Does using the disavow tool indicate to Google that a site might be shady?
 by Stephen Mahaney

Does using the disavow tool indicate to Google that a site might be shady?

  • I'm wondering if Google interprets the use of the disavow tool as an indication that a site might be guilty of shady practices. It seems that disavowing links on a site might be seen as an admission that a site's links are of questionable quality. What are your thoughts on this matter?

Answer:

Recently Google's John Mueller answered this question in a Google SEO Office Hours where he said,

No, the disavow tool is purely a technical thing ... that tells our systems to ignore these links. It's not an admission of guilt or any kind of bad thing to use a disavow tool.

He goes on to say, that it's just a way to tell Google you don't want these links to be taken into account. Google sees it as though you recognize these are problem links and the disallow is the tool you use to resolve that — it's "not a bad thing" or any kind of red flag.

You can hear John's entire answer in the video below.

SEN article end

...

Already a member? Sign in here

Read the rest of this article,
and get all this for only $1.

  • The Search Engine Strategies Updates for March 2021
  • SEN's Monthly Marketing Podcast for Strategies on the Go
  • Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Google Penalties
  • The Complete Site Audit Checklist
  • The Definitive Local Search Audit Checklist
  • 100's of Strategic SEO Articles and Q&As
  • The Internet Marketing Glossary
  • The Pro SEO's Local Search Directory List
  • 2019 Unfair Advantage SEO Beginner's Book
  • Pro's Ultimate WordPress Plugin Guide
  • The Vault: SEN's Internet Marketing Research Libraries
  • PLUS, as a Full SEN Basic Member, you'll be eligible for hundreds of dollars of discounts on SEO courses ranging from beginner to master on a variety of topics including organic search, local search, and social networking.

  • Your $1 Trial is good for 7 days at which time your card will be charged $29/mo unless you cancel before March 15th, 2021

 This form is encrypted for your security