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Should I email him back and ask them to remove my link? Can a link from a zeus directory hurt me even if I don't link back?
No. If the site is not relevant, apparently this person is not familiar with the tool they are using. To be on the safe side, personally, I'd ask them to remove the link since it is not a relevant website.
GoogleGuy once said that links from "bad" sites can't have negative effect.
A site managed by me was downgraded from PR6 to PR2 after one month of having about 40 non relevant sites (PR0 - PR3) link to it.
I think I might not have understood the above statement correctly.
joined:Sept 16, 2002
Just think about it - Adobe, Y!, Google, MSN, etc.... all have thousands of unrelated sites linking to them. If theming was the case, their PR should be a big fat zero.
The only goog explanation I was able to come up with is that Google wants to organize its cache and what would be a better way to do it other than let Googleguy announce that it is very-very naughty to have links from unrelated sites.
I mean............should I constantly check the entire Internet for possible links to my site and send hatemails to every unauthorized linking site? What kind of crap is that?
Stop warring about every single link for gods sake! Don't worry as much about where your link is, worry about surrounding and anchor text and who you're linking to.