SEOWhat’s the Deal With Links From M.Biz? Should You Disavow?

What’s the Deal With Links From M.Biz? Should You Disavow?

Do links from have a negative SEO impact on your site? Do you need to disavow them to be safe?

Several times a week I get an email from a site owner who is asking whether they should disavow links to their site that come from and clone sites. I have been asked this frequently enough that I decided that an article on this topic would be useful to readers of Search Engine Watch. I’d like to preface this article by saying that some of what I am writing is simply personal preference as I do not know with certainty how Google handles these links. But, I will give you my thoughts and also some information that Google employees have stated that support those thoughts. I also would greatly encourage comments from those of you who have differing opinions to mine.

What Is M.Biz?

The site appears to be simply a search engine. The whois data for the site lists it as being owned by Lv ShaoHua and registered in southern China:


This area of China is called Shuitou, Fujian, and is known as one of the largest producers of stone in the world, exporting granite, marble, and all kinds of stone materials. When I read that, it made sense why I see so many link audits that contain subdomain links from sites like this:


And this is the real problem with links from The site has thousands of subdomains. My blacklist of domains that I almost always disavow contains more than 2,000 subdomains. (We’ll get to more on whether you need to disavow these in a minute.) The problem with the sites is that they link out from thousands of subdomains to almost every site on the Web. No wonder it looks like negative SEO.

Take a look at this: A site search for mentions of on shows more than 10,000 results!


And here’s an example of one of Search Engine Watch’s listings on an site:


It appears to be a followed link that has keywords in the anchor. However, the reason that there are keywords there is because is simply taking the title of the page to which they are linking and using it as anchor text:


Are Links From M.Biz Sites Negative SEO?

No, links from are not negative SEO. I can understand why someone might think that they are being attacked by a competitor when suddenly they see a whole bunch of new, potentially keyword-anchored links that are coming from many different sites. But these links are not a sign of a negative SEO attack.

Do You Need to Disavow Links From M.Biz?

This is the real question! Do you need to disavow these links? My short answer to this question is, “No, you probably don’t have to disavow them, but yes, I do disavow them just to be sure.” I am fairly certain that Google can see these links as just garbage links that don’t matter and that they know that they are not links that you made in order to increase your search engine rankings. Manual link penalties and algorithmic devaluations in the Penguin algorithm were created in order to demote sites that are overtly cheating. Google’s algorithms really should be able to determine that this influx of directory links was not a result of you creating links in order to manipulate your search engine rankings.

When Google employee John Mueller was asked in a hangout about whether or not to disavow links from sites, he said, “Usually we can recognize this kind of duplication, but if you want to be absolutely sure that they’re not counted…then adding them to a disavow file is generally relatively easy to do.” He was asked a similar question last year when someone asked if we needed to disavow links that came from sites that scraped your listing on, and he said, “Usually the dmoz scraper stuff are things that we notice as well. It’s not really something I’d focus much energy on.”

The point is that you really should not have to worry about sites that scrape the Web and link out to you without you asking for them to do so. However, I personally still do disavow these links simply because I don’t completely trust the Penguin algorithm to do its job in this respect. What if I have a page on my site that has a title of “SEO services” and then hundreds of sites link to them producing followed links all anchored with “SEO services”? Even though Mueller says that Google should ignore these, I would prefer to include them in a disavow file to be even more certain that they are not going to affect me.

I think that this is even more important for sites that already have some unnatural links. If you have received a link penalty in the past, or if you have been affected by the Penguin algorithm, which goes after unnatural links, then I really do recommend disavowing links that you see from If you have a site that has never had unnatural links knowingly built to it, I think that you are most likely fine to ignore links.

How to Disavow Links From M.Biz

When I see links that are coming from sites like and and and and the like, I simply add the following line to my disavow file:

This will disavow all links coming from all subdomains.

However, the real problem is with the sites that redirect to In many cases sites will have links from domains like or that redirect to or other sites. They’ll be listed in your reports from Webmaster Tools and other backlink checkers as and not as sites. In fact, reports that has more than 2 million links redirecting to it!


The only way that I have found to find all of these links pointing to my site is to manually review my backlinks each month and add any new clone sites like the ones mentioned above to the disavow. So, in the above example, I would add the following to my disavow file:

Unfortunately disavowing “” will not disavow these links.

And…it doesn’t end there. also runs sites that don’t redirect to but instead just look similar such as the ones below:

…and many others.

The other thing that I have been doing is making a list of every single site and sites that are similar to that I come across. After doing a large number of link audits, my list now contains several thousand of these domains. When I produce my link audit sheets, I cross-reference them against this list so that I can just automatically disavow them. But even with this blacklist of thousands of clone sites I still continually come across new ones regularly.

In Summary

Here are the take-home points of this article:

  • links come from a search engine linking to your site.
  • These links are not a sign of negative SEO.
  • You probably don’t need to disavow these links as Google likely ignores them, but there is no harm in doing so. I do disavow links from and similar sites for my clients’ link audits.
  • You can disavow all subdirectories by including “” in your disavow file. But, for the sites like you’ll need to disavow those domains individually.

Your Thoughts?

If any of you have insight on why has so many of these clone sites, please let us know in the comments. Do you routinely disavow these links? Or do you just ignore them? Comments are welcome.


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