October 18, 2012

Use Google's Link Disavow Tool To Remove Bad Links

Disavow Links

Yesterday, we talked about whether or not bad links on your site are worth deleting. The simple answer to the question was, you might as well do it, but it'll be better to adjust your website, rather than trying to bend it. If you've been manually penalized, then this step becomes more or less necessary. But what about the links to your website, which aren't in your control? Luckily, Google has now released a link Disavow tool, which will solve such problems. Quite simply, any unnatural links to your site can be disinherited, or 'disavowed', hence preventing Google from considering them.

Before using

When your website has been manually penalized, you will receive a bunch of messages in your Webmaster Tools, specifying links which look suspicious. You should take your time, and remove as many of them as possible.

If those links are located on another website, you must first contact the site owners, and request a removal of bad links to your website. You should use the disavow links tool only if you don't get any response from the site owners.

How to disavow links?

Simply log into your Google Webmaster Tools account, and visit Google's Link Disavow tool. Select a domain from the list, and click on Disavow links. Don't worry, this won't do anything. It will just start the process.

Google Disavow Links Tool

Now, you will be prompted to upload a text file containing a list of all the URL's or domains you want to block out. For whole domains, the format will look like this. domain:example.com. For single links, you can simply put in the full URL. Here is a sample text file from Google.
# Contacted owner of spamdomain1.com on 7/1/2012 to

# ask for link removal but got no response
# Owner of spamdomain2.com removed most links, but missed these
Note: Every different link or domain must be on a separate line. And lines that start with a # aren't counted. You can only upload one file of maximum 2 MB size.

If you need a hand looking for bad links to your site, it'll probably be best to check out Who Links To Your Site in Google Webmaster Tools. Simple go into Traffic >> Links To Your Site >> Who Links The Most >> More. There, you will see a download button where you can download a file containing all links to your site.

When you tell Google to disavow your links, the changes may not be immediate. It could take some time before those links are considered as useless by Google. And Google might not even consider the links you submit if it doesn't trust your submission. Also, if you make a mistake, it might take weeks to rectify, so be careful.

Hope I made myself clear. If there are any confusions, do let us know in the comments below.

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  1. i have read your post but i still have a problem here i am new to blogging and i dont have webmaster account and i want to create one but dont know how pls can you help me on that

  2. moreover thanks for this post because i think it will be very helpful to me

  3. Nyc post post :)


    Just Google webmaster and click the first result and fill your gmail account information to login.

  4. Awesome Post , will help me get my links checked :d

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  6. Nice Post But When I Enter My Blog Name here.. It Display Me A Warning That It can also harm your blog's performence.plz tell me what can i do... My blog address is http://hackers001.blogspot.com and http://tricktodesign.com

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  8. Great post thanks for sharing this post. Awesome thanks google :)

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  9. I got this message after i disavow

    "This is an advanced feature and should only be used with caution. If used incorrectly, this feature can potentially harm your site's performance in Google's search results. We recommend that you only disavow backlinks if you believe you have a considerable number of spammy, artificial, or low-quality links pointing to your site, and if you are confident that the links are causing issues for you"

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  10. Awesome Tool...
    this was the most Awaited Feature from Webmaster Tools..
    it is always better to Remove low quality backlinks to not get penalized by Panda and Increase SEO..
    Thanks a Lot for Sharing this Update.!
    keep it Up

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  11. thank bro..
    great info..
    mybloggertrik very nice tech to my blog

  12. Its good,is it available for google blogspot blogs?

  13. That was really helpful my friend,
    I totally agree with you saying, This tool is supposed to be used only if you get any warnings from Google.

    I personally would prefer to wait for information and reviews on this tool before using it.

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  16. Why google is saying ny site has 0 backlinks,can you help,

    this is my site http://www.nixonok.com/

  17. Qasim Bhaijaan, salaam, One important thing i want to ask,
    as this Tool is to remove low quality backlinks, now i have created a New Blog named:BlogEclipse.com it is one month old with all original content, the post also used to Index in 15 Minutes, but there were some low quality links lining to My blog which I Though is Affecting MY SEO, so i collected that all List in a Notepad and Uplodaded on Webmnaster tool for Disavow tool, but today i saw on a Drop on Little Traffic, my ranking was down, Is this Affecting MY SEO. How should recover from It NOw.. Pleae Reply Qasim Bro'


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  19. thanks for such important article.. :)
    helpfull for me dude..

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  25. Google Disavow Tool awesome and working well on my blog

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