Earlier this week, one of our clients received the following email out of the blue:
I working for Bizcope SEO company in Bangladesh. My client needing backlinks urgently. So sir, I requesting that you give me a do follow, permanent backlink on your blog. When you are done, please sending me email to confirming. Here is my client website:
Plz also creating a 5 star GMB and Trust Pilot reviewings too.
If I do not seeing a backlink in one week, I am create million toxic blog comment spam and redirect backlink to your website, and you can saying goodbye to your Google rankings for 1 year or more.
I trust you making correct decision Sir. I giving you 7 days. If I getting link from you, I will also add a back-link to your website on https://cbdfx.co.uk/collections/cbd-gummies
Best wishes from sunny Bangladesh
Not a pleasant email for anyone to receive! And a timely reminder that even in 2022, there are some people out there still trying to use ‘black hat’ SEO tactics, in spite of Google’s attempts to knock these kinds of bad-practice on the head.
Fortunately, our client relayed the above email to us, and we were able to advise a counter-strategy and allay their concerns.
Although this may seem like an impossible task to counter millions of toxic backlinks, and you don’t want to ‘say goodbye to your Google rankings’, please let us put your mind at rest.
Firstly it’s highly probable this will never happen – they’re just trying their luck to see if they can scare you into adding a ‘do-follow, permanent backlink on your blog.’
Secondly, in the rare case that they do carry out their threat, it’s still not too much of an issue – just hop onto Google Search Console and disavow all the links that you don’t want.
How to Disavow Spammy Backlinks
If you are unsure how to disavow backlinks, there are plenty of tools out there, e.g. Semrush or Moz, which allow you to identify spammy links in bulk, and then quickly export a ‘disavow file’ ready for uploading onto Search Console.
Using Google’s helpful disavow tool on Search Console will totally nullify the impact of any spammy links that someone might decide to point at your website.
You are not alone…
Many people around the UK seem to be receiving the same email, that is why Search Console have put together a comprehensive article relating to how spammers can use your company name to blackmail other website owners for backlinks.
And yep, don’t worry – this email isn’t actually from Bizcope – read what they have to say in their article titled ‘Scammer Threatens Site Owners for Backlinks’
We hope we’ve put your fears at rest – while it’s a pain if Dusyanthan Balasubramanian carries out his threat, it is not the end of the world. Still a little unsure that you can sort this? Not a problem, just give us a call on 0333 567 5300 and our team are more than happy to assist you.