I have a bit of a question/problem and I was wondering if I could pick some fellower bloggers brians for a bit. Since the last Google SEO update, websites have been getting penalized for ‘sponsored posts’ &/or ‘unnatural linking’. Since then, I have been getting bombarded with emails from people and companies wanting me to either remove links past paid advertisements. I’ve even had a few requests for this to be done with product reviews as well.
For the most part, I’ve had no problem with it. But this morning, I got a request to remove the ‘sponsored post’ disclaimer from an add I wrote earlier in the year. They even tried to make it sound like they have contacted me previously about this and have been ignored, even though that is not true. This irritates me since it is my general policy to note whenever a post is sponsored in any way, shape or form. It’s not me being picky…it’s me being honest with my readers & being ethical.
My solution so far is that I’ve switched their links to nofollow and I removed the disclaimer. However, I left the ‘advertisement’ label on the post. At this point, I’m not sure how to procede. I don’t mind removing links but I do mind about the disclaimers. I don’t want to compromise my policy & ethics eveytime someone decides they want something changed. What would be the best solution to the problem? Has anyone else dealt with this already?