Removing links from your site can come with all sorts of surprises. Some people won’t respond when you email them, and others will be glad to help you out. However some people may even refuse to take your links down because they need proof that you are actually the owner of the site.
This is exactly what happened to me just the other week. I sent a request out to a site that I wanted my links removed from and the webmaster replied back that he wanted proof that I was the owner of the site before he would take them down.
Why Proof Is So Important
At first it seemed kind of silly why I would need to provide proof but after talking to the other site owner it became evident why this was so important.
Evidently, ever since link removal started to become a big deal in the last few years some webmasters have been using this to their advantage to contact sites that are linked to their competitors and ask them to remove these links.
By doing this their competitors would drop in the rankings and they would be able to outrank them. So I can’t blame this webmaster for wanting some sort of proof, but the question is now, how do I prove that I own my website?
How To Prove You Own Your Website
When it comes to proof their are a few ways you can go about doing this. One way to do this is to post something on your website but the problem with this is that if you have hundreds of thousands of people visiting your site on a single day this could look a bit odd.
The easiest way that I’ve found to do this is to send the webmaster a link to the contact page on the site I’m trying to take the links down from and ask them to send me a random number.
Once I receive the email I simply email them back through the original email I sent them with the number they gave me. This should then give you enough proof that you need to have them remove your links.
Have you ever had to show proof before someone would remove back links from your site?