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I also wonder what to do about the 150 articles on article sites I posted 2 years ago - whether I should delete them or leave them.
you are admitting guilt
I myself have never built spammy links...
I have written a few emails to people asking them to take down links but then it just got too much...
I put roughly 50 or 60 in the disavow link.
you are admitting guilt
Sure, Google's already caught the person with hands in the cookie jar, that's why the site has been dinged. The disavow tool is supposed to be used for spammy links that *you built* (or have had built), and have not been able to remove by normal means.
If so, am I a victim of negative SEO as I NEVER did any link building?
I have some thats more than 10 years old, checked the backlinks in WMT and have some recognized as backlinks, some were discovered in 2006, but some wasnt until 2011, before google just ignored them.
Should I disawow them?
So if you have any links that have been downgraded by PENGUIN they have already been disavowed by PENGUIN and you don't need to worry about them anymore.
You can certainly delete, or edit with rel="nofollow" or disavow them - but what confirmation did you get that Google took action against "that particular link?" ... or will take action against that link in the future?
In my experience if such a link wasn't devalued by Google's PENGUIN all you are doing is destroying your ranks even more.
The links are not on my site, the are on others site, and most are abandoned sites, I remember many years ago I had a penalty in yahoo due of them, and I wrote them all (I saw) and most didnt do anything about them, finaly yahoo lifted the penalty and think they started to ignore them.
The links are from year 2002.
I cant edit or add any nofollow on them, these pages should be updated and changed however the linkfarm disappeared many years ago but there are still pages out ther.
How can I know the links were devaluated by penguin and not my site being devaluated?
The only thing I know is that I downloaded backlinks and saw some of them being discovered between 2006 and 2011.
At least many years ago google ignored those linkfarms backlinks on several domains, they said, if you dont have the pages on your site, not to worry about the backlinks. However many years passed.
the fact that you may have gotten unfair value for many years is a major positive value at the expense of your competitors.
Think how your competitors feel getting screwed only by Google ignoring your unfair advantage for so long.
This I really doubt, these links value where 0 or hardly 0 on google
You can use service from majestic , ahrefs or linkdetox to find out
I have now used link detox. It was a very good service (I phoned several times) at a reasonable price. I discovered horrendous links from sites that were closed due to malware and literally dozens of low-quality article sites that all copied my articles from the higher-quality article sites. I put a lot in the disavow tool and deleted all articles except from ezine articles. Let;s see what happens.
Nothing will happen IMHO.
the disavow is implemented without any user interaction