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DNW Mini Lesson: How To Recognise And Deal With A Negative SEO Attack


The scariest thing that can happen as a blogger is to have someone attack your website.

This is because it’s completely outside your control. However, there are things you can do to try to limit any negative effects of an attack.

In this DNW live, I discuss what a negative SEO attack is, how you can you recognise a negative SEO attack and what you can do to deal with it.

This type of attack is gutless and very frustrating. I know. I now have had two sites attacked this year.

The crazy thing is that one site doesn’t get Google traffic and the other has a tiny DA and only ranks for very noncompetitive search terms – there was really no reason to bring down either.

So it can happen to anyone.

In the video below I’ll show you how I worked out this site is a victim of a negative SEO attack and what I did about it. I also discuss what happened to my other site that was attacked and what the outcome of that was.

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I also could have shown you links to my travel blog as an interesting contrast. They look worse than the ones to this site at first glance.


  • It’s normal for that site to get tons of weird links a day
  • When I look at the pages reported to be linking to Where’s Sharon, they often don’t have my link on the page anymore
  • If they do, often it’s copied content grrr (not great but a different issue)
  • The links don’t seem like a malicious attack. They are just dodgy sites that copy content or collate content and the links are gone pretty quick

What you are trying to find in this process is something out of the ordinary and, when someone has attacked you, its usually quite obvious, like all the comment links with the same anchor text like I mention in this video.

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About the Author

Sharon Gourlay is passionate about working online and helping others to follow in her footsteps. She left Australia with her young family at the end of 2014 determined to grow an online business. She succeeded and now supports her family of 5 to live their dream lifestyle.

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