To Disavow or not to disavow?

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Should we disavow low quality links or Google just ignore it by itself? Should I care about that or just ignore it
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  • Profile picture of the author KaapoJed
    Google's algorithm does not penalize for bad backlinks anymore; they just ignore them. Also Google now devalues web spam and doesn't demote it and now handling all of this by its own so only if you find any of SPAM SEO BACKLINKS which you don't want to be in Google Database, you can simply disavow them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Deepak Pal
    Its better to contact the webmaster for removal of those low quality links. Once you followed up with webmaster and you find that there is no way you can delete those links then only you should consider disavow tool. And don't rely on Google to automatically ignore the links you need to use Disavow tool in order to tell google about low quality links.
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  • Profile picture of the author lauriat1
    If it's new website then yes, do disavow any bad links. Even thought google is now ignoring spam links for the most part, new websites are still vulnerable and these low quality links could impact your chances of ranking in future.

    For established site, don't worry about that, you don't need to disavow anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author expmrb
    There is a difference between low quality and bad backlinks.



    Disavow the bad links but not the low quality ones. You just have to check that the low quality links looks relevant or just to pass link juice or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daijon Moss
    Google just ignore it by itself? If you have a many years old website then it's obivious to have some low quality backlinks but if you have a brand new website and you recently start seo for your website then I would like to suggest to disallow the low quality backlinks of your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I just ignore poor quality links and focus on gaining high quality links, and also, building friendships with top bloggers. Do not fear getting poor quality links. Focus on creating high quality links.

    DA of 48 and 22,000 links in on my blog.

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    • Profile picture of the author micjustin33
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      I just ignore poor quality links and focus on gaining high quality links, and also, building friendships with top bloggers. Do not fear getting poor quality links. Focus on creating high quality links.

      DA of 48 and 22,000 links in on my blog.

      Ryan

      Thanks Ryan,


      let me know from where you are building friendship with top bloggers.? Do they provide you links without cost?
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I just read a "test" yesterday about this, where the author claims that when they got rid of their disavow file, they saw a rankings jump and a 37% increase in traffic.

    To be honest, I think that attributing the boost in rankings and traffic to the removal of the disavow file is an awful big leap and that no actual causation was proven - especially considering that there was no change for four months and then suddenly it happened in month five. It's just as likely that a Google algorithm change caused the site to gain. Then again, some of the links that he thought were bad might not have been seen that way by Google but I still doubt it would have taken five months for those links to start helping.

    Still, it sure seems to point to the fact that the disavowal file is pretty useless since the new Penguin became real time and Google stopped penalizing for bad links (they just ignore them now). The only time I would upload a disavow file is if I had a manual penalty.

    The test was over a year ago, but it's worth a read. Here it is - Removing disavow file test = 37.31% increase in organic traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author crackhouse
    Yeah, basically Google algorithms work close to real time and the disavow file is routeinely ignored. Bad/spam links no lnoger cause your website's demotion but are merely ignored.
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  • Profile picture of the author thinksimply
    I was recommended disavow low quality links, and I check them out regularly. The same refers pages with poor content
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  • Profile picture of the author freakyinnovators
    The Google guidelines say for disavow is first contact the webmaster of the website to remove the link of your website from his website. If he doesn't respond you then you can upload a text file of link to Google search console to disavow the link. This is the process and we should follow it. It is good to disavow unwanted backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Owsley
    Hi, I don't think I trust Google to do everything to keep low quality or bad links from affecting my website. Some of those low quality links could look like unnatural links to Google and could trigger a penalty. If you have links from low quality bookmark sites, directories, or low quality article sites then you may want to clean up some of those links so you don't get a penalty.
    If you've had bad links before you may be collecting more and more bad links so you may need to disavow bad or low quality links on a regular basis.
    Remember, human beings are still behind all of this stuff so mistakes can still be made even in Google's algorithm.
    As long as you haven't been doing some kind of crazy large scale unnatural linking to low quality sites, directories, etc...you probably don't have to worry.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Sid Owsley View Post

      Hi, I don't think I trust Google to do everything to keep low quality or bad links from affecting my website. Some of those low quality links could look like unnatural links to Google and could trigger a penalty. If you have links from low quality bookmark sites, directories, or low quality article sites then you may want to clean up some of those links so you don't get a penalty.
      If you've had bad links before you may be collecting more and more bad links so you may need to disavow bad or low quality links on a regular basis.
      Remember, human beings are still behind all of this stuff so mistakes can still be made even in Google's algorithm.
      As long as you haven't been doing some kind of crazy large scale unnatural linking to low quality sites, directories, etc...you probably don't have to worry.
      And on the reverse side of that coin, keep in mind that what you may think is a bad link, might be a link that Google has no problem with (even though it is not a great link). Many people have seen their websites lose ranking and traffic when they have disavowed links that were actually helping their site.

      Most people these days seem to agree that rather than disavowing links, it is better just to start creating some nice, strong ones. Tons of sites that rank #1 have tons of spammy links but the strong ones outweigh the bad ones.

      Bottom Line: Unless you have received a manual penalty from human reviewers at Google, removing links of any kind is never going to help you gain rankings. They can only potentially cause the site to lose rankings. You gain by getting better links, not by removing bad ones.
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