We identified a spammy backlink campaign pointed at our domain in early 2016.
We found someone (bots?) was placing backlinks pointing to 4 threads on our discussion forums from literally over 3,800 domains and nearly 100,000 URL’s.
This began in mid 2014, and it knocked us completely out of Google by the end of 2015.
So early 2016 we discovered it, and began working on a disavow file, as well as deleting the 4 threads they were pointing everything to.
We had a slight recovery after uploading the disavow file finally with nearly 3,800 domain names on it. But we never fully recovered.
A few months later i saw we’d dropped out of Google again.
I have now just checked our "Fresh" list from Majestic, and they’re still going. I can’t believe this. Two years later somoene is still running the same d*mn bots linking to the same URLS, but from newer and newer domain names.
How can we stop this? Is there anything I can possibly do to stop it? No matter what things Google offers for us to "disavow" these domains, I can’t help but believe that a site doesn’t want this sort of thing continuing to go on, and on, and on.
We have no manual penalties from Google. A site called Sucuri told me they’d placed my domain on a black list assuming we had done this campaign ourselves.
In fact i’ve been "accused" of doing it myself by a few SEO people who even chuckled when I told them I didn’t do it. So I don’t like the possibility that Google might also "chuckle in disbelief".
We’ve got to stop this. I assume at the very least I have to keep adding the new domains to our disavow on a weekly basis forever?
Who the heck is controlling this bot? How does it run for 2.5 years nonstop???