---- Best practices for using the Google disavow tool, confirmed
fathom - 2:03 pm on Feb 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
However there is a huge CAVEAT tied to that... if you didn't get notified by Google that you have a manual review for inorganic link violations - DON'T USE THE TOOL!
Do you have any documentation to back that up? What are you basing that on?
They don't mention PENGUIN in their posted information what-so-ever.
FAQ is YOU (loosely) asking a dumb question and not Google providing you instructions... I also love the "If you think"... loosely saying people will do whatever they wish even when Google says you should not.
If you have a PENGUIN issue and you send a reconsideration request you are forcing the Webspam Team to review you (in other words you are sending them a spam report) and if you have lots of webspam issues you will attract a Manual Review.
I have a penguin issue and I didn't get a google notification. Are you saying that I should not have used the tool?
In my experience PENGUIN and the Disavow tool are the same thing. PENGUIN is the automated use of the tool and you can also use PENGUIN (renamed) manually.
The disavow tool was purpose-built with devaluation recovery providers in mind that cannot possibly make sense of a historical link profile because they didn't have anything to do with promotional decisions for any domain (other than their own domain).
PENGUIN-issues... do nothing (with the links that is) the best way to explain it... any devalued links have a forced nofollow added to them (which is precisely what the disavow tool does according to Google).
So start getting organic links elsewhere in your domain or links with different anchors to your affected pages and you'll recover.
If you get PENGUINIZED for Blue Stripped Widgets avoid those words in anchors to the affected pages.
<added>Reading between Google's instructions for the tool it is not an automated process so you have to submit a reconsideration request to get Google to activate... [BADLY WORDED] but that's like pulling up to a cop while driving and saying you had 6 beers before driving home... you are in fact, self-webspam-reporting your domain.
So on one hand (for PENGUIN) the tool does nothing and on the other you are simply begging for a Manual Review (if you have being webspam Google).</added>
[edited by: fathom at 2:42 pm (utc) on Feb 5, 2013]