For those of you who haven’t been part of the beta testing of SpamFlag, you might not be aware of our project to make a free tool to help the SEO community deal with manually auditing link profiles. That’s not a problem, you know about it now…

In short, following this tweet from Marie Haynes on Twitter we’ve decided to take the project out of beta:

Like many people who make ‘stuff’ to solve problems, we’re always looking to make ours better. As such we’ve been busy adding features over the months to make it better at doing the job, but sometimes we’re a little scared of releasing it to the community. However after we asked this question

… and got this reply

That’s music to our ears – and if Marie Haynes says it’s ready, it’s ready!

We’ve added everything we need to, within the limits of a Google Chrome extension (although we’re going to look at a solution to this new one.)

It’s especially apt as it’s exactly 3 years since Google first released Google Penguin.

Happy Birthday Google Penguin!

Who is it for?

Someone needing to manually audit a link profile quicker and more accurately as a result of:

  • Google manual actions for link spam
  • Google Penguin algorithmic ‘penalties’ for link spam
  • Being a victim of negative SEO, and needing to constantly manually audit a link profile

What does it cost?

Nada, zilch, zero, nothing!

After spending the last 5 years+ (before the days of Penguin) removing penalties for links we feel your pain, and wanted to help others in – let’s be honest – a horrible, but ever more critical task. Also we ask that if you find it useful please share it with others, and make everyone’s life easier.

What does it do?

For those of you who are new, it does what it says on the tin.

In a nutshell, it helps you to quickly locate any links on a webpage that link to your chosen target domain(s). Using SpamFlag will significantly speed up your manual link classification process, and help you find manipulative and spammy links much more easily.

Manipulative Link Identification Chrome Extension

Manipulative Link Identification Chrome Extension – Highlighting follow links to target domain

SpamFlag will show you:

  • If there is a link on a webpage pointing to your chosen domain(s)
  • If the link is a Follow link or a NoFollow link
  • Exactly where a link is located on the page
  • The alt text of images which link to your chosen domain (anchor text in the eyes of Google)
  • The parent element if a link is not visible (hidden)


  • Quickly and easily navigate to the links on any webpage
  • All link types – including JavaScript links – are supported.
  • Multiple domains – helpful if you’re working on a site with redirecting old websites
  • Shortcut keys, to speed things up
  • Shows the target of a link without having to click on it (on hover-over of link)

Download SpamFlag to your Google Chrome browser

Download here from the Chrome web Store

And if you don’t know if a link is good or bad…. We’ve been making a guide for that, with a little help from some of our friends.



Sorry, we couldn’t resist!.

We’d like to personally thank all our guinea pigs, urr beta testers for their help with testing the tool, and their feedback on how we could improve it to ultimately make life easier for everyone manually reviewing link profiles. Without your time and contribution we would never have been able to get the Chrome extension to where it is now.

Download here from the Chrome web Store

Author -

Martin is the co-founder of SpamFlag and an experienced Google penalty removal expert having successfully removed over 150 penalty actions. @mocwoods. Google+.

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