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    Link Removal: Hi, I spammed you, now I need a favor...

    Got an email to the NB address today:

    Hello,

    Recently, Google began reviewing and analysing many websites for their past linking practices. They're looking for "over-optimized" backlinks. {Insert url here} is, unfortunately, one of these sites under review. While I appreciate your past efforts to share our content, I respectfully request that you remove all links to {Insert url here} from your site, netbuilders.org, including the links on {url here}.

    We are updating our site to improve content and design, so I hope that you'll return to see the information our site provides once this issue is fully resolved.

    Please let me know if and when you have removed our links from your site, or if you have any questions or concerns. I very much appreciate your help.

    Thank you,

    {name}

    P.S. I apologize if you received a request from us more than once. We are being assertive in our efforts.
    Well... isnt that special. Answer sent as follows:

    Let me get this straight... you spammed our site and now you need a favor?

    There are 2 possibilities:
    -1- You spammed ads and now you wish you hadnt.
    -2- You are a competitor of the guy that has the links there and want HIS links removed.

    Either way, no. Don't bother me again.
    THINK BEFORE YOU SPAM
    Basically it's kinda like the guys at dp that TELL them to delete the post they wish they hadnt made.

    If you didnt want it there, you shouldnt have posted it... and your error does not constitute an emergency To-Do item for somebody else. Probably should think of that before paying some guy from {insert 3rd world sinkhole} to spam your URL to hell and back.
    -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. --

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    That reminds me of all the people who once messaged me to remove their links from a directory I used to run.

    I should have charged a "removal fee".
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

  3. Quote Originally Posted by Mike Dammann View Post
    That reminds me of all the people who once messaged me to remove their links from a directory I used to run.

    I should have charged a "removal fee".
    I use to have these emails too. I think its them that hacked my directory after I ignore them all. When I got it up again they once again send emails.

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    Sounds like them. Too blatant.


    Quote Originally Posted by garfish View Post
    I use to have these emails too. I think its them that hacked my directory after I ignore them all. When I got it up again they once again send emails.
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    As this wasnt the first time I'd gotten this note I was a little pissier than normal, but yeah, if somebody wants to put others to work to undo what they themselves have done or contracted to have done on their behalf, they darn sure oughta be charged. As for asking directories that've been kind enough to add their site at no charge... doubly so.
    -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. --

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    You should start a thread in "Announcements and Suggestions"

    Link removal now $10

    You didn't add the links and you shouldn't have to do the clean-up for free.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Dammann View Post
    That reminds me of all the people who once messaged me to remove their links from a directory I used to run.

    I should have charged a "removal fee".
    I had a guy threaten to report me to Google after a told him that there was a removal fee.

    I didn't respond Yeah!!! Report it to the link-nazi Matt Cutts. No soup for you!!!

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    Funny, all the emails I got (and some were in legalese and threatened to do something, blah blah) for link removals...
    Once I replied saying it will cost (25 to in the one case of a quote unquote lawyer $5000) for removal,
    I have never heard back from anyone.
    From what I have seen, only naive directory owners would jump and remove just because of an email.
    Most either ignore or answer back with a removal fee.
    Again, no one ever hears back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    Most either ignore or answer back with a removal fee.
    Right. After 2 or 3 of those I didn't even click on them and treated them like all the other "dear sir" type emails.
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    There is a cottage industry that is pushing this.
    People convince companies and webmasters that they will find those backlinks that are hurting their sites.
    And for a price will get them removed.

    Check fiverr and some other forums for people who will do the above.

    Got 3 emails today.
    All different email addies, all different women's names, and all wanting a link removed from my blog. (different links)
    Same email, just a different name and url and the url of the post.

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    Great ideas! I'm going to do this from now on when I get asked to remove a link from one of my sites! $10 minimum, maybe $15!

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