Several weeks ago I set up three different websites from registration to launch(family members want to show off some artwork). Today I did a quick check to make sure the indexing process was going well and found that all three domains have been bombarded by spammy incoming links.
3000-4000 incoming links point to the index pages of each site, each from a different domain that had been registered for six months or so and is as of today a dropped domain. The incoming links were there from day one of launch and stayed active long enough for search engines and several metrics SEO companies to record them.
As you know a newly launched domain doesn't have any authority to defend against this type of link spam and it's a kick in the rankings groin so to speak. How do you go about cleaning up the spammy backlink effects right off the bat if the sites are already gone? How much of an effect do you suspect they had?