How To Use Disavow Tool To Remove Bad Links From Google’s View

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A Google search result includes a list of links to other websites. One of ways in which your website can show up in these search results is if it has a link pointing back to it from another site. This often occurs when someone copies content from your site and pastes it onto their own without asking for permission first, or if they purchase the same keyword as you on Google Adwords. When this happens, webmasters usually have two options: removing the offending link on the other site, or using the Disavow tool on their site.

I’ve created this blog Great Guest Posts to teach you how to use the Disavow Tool to remove bad links from Google’s view, so that you can get more traffic by doing less work!

Section 1: What is a disavow file?

Disavow files contain the URLs of a site in their own specific file format, which you can download and use to remove links on other sites.

Section 2: How to use Google’s disavow file

Before we get into what you need to do with the disavow file, we need to understand the purpose of a disavow file. A site you own is likely to be linked to from another site, and that site has several bad links pointing back to them.

On your website, you want to disavow these links, but what do you do with the URLs?

When Google crawls your site, they look at all links on your site and verify whether they are trustworthy. For many site owners, this means removing the bad links from your own site.

How does a disavow file work?

A disavow file is an XML file that lists all the link that Google would be able to see if you set up a disavowed link. It can be helpful to keep a copy of the disavow file on your website for use in future legal situations.

Usually, when you write up a disavowed link, you give Google this URL and tell Google to keep the other site from linking to it. You can, however, change this URL to another URL with which you’d like Google to send visitors to. In this way, Google can still show the link, but it won’t show the linking site.

You should also set up some type of cookie in your account to let Google know when a link you have disavowed is being accessed. This ensures that Google will not re-cache the link and show it to a new user without permission.

Disavow Tool vs. removing bad links on the other site

Most SEOs are familiar with the standard method of removing bad links, which is done by adding a 301 redirect on your site to point back to the original site from where the bad link was. This is an easy way to go about it, however, the problem is that it doesn’t always work. Some of the links could be from an old landing page, which doesn’t reflect the current website. This kind of link will not be caught by Google unless you do the following:

Start your website again.

Add a 301 redirect.

Add a new page with some extra content to reflect the old content.

Wait until Google algorithm updates to catch the bad link.

Hopefully this advice should help you avoid this type of problem.

To use the Disavow Tool, you first need to get the link owner’s permission.

Why is it important to use the Disavow Tool?

According to the Disavow Tool page on Google, “Removing a bad link from your site has many benefits, including:

•Reducing the amount of external linking to your site

•Reducing the number of users that accidentally click on the link you removed

•Supporting your site’s ranking on Google.

•Avoiding poor user experience caused by the removal of a link.”

How does the tool work?

The Disavow Tool is usually accessed via the Google Webmaster Tools. Here, click on the Bad Links link from the left side of the page and select “Remove link.” You can also access the tool directly by clicking on the link to Bad Links in the left-side navigation menu.

How to use the Disavow Tool?

If you have not previously been using the Disavow Tool, here’s how you can use it in the simplest possible way:

Make sure you’re logged into the Disavow tool’s discussion group If you’re not already, you can get started here Go to Google’s SERPs to find a keyword you want to target Remove the offending URL from the keyword Click “Report link” on the Disavow tool and click the “Disavow” button (exact same as above)

That’s it! No personal info is necessary, you can log out of the discussion group whenever you wish. Now that the Disavow Tool is enabled on your site, links that point back to you from another website will not show in Google.


When using SEO, you have to pay attention to Google’s latest algorithm updates, just like they do on Facebook, Twitter, and any other platform in which they have an algorithm. No matter what you are doing, this update means that the links you have are changing. You have to adapt. I have created this SEO checklist for your website as a guideline for how to stay up to date with changes in your SEO.

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