---- Why did *you* link out based on a link request?
Planet13 - 3:49 pm on Nov 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
...would you give him a link based on a link request, too? or are you much more inclined to link out freely, than if someone asks you to (nicely)? just curious...
I would probably be just as inclined either way - whether it was a site i came across by myself, or whether it was a link request from a fellow web master.
But, I would add that if the web master had taken the time to really browse through MY site and mentioned something particular to MY site, I would be more inclined. If it was a generic comment, I would be less inclined.
So I would suggest you might do the same when asking for a link back to your site.
Example of what NOT to do:
I think your site is informative and helpful. Your visitors might like to learn more about the subject on my site at mypage.com/widget-design.html
Example of what to do:
I really learned a lot about the lost wax method of widget casting from your page at xyz.com/victorian-widgets.html. I thought your visitors might like to read about 20th century widget casting and molding techniques on my page at mypage.com/widget-design.html
Everybody likes to be SINCERELY flattered, and (believe it or not) many people will do things for recognition that they wouldn't do for money. So I would just suggest to be sincere, and to concentrate on really relevant pages where your content will truly benefit their visitors.