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What is Penalty Risk and how do I update it?

SEO SpyGlass’ Penalty Risk feature will let you detect harmful links in your backlink profile and evaluate exactly how dangerous each of your backlinks can be for your website’s SEO.


To calculate Penalty Risk, make sure you have the Penalty Risk column in your workspace. You may have to scroll right a little to be able to see it if you’ve got quite a few columns in there. If the Penalty Risk column isn’t there, please add it manually by following the instructions from here.

If you are seeing ‘Not yet calculated’ in the Penalty Risk column for your backlinks, you need to get it updated by simply pressing Update Penalty Risk on the Menu tab:


Now that your Penalty Risk column is populated with % values, you might like to sort your links by Penalty Risk (to do that, simply click the header of the Penalty Risk column). Links with a Penalty Risk value of 70 to 100% should be checked immediately – these are most likely to get your website penalized by Google. A 30 to 70% risk would mean the link is potentially harmful and it’s recommended that you take a closer look at it. Links with a 0 to 30% Penalty Risk value are those with no or minimal penalty risk – these are safe to have in your link profile.

Posted by: Masha, Link-Assistant.Com Support
Created On: 10 April 2014 05:11 PM