| 6:19 pm on Apr 10, 2001 (gmt 0)|
I think you started with a very good approach and your integrity is commendable. You don't always have to tell them everything about SE ranking algos, I usually just ask for a link trade and don't get too particular where they put it on their site (most webmasters are thinking traffic and not link pop.).
| 6:26 pm on Apr 10, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Personally, I think *you* are right, but who's signing your paycheck? ;)
You could slightly edit your 'recruitment' email, so it's a little more roundabout on the mutual benefits... I'd leave out the part about how much a link to your site will benefit the other sites tho'. Sounds "spammy" to me as well.
| 6:59 pm on Apr 10, 2001 (gmt 0)|
I usually just tell them that I'm building a resource guide for the "keyphrase" industry, and that I think their site would be a great resource for our clients. Then I tell them that if they would like to be added to the resource guide all that we ask in return is a link to our site.
| 12:25 pm on Apr 11, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for the advice guys.
and thanks for slapping me back into reality Mivox. :)
| 1:53 am on Apr 12, 2001 (gmt 0)|
"... if another site contacted me telling me how much I would benefit from putting a link to their site on mine I would delete the email as quick as possible"
I include something like this:
...links from (even to!) similar theme pages can improve your ranking...
and hope that fellow webmaster thinks for a second.
legster, how about modeling the situation: sending your boss two sample emails, the honest one and the "would benefit THEM" one, and let her decide?
| 4:25 am on May 6, 2001 (gmt 0)|
It is nice to know there are some honest people in the world. When I ask for a link or get a request, I try to make sure it helps both parties and if it won't I tell them so. I can understand your bosses reaction but I find honesty usually wins out in the end. Good luck and keep up the good work.
| 10:15 pm on May 10, 2001 (gmt 0)|
sometimes it's not just the webmaster who makes the decision to add links though. More often, in business/community/industry association sites, all outbound links must be approved by a 'higher up' - so it benefits you by enlightening those people in your email why exchanging links is a good 'fit' for similar audiences:)
honesty is the best policy in reciprocal links, without a doubt.