In early October 2012, the famous Google’s disavow links tool was launched. This was to make it easier for a website owner to remove some of the shady links that may have been built by a former SEO company.
Google’s disavow links tool is a tool which should be used to inform Google which incoming links you would want them to ignore. It can be used by those who have been notified of link spam by having unnatural links pointing to their site. Before you disavow your links, make sure you make the considerations below:
Don’t Use it if You Were Not Penalized
Most people who use this tool are those who were penalized by the penguin for unnatural links. On the other hand, if your site was not penalized, using the tool can actually be shooting yourself in the foot; showing Google that you have actually been manipulating the system. There is no need for you to use the tool if you were not penalized.
You May Be Disavowing Good Links
It is almost impossible to tell if a certain link is spammy or not. Therefore, you may be doing yourself more harm than good if you start using the tool to disavow links that have actually been good for your site.
Do You Really Have to Change Your Link Building Plan?
Link building is a long-term SEO method. Instead of wasting your time looking for bad links that you may have used, you can instead create more authority links, especially if you were not notified of any violation. The more good links you have, the more the bad ones don’t matter.
You May Hurt Other Websites and Get Your Site Affected Too
One of the biggest fears that people had when this tool was announced was the fact that competitors can use it maliciously. Although it is still unclear, if Google was to discredit the sites that were disavowed, it would potentially bring down honest sites, including yours.
Building an article directory with WordPress is quite easy but managing it effectively can be quite a task. Popular directories receive hundreds of submissions everyday and it is not possible for a single person to go through all of them. Similarly there are many other important tasks that, if done manually, consume a lot of time and energy. That’s why we have made a list of free plugins that can make article management a breeze:
This plugin checks each article to make sure that it meets the submission guidelines of your site. Articles that are too short or contain too many links never make it beyond the submission page. It also checks several other things like title length, position of first link number of tags etc. Wypiekacz can help you save hundreds of man hours.
Want to hide certain parts of your back-end control panel? This plugin does just that. If someone tries to access a restricted part via direct link, he or she is redirected to the dashboard. This is a great way to secure your WordPress control panel against hackers.
Maxblog Ping Optimizer
Whenever someone creates a new post or edits an existing one, WordPress automatically pings it for better search engine visibility and faster indexing. On a small blog managed by a small group of people, this feature works just fine but when hundreds of new posts get published everyday your site can get banned from pinging services. Maxblog Ping Optimizer can prevent such things from happening by limiting the number of pings.
Theme My Login
This plugin creates a substitute for the default wp-login.php. Once you have installed this plugin your login and registration pages will look just like the rest of your website. It also gives you the ability to create custom templates for the email messages sent at the time of signup and password recovery.
Google XML Sitemap
Getting content indexed is one of the biggest challenges that an article directory owner has to face. This plugin makes things easier by creating search engine friendly XML sitemaps for your site. You can submit the sitemaps in Webmasters Tools. Whenever someone creates a new post, the sitemap is regenerated and search engines are notified about the changes. However if you are on an under-powered server, it might be a good idea to switch to manual regeneration for resource saving.
Using these plugins you can easily create and manage an article directory. If you have any ideas of your own please leave a comment.