Aaron Wall at SEO Book posted on the disavow tool and link removal requests and refers to google's antics as "jackassery." His use of the term "jackassery" is very appropriate in this case, imho. What do you think?
Aaron wraps up by saying ->
When Google aggregates Webmaster Tools link data from penalized websites they can easily make 2 lists:
- sites frequently disavowed
- sites with links frequently removed
If both lists are equally bad, then you are best off ignoring the removal requests & spending your time & resources improving your site.
If I had to guess, I would imagine that being on the list of "these are the spam links I was able to remove" is worse than being on the list of "these are the links I am unsure about & want to disavow just in case."
What say you?
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When you explain it that way, I agree.
I am a little concerned about the lack of thoughtfullness shown by the SEO intelligentsia, but Aaron makes it clear that he's not showing disrespect to thoughtful people that are just trying to improve their business. And I know from reading Aarons work, commenting and e-mailing with him that showing respect is very important to him. (Aaron is the most amazing person. If anyone sends him an e-mail, he'll likely answer within 5 minutes. It's clear he doesn't think he's too good to accept requests from the little people.)
The discovery of a new disease -- Internet PTSD -- may help explain the bad behavior we regulary see from some people in the SEO industry.
In some cases we should just do what our mothers' taught us -- talk to the people making the link removal request. Of course, that assumes their mother taught them the same thing and maybe that they're not suffering from Internet PTSD.
Edited by chuckfinley, 13 April 2013 - 08:19 PM.
punctuation, spelling error