Dear William: fat chance.

Got this in today, with regard to the mystery infographics. I was thinking of responding politely that I wasn’t interested but then I realized this was yet another bulk email distributed through pandasent.com. Nor is it personalized in any way: my name does not appear anywhere in it.

So, tough luck, “William.” I’m not interested in covering your tracks!

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From: William Pritchard william.pritchard@onlinecriminaljusticedegree.com
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Subject: OnlineCriminalJusticeDegree.com Link Removal Request
Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 07:31:16 -0700
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Hello,

My name is Will, and I am writing to you today on behalf of my employer, OnlineCriminalJusticeDegree.com. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the goings on of other websites since the advent of the new Webmaster Standards. We want to make sure we’re doing everything in our power to stay up to date and relevant. Looking around the web, as it were, we’re beginning to fear that, perhaps, we’re not doing everything correctly. We’ve studied the guidelines rather closely, and we do see where we might have missed the marks.

For instance, many of the links we provided as resources have over optimized anchor text. Some might argue that it doesn’t matter what term is used for our links, but we don’t want to be accused of selling links to anyone. So, in an effort to keep ahead of the line, I was hoping I could prevail upon you to remove the links found on markturner.net/2012/03/14/mystery-of-the-infographics/.

My request doesn’t reflect the quality of markturner.net. We are the ones who made mistakes and practiced bad linking when we were new. That means that we are losing good links, but I am not saying that your site is bad or low quality.

Thank you so much in advance of this favor. Please email me if you have any questions, and if you can help.

Warm regards,
William Pritchard
william.pritchard@onlinecriminaljusticedegree.com

Update 8 May: I found another blog that got the same email I did:

So, in an effort to keep ahead of the line, I was hoping I could prevail upon you to remove the links found on pochp.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/freeware-users-more-demanding.

My request doesn’t reflect the quality of pochp.wordpress.com. We are the ones who made mistakes and practiced bad linking when we were new…

The link in question goes to (surprise!) … an infographic!

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