Small_Website_Guy - 4:10 am on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)
Perhaps your system is too complicated. Also, why do you expect people to link to your first? Why don't you link to potential partners first? From my point of view, you should be happy that some folks even reply to you. Most people who ask for links are considered spammers. You're lucky that you can get that far.
The system is uncomplicated, and it works very well. Every week the site picks up one or two links. Without me having to do much work, and it STILL takes a half hour to delete all the spam submissions.
Going out and trying to find link partners takes a lot more work, and most of the time they don't respond to you.
Yes, most of the submitted sites are pretty spammy, and I'm not really proud about having a directory of such sites, but that's what it takes to get the stupid search engines to acknowledge your site.