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Matt Cutts was on hand at Pubcon to issue the annual State of the Index address, sharing insight on what Google’s done this year, what webmasters should know, and, this time, to also announce a new tool for webmasters. Look alive!
Q: Can this tool be used if I'm worried about "negative SEO"?
[Reiteration of tools primary purpose]
In general, Google works hard to prevent other webmasters from being able to harm your ranking. However, if you're worried that some backlinks might be affecting your site's reputation, you can use the Disavow Links tool to indicate to Google that those links should be ignored. Again, we build our algorithms with an eye to preventing negative SEO, so the vast majority of webmasters don't need to worry about negative SEO at all.
I will just say this, dont use that tool at all, they must be able to ignore bad links, so do what you are best at, creating websites.
Well im in the same boat, also had 40.000 unique visits a day, now 1000 and 30 from google, but i will still not touch it,be cause i have not done anything wrong.
[edited by: atlrus at 12:50 pm (utc) on Oct 17, 2012]
If submitting to this was seen as some kind of admittal of doing wrong, and then went against you, that would be beyond shady.
I agree. But how much worse CAN it get? Will they come and kill my dog as well? I have no traffic left to take.
[edited by: atlrus at 12:57 pm (utc) on Oct 17, 2012]
I have always had a strange feeling about this thing but could not figure out what it is, then it occurred to me. It's like Google is the prison warden; the warden gives each prisoner a post-it note and ask them to rat out their inmates. Eventually, everyone goes down.