Judging by my error logs, the Google craler errors, and the massive amount of DCMA takedown notices I get it has become apparent that the previous owner of my domain name (
ianspence.com) used to host pirated content, specifically software.
A quick peek in my error logs shows hundreds of URLs like:
Looking at Google Webmaster Tools shows me that Google is trying to crawl these links as well, always returning 404. Last year, right after I purchased the domain, I received a flurry of DCMA takedown notices for links like the ones above that were indexed on Google. I never did hear back from Google after contesting every single takedown, but they did stop.
My question is, what is the best course of action? Are these old URLs hurting my sites reputation? How can I stop them?