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The Penguin Update and Requests for Link Removals

Recent Google Penguin Update – Who Cares

So there has been a recent Google algorithm update that is supposed to penalize sites if they have links from questionable sites or sites that contain content that is not relevant to the link. But wait, there are 100,000 sites that have been doing link building for the past 10 years that have these kinds of links. So Google is going to penalize 100,000 sites? Probably not. And what if your competition places links like this one on some site that you don’t want, didn’t request, and you are now penalized for? Google is going to manually disregard all link spam that you report? I don’t think they have the engineers to manually block hundreds of link spam links.

Webmaster Requests Daily and the $15 Charge

Since the update, I have been receiving 3-4 requests a day to remove links from articles and even comments. Here’s the thing, I didn’t place a single one of the links. Some spammy SEO guy submitted an article or left a comment and I was nice enough not to remove it. But now Big Google is going to penalize all your spammy practices and I have to be a nice guy again and remove the links for you. Well, I am charging $15. And every webmaster should charge $15 a link. First it takes us time to remove the links. Second we don’t know if the true author is making the request, so a fake author isn’t going to pay the charge. And third, the spammers need to pay up for once.

Cheap Spammers Don’t want to Clean Up the Mess they Created

So most of the spam writers just ignore my suggestion that they pay me $15 but every once in a while I get one that responds back and is upset that his/her spam is now costing them cold hard cash. They even make some threat that Google is going to penalize me, blah blah blah. The fact is that Google hasn’t given my sites any decent traffic since about 24 updates ago. Thank goodness for Bing, Yahoo, Social Media, Pintrest, and Stumble Upon. So join the Who Cares about Google party, pay me $15, or create some non-spam links to offset what you consider to be spam.

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More Ways to Get Links to Your Website

If you’re working on search engine optimization to promote your website, getting links is a very important part of this process. To Bing and Google, links count as a vote for the importance and popularity of your site, making it appear higher up in their search results. This can make a big difference to your visitor numbers, so getting links to your website is important.

Directories specifically offer links to websites, usually in context so that you can provide some promotional or informative text about them as well. Sometimes these will also allow you to choose your anchor text, which is even better. Some useful options are niche directories, like this fishing directory, which will list your site with related websites by topic, and local directories like this Devon business directory, that can help search engines figure out where your business is geographically located.

Adding a blog to your website is a good way to get others to link to you and comment on your articles. Alternatively, you could be an expert author on another website, or send articles to article directories for other people to use. Posting useful advice in forums with your website in your signature link is another good way to get your name known as an expert in your field.

Social media can be very useful for promoting your business, whether it’s through customer feedback on a Facebook page, videos on YouTube or special offers and deals on Twitter. It makes your company look approachable and modern.

For websites that sell products, price comparison websites and voucher code websites are another option.

Although any link to your website is good, a blog comment or forum link will not count as much as a link from the content of an important relevant website. Since these can be hard to get, many businesses hire SEO or advertising services to get them.

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