Too ignorant to be linked to….

By | December 10, 2007

Today, I could not believe what I heard. I’m not even sure where to start.

I actually had someone accuse us of tampering with their website because we linked to their website from our website! And how did he come to the conclusion that we tampered with his website? Well, if you type in his domain name into Google, the 6th listing links to a page on our website that links to his. Since our website shows up in Google when he typed his own domains name into Google, obviously (in his mind) we must have tampered with his site, and he demanded that we remove the link in Google! He must have come to this conclusion because, according to Google, only 2 websites actually link to his, so he never saw any other links there before, plus the fact that one of the pages linking to his had a similar name to a page on his site. I am guessing he thought we were redirecting his page to our site, which was not the case.

Now, for those of you who do not know how search engines work, if you type in a domain name into Google, it will show you ALL websites that mention or link to that website. It does not list only pages from that domain name. Apparently he expected that it should. A good example of how search engines work is doing a search on any website domain, such as Notice that only the first listings are for and most of the rest of the listings are pages and sites that link to or mention “” somewhere. The more links there are to us, the better.

I tried to explain that to him, but he was insistent that we had somehow tampered with his site and demanded an immediate removal of the link, or else he would “take it to the next level.” He was very belligerent and refused to listen to anything I said. There was just no convincing him. He already decided what the “truth” was and he was not about to let any facts get in the way.

I can actually understand how he, in his limited understanding of the internet, would come to the conclusion he did. But instead of trying to find out what happened, he instead started with the accusations and telling people how bad we are, and basically being very belligerent.

Well, we gladly and instantly removed the link from our site. It probably won’t disappear from Google for awhile, so I modified the page so that it explains why his link was removed (without mentioning his name or his site, although I am tempted).

Part of the reason why I posted the explanation was because he is going around telling people we “illegally linked” to him and is basically defaming our character in the local community.

This just blew my mind.

I wonder if he accused anyone else of “illegal linking” because they linked to his website.

Just amazing. Just… wow.



Scott M. Stolz

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