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1:44 am on Oct 5, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I was checking out my backlinks in GSC and discovered links from 30 different websites pointing to one specific page. Given the nature of my site this type of pattern is not expected. So I checked into it. It turns out that there is an article from Forbes linking to that page. Great! I thought. I went to dig deeper to find that the link is is no-followed. But this is only 1 of the 30 websites, the 29 other sites are all "local" newspaper websites that have taken the story and re-hashed it. I'm not even certain that these are real newspaper websites, they all appear to be built on the same WP-theme. I suspect that they are scrapper sites.

Here is the real kicker, these potential "scrapper sites" have not no-followed the links to my site. So basically I have one "valuable" link that is no followed (so no value passed) and a bunch of "low quality" links all passing signals. There could be more than those reported, because GSC is not the most reliable at reporting links.

So need I worry? Should I disavow the links (not like disavow will do much)?
2:27 pm on Oct 5, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Is there a purpose to the faux news sites? Like, are they also linking to bad neighborhoods?

Is the Whois information hidden? That's usually a sign of low quality in that kind of website.

Is there an About Page that lists the name of the publisher? Legit sites tend to have About Us pages.

What about the Advertise With Us page? Is the about page missing but there's an Advertise page? Sometimes there's info there that can help reach a determination of how legit they are.

I think with that kind of info, one can make a better decision as to what the next step might be.
3:58 pm on Oct 5, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@martinibuster after looking into the above it turns out that these appear to be "real" papers, that are all owned by the same corporation. They likely bought the article from Forbes and then republished it verbatim in all their papers. Filler content.
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Syndicated content is ok with me as long as it's on a legit site and that's what it sounds like from your description.

This kind of thing happens naturally so I wouldn't be concerned about it. In fact, I'd be happy about it.

Good for you!
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10:07 pm on Oct 5, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Is your site mention positive? If so, I would be happy about it. I think your product is really good if it was naturally written about it in Forbes.
9:07 am on Oct 30, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like the sort of link that real people will actually follow because they are interested in the goods or services that you offer.