I've been checking my website's backlinks via webmaster tools.
I've found a few sites where they've chosen to use my website as one of their "authority" links in either their footer an index.
Sometimes, the other authority sites in the same list of links are prominent .org's or other decent .com's.
These links are usually part of the website's standard page format, so maybe 20 to 100 links come from that website to (usually) just 1 or 2 pages on my site.
The fact that the linking comes from a footer or an index creates an unnatural appearance, in the sense that it's not in-text linking.
Some of these sites doing the linking have a Google website pagerank of 2 up to 4. So, while they seem kind of spammy, they're not entirely so in Google's eyes.
I would think these are exactly the types of links that websites would like to buy. However, I wouldn't think the .org's did. And I certainly didn't. And if links were being sold, you would think they could have sold the space they use for links to my site.
(I guess someone could have sabotaged me by buying links for my site, but there's no real reason to expect that that happened.)
I'd want these links in a second if it wasn't for the fact that there are just so many of them.
But because of their number, they give an impression of being unnatural but I'm hesitant to rock the boat by Disavowing them or requesting them to be removed or nofollowed due to the pagerank of the websites.
Anyone have any advice as to how they decide which websites to disassociate from when it's not a situation where
they bought or arranged for the links?