Annoying Link Removal Requests

Curse you Panda, Pony, Red Fox, or whatever all those Google updates are called. You’ve caused a lot of trouble to many of us bloggers whether that was your intention or not. And to all of you phony SEO folks; fie on you as well (sorry for my language lol).

oXidation: Time goes by...
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What’s the deal? By now I’m betting that every legitimate blogger in the world has gotten at least one email from someone asking if you’ll remove a link from your blog because one of their SEO “experts” has determined that it’s hurting their website. You’re also probably correct, if you’ve thought far enough ahead, to know that probably 99.9999999% of those links are on your blog because of comments, not because you’ve linked to someone in your content.

Frankly, it’s irritating as sin, almost as much as those things on some blogs that are irking me to no end. In this case I didn’t do anything except write my blog posts and put them out for some people to hopefully enjoy. I didn’t ask anyone to comment, though I’m always hoping to touch someone in a positive way. I can block lots of spammers because they’re easy to spot. But I can’t blog legitimate comments, so to speak, from people who are paid to comment and wrote something that was actually pertinent to the post; at least I haven’t figure out how to do it.

What’s worse than these requests? Some punks have figured out how to take care of their competitors, whose commenters might have left pretty good comments, by writing you as representative of those competitors and asking you to remove those links because of what I mentioned earlier. What?!?!? Now we’re tasked with trying to protect others who did the sneaky thing and hired someone to comment on blogs for them as well?

What’s a brother to do? Well, in my case I’ve come up with some rules for how to handle this sort of thing. I did it mainly because most of the requests I get are directed at my finance blog, the one where I allow guest posts, and it’s those very same people who had representatives beg to have their posts included who are asking me to now remove their links, including comments with those links in them; the nerve!

You’re wondering what I’ve done? Notice that video below? Check that out and find out; yeah, I’m mean, but at least it’s not on my channel. πŸ™‚
 


 

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22 comments on “Annoying Link Removal Requests

  • I had one. It was a spam comment. I was very tempted to leave it forever… just because they asked so nicely for me to remove it. (“Die, Spammers, die! Muahahahah!”) But I didn’t. I removed it and thanked them for pointing out the spam comments they’d left on my blog so that I could block and report them for spamming. πŸ˜€ Idiots.
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  • Hey Mitch

    I’ve not had any emails requesting link removals yet but I’ve only accepted two guest posts so far on my blog.

    I agree with your approach to this wholeheartedly. Particularly if the links in question were requested by the person or business in the first place.

    I liked Brian’s take on it too. I’d be blocking their IP address as well for wasting my time!
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    • Tim, many of those requests are for items more than a year old, which is why I won’t go looking for them. If it was only the posts themselves I’d gripe but not care as much, but when it’s comments… you know.

  • That must be irritating Mitch and a total waste of your time; in my opinion I would simple ignore such requests. They should never have submitted their link in the first place: if they did it only for some search engine ranking benefit, and should reap whatever consequence. Personally, I don’t even read any information about SEO; I make the content I wish to make, and posts where I wish and what will be will be. Take care Mitch πŸ™‚ and have a good weekend.

    • I deal with it Richard, just like other people do. However, I notice that since I’ve taken a firmer stand that these people don’t haunt me as much. One request, I send back kind of a demanding email, they leave me alone. Life is better that way. lol

  • Hey Mitch, I’m still getting these emails and I’m still charging them to remove them. Strangely enough most of them are paying up and I’m making a little extra cash.
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    • I’m getting lots of them as well but so far no one’s taken me up on paying for removal. lol Still, at least I’m getting some satisfaction out of it all.

  • I’m charging between 5 and 10 bucks depending on the links and so far I’ve made over $100. The only one that isn’t paying up is some dodo that is obviously charging someone else promising to have those links removed. I tell you, he’s not going to get any satisfaction from me πŸ˜€
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  • Hi Mitch,

    OK, that makes sense now. I’ve gotten a few of those link removal requests not really knowing what was going on.

    I love your idea about charging to remove the links. But it’s also good to know that we aren’t legally required to remove the links.

    The unfortunate thing about all this is that commenting is not being used for the purpose it’s been designed for and that’s to encourage genuine interaction. Instead of facilitating interesting topic discussions we’re now chasing links for people using your blog. Irritating πŸ™

    Thanks Mitch πŸ™‚

    Liz

    • I hear you Liz. So many disingenuous comments these days and then when they get dinged they come to you with their tails between their legs and want your sympathy for their failed marketing campaigns. Nope, too late for that unless you want to pay for it. I figure that and the time that we spent responding to the comments is worth something; don’t you?

  • Dean Saliba says:

    I started doing this over a year ago when Panda was rolled out. Charging should not be looked upon as controversial, they PAID someone to create this mess for their company/site so they should pay for me to clear up part of their mess.

    I find it funny when they threaten me with the Disavow tool, they claim that Google will punish my no-follow blog for having their links. πŸ™‚

    • Good stuff Dean. No one’s ever threatened me with that, though I have seen the messages saying their links could hurt my site as well. This proves they really have no idea what’s going on and I don’t engage them other than to ask for payment, and it’s really not that much; it’s just to make a point.

  • Well I’m one of these people who were sending link removal requests, not to you personally, I’m just saying in general.
    Before around a year when Google released the first Penguin update my sites dramatically dropped on Google search so after research and studying SEO I realized I made a mistake when I was buying the links from some people who were selling them on Fiverr. I must admit I almost never got an reply from webmaster so I muved on and make new sites for my niches.
    Today I’m experienced with this and learned my lesson and won’t do any blackhat SEO activity again! πŸ˜€

    Thanks for this well described experience of yourself and topic about this. Cheers!

    • Glad you learned the lesson Adam, but so many people get caught up in schemes to help them with success that you weren’t alone. Sometimes those things that look so good, too good… well, you know. πŸ™‚

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