I got an email today from an SEO who received a penalty on his site that he's fairly certain is the result of engaging in a PBN. Trouble is, when he asked the PBN owner to remove the links, there was an extortion request for a huge amount of money. Now he's worried that disavowing alone won't work, but can't afford to pay to have the links removed.
Granted, it's a bad idea to start a relationship with a private blog network in the first place, but the extortion tactic really pisses me off. I wish our industry didn't have this crap (and I also wish Google's penalization system didn't enable it).
My advice was to send a reconsideration request to Google alongside the disavow explaining what happened, admitting guilt, sharing details about the PBN, and hoping for clemency. What do y'all think?
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