Bizzare Google Request


Here is a bizzare e-mail discussion I had with a guy who contacted me yesterday.

xxxUPDATExxx I have posted the second part of this, you can view it here: Second bizarre email

——-Original Message——-

From: xxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Date: 12/8/2006 xx:xx:xx PM
To: Dean Hunt
Subject: Google Removal Request

Hello Dean,

My name is [edited] and I run [edited].com

I have been running the site for over two years and we have been ranked very highly for the search term [edited].

On Thursday morning I checked our google positions and your site is now above us for this term. I haev checked your blog and it has nothing to do with [edited], so I think it would be best all round if you remove your blog from google for this search term.

Please understand that we make our living from this, and you are just writing a blog that has nothing to do with [edited].

If you do not remove yourself from google for this search, then I will call them myself and have you removed.

I expect a reply soon.



From: xxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Date: 12/8/2006 xx:xx:xx PM
To: [edited]
Subject: Re: Google Removal Request


Dean here from

I just received your e-mail. My first question would have to be… Are you serious?

I had to re-read your e-mail three times to make sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me!

Here is some more info that may help you understand my stance on this:

a) I have never attempted to rank for the search term [edited], I seem to rank fairly well for [edited], which I suppose is fairly similar. But if Google prefers my site to yours then perhaps you should be asking yourself why that is.

b) There is nothing I can do about removing myself for that search term, nor am I going to attempt to do anything. I have no information on my site related to [edited], so I am sure that the searchers will generally visit your site instead.

c) You can contact Google if you wish! I doubt you will get a serious reply though.

Perhaps instead of wasting your time with e-mails like this you could work on improving your web site instead?

Anyway, good luck with contacting google, if you do get a reply, I would love a copy of their e-mail. I have prepared a nice little place on my wall to hang it from.

Take care,


UPDATE: I have been getting a LOT of e-mails from people asking if they can blog about this story. So if you want to write about this in your blog/site then feel free.

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  • Mike


    You had to deal with that guy for a day, but he has to live with himself for the rest of his life. Man, that sucks.

    The first part way fun, not only for you, but for us all. The second part, that hurts. Badly.

    I’m just wondering if he’s aware … :-)

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  • Ben Ede

    Whats google?

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  • Noggaddicts

    What in the hell is wrong with these morons?!

    It’s like Burger King threatening to sue McDonald’s because thy’re more popular. What a bunch of tools…

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  • mikeylikesit

    ya know, I did a “view source” of your site and noticed “world” & “internet” & “marketing” keywords. then I went to “the google” and searched those words and guess what? you came up on the first page – #007 I think! hmmmmmmm! but I doubt that has anything to do with the words you won’t mention.

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  • Andy

    Dean… Start selling Air Guitars for three billion dollars a pop… now you’re an online business. Now he has to shut up.

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  • Bill

    Maybe you should name him and link to his site. Then the rest of us can openly mock him in our blogs. All the cross-linking will raise his Google ranks.

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  • David G. Paul

    Brilliant response :)

    some people are just born stupid

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  • Baby Jebus


    Stupid e-mails are the best

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  • Survival Shows

    Wow, now that is funny.

    I think you should have posted his site ;) And rank for his site.

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  • Zim

    This is really funny…

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  • Rezbi

    Either he’s the spoilt brat of a rich daddy who always got his way or he was beaten up in school and trying to act the hard man from behind his computer. Either way, that is one sad individual who needs to get a life.

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  • Affiliate Marketing Blog

    What a grade A muppet. Some people out there amaze me. Now that he’s followed up with yet another “threat” are you going to spill the beans and disclose the search term? I can feel another Ted Leonsis moment coming on! :D

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  • Nadeem (

    Absolutely hilarious I tell ya!

    The story has been all over the internet…

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  • Andrew

    > The story has been all over the internet…
    much more. First I read this in Russian and late met magazine post.
    You are faimost! :-)

    p.s. sorry for my english ;-)

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  • Dave

    Haha fantastic story – some people are too stupid to have email accounts. If this Guy’s living depends on ranking highly for the particular search term then perhaps he should make a one-off payment to an SEO expert and sort the problem out at his end, as you hint at in your reply. I hope he see’s this blog posting and realise how happy he’s made a lot of web surfers.

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  • lassaad

    - It’s seo 2007 strategies, Have you the third email dean.

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  • The SEO Dude Dean

    Remove something from Google? Like anyone has that much power. I have seen Google hold info for a year after a site was taking offline. This guy has no clue how the net works.

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  • Retro Avatar

    Aw, c’mon! Ya just GOTTA tell us who that joker was and what the search terms were!

    Such idiocy deserves publicity! :-)

    If this kind of whining works, I think I’ll call GOOGLE and ask ‘em to downgrade the BILLION or so blogs that outrank mine……..

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  • Kim

    what a looser! You shouldn’t take this serious.

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  • Martin

    the speed at which I get downgraded in searches is a mickey take. but the solution is simple-More Quality Links.

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    I really hate google!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    im just kidding!!!!!!!! i was mad 4 a second. im really really really really sorry

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    This sure has improved my day. Damn. I wish I could get e-mails like that I am pretty sure I would leave long enough to see my great great great kids.
    Best reply ever.

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  • SEO Reloaded

    Lol. I think this happens with a lot of people these days. It happened with one of my friends 2 years back, but it wasn’t a threatening email like the one you got! They requested for the removal of their name from his website because it was outranking them on Google. LOL.

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  • Mittal Patel

    Thats funny boss. Poor guy might have lost thinking why his site is getting lower ranking than yours.
    Happy to read your reply.

    - Mitsss

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    One Of all the Best Of blog posts making the rounds, this was my favorite – Best Internet Marketing Blog.Good luck world !!!

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  • vlad

    That’s pretty funny and you are right. He should spend more time trying to beat your ranking then writing emails complaining. I actually think google is quite fair in ranking once you accept the fact that content brings links and therefore high rankings.

    This actually give me an idea. Try to stirr up a mess bugging someone for free linkbait/publicity.

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  • Michael

    I blogged this story. =)

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  • Jose Martinez

    Oh my god, what were they thinking. This is very funny. Lol.

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  • Gadgets and gizmos

    Wow! I thought that I got stupid emails, some people really take the biscuit. I wonder where he is the rankings now if he wastes so much time sending out silly emails. That said it did give me a laugh so I am glad.

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  • Top google rankings

    Strange enough I can’t get our page ranked high at all, while lots of amateur pages in the same business, having no idea on webdesign get right to the top.

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  • Norhafidz

    lol, this is funny. I wonder what the term was :)

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  • spiralofhope

    Quite a hilarious chilling effects letter.. but completely stupid, since there’s no concept of “removing a keyword”.. unless you explicitly had it in your meta tags.

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    Oh my god! I can’t believe it. Sell the guy ads, make him pay.
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  • Richard

    This situation is too funny. They clearly have no idea about how to rank in Google. Perhaps they should employ you rather than try to get you banned! Keep us up to date with what happens!
    .-= Richard´s last blog ..DVD Movies New Releases =-.

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    What a noob, sounds like my old boss who told me to ‘ring Google and tell them to relist our site’ after a penalty. Ignorance is bliss!
    .-= discount magazines´s last blog ..FourFourTwo Magazine Subscription Offer =-.

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    We had a similar situation on a forum I visited. The end result was we all posted their URL everywhere on the forums and I used it in my sig for months just to increase out Google ranking EVEN MORE.
    .-= Josh Miller´s last blog ..Review – NDS – Game & Watch Collection =-.

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    WOW! What else can I say?

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    I enjoyed this post and also wanted to point out that I definitely like the design and feel of the web site. I am employing wordpress as well on my blog but have been looking for a template like this which is significantly better than what I have. I see the theme is listed on the footer so I will take a far better look at it.

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    LOL, definitely this person has some plan for you mr. Hunt :D

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    This is great work. Very impressive, indeed. I myself am involved in developing a couple of measurement concepts and should use your work as a reference, I shall certainly cite you. Have you made any updates to these? Also, is there a way you could either possibly post a video taking us through this line by line? Perhaps even on YouTube? Thanks and great work!
    .-= Gagdgets´s last blog ..Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse =-.

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    Took me time to read all the responses, but I really liked the article. It turned out to be very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It?s consistently wonderful when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I?m sure you had fun writing this blog post. Regards, Kayleen.

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    From all the blogs I’ve review lately, this one-liner seems to be the most moving – it gave me something to come up with about.

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