Showing posts with label How to Use Google's Disavow Links Tool. Show all posts
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Friday, 11 October 2013

How to Use Google Disavow Tool ?

What is Google Disavow?

The disavow links tool launched in October 2012. Its purpose is simple: If there are some unnatural links in your link profile, Google Disavow can help you clean them up. The tool lets you submit a list of those sites from bad neighborhoods for Google’s consideration. Disavow will not remove the links, but it lets Google know you’d like to ignore them when it comes to your search rankings. But know this: the tool is not a cure all, and you should proceed with caution if you plan to use it as the primary means of cleaning up your link profile.

What To Do Before You Resort to Disavow

1. Gather Your Links:

You can use any source you want, but Google recommends downloading your Latest Links report directly from Webmaster Tools.  

i.  Login to your Google Webmaster account
ii. Choose the website you'd like to download the link profile of

iii. Under the "Who Links Most" section, click the more

iv.  Now there are two options you can choose
• "Download this table" – which downloads ALL your links
• "Download Latest Links" – which downloads all recent links

2. Analyze the link data:

As this tool enables in your webmaster tool account so you can easily analyze the back links through link audit summary.

3. Find the Bad Links:

You can do this two ways, with either automatic tools or manual analysis. Realistically, you should use both. Best Manual Analysis Resource:

Examples of Bad Link:

Here are some examples where inorganic links may appear:

Automated link exchanges
Low quality article and directory submissions
Artificial blog networks
Paid links
Fake Profiles
Blog Comment Spam
Widgetbait Tactics
Footer Link Spam
Artificial Blogrolls

The above examples typically exhibit characteristics of manipulative anchor text.

4. Formatting Counts:

Google rejects many disavow files because of bad formatting, but webmasters usually never know. Guidelines state the file type should be .txt only and “must be encoded UTF-8 or 7-bit ASCII.”


5. Visit the Google Disavow Link page and choose the website you'd like to disavow links from

6. Read Google's little warning message and click "Disavow Links"

7. Select the .txt file of the links you'd like cleared and upload

And you're done!
Now in the future if you want to make edits, Google keeps this .txt file available for download. You can download the file, add another link to ignore and then re-upload the .txt file for Google to process.