After seven years of working as a freelance translator I finally got around to starting my own translation website in order to market my services to direct clients.
I'm really new to the whole SEO process (besides a bit of SEO copywriting I did for work). After I started building some backlinks, I noticed something really strange in the ahrefs backlink checker: my domain has more than 191 backlinks already, 97% of them dofollow. Ubersuggest further suggests that most of them are from early 2019 (I registered the domain a few days ago).
What's more, almost all of the backlinks are pretty...bogus. The domain score seems somewhat legit, but the content is mostly gibberish with a link or two strewn in.
Is it possible that someone already owned my (fairly generic and keyword-heavy) domain name before and bought spam backlinks? How do you explain this?
And what should I do? Should I just enjoy the free backlinks and focus on building more quality backlinks and content? Or should I disavow them to avoid being associated with such behavior?
Thanks a lot!