It’s definitely a pain when you have to deal with the idea of unnatural links that are coming to your website. If you ever find out that you have unnatural links connected to your site and you are thinking about doing something about them, you must be careful. It’s important to thoroughly analyze each and every link, and then differentiate the unnatural links from the normal ones. Once you’ve found the culprits, you can then take the appropriate action to dealing with them.
One of the methods of dealing with these links is removing them, and then disavowing any of the others that you can’t get to. Of course, the method sounds easy, and it can be. But it’s the results of your actions that you want to watch out for. There are a number of ways the process can lead to serious SEO problems.
As an example, adding the wrong domain to a disavow file can be very dangerous. An example given by Glenn Gabe is if you adding a natural, yet powerful domain to a disavow file using the domain directive.
If you disavow the incorrect links, there can be a number of massive issues that occur down the line. After a certain amount of time down the line, it can be easy to forget about the disavowed links and disavow files that you’ve submitted, and can drag your SEO performance through the mud in the long term if you aren’t careful.
In his post, Glenn Gabe outlines his process for carefully reviewing your disavow file to make sure that strong domains aren’t being, or haven’t already been, added to it by mistake. Check out his post by following the link below and learn how to make sure things don’t go downhill for you just because you want to disavow some unnatural links.
Search Engine Land: When Disavowing Links At The Domain Level, Don’t Let Your Machete Turn Into A Guillotine