How to use the Google Disavow Tool?

How to use Google Disavow

Google Disavow links tools can be one of the more valuable free tools you may ever use for SEO.

You can use the disavow tool if you find a link to your website (backlink) somewhere you don`t like. You can actually tell Google Search Console that you do not want to be associated with that link or even the entire domain.

Use this tool to disavow bad backlinks, spammy pages, virus warnings, and pages which could be seen as negative... too many ads or inappropriate content.

Google Disavow list for backlinks

A few rules:

  1. Google does not keep past lists. Once you make an entry you should leave the entry on the list or else Google may list it again.
  2. Use domain: in-front of the entry to disavow the entire domain.
  3. Use a new line for each entry.
  4. Use a hashtag (#) in-front of a line to make a note. This will not be counted as an entry.

How to upload your Google Disavow List

The Google Disavow Tool is part of the Google Search Console. Once you are logged in to your console visit this URL:

    1. Go to the Google Disavow Tool Page
    2. Next, Choose your domain (if you have more than one).

      Google Disavow List Domain List

    3. Choose the red "Disavow Links" button.
    4. Choose the next "Disavow Links" button.
    5. Choose "Choose File" button.
    6. Navigate to the .txt file you created and select it.

This is an advanced feature and should only be used with caution. If used incorrectly, this feature can potentially harm your site`s performance in Google`s search results. We recommend that you only disavow backlinks if you believe that there are a considerable number of spammy, artificial, or low-quality links pointing to your site, and if you are confident that the links are causing issues for you.

- Google Search Console Warning

Then choose to "submit" it to Google.

You should receive an email from Google telling you the details of your disavow file and the next steps. Basically you wait until they submit it and you will not get a notification when the list has been reviewed.

Note: The submission is not instant. It could take several weeks to update.

** Google`s help article on creating a disavow list can be found here.