In a seemingly never-ending scenario that is played out multiple times on a daily basis, I receive “friendly” requests to spare me the wrath of penalties from Google if I delete any articles with links that point to their websites. It is good to know that there are so many good people on the Internet that truly care about me and my website. Unfortunately, I do not sympathize with these good natured individuals and I do not believe a thing they are saying.
Every single one of these so-called “friends” is trying to get something for nothing. I am absolutely certain that in the past, these people submitted these same articles to multiple article directories in order to get ‘link juice’. Everything was fine until Google said that it was going to clamp down on duplicate content.
An example of the emails I get daily will give you a good feel for what I have to put up with:
“In order to get out of the penalty they have asked me to submit to them all the paid or unnatural links which are currently pointing to our site and in the next 5 days I will be submitting to them this list and unfortunately your site is included.
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If you can take the links down to: vvvvvv.com then of course I will be able to leave your site off that list.
I really don’t want to be the cause of a penalty to you, nor report anyone else’s website to Google hence I’m
reaching out to you now, and if you can get that link taken down ASAP then of course I won’t include your site when I report back to them!”
First of all, they created the unnatural links by submitting to so many different article sources at once. I have suffered already from Google’s algorithm changes. My mistake, if any, was accepting articles from these clowns in the first place. Many of these articles are of good quality. There was nothing wrong with them in the first place. I run an article directory and an article directory needs good quality articles to survive.
I have changed our outgoing link structure to nofollow links.Furthermore, all print versions of these articles have a nofollow, noindex metatag which should be respected by Google and other major search engines. However, I still keep getting these annoying, self-serving emails. I wonder why these people keep threatening us with the Google sledgehammer. Is Google that stupid to not know that our resource box links are nofollow? I doubt it.
It is difficult enough trying to approve good articles when there are continual submission of multiple spam articles from dubious sources daily. It is the nature of the beast but fortunately, a lot of good articles do get through as well; otherwise,what would be the point of continuing? Google has always been good to us as far as organic traffic and I’m sure that when the dust clears, they will reward well run, human edited article directories like abcarticledirectory.com. Here is to hoping that that day comes sooner rather than later.