oddsod - 3:27 pm on Feb 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
I suspect that it would be seen as gaming the system
What system? Google's guidelines? I must have missed that bit in the guidelines. Google discourages people from paying for links - Google wants to see links that benefit visitors rather than ones meant for SEs. There is no better signal for Google than a site owner who's so keen on serving his visitors that he's willing to pay to link to a the authority sites that charges for it. This is the perfect way to reverse the years of people secretly buying links and corrupting the linking landscape.
The first one to send me such a message: I'll happily report the extortion attempt not only to google's abuse dept...
That could turn out quite funny.
Put in a complaint about any site and you're effectively telling Google the site is such a big authority and so not focused on profit that they don't give a hoot about SEO. Google could take such complaints as positive signals about the site and actually move it further up the SERPs.
The site in my profile is a non-profit, non-monetised site. It's an enthusiast site and I don't care about increasing traffic/getting more visitors. If people want info on my topic this is the only site of its kind where they can get honest opinion completely and utterly unbiased by any commercial interest. They can come if they want or not come, I'm not bothered, it earns me nothing. This is the type of site Google likes - a site that's got zero interest in SEO.
I'm happy to play guinea pig and send out the $5 demand emails and take a chance on a whole bunch of you "complaining" to Google about "extortion". Simply send me a PM with the wording of the email you want and I'll send the email from the address registered with Google webmaster tools. :)
In fact, if Google starts seeeing these complaints as a positive signal there may be money in creating a "complaints service"! Any webmaster wanting more organic traffic would pay you to put in a complaint to Google that they're charging for validation and the more such complaints Google gets the more they'll see his site as an authority site! ;)
I find it strange that people are coming out so strongly against this idea. If you get a demand for $5 to "validate" the link, you've got a choice of ignoring or paying. If you don't believe that being disavowed will cause you damage you can simply ignore the email. I suspect a lot of the protests are because people secretly suspect that being disavowed will have a negative effect on the traffic they get from Google and they don't want an environment where they have to pay to avoid being disavowed. ;)