I submitted my disavow list to Google about a month ago. One week later, a manual spam penalty was revoked. Since then, I have seen a very gradual increase in impressions/traffic (about 10% increase per week starting one week after the notice of penalty revoked, not dramatic). My initial list had about 7,000 urls, but I am finding more spam urls/domains that probably should be added (new spam links that Google is discovering).
For those with experience using this tool, a few questions:
1) are you updating the list with new data? If so, how often?
2) Also, did you, too, see a gradual increase in traffic? Or, was your traffic's return more sudden (or none)
3) How long has it taken to return to a decent level? (I've gone from zero to about 25 uniques on weekdays during the past 3 weeks).
Coincident with my increase in traffic, I am also seeing a much more frequent spidering, with googlebot grabbing more than double the number of pages on my site than at anymore in the past 6 months... this increase mainly began during the past 10 days.
I am seeing some decent phrases return... from nowhere to page 2... then drop to page 3. So, I am unable to draw any conclusions about the success of this disavow tool... Granted, it may require a complete Penguin update, and we don't know when that will be. Soooo, aside from the unknowns, I'm curious about what you guys are observing with respect to my three questions above, and any additional observations you may have.
Background: My domain was very heavily spammed into link networks, often .pl or .ru, some even .edu... mainly on content pages that redirect to spammy leadgen pages. Google can't detect this redirect because some of those content pages are actually listed in the serps... you click on the serp listing, you are redirected to spam. Just in the past month alone, another 1,000 new links to my site have appeared. So, I feel like I should update my disavow list... but I also worry that I should just give things time to work. I don't want any setbacks.