Link Removal

Let me first say “Thank You” for your interest in learning more about WHY we are asking to have links removed from content which points to My apologies if any email comes across as “threatening” or confusing.

I’m sure we could have a long discussion on the validity to “what search engines want”, but I’ll try to give you the quick rundown on our end.

The reason we are asking for “link removal”

First, from our Google Webmaster Tools:

We’ve reviewed your site ( and we still see links to your site that violate our quality guidelines.

Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include buying links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes.

In the past we produced articles (“Article Marketing”) on plant and garden related topics for other garden and plant related websites to use on their site. No spun content but good, unique content for people to use on their sites which did provide a link back to plant-care.

After “studying” the recent google updates, what YOU AND I think “violate our quality guidelines” and what they “google” considers “violating our quality guidelines” are probably 2 different things.

The issue we believe is sort of 2 fold. Producing content for others in general is not spammy, it has been done for decades in the publishing industry. If you are reading this, most likely you’ve been handling content “responsibly”, by finding articles which “matches” your site and add it as content for your readers.

However, when http costumepartyshop DOT blogspot DOT com (I don’t want to link to them) puts 350 articles on their site which is “not related” to plants or gardening at all… Flags go up at google… or a least it seems to now.

The other piece of the puzzle is the anchor text used in the link.

Doing a review of backlinks which point to plant-care has been very eye opening.

If one is honest when reviewing links that point to their site and take a hard line as to what is or looks natural along the anchor text used… natural links are much more varied and possibly only 10-15% would be the same. Links coming in from sites such as:

http:// costumepartyshop DOT blogspot DOT com /2008/09/your-lawn-will-thank-you-for-your-tool.html look TOO GOOD and ON TOPIC from an OFF TOPIC SITE. Hence it looks like it “violates our quality guidelines.”

All that being said we believe google can program into their algorithm: inbound links, anchor text used, percentage of anchor used against what “they” think is natural.

We understand that we are asking you to make changes. As far as we understand, you can keep the content we published for your use and simply take out the link, or add the rel=nofollow attribute to the link as that stops passing PR. More on rel=nofollow here.

The only “link building” we have ever done is “Article Marketing” – so we are contacting websites which have content we provided and are asking for removal of the links (keep the content just remove the links pointing to or add the rel=nofollow attribute.

Will we get every link removed? NOPE but WHAT google has asked for is to “report your results and show your efforts”.

If you have any more questions, please reply to the email you received and we’ll get back to you.

Hope that helps,

My apologies if any email came across as “threatening”.

All the Best,

Gary Antosh

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