Finally the sun of 17th October, 2012 has risen with great news for the wonderful SEO industry as well as for the webmasters who lost their website’s visibility in Google search results due to the recent Google algorithm changes named as penguin and un-natural links.
Yesterday on 16th October, 2012, Google has officially announced a new tool to disavow Links that will allow the webmasters to remove bad/problematic/low-quality/paid links pointing to their websites.
Announcement of a new Disavow Links Tool:
This tool was announced by the head of Google’s web spam team Matt Cutts, when speaking during a keynote at the Pubcon, conference in Las Vegas yesterday. The tool is live and can be found here. Sources say that this tool has been beta tested by some selected SEOs already for the past few weeks.
How does a new Disavow links tool work?
- You can access the new Disavow tool here – http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main
- You need to get logged into your GWT account
- Select the website for which you want to disavow links. Here is a screenshot:
- Prepare a simple plain text file and put a list of domain names or specific page URLs from where you want to request to disavow links
- You need to make sure to put one URL per line; be it a domain name or a page URL
- If you want to disavow links from all pages of a particular website then you will need to use following syntax:
- If you want to request to disavow links on specific pages then you will need to use following syntax:
and so on…
- Make sure that all the included links in the text file are the ones you actually want to disavow. You can definitely add/eliminate the links anytime from the text file.
- At last, you need to upload text file and submit it to Google. Here is a screenshot:
Google’s WebSpam team head – Matt Cutts’s thoughts on the new Disavow Links Tool:
How to make use of a new Disavow links tool to recover your website from Google’s Penguin and Un-natural links penalty?
If your website has been penalized by Google due to Google’s Penguin OR un-natural links penalty then you need to prepare a list of suspicious links pointing to your website and request Google to Disavow those links using this tool.
Once your request is placed, Google will take several weeks to re-crawl and re-index the URLs you disavowed before your disavowals go into effect.
After several weeks, you need to file a reconsideration request so the manual webspam team can check whether your site is now within Google’s quality guidelines, and if so, they will remove any manual actions taken on your website.
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(Image Credit: Matt Cutts)