Msg#: 4535819 posted 5:00 am on Jan 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
3-4 weeks ago, we decided on disavowing about 700 backlinks that we had in common across about 8 domains. We figured they might have been harming the reputation of all the sites, and setup removing them with the disavow tool (as well as doing a manual backlink cleanup).
Many of these links had possibly already been discounted by Google, but who knows.
All links were disavowed at the domain level. It now appears that the link profile has changed for the sites we did the disavow for, but even though we disavowed the entire domain most of the domains we disavowed are still there, but with less links.
Has anyone had similar experiences with domain level disavowing malfunctioning?
if you use the disavow tool that would be similar to adding a nofollow to those links
The twist here, if you remember from various discussions in this forum, is that in WMT Google shows us ("for reference") nofollowed backlinks along with dofollow backlinks.
I agree with kheadley that "it would just take a little while for Google to process all of the links and update WMT", but it's perhaps not yet clear what Google is going to do in WMT with the disavowed links once they do process them. It's interesting that they are showing that some have been removed.
migumbo - I'm curious if you can characterize the links from processed domains that are still remaining vs the links from the same domains that were removed from WMT. Eg... did Google show removal, say, of links from important pages (most likely to be spidered frequently), while keeping links from obscure pages (that don't get frequent spidering)...?
Msg#: 4535819 posted 3:55 am on Jan 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
Regardless of whether Google has decided to show disavowed links along with followed links in WMT (the same way they do nofollow links)... even though you disavowed at the domain level you will have to wait for Google to re-crawl each one of those links individually and flag it as disavowed one-by-one the same way they process individually disavowed links. Disavowing at the domain level simply reduces the amount of work that you have to do as a webmaster. I doubt very seriously it would affect how they process disavows.