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Fraudulent 'Remove Link' Emails

This post is about a new scam on the web which is harming link popularity



9:18 am on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

One of my client's has a well developed web site, with lots of inbound links pointing at it.

This morning, he received an email from a link partner, notifying him of a scam.

A lady named 'Lisa Parry' had emailed all of his link partners, asking them to remove his link - hence to damage his search engine rankings. Luckily one of his link partners warned him what was happening.

I am posting this to warn other webmasters of this bad seo practise. Also any comments or suggestions on this would be appreciated.

The email address from which this email was sent was an excite.com email address - so presumably untraceable. I am going to email excite, to report the fraudulent email activity. Also my client is going to email all of his link partners, to warn them (a time consuming process none the less)

Thanks in advance for any replies.


9:25 am on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

I heard of a manager at some company.
He sawed a couple of inches off all four legs off a chair in his office.
He wanted to put visitors at a psychological disadvantage.
I expect he wound up doing just the opposite, once word got out.

As for the excite emailer, you should take a hard look at your client's competitors.
Anyone willing to stoop that low will probably be doing other snarky stuff.
The dodgier the site, the more likely the candidate for this sort of thing. -Larry


10:28 am on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Thanks Larry. Yes agree with you - what goes around comes around, multiplied hopefully.

It's not a dodgy site though - airport parking...

Thanks again.


10:46 am on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

I didn't suggest YOUR client's site was dodgy.
I meant for you to study your competition.
Which of THOSE sites show signs of being capable of such pond-scum tactics?
It looks like one of them is trying to challenge your position in the SERPs -Larry


12:45 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

How about we once found out that someonewas asking our link partners to change anchor text in links?

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