tangor - 7:47 pm on Jul 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
I look at these "link schemes" as "link dilution"... an avoidance to invest in the main site results in game playing to artificially generate traffic... and most things artificial are... well, artificial. They don't last. That said, it DOES seem to work for a short time (and if one is talking real money) might bring in some for a bit but the real question is if it is SUSTAINABLE and RECURRING. I tend to think a well-crafted, well-supported site with relevant content is going to do better in the long run.
And there's nothing wrong with asking for a link... it just takes time, personal energy, and cannot be "automated".
There's a reason why "work" is called work and "play" is called play...