Google: Disavow Links Even If Removed As A Best Practice

Apr 19, 2013 • 8:27 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Disavow Link ToolA Google Webmaster Help thread has Google's John Mueller implying that it may be "good practice" to list the sites and URLs in your disavow file even if they links were removed and especially if you simply requested the webmaster to remove them.

Why is this "good practice" - well, if the webmaster linking to you doesn't remove the link but also if they do and then add it back later - it protects you. Assuming that link was hurting you in the first place.

John Mueller told the webmaster:

While it's really important for the web-spam team when processing the reconsideration request to see significant effort put into resolving the issue at its roots (on those external sites), it can also be a good practice to at least have those sites listed in your disavow file in the meantime (use them in parallel, don't get bogged down with contact requests before adding them).

Although the file is processed automatically, John said that they can review this specific request once this specific "disavow file is correct." This case, the file was formatted wrong and Google couldn't process it, but John said he'd be "happy to take a quick look to see if there's anything general that you might be missing there."

So if you are eager to remove links, use both the disavow file and make your requests to cover yourself. Google said it is "good practice."

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Fede Einhorn

04/19/2013 12:44 pm

Looks like google wants us to work for them, and for free, as they can't fight spam, we need to do that for them.

Marie Haynes

04/19/2013 12:54 pm

So this guy's disavow file did not work because he didn't have domain: before the domains. I wish that Google would tell people when their disavow can't be processed properly. I don't think that would be too hard. Instead, people can go through months of cleanup and fail just because they've used the wrong syntax or their file is in the wrong format.


04/19/2013 01:20 pm

I think it is a good practice and if it helps Google in fighting spam then its all the better. It has been very helpful to us in cases of projects which were handed over to us by clients who had suffered the ill effects of link spam from the previous SEO companies and we had to help them to clean their link profile. I must say that after we used the Disavow tool all the wrong and unwanted links disappeared from their link profile from WMTs and this made a positive impact on their search presence. But yes I hope Google was more interactive in helping us the tool more efficiently.


04/19/2013 07:12 pm

I can't found this function on webmaster, would you show me? I have lost a lot of traffic for my site. It might unused link come to my site. Thanks for help

Fede Einhorn

04/19/2013 08:11 pm

There's no direct link to the disavow tool. You can search for it on google:

Peter Watson

04/20/2013 12:25 am

Why bother requesting the link be removed at all? Why not simply add the url to the disavow list? What is the point of requesting it to be removed?

chaudhary amir

04/20/2013 07:37 pm

So the following man's disavow record could not do the job for the reason that your dog don't have got domain: prior to names. We wish of which Yahoo and google could say to folks whenever his or her disavow can't be delt with correctly. We don't think that may be too hard. On the other hand, folks can proceed through many weeks associated with housecleaning and flunk even though on the made use of an unacceptable syntax or perhaps his or her record is at an unacceptable file format it is a good source of information


04/22/2013 07:54 am

This is not the point here.The fact that Google does not exactly specify how to use this tool correctly is not helping people at all. At this rate people are getting more confused/scared to use this tool at the end of the day as it could hurt their rankings even more.


05/20/2013 02:41 pm

This is a good question. I've love to know the answer from Google's perspective.

Tomsen Dromani

06/18/2013 12:20 pm

Are you trying to be smart? How google knows what links belong to you or your visitors and spammers? After all most of the time spammer don't give a flying **** about your poor site. Maybe you are trying to build or buy links.. and google give you a chance to fix your negative seo. And yes, you have to work for your own site!

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