I received a link removal request the other day from Upskilled.edu.au pointing to a link in a comment back at my old typepad blog site. In part the email said: "We appreciate your efforts to promote our website; however, we are trying to bring our website within Google’s guidelines."
This is hugely insulting. The link in question is obviously from a spambot marketing campaign they had years ago. If they had just confessed that and said they were sorry I might not be ticked off, but to imply that I somehow put up this spam comment and therefore am obligated to take it back down is infuriating. Anyway, I would have to pay Typepad hundreds of dollars to get back into my account so I can't do it anyway.
I sent them this:
I must say I have only limited sympathy. Your company obviously engaged in a marketing campaign where you used automated programs to leave spam comments on blogs -- in this case the comment your bot left was just a quote of some of the text in the post itself. Such spam comment bots are the bane of us blog owners' existence and we spend a lot of time and money fighting the behavior you engaged in. In trying to promote your business, you vandalized my blog with digital graffiti. Now that Google has changed its search ranking rules to penalize this behavior, you want me again to spend time and effort doing your cleanup for you.