JohnNZ - 10:04 pm on Nov 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
OK, I'm the kind of guy who believes in reading the whole truth and nothing but the truth ...
So when MB replied to my comment with
Because it's true. Read the official Google announcement blost post. It's for those who were caught building crap links and received an unnatural links warning/Penguin beat down. In general, that's webmasters who spammed to rank better.
I decided to read it ....
No where in the post and I repeat no where does it state
It's for those who were caught building crap links and received an unnatural links warning/Penguin beat down.
Here are some quotes from the post
If you’ve been notified of a manual spam action based on “unnatural links” pointing to your site
If you’ve ever been caught up in linkspam, you may have seen a message in Webmaster Tools about “unnatural links” pointing to your site.
If you’ve done as much as you can to remove the problematic links, and there are still some links you just can’t seem to get down, that’s a good time to visit our new Disavow links page.
To tell people it's only spammers who need to use this tool, I believe, is incorrect. I buy and sell websites, and yes I buy websites that may have 'spammy' links to it (how do I know a site doesn't have spammy links?). In my opinion this tool allows webmasters to say to Google, 'Hey, this link has nothing to do with me, please ignore it for ranking purposes'.
I do NOT believe the tool is some sort of 'double bluff' by Google to identify webmasters who indulge in link spam.
I do NOT believe Google will penalise users of this tool in their SERPS.
I'm not picking on MB, I respect his opinion and that of many other regular posters on this site, but I believe there is a lot of "mis-advice" being touted around regarding this tool and when I saw the reply to my post ....
May be I'll be in a better mood after my latte and pain au chocolat.