I had a website in Google news years ago, my website was young not many links according to someone I asked he told me that is probably what hurt me, he said since I was a new website most of those spammers from other countries looked to Google news to copy and paste and link to your website, when the google algo penalties came about around 2011-2012 your site suffered because you had little authoritative back links from high quality sites linking to you and mostly spammers.
I was also told that the other penalty is quality, so would I have to go all the way back 1000 plus articles and edit each one?
Could I start new and just delete all the low quality or what to fix it? that seems like a lot of work
I used the disavow tool to block some spammy sites a week ago who were linking to me but it didn't do much.