wheel - 12:40 am on Nov 6, 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?
Yes. I don't think my link request emails are getting read anymore. Even getting one top quality link these days seems to be a gargantuan task. I just sent out maybe 20 link request emails, good valid ones. In days gone by I'd have gotten 5 or more links. I was hoping for 2-3. If I'd have received one I'd have been doing OK. I'm not sure if I got any. I'm going to try again, across maybe a hundred emails and if I get no response I'm going to have to seriously sit down and evaluate what I"m doing.
As for me, I've never linked out based on a link request email. Quite frankly, I don't think I've ever received a link request that was both in my niche AND had decent enough quality content for me to link to. I've had a few link requests from my competitors though, or more correctly from the low end SEO firms that my competitors have hired. Those are feel good emails, I get a chuckle out of them.
I'm trying to link out more these days, but I still pretty much only link out to people I know or have a relationship with.