Paid to remove links ?

by dnka 27 replies
Has anyone received offers from a person to remove links from your blog / website ? He has already paid for the links, now he wants the links removed. Does this happen often?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #links #paid #remove
Avatar of Unregistered
  • Profile picture of the author sf_Imtiaz
    never happened to me, may be that site or page doesn't exist anymore thats why that person doesn't need a link now
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964818].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Yes i havent heard of anything like this before. Very strange like scarfeet said the links may not work anymore.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964836].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Clayton Jolin
    If you asked this question out of curiosity, the best thing would be for you to ask him why he's doing so.

    Anyways, never happened to me. Actually, I seldom sell links at my blogs!

    Regards.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964843].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Webtigerz
      Banned
      I have never heard of that before...
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964847].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author dnka
      Originally Posted by Clayton Jolin View Post

      If you asked this question out of curiosity, the best thing would be for you to ask him why he's doing so.

      Anyways, never happened to me. Actually, I seldom sell links at my blogs!

      Regards.
      He says he is under instructions from his "upper boss", the website is still working.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964927].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author kentaiwan98
    It's happened to me through several Paid Blogging Companies. In some cases, I comply; but sometimes I don't.

    I usually feel: If I was willing to take a risk with my PR, then you should be willing to accept the risk of being penalized. Also, I leave them if I feel the post doesn't make sense with out the link.

    So to summarize: sometimes I remove; sometimes I don't; and sometimes I add 'nofollow'. But since it's on my blog, I always feel that it is at my discretion. The only time I will definitely remove the link is if someone pays me to remove, but that money has to be in my hands!

    I don't know if this is a principled stand or not. Am I right to do this way?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964938].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dnka
    For blogging companies, you know that they will pay you for posts in future. This is a direct payment from the customer. If I remove the link, he may later change his mind. I think he has been doing this with many other webmasters also.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964959].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author kentaiwan98
      Originally Posted by dnka View Post

      For blogging companies, you know that they will pay you for posts in future. This is a direct payment from the customer. If I remove the link, he may later change his mind. I think he has been doing this with many other webmasters also.
      Then ask him to remit the money first. Always money first for this kind of stuff. I've been diddled more than once because I was 'kind' to a prospective customer.

      If you have the money and he changes his mind, you can simply refund it.

      Kenneth
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964965].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Sam Smith
    It sounds like he's had a penalty or something.

    Of course, there is a more cynical explanation which nobody has yet mentioned... he may not in fact me the link owner, but a competitor. If you're number 2 in Google, it's probably easier to remove links than build them...
    Signature
    Can you afford me? KILLER videos (from script to tech), $thousands+...

    PM me if you need help with *big money* launches/pitches.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[964976].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author JoMo
      Originally Posted by Sam Smith View Post

      ...
      Of course, there is a more cynical explanation which nobody has yet mentioned... he may not in fact me the link owner, but a competitor. If you're number 2 in Google, it's probably easier to remove links than build them...

      LOL now that would be some creative marketing for sure.
      Signature

      Give Personalized Gift-Plaques for All of Those Special Occasions

      The Best Hand Safety Products for the Workplace or DIY's

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[965022].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author kentaiwan98
    I think most people are assuming that the person is the same person who asked for the link to be placed, but that would be too evil, Sam? Wouldn't it? Hehehe.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[965012].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Sam Smith
    Lol, I am waiting for the WSO to spring up offering this service now...!
    Signature
    Can you afford me? KILLER videos (from script to tech), $thousands+...

    PM me if you need help with *big money* launches/pitches.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[965051].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author marmo
    Has your site taken a hit or penalty by any search engines or got listed as a bad neighborhood site ? It is not that hard to become a bad neighborhood site , it can happen by linking to too many bad sites , which to the naked eye look fine but say other site did something shady like bad seo and got busted ect any sites linking to it can also take a hit albeit not as great as the bad neighborhood site but still a hit. Not saying you have a bad nieghborhood site mind you , but it can happen , hell it happened to me once I linked to a free poker site for entertainment and some software download sites ( not warez sites mind you ) that somehow pissed google right off and I started to take hits so it can happen.

    Here is a tool I often use to check such things and it is a free tool. Bad Neighborhood - Link Exchange Tool
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[965321].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author marmo
    run that tool on his site the link went to the home page and if it is a deep link the page linked to and your own homepage and the page that his link resides upon your site , maybe you might find something useful about all this via doing that.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[965352].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
    Sounds lke this guy might be trying to "google bowl" his competition. Many people not only try to build their own baclinks but to get their competitors ones removed.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[965371].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dnka
    This is for multiple websites and he has sent this request to many link sellers.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[995038].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by dnka View Post

      This is for multiple websites and he has sent this request to many link sellers.
      I agree with others above. They aren't his links at all. He's trying to get you to remove his competitors' links. Try and check with the person who originally paid for the links.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[995591].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Try and check with the person who originally paid for the links.
        Best advice in the thread.


        Paul
        Signature
        .
        Stop by Paul's Pub - my little hangout on Facebook.

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[995604].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jon Steel
    pretty weird...i never heard of it before -

    js
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[995311].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author funky_budha
    never encountered such guy.
    Signature
    Chill Out Venture
    Gets you Out of the Box!
    Adventure based teambuilding.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[995582].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dnka
    He has originally paid for the links , but now wants to get them removed under instructions from his "upper boss".
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1001888].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Sam101
      Banned
      Originally Posted by dnka View Post

      He has originally paid for the links , but now wants to get them removed under instructions from his "upper boss".
      1. Perhaps, he is an SEO company and his client has stopped his contract. He may want to show his clients that they still "need" him for ranking their site and should keep him.
      2. Another possibility-he got sacked from his company and wants to get back at them by removing some key links that can affect their rankings.

      The whole request looks shady to me.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1008898].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author David Chung
    Well if it's the original person who paid for the links, AND you're getting paid again to remove the links, I guess I don't see why not?

    I see a weird little potential business model here though... Get a really popular website in a niche with two or more main products competing with each other, then get one of them to pay you for NOT linking to the competition. LoL
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1001924].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author dnka
    I am concerned that once I remove the links, he will do a charge back, and I will have wasted my time and lost money.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1008678].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    I have a good friend who works for a large company. The company has been experimenting with many different types of Internet related marketing.

    One of the people involved in the project got a "little knowledge" from researching and discovered one way back links. If a few links were good then thousands of links should be GREAT.

    Well he paid for a whole bunch of links and the company dropped off of page one of Google.

    The owner of the company was furious. I can imagine him paying to have the links deleted. It could happen.

    George Wright
    Signature
    "The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book." Mickey Spillane
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1008738].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Heron
    This isn't that uncommon really.

    If you have a site ranking number 2 and there's an old dinosour site ranking number 1 which just won't budge, then paying other sites to remove its links can be a good strategy.

    Similar to removing inbound wikipedia links if there's a wikipedia article outranking you, only it costs money.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1008911].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Sonam22
    I can't give you much information about this topic.But you can go through this link;
    money.bigbucksblogger.com/posties-paid-100-to-remove-links/. This might help you a bit.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1009087].message }}
Avatar of Unregistered

Trending Topics