Useful Tools to help recover from a Google Penalty
There is a real lack of infortmation out there on what tools to use. finding the right ones could save you months! Yes months of time and get your site on the path to a quick recovery!
Google does not provide you with a list of dofollow and nofollow links, this is a major flaw for so many reasons. So you are left with only a few alternative options so here is a list of dofollow nofollow link checking tools, I have listed tools that are good and bad so that you can see what ones to avoid.
Blackhatlinks.com Free Dofollow / Nofollow Link Checker
This tool literally saved me hours! It works almost perfectly, however there was one serious problem some links cause the software to crash, I had 12 links out of 15,000 and finding them was hell! However the time saved by this tool was worth the problems. This is the best bulk link checking tool I have found.
SEOGadget - Data gathering tool
This tool is awesome! You can load all your links into this and get a report on lots of great info such as dofollow/nofollow, anchor text etc... even is there are multiple links on one page! The only downside is there is a limit of 200 links, but you can just load in a new list after you save the current one! All the data comes from SEOmoz.
ScrapeBox Bulk Do-follow Backlink Checker
WARNING This was the first tool I tried, I thought it did the job because it found lots of links. It ignored thousands of dofollow links marking them as nofollow. My Reconsideration request failed as a result of that.
SearchStatus Toolbar Extension for Firefox
This tool is excellent for spotting nofollow links when you are browsing a webpage.
ScrapeBox Free Bulk Link Checker
This tool will check any list of links to see if they exists, I am unsure of the accuracy of this tool as other ScrapeBox tools have been unreliable.
This tool is so useful! I used this tool for my disavow file, it finds duplicate domains with different paths and removes them. So if you have 20 links from one domain all on different pages you can use this tool to remove them and the one that is left can be changed to domains:website.com for your disavow file.
Remove'em Self Serve Link Removals
I purchased this service and was very disappointed, there are a few flaws in the service. This tool allows you to upload one csv file once, then you are charged for each one after that. This is fine if you have prepared your WMT list of links properly. However there is no option to only upload that list because it starts to crawl ahrefs etc.. right away. When you add your file afterwards it will ignore the links it knows about already. So you will be unable to see a complete list of WMT links which is the only thing Google cares about for Manual recovery. However customer support are very nice. There are too many restrictions when it comes to sending emails with templates all designed to charge you more. Out of all my links it only found contact details for 15-20% of my links and 10% of those were wrong emails. It was a waste of money for me. The only useful thing in the end was the speadsheet report that I could use to show Google I had tried to remove links. Also the emails sent out have no links in them for recipients to click to automatically let you know they have removed your link.
$249 per site
rmoov backlink removal tool
This tool helps you clean up your backlinks, never used it so not sure how good it is. But I have recieved 2 emails from them asking for links to be removed from my site and neither links ever existed so there might be a big flaw there. A good thing is they have a removal link in the email so you can let the system know you have done something. However when I clicked that link to say I got it by mistake I still got sent the same request again a few days later.
Ahrefs Link Checker
I have an Ahrefs account, it is the largest index of live backlinks and recent studies have shown it to be the largest by a long distance. Remember for a Manual Penalty however you only need to focus on the Webmaster Tools List
Majestic SEO Backlink checker
Majestic SEO also claims to have the largest index of its kind publicly available. Their free service allows you to get lots of data for your own site, which is very uselful for general analysis.
Open Site Explorer, Search Engine for Links from SEOmoz.
A huge amount of data on your backlinks and plenty of other data, including your competition.
Looks like an interesting option with lots of cool features to help remove bad links. €50 excl. 20% VAT, you get 2 link detox credits, valid 1 month
Link Removal Services
Remove'em - Full Service Link Removals
The fees are as follows $10-$20 per link removed, there is an initial consulting/set-up fee of $1,000 and they also require a deposit for link removals.
LinkDelete - Backlink Removal Service
For $97 a month LinkDelete will contact 400 sites per month and ask them to remove your links, they will manage everything for you and provide you with a report