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Strange Request Made To Webmaster


I was sent a link to Dean Hunts blog this morning in which he talks about a very strange request that was made by a webmaster who was unhappy that Deans blog should rank above his own and insisted that dean "remove your blog from google for this search term". If only it was that easy.

The Email reads as follows.
Hello Dean,

My name is [edited] and I run [edited].com

I have been running the site for over two years and we have been ranked very highly for the search term [edited].
On Thursday morning I checked our google positions and your site is now above us for this term. I haev checked your blog and it has nothing to do with [edited], so I think it would be best all round if you remove your blog from google for this search term.

Please understand that we make our living from this, and you are just writing a blog that has nothing to do with [edited].
If you do not remove yourself from google for this search, then I will call them myself and have you removed.
I expect a reply soon.

Thankyou.

Now, The flaws in this clowns argument are numerous and profound. But three things jump out at me.
  1. This webmaster is burdened with an affliction that burdens many webmasters. He simply insists that high ranking for that particular search term is his property and that anyone who appears above him is in some way cheating him.
  2. He has the impression that a webmaster can decide not to rank for a term and simply click their fingers to rectify this.
  3. He thinks that google will take the slightest bit of notice of him should he take his absurd complaint to them.

To read Deans hilarious reply to this joker head over to His Blog. I'm hoping that this webmaster will send Dean another Email, I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.
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Posted by Anonymous Cheers from Napa Valley @ Tuesday, 12 December, 2006

That's pretty damn funny. I've gotten a similar email from one of the Spa owners in Napa Valley. (I didn't respond but got a good laugh out of it)  



Posted by Anonymous Steven Bradley @ Sunday, 17 December, 2006

Napa Valley, the next time someone sends you a similar email you may want to post a repsonse somewhere online. People can't seem to get enough of these stories.

Posting the email (without identifying names, etc) along with your own response is a good way to draw links and traffic into your site.

I'm looking forward to the day when I get a similar complaint.  



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