Since Google unleashed Panda & Penguin upon us (At this specific second I can not remember which one came first) I have received quite a few emails from people who I have done business within in the past by writing sponsored posts on this blog and my other smaller blogs. Subscribe To NewsletterSubscribe to my …

Charging To Remove Sponsored Links?

Since Google unleashed Panda & Penguin upon us (At this specific second I can not remember which one came first) I have received quite a few emails from people who I have done business within in the past by writing sponsored posts on this blog and my other smaller blogs.

They have all asked me to remove the sponsored links that I inserted into posts on my blogs so that they can try and regain their footing in the Google SERPS again. Some have even asked me to delete the actual post completely.

Now I can fully understand why they are doing this, and I appreciate that it must take them a long time to dig into the Google search results and painfully pick out all the blogs that were paid to display their links, but there is something else to think about here.

If you complete these via a network like Sponsored Reviews or PayPerPost then when you sign up you are agreeing to keep the link(s) and post(s) on your blog(s) PERMINENTLY. That means you are not allowed to remove them.

I received an email two months ago asking me to remove the links they had on my blog, I quickly did what they asked and thought nothing more as the post was over three years old. Within a day I had been contacted by the network I had got the gig through notifying me that they had spotted it and deducted the amount I was paid from it from my next scheduled payment.

So I am now reluctant to just delete the links because it costs me money.

Solution

I was reading the excellent blog of Mark AKA Finance Dad and he hit upon a novel idea, charge them to remove the links.

I’m not talking about holding them to ransom, just enough to cover the amount that the networks will take from me. I’m thinking about something like $10.00 per link.

What do you guys think about this?

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20 comments

  1. I love your blog and your post about this new Google B.S. stuff and would love to come back again and again.
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  2. About receiving payments to remove the links, I guess that it is a very fair trade. After all, everyone is likely to benefit and no harm will come to any of the parties.
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    • I’m only taking this stance for two reasons:

      1. It will mean me having to weed out the links or, in some instances, deleting entire posts.
      2. The sponsored post sites have threatened to deduct the money from the posts from me.

      I don’t think $5 per link and $10 to delete a post is too expensive. 🙂

  3. Very interesting point. I think its fair to charge $10. After all you said one of the post you deleted was 3 years old. So its not like they did not get the benefit.

  4. I think it is a smart idea, Dean. After all, it is a case where the circumstances have changed and you should not be a victim of circumstances. Just like they are trying to cut their losses, figuratively speaking of course, you too should be able to try and cut your losses suffered from the same circumstances.

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  5. I think it is a fair trade too. $10 for every link removed will be so worth it.
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  6. If it was hurting my SERP I would not have problem paying $10 dollars for it. If a good link is worth 100’s of dollars a month, then a bad link removed has to be worth $10.

  7. I think charging $5 to remove the link is fair..this is one of the good way to earn money.. 🙂
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    • Well I’m not really doing it to make money, just protecting myself for when the sponsored post networks deduct the money from my account for removin the links. 🙂

  8. Removing externals will help you to gain Google boost
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    • I have noticed that since I’ve been removin these links my traffic has dropped considerably, even more than when Google unleashed the Panda and Penguin on us.

  9. I will keep those requests for Sponsored/Paid post link removal for free. What do you think?
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  10. Removing sponsored links will lose some income
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    • Well not really because I am charging to remove them so even if the sponsored post network deducts the money from my account I will still have the money that I charged for the initial removal. 🙂