How To Submit a Disavow File to Google with an Example File!

Google released the disavow tool in an effort to help Webmasters combat spam and help “ignore” any links that are pointed to their website that cannot be removed via link removal attempts.

Matt Cutts mentions that the tool is designed to help webmasters that have engaged in ‘paid links, blog spam, guestbook spam, link spam, low quality articles’ and want to clean up those backlinks but weren’t able to via traditional removal requests.

It’s important to note that the disavow tool should only be used after exhausting all link removal attempts. At times Webmasters will be unresponsive to requests, or demand a removal fee for removing links. In cases like these you should submit these links via the disavow tool.

Matt Cutts Announcement of the Disavow Tool


Click to Download Example Disavow File


  • Files should be saved as a .txt file and be encoded in UTF-8 or 7-bit ASCII)
  • One link per line
  • We recommend disavowing the entire domain, not just the URLs. This ensures that you are properly disavowing all links from an unnatural domain rather than just a specific URL. For domains the format is “”, without quotes.
  • Notes can be added to the txt file, however these files are automatically analyzed without any humans reviewing them. That means that the notes are for your records and use only, it will have no effect on the disavow submission.

At the end of the day there’s been very little evidence or proof the the disavow tools effectiveness. Matt Cutts himself recommends only using the disavow tool after a link removal campaign. The only way to guarantee the removal of a link is by having that link removed. The disavow tool should be used as a last resort measure for those links that cannot be removed.

Do NOT disavow your entire backlink profile. Many people have been claiming that disavowing ALL of the incoming backlinks to a site is enough to remove a penalty. This is horrible advice and can have drastic consequences.