6 Reasons To Use Disavow Links Tool Before Getting Penalized

Every here and there we get confused with the great feature of Google Webmaster Tools named Disavow Links Tool, its the best addition from Google as it may protect you from your bad competitors (the revenge kind thing or jealousy) and your bad SEOs work.

An image showing Disavow Links Tool

Why Disavowing Links Needed As I Am Not Penalized ?

Well, today is the time where relevancy is what does count towards any field; being an off-topic guy or website will not work as people are continuously searching for people and content that interest, provide them with intending information so are the search engines, they admire the relevancy in everything from now, from backlinks to content to comments.

In the case if you are into internet from long and have every other SEO tricks and tips applied, they may Harm you with:

  1. You had no idea what was SEO.
  2. You had no idea about relevancy and all it mattered for you was quantity.
  3. You had non-skilled SEOs to work for you and they linked you with off-topic sites.
  4. The SEOs used blackhat tricks to up your rankings.
  5. The SEOs spammed you all around the internet.
  6. Your competitor(s) want(s) to ruin you.

Well, I am here discussing about not to use disavow links tool After getting penalized BUT it is to use Before getting penalized.

Well, How ?

Matt Cutts, Google Web Spam’s Team head, speaks on the question:

Question: Should webmasters use the disavow tool, even if it is believed that no penalty has been applied? For example. if we believe ‘Negative SEO’ has been attempted, or spammy sites we have contacted have not removed links.


Matt Cutts replied in the YouTube video:

How to request for Disavow Links Tool ?

First, you will have to check for the links you want to ignore/disavow, follow these steps to know the links your site is linking to on external sites:

  • Go to Google Webmaster Tools.
  • Select the target site you want to disavow links for (if you have multiple sites on your GWT account.)
  • On the dashboard, click on ‘Search Traffic’ from the left pane.
  • Click on “Links to Your Site
  • Then click on “More” beneath “Who links the most“, they are you backlinks.
  • Click either ‘Download more sample links‘ OR ‘Download latest links‘ (Download latest links will add dates as well.)
  • Select any of the download format of your choice either CSV or Google Docs.

After you have all of the links downloaded in CSV or Google Docs format, now it comes the important part to pay a lot of attention to:

  • You will have to convert the links into text or .txt file format and be encoded into UTF-8 or ASCII-7 as Google only supports .txt file.
  • You will not include all of the links you downloaded, only include the ones you Really Want Google to Ignore.
  • Should be one link per line.
  • Add this line in text file domain:samplesite.com if you want to disavow all of the links from that particular domain.
  • You can also included descriptions in your text file i.e. you mostly taken care of the spam links but few are left that for some reasons couldn’t get deleted by that site’s management. Add # in each line to add information/description as Google will ignore those line starting with #.

Valid explanatory disavow links text file should read something like this:

# example.com removed most links, but missed these

# Contacted owner of backlinky.com on 7/6/2011 to
# ask for link removal but received no response

 How to Upload the text file with disavowing links ?

  • Go to the disavow links tool page.
  • Select your website.
  • Then click Disavow links.
  • Click Choose file (text file you have links ready.)

Let’s move on, let’s protect your site, your treasure before it’s too late.

Complete guide to use Disavow Links Tool from Google: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2648487?hl=ens

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 9 comments
James - December 1, 2013

Hi Adeel,
Even Google did not explain the use of disavow link with so much details as yours. Thank you for providing clarity with required pictorial examples.
Need to be bookmarked for future referencing.

    Adeel Sami - December 3, 2013

    Hello James,

    I am glad to have you on my blog! 🙂 Thank YOU!

    I so appreciate you liked the post and provided your feedback. With lots of SEO tips applied in past, are now deeming as blackhat and penalizing even the great sites. And use of disavowing links is a must in these days even before getting hit by Google algorithms.

    Have a very best week!

yusep sugianto - December 4, 2013

My blo ha been penalize an till cannot to fix it Woul you help me how to o thi?

Adeel Sami - December 4, 2013

Hello Yusep,

First off, thank you for your comment.

I am seeing your site is around since 2011 and you have made pretty much backlinks for it that are identified on Alexa: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/www.reachschools.org

What are the symptoms you are seeing in regards of Google’s penalty ? Have you checked out this Google Penalty Checker Tool: http://fruition.net/sem (All you have to do is to go to that page, create an account, and authorize this site to access your Google Analytics data and see which Google Update(s) caused negative impact to your blog.)

Let me know which one(s) is/are those OR better to provide the screen-shot of the chart.

Now, a few things:

– How do you write the content. Is it copying/pasting work ? (Content impacts so much.)
– What does your Google Webmaster Tools say in terms of errors, etc. ?
– What’s your method to acquire backlinks ?
– Have you reviewed the backlinks you have for your site and found any link(s) not suitable ?
– How’s your server’s performance ? Is the server IP marked as spam ?

Even if all of the bad ingredients removed from your blog, it will take awhile to win back the trust of Google algorithm because when a site is penalized by a particular update and worked out to remove/take care of the things to come into safe side, that’s the another algorithmic updates that will gradually check and provide green marks to that site.

Write your own content, comment on relevant sites and most frequently, and make it shareable on social media sites.



Adrienne - December 4, 2013

Hey Adeel,

I’ve read about this over the course of a few months now and I had another friend who did a good job of explaining this as well. I will say though that you’re the only one who has mentioned that these links need to be in a text file so thank you for that.

One friend did add that Google might not send you a notice but it’s best to check your links to see who is linking to you that you might want removed anyway. I have that on my list of things to do this weekend. It’s getting rather long now. LOL!!!

Thank you for this very thorough explanation and do have a wonderful week.


Fru Godwill Fru - February 23, 2015

Nice Writeup here bro, i have had banned experiences with Google and know what it does means to be banned. Believe me no one wants to be.
Its good reading such informative post regarding such, Thanks a bunch.

Look forward to connecting more with you,

Tarik - May 18, 2015

Nice post. It’s better to get webmasters to remove the bad links though. You should only use disavow after you contacted the majority of the sites with the bad links. Great tutorial though 🙂

Samantha - May 20, 2015

To be honest I never used google Disavow but read about it though, I guess you have shared necessary tips to use it and its features.


Aysha Haque - December 3, 2016

Hi Adeel Sami!

Though you wrote this post 2 years back, but till now it is really effective specially for every newbie to know how disavow works. Really, very useful post you shared with us.

Thanks a lot!

Happy blogging.


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