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Solution for artificial links impacting DR
hi, yes 8:48 am so, an issue with the indication of my DR due to spammy backlinks, I think ahrefs' DR misrepresents my DR and shows artifically higher than it should be that's because of plenty of artificial redirects let me give you an example we're talking about site: devsdata.com https://images.google.com.mt/url?q=http://devsdata.com/ plenty of artificial redirect like that one now, I'll of course take time and aim to remove them that being said, I don't have control over these links and it could be that i will not succced in removin them but ahrefs being a remarkable tool there should be a feature to disregard these link and don't take them into consideration when calculating a DR I mean, these links are invisible to Google so it's really a pity that ahrefs takes them into consideration when calculating dR what can we do about it? all i need is to see my TRUE DR right now, ahrefs show artificial, fake and false DR becaause of these spammy redirects Steven profile So I can see there is a surge in your backlinks and referring domains, so you mean there are spammy backlinks to your domains right some of them, yes especially the ones with redirects like that one images.google.com.pe/url?q=http://devsdata.com/ maps.google.pl/url?q=http://devsdata.com/ Steven profile Have you tried to disavow those spammy links? in google - yes but ahrefs still shows them if I disavow in ahrefs, will the change be reflected on my ahrefs DR or not? Steven profile Actually it will not affect the DR, it will help to remove those spammy backlinks from your backlinks profile yes, so we'll need to find the solution i mean, I appreciate the effort that ahrefs takes to be a remarkable tool but this is just simply a bug in your system and allows people to artificially increase the DR just in ahrefs, but not in google but of course the goal is to have ahrefs DR as a valid indicator of domain authority so, what can we do about it there need to be a solution this is obviously a big bug in the system if not addressed Steven profile That is a good question, but there is no quick fix on this topic. Let me explain first by how do we calculate DR To calculate DR, we consider: When a domain's DR is higher, more "link juice" is transferred to linked domains. The source domain splits its rating equally amongst the domains it links to. So: a DR-10 domain which links to three other domains can influence your DR more than a DR-80 domain which links to a million other domains. So your question now is if spammy backlinks point to your site and inflate your domain authority, how to get that fix. There are lots of factor put into consideration for a spammy score and in fact there is no predefine "spammy score" within Ahrefs cause there is no best way to define the link is spammy or not unless you check through it. In case you are keen to learn more, we have a guidance to help user find out those spammy links -> https://help.ahrefs.com/en/articles/752797-is-there-an-accurate-way-to-detect-spammy-backlinks So with that said, if you look into changing of DR which will be a more complex topic to address and there is no quick walk around to fix that I am afraid. However, we are working on an improved version of Site Explorer and that might be able to help further on this topic. Currently this is an ongoing project, we are looking to have more updates by next quarter. reading yea but the problem remains it's not even a matter of spammy links in a sense, I'm not talking about links considered spammy I'm talking about links that are genuinely worthless to google, but at the same time they are used to inflate ahrefs DR these are all the artificial redirects e.g. google.com ... ?q=http://devsdata.com Steven profile I know, but as I mentioned, this is a complex issue and there is no quick solution currently. We are working on some improvement on DR but again no confirm time when this will get fixed. quick solution would be just the ability to, perhaps only locally if the project is added, allow the users to submit a list of links that should be totally ignored.
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Update AHREFS Index for Disavow for accurate UR Rating
We have over 175k junk links to our website. I have submitted a disavow txt file to Google as of 8-21-2019 (I can submit proof of this through a screenshot or a screen share). Today, I went through and submitted this to AHREFS, since I saw that our UR rating is still very low. I reached out to AHREFS and they informed be that they will not be removing these links from their index, only from reporting? And that this submission will not update our UR. The only way I can get these updated is by having the referring domain remove them. As you can imagine, the odds of this domain removing all of these links are incredibly low. Perhaps this is a reason as to why Google allows you disavow links in the first place. How you can easily address this issue: Have someone who is attempting to disavow backlinks provide digital proof of their submissions to Google. A simple screenshot of the Google Search Console Disavow submissions screen, after submission, would be proof enough. Also have them include the txt file they have submitted for accuracy. You would then go through and update your index. This will remove any spammy agencies who are trying to fudge their numbers to clients and keep your reporting clean and incredibly accurate. In the meantime, I have reached out to the offending domain and am awaiting on a reply. From what it looks like, their website was hacked and they are sending out millions of spammy links. I will update if they respond.
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