When Does Google Process Your Disavow Link Request?

Jan 15, 2014 • 8:53 am | comments (22) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Disavow Link ToolThere is an excellent question at WebmasterWorld asking how does one know when Google does process your disavow link file?

The answer is not an easy one.

The only way now to really know is if you have a manual link penalty and you use the disavow file method to remove links and use no other methods for link removal. Then you submit a reconsideration request and Google responds that the request was satisfied - you can be safe to assume Google processed the disavow file successfully.

Another way is if you see your rankings shift significantly a week or so after the file is uploaded.

Right now, when you upload the file, Google doesn't tell you if they processed it. It would be nice to see a status of your disavow file from Google in Google Webmaster Tools but that feature is something not available yet.

Maybe in 2014?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Pavel Ungr

01/15/2014 02:42 pm

Barry, you mean that you cant use disavow tool for algorithmic penalty?

Joe Castro

01/15/2014 03:18 pm

JM has said almost instantly as I recall. Of course the algorithm takes time to filter out but I think it's basically the next day. We asked this question. Would be worth a survey though?

Nick Ker

01/15/2014 03:37 pm

I think he meant that with a manual penalty, you know that you have let someone know that the disavow file was submitted, and you will usually get a reply to the reconsideration request. When you use the disavow tool for an algorithmic issue like Penguin, there is no feedback given to the webmaster.

Marie Haynes

01/15/2014 05:07 pm

John Mueller has said a few times in Webmaster Central Hangouts that the disavow file starts working as soon as it has been submitted. However, it can take weeks or even months for all of the sites listed in the file to be visited and disavowed. Here are some places where John talks about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRHwmkzGS2Q (around 31:10) - "As soon as you submit it, we use that when we recrawl the pages" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoQxHeD-jZM (around 26:30) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj1PNkDtYKs&feature=c4-overview&list=UUthrUiuJUtFSXBUp48D8bAA (around 13:45) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V06eCUbGM8 (around 8:29)

Alexander Hemedinger

01/15/2014 06:30 pm

Thanks for the clarification!

Barry Schwartz

01/16/2014 12:23 am

No. You can.


01/16/2014 06:23 am

It will works only if you submit it properly with proper instruction which google gives in their guideline..


01/16/2014 01:19 pm

It mean that any one can Disavow if there is problem of bad links.

Ashish Ahuja

01/16/2014 01:28 pm

The problem comes when a site is hit by algorithmic penguin penalty, then it cannot file the reconsideration request also

Patti Paz

01/16/2014 03:37 pm

NOT to be too much of a stickler, but this statement is inaccurate: "Then you submit a reconsideration request and Google responds that the request was satisfied" Google does not notify you the Request was Satisfied. Rather, Google informs you that the Penalty has simply been 'revoked' Not a big deal, but google goes out of its way to avoid using the word, 'approved' or 'satisfied'

Patti Paz

01/16/2014 03:39 pm

Do YOU have first hand experience with this and that your statement is correct and accurate?

Patti Paz

01/16/2014 03:40 pm

OK, yea, he says that, BUT for it to work, Google must crawl you site incorporating those disavowed links. However, if Google does not crawl you site for some time, then it takes some time for it to work.

Tony McCreath (Tiggerito)

01/16/2014 04:05 pm

There is one sticky point that could make the disavow file less effective. Generally, people find then disavow links after Google has discovered them, because Google is the source of the information (GWT). So the links already have a potential negative effect as they are in the index. Domains or links that you disavow will only be classed as disavowed (nofollow) after the page with the link is re-crawled. Many of these poor quality links come from dodgy, un-maintained or hacked websites.The sort that the Google bot will avoid, as they have no value and waste it's time. So how long will it be until the bot bothers going back to those rubbish links and then respecting your disavow request?

Fede Einhorn

01/16/2014 11:46 pm

I submitted the disavow file and the very same day sent the reconsideration request. 1 week later the penalty was revoked. That was over 1 month ago, and we haven't see anything noticeable yet. Today, a month after the penalty was revoked and the disavow file uploaded:


01/17/2014 05:31 am

Yes i have experience in disavowing

Zubiar Sattar

01/17/2014 06:07 am

I had worked on many website which face Manual Penalty and also who lost their rankings after Penguin 2.1 (still working) and most of them start getting visitors again after a short period. The main thing is manually contacting with webmasters for removing the links and than upload the disavow file in the end. Google crawls every activity which you had done.

Justin McGill

01/19/2014 04:01 pm

My agency has had clients pay us just for link removal, and not being able to report back on whether it was approved or not certainly sucks! Even more for the businesses themselves who aren't sure if what they did was right or not and have to wait months to find out.


03/21/2014 12:00 pm

The issue is when you dont have a manual link spam action yet rankings are not happening and people are saying its a bad profile. No one will say you only have to clean link IF you get a penalty. This is a big beta action by google and I think they can do more to clean up this link mess.


03/26/2014 01:26 pm

Hi, I have disavow links on 22nd March 14, When can i submit links or what should be the other activities for the website now? when can i get result ?


04/10/2014 06:54 am

It depends. May be it can show effect within 2-3 weeks. You have to monitor your traffic level every day.


05/28/2014 02:06 pm

Wow just wow you give me hope! Panda 4.0 strike me hard without me doing anything spammy Google banished me from any search results, i've just noticed 5000 backlinks and sent the disavow and mailed the admins, i hope i can recover like you did..1 month doesn't seem so bad!

Fede Einhorn

05/29/2014 02:59 am

Unfortunately, removing the penalty was worse for us. We were ranking 10th (last in the 1st page), now, Today, we are around the 18th position, bottom of second page...

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