Str82u - 5:17 pm on Jul 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
It occurs to me that the "disavow tool" is similar to the "spam report" tool, no? I'm afraid to use the spam reporting tool too much cause it might give the impression I'm a crybaby BUT if I tell Google through WMT "This jerk and this jerk and this jerk have sites that link to me and I don't like it" - there's a possible spam report. I've seen enough links on one set of spammy sites that I'd encourage my competitors, people that I've enjoyed struggling with through the years, to disavow those links which may draw enough attention from Google to get the "jerks" off the playing field altogether. When I say spammy site, I mean they have more text than this page taken in snippets from tons of sites with no real relevance to each other with links to us thrown in - OH, and with spammy affiliate ads on page as well.
Maybe some of you won't go to the trouble to use the tool and honestly, those sites probably aren't affecting us the way my last paragraph suggests but it's still pissing me off enough to tell on them in that passive aggressive way if that's one of the outcomes of using the tool.
Hopefully this isn't repetitive, this has been a long thread and we've been at it a while:
That's not so. Some of my best link partners, people who endorse us and we endorse them, have been at there niche for years but aren't really good webmasters in the creative sense; they produce great content and serve their purpose but their sites are poorly designed, have no tracking and don't use the tools that are out there for SEO but they rank page 1 HIGH because they DO have great, authoritative content. A lot of them are retired folks providing services to the public at little to no cost just to stay busy and feel useful, if someone were to launch a negative SEO campaign against them it would be successful because they just wouldn't know why or how it happened.
Scurramunga replied: I think anyone whom you may consider a formidable opponent will be savvy enough to know what it is.
This will be problematic for webmasters who have no clue WMT exists. They could be hit with negative SEO attack and have no clue how to disavow unwanted links?