Broadway - 6:37 pm on May 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
Thanks, so I'll use the [NC] flag.
I have similar code to this in my .htaccess file, so surely I can get it figured out.
I could use some input at this point. I did look at the thread linked to by Nagani.
My inbounds were never arranged for or sought. When I go to the offending websites there is no real contact info, and they hide their id behind those domain by proxy type things. So I just don't get the impression that I have any power (or will get any cooperation) in getting these links taken down.
My website is listed with some other prominent professional organizations in these footer links (probably when these templates were created we were all the first-page results for this keyword). I just assumed it was some type of scheme for them to gain some authority or credibility. Or, else it simply was someone spamming me to affect my rankings.
Anyway, as far as input from others go, what have you used in this type of situation? What is offensive or a detraction enough that it will encourage the spammer to remove the link.
Just putting up a "forbidden" graphic doesn't seem much of a deterrent for a link that's not probably clicked very often anyway, these links (and really the websites themselves) aren't created for "enhancing the user experience" (that's what appealed to me about the "p" thing, something offensive enough to get noticed, but no I won't do that).
Maybe best thing is just to return a 403, not so much as a way of getting the links removed (because I can't imagine that that would have an affect) but to serve as the signal to google that I want to separate myself from these sites.
However, if someone has some text that they have used in this situation that seemed to have an affect, I would like to learn about it.