The Great Google Disavow Debate of 2015
For those of you that have been living under the proverbial rock, (or don't care) a recent Moz Whiteboard Friday by Josh Bachynski stirred up a whole bunch of controversy. It surrounded not only the efficacy of using the disavow (as a stand-alone for Penguin issues) as well as how one should conduct themselves in public forums.
Here's the session, and a few reactions to it;
- The Whiteboard Friday on Moz
- Counter-point on Rae's blog
- Reporting of John Mueller's statements on SEO Roundtable
- Our own Doc Sheldon's thoughts
- Article on SEW
- John Mueller on Webmaster Central
I tend to think of it as such;
- Google identifies 1000 bad links (and dampens scoring 1.0)
- You disavow 500
- Google gives you a 0.5 reduction in scoring dampener.
Anyway, we got the gang together last Friday and hased out various opinions from the experts. Below is a set of clips from that session so that you can make up your own mind.
- Debra Mastaler - Alliance Link
- Dixon Jones - Majestic
- Doc Sheldon - Top Shelf Copy
- Marj Wyatt - Virtually Marj
- Steve Gerencser - Steam Driven Media
- Terry Van Horne - SEO Pros
- David Harry ... dats me!
Josh Bachynski Speaks
Along the way Josh also dropped in on the session to further state and clarify his case since it hit the fan. Again, you have to think for yourself and make up your own mind. This second video are some highlights from that part of the session.
At the end of the day, I wouldn't be too quick to disregard the Google disavow file for manual or Penguin actions.
- If you'd like to watch the entire session (2hrs long) the video is here.
- If you'd like to join us for this week's chat (on authority and influence), go here.