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How to know what links to disavow in GWT?
webwonderment




msg:4675279
 2:58 am on May 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

How do you know what links to disavow in GWT? I mean, is it just a complete guess based on how good you think the website is?

 

not2easy




msg:4675310
 6:17 am on May 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

Lucky for you, WebmasterWorld offers some Free Tools: [freetools.webmasterworld.com...] and one of them is made to do exactly that job: [backlinks.webmasterworld.com...]

One warning - there is no tool to tell you what site is linked to yours today that will be hugely popular and highly ranked next month or next year so it will always be best to take a look at sites you aren't familiar with before you disavow their links.

phranque




msg:4675344
 8:44 am on May 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

i would start with google's quality guidelines regarding Link schemes:
http://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66356 [support.google.com]

then look for instances and patterns of links that look unnatural.

kokopoko




msg:4675402
 2:31 pm on May 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

I've got a question on that tool as I actually ran it last night. There are 4,500 dead domains, which makes those automatically disavowed. But the other 17,372 domains need to be looked at one by one still?

webwonderment




msg:4675555
 2:01 am on May 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

OK thanks. Some links are not even on the pages when I view them - should I disavow them? I feel like I'm doing Google's job!

tangor




msg:4675606
 4:34 am on May 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

OK thanks. Some links are not even on the pages when I view them - should I disavow them? I feel like I'm doing Google's job!


Yup! The web is too big, even for G! :)

(Actually, thinking about the number of links, pages, systems, backbones, countries, continents... it makes my head ache!)

Sad thing, no matter how many disallowed/disavoed, there's 1,000 others out there doing just the same thing. Link trust is in the dust these days.

Robert Charlton




msg:4676018
 8:24 am on May 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

After you check out Google's linking guidelines as phranque suggests, I recommend that you view both of the videos that Jim Boykin has posted about using the tool. They're below the fold on the same page the tool is on....

Google Backlink Checker Tool for Penguin & Disavow Analysis
http://backlinks.webmasterworld.com/google-backlink-tool-penguin-disavow/ [backlinks.webmasterworld.com]

Jim's videos are among the best guides I've seen for systematically identifying bad backlinks, but they assume a certain level of knowledge. The tool helps you to identify patterns of link properties that might signify bad and artificial links.

If the videos don't make sense to you... ie, if you don't understand the significance of the link properties and patterns Jim mentions in the video... then you have a pretty big learning curve before you start disavowing links. There's no one pushbutton answer to cover all sites and backlink acquisition patterns. And, as Google warns, the disavow tool can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.

I would also check out all the links from the backlinks tool page for information provided, including The Crack Backlinks Checker Tool [backlinks.webmasterworld.com...] also in beta, which should help with sort out the dead and live links.

After viewing the videos and reading support material, post questions here, so members can get a sense of how to provide further guidance.

webwonderment




msg:4676134
 5:34 pm on May 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

Thanks Robert I'll have a good look at that.

If you visit one the URLs in the latest list and the link doesn't appear in the page - is that worthy of removal? Anyone done test cases to prove what should be disavowed and what shouldn't?

webwonderment




msg:4676138
 5:38 pm on May 30, 2014 (gmt 0)


One warning - there is no tool to tell you what site is linked to yours today that will be hugely popular and highly ranked next month or next year so it will always be best to take a look at sites you aren't familiar with before you disavow their links.


There's quite a few unfamiliar sites in there that I doubt will ranked any time in the future - safe to disavow?

i would start with google's quality guidelines regarding Link schemes:
[support.google.com...] [support.google.com]

then look for instances and patterns of links that look unnatural.


Thanks for the link.

MarieHaynes




msg:4676418
 12:08 am on Jun 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

The whole idea of the disavow tool is to tell Google you no longer want to count links that were made by you (or an SEO company on your behalf, or in rare cases, because of negative SEO). Every site has a pile of junk links that come from unknown domains. In most cases you don't need to disavow these.

If you haven't been involved in manipulative link building then you shouldn't need to disavow.

If you have been involved in manipulative link building then the idea is to disavow the links that you made for SEO purposes. And, if you're not sure about a link then it's best to err on the side of caution and disavow.

webwonderment




msg:4676548
 1:05 pm on Jun 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

@mariehaynes No I haven't been involved in link building - but Ive got rid of one because mcafee flagged it up

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