Recent Google Penguin Update – Who Cares
So there has been a recent Google algorithm Penguin 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 – The Penguin Update
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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The Penguin Update and Requests for Link Removals by Steve