atlrus - 4:07 pm on Jul 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Definitely don't ignore it. If you have stuff you know you can clean up, you should do your best to do that.
Somehow I don't seem to be able to find the time to go through 1/2 million backlinks just to make Google feel better...Not to mention that Google is quite stubborn on not allowing me to view those links, yet complains about them.
Sorry Google, next time you could simply let me know which URLs you found suspicious so I could look into it, lol.
Of course I have bad links, what big site doesn't?!? I got a ton of bad links just from our website being listed on DMOZ alone. Back then paid directories were using DMOZ as a template so I got 100K+ links from such websites pretty much overnight. That was back when you can see your backlinks on Yahoo. I can only imagine how many of them are still in existence.
And recently I've been getting a ton of bad links, thanks to the "xrumer pyramids" and our forum.
Add to this the ton of scrapers who don't even bother to change the internal links within our articles and you have yourself an enormous mess. I wouldn't be surprised if 1/3 of the 500K backlinks I have to this website are utter garbage, probably even more.
Of course there is nothing I can do - this is how the web works these days. Google needs to pull its head out of its rear and deal with it. Sending me a message full of "may be", "possibly" and "could be" is not helping anyone.