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7/17/12
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Will.Spencer

Processing Fees for Link Removal Requests

How have you been handling requests for processing fees in response to your link removal requests?

Some webmasters are now requesting processing fees from $20 to $500 to remove links from their web sites.

I don't like paying those fees, as I did not ask them to place the links in the first place.  On the other hand, they see it as a reasonable fee for the time and effort required to remove links. Nobody likes to work for free.

The web site I am currently working on has over half a million inbound links and the link removal processing fees are starting to add up to quite considerable numbers.

How do you handle such requests?
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Brian Ussery
7/17/12
Brian Ussery
Will Spencer,

If you didn't place links that means they are probably natural and there should be no need to remove them?

-Brian


StevieD_Web
7/17/12
StevieD_Web
I do hope you told the dude requesting the $500 to hurt himself
7/17/12
Original Poster
Will.Spencer
On Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:58:37 AM UTC+2, beussery wrote:
If you didn't place links that means they are probably natural and there should be no need to remove them?

If I had placed the links, I wouldn't need to ask anyone to remove them, I would just login and remove them myself.

Link removal requests are for when you didn't place the link, but the link might look "suspicious" or "low quality" to Google.

7/17/12
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Will.Spencer
On Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:17:28 AM UTC+2, StevieD_Web wrote:
I do hope you told the dude requesting the $500 to hurt himself

As I want to get the penalty to this web site removed, that's not really an option.
StevieD_Web
7/17/12
StevieD_Web
$500 to remove the link?  How much did it cost to purchase the link?
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theages
10/16/12
theages
Penguin 3 is the one which hurt my traffic.  I've found a few directories which have multiple domain names but which are identical, and unfortunately I am linked in a few of them.  So far, one owner of two different sites has told me that he charges $20 per link to remove them.  One of his sites has 3 links so $60!  I'm sure that I'll be getting a lot more fee-based removal replies this week.
 
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