super70s - 4:13 am on Jul 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
A lot of site owners are going to drive themselves crazy removing, or trying to remove 'bad' links. But after all that, their sites rankings won't improve.
I agree, their rankings won't improve.
One of my side projects is a free link directory and I've had a rash of people writing me in the last month wanting me to remove them. I'll oblige them, but it is a real PITA to search through dozens of pages of several thousand links to find a single link and remove it. So I've started my own blacklist to bar those domains from getting into my directory again.
BTW, I still get around 30 submissions per day to the directory. It may be considered a "crappy site" but it takes a heck of a lot of work to maintain.
Also I guess the Googlebot must visit it a few times each day just to reassure itself that it's a "crappy site" and penalize every domain that's listed.