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Blogs are spam, according to Google?

I just received a second request in as many days asking for me to remove a post! It seems my linking to sites is occasionally being interpreted as spam or link-building by the latest update to Google’s algorithms.

My own Webmaster Tools account says I’m clear of any security or spam issues. I don’t get it.

All I have to say is, if you want to kill weblogging this is a way to do it.  Many more of these requests, I’ll have to take my whole site offline and go do something else. I do ride herd on something like 100,000 individual link-posts. How many people are going to complain? Near fifteen years of posting, to be removed at an algorithm’s whim?

Maybe there’s a lesson in that. I hear Ivan Venko in Iron Man II

Later: This was the tool used, and apparently I appear as a ‘spam backlink’. If anyone has further insight, that would prevent this from happening, I’d appreciate a tipoff.

Related: Another set of removals were requested May 15. Overjoyed. NOT.

05/01/14 • 11:25 AM • GoogleInternetPersonalSecurityWeblogs • (2) Comments


I had a local scammy plumber get in contact with me and threaten to use Google’s “disavow links” on me if I wouldn’t remove the post where I called them out.

I didn’t and nothing ever came from it, but it was interesting to read about. It doesn’t surprise me at all people are bitching about even just links these days.

Posted by Curtis on 05/01/14 at 03:56 PM

I can appreciate how difficult parsing good/bad links may be for Google, but please don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

I’ve got a backup plan in my head - I’ll convert my archives to PDF. Miserable, but workable.

Posted by Garret P Vreeland on 05/01/14 at 04:19 PM


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