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How I Reported 1000 of Spam Links Using Google Disavow Link Tool

Posted by on 17th Oct 2012 | 14 comments

Since penguin launch, Negative SEO has increased a lot. Many companies generates tons of spam links for their competitor sites to lower down their ranking and believe it or not, it’s working for many. One of my sites (WphostingDisocunt), was heavily bombarded with Spammers and it got almost thousand of links from Spam sites and forum. I was keeping an eye on all those links and technically Emailing thousands of forum and Blog owners to remove links is not possible. It’s not only time-consuming but also there is no guarantee that all 100% link will be removed. Due to this one of my blog page which was ranking at number one pushed out to no where.  The only way to stop such kind of link spam is by controlling which link will pass link juice to our site and which link should not.

Yesterday, Google launched most awaited Google Disavow link tool, using this tool you can report spam incoming links to your site and Google will devalue all such links. Specially, if you are one of those who got hit by Penguin update, this new feature in Google Webmaster tool will help you to recover from Penguin penalty. In this guide, I will be sharing exact method which I used to find all such links and how I reported it to Google. I’m using Ahrefs service to create a list of backlinks, but you can always use any other online Backlink checker tool to create your list of spam backlinks. Though, Google recommends to use Google Webmaster tool link feature to find all links, but I find ahrefs to be much better and accurate. Before, I share my complete guide to use Google Disavow link tool, here is a quick video, where Matt Cutts talk about this tool.

Do note, this feature should be used with extreme caution. In most of the cases, you might not require to use this tool but if your site is affected with penguin update, this will be your last resort. You can use Penguintool to check if your site is affected by Penguin update or not.

How Google Disavow link tool works?

This link could be used by anyone as long as you have a verified site in Google Webmaster tool. If you have ever used any shady ways to create tons of links to your site or someone ended up creating spam backlinks to your site, Google Disavow link tool will help you to ignore all such links. The process is simple and all you need to do is, create a Text file containing all spam incoming link URL/line and upload it to Google Disavlow link page. If you ever need to update the link, you can download the uploaded file and add new links.

You can refer for official guide and FAQ here and below I will mention the exact steps I have taken to report links using Google Disavow feature.

Reporting Spam links using Disavow link tool by Google:

Go to Ahrefs and create an account. It’s a paid backlink checker tool but free account will let you manage one blog and if you have multiple sites, you can opt for any paid plan. So, here is a quick link report for one of my affected domain.

Spam links

Click on image to see the full version and notice the anchor text for all links. The good thing is all such spam links are pointing to only one page and this made my work a lot easier. If in your case, you have links pointing to all your pages, you might need to spend more time creating spam link text file. So, I simply added the link which is getting spam backlinks in URL field and Ahrefs showed me all backlinks pointing to this page. You can check all links pointing to this page here.

Click on Export and export the file in Excel format. Now, delete all other column apart from referring page URL and export it in notepad file. I used Google docs import and export feature for this. Now open the exported text file and start analyzing every link. This is going to be time-consuming but it’s worth as you might not like to devalue any quality backlinks pointing to your site. So, here is final version of my text file:

Final Spam links Text file
In my case links are coming from multiple domains, but if your site is getting spam links from one domain only. Instead of adding individual links, you can use domain:spamdomain.com in your text file and Google disavow link tool will devalue all incoming links to your site from spam site.

So, now you have a Text file with all the spam links listed in it. Now, go to Google Disavlow link page and select your domain name and click on Disavow links.

Disavow links

On the next page, click on Disavow links button again and it will give you an option to upload the file. Browse and upload your spam link text file which you created at the above stage and click on Submit. It could take 7-10 days to see the effect of reported link and specially if your site is affected with Penguin, this will help to get rid of all such spam backlinks.

report spam link to Google

Though, I’m repeating again:  Use Google Disavow links tool with caution and only if it’s necessary. In most of the cases, Google by default devalue the links coming from spam sites. This tool will be life saver for many Bloggers who are affected with Penguin updates or a victim of Negative SEO. I’m still waiting to see the effect of reporting such spam links, and I will be sharing an update after a Week. For now, if your site is affected with link spam, you can consider using this tool and get rid of all low quality and spam links.

How many of you are using this new feature and do you think by launching this tool, Google indirectly confirmed that Negative SEO exists?


Harsh Agrawal is a young Solopreneur and writes about Blogging and SEO at http://www.ShoutMeLoud.com.

14 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Ledio on 17th Oct 2012

    Thank you for these tips! How would you classify links as spam vs good ones though?
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  • Posted by ved prakash on 17th Oct 2012

    I also did this “Disavow links”
    I was using pligg script on my site few days bak , becuase of that i got large ampunt of trackbacks in return
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  • Posted by Harsh Agarwal on 17th Oct 2012

    @Ledio
    It depends on many factors…
    Like where is link coming from..Is it relevant….
    What Anchor text is used..
    Is it quality domain or just another Spam blog..
    If you would notice the above screenshot, you can see the anchor text used to generate backlinks, which clearly shows that it’s a Spam link..

    Also, blog which auto syndicate content are considered as low quality domain but I will not put them into link spam and will not report it… Usually any irrelevant link coming can be classified as spam link….
    Offtopic: Surprisingly despite of having a Webhosting blog…. I’m getting traffic for some fashion related Keywords..
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  • Posted by Radha Krishna on 17th Oct 2012

    One of my health blog was slightly affected by the algo update due to the spammy links. I used this tool to get out of the penalty. Thanks for the tips.
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    • Posted by Harsh Agarwal on 18th Oct 2012

      @Radha
      You are already out of Penalty or you just submitted and waiting for the results..As Matt mentioned that it may take up to 7 days to see the effect as Google will recrawl the pages…..Let me know as this could be good case study…
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  • Posted by Gurwinder on 18th Oct 2012

    I was really waiting for this update.
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  • Posted by Srivathsan G.K on 18th Oct 2012

    The tool which you mentioned to check whether the blog is affected by penguin update or not isn’t working. Any other alternative. Nice information. Life saver for websites affected with negative SEO.
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  • Posted by shan on 18th Oct 2012

    Hi,

    Thanks for the tips , I have also reported some links, though current penguin did not affected any of my site, still i have done so , to remain immune to penguin.

    Regards
    shan
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  • Posted by Wellington on 18th Oct 2012

    I liked.
    Congratulations for blog, gives notice that it was very well developed, is really a great contribution to the netizens and bloggers in general. I wish you much success!
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  • Posted by Rob on 18th Oct 2012

    great post, I will definitely look into this for my websites

  • Posted by Anil Agarwal on 19th Oct 2012

    It would be great to know how this tool from Google is actually helped you. I’m going to give a try to ahrefs.com and lets see if I will be able to get some bad links for my websites or not.
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  • Posted by ethangraze on 22nd Oct 2012

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