I spend a few hours each day helping site owners and business owners recover from the dreaded Google Penguin algorithm update. I thought that I had received crazy emails from site owners who don’t know how to update their website. But it’s also amazingly hilarious to me when I run into a site owner who doesn’t even know that certain pages exist on their website.
Let’s take, for example, a site owner named “Lee”. I sent him an email recently about getting a link on his “resources.html” page removed from his site, which is an obviously spammy type of link scheme page. It has at least 50 outgoing links on the page, and it’s all to off-topic sites:
> Hi Lee, > > Recently when we reviewed all of the links to XXXXXXXXX.com, we noticed that your website is linking to XXXXXXXXX.com on this page here: > > http://www.XXXXXXXXX.com/resources.html > > I'm wondering if you would remove this link on your website to XXXXXXXXX.com? > > Thank you, Bill (on behalf of XXXXXXXXX.com) >
After my email, Lee responded a few days later, with this:
Subject: Re: Question about XXXXXXXXX.com From: "Lee XXXXXXXXX"
Date: Wed, March 12, 2014 3:34 pm To: "XXXXXXXXX" Priority: Normal Options: View Full Header | View Printable Version | Download this as a file On 3/11/2014 6:27 PM, XXXXXXXXX wrote: I am not sure where that came from. We did not authorize any links, and i would not even know how to do such a thing. I do not know how to undo what you say happened. In fact I do not know where to begin. Lee
I responded to Lee, asking him if he had access to his website and whether. I also asked him if he was going to be able to remove that page on his site or if he still could remove the link. I have not heard back from him yet.
I suspect that a lot of business owners, especially those who are not as technical, don’t know about certain pages on their websites that their webmasters have built or added to their website. Pretty much now a “resources.html” page on a website isn’t recommended, especially if you are going to link out to sites that are off-topic.