Msg#: 4676720 posted 12:19 pm on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)
If the links still exist, they are shown in GWT as sites that link to yours. My understanding is that the GWT Disavow tool is offered for people who had received penalties or participated in linkbuilding schemes to assist ranking or paying for backlinks, creating networks of links or other paid or unnatural link setups.
I see sites linking to mine that I had nothing to do with creating and I see no reason to bother to disavow them as I didn't arrange for those links to exist. From the few I took a look at, they are not endorsing my site in their links, just using information they scraped from Google itself or other search engines. Disavowing these links doesn't stop them from existing and GWT is just providing that information to you.
Msg#: 4676720 posted 1:24 pm on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)
For internal changes that you aren't seeing reflected in GWT it usually means they have not crawled those and updated yet. You can sometimes speed up calling their attention to things you want noticed by using the "Fetch" as Google" tool in GWT.
Msg#: 4676720 posted 3:59 pm on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)
Then again they may never show the changes. Just because you've disavowed links doesn't mean google has wiped them from memory. gwt currently lists nofollowed links, so why should disavowed links be any different? It's their way of saying "We know where you live".
Msg#: 4676720 posted 4:14 pm on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)
I'd like to think they will show a change in the number of internal links to a given webpage - if they don't update that part then it's not of much value to me.
The reason I am so interested in this is that I had links on many of my sites pages pointing to my top 5 visited pages. I haven't received a manual penalty for this but may have a have had a little slap by Penguin. Since removing these internal links some pages are starting to bounce back (although I do not know if this is the reason for the recovery).