I was always told that links pointing to your website can never hurt you because you have no control over links pointing to your website or if a competitor is trying to hurt you etc...
I am confused now because I am now hearing that Google now penalizes for Toxic inbound links pointing to your website.
If this is true the chances of getting those links removed by calling or emailing realistically is not going to happen.
So the question is then, how can you wipe the slate clean from these toxic links if the webmaster on the other end will not accommodate?
One method I have heard and would like to hear from anyone who has any experience in this is to remove toxic inbounds you just change the filename. Then use a custom 404 as a new sitemap to acknowledge the change to those who were linked/bookmarked to the old page, and provide the alternative via link.
This method appears to me a lot easier than frantically emailing and calling realizing the removals won't happen.
Has anybody used this method? Does it work to remove toxic inbounds and lift the Google penalty? If it does work, how long did it take for Google to remove the penalty?
Thank You in advance for your replies.