I use to receive tons of spammy emails weekly. Thanks to email filters most of the spam stuff is automatically redirected to /dev/null. However, some time ago I received one that looked presumably legit–Note: I’ve anonymized it to preserve the identity of both parts.
It has come to our attention that your site contains backlinks to <awesome_company>. As part of an ongoing link clean-up and proactive link profile management program for the company, we have identified that these links that point to our URL are violating Google’s link quality guidelines and also our internal link guidelines.
Therefore could we please have these links removed at your earliest possible convenience. They are located at the following URL’s.
If you would like help on getting these removed please do not hesitate to contact us directly through this email. If no action is taken we will be adding your site into our Google disavow file which helps Google to better combat web spam and also effectively cuts the link between your site and ours.
Please advise us if you have been able to successfully remove the links. We really appreciate your effort and urgency on this issue.
Name – <awesome_company>
So this looked like legit to me at first. But then I realized that it was someone from that company who put that link on one page at my website. Moreover, a quick Internet search revealed a number of interesting write-ups:
- Link Removal Request Tips for Webmasters & Business Owners
- Want Me To Remove That Link? Pay Me $500!
- Should I Help This SEO Spammer or Should He Suffer?
In the end I did nothing. I don’t know what happened, but honestly I don’t care. Let the Internet take its natural, chaotic course.