How your competitors can remove your links

What would you say if your competitors deleted 39% of the backlinks that point to your website? Sadly, this seems to be possible and it is not too difficult. If you don’t want to lose your rankings, you have to keep track of your backlinks.

secure your links

How your competitors can delete your backlinks

A blogger found out that it was very easy to get backlinks removed. He sent link removal messages from a newly created Gmail account stating that he was working on behalf of a client. The results were surprising:

  • 4% of the recipients requested money to remove the link (between $2 and $2000).
  • 4% asked for proof that the sender of the message was really working for the linked company.
  • 39% of the recipients deleted the backlink to the website without further questions.
Remember that this was not a link removal message from an official company website. The link removal requests were sent from a Gmail address and the sender only claimed that he worked for the linked company.

How to delete the backlinks of any website in three easy steps

The numbers above indicate that it is extremely easy to remove the backlinks of a website:

  1. Get a free email address with a nice name, for example .
  2. Create a link removal message with an officially sounding text. Mention the words “Google”, “penalty” and maybe “Matt Cutts”.
  3. Send this message to all websites that link to the website.

Just to be sure: do not do this! We just want to illustrate how easy it is to get backlinks removed.

How to protect your backlinks

As it is very easy for your competitors to remove your backlinks, you have to monitor your backlinks to make sure that they are not deleted.

Fortunately, there are tools that can help you to do this. For example, the backlink manager in SEOprofiler automatically monitors the backlinks to your site.

If a link that points to your site gets removed (or if it gets the nofollow attribute) the links will be marked in red (or yellow).

It’s sad that Google’s Penguin update has resulted in a link removal craziness that makes the above scenario possible. If you want to get lasting results, you have to do the following:

  1. Use safe SEO methods that play by the rules. By using these methods, you make sure that your website gets high rankings that last.
  2. Monitor your rankings and your backlinks to make sure that your competitors don’t manipulate your rankings.

Fortunately, SEOprofiler can help you with both tasks. If you haven’t done it yet, create your SEOprofiler account now:

Free trial Test full version for $1


Create a free trial account now or test the full version for only $1.

Article by Axandra SEO software

Like this article?

Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on email
Share via email

Other posts that might be of interest

man searching
Internet Marketing Articles

Can you find what you are looking for?

If you want to increase your sales, your business needs to make it easy to find everything. That means reviewing how your web search works. It suggests you might need to reconsider the navigation structure of your website. It might even mean you need to distribute your content away from your site and have it on a variety of different platforms.

Read More »
Empty football stadium with no supporters
Internet Psychology

How well supported are you at work?

Yesterday I was transported back in time. I haven’t discovered time travel. Instead, my mind quickly flipped back to a meeting about three years ago that involved the same group of people. I noticed how

Read More »