One SEO professional asked John during the submitted questions Q&A about spammy backlinks.
This SEO pro went ahead and added thousands of these links to a disavow file. However, they are concerned they may have taken out some good links in the process. And there wasn’t a manual action levied against the site.
They are wondering if it is a good idea to test this by removing the disavow file, and then adding it back in if things didn’t improve.
John answered that his assumption is that for most websites, you don’t need to use the disavow file.
It’s easy to get things wrong. But that doesn’t mean all sites shouldn’t ever be using it.
From that perspective, it’s hard for John to say that SEO professionals will absolutely see an improvement or any sort of problem regarding the disavow.
However, he would take this as something where you can go through your disavow file and incrementally take out individual parts of the disavow and see how this works.
This way, you can remove some of the risk by just blindly switching things on and off – and figuring out which parts of the funnel actually don’t cause any problems.
And perhaps in the end, you will figure out that you didn’t need this at all.
It also takes away the risk of “if I turn this off completely, will everything blow up?” Which is likely not to happen. It should be fine.
This happens at approximately the 33:34 mark in the video.