- Identify as many linking root domains as possible using various backlinks data sources.
- Check the ToolBar PageRank (TBPR) for all linking root domains and pay attention on the TBPR distribution
- Work out the percentage of linking root domains that has been reindexed
- Check social metrics distribution (optional)
- Repeat steps 2,3 and 4 periodically (e.g. weekly, monthly) and check for the following:
- A spike towards the low end of the TBPR distribution
- Increasing number of deindexed linking root domains on a weekly/monthly basis
- Unchanged numbers of social metrics, remaining in very low levels
The key to this entire mess is to not get bad links in the first place. And you’re not going to get bad links if you build a website, optimize the tags, and try to get natural links. You only get bad links when you want to get bad links. Right?