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You could be putting a lot of other people's site in jeopardy by linking to them.As a webmaster who was a webmaster before Google was even a dream of its creators, I cannot tell you how much I resent that statement. It is attitudes like that that are murdering the web. The web is a structure of links where sites link to each other. But now Google has webmasters scared to link to other sites.
The links are clearly 100% integral to each listing just as a phone number or email is and I can see a situation where I start removing them in droves in the not so distant future. This destroys not only value on my website but well directed traffic to the business!
If google think its TOO optimised well ignore the anchor text and some pagerank and move on...
I find your site, I buy tons of backlinks to hurt your ranking. Google penalizes you and your traffic drops and revenue drop. You found out I did it.
FYI: if people are sending you link removal request, it's cause your site have been identified at potentially scammy or a link seller.
Are members of this forum asking for less "transparency" from Google?
If less transparency produces less link removal request spam, people buying and/or blasting their competitors with links and less SEO snake oil being sold to unsuspecting victims, you can count me on board for less transparency.
And I'd guess that, if forced to choose between ignorance and having to live with annoying e-mails from site owners who want links taken down, the majority would opt for the latter.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:15 pm (utc) on Sep 12, 2013]
[edit reason] moved post to this thread - paraphrased email [/edit]
Not sure if this is the right thread for this or not (please move it mods if you know of somehwere better). I just received this threatening email:
NOTICE OF IMMEDIATE LINK REMOVAL FROM YOUR DIRECTORY
I mean. How rude!
Has anyone had or written an email like this?
My links are not THAT crappy! :)