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"But in the second mail they were offering me $100 for the removal of the link. I was really amazed to see the mail because they paid for putting the link and now they are offering for the removal of the link also."
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from sza 2534 Days ago #
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When one party to a business deal will accept 100 dollars for doing something any decent person would do free of charge (thus benefiting from the other party’s problem), at least he shouldn’t be proud of it, blog it and call it "jackpot".

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from GerBot 2534 Days ago #
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how stupid. I think I’m going to have to add a post about stopzilla on a blog under a PayPerPoast heading. Are they gong to pay me too?this could get soooo messy,

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from crimsongirl 2534 Days ago #
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They are paying to remove a link to their own site?  Why?  This is paranoia.I understand paying to have a link to a competitor removed.  But not to your own site.

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from rustybrick 2534 Days ago #
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Are you sure it was to remove the link or remove the post?

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from jbones 2534 Days ago #
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This seems really interesting to me.  Some of my sites (among many of yours too) were on the selling end of Google’s recent Paid links penalty (if you want to call it that).  We basically recieved a little slap on the wrist (drop in visible Pagerank), but Shopzilla was on thet buying end of the deal.For a large site that big, and with so many resources at their disposal, to make a move as drastic as paying to get rid of paid links, there must be a good reason for it.Even if the penalty cut traffic from Google to Shopzilla by 1/3 or 1/2, that could mean a drop in profits of tens of thousands of dollars per day, and that sort of thing would definitely be worth doing whatever it took to get back into Google’s good favor.Just my 2cents.

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from ronwicker 2534 Days ago #
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Boy I bet they wish they had a mulligan in their pocket for this PR nightmare!  "Hey, let me slip this bill in your pocket and you make it all disappear!"  .. guess they should have thrown in another $100 to keep their money maker shut

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from AndyBeard 2534 Days ago #
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This isn’t the first report I read of this, though the company wasn’t named.I wonder if HP, Ford and the movie studios will do the same.Why not just change the links to PageRank passing affiliate links?

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from fantomaster 2534 Days ago #
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Well, maybe this is the renaissance of an entirely new model of monetization, based on the "pay me, or I’ll link to you!" quip of a month ago.Question: If we report on them now (linked, of course), will they pay for non-mention as well? :)

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from AmitN 2532 Days ago #
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That is cool, u just hit a small jackpot.

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