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Using a Disavow File to Recover from Penguin

     
3:27 pm on Oct 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I don't like the idea of the disavow file (which I will not get into here) so I have resisted creating one for my 11 year old site.

I have never gotten a manual penalty and I have never participated in blackhat techniques.

With the latest Penguin though I can't afford not to create one with the hopes it will help.

I have about 30,000 links to wade through and after going through a couple of hundred I have a few questions.

1) Well adding the domain line to the file

domain:example.com

block all sub domains as well?

2) According to Google I have a lot of spam sites pointing to me that when I visit them don't actually have a link to my domain. Is it best practise to block these anyways incase the site is randomly adding links to their pages or other underhanded techniques?

3) For those of you who have recovered to a degree from Penguin and you believe your disavow file helped, how stringent were you with disavowing a domain/link? I have a number of links that I would consider being from a spam site but then I notice that Google has given then a page rank of 2 or higher. I haven't bothered with page rank for a while but you have to wonder why some of these sites rank?

My plan is to disavow the most obvious spam backlinks with the hopes that Google will run Penguin again fairly soon (like they said they plan to do). If I don't see any returns I would then add ones that I am not sure about.
7:09 pm on Oct 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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1) domain:example.com may sometimes block subdomains also, but mostly not imo, (e.g. doamian:blogger.com will not block all the subdomains)

2) i would block them anyway

3) very stringent. When you consider a link being from a spamsite, you are thinking of keeping it? Because of pagerank?
7:43 pm on Oct 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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3) I didn't word #3 the best. If it is clearly spam then no I would disavow it. If I was unsure then I would leave it off.

I am also trying out the disavow tool available on WebMasterWorld to help we organize this a bit better.

One thing I hate running into while doing this is those sites with malware.
8:19 pm on Oct 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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ok, i didn't know there is a tool on here.
anyhow,what you said about submitting a file, and if you don't see good returns, add more links, and try again, does not seem a bad idea
8:56 pm on Oct 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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In my opinion disavow is making only bad things and I got only bad results..