Background: I’m currently involved in a fairly large project about removing spammy links to some domains. Those links were created by some individuals who hacked thousands of websites (!) across the Internet and injected pages with links to a few websites that have the top ranks in an extremely popular niche, for topnotch keywords. Over the last month I contacted 2k+ of these websites and asked them to remove the links. Some of them did, most of them didn’t bother.
The reason why I’m writing this article is that I stumbled into this post from Matthew Woodward. His tutorial is full of insightful tips, and definitely recommended for anyone who is going through hell and back in an attempt to clear this kind of mess. I have some recommendations regarding how to contact webmasters.