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What is the best way to decide whether a link should be Disavowed?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by alex-19841, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. alex-19841

    alex-19841 Regular Member

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    To better understand what "disavow" is please see this post from Google:
    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-new-tool-to-disavow-links.html

    Or video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=393nmCYFRtA

    The necessity to go thorough every single domain that has a backlink to your website and decide of it's a good or bad domain and whether it needs to be added to the list of disavowed domains can take a very long time (weeks or maybe even months). Especially if you had a huge amount of backlinks, like over 50k?

    We are trying to create a solution to speed up the process.

    OUR QUESTION: How do you decide, or what metrics do you use, to decide whether a link or domain should be disavowed?
     
  2. dubious

    dubious Regular Member

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    Simple, 'Don't' use the disavow tool, with the exception of being a victim of negative SEO. Make you links look natural, don't tip your hand to Google.
     
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  3. Gyuman82

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    That's the thing, you can't.

    Even "spammy links" may have been the reason why your site was ranking so well before.

    Sure some links are more likely to have helped then hurt ie high pr homepage link vs spammy blog comment, but there really is no way to know whether or not a link has helped you or not.

    The disavow tool is imperfect at best.
     
  4. n2zen

    n2zen Regular Member

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    Personally, I first run the root domains through a page rank checker. Any that are now N/A (meaning de-indexed mostly), are added to the removal list.

    Then, I pull up the Ahrefs.com report which gives detail on their perceived weight of the link. Those at the top of the list (the strongest) are kept. Those at the bottom of the list (the weakest) are added to the removal list.

    Next, I do a quick search for the most popular pr0n, viagra, gambling keywords, and remove them (since my sites are not in any of those categories) and add them to the removal list.

    Finally, I do a fast manual scan and pick out any that are foreign language links or otherwise stick out like a sore thumb and add those to the removal list.

    There's easier ways I'm sure, and yes this does get rid of some legit links, but there's no real harm going to come by removing low value, irrelevant links.
     
  5. cooltemplate

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    yes google disavow is tooo Confusing.
     
  6. makemecash

    makemecash Regular Member

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    You should only do disavow if google sends you a message in webmaster tools.

    HOWEVER...

    You should never use webmaster tools OR google analytics. This gives google a direct look into your link building habits, user engagement, bounce rate...etc.

    So with that said, you shouldn't use disavow.
     
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  7. Green0

    Green0 Newbie

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    if you posted on a high PR page and it now shows PR N/A I would disavow that link.