For the last couple of months, I noticed that the backlinks to a website I manage as reported by https://semrush.com increased by more than 800. When I checked, I found that there were hundreds of new spammy links originating from one website with the same link description (all from https://wptavern.com). I understand that this could be coming from scammers or spammers or even competitors. The spammers create a problem and then offer a service to resolve it. I guess that this could be the reason why someone would do something like this, but I am not sure.

I just want these backlinks removed so that I can have a clean slate. My website is https://peakpmgt.com. What is the best course of action?

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    Are you seeing any search engine ranking problems that could be related to these new links? Mar 31, 2021 at 12:25
  • So far, none I can talk of, but I am afraid of penalties as all the links are pointing to one page. They are also all no-follow links. Apr 1, 2021 at 1:48
  • You can disavow the links - ahrefs.com/blog/google-disavow-links
    – davidgo
    Apr 1, 2021 at 2:27
  • Thanks David. The ahref blog is of very high quality. The key takeaway for me is that I should proceed with caution and consider waiting for a penalty before disavowing the links. Google apparently has a way of devaluing such links. I checked the anchor cloud and it is very revealing with words like "purchase viagra " dominating. Apr 1, 2021 at 6:34

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You can either do nothing (it probably won't hurt you) or else log into Google Search Console and disavow the links.

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    You should only disavow links when Google has taken manual action against your site for spammy links according to the documentation. Google has said that using disavow when there is no penalty is likely to do harm and won't do any good. Apr 13, 2021 at 8:19

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