Sgt_Kickaxe - 11:01 pm on Feb 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
I made the mistake a long time ago of embedding a link to my site, and one to the article in question, within each rss entry in my rss feed. Needless to say as spammers did their thing with my feeds I was picking up links at the same time. Undoing that is a nightmare. I've never bought links but a large number of spam pages are pointing at my site, still.
However there is a huge CAVEAT tied to that... if you didn't get notified by Google that you have a manual review for inorganic link violations - DON'T USE THE TOOL!
I disagree, I received the no manual actions taken email after a complete quality audit and various changes to my site but the incoming links causing my link profile to look questionable aren't manual in nature, they are algorithmic, and for that reason I *hope* the disavow tool helps me out here. I already know there are no manual actions against this site so I won't file another reconsideration.
GWT reports a lot of nasty links, and few good ones, but my PR is much higher than the few positive links could have provided so I am *hoping* that the nasty links reported are brought to my attention in GWT for a reason. Those were my focus with my disavow use.
I'll know over the next few weeks if this helped at all, or hurt.