Here Is Why Google Forced Me To Take Down My Site...

Nov 20, 2013 • 8:51 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

closed signAn old WebmasterWorld member posted in the WebmasterWorld forums that he had enough, he closed down his site that did well in the search results because it was getting too much.

What was getting too much? The requests for links to be taken off his site and removed because of all the link removal requests.

He said, most of the links were nofollowed but despite telling these people who asked for the links to be removed, they simply didn't understand and demanded the links be completely removed.

Here is what the webmaster said:

We created an article website 8-9 years ago. It was allowed the author could post a link to their website or related page to the article. All the links from day 1 were nofollow. Since the recent updates from G we have been swamped with link removal request. I had a prepared email letting these newbees know the links were nofollow and had no effect on their problem. Well some of the (most of them) don't seem to understand this, so I took a look at the website and determined it was of no value to our company and our future.

The website did very well in the serps but with the content I had taken off adsense to protect our interest, so really there was no viable income.

Best option kill it. Shame but I just don't have the time to worry with all the emails and the website making the company 0.

A shame indeed.

He didn't have the heart to charge for link removals and decided to just kill the site.

I don't know if I would have done that. Heck, even this site gets link removal requests and I am sure you guys do also.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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11/20/2013 03:03 pm

Really? Really? shut down a site instead of just ignoring the emails or putting up a notice in the contact page about link remove request.


11/20/2013 03:05 pm

Google didn't force this guy to take the site down... ...massive link removal requests from people who don't understand the situation or were too lazy to investigate links before requesting a removal are to blame. Also, why didn't he just ignore them and set up a filter to trash the requests?

Durant Imboden

11/20/2013 03:08 pm

It seems to me that the guy killed the site because "there was no viable income," not because he was being annoyed by e-mails.

Duane McLennan

11/20/2013 03:24 pm

Really, there were no other options? I'm sure the site had some value left to it. Even a small fee (Not $500) for the time and effort it would take to remove those links would have been sufficient and put someone to work on a casual basis if it was really that daunting. Click this (PAYPAL) to have your links removed. "We charge a small fee to cover the cost of doing this for you" Nothing wrong with that. Poor call IMO.


11/20/2013 03:49 pm

Probably a combination of the two.

Jorge Flo

11/20/2013 04:04 pm

Hi Barry, I think link removal is still too new for many people and they don't know how to deal with link removals requests. I start to see more and more people complaining about getting a ton of emails requesting to put links down. Blog owners don't yet realized that they can make money out of this. I've been helping websites recover from their penalties and some believe that SEO nowadays is more about avoiding penalties than anything else. I think this trend will continue and we'll be talking about link removals for 2014.


11/20/2013 04:04 pm

Charge to remove the links. Back in business.


11/20/2013 04:08 pm

Some people just want to be talked about. What a pleb! Oh look, this is taking all my time. I know I will take the site down and then write a post blaming someone else for it. Why not just take the site down and SHUT UP!


11/20/2013 04:23 pm

One less site for the search engines to crawl and more bandwidth saved. And the beat goes on...


11/20/2013 04:50 pm

I get the requests all the time for a site I closed. I just ignored them. I don't know why he wouldn't do the same? Create a filter and send the emails to the garbage where they belong.

Sean Murray

11/20/2013 05:16 pm

Please remove every instance of the letters 's' 'e' 'a' and 'n' from your website as I have been told that it could be hurting my author rank in the serps. Thanks.


11/20/2013 05:19 pm

Hard to believe nofollow was introduced in 2005.


11/21/2013 03:56 pm

"Google forced me to take down my site" - yeah, no. Terrible title, Barry.


11/22/2013 06:01 am

Why would anyone request that links pointing to their sites be removed from legitimates such as article directories?

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