If you are planning to remove a bunch of links from your website you need to understand how to contact these sites first because if your links were anything like mine they came from a bunch of nameless sites that don’t get managed well. So in today’s article I thought I would share the basic link removal request email template I send people and why I structure it the way I do.
Link Removal Request Template
Below is the basic template I have been using to send out link removal request. Feel free to use it as your own and help you remove your bad links.
My name is [Your Name Here] and I run a site called [Your Site Name Here]. Recently I was hit by an unnatural link penalty by Google for placing back links to my site. The reason I am contacting you is to remove a few of these links. Now I know what you might be thinking right now but you are in no way in trouble with Google, this is strictly between me and Google.
In order for me to satisfy and get back into Google’s good graces I need to remove as many of these links as possible, and I would appreciate it if you would help me out.
Below are the pages that I need my links removed from, and the anchor text to help you out. Please remove all links that belong to [Your Site Name Here]
Remove These Links: [List Anchor Text Here]
[List URL’s Here]
Once you have removed them just send me a quick email and let me know that they are gone so I can check them off my list. Again, I would really appreciate it if you would remove these links, and I look forward to hearing back from you.
7 Tips To Writing A Link Removal Request Email
If you are not planning to use the template their are a few tips you may want to follow that will give you some better odds at getting a hold of some of these webmasters.
- Be Real. The first tip is to be honest and real with the people you are contacting. Start by telling them your true story and don’t beat around the bush. In my case I told them I got hit by a Google Unnatural Link Penalty and that I need to remove some of the links in order to get back in the good graces of Google.
- Tell Them They Are Not In Trouble. Secondly, make sure you let the person you’ve contacted know that they are not in trouble with Google. I know the first time I received a link removal request it kind of freaked me out a bit like I had done something wrong, but if you address this up front you will avoid scaring people off.
- How Many Links And Articles Are There. Next you’ll also want to inform this webmaster how many links and articles they are dealing with. If you just send them an email that says remove your links from my site you probably won’t get a response.
- List The Exact Links You Want Removed. Fourth on the list is to list the exact anchor text of the links you want removed. By listing these they will know exactly what to look for and it will save them a ton of time.
- List The Exact URL’s Of The Articles. You also need to list the exact URL’s of the articles that the links need to be removed from. This might sound over the top but the easier you can make it for them to remove the link the more likely they will.
- Keep It Short. Sixth, on the list is to keep it short. Most people are pretty busy these days and don’t have all the time in the world to do things, so don’t write a book on it. The same also goes true for keeping things to short. You want to give them just enough information to help them get the job done as fast a possible.
- Have Them Reply. Finally, the last tip is to have them reply to you as soon as the links are removed this way it helps you keep things moving. I’ve gotten a good amount of people to reply to my emails which helps so I don’t have to go back through every single person I’ve contacted and see if they have removed my links.
Well their you have it, those are my tips and the template I use to remove links from my site. If you would like to share your thoughts, tips, or even a success story, just leave a comment below.