FranticFish - 7:59 pm on Feb 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
This thread having crossed 100 posts just makes one thing clear
I admit I was an early one to 'bite' but I found it hard to believe the OP was serious. I think there's a fundamental point (being overlooked) here: why do people link to other people?
(a) because they really don't expect PEOPLE to click the link, they're linking for Google - in which case they might go for a 'pay to link to me' scheme... OR...
(b) because the site they're linking to is not their core area and they wanted to refer their visitors to another good site.
If your IBLs are (a) - congratulations, you're an authority (on some level) and you've been picked up by spammers - feel free to do what you like to them, OR
If your IBLS are (b) - congratulations, you're an authority (on some level) because your content is being cited by genuine webmasters...
and you've just sent them an invoice for (as Samizdata says) the 'privilige' of choosing YOUR site as somewhere to send some free traffic with a recommendation.
Nice One. Good luck. As Netmeg says, please try it and let us know how you get on. I'm sure the quality links will just flood in henceforth.