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Thought I'd share that with you all :)
It almost makes me want to cry, but I am pretty happy we are not working on it any more. It was a good learning experience and as a result I have now postponed my plans for an ice cream van chain in Alaska.... :P
Pulled it from dmoz today and all the links we controlled have been removed and requests sent to the others so it won't be relevant for long be interesting to see how long it takes though to be erased from existance I was thinking today this must be one of very few fairly high PR sites that has just been pulled off the web. I'll keep yu all posted if anything interesting happens.
We have always tried to be ethical and super clean about everything by building good sites and not linking things if there is no purpose other than to pass PR etc we hope that we keep ourselves in the SE's good books and more importantly we make sure visitors to any of our sites find what they wanted instead of coming looking for something we don't sell.
At the end of the day you make money by being the best and getting yourself seen we think getting seen is a concequence of building good advertising realtionships and having a good product people want to link to which is where we focus our efforts. Trust me I don't kill sites like this everyday but we gave it a lot of thought before we did it so that we would cause minimum disruption and a sneaky link would not really be of much benefit since Google will realise pretty quick the site is not there any more and it is all 404's a blank pages.
For the record we don't get hired; we choose our clients so you're right you would never hire us. I think it is a bit rash to make a statement like that without all the facts anyway but if that quote was the whole story i could see your point.
I think it is a bit rash to make a statement like that without all the facts
OK Brendan, sorry.
I made a comment based on a few sentences of what you said, which is not particularly fair.
If it wasn't something you wanted to do then fair enough. When I read the post it seemed to me like a hell of a waste of a good resource.