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Google: Focus on Search Console Data When Disavowing Bad Links

August 27, 2018 / Matt Southern

Google’s John Mueller recommends focusing on data in the Search Console links report when determining which backlinks to disavow. This topic came up in a recent Google Webmaster Central hangout when a site owner asked if the data contained in Search Console is “enough” to go on when purging bad links. In response, Mueller says that the links shown in Search Console are the ones that are worth focusing on. However, Mueller did suggest that it may be worth looking deeper into this data in certain circumstances. For example, if you notice a pattern of links that you’re not familiar with then it may be worth looking to see if there are more of those types of links. Does that mean using a third party tool? Mueller was not specific, but the key takeaway is you cannot go wrong disavowing only the links found in Search Console.