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(Entry was posted by David Harry on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Friday, September 27, 2013).

If you could talk to Google, what would you ask about the disavow file operations?

Ok, the disavow is something that comes up a lot when hanging around various communities/groups as well as the gang in the SEO Dojo. As such, I wanted to start a collection of everyone`s thoughts, questions and confusion around it. Hopefully I can get some answers.

If you could talk to Google, what would you ask about the disavow file operations?

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: Real quick questions that come to mind:<br />-Can it be used solely to deal with algorithm updates (like Penguin)?<br />-Given that Matt Cutts has said you should treat the disavow tool as weed whacking rather than as a scalpel, when is it appropriate to use it for a scalpel rather than as a weed whacking tool (ie: when is NOT using the domain: appropriate)?<br />-If we&#39;re supposed to build sites as if Google doesn&#39;t exist, why should we ever use the disavow tool, something only for Google?
  • Simon Fryer: Great question  ; ;<br /><br />My questions are probably more controversial than helpful, but I&#39;ll post them up anyway. ;<br /><br />First of all a note to anyone considering using the disavow tool - don&#39;t do it unless you have received a manual webspam notification. It will do you much more harm than good. ;<br /><br />(1) - ;I would ask them whether or not the data on spam they gained from it was worth the damage that was done to thousands of online businesses by using it incorrectly. ;<br /><br />(2) - I would also ask why there have been no cases of the disavow tool effectively helping sites recover from non-manual link penalties, such as anchor text over optimisation, if indeed this was the purpose of the Disavow Tool. ;<br /><br />(3) - I would ask why link disavow files which were intended to help companies recover from Penguin in November 2012 weren&#39;t &#39;run&#39; until the launch of Penguin 2.0, 7 months after the previous Penguin releases. ;
  • W.E. Jonk: Can it be easier? The UI isn&#39;t that great why not embed in &quot;links to your site&quot;? I cannot see the &quot;average&quot; webmaster using this tool, so will it go away due to inactivity like page speed? Can I have a progress status (was it successful or still pending)? ;
  • Jim Munro: I would ask Google if there is an ETA for the introduction of a link disavowal tool list that is useful for algorithmic penalties.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Friday, September 27, 2013).

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