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Email asking for .edu backlinks

 7:18 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

I received an email from this company claiming that they are sponsoring organizations and clubs. In return of paying 10 bucks/month they are asking for a backlink on the .edu websites.

10 backlinks/month = 100 bucks/month which may not be a bad deal. Their website states that they are willing to pay anywhere from ~ $10-$150/month/per link.

$120.00 and $2,000.00 per sponsorship link each year

I thought it was interesting how they worded the email and how they approached organizations and clubs making us think they love sponsoring and helping out organizations.

I checked there website and it seemed professional. I am thinking they are an SEO company!

[edited by: phranque at 7:38 pm (utc) on Mar 22, 2010]
[edit reason] TOS #9 [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]



 9:08 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

that may or may not wash, edu's are pretty sensitive about promo links.

That being said, I just renewed my $200 support of local children's science fair....put on by a university....that has a page of donors :). It's a well backlinkd page on a .edu.


 10:17 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

Well I had posted the email (which apparently I forgot that was against the WebmasterWorld TOS) it was very well written and tempted me to post backlinks for a whole year. 10 links for $1,200 isnt that bad considering my .edu site doesnt have much traffic. The people who contacted me obviously were concerned from the SEO perspective


 3:38 am on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

Oh. *You* have the .edu domain? Buddy, if you have that and a swimming pool, I might be tempted to give you a marriage proposal :).


 5:08 pm on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I got 2, what do you offer me?


 5:55 pm on Mar 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

The only places I've given out links are in places where you can't ask for them but you can acquire them.

Employer Testimonials -
Tell potential students that you love to hire our graduates. I'll gladly turn your company name into a link.

Donate something -
On one of our medical lab pages we list about 10 companies that donated some medical equipment for the lab.

Participate in one of our events -
Say we have a Red Cross fund-raiser on campus and your company helps organize/run it - link in the news/event post.

Some other places we link to [but you probably can't just change your business model to get these links] -

Our online clothing store is run externally [by a company that has 1995 shopping cart technology - it's the worst I've seen in 10 years].

Accrediting bodies. Places like the bar association or the american dental association.


 8:36 am on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

I guess I have no change to gain the cooperation.

My company is located in China, if you wish to send your boys to China, I think maybe there still exists chances.

About donate, our company develops software, it is very sound software, more than 50,000,000 users is using our software. However, our software is free. We are trying to enter security field, maybe we can donate a good number of security software licenses for your school or organization to use.

How do you think about that?

I just heard that backlinks with edu domain take amazing effect, I didn't try before, and I want to see if that is true?


 2:02 pm on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have just been asking for .edu and the like links today. Well they developed a suitable directory for my B2B B&M site so I am asking.

I even put in one of the emails "well if you don't ask you don't get!" :-)

Time will tell.

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