So after waiting and waiting, Webmasters who have struggled to remove all their bad links have been granted the Google Disavow link tool.
Hooray! Well, maybe not!
One webmaster claimed in a WebmasterWorld thread that he disavowed 100% of the links he found reported in Google Webmaster Tools. Waited about three weeks and then submitted a reconsideration request. The response Google sent him after that reconsideration request was submitted? It said the webmaster was still in violation because of bad links.
Here is the timeline according to the webmaster:
- October 16th: Create A Text File with %100 of domains pointing to our site.
- October 18th: File A Reconsideration request
- November 12th: We get a response
Why did he disavow all his links? Wouldn't that destroy the site anyway? Well, he wanted to start fresh from a link perspective. In my opinion, a horrible idea.
Why didn't it work? Maybe because Google needs more time to process the disavow - although 3 weeks should be enough time. Or maybe Google Webmaster Tools didn't report all the spammy links he has to remove, but that wouldn't be fair - would it. Or maybe Google thinks the guy is crazy for submitting 100% of the URLs.
I am not sure but this is what this webmaster reported.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.