[tan] I bought a directory years and years ago to test out the dig.pt. network at it's tail end. It was an OK directory for its day but it's been stagnant for so many years it's definitely become low end.
Now I'm getting link removal requests for the site. If someone emails me politely and asks for a link removal, I remove all the links immediately and let them know. But I'm getting some threatening emails as well. I just got another email like this:
>>If you fail to do so, we would to communicating to Google to discount you site from our link profile.
That's a lighter threat than some I've got. I figure if someone can't ask politely on their first email where they're asking me to do unpaid work, I just ignore them. But this thread gives me a better idea. If they want me to remove the links 'or else', I'll offer to do so for a fee. $20 a page sound about right? this guy wants 6 links removed. (I'd still do it for free if they just said 'please' without the threat of reporting me to Google).
it's also an interesting business model. Directories are back baby!