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    Last few months I have started seeing strange build up of strange backlinks that are building hundreds of backlinks per day just to delete hundreds the next day.
    Some of these backlinks are porn related, some are completely unrelated to the content and product we sell. My question is, could this be some negative SEO attacks?

    Are other people dealing with similar issues regarding their backlinks? Are you sometimes finding porn or unrelated sites linking to you?
    Should we run a backlink audit every few months to remove bad backlinks? What are your best practices when it comes to dealing with bad backlinks?
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    It sounds like your site may have been hacked.

    Have you tried a Google "site:" search and viewed the cached text-only versions of your pages?

    Seems to be a lot of this going around at the moment.
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    Should we run a backlink audit every few months to remove bad backlinks? What are your best practices when it comes to dealing with bad backlinks?
    We do really run backlink audits to monitor what is going on. The best practice is still to add them to the DISAVOW document. While Googlers start saying they can figure things out, they still need help as they say, so help them understand those links were not created by you!

    Also, do look out for hacks too. And watch your Search Console for any messages and warnings

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    Thanks for the replies. Cached text version of site is fine and doesn't seem like anything has been hacked. I'm questioning whether this is a negative SEO attack due to the fact that I'm disavowing over 3000 domains and counting. Are any of your disavow files that large as well or does that seem a bit out of the ordinary?
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    Have you seen any negative impact on your search referrals while this has been going on?

    Is there any consistency in porn or other linked domains?

    I'd report what you can to Google via your Console - for the record. Don't expect them to rush you with responses.

    I've not had to deal with a situation like this. I'd be checking out articles like these:

    Aug 2016: Negative SEO: How to Identify, Fix and Prevent an Attack

    Feb 2014: How to Protect Your Website from Negative SEO
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    I had this very problem a while ago, over a christmas break we had 1,000's and I mean literally 1,000's of links built against on of my sites. It happened just after we hit 3rd spot for a really competitive keyword, I did not notice the backlinks being created until I got the email from google saying they had spotted a pattern of unnatural linking. Our rankings went over night and I don't mean just lowered to page 2 or something I mean we was out of the index even for the brand name.

    This happened a little after I joined this site and had already started to learn about SEO so I knew it was going to be a difficult journey ahead. It took a long time to get rid of the penalty and 3 submissions before it was lifted but the site never returned to its former glory despite the SEO being vastly improved.
    At the time I came under a lot of stick on here as in the early part of the link building the site would have seen a boost, it was my naivety in thinking google would just ignore spam and that noone would rage a negative SEO campaign against a small company like ours.

    Now I keep an eye on all backlinks I can find and get them removed if I think they are suspect. Prevention is better than cure.
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    unfortunately, there is no IP disavow... and mailing google doesn't change a thing... What a time spent in disavowing and not spent doing something better...
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    Thank you again for the replies. Glad that I am not the only one that has had this experience. To answer John Aimit, yes we have watched our visibility drop for certain keywords that we use to rank #2 or #3 on google. We have also found several porn domains. What I'm wondering is if someone is actually building all these crap domains and backlinks or has someone malicious hacked another normal website and has just built up a ton of bad backlinks pointing to us?

    Also to back up a bit, when John Aimit and Ann Smarty mention someone hacking our website, how would that affect our backlinks? Although no one has hacked our website, I'm confused as to how our site being hacked could be linked to other malicious sites linking to us? Would appreciate some clarification.

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