SEO consultants are busy these days sending emails asking for links to be removed

TLDR:  Because Google is penalizing spammy links (like in comments of blogs), companies are trying to SEO their websites by removing existing links that are low quality (spammy).

So the black hat spam folks who spread these links across the Internet have reversed course. The Awl, and other websites like it, receive email after email each day from companies requesting that we help them clean up their presence in the comments, deleting links posted by fake accounts, the log-in information for which has long been lost or never recorded.

via The Golden Era Of Spam Comments Has Ended – The Awl.

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