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Disavow links - still not work?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by imesh83, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. imesh83

    imesh83 Newbie

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    I have one of my sites hammered by Penguin 2.1. When I looking at webmaster tools I saw some spam links (212 links from one domain) which created by my SEO contractor. So I submitted disavow links request in txt file for all the spam links.

    But after a week I still see all those links appear in webmaster tools. What can I do now? Should I wait more time? Shall I move to a new site?

    This site is targeting high competitive keyword. It has DA and PA 35 and 45. And it was gaining it position (page 9->7->5) when it got hit by Penguin 2.1
     
  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Disavowing links makes them nofollow, but they will not disappear from your GWT reports.

    Also, it depends on how hard you were hit. Lighter penalties can be lifted by disavowing links, others have been reported to not being so easy. So there is no recipe, all you can do is experiment, experiment....
     
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  3. EymardSiojo

    EymardSiojo Newbie

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    It takes time.
    I read a lot of this disavowing experiment and the effect depends really a lot. It might took weeks or months to see significant changes.
     
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  4. ttmschine

    ttmschine Regular Member

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    1 week isn't enough when you submit a disavow BEFORE an update, imagine how many thousands more they've had submitted AFTER the update.

    You'll be looking at 6 weeks to 3 months I reckon before you see any change - and that's if you've done it right.
     
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    Scritty Elite Member Premium Member

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    I've known the disavow not take effect till the next Penguin run in some cases (quite a few in fact) and that can be 4 months.

    Scritty
     
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  6. TheLinkGuy

    TheLinkGuy Power Member

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    Disavow is a waste of time unless you have removed the links or tried to.

    Otherwise you will be waiting a long time.
     
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    One week too smaller time to see anything. Give it some time.
     
  8. bradsteves

    bradsteves Registered Member

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    There are lots of nuances to the disavow links tool. The disavow links tool does assign a nofollow to the links

    First off, determine if you were hit with a manual or automated penalty. If you received an email, then it was probably a manual penalty.

    If it was a manual penalty, you need to submit a reconsideration request (after using the disavow tool) in order to get the penalty lifted. This can be pretty quick.

    However, Google really wants to see some of the links taken off the web - so they want you to through and actually try to reach out to the site(s) and request takedowns. They are on record stating that a reconsideration request might not get traction if all the bad links are still live on the web.

    You seem pretty confident it was Penguin 2.1, so that means it was an automated penalty. Unfortunately, this can take much longer. First off, the Google needs to process the disavow request. They state this can take several week and that ties closely with experience. As part of that reprocess, Google needs to recrawl the site (with the bad links) in order to assign the links a nofollow.

    The risk here is that Google takes a long time (or never) to revisit the page. Check the page to see if it is listed in Google's cache. If so, check the crawl date and that can give you an estimate of how long it might take to get the penalty removed. If the page isn't in the index your risk is that Google views that page so poorly that they won't revisit it.

    You may be able to use a throwaway site to generate links to the spam site to encourage a recrawl. I've heard stories where this was effective but don't have any hands on experience.

    Also, you shouldn't expect a full rebound in your rankings once the penalty is lifted as you will now be operating with fewer inbound links.

    Good luck!
     
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