3rd Party Tools Report Spammy Backlinks, but visiting them I can't find where the link is placed

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Hi there,

I'm new here and all the SEO I know is from basic YT videos and or beginner blog posts.

I signed up on some 3rd party tools to figure out why google isn't ranking me at all for over 1 year now.

I immediately noticed a boat load of spam backlinks looking like the following examples:
  • Boldog elkövetni Pezsg' γ...ναικειο αντιανεμικο jacket tack Zavart Theseus
  • contrabandă încărcătură A făcut un contract μηχανικό πληκτρολόγιο patriot Seminar scanda Marea Mediterana
  • Progresso Strofinare set ηχεία με subwoofer Seminterrato Contento cugino

* emphasis is from me, those are the Greek keywords terms that make sense

But after visiting those pages, I can't find the links.

Question: How reliable are those 3rd party backlink checkers?

What is interesting is, that the links use the cdn domain I have for my images which is a subdomain on my root domain. (bucket1.cdn.MYDOMAIN.tld)

For starters and as a precaution I got a new domain, 4 letters like gcdn.tld, and placed that to mirror the actual CDN provider. I also deleted the DNS entries for the previous cdn subdomains so those no longer work and my website no longer uses them obviously.

Question: Was that a good idea to do?

Next, I disavowed all the spam backlink domains (over 800) in search console.

After a couple of weeks I discovered more backlinks using the defunct now cdn subdomain.. but as always visiting those spam pages I couldn't find where they put the links (search in web dev tools)

Rankings haven't improved at all, I saw some tracked keywords lose their ranking all together. They where previously slowly creeping up to position 15-18 and then puff gone.

On Search Console, there's no manual action and I haven't gotten any notification of a penalty or something similar.

The 3rd party tool I used are ahrefs, semrush, and ubersuggest (all on their trial versions)

Website is a classic wordpress woocomerce e-retail store with about 20k products site is almost 1yr old and doesn't rank, domain existed for over 20 years but looked on wayback machine, it didn't appear to be used for nefarious reasons, it was mostly parked, and for a period of like 6-7yrs it used to have only 5-6 links pointing to now defunct websites but based on the domain names they pointed they appeared legitimate and not spam and actual websites I actually new.

Question: is the site targeted by negative seo campaign? If so what can I do about it?

PS

It is impossible to switch domains, at this point.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Eliminating spammy links is never going to improve your rankings unless you got a message directly from Google (and even then, recovering after a Google warning is incredibly difficult).

    These days, known spammy backlinks are ignored by Google. That means that deleting them has no effect. In order to increase rankings, you need to get real, high quality backlinks, improve your content and user signals or both.
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    • Thank you for taking the time to read my long post and reply.

      As far as I can tell I haven't received anything from Google. I don't know if this domain had something in the past that I'm stuck with now, but for the 4 years I've owned it (incl 1 year active) I did not get anything from Google, at least in Search Console.

      I have a long way to go in posting quality content that attracts backlinks, I'm on a budget that has my hands tied and can't hire professional writers. As for improving user signals, it is a constant struggle made worse by not getting traffic from google. Isn't that what you mean ? Engagement rates, bounce rates, CTR from SERPs... etc.?
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        Originally Posted by schnitzelattack View Post

        As for improving user signals, it is a constant struggle made worse by not getting traffic from google. Isn't that what you mean ? Engagement rates, bounce rates, CTR from SERPs... etc.?
        User signals aren't dependent upon the number of visitors. They are an accumulation of what visitors from search engines do once they hit your site from those search engines. Of course, the more visitors there are, the better the data becomes, making that user data a more solid indicator that search engines can trust.
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    If there is no manual action penalty. Then you don't need to worry.


    G ignores all kind of spammy links these days as said earlier.


    You should be focusing on getting good back links from now on.
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