Disavow file handling and adding notations
One of the most common feature requests we get is to allow further notation when you are disavowing sites within LinkRisk. Today we are launching an update to the disavow system within audit that will allow you to add your own custom notations.
Whilst this post is to announce that update I would also like to take this opportunity to clearly run through the mechanics of how we handle your disavow file within the system.
Our current recommendation for adding notation into your disavow file is that, whilst we believe that Google do not take any notice of what we write we do suggest that people annotate the file. This is for a number of reasons: –
- We often include the annotated file in our reinclusion request to show the thought and effort that has been put into the creation of that file.
- We prefer to have a central place to record why we added entries to the disavow file.
To support that we now allow you to add notation within your profile in Audit and we also support the existing notation that you have in your uploaded disavow file.
To upload a disavow file to LinkRisk these are the steps you need to take: –
Click on the ‘Profile control panel’ button in your profile
Then click on the disavow tab at the top of the window that opens
Then browse for the file on your local machine and upload it by clicking ‘Add Disavow List’ (NB We accept both .txt files or the .csv file you download from your webmaster tools account)
The system will then process that file and add all entries to your disavow list within the profile and mark them with a symbol to show that has been done. Whilst the disavow file is processing (an extremely intensive, time consuming process with complex logic) certain actions within your profile will be restricted (for example adding or removing from the disavow or notation and exporting or adding additional data to the profile).
Once the file is processed you will get an email to alert you that the file has completed processing.
We now keep any notations that you had in your original file and add them to the profile too.
To add a notation to a domain when you disavow it within the profile you do the following: –
Click the [ i ] symbol next to the link in your profile and select the ‘Domain Notation’ tab from the top
You can then add some text and this will be recorded as a notation against that domain. Currently we only accept one notation per domain to make it simpler for you to maintain (95%+ of all disavows will be at domain level anyway).
Both the above notations should persist when you download the completed disavow file from LinkRisk ready for submission to Google. To download your completed file, follow these instructions: –
Open your Profile Control Panel again
Click on the blue button that says “Google Disavow File” and we will prepare the file and email you the download link when thats complete. The file should be in a .txt file ready for submission to webmaster tools.
We hope that the ability to maintain and manage all aspects of your disavow file within LinkRisk or externally continues to show our comittment to working with you to solve any link problems you have.
Disavow handling notes
Whenever we talk to our customers we often end up discussing the technicalities of the disavow file and so whilst we are launching this new extension to our disavow file management I felt it would be good to also clarify some areas of how we handle the file here at LinkRisk.
First thing to say is, the disavow file is hugely important. It could be worth millions of pounds in lost turnover to a large business who finds themselves under penalty. We therefore try to handle the file in the same way that we believe Google handles the file.
When you upload the following, this is how we handle each example: –
Here we would disavow just that URL alone (Very unusual and not normally recommended for disavow best practice)
Here we would disavow everything on example.com (including all subdomains)
Here we would remove your www and disavow everything on example.com (including all subdomains)
Here we would only disavow every URL on the clients.example.com subdomain but not any other part of example.com
On popular subdomain driven platforms like Blogger (also WordPress, Tumblr and a few others) we will ignore entries like this to prevent you from disavowing the whole of Blogspot. This is how we believe Google handles these also.
Rest assured that if you disavow at the subdomain level on these we will disavow everything under that subdomain so entries like domain:spam.blogsot.com will work fine.
But wait, theres more!
Bonus feature release 🙂
Whilst we roll this out we have also added another quick feature for all those of you who like to run multiple profiles, you know who you are! 😉
From within the list of profiles in your account you can now search for the profile you want using a simple text search…
Makes life easier for those of you who like to run many many versions of the same site or our agency partners.