About a month ago I asked a question where I mentioned I created a forum, went on holiday and when I got back the forum got spammed with 1000s of link posts.
However the plot thickens, the forum posts on my website now got linked to by other spammy sites, thus causing 1000s of backlinks pointing to my root domain.
The forum was hosted inside a subdomain folder under my public_html like this
All those spammy links are pointing to
sportsforum.example.com. However my main website example.com is feeling the affects and competitors are just shooting past me.
The site has never done ANYTHING wrong, it had a solid backlink profile, got a large number of organic searches a month and had a number of quality posts.
I have 410'ed the subdomain, and dont know what else I can really do. I am kind of freaking out, any help is very welcome.
Here is an image of my current link profile after the spam generated via majestic
EDIT2: I DO NOT WANT TO USE THE DISAVOW TOOL I HAVE HEARD IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS...Opinion on this?
EDIT3: Currently Searchconsole is not displaying any of these spamlinks however, they are often slow..the spam links does however show up when I do a
site: example.com search