Google Disavow Links Communication Confusion

Nov 12, 2013 • 8:59 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Google Disavow Link ToolOver a year ago, Google launched their disavow link tool and webmasters and SEOs have been all over it since. But every now and then, confusion arises.

There are two Google Webmaster Help threads that are confused by the messaging they received after they uploaded their disavow file to Google.

One webmaster said right after they submitted the file, Google returned this response:

You successfully uploaded a disavow links file (www.tucsonadventruedogranch.com_google domain and link disavowal file 11022013.txt) containing 135 domains and 1 URLs.

The next day, Google showed this message:

The file containing disavowed links to http://www.tucsonadventuredogranch.com/ has been updated. If this is unexpected, it may have been updated by another site owner. For more information, visit the Disavow links https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links?siteUrl=http://www.tucsonadventuredogranch.com/ page in Webmaster Tools. Details: You successfully uploaded a disavow links file () containing 0 domains and 0 URLs.

So one day 135 domains and 1 URLs and the next zero?

Another webmaster asked why they are showing 0 URLs and uploaded this screen shot:

Google Disavow Links Communication Confusion

I suspect the issue here is that the file format of the disavow files, in both cases, have syntax errors. Google has tried to communicate about the disavow common mistakes.

Is this a webmaster issue, Google issue or communication confusion?

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Update: Google's John Mueller updated the post saying, "This looks like a glitch on our side - you can see the actual status in the disavow tool directly. Thanks for posting!"

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Comments:

Franck Adifco

11/12/2013 02:10 pm

Exactly same thing here. We've guessed this was a bug ... and it seems it was.

Marie Haynes

11/12/2013 02:49 pm

Interesting. Any messages that I've received so far have been because there was an error in the file that needed to be fixed. I'm guessing that your second example probably had an improperly formatted disavow file. But, for your first example, I'm not sure why they would receive a message saying they had 135 domains and 1 URL and then the next day zero. They did receive a message saying the disavow file was updated so perhaps it was human error? Maybe someone from their company replaced the file?

Amy Edwards

11/12/2013 04:06 pm

We're seeing exactly the same issue. When I uploaded the file, the message came up immediately (on the tool) saying we'd successfully uploaded the file with 200 domains. But then seconds later, I received a message in my WMT inbox saying I'd successfully uploaded a file with 0 domains and 0 URLs - it looks quite similar to the second email image in this blog. I've read every single article on the disavow tool - and am sure my file is in the correct format. That said, I think there must definitely be some kind of bug... Fingers crossed it gets fixed soon! :(

Madhav

11/12/2013 05:27 pm

But I haven't recieved any message after successfully uploaded disavow file, not yet after one month.

Modesto Siotos

11/12/2013 05:28 pm

In the second example it sounds like they have disavowed 19 domains (using domain:) but no individual URLs.

Rahul Trivedi

11/12/2013 06:09 pm

Sometime this type of error can come after you successfully uploaded your disavov file. But whenever i seen for my domains, i did not get this message from Google in GWT.

James

11/12/2013 09:02 pm

spam

Rahul Trivedi

11/13/2013 05:49 am

You are good spammer James

James

11/13/2013 03:55 pm

I have a same message when i uploaded the file Google respond me back with exact number of domain and links disavowed, But one day letter i saw another message that was (The file containing disavowed links to http://www.dearflight.co.uk/ has been updated. If this is unexpected, it may have been updated by another site owner. For more information, visit the Disavow links https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links?siteUrl=http://www.dearflight.co.uk/ page in Webmaster Tools. Details: You successfully uploaded a disavow links file () containing 0 domains and 0 URLs. ) What does it means???

Graciousstore

11/14/2013 03:15 am

I wish Google can help webmaster resolve this issue of disavowed links once and for all, by stating clear in what format those links are to be submitted to Google and helping to clearify any other misgivings about the disavowed links

siddharth agarwal

11/25/2013 12:06 pm

Hi Barry what is the solution to this problem?

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