ColourOfSpring - 8:53 am on Aug 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
I decided to go through the whole disavow thing with one of my sites. I went to GWT, got my latest links list in a spreadsheet and went through it as much as I could. After a few hours, I realised I just couldn't email every single domain that was linking to me (that I wasn't sure WHY they were linking to me, the spammy looking ones). No I had NOT built these links AT ALL - many were from arabic character set sites for heaven's sakes. Some were Chinese. Lots from blogspot domains. I made a shortlist of sites to email - I focused on the sites that had sitewide / multiple page links.
Really important point now: I had to check these sites to see if they were still linking to me. After all, we know how out of date GWT can be. I couldn't access half the sites because my MalwareBytes I run refused the IP addresses of these sites!. In other words, these sites were likely carrying malware/trojans/viruses. Google expects us to trawl through the sewers of the web to clean up our backlink profiles! How many webmasters are getting viruses/malware just by visiting their backlink profile? I became extremely angry at this. I was devoting hours of my time to potentially catch viruses and malware just to ask people who I never wanted to link to me to stop linking to me. I have no idea if MalwareBytes has protected me completely of course...so perhaps I now have malware on my computer.... :(
ANYWAY, I emailed the ones I could. Many I couldn't email because they had no contact details / form. I decided I'd wait 3 weeks before doing the disavow. NO RESPONSE WHATSOEVER. Not one.
I submitted the disavow and am waiting to hear back.
The whole process took over a full day (more than 8 hours). For a single domain. And I probably now have virus/malware on my computer for my efforts :(