Christmas came really early for the SEO guys, Google has released a disavow links tool, if you aren’t an SEO guru, but you got penalized by Google then you should pay attention to this, it might be your key to regain your lost rankings.
What Is The Disavow Links Tool?
As I said, if you aren’t an SEO guy then you probably heard about this tool just now. A similar tool was released earlier this year by Bing of course this tool was helpful for improving your rankings on Bing and for those that got penalized by Google it didn’t do any good. Probably after the release of Bing’s disavow links tool a lot of SEO’s started sending request to Google for a similar tool and on October 16th Google answered the prayers and release its own tool.
The tool is created to ease the jobs of SEO’s, it allows to manually determine links that you don’t want to influence your rankings, if you have bought links, spammed all over the place or have gotten any other crappy links that have penalized your site, you can use this tool to remove the effects of the links for your site.
When you choose to disavow a link, Google treats that request as a serious suggestion, it’s like adding a no-follow attribute to a link. By using this tool you can lift the penalties from your site that were caused by spammy backlinks.
Google warns you though, that this tool should be used only when you can’t remove the link yourself. Before using this tool you should try to remove all the spammy backlinks yourself and disavow only the ones that couldn’t be removed.
Who Should Use The Google’s Disavow Links Tool?
If you don’t know what is a backlink – don’t use it.
If you aren’t really sure what SEO is – don’t use it.
If you haven’t lost rankings and your site wasn’t penalized – don’t use it.
This tool isn’t for the average person, it is only for those who have used SEO techniques that Google doesn’t like and got penalized by the Penguin update.
How To Use The Google’s Disavow Links Tool?
- Go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main
- Log in to your Google webmasters account.
- Choose your site.
- Upload a text file with a list of the links you want to disavow.
It should only contain one link per line. The file can’t be bigger than 2MB, if you want to disavow all the links from a domain you can write it like this: domain:example.com , if you want to disavow just a single url it goes like this http://www.example.com/pagethathaslinkstoyoursite.html . Also you can put comments on the links like this #comment .
And here’s a video by Matt Cutts talking about the Google’s Disavow Links tool
Personally, I would expect something more robust from Google, a tool that shows all your backlinks and indicates the ones that might be causing problems for your site, but this will do.