No matter if you are trying to recover from a link penalty or doing a preemptive audit, the submission of a proper disavow file is crucial to having a clean back link profile. The disavow guidelines allow one to use the Google disavow tool to not recognize specified bad links. Creating a proper disavow file is a balancing act. You need to weed out the bad links, but not at the expense of disavowing good domains.
Every type of audit requires a disavow file to be submitted – it’s the cornerstone of the link audit process. After a preemptive audit, the disavow file ensures that your backlink profile is clean and clear of spam. In the case of algorithmic penalties, you may not see much lift in rankings until the next Penguin re-run.
Once an audit is performed, it is considered preliminary, until the client has an opportunity to review the work. After the client review, any questions or concerns are answered. Finally, a disavow file is created and uploaded.