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    Google Disavow Links Tool - Domain vs Subdomain


    I have many websites, registered in Google Webmaster Tools. When I check the backlinks, all of them are clean, except one website, which has close to 100,000 spammy links from Russian porn sites, etc. I want to use the Disavow Tool.

    I have learned that I upload a .txt file, with #commentary and the URLs I want to disavow. In this case, I want to disavow entire domains, since each Russuan.ru (or other foreign country) domain gives me thousands of links. But some domains have subdomains.

    I downloaded the links file, as instructed by Google. Here are examples of actual URLs with different subdomains.
    bestrflex.zzz.com.ua/cat-1-24.php
    boenau.zzz.com.ua/dir.php?id=131932
    viehayg.zzz.com.ua/page-937717.php

    My technical question is: if I disavow the domain, will that cover all subdomains? Example of the text I want to put in the .txt file:

    # I do not recognize this domain. Attempted to reach webmaster. There is no way to reach a webmaster to ask for link removal. No registry data accessible.
    domain:zzz.com.ua

    Will that disavow all subdomains in this example? I'd hate to do them all manually, as there are often hundreds of subdomains (and thousands of URLs)

    Thank you!
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    I think you will find your answer here - https://plus.google.com/u/0/11138673...ts/eTzXKKetx5G . (See John Muller answer)

    But to make it quick when disavowing a higher level domain in your case the main domain zzz .com .ua you also disavow all subdomains, but you should read it by yourself it's informative.

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    Thank you Pierre. Conclusion: disavowing the root domain disavows all subdomains.

    Now the other question: should I even disavow at all? Threads on this forum, and the words of Matt Cutts, make it seem like it's pointless, potentially even harmful to my site. But my site appears to be very clearly the victim of a link spamming campaign. All of my other sites are clean, and this one domain has tens of thousands of foreign spam links. And this domain has been the target of malicious attacks before, both to a phone account associated with this website, and a malicious "email spoofing" campaign using this domain - all possibly the efforts of a disgruntled ex-client, or someone else.

    Google makes it clear that as a webmaster, I should make all attempts to remove these links by other means than disavow. But c'mon. I can't even find the registry info for any of these spam Russian sites, let alone contact info, as if there was a real webmaster who would hear my query and politely remove thousands of links. So in the comments field, which Google has requested, I intend to enter:

    # I do not recognize this domain. Attempted to reach webmaster. There is no way to reach a webmaster to ask for link removal. No registry data accessible.

    I do not know if a person at Google reviews the disavow file or not, or if it even works. I suspect it will not change anything about my rankings. But I just want to eliminate these bad links out of principle, and also because they are cluttering my backlink profile, preventing me from easily viewing my legit backlinks.

    So, I'll treat it as an experiment, and report back here if I notice any change in traffic as a result of this action.
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    I'm running in a similar issue with my website unfortunately the only thing that brings these links together is a server IP and in my case you can't disavow IPs....

    Let us know if disavowing worked for you. It would be great to have some feed back in a couple months if you remember

    Cheers and good luck
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    Originally Posted by Pierre Benneton
    Let us know if disavowing worked for you. It would be great to have some feed back in a couple months if you remember
    It is now 3 months later.

    From what I can tell, Google did disavow the bad links. Now, when I download the links via spreadsheet in GWT, none of the bad URLs, which I uploaded in my disavow.txt file, are present.

    However, on the primary GWT "Links to your site" page, all the bad domains remain, and the number of backlinks has more than doubled since 3 months ago. I think Google said this is part of the normal disavow process. Those links still show, even if Google is supposedly ignoring them now.

    That said, has this affected my site's rankings? Nope. I was hoping my rankings/traffic would improved, and that is not the case. I suspect that Google was already ignoring all of these bad links. Either that, or the bad links ARE hurting my site, but disavow did nothing positive. I'm guessing the former, that Google's algo simply ignores bad links of this nature.

    That said, this was still of value to me, because now when I download the links spreadsheet in GWT, I can more easily see the legit links coming in, without the data being clogged by tens of thousands of bad links.
    Last edited by dseerveld; Jun 26th, 2017 at 09:00 AM.

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