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Limit of links to disavow at once?



12:38 am on Nov 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

I hired one SEO company to work on a site of mine, which needs a ton of repair after recent Google changes. They told me that Google would give them issues if they tried to submit a disavow list of more than 50 links. They said not to bombard them.

So, another site i have got hit too. I just ran a report on the most toxic links that need to go away now. I am count over 600 links!

Is there really a limit to how many links I should disavow at once? Should I do 50 at a time, wait til Google cleans them up, then give them another 50? Would take forever.


3:39 am on Nov 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I haven't heard anything at all like that before and the only time the disavow file is "applied" to help you is when Penguin is run, which is every few [about 6] months, so personally, I definitely wouldn't "just sit and wait" to get a list of links you think are hurting up there -- The linked pages also have to be respidered before the list in the file takes effect.

Maybe someone else has some more current info than me, but I haven't heard any type of limit before and MC has said one of the biggest errors wrt disavow files submitted is people "go too easy" rather than "using a machete", so I have some question about the validity of the information you were given.


4:26 am on Nov 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks @JD_Toims. I wonder if the SEO company is saying this to drag out the repair work since I am paying them monthly? Makes sense. Would like to clarify. Obviously we got hit and no sense in upsetting Google more by over flooding them with links.

carlos the jackal

8:38 am on Nov 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yup, it's absolute cobblers. Our file contained over 1000 domains in one go.


3:16 pm on Nov 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hey @Carlos, and Google seems to be removing those links? Did you contact each one of the webmasters and ask them to remove the link? Or did you just give them a list?

Right now, my disavow looks sort of like this.

domain: example.com

I am asking to disavow 600 links and 600 domains.

PS: If you disavow the domain, is it necessary to disavow the link?

[edited by: aakk9999 at 4:06 pm (utc) on Nov 27, 2013]
[edit reason] Pls use example.com - it can never be owned. Site . com is a real domain [/edit]

carlos the jackal

3:58 pm on Nov 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hello matey - Google won't remove the links, but rather will treat them as nofollow when the disavow file is processed.

If you're disavowing at domain level, you don't need to include individual links. Be careful though - adding a line saying domain:blogspot.com will disavow ALL links from blogspot to your site going forwards, as well as those already in place.


10:55 pm on Nov 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have just cleaned 3 of my 4 sites

Back in the day I had bad links i just made a new site 301 then penalty followed through Id repeat and did this 4 times.

I woke up one day and decided to fix all the bad links that my 4 sites had.

I removed what i could via emailing and from 3000 links managed to get around less than 3% removed i disavowed the rest, Initially i did a mixture of both domain:example.com and http://example.com/page

However I got some examples sent back by google which said i still had bad links, those links were in my disavow but were like the tag pages of the http:// so when doing a disavow go as far as domain and only do the URL level if your absolutely are sure the link is safe.

the 3 sites i cleared were all on first attempts and all had around 1400 urls in one go so i know for a fact you can add whatever and how many you want.

Ps my domain disavow had both www. non www. as not sure if a mistake but Google added a link that was disavowed on my list but showed me the non www. version so i cannot find if that was a mistake or they treat www. and non www as different URLS


11:11 pm on Nov 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I disavowed the majority of my incoming links at one point many months ago, I didn't buy links or anything of the sort but the quality of the sites linking in wasn't to my liking.

Result: No noticeable change, Google had apparently discounted those links already or simply not processed the list yet. Who knows.