My first takedown notice.
I tried to publish this post like 5 times last night, but Tumblr wouldn’t publish any of my posts, either here or on my other blog, so I’m trying again this morning.
I got my first takedown notice in 10 years of blogging yesterday. It was for this vary blog! It wasn’t one of those DMCA takedown notices, where some organization/individual wants you to remove something because they think it infringes some sort of copyright they think they have, it was well, get this… an SEO takedown notice. candy.com is saying that because I didn’t use a rel=”nofollow” tag on a link that I posted 4 years ago today, it’s against Google’s rules, and since they have a pagerank of 5 out of 5, and I have a pagerank of literally n/a, they think me having their link on this here personal blog, in which I write about pretty much everything, and mostly whatever I want, is somehow a penalty against their glowing pagerank. The full email is as follows:
Subject: Help Needed for Google Penalty. Response Requested.
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:53:07 +0000
We wish to thank you for linking to our site http://www.candy.com/ from
http://lifes-adventures.me/post/44392138219/thursday-13-2. Unfortunately, it
has come to our attention that this link is against Google’s Webmaster
It is important for us to bring our site into compliance, as we have been
contacted by Google.
Please add a rel=”nofollow” or remove our link from this page and any other
page on your site. If you have any questions, please let us know.
OK, they’re going after this post,”> which was a list of things I thought I might want for my birthday back in 2009. I was looking at ordering from candy.com back then, but it turns out they sell things in bulk quantities, like 5-20 pound quantities, that would be way too big for me. Instead I use and love nuts.com! Anyway, I have no plans to remove the link, because I don’t take requests for censorship lightly, in fact I tend to take a hard stance against that kind of thing when anyone else does it, so for me to do it just because someone else asked me to… would be kind of ridiculous. I’ve also never used rel=”nofollow” before, and don’t really care about pagerank, because I blog both to post links of interest on my linkblog, and for fun, and so that I have an archive of what I’ve done in life on my personal blog. Pagerank and SEO just comes last to me, and while the site should be easy to navigate for me using a screen reader, and that generally promotes fair SEO practices, Google changes their rules every 6 months, and I just don’t have time to keep up with them!