According to Google Webmaster tools, an affiliate site of mine has over 26,000 links from several hundred different domains. That sounds great, doesn’t it?

One problem though – the majority of the links don’t seem to actually exist, and I have no idea where they came from!

I swear, I’ve been up to nothing fishy with this domain, (really!) but the vast majority of these links are coming from spammy sounding subdomains, and I can’t figure out what’s going on. Is someone trying to “linkspambomb” me?

The other day I was doing some routine checks in WMT, and I noticed that my inbound link count was 100 times higher than I had expected.

Upon further examination, I noticed that most of the backlinks came from subdomains, but when i tried to view the pages they didn’t exist! In fact, some of the subdomains are even on a domain CALLED!

Here’s a small sample of some of the domains that are linking to me..


Again, I’ve not been participating in any automated link schemes, or auto-generating content, or doing anything that could explain what’s going on, so it must be some form of attempted sabotage, right?

All I can figure is that someone is trying to knock me out of the game but it makes no sense that most the links can’t be viewed. I’ve done a site: search of many of the root domains trying to figure out what they are, but they’er mostly crap, and many are in other languages too.

I’d love some feedback on what or how someone’s jerking me around, as well as some thoughts on what to do about it. There’s no “remove backlinks” option in webmaster Tools like there is for URL’s, but I hate to just leave ’em there… Anyone got any ideas?

Scott Hendison
Scott Hendison is the CEO of Search Commander, Inc. and one of the founding board members of SEMpdx. Find out more here.
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