My site had horrible, awful, terrible links, going back over 10 years. Back then our Webmaster believed in purchasing links, because it worked, and those 100,000 links are still being considered by Google which tanked us on this new algorithm update. Thus, we went from #3 in rankings to #100+.
I went through the disavow process for all of those bad links, my staff worked on it for days. Most of these links were on sites that are now malware, or defunct. I had zero luck getting the links removed, so I went ahead with the disavow. Note -- I kept the real links, the proper ones, the good ones, and just disavowed the disasters.
Before the disavow, we had gotten back up to #52, which is still a disaster. I submitted the disavow sheet on Thursday or so last week, and now we are complete gone for our main keyword.
Is this typical after you do the disavow? I'm thinking (hoping) Google is re-reviewing our links, and we are just bouncing, and will come back where we belong.
Have any of you used the disavow tool? What kind of luck did you have? Could this fall just be because they are reviewing us? Thanks.