It’s only been about a week since the Disavow Tool was released by Google and already companies are appearing offering these services. I received an extremely strange email today on one of the sites I manage asking me to remove a link from that site.
First I was not concerned as I had just glanced at the email and thought OK, I will get to it at some stage today or tomorrow. I had received emails like this before asking for links within articles to be removed or updated and for me that’s fine.
This email however was different. It was sent from a site called rmoov.com with a subject line of Link Removal Request and inside it listed all the links that the webmaster who submitted the form would like removed. Again I though OK this is just some fool who didn’t have enough front to send me a friendly email asking to remove the link – which by the way I would have without issue.
Instead this guy had to go one step further and request removal from the rmoov.com website. Oh and you might be looking for a link to this site, don’t bother there isn’t one.
So What Is Rmoov
Their website states that rmoov is a simple tool the helps you submit link removal requests to webmasters quickly and easily. I mean really guys; isn’t this all about building relationships and helping each other get what we need online. The best part however is this last statement on their page: you can also get a Free Trial and start to remove bad links right away.
There is that phrase again: “Bad Links”. What really is a bad link? To me the only people that need services like these are the comment spammers or webmasters who have paid blackhat providers to build thousands of low quality links to a site or were placing spammy comments all over the Internet.
If you are reading this post and can accurately tell me and the other readers
what a bad link is please do so by commenting below.
Anyway, I am off on a rant here so let’s get back to the story…
Once I read the email and followed the links to the page in question I noticed something very quickly. This was not a link embedded in my site article or something that was linked to as a reference, it was a comment that the very same person who has sent the email from rmoov.com posted on the site and now wants removed.
Really, does this guy have any manners of any kind or etiquette online? First he makes the comment to try and get a backlink then when it doesn’t suit him he sends me a threatening email. What a joke. What this guy hasn’t realized right from the time he posted the comment was the link is “nofollow” anyway as per instructions of the site owner.
Check Out The Link Request Email Sent To Me
Dear Ron Cripps: It has come to our attention that a number of links exist on your domain which send traffic to our website (website removed for privacy). We have determined that these links may be harmful either to the future marketing and reputation of (website removed for privacy), or to our users. Accordingly, we request that you (A) remove all existing links to (website removed for privacy) from your domain, including, but not limited to the following URLs: (list of the URLS that had a link to the above site).
(B) Cease creation of any additional links to (website removed for privacy)
(C) Provide us with prompt notification once links to (website removed for privacy) have been removed either by return email, or using the link below. Yes there is even a link you can click on in the email to confirm that you have followed the Link Removal Request.
This request is being made because your domain may fit within one or more of the following categories: infected with malware; low quality site; paid link provider; manipulative link activity; link exchange networks; or simply not a good fit for (website removed for privacy). Thanking you in anticipation of your co-operation in removing these links at your earliest convenience.
If you look at a, b, and c closely you will notice that they are specifically talking about links that have been added to a site by another webmaster – not someone who has added links via comments or guest posts.
And it finishes off with sincerely in the closing. If the webmaster was sincere he would not be sending emails like this in the first place.
I would like you to answer one question for me. When someone submits a guest post or a comment with a link attached, where does the responsibility start and stop? Is it the responsibility of the webmaster to waste his or her time removing those links or should it be the person who requested or placed the link initially? If you create links in comments you should bear the consequences – period – and not be given an out through tools and services like this.
All this talk about DISAVOW is getting ridiculous. The only people that seem to be using these services are those that were doing the wrong thing to start – which by the way is the reason why these tools have been created in the first place.
These are just my ramblings about something I believe could have been handled much better than it was. What do you think? I would really like to hear your thoughts and suggestions about what is now happening with the Disavow Link Tool and how people are using it.