Request for link removal

A Saturday morning exchange with a Phuket villa operation that has been slammed by Google for dodgy link building aka spamming. Start from the bottom.

Hi,

So what you’re trying to say is something along the lines of:

“We’re sorry for spamming Travelfish in a boneheaded attempt to try and game Google. To be honest, we’re not actually sorry at all, but, as Google caught us at it and busted our chops we’re feigning sorrow. You can tell we’re not actually sorry at all as we imply in the email that Travelfish added the link themselves rather than fessing up that it was our moronic link building actions that saw it there in the first place.”

When what you really should be saying is:

“We spammed Travelfish in order to try and game Google. Google caught us. Please remove our filthy spam and we’re truly sorry for any inconvenience this caused and it most certainly will not happen again.”

Let me know

Stuart

On 3/22/14 5:43 AM, XXX wrote:
> Dear Webmaster,
>
> I am contacting you on behalf of XXX. We noticed that you
> have links to our website XXX on the following
> pages:
>
> LINK ON TRAVELFISH
>
> While we appreciate the links, we are currently attempting to recover
> from penalization by Google Penguin. I am respectfully requesting that
> you remove these links to our website, as they are no longer in line
> with our Internet marketing goals.
>
> Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about
> removing these links.
>
> Thank You,
>
> XXX on behalf of XXX
>


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Cheap hotel in Istanbul

Very quick rant here as have to dash for P&T night, but spurned by a piece on ianditravelmedia regarding Google softening Panda stuff, I went and googled “Cheap Istanbul hotel” (note the singular).

Here’s the result:

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I’m an artist at heart.

The top few are, as we have come to expect, blended in ads., as is the stuff at the bottom, you know, just before the organic listings.

But in between, look at the other listings. These used to go to Google Places, which I assume Google has along with everything else rolled into +. Over half of them go to travel agents.

I Googled “hotel” not “hotels”. With a plural, yes an OTA may be a reasonable result as I’m looking for a selection, but with the singular, absolutely not.

And really, when people have come to expect “places” to be in “places” listing travel agents in a location map for a query on hotels seems well off the bat.

Think some Istanbul travel agencies are taking the piss here. Try your home town – do you get a result for a single property?