It all sounds like spam to me.
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So I get two emails this morning with the subject line "Removal of Toxic Linking". It's a request for the removal of links from an article supplied years ago with links. We used to participate in a webmaster swap of content in return for links.
My immediate reaction is FU I don't build toxic sites to begin with. Ours is a travel site and theirs is too. The links are in an article and contextual and I wouldn't see a problem under any SEO scenario. Especially since our site is years old. There is nothing paid for the link so they meet any criteria. Nor is Google going to go back that far in examining links nor is there any way for them to determine that they are anything but what they are. Freely granted links.
I feel insulted! If I say FU and don't remove them.... or accept the insult and remove them....
What idiot titles an email "toxic links removal" and expects love from us?
This is the second request I've received this month and it is apparent to me we now have so called SEO link removal services being sold to idiotic website owners that are even STUPIDER than the guys that built the so called bad links. GRRRR.
So my new "service" is to charge $25 for link removals We'll see just how stupid these people are!
Anyone else having this experience?
It also just occurred to me that anyone could make this request to help kill off a competitors web site. We don't know that they actually represent the website owner. The charge would legitimize the work as only someone serious would pay it. Crooks would run.
"Toxic Links",... smells like someone that doesnt appreciate "nofollow".
All my outbound links are "nofollow" for a reason. As it should be.
Could it be that it has to do with the latest google update, people are cleaning up their links for fear of being penalized.
The point is that we don't build "bad" sites. All are quality and a link there is gold. Or at least silver.
My point is we now have a bunch of idiots running around offering to remove links (for a price of course) who know less than the people that set them up to begin with.
And site owners stupid enough to actually pay them.
Regardless it's work and I'm going to charge for it and see just how badly they want them gone.
I sent back the two emails yesterday quoting them $25 each.
A lot of people are doing this since the latest Google penguin update...Its not that your site is 'garbage' .. They might have bad anchors, etc...
We've recently been contacted by Google on some of our "DoFollow" and "NoFollow" links and policies. Upon further research by our SEO team, we found that several of our affiliates have been using "DoFollow" links.
As such, we wanted to send a reminder to our affiliates that we do not allow "DoFollow" links. If you aren't aware of what "DoFollow" and NoFollow" links are, please refer to this for a better understanding:
Our policies indicate that we do not allow our affiliates to do any keyword or site name bidding, nor do we allow "DoFollow" links.
If you are using "DoFollow" links, please switch your links to "NoFollow" to avoid commission penalty and termination from our affiliate program.
I can understand them though, having some sites hit by penguin I'm starting to send out some link removal requests soon too.
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