Just as one would expect, the opinions with regard to this move by Google is spilt. Generally, it’s difficult to find a SEO manager who’d be happy about the release of this tool-most regard it as an ounce of suspicion and distrust.
The popular opinion is not to use this disavow tool. But if you are a part of SEO trade union, you would simply boycott this tool, since most of the administrators think that Google is forwarding a naïve and unsavvy tool to the SEO community to turn their own links or to tell the same to the competitors.
Here’s a sneak peek on what this tool is all about.
In reality this tool is a blessing in disguise. It enables you to disavow the bad links to your site. If you’ve been notified about the manual spams based on the unnatural links pointing towards the website, then this tool will act as a blessing in disguise to address this issue. If you have not got any notification then there’s nothing to get worried about.
How to Use this Tool
Links are the most known signals that we use in order to get the desired results. By looking at the links between the pages, you can get a sense of which page is backed by rapport and is important, and thus more relevant than others. It is on basis of page rank one understand the reputation of the website. Page Rank is the best tool in hands of spammers and you need to battle constantly with the algorithms by taking the manual action.
Google works really hard to ensure that the actions on the third party sites don’t negatively affect the website. In majority of the circumstances, incoming links can directly affect the Google view point of the site. For instance, if you are a search engine optimizer or even if you have hired a SEO administrator that have built bad links to your site through paid links or through the other link schemes that violates the quality guidelines. The first and foremost step is to remove bad quality links from the website as soon as possible.
If you’ve done enough work to remove spam or low quality links from the web, but you are unable to make progress on removing the links, you can disavow the reminder links. In simple words, you can seek help of Google not to consider certain links while considering your site.
Basically it is a two step process. In the first and foremost you need to download the list of links to your site. Then you need to create a file that contains only the links that you need to disavow, and then upload the same to Google.
Here are the steps
Check the Webmaster Tools home page and click the site that you desire.
On the dashboard, click traffic and then links to your site.
Now hit download tab.
You’ll download a file that contains links to all the pages to your site. Use the same to create a text file that contains only those links that you need to disavow-only one link per line.
If you want Google to ignore a particular domain, use the line domain. It is in your best interest not to upload the entire list of links of your site- the text file is the list of links that you want Google not to consider.
Google Disavow File format:
Save the file with whatever name you want to give, it doesn’t matter actually
Now follow this Link http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main
Now in the next step upload links that you need to disavow
The first and foremost step is to go the disavow links on the tool page.
Select the website.
Now click on disavow link, You will see this:
Now upload the Google disavow text file here and then “Submit”
Make sure you have list the urls in right format, An excerpt of a valid file might look like the following:
# Contacted owner of spamdomain1.com on 7/1/2012 to
It may take some time for Google to digest the information that you’ve uploaded. Particularly this information into index as it recrawls the website and reprocess the web pages, it may take several weeks.
Whether to Use it or Not
Unfazed by the fact, many SEO administrators are in loss as of now. But in reality, Google is not going to rely heavily on the signals coming from this tool. Google has a variety of ways to determine whether a link is good or bad. So, the disavow tool is a kind of complimentary tool that tells Google- I’ve cleaned my profile, and don’t consider these links.
When to Use this Tool
Majority of the SEO administrators are in a dilemma when to use this tool. Here’s the answer for the same.
Negative SEO Attack
If some negative SEO attack comes to your site and you don’t rely on the same, then with help of this tool you’re more prepared to deal with it. Use this tool if you feel you made mistakes in the past and have created lot’s of links through spamming in blogs, forums, directories, article directories or other kind of spam hubs
How to Spot Bad Links
These are not the links that would expect for
The spammy links come in bulk and for similar IP address.
Anchors are generally the replica of the best paying keywords.
The links seem to be shady from non- authority sites that have been de indexed by the Google.
If you’re a newbie to SEO, you may have to deal with such shady links, so what to do in such a case?
The first and foremost recommendation is don’t fret. It is a timeless quote and it works nearly for all SEO related problems.
Secondly, don’t take any further course of action until the rankings drop or you’ll observe the scarier link notice from Google.
Now, tighten your safety belt and try to remove bad links and then disavow the same to be on the safe side. Here are some tips that will helpyou to get the desired results
Try to alter the anchors wherever possible.
Remove forum signature links that you might have.
Contact the webmasters whose sites points to a number of spammy looking links to your site.
Google disavow tool is a bit over rated tool, so don’t get disheartened by it