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Charging to perform a verification service is not really something you can sue someone over as you'll find if you get an invoice
Uhm... Hello? Charging people for a service they did not request --and has not been performed-- is definitely lawsuit fodder.
I can't see any way, shape, or form that this type of extortion would benefit Google.
Quite the opposite- now all the disavow submissions would be suspect: are they really "bad" sites, or did the site owners just refuse to pay the extortion fee demanded of them?
BOTH are questionable at best
So are meta tags, canonical tags, reciprocal linking schemes, spam reports, and every other silly thing 99% of SEOs out there have tried.
[edited by: oddsod at 11:12 am (utc) on Feb 9, 2013]
I have come up with a idea of charging the websites that link to my websites $5 each...
start expecting a email from me soon asking you to pay me 5 bucks or else.
I am going to start charging people for me to read their emails!
(i am not sure what I have been drinking)
Paying to link to someone's resource seems quite valid to me
Aren't we all trying to monetise our websites?
Google are first on my mailing list
I am going to start charging people for me to read their emails
If you want to link to my content,do the polite thing and get my permission first.
Linking is a fundamental notion for the web... any attempt to forbid the practice... is based on a misunderstanding of the technology... There is a clear distinction between identifying a resource and accessing it. It is entirely reasonable to control access to a resource, but entirely futile to prevent it being identified.
There may be a reason for this ;)..
Permission is not required and politeness has nothing to do with it.
[edited by: Simsi at 10:01 pm (utc) on Feb 10, 2013]
The times they are a changing
I'll happily report the extortion attempt not only to google's absue dept. (and other serach engines where relevant), but also to his/her ISP, email provider etc.
who I allow to link to my content/resource