alika - 11:21 am on Jun 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
I get a lot of link removal requests -- even for links that are already nofollowed since the link was created.
I sometimes respond to them to tell them that the link is already nofollowed, and has been since it was put on the site, and that they should go after the follow links first. I guess these link removal services don't bother to even check if the link is followed or not.
One thing we've done is:
- stop accepting blog contributions
- removing all links from author's bio from previously accepted blog contributions
We haven't been hit by Penguin. But hearing all the paranoia about links certainly could make you think twice about putting in the links. If the link is not a government agency, NY Times or any of the major newspapers or Amazon, we don't put it anymore. It's not how its supposed to be, but I'd rather tread on the safe side with Google.