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Five things that you should know about Google’s disavow links tool

Google’s ‘disavow links’ tool can help you to improve the
Google rankings of your web pages. If you do not use the tool
correctly, you can also damage the Google rankings of your site with
the tool. Here are five things that you should know about Google’s
‘disavow links’ tool:

Danger: disavow links

1. There’s no need to disavow
nofollow links

Nofollow links do not influence the Google rankings of the linked
pages. That’s why you do not have to include these links in the disavow
links file that you send to Google.

Google’s John Mueller made it clear that nofollow links don’t have to be
included: “You don’t need to include
any nofollow links […] what happens with links that you submit as a
disavow, when we recrawl them we treat them similarly to other
nofollowed links.”

2. The disavowed links will still
be visible in Google Webmaster Tools

Google simply treats disavowed
links as nofollow links. Just like nofollow links, the disavowed links
will still be listed in Google Webmaster Tools.

Google’s John Mueller confirmed
this in a video. You don’t have to worry if these links appear in the
link list in Google Webmaster Tools.

3. Google ignores comments in your
disavow file

You can use comments in the disavow
file but Google will ignore these comments. The comments are only for
your own use. Google’s John Mueller explains this in a video:

file is something that is processed completely automatically. If you
put a lot of text in those comments in the disavow file, then nobody
will be looking at them. Those comments are essentially for you, to
help you understand the file a little bit better and those comments are
not used by the webspam team”.

4. It can be risky to change your

If you think that a link should not
be disavowed, remove that link from your disavow file and re-upload the
file to Google. The problem with that: if you reavow a link that Google
considers unnatural, Google will re-penalize your website and it can be
harder than before to get the penalty lifted.

Once again, Google’s John Mueller explains
this in a video:

“Links are
essentially only disavowed as long as they are in the disavow file. So,
if you remove them after some point, then essentially when we recrawl
and reprocess those URLs and there is no disavow file for this domain
then we will treat those as normal links again.

If you remove
them, then essentially you are returning them to their normal state. If
they were problematic links in the past then they would be problematic
links again.”

5. You cannot harm other websites
with the disavow links tool

Your website rankings won’t be
damaged if someone includes your web pages in a disavow link file that
is sent to Google. John Mueller:

“It’s not that we are
using this as a spam report form. So, when you get a message saying,
‘You should remove this link to my website or else I’ll put you on my
disavow file’, that’s not a threat for your website. It’s not a problem
to have your website on a disavow file.”

How to find the links that
you should disavow

The disavow links tool is an advanced tool that should be used
with caution. You can harm your website rankings if you do not use the
tool correctly. It can be difficult to find the links that have a
negative influence on your search engine rankings.

That’s why we have developed the link disinfection
link disinfection tool analyzes the backlinks that points to your
website and it assigns a risk-score to each link. That makes it as easy
as possible to find bad backlinks.

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