Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, Gary Illyes, responds to a question as to whether they ever intend to show which links they ignore in the Search Console.
With all the recent SERP’s volatility (January Update and February Update), Google Webmaster Trends Analyst was asked on Twitter whether they ever intend to reveal which links in the Search Console are disavowed and which are just ignored, i.e. Penguin.
Twitter user @_RGraph specifically wanted to be able to filter the “Links to your site” section in the Search console to show remove those that are disavowed or ignored, presumably to gain greater insight on whether their backlink strategy was effective. Here is the twitter conversation:
In response to the question, Gary Illyes confirmed “absolutely not,” as it would give black hat SEO’s and link spammers everything they would need to circumvent the algorithms.
This makes perfect sense as Google has been waging war against link spammers that saw the introduction of Penguin on April 24, 2012, which was recently made to update in real-time. If spammers had information on what type of links are counted by Google, or what domains may be blacklisted by some algorithm, then they would be able to configure their automated backlinking tools or general strategy to mitigate them.
For those who undertake white hat SEO, while frustrating at times, the lack of transparency by Google is essential to stop these spammers ranking low-quality websites above your high-quality pages that may have taken many many months or years to craft.
That being said, there are ways to gain insight into your high-quality backlinks which are more likely to be counted by Google. Most of the primary SEO tools, such as SEMrush, Moz, Ahrefs, and CognitiveSEO have tools enabling you to carry out link audits which will indicate not only the authority of the domain linking to your website but also summarize key factors as to whether they believe a link to be spammy.
The following screenshot demonstrates the functionality offered by SEMrush: