I just received the following in my email box:
I work for the company xxxxxxx.com.
Your web page:
is linking to our domain and is causing us penalties in Google!
Since this link is hurting our business very badly I need to get this link removed.
Therefore I politely request that you remove the link to our site xxxxxxx.com immediately or as soon as is possible.
Many thanks for your cooperation in advance.
If you have any questions please contact me here:
This link appears on a website that is an article directory.
This particular article directory provides free article submissions to anyone who wants to set up an account with the website.
As an author, you can submit your articles through your own Author Login Account -- and by extension, you can also delete all of your articles from the site.
In other words, the person making this request has the ability to remove the offending item themselves, without asking me to do it on their behalf.
A buddy of mine who owns another article directory responds to requests like this with a demand for payment, for him to do the manual removal.
I have personally never desired to do such things myself, but this is a website I haven't logged into in over six months. I was never paid to accept the link, nor was I ever paid to host the article.
Would you do the manual removal or send them an email telling them to log into their account and do it themselves?