Goodbye TopSEOs. I enjoyed being on your list way back in the early 2000s (I think 2003). Back then, it was free to be listed, you just had to request it and then they would presumably check you out to see if you qualified. A short time after I was listed I received a phone call to tell me that it would cost in excess of $2,000 per month for me to retain my listing. I immediately dropped it.
This morning TopSEOs.com got nuked. It’s currently not possible to find their site in the Google listings. They are a big sponsor of the Pubcon conference, and at 10am today they heard the news and packed up their booth and ran. I suppose I would too if my business went from successful to dead in the span of a few moments. I can empathize with the owners and staff, but they can’t possibly be surprised. If you run a paid link directory, especially a sleazy bait and switch one, you’re going to get banned.
My friend Mark Jackson has deep information about the situation including a great timeline of events on his blog. I encourage you to check it out here: TopSEOs Ban News.