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Disavowing links to a site that has been moved?



7:09 pm on Feb 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Long story short, there's a site that was penalized and bad links played a big role in it (WP theme footer links - there's a lot on that sad story in my previous posts back in 2012). By a strike of luck most of those bad links are now gone - couple large sites using my themes have closed and some webmasters actually responded to my requests to remove - but a few remain. No reconsideration requests have even been successful, but that was before the disavow tool was created.

I have eventually moved the site in part due to much better brand-ability of the new name and in part in hopes that penalties would not follow. They did.

I am redirecting all pages of the old site to the corresponding pages of the new using 301 with one exception: the google authorization html file. As such, I have both sites still active in my WMT although I have filed the "change of address" for the old site, so I can now see all bad links in the new site's data. But I guess I can still file recon. requests and use disavow tool for either or both sites since they are both still on the list of my sites.

So, here is where I finally get around to my question: what strategy for using the disavow tool would you suggest?

1. use disavow tool on the old site, wait few weeks, file RR for the old site.
2. use disavow tool on the new site, wait few weeks, file RR for the new site
3. use disavow tool on the old site, wait few weeks, file RR for the new site.

Or maybe even something entirely different? Anyone has an actual experience with dealing with this kind of moving site situations?



4:11 am on Feb 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

I haven't been in this situation, but thought I could at least share my logic. Because the link data now shows up in your new site's data, and it is the new site you want to see rank better, I'd go with number 2.


4:55 am on Feb 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, tedster. I've ended up sending it (the same list) for both sites, old and new, although I think I'm going to send just one RR, for the new site. I did some more reading on the issue of the correlation between the disavow submission and the RR, and found some reference to MC talking at a conference last fall saying something to the degree "give our system a day or two to incorporate the disavow data into the WMT account before sending an RR" .

In other words, it did not sound like the disavow data is processed automatically so I see no reason to wait for so long - any action related to the disavowed links (such as, one hopes, revoking of manual action) would have to come as a result of an RR. It basically sounded like a person should look at the disavow request already knowing why I submitted it in the first place (the info they can get from the RR that follows) and nothing can come out of a disavow request without a follow-up RR.

Begs a question: "why didn't they just attach the disavow upload form to an RR form?"

Anyways, thanks for your input! I've sent the disavow, will send RR early next week and see what happens.

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