Whitey - 1:04 am on Aug 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
Q: How long will it take sites to see any potential improvement? It seems like potentially months.
IE, say you upload a file. It takes several weeks for that to be read. Then you might wait several weeks for the next Penguin Update, until the change would be reflected, right?
Or when you say multiple weeks, do you mean that really, the file might get read right away, but the changes might not be reflected until some Penguin or other update can act on those changes?
It can definitely take some time, and potentially months. There’s a time delay for data to be baked into the index. Then there can also be the time delay after that for data to be refreshed in various algorithms. [searchengineland.com...]
Hmm. One common issue we see with disavow requests is people going through with a fine-toothed comb when they really need to do something more like a machete on the bad backlinks. For example, often it would help to use the “domain:” operator to disavow all bad backlinks from an entire domain rather than trying to use a scalpel to pick out the individual bad links. That’s one reason why we sometimes see it take a while to clean up those old, not-very-good links.
Matt Cutts May 13, 2013 [mattcutts.com...]
Since last year, around Nov 2012, Matt Cutts has changed his communication from "apply extreme caution" to the current, use the disavow tool like a machete .
One thing is for sure. If you hack into good links, or links Google still considers good, but you consider suspect, the consequence can be that your rankings will suffer.
If, and it's a big "if" you come out the other end of this when the next Penguin refresh occurs you may be lucky enough to see some major improves. Google could do more to reassure folks with some evidence.
Folks, who do this properly could be spending years pruning their links, before they get it right. And frankly that effort could be better spent improving sites UI/content which is what Google really wants.
I don't personally think Google has the balance right between administering penalties, tidying up the web and remedial steps expected of site-owners. If investment in site improvements was working we would hear much more positive news from site owners and/or see it in the SERP's. The G plan's way too aggressive, IMO.
@alexandermcgee - I'd say what you are experiencing is to be expected, and you had no choice but to apply surgery ( let's hopes it enough ), but in the absence of a plethora/evidence of feedback to reassure you, I think you are on the right course. It's a bit of a Christopher Columbus voyage. The theory, talk, preparation and intent is strong .... just keep sailing until you hit land.