Disavow

Google’s disavow tool enables webmasters to inform Google that they do not want a backlink to be counted and considered when they review the links pointing to a website. This is particularly useful if there are several unnatural links pointing to a site. Our Hangout Notes cover further advice for using the tool, along with examples from Google.

External Links Shown in GSC Can Contain Disavowed or Nofollowed Links

October 4, 2019 Source

The external links shown in Google Search Console are a sample of all the links found by Google, so not all of them will be displayed in the tool. The sample data may include links that have been disavowed or nofollowed.


Google Takes The Disavow File into Account Immediately

May 3, 2019 Source

When re-crawling the URLs specified in the disavow file, Google will immediately drop these. However, they will still appear in the Links Report seen in Google Search Console.


Disavowed Links Aren’t Removed From GSC Links Report

April 7, 2019 Source

Links that have been disavowed will still show up in the links report in Google Search Console. This doesn’t mean that disavowing the links hasn’t worked, rather this is just how the links are reported.


Disavowed Links Aren’t Removed From GSC Links Report

March 19, 2019 Source

Links that have been disavowed will still show up in the links report in Google Search Console. This doesn’t mean that disavowing the links hasn’t worked, rather this is just how the links are reported.


Only Use Disavow if WebSpam Team Would Likely Issue Manual Action

January 22, 2019 Source

John recommends using the Disavow Tool if you think that the WebSpam Team would likely give you a manual action for the links in question. However, for most websites that aren’t actively attempting to manipulate rankings with suspicious link building practices it isn’t worth using the Disavow Tool.


Submit Reconsideration Requests Separately For Different Subdomains

October 5, 2018 Source

Submit reconsideration requests separately if manual actions have been received for different subdomains, and make sure the disavow files are updated for each one.


Google Reconsiders URLs Removed From the Disavow File

July 13, 2018 Source

Google uses the most current version of a site’s disavow file and will reconsider URLs that have since been removed.


Move Disavow File to Your Separate Mobile Site for Mobile-first Indexing

July 10, 2018 Source

In the same way that you should move the disavow file across after a domain or HTTPS migration, you should upload the disavow file on your separate mobile site if it was previously uploaded just on your desktop site.


You Can’t Disavow an Entire TLD

March 6, 2018 Source

There is no way to disavow an entire TLD. John advises against doing this as individual links aren’t reflective of the entire content of a site. Google is also getting better at recognising and ignoring unnatural links itself anyway.


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