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Disavow File Audit

Find great links in your disavow file. It’s time to win them back!

Audit a disavow file to reverse wrong disavows of good links and upload the corrected disavow file to Google to get credit for your good links.

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You can now build strong low-risk links by reviewing your disavow file.

You may have some great links in there: websites that recovered from a Google Penalty, websites that have a new owner or recovered from a malware attack.


Did your SEO do a good job?

What if the company that did your last website audit or the SEO you hired included some good links in your disavow file?

The Disavow File Audit Mode now helps you have a closer look at the work other people have done for you. It helps you fix any mistakes they made and win back the links that don’t belong in a disavow file.

Find some great links hidden in your disavow file

You can easily reactivate them using Link Detox® and Link Detox Boost®.
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Clean your disavow file and get some great links back

Since Google published the first Google Penguin algorithm in 2012, thousands of websites all around the world received a penalty. These drastic changes on the Web forced many webmasters to start disavowing bad backlinks. In order to recover or protect their website, many of them made wrong decisions and disavowed a lot of good backlinks by mistake.

To help you win back some good links you may have in your disavow file, Link Detox has a built-in Disavow File Audit mode.

This mode allows webmasters to review their Disavow file by providing the potential link risk of backlinks that were already disavowed. If you find a good backlink on your disavow list, you can easily un-disavow it!


Undisavow backlinks and let Google know about it

Right in your Link Detox report, you can see the potential link risk  of your disavowed links.

This will give you the chance to fix mistakes from the past. All you have to do is undisavow the good links on your Disavow file, export a new corrected version of it and upload it to Google’s Disavow Tool.

Make Google take notice of your updated disavow file faster by using Link Detox Boost.

Video tutorial on the Disavow File Audit feature


Disavow History – an audit log for your disavow file

See and track all changes to your disavow file on a file and domain level with our new Disavow History feature. Best of all, for existing customers it tracks your disavow history all the way back to when you first started using Link Detox.

When you perform ongoing Link Risk Management, do disavow reviews and tune your disavow file. Sometimes it’s necessarily when a domain was disavowed or even un-disavowed.

Disavow History answers that in minutes. You just have to pull up a handy log that shows you when and where (in which report) you did that change. Going back to the original report also allows you to see how you tagged that link. Yes, it is super super-useful because who has the mega-brain to remember all those little changes over months of doing Link Risk Management?

How to access the audit log for your disavowed links

You can access the Disavow History feature in your Settings under “Disavowed Links or Ignored Links”.


Using the disavow file audit log helps you track all those changes, even when they’re later undone or made by a colleague.

As you can see below, the domain “” was disavowed on January 18 (we’re using the international ISO notation YYYY-MM-DD in our app) by uploading a disavow file. If a link is disavowed or un-disavowed in a report, you will be able to see a link to that specific report in the history log.


Past Disavow File download

By clicking the file link for the old disavow file, you can retrieve that original disavow file for audit purposes.

Please note that this is a partial download and will not retrieve your most current disavow file.

Full Disavow File download

By pressing the green download button, you can always download the full and most current disavow file.


These results are the same as clicking “Export Google Disavow File” in your report.

Removing all Disavow information

By clicking the red X you can remove all disavowed files and links for a domain from LinkResearchTools® and Link Detox. This means any new reports will behave as if no links were disavowed. Please keep in mind though that this change doesn’t affect the actual upload in Google Search Console, so Google might still have a disavow file that you want to remove.

Disavow Comments

Adding comments to the disavow file is something that Google has always said is possible, but it doesn’t help. The disavow file is not being read by a human.

However, many webmasters do practice annotating their disavow file with comments, and so we added this feature as well.

If you click on the disavow checkbox, you now have a small “comment” icon next to it that you can click to enter a comment that will annotate that disavow for the domain or page.

Again, Google will not read it, so don’t expect any impact from doing this, but since many of you asked, we added it – enjoy!


How to perform a disavow file audit – step by step

The following steps lead you through the full process of running a disavow file audit on your domain:

1. Run Link Detox in Disavow File Audit mode
Upload the disavow file you want to review. If you had previously uploaded a disavow file to Link Detox, this upload will overwrite it.

2. Review all disavowed links
You can easily find and filter disavowed links by their purple highlight. Those links are shown with the theoretical risk next to them. If that disavow file was uploaded to Google, and you successfully used Link Detox Boost on it, then those links won’t do any harm.

The display of the Link Detox Risk score (DTOXRISK®) allows you to judge the risk of the actually disavowed link.

3. Un-disavow the good links
If you find good and natural links in your review, then you can easily un-disavow them by unchecking the disavow column. This will remove the disavow command in our central disavow database, so when you next download the full Google disavow file, these links will not be included anymore. Your action will also be logged in the “Disavow History” – another feature explained below.

4. Download the corrected disavow file from Link Detox
You can download the new disavow file by clicking “Export Google Disavow file” in your Link Detox report as usual.

5. Upload the corrected disavow to Google Search Console
Make sure you receive a confirmation from Google Search Console about the number of domains and links included and compare those to the numbers we show you about included number of domains and links in the Disavow History dashboard. Make sure Google received all domains and links that you wanted to disavow.

6. Run Link Detox Boost
After approximately 48 hours you need to run Link Detox Boost. This will include your disavowed but now also un-disavowed links and domains. Link Detox Boost forces the GoogleBot to crawl those pages and domains and process the disavow command – or lack thereof – for the Google algorithm.


You may have some great links in your disavow file

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