How to use Google disavow tool?
As a webmaster, it is very important to monitor the external links pointing to your website. The inbound links need constant supervision so that your website does not lose its authority because of spammy links pointing towards it.
Google provides the Disavow tool
which asks Google not to take into consideration certain links pointing to your website. The process of Disavowing links from your search console is really easy but it needs to be done with extra caution. A link which has be disavowed once can be re-avowed, but it takes longer time – as explained by Matt Cutts in this video. It is a “power user” tool.
The Disavow link is not for everyone. Webmasters should try to get the link removed by contacting the website first and if that does not work, using the tool should be the last option.How to use the Google Disavow tool?
Visit Google search console (Webmaster tools) and visit the Links to your site tab under Search Traffic.
You will see three options under that tab.
If you are doing the process for the first time, you can download the full table. If you have just received an email from Google about an unnatural link, you can download the list of latest links by clicking on “Download latest links”.
Once you download the list of URLs, you need to create a list of URLs that you want to disavow. Instead of individual links, you should focus on disavowing the whole domain because a URL might have different variants in the form of http://abc.com/xyz/
or abc.com/xyz/ .
So it is always a good practice to disavow the whole domain instead of a particular page.
After downloading the excel sheet, you need to find the domains that are linking to your site. The first step would to find the domains. Use the “Text to columns” function under the “Data” tab in Excel.
Select the column which has all the URLs. Click on the Text to columns tab.
Select the “Delimited” option. And click on “Next”.
Under the Delimiters tab, select the others option and enter “/” in the other field.
Click on “Next” and “Finish”.
There would still be some URLs starting with “www.”. You can select the column and replace all the “www.” with blanks. This will give you a list of domains looking like this:
You then need to visit all these links and find out which links are spammy/unnatural and which are not. Once you have created a list of URLs that you want to disavow, follow the steps given below.
You then need to prefix these domains with “domain:”. You can use the concatenate function for the same.
Copy the column C in a notepad file.
You can give comments as well with each link. You comment needs to start with #.
Sample file below:
Save the file and upload it on the disavow tool. You can visit the tool here
Upload the list and the links will be disavowed by Google in a couple of weeks. You can download the update the list any time you want.