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How to get webmasters to remove my link?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jlei523, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. jlei523

    jlei523 Regular Member

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    So I want to clean up my link portfolio and remove crappy or spammy links.

    What's the best way to tell the webmaster so my link gets removed?
     
  2. kvmcable

    kvmcable Supreme Member

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    You hired an SEO company and had no idea they were posting links without permission. Respectfully request the link removed.

    I think you're wasting your time but blame the issue on a rouge SEO service.
     
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    jdwurn Registered Member

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    Tell them that your website has been penalized and you really need them to remove your link. If they care about their site they will remove the link. That said, I have been down this road and I only have a 50% success rate. I am beginning to think that starting over is the easier route.
     
  4. jlei523

    jlei523 Regular Member

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    Mind sending me the email template that you used?

    I'm having a hard time figuring out what to write.
     
  5. SuperLinks

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    Approach it from THEIR perspective.

    They don't want to be penalized and usually want traffic to their websites. I'd email them explaining that your site has been penalized and as a courtesy to them you are recommending that they remove YOUR link so that they aren't affected by a penalty as well.

    I'd link to somewhere on Google's Webmaster Guidelines that points out that websites can be penalized for LINKING to bad neighborhoods.

    If I were you I'd outsource this work, as it isn't worth your time doing this.
     
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  6. jlei523

    jlei523 Regular Member

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    What if my site isn't penalized and I actually represent a high profile client that cares greatly about image?

    That's my problem. It's hard to draft an email that could be effective and won't do any harm to my client.
     
  7. SuperLinks

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    That's tough....

    My advice is to always remember that people want to know whats in it for them. Also be sure to make it easy for them to correct the issue. Meaning link to the article where you need a link modified, or give them code to update the URL/delete it.

    Sounds like your client needs reputation management more than anything....
     
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  8. jlei523

    jlei523 Regular Member

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    Thanks for your help! I think I drafted some similar to what you wrote in your first reply that can be effective and not harmful.