Have you ever been penalized by Google Algorithmic Update (Google Penguin) or any Manual Penalty in case of Link Spamming?.
If you’ve been doing the SEO of your blog-site for a long time, then the probability of having Spammy and Unnatural links is high.
On the other hand, what happens if so many Non-relevant sites keep linking to you. On 24th of April 2012, Google released the Penguin update, to fight the sites trying to rank high in Search Results by link spamming (Backlink Spamming).
So It’s quite possible that you’ll get algorithmic Google Penguin penalty or a manual penalty. You know, a lot of blog and website with good reputation and rank are also got penalized.
Prevention is Always Better than Cure…
You can SAVE your blog and years of hard work. Just by performing a Spam PREVENTION Check before you get hit. For that, you need to remove SPAM backlinks (by dropping a request to the Admin). I’ll recommend that you should repeat in a while to make sure that Your Blog is SPAM-Free.
After the launch of Google Penguin Update, Webmasters felt the need for a tool so they can ask Google not to consider the individual links as Backlinks.
After all, Google launched the most awaited tool in October 2012 as Google Disavow Tool. So now you can ask Google to Disavow all the low quality and Spam links you’ll find in SPAM Prevention Check.
What is the Google Disavow Tool?
Suppose, Any of your Competitors performs Spammy SEO Attacks on your blog-site, which will send you to the penalties for sure. That time, Google Disavow Tools can help you a lot in recovering quickly from any algorithmic (Google Penguin) or manual penalty.
Well, Google’s Disavow Links Tool is the most efficient tool to get rid of low quality and Spam Backlinks. It works by uploading the Spammy links and domain names written in a Text File of .txt extension.
And finally, Google’s Disavow Tool is one of the Powers a Webmaster have from Google, for the Management and Marketing a Blog-site. Here’s how Google Explains the disavow tool.
The WARNING you see by Google before using Disavow Tool
Before moving on to disavow the spammy links, It’s Important to understand the Warning for many reasons. As shown in the image below:
Why would Google show such a Warning? That’s at the entry point and just before we made any use of the Tool.
Well, Google provides that warning just to say that you should only use this tool when you know what are you going to do. Because using the Disavow Tool incorrectly can hurt your blog-site ranking in SERPs. So make sure the links you’re going to disavow were made with the intention of distorting your SERP Rank. So, I recommend you first to perform SPAM Prevention Check and then Disavow the links you found Spammy.
Before moving ahead to use the tool, you need to know this:
Matt Cutts said in a video that if you find any Spammy link to your website. Then before disavowing it you should contact and ask the Admin to completely remove that link from the Web.
So, you should contact (you can do so by the contact form on the site or find an Email address) the webmaster of that website to remove that link.
- Wait for some time, about a week
If you didn’t get any response from, then you can disavow the link.
How to Use the Google Disavow Tool?
Well, at first let me tell you that Disavowing links is easy but making a .txt file of Spam links you want to disavow is the hardest part of this process.
So let’s get started to make a .txt file, we’ll be using Google Webmaster Tool as It’s the best option available for free to get all the links pointing to your site. But I like to use Ahrefs (Yeah, you should also try it).
- Login to your Google Webmaster Account > Search Traffic > Links to Your Site > Who links the most > More.
- Download more sample links and Download latest links, start reviewing these links and find Spammy out of them.
- As I’ve already told you that before disavowing any link, first try to reach the Webmaster of that site by any source (email or contact form) and ask him to remove the link completely from the web.
- And, wait for the reply for some reasonable time. If nothing happens, then disavow the link by writing it in a .txt file (Simple Notepad File).
Create a .txt Disavow File listing all the Links you want to Disavow:
It’s time to create the disavow file which we’ll be uploading to the Google Disavow Tool. And, It’s important to format it the right way, as you can see in the image below:
- Create a .txt File (Yeah, that’s simple Notepad File)
- Each line can have only One Link or Domain
- If you want to disavow the complete domain, It’s necessary to add “domain:” at the beginning of domain name (as shown in the above image)
- To add comments and any messages for reference, you’ll need to start your comment with “#” at the beginning
Once you finished with, it’s time to upload the file to the disavow tool.
Upload .txt Disavow file
Go to the Tool here, and log in with your Webmaster Account.
- Select your site and click “Disavow Links”, as shown below
- Again click “Disavow Links” in this step
- Click “Choose File” to upload the file you created
- Click “Submit”
Now you should see a screen as shown below:
Note: Uploading New File will replace the previous one.
You’ve successfully requested the Spammy Links Disavowal, It’ll take a few weeks to come in action or more than that.