Discussion: Removing Paid For Links
So you’ve done a sponsored post (and of course, used our blog post to work out how much to charge for it!) and have been paid for it – and that’s it, right? Transaction complete.
Not quite. Sometimes, the people who have paid for that link to be placed on your blog will decide that they would like the link removed for whatever reason (usually because they don’t want a demotion for a specific search term in Google) and will email you to ask you to remove that link. What’s the best way to deal with that request?
You can (of course) edit the post and remove the link – who cares, right, you’ve already been paid. Along the same lines, you could just ignore the email – it’s probably not going to harm you too much, so why bother?
Something that we’ve seen discussed this week on Twitter however which piqued our interest was the idea of charging to remove the link. Some people (and potential collaborators – everything you do online will influence someone’s decision to work with you in the future!) might think this is a bit greedy or cheeky – you want paying to insert and remove the link? – but a nominal amount may help to put off those who will keep pestering until you do what they want (especially if they are asking for a link to be removed that they didn’t pay for in the first place!). After all, you are still doing some work for their brand – just undoing what they wanted in the first place.
What do you think is the best way to deal with these requests? What would you do?