Google has finally launched their own ‘Disavow’ Bad Links Tool. The tool allows you to remove bad inbound links that are harming your website’s rankings. That means, by adding bad incoming links in this tool – you are telling Google that you do not want these links to consider while deciding your site’s rankings in SERPs. The tool was first launched by Bing earlier this year.
How To Use ‘Disavow’ Bad Links Tool:
Step 1: To use this tool, first login to your Google Webmaster tools account & click here.
Step 2: Click ‘Disavow Links’. Google will give you warning about how using this feature incorrectly can even harm your website’s rankings. As in case, if you remove good links – it can affect your site’s performance in SERPs.
Step 3: In this step, you need to upload the file of links that you want to remove. Click ‘Choose File’ and upload a plain text file (create this in Notepad) with a list of links that you want to remove. Include only one URL per line. If you want Google to ignore all links from an entire domain (like example.com), just add the line domain: example.com. Don’t upload the entire list of links to your website: the file that you upload should contain the list of links you want Google to ignore.
Click the ‘Submit’ button and then click on Done.
You can even watch this video in which Matt Cutts explains the “Disavow links” feature of Google Webmaster Tools.
Note: It will take few weeks for Google to incorporate this information into their index to decide rankings in SERPs.