I was just searching in AV for our domain which for some reason was booted last year. We don't know why and AV is not telling us but... today I came across a bunch of sites with some program called Links2Go that is definitely a link farm with our site included. We did not give permission for this and wish to remove it immediately if it is detrimental and I believe it is. Any ideas on how to accomplish this?
note: if someone could move this to the links topic section I'd appreciate it.
This was one of the old links programs and it was popular a year or so ago. I believe it is still active, at least they have a web site.
You could probably just visit that site and ask them to remove your site. I believe they just have a big database and create link pages which they email to webmasters who add them to their sites once in a while.
That would remove them from the master. YOu would also have to email the site(s) and ask them to remove you as well.
I have tried both of those methods but my links remain unfortunately. I wouldn't care if I didn't think they might be detrimental to my site's health. Will this hurt our ranking in Google at some point or would we have to be linking back to such things?
I have tried to get out of their system for over a year now. I do not know exactly what they are up to but I do not like it. Look up your domain on Fast and get ready for a shock. I am waiting for a call back from their webmaster Robert as we speak although I do not think it will happen. Anything this spammy cannot be very good, the problem is I never even signed up for it.
Good luck and if I find anything out I will post it here.
Links2go is very old. It has been around virtually forever when measured with web standards. They attempted something of a mix between a directory and a bookmarks management site. People can log in with them, enter their favourite links under whatever subject they like, and the system will automatically generate topic maps from the data. This site is at the conceptual roots of what current sites like Teoma do with sorting search listings into categories.
Some time ago it used to be a honor being listed with links2go, because that meant that several people had entered you into their bookmarks as relevant to some topic. I certainly wouldn't expect any detrimental effects on any search engine from a link there.