match anchor text. And after disavowing some bad links my client’s website again showed up in Google results as earlier within 10 days.