If you have run a blog for any extended period of time you may have already found yourself in a link removal request email exchange with clients or firms who go about trying to restore and undo the damage caused by the countless companies who go out and purchase backlinks by either having people comment on other sites or by guest posting on other sites.
You know the type, the CommentLuv comments that come in with "name@the best web hosting" and such are most likely to be left by those trying to get those backlinks. In the end the all get penalize and yet most companies still haven’t learned. The only proper way Google accepts linking is by doing your exact site (full DNS name) or the name of the site, there is no more "dofollow" anchor txt linking targeting the specific keywords you want. This will lead to penalties.
NoFollow linking is recommended for anybody who runs a blog, make sure you install a plugin to nofollow all of your comments left by commenters, CommentLuv does this but many people still seek out CommentLuv plugins to leave the backlinks hoping for the link juice too.
Regardless, you will start getting link removal requests and when you do you will have to make it as easy as possible for you to honor their request without consuming too much of your time. This can be done by creating a simple Link Removal Request Form and having anybody who makes a request fill out that form.
This can include the following fields:
- Page Link is Located On:
- Anchor Text Used:
- Commenter Name (If Link is left from comment):
- Checkbox (I confirm that I have permission from site owner to make this link removal request)
This will help you quickly remove those link requests, but I have also heard of bloggers charging to remove requests, in the order of $5 or more. The company could just end up using the Disavow tool if you don’t remove the links, which ignores it as if it were removed so I don’t typically charge for link removal requests unless it is an absurd bulk removal like more than 10-20 linked comments over a span of pages/posts.
For those who use Formidable Pro, I created a template you can easily download and just import that you can use as your Link Removal Request Form.