Google's Matt Cutts: Don't Delete Old Disavow Files Before Uploading New Ones

Mar 26, 2014 • 8:10 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google DisavowYesterday, Matt Cutts, Google's head spam fighter, posted on Twitter that you should not delete your old disavow file prior to uploading the new one.

He said on Twitter:

Quick SEO tip: no need to delete your old disavow links file before uploading a new one. You can just upload the new one.

Why? He clarified shortly after on Twitter:

Some SEOs have been deleting the file first, then uploading new, which creates two emails, and sometimes that confuses folks.

I am not sure exactly who it confuses? Probably the folks at Google who review disavow files for manual actions.

So I guess, just upload the new one that will replace the old file?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Nick LeRoy

03/26/2014 12:15 pm

Now this is a great and actionable tidbit to read. Thanks Berry! ;-)

Barry Schwartz

03/26/2014 12:16 pm

Thanks Nack. :-)

Josh Zehtabchi

03/26/2014 12:49 pm

Google blatantly says this on the page before submitting your disavow file?

Ahmad Wali

03/26/2014 12:54 pm

Oops! I did confuse the hell out of folks at Google :D. I deleted and uploaded so many times in one case.

Marie Haynes

03/26/2014 02:17 pm

Matt tweeted afterwards that it confuses people because it sends a second email. I want to know who gets an email? The webspam team? That doesn't make sense.


03/26/2014 07:53 pm

More artful dissemination and disinformation.

Panayiotis Pieri

03/27/2014 11:08 am

Great tip by Matt :)

Cindy Potters

03/27/2014 09:38 pm

I'm not sure why would you delete it instead of just replacing with an updated disavow. I would never think to do it that way if you did not point it out in your post, Barry :)

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