LifeinAsia - 10:23 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
Is it possible that some link request e-mails, even if they did contain awesome content youd love to link to, might simply not get read by you...because there's so much noise?
I have a business to run and my time is extremely important. I don't have time to read ever single sentence of every single e-mail or letter I receive. And linking to unsolicited sites is way, way down on my priority list.
If it's not from someone I know, the sender has maybe 2 or 3 short sentences to grab my attention and keep me reading instead of hitting the delete button. That's assuming that the message subject doesn't force an automatic delete before even opening the message.
Expanding on ken_b's and martinibuster's comments, I might be inclined to link if the message says something like, "I run a site on (subject) and I think it might be of interest to your visitors on (related subject page). If you agree, I would certainly appreciate it if you could provide a link to me site."