When you are thinking about internal broken links in SEO point of view, you should also consider external broken links on your website. We all know broken links on our website can hurting your rankings as well as traffic of your blog.As number of blogs and sites linking to your blog, your blog ranking would be improved. But too many sites link back to your site and those are spammy and adult or gambling website, this is matter to worry about. If you are getting backlink from relevant blogs and website is okay, but backlink from irrelevant website can hurt your blog’s ranking. For this reason, Google Webmaster Tool has released Disavow Links Tool. This tool would be helpful for webmasters, and they can Google not to count specific backlinks.
You can use Disavow Links Tool to tell Google to remove certain URLs or domains as a ranking factor in the indexing of your site. If there is too long lists of such referring domains to your domain, you can create simple .txt file and submit it to Google for removing not counting specific backlinks for your website. What Google Says about using Disavow Links Tool :
This is an advanced feature and should only be used with caution. If used incorrectly, this feature can potentially harm your site’s performance in Google’s search results. We recommend that you disavow backlinks only if you believe you have a considerable number of spammy, artificial, or low-quality links pointing to your site, and if you are confident that the links are causing issues for you. In most cases, Google can assess which links to trust without additional guidance, so most normal or typical sites will not need to use this tool.
When you access Google Disavow Links Tool, you would get such warning. You should be careful while using Disavow Links Tool. Because at the time of removing toxic links that can hurt your blog’s SEO, you should have to make sure that you are not disavowing valuable links. We recommend that you only disavow backlinks if you believe that there are a considerable number of spammy, artificial, or low-quality links pointing to your site, and if you are confident that the links are causing issues for you.
Why You Should use Disavow Links Tool
Manual Penalty By Google : This is the very first reason to use this tool. If you or your SEO agencies have purchased backlinks from high PR websites, and Google has manually penalized your website, you can contact webmaster to remove your blog link. if he is not convinced, you can use Google Disavow Links tool to say Google not to count that backlink that you got from that website. Now you may thinking that can I use the disavow tool even if there’s not a manual action on my site? Here is the guidence on using Disavow Tool by Matt Cutts.
He’s telling you to use the Disavow Tool as a matter of routine link auditing for your site. Cutts hates spam. So should you. Thus, to get rid of the spam and heroically battle the nefarious forces of the Internet, use the Disavow Tool.
How to Find Links to
Disavow : Well, this is the most asked question, because even Google webmaster tool is giving warning to use this tool carefully. If you have purchased links from any blog, you might have url of the blog from where you have purchased the link. You can directly use that link to disavow on your Google Webmaster Tool Account. Another best thing to find links to disavow is using SEO Tool like Majestic SEO, Ahrefs & SEOMoz‘s Open Site Explorer or monitorbacklinks.com.You have to collect a list of your website’s inbound links and put the list in your Excel spreadsheet. Now look for the Anchor text. Here I have used majesticseo tool to find anchor text with backlinking URL.
You will find Source URL, Anchor text along with target URL on that page. Export that report CSV file to your computer and check all links one by one. You should check for source URL or referring domain are not spammy, artificial, or low-quality links pointing to your site. If you found such specific links, you should create a text file to disavow on Google Webmaster Tools Dashboard. For example, I am disavowing a link that has malware anchore text linked back to my blog. Someone has linked my blog there with such anchor text. I am disavowing that link from my Google Webmaster Tool. I have choose the original URL of the page and created a text file for disavowing links. A best sample text file for disavowing links from Google webmaster tool is given by Google. You should have to make sure that you are creating text file for Disavow Links Tool in proper format. Here is few tips while creating text file for Disavow Links Tool.
- You should create *.txt file that is encoded in UTF-8 or 7-bit ASCII
- You should enter one URL per line, not separated by comma.
- Domain removals require “domain:” at the beginning of the URL, e.g., domain:badtoxicURL.com
When you are uploading new file on Disavow Links Tool, it would replace previously uploaded file there. How to Disavow Links accurately :
- Login to your Google Webmaster Tools Account .
- Go to the Disavow Tool
- Choose your blog from the list if you have multiple blogs. If you have only one blog, it select it from there and proceed to next step.
- Click “Disavow Links” > Select text file you have created from your computer.
- Click on submit and you have done.
You should note that disavowing will not happen instantly,Google state that it may take a number of weeks. These links will continue to be shown in the Webmaster Tools inbound links section.
Google Disavow Links Tool is not a tool to cure all your SEO problems, but it is one of the tool that will help your blog’s SEO. It is one factor out of hundreds for advanced SEO of your blog. What tips do you have for using the Disavow Tool? Share your comments below.
See also : How to use Bing Webmaster Tool