AndyA - 7:39 pm on Apr 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
I can't understand why Google would allow its SERPs to be compromised in this manner. If true, they are allowing an outside party to manipulate their results. Links from bad neighborhoods should have zero value, they do nothing of benefit nor do they do any harm. When that's the case, any benefit of buying links is gone, regardless of the motive, and the practice will stop. No one is going to pay to have a link put on a site if the result of doing so is zero. And if they decide to do it anyway, let them waste their money.
If you don't own the site with the bad link, you have no control over it. If they ignore your request to remove the link, or refuse to move it, what is one supposed to do? Go through expensive and lengthy litigation in an attempt to have it removed?
Does anyone know if there is a precedent on this? Can the owner of one site force another site to remove a link?