Link Detox® (DTOX)

Protect Your Site

Recover and protect your site from Google Penalties by cleaning up your backlink profile.

The Link Detox Tool (DTOX) analyzes all links of your website and classifies them automatically with the help of the DTOXRISK® score. The analysis is based on a variety of SEO metric, certain problematic contexts, and our self-learning data-driven Link Detox Genesis algorithm. Link Detox will offer you a recommendation for all your potentially harmful links. Furthermore, the Link Detox Risk (DTOXRISK®) metric helps you with your Link Risk Management and provides for safe search engine optimization.

Benefits of DTOX

Benefits of DTOX

  • Remove a manual Google Penalty
    If your site has received a Manual Action in Google Search Console, you can use Link Detox to identify all the bad links and create a disavow file. The disavow file is then uploaded to Google Search Console.

    You can also use the PitchBox integration* to automatically reach out to webmasters and ask for links to be removed. Even if they don’t respond favorably, you will have an e-mail log that you can include in your Reconsideration Request which shows the ‘considerable effort’ that Google requests. The effect of the disavow file can be made to happen faster by using Link Detox Boost.

    It is very likely that in the period between sending the Reconsideration Request and getting a reply from Google more links may be found and Google may object to these. By setting up a Link Alert you will be notified of any new links and will be able to deal with them accordingly.

  • Remove an algorithmic Google Penalty
    If your site is not ranking properly, it may have an unnatural backlink profile which is triggering the Google Penguin filter. This can be checked with Link Detox and a disavow file can be produced and uploaded to Google Search Console. The effect of the disavow file can be made to happen faster by using Link Detox Boost.

DTOX Features

The Link Detox also helps you to reorganize your site, if you received a Google Penalty or were punished by Google Update. The automatic backlinks classification keeps your domain clean and you can quickly find backlinks with a high or low DTOXRISK® score

Furthermore, you can also find out how high the DTOXRISK® is on your site. You can contact webmasters with the help of integrated contact function for all harmful links to be removed. In addition, there is advanced Google Disavow integration that for example, gives you the possibility to deliver the links that are already in the Google Disavow Link Tool and should be ignored. Of course, there is also the possibility found harmful or suspected links to be loaded or exported directly to Google Disavow Link Tool.

Starting a DTOX Report

Start your DTOX Report – from the “Start report” dashboard. You will need to provide the following information:

1. Enter the domain you wish to analyze

2. Consider the suggestion of connection your LRT account to your Google Search Console account.

3. In the past, it was necessary to tick the box by agreeing to analyze both, domain and sub-domain by consuming 2 credits. With our latest tool upgrades, now we automatically analyze both domains for you with only 1 credit.

4. Choose the links you would you like to analyze

Instead of running Link Detox on the entire domain, you have the option to run it on a page and sub-folder basis. 

A page is any page on your website; this could be the homepage, a landing page, a product page, a category page or even your contact page.

Why would you want to analyze a single page?

Analyzing a single page will give extra precise calculations of DTOXRISK and more detailed data. Some use cases of single page Link Detox analysis are:

  • High-value landing pages: high-value landing pages deserve special attention. Enough said.
  • Homepage: many websites have most of their links point to their homepage. This makes a separate analysis worthwhile, especially when your content and deep links are just as big.
  • Our tools have the option to launch extra tools to dig deeper into a single link, so that you can find the DTOXRISK for the exact page that your link is on

A sub-folder is a section of the main domain, it looks like this: http:// Sub-folders are used to separate site content into different categories. 

Why would you want to analyze only a sub-folder?

Analyzing a single sub-folder will give extra precise calculations of DTOXRISK and more detailed data. Analyzing a sub-folder will help in these cases:

  • UGC: monitor sub-folders that contain User Generated Content (UGC), as they can contain spammy comments or posts.
  • E-commerce: if you run a typical e-commerce operation with sub-folders for different categories, e.g. babywear or toys. You can now analyze and assess individual categories for their own DTOXRISK. 
  • Travel: similar to e-commerce, travel sites are often partitioned by countries, regions, and cities. You can now perform separate and individual Link Detox Risk analyses for specific high-margin regions.
  • Blog vs. product: if you run a product news blog on your product site such as our /news/ directory and product descriptions in /tools/, we recommend a separate risk assessment of the blog. 
Link Detox For Pages and sub-folders

In this mode, you can choose if you want to have the NOFOLLOW links evaluated in your results or not. Depending on your option the Domain DTOXRISK® score will change.

Theme of the Domain

You have the possibility to select the theme associated with the websites niche market making your reports more accurate. This feature better handles rules such as SUSP5 = (Domain’s Theme is listed as suspicious (Adult, Gambling, High Risk etc.). So these rules will not be triggered for adult sites if you select an adult related theme and this makes your reports much more accurate. While the rule was good for mainstream markets we realized those high-risk niches need special handling and that’s why we created this theme selection feature. We recommend that you always select the correct theme of your domain to improve the accuracy of your results.

DTOXTUNE® settings

What is DTOXTUNE®?

DTOXTUNE® allows you to identify and target specific Link Detox rules up front to tweak per your opinion and experience for the calculation of the DTOXRISK® score. This allows you to start the report generation process in a much more targeted and efficient manner, finding only that which you want, and nothing you don't. It works like a modifier/ filter that will allow you to adjust which DTOX rules you would like to ignore or target, and/ or even to what degree you might want to ignore or target them.

Why is DTOXTUNE® helpful?

Every niche on the web is different. From our observations, we are sure that Google uses many different variations of their internal algorithms for each country, language, and niche. You can now adapt your Link Detox analysis to that wild real world complexity with DTOXTUNE®.

You can now, for example, tweak Link Detox better for those weird spammy niches in Eastern Europe or adapt it to the always different niche segments in the high margin industries. You can create DTOXTUNEs in the DTOXTUNE® Dashboard. If you want to apply DTOXTUNEs to older reports, this is possible when you Recalculate your report.

Manual Spam Action

If you have a Google warning message, manual spam action or any example spam links from Google, then please provide with this information right in this section. This information will help you and us to receive better and more accurate results.

Choose the DTOX-Mode

Choose a suitable DTOX Mode (depending on your packe).

  • Link Profile Audit (Classic mode)
    With the Classic mode, you can check your existing backlinks. We use a lot of backlink sources, but we recommend you to enrich our data with all additional backlinks files you have, like from the Google Search Console or any other custom link building reports. We then combine our data sources with the provided backlink source files from you and verify and evaluate all links for you.  This is the mode you should use if you do a regular backlink audit on your link profile. Your links are classified with the help of the DTOXRISK®.
  • Disavow File Audit 
    In this mode, you can review the quality of your disavow file. Upload your existing disavow file to Link Detox and get the DTOXRISK® for your disavowed links. If you notice that good links were disavowed by mistake, you can easily undo your decision by simply creating a new, corrected version of your disavow file.
    The disavowed links with simulated DTOXRISK® will be highlighted in purple in the link-detail-table.
  • Link Opportunity Audit (What-if mode)
    Checks potential backlinks taking your existing backlinks into account. You can upload any file with potential backlinks and the Link Detox will simulate how your Domain DTOXRISK® will be if these potential links are created.

You will be able to filter for this simulated links in the link detail table.

We have created LORT for a quicker way of evaluating potential backlinks and simulating them in the detail table on a DTOX report baseline.

We do have a huge amount of link sources available, but it is reasonable to upload all available backlink-files into the Link Detox. This way your results will be even more accurate.

Please make sure that you upload the file in the right format. We support the following formats: .GZ, .ZIP and .CSV.
You can find more information about the formats of the files right on our homepage here.

The most common mistakes are:

  • Users uploaded their existing link data from GSC into the “WHAT-IF” mode. But that mode is for simulating “what if you had those links”. When you just want to add more link files, you need to use the “classic” mode.
  • Users uploaded a file of “linking domains” from GSC, instead of the “linking pages”. You find more information on how to download the correct file here.

We recommended to download all files and to upload them again into the Link Detox if you re-run a report or re-start a report because Google Search Console never shows the total view.

Upload Your Disavow or Ignore File

If you have already uploaded files into the Google Disavow Tool or want to exclude certain links from the report, then you should upload your files here to receive a more accurate result. This list will be saved in your Settings and will get taken in your account in all backlink analysis tools. Of course, this data is only available for you. You can check these lists and can change them anytime. We support the Google Disavow format and the custom backlinks format in CSV in the upload.

Disavowed backlinks will not be included in your report and are automatically included in the export of your disavow file.

Ignored backlinks will not be included in your report and will not be included in the export of your Disavow file.

Click on the “Run Link Detox” button and wait until your report is downloaded. This may take some time depending on the amount of data. Please note that, unlike other tools, we validate all data on demand and therefore verify the existence of each link.

Advanced Options

In the advanced options, you can use the following settings for DTOX:

  • Dropped Links Handling
  • Report Title
  • Repeat Report
  • Keep Tags and Link Rating

In order to receive the best DTOX result, you will need to do the following MUST-DO Features:

Integration of Google Search Console

Connect your Google Search Console (GSC) account to us and enjoy extra link data without extra cost or work.

FYI: Google Search Console does not show all links, and especially not all links you need for a fast Google Penalty Recovery. But it helps, as they are just another data source to contribute links to the mix that we combine, filter, and cleanup for you.

TopDomain vs SubDomain

Before, we gave our users the option to choose if they wanted to analyze both their domains for 2 credits.

Now, there is no more TopDomain vs. Subdomain dilemma. Now, we automatically analyze both domains for you with only 1 credit. This is one of our most important tool upgrades that helps all users maximize the utility that they get from the DTOX tool.

Keyword Classification

Classify at least 80 % of your keywords: To enable four rules (SUSP28, SUSP29, SUSP30, SUSP31) in the Link Detox Tool and to receive a correct calculated Domain DTOXRISK®, you will need to classify at least 80% of the keywords.

Backlink Source Files

Upload all available link source files: We do have a lot of data sources, but we do not have a 100 % index of the web. For this reason we recommend you to use our improved upload function and to provide us with all your available link source files - especially from Google Search Console for links and disavow-files. Make sure you also upload the disavow files in order to receive a correct calculated DTOXRISK®.

Rate Links

Rate Links as Good or Bad: Now you can rate if a link is good or bad for you. This means, if you think a link is bad, then rate this links with Thumbs-Down. If you think a link is good, the rate the link with Thumbs-Up. These decisions are taken into account for the DTOXRISK® scoring in the reprocessing step. Your decisions count 100% for you – and based on your user’s authority and trust we apply it will also help improve Link Detox Genesis® decisions in the future if substantial signals were generated.

Steps to Receive the Best Results

If you follow the next steps, you will receive the most accurate result in Link Detox:

  • Step 1: Gather all available link sources

If you wish to receive a highly accurate and efficient report, we recommend you to gather all backlink source files that you have available and upload them to the report. Those backlink sources files can also be from Google Search Console, Majestic Historic Dumps or even your old link building reports you received from Fiverr years ago. We suggest giving them meaningful names. 

Please make sure that you upload the file in the right format. We support the formats:

  • for custom backlink files: .GZ, .ZIP and .CSV
  • for disavow backlink files: .CSV and .TXT

If you are unsure how to download your linking pages from the Google Search Console, you can read some information here.

If you wish to download a disavow file from the Google Search Console, you can read an instruction right here.

  • Step 2: Start a new Link Detox Report

Please follow all the steps in the chapter "Starting a DTOX Report".

  • Step 3: Explanation of Report Sections

You can find more information in the chapter "Interpretation of the Results"

  • Step 4: Preliminary Checks

Check your Link Detox value

As soon as your report is finished, you can do some specific preliminary checks. First, check your DTOXRISK®. Now it’s time to do some further checks to make the Link Detox Risk value even more accurate.

Check the Keyword Classification

It is necessary to classify at least 80 % of your keywords. This will improve your DTOXRISK® Score. So don't worry if you have a high Domain DTOXRISK® score. You will need to classify the keywords first.

For this reason, please check how many of your keywords have been classified. If the % number is below 80 %, then you need to go to the keyword classification page.
Read more on this in the chapter “0 Categorize keywords”.

In the next steps will show you a trick how you can easily and quickly classify your keywords:

  • Money Keywords first
    First select all the obvious money keywords (filter e.g. for “internet marketing”, then bulk-check on top of the “money” column. Repeat this step with different kind of money keywords.
  • Compound Keywords
    Then enter your brand and see which links need to be changed to “compound”. When you then exit and enter the classification tool, you can then go to filter for the brand keywords.
  • Review your already classified keywords 
    Are your keywords classified correctly? Here you can use our trick too. Enter the most important keywords into the field “Anchor text” or enter your domain and review the classified keywords. To see your already classified keywords make sure that the box “only show already classified keywords” is ticked.

You can read more in the Chapter, "Classify Keywords".

Then, check your uploaded disavowed backlinks.

If you uploaded your disavowed backlinks, do a quick check in the summary if these links are shown in the summary as "G". In the brackets, you can see the number of backlinks that are in the report. If there aren’t any backlinks in this section shown as "G", you should check your uploaded file:

  • Does it have the correct format?
  • Does it have linking pages, and NOT linking domains?

You can find a description right here how to download the correct format from Google Search Console.

These links will also be shown in the link detail table if you click on "Show me these links".

  • Step 5: Reprocess DTOX Rules

After classifying 80 % of the keywords, it's time to reprocess the DTOX rules.

By clicking on "Reprocess DTOX Rules" all rules and the Domain DTOXRISK® will be recalculated.
The process does not cost any credits.

NOTE: This button ONLY becomes active (green) if any changes (like keyword classifying, link rating or disavowing) have been made in the report AND the report is re-loaded with F5.
If you did not make any changes to report, then there is nothing to re-calculate.

In this step, all keyword-based rules are re-evaluated.

  • Step 6: Link Rating

Rating links Good or Bad is a vital new method to train our data-driven organic Link Detox Genesis® algorithm.

Filter all links with low DOTXRISK score, Filter FOLLOW Links in LinkStatus and “M” in “Class” for Money. Those are the very risky links usually, and unless you have been spamming like crazy, you shouldn’t have too many. Enable the LinkLocation to identify Comments, Sidebars and get a quick idea on where that link is placed. Then start the Link Detox Screener® we introduced in July 2013 and use it to rate the links really quick.

If you think a link is bad, then rate this links with Thumbs-Down. If you think a link is good, then rate it with Thumbs-Up

If you rate all of your links, then you will receive more accurate results. 

  • TOX3

Repeat above for the TOX3 links. Those are links were Genesis is VERY sure you should get rid of them ASAP. We haven’t found a single case yet where we wanted the link, but if you do, just give it a Thumbs-Up and re-process.

If you rate all of your links then you will receive more accurate results.

  • SUSP20

Repeat above for the SUSP20 links. Those are links that Link Detox Genesis® finds to have a high DTOXRISK® score to various degrees. Filter SUSP20. If you have a lot of SUSP20, then sort by Risk descending and start with the FOLLOW/ Money links also.

If you like a link give it a Thumbs-Up, if you think it must go, then a Thumbs-Down will make it clear that you really don’t like it and scores will adapt accordingly after re-processing the report.

If you rate all of your links, then you will receive more accurate results.

  • Other Links 

Feel free to perform additional ratings for other links too, as we take ALL your feedback into account – especially for your own report YOUR opinion counts a lot more now.

  • Step 7: Reprocess DTOX Rules

After rating the links, it is time to Reprocess the DTOX rules.

By clicking on "Reprocess DTOX Rules" (1) all rules and the Domain DTOXRISK® will be recalculated.
The process does not cost any credits.

NOTE: This button ONLY becomes active (green) if any changes (like keyword classifying, link rating or disavowing) have been made in the report AND the report is re-loaded with F5.
If you did not make any changes to report, then there is nothing to re-calculate.

This way, you can fine-tune your results, but also give us feedback that we use to train Link Detox Genesis®

  • Step 8: Review the Results 
    After all these steps:
    • Uploading all available backlink source files
    • Classifying at least 80 % of your keywords
    • Reprocessing
    • Rating all the links
    • Reprocessing

You will receive an accurate Domain DTOXRISK® value. Now it’s time to disavow.

  • Step 9: Disavow

Disavowing should always be the last option. Before you export your disavowed links, you should try to remove the potentially harmful backlinks manually by contacting the webmaster. In the Link Detox you have a column, showing the e-mails of the webmasters. With this information you can quickly contact the webmasters. Use the tag function to keep an overview of the domain contacted. Only if the contacted webmasters did not react or delete you link, you should consider disavowing your backlinks. Of course you can also download the links for the Google Disavow links tool, please find more information in chapter Starting a DTOX report.

  • Step 10: Recheck after 1 Week

We recommend waiting a week then start "Gather all available link sources" again, re-run the DTOX report after uploading all link files and the most recent Disavow file

Interpretation of the Results

The Link Detox (DTOX) analyzes all your backlinks to your website and classifies them automatically into backlinks with a low or high DTOXRISK® score. The user interface is easy to handle and supports you in discovering all malicious links to your site with 1 single click. On a basis of general spam link rules and the Link Detox Genesis®, which is a new data-driven, self-learning and organic algorithm with millions of extra data points, it is possible to classify your backlinks into backlinks with a low, medium and high priority and therefore you are able to evaluate them afterwards.

Report Information

In the Report information, you can find useful information. For Link Detox, these points are very important:

1. Which project the report belongs to on which date it was created, which date the crawling has started and which date the report was last reprocessed.

2. The backlink sources used: Domain Backlinks is our data source and Custom Backlink source is your file (or more files)

3. Removed dropped Links

4. How many backlinks found and how many credits needed for the report

5. Which Link Detox mode was used and if NOFOLLOW Links evaluation mode

6. Here you can also Re-run the report. This means that the report will be started again with the same setting. Please note that a re-run of a report costs credits. You can also export your results as .TXT (Google Disavow Links), .CSV, .XLSX and .PDF (not all formats are available in all plans).

This note informs you how many links have been deleted due to site-wide, deleted and duplicate links. Our Site-wide Links-Filter is a filter that removes huge numbers of links from a certain domain to now skew results.

This means when you have a site-wide link on a domain, for instance, 1000 sub-pages from the same domain and the site-wide links filter is set to 5 (automatically), then 995 pages will not be shown in the report.

This reduction in links is your advantage as you see a more realistic picture of your backlink profile, but in tools, like QBL and BLP this filter can be disabled (at the cost of longer processing and sometimes heavily skewed statistics). In Link Detox the site-wide filter cannot be disabled, as it would hurt some of the detox rules, but you can deactivate the "Delete Dropped Links" function.

In Link Detox, this function is activated by default because it is important for the Link Detox rules.

Domain Stats

The main domain stats, showing: LRT Power*TrustTM, LRT PowerTM, LRT TrustTM and the number of the referring Root-Domains.


This chart shows you your Domain-wide Link Detox Risk (Domain DTOXRISK®). Here you can also see how many keywords have already been classified and which domains have been analyzed.

Anchor Text

The pie chart shows you the absolute numbers of your anchor texts. Next to it on the right side, you can see the absolute and relative number of the most frequent anchor texts your backlinks have.

If you click on one of these, the link detail table will automatically be filtered for this anchor text. You have a new option now to find out which anchor text have the highest DTOXRISK® by checking the keyword cloud “anchor text by DTOXRISK®”.

If you see a red anchor text this means that you should check these links in more detail. Green means that there is not a high risk. The bigger the anchor text in the cloud is the more backlinks of this anchor text exist. With a click on an anchor text the data table gets filtered for this specific keyword. Please be aware of the keywords which might harm you.

You can choose between anchor texts:

  • by count
  • by Power*Trust
  • by Power
  • by Trust


DTOXRISK® is the numeric result of the calculation of the software. This numeric result is sometimes labeled with verbal interpretations like High DTOXRISK®, low DTOXRISK®.

The labels given to links and websites, such as “High DTOXRISK®” are merely instructive and introduced for the sake of usability of the program and not to be taken literally.

If you process a Link Detox report for a domain, we calculate the DTOXRISK® score for every link. From this calculation and weighting of various rules for the links, their domains, and their neighborhood we derive additional technical criteria. Most of these technical criteria are shown in the application for each link.

The higher the DTOXRISK® score is, the more of our automated rules trigger and signal a potential risk of that specific link for your overall link profile. Our opinion and estimation based on this calculation are that links with high DTOXRISK® score pose a higher risk for your Google rankings than those with a lower DTOXRISK® score.

To find a full explanation of the rule definitions, go to  

Detox Rules Breakdown

See which Link Detox rules have been applied to your backlink profile. If you click on one of these, the link detail table will automatically be filtered. For example, if you click on "SUSP1", the link detail table will show you all your links that have the rule SUSP1. At the top, you can export all Detox Rules Breakdown values to a .CSV or .XLSX file. In this download, you will receive all numbers including the ones which are not shown in the chart. Conveniently, you can see next to it the explanation and when you click on it, the link detail table filters according to the Rule.

To find a full explanation of the rule definitions, go to 


In this report summary, you can see the distribution of Link DTOXRISK® in the Link Profile. The list of the found links and how many links expressed in percent and total numbers have a high, average and low DTOXRISK®. You can also see how many backlinks were reported as ignored or as disavowed. Click on “Show me these links“, so that the link detail table filters these links for you right away.

Filter Slices

Filter slices are predefined filters that allow you with just one click to filter the link detail table. With these filters, you can quickly filter your report. We have the following predefined filter slices for you:

  • without ignored & disavowed links (requires a disavow file)
  • only ignored & disavowed links (requires a disavow file)
  • without No-Follow links
  • Unverified links only
  • Verified links only

 If you click one of these slices your link detail table will automatically be filtered depending on the filter slice options and settings. The Domain DTOXRISK® will change depending on the filter slice that you activate. You can create your own filter slice if you filter the link detail table by your desired metrics and setting and save the filter.

Reprocess DTOX Rules

After classifying 80 % of the keywords, it is time to reprocess the DTOX rules. By clicking on "Reprocess DTOX Rules" all rules and the DTOXRISK® will be recalculated. The process does not cost any credits.

This button ONLY becomes active (green) if any changes (like keyword classifying, link rating or disavowing) have been made in the report AND the report is re-loaded with F5. If you did not make any changes to report, then there is nothing to re-calculate.

In this step, your ratings get taken into account for the calculation. You will receive more precise results and give us a feedback at the same time, which helps us to train Link Detox Genesis®.

The chart contains the following columns in the “Default settings”:

  • From URL: 
    Here, the site is listed, where a link to your domain/ your backlink is.

  • Anchor Text: 
    The link text is the visible, clickable text in a link.

  • Class:
    This column shows you the keyword category.

  • Rate Link:
    Here you can rate every link with the Thumb-Rating-System, whether you agree with the evaluation of the tool. This function will help us to improve DTOX.

  • DTOXRISK®:  
    Here you can see the level of the Domain DTOXRISK®. When you move the cursor over the results, you can see which rule has been triggered. Multiple-Risk-Recognition makes it possible for you to see when more than one rule has been triggered.

  • Rule:  
    Here you can see which Link Detox rules were the strongest.

  • Power*Trust: 
    Here you can check the quality of a page or a domain based on its Power and Trust score.

  • Link Velocity Trends: 
    Here you can see the average link growth of a domain.

  • Sitewide Links:  
    Here you can see the total number of your site-wide links on the corresponding domain.
  • Disavow:
    If you want to export a link for the Disavow Tool, you have to tick the box next to it in this column and you have to decide if you want to export the whole domain or just the particular site.

  • Tags:
    With this feature, you can create comments and marks to organize your workflow in a more efficient matter. You can also filter by tags.

  • BLdom 
  • Power Trust Dom
  • PR
  • DomAge
  • Email:
    You can find the e-mail addresses of the webmaster and the owner of the domain in the e-mail column. In this way, you can easily contact them right from the tool.

Of course, you can hide these columns in the table or add other metrics.


Have you already, dozens of time, tried to contact unsuccessfully? Thanks to the Google Disavow Links Tool you can easily “disavow” (“ignore”) any links that are harmful to your website using your Google Search Console Account. Nevertheless, we recommend using the integrated contact functions to remove the links entirely from the Internet by contacting the webmaster, so that these links do no longer show up in other search engines. Please note that we generally use well-known spam link rules and a self-learning algorithm to identify bad links, but those are automatically categorized and can, in some cases, may make a wrong diagnosis. Therefore, you should make sure that you test all the links again that you want to be ignored by Google in order to avoid negative consequences on your rankings

Filter the backlinks in the link detail table that you wish to disavow. Then use the "select all URLs" function. Afterward, you can bulk disavow the pages/ domains in one step and then go to the next page. We always recommend to double check and/ or manually review all links you'd like to disavow because if you ignore good links, it might hurt your sites rankings.

Another option is to use the bulk actions. In the bulk action you can choose now if you want to disavow, undisavow, rate, add or remove tags for all filtered URLs in the table. This way you can disavow a lot of links really fast.

In order to create a Google Disavow file, you need to use the “Export Filtered Data as Google Disavow Links”-function. The data will be downloaded in a correct format and can directly be uploaded into the Google Search Console. The format is designed for the Google Disavow tool, but some text editors cannot display them correctly. Please do not open the file in the Notepad, please use Wordpad to correct layout.

Speed up the Disavow with the Link Detox Screener

The Link Detox Screener is an extra Tool inside of Link Detox (DTOX), which you can use to speed up the Disavow- and Link Audit process. 

Please find a detailed manual here.

Disavow Comments

With the “Edit note” in the Disavow column, you have the chance to add a comment to your disavow file.


The tag function offers you the possibility to add personal notes. Have you contacted the webmaster, yet? Have you received an answer? Would you like to check this link at a later date? In order to add a note, simply type in the row and hit enter. You can also add multiple tags, and filter by tags, of course. If you check mark the boxes on the left side, you can tag more than one link at once.

Group by Domain

There is a feature that can categorize domains so that you can find backlinks from the same domain more easily.

 You can disable this feature anytime.

Outreach to Webmasters with the PitchBox Integration

If your site has been manually or algorithmically penalized, Google expects you to contact the sources of those bad links to remove them. For this reason, there is the option to connect your account with PitchBox. PitchBox supports you in outreaching webmasters for link removal, link building, contacting journalists etc. PitchBox sends out personalized emails to your opportunities. They find the mail contacts for you, you can change the frequency of mailing and you can review the emails before they get sent out.

Here are a couple of interesting use cases how PitchBox & LRT will help you:

1. Reach out to get risky links removed from Link Detox®

2. Reach out to sites that link to your competitors with LinkResearchTools® Backlink Profiler (BLP)

3. Reach out to convert mentions into links

4. Reach out to reclaim deleted links

5. Reach out to have link anchor texts changed

6. Reach out to have destination URLs of links changed

7. Reach out to have your other sites linked too

8. Reach out for broken link building

9. Reach out to have your name/ brand spelling fixed or linked

Creating a PitchBox Account

If you already have a PitchBox account, then you can directly enter the PitchBox API Key in your settings. If you don’t have an account yet, then you can easily create one directly in the tool. You only need to enter your name, mail address for sending out the emails and a PitchBox subdomain.

Mail Setup in PitchBox

As soon as you have an account you will have to set up the settings for your email address. Please check out the Account Settings in PitchBox.

You can add a new mail address here. You can also add a couple of mail addresses which is especially useful if you want to outreach in behalf of one of your clients.

Just follow the instructions and add the data for the mail address.

Step 1: Select the URLs

Please select the URLs you want to outreach. You can choose between selected URLs and filtered URLs.

Click on the Outreach button to send all the selected URLs to PitchBox.

Step 2: Set up a project

The next step is to set up a campaign and a project.

Step 3: Disavow

In this step, you can decide if you also want to disavow those selected links. The selected URLs will get changed in the disavow column in the Link Detox Tool accordingly:

Step 4: Create a Campaign

Your campaign is created in PitchBox automatically. You can always see the status of the opportunity. Do you need to personalize the opportunity or are the emails already sent? When you click on the chart you will get redirected automatically.

Step 5: Personalization Overview

You can personalize now all website opportunities which you have selected in the tool before. You can also find the LRT Power*Trust™ and DTOXRISK® metrics here to get an overview if these websites are potentially harmful or not.

Filter by DTOXRISK® score, select your target, and start with the personalization process:

  • sorting by DTOXRISK®
  • doing a quick review of the LRT Power*Trust™ as double-check
  • selecting all opportunities
  • click “Process Link Detox® Opportunities

Step 6: Personalization

Once you click “Personalization” you start with the actual personalization of the emails which PitchBox is sending out. For example, you can change the “To URL” or the “anchor text”. You can also see which mail addresses PitchBox has found and can exchange the names or the order of contact attempts.

Before you accept the personalization you should also check your template mail in more detail in order to check if some details must be changed. You can change all mail templates under Campaign settings any time.

Step 7: Confirmation

Once you have finished the personalization you will need to confirm the outreach with the green thumbs up button in the overview.

Step 8: Inbox Management

In the Inbox, you will see if you have received any replies. PitchBox will stop mailing the opportunities automatically if you have received a reply.

Step 9: Review and Overview

Once you have sent the URLs to PitchBox you will see this also in the Link Detox outreach column in the link detail table. You will see at the first sight which link is already part of an outreach campaign.

If you go back to your PitchBox campaign, you will always see how many opportunities have been contacted, how many replies you received and how many you have won or lost. You will never lose the overview.

Disavow File Management

When you create a disavow file in Link Detox, it will get saved in your Disavow History in your Settings. You can access the new Disavow History feature in your Settings under “Disavowed Links or Ignored Links.”

Using this disavow file audit log helps you track all those changes, even when they’re later undone or made by a colleague.

As you can see below, the domain “” was un-disavowed on February 10 (we’re using the international ISO notation YYYY-MM-DD in our app) in report 115092. All you have to do is click on that link to jump to the report.

 A few days before, other links from some Russian domains were disavowed by uploading a disavow file.

Past Disavow File Download

By clicking the file link for the old disavow file, you can retrieve that original disavow file for audit purposes.

Please note that this is a partial download and will not retrieve your most current disavow file.

Full Disavow File Download

By pressing the green download button, you can always download the full and most current disavow file.

These results are the same as clicking “Export Google Disavow File” in your report.

Removing all Disavow Information

By clicking the red X you can remove all disavowed files and links for a domain from LinkResearchTools and Link Detox. This means any new reports will behave as if no links were disavowed. Please keep in mind though that this change doesn’t affect the actual upload in Google Search Console, so Google might still have a disavow file that you want to remove.

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