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Disavowing Domains No Longer Online

     
7:54 pm on Dec 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hello all! I have two questions regarding the disavow that I cannot seem to get any conclusive answers on. Hopefully some of you can share your thoughts:

1. In the disavow, should we include domains that are no longer online, nor are in Google's cache?

2. Should we include domains that removed our link from their site?

I realize the two above questions may seem stupid, however I have received conflicting recommendations from 'so-called' SEO experts and wanted to seek additional input prior to submitting my disavow. Personally, I am leaning toward removing these domains...

Many thanks for your input :)
8:58 pm on Dec 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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It seems to me that the key in making this decision is whether or not Google still shows the links from these domains in Webmaster Tools. If the links don't show up there, then there's no reason to disavow them. But if they're still showing, it's probably best to disavow them.

It can take an incredibly long time for Google to remove old links from their system. I can tell you from a recent experience that links from deeply-buried pages in the inky shadows of large websites can take more than a year to drop out of Google. And since it can't hurt you to include those domains in your disavowal list, I'd certainly suggest that you do it if you think the links are bad for your site.
10:37 pm on Dec 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks so much for your reply. It confirms my thinking. I have seen several domains that are either offline or are no longer linking to me (in some cases for a few years) that continue to appear in WMT. Will definitely keep these in the disavow just to be safe. Thanks again!
11:03 pm on Dec 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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It won't hurt to have them, but I wouldn't go out of my way spending time adding them or anything like that because it's unnecessary -- Basically, if they're on a bulk list I wouldn't spend time removing them, but if they're not I wouldn't spend time adding them either.

I have seen several domains that are either offline or are no longer linking to me (in some cases for a few years) that continue to appear in WMT.

How did I know you wondered, because they were in WMT even before I read your second post? Ignore WMT for the most part. It's out-of-date and glitchy at best.
6:25 pm on Dec 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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One thing about expired domains is that some people will buy those old domains and then copy the content that was on their previously (including the link to your site) and put it back on the site.

So those links COULD reappear again in the future.
4:36 am on Jan 1, 2015 (gmt 0)

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What rainborick said