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Sitewide Links: What are they Worth?

Will pay you $5000 a month for sitewide links.



7:49 pm on Mar 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

This is the offer I recently received and I need your help to determine if it's a deal or something I should stay away from.

- The Offer -

  • Place a graphic on the main page of my site that points to a landing page (also on my site) that then links to affiliate site.

  • A link in my navigation that points to a landing page (also on my site) that then links to the affiliate site.

  • A text link ad on a large number of pages that goes directly to the affiliate site.

I have not seen the contract yet, but it is a month to month and the affiliate/advertiser will pay the $5,000 monthly fee in advance.

The affiliate/advertiser's site is not a fly by night operation and has been around for some time.

- A little about my site -

My site has a good amount of traffic. I only use adsense and have never participated in anything else other than adsense or ypn type programs (no selling of links, link exchanges, etc). Any outgoing links are those I found would help my visitors and I'm selective on those links.

- Ramifications -

What are the ramifications of accepting such an offer? Am I being taken for a ride? Here is what I imagine could happen:

  • A large increase in outbound links added to my site.
  • Less adsense revenue, not only on the pages that have their link, but because my CTR may drop, I may be smart priced, right?
  • Decrease in ranking as outbound links increase.
  • My site turns into a portal for the affiliate.
  • Perhaps Google would see the site I'm mass linking to as more important than mine? (place them higher?)

I've worked very hard to make the site what it is today and I hate to think that I could damage it by not seeing something I should (sometimes money blinds us).

What would you do? What are your thoughts? What am I missing or am I being overly protective?


9:57 pm on Mar 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jane_doe is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Jane_Doe this email you are refering to, is a scam then?

Well, the ones I got recently offering $5,000 for a link for a month seemed to be. I got several of the same emails sent to different sites on different topics. I searched for part of the email text in Google and found the same email being mass emailed to other web publishers as well and discussed as a scam.

If there are some legitimate $5,0000 a month for a link emails making the rounds, too, then good for anyone who makes that kind of money for one link.


8:26 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

How much traffic do you get at this site to make it worth 5k a month for some links, if you don't mind me asking.

I would get half up front and then ad the links as javascript. If you need to convert the javascript then you have to ask yourself do I just take the 5k and then have no contract or fix the links and keep raking in the money?

OH and I haven't recieved one of those emails yet. Although I did just turn down an offer to buy my website.


8:53 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have received the $5,000 today. It is in my account and all is well. I have explained to the bank my concern and they verified that the money is mine.

No contract and if I need to stop for any reason, such as reduced adsense earnings, there won't be a problem. Just refund the difference.

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! I would not have had the confidence to move forward without your input!

WebmasterWorld.com is the place to be!


7:24 am on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jomaxx is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Wow, I would have bet that if they were willing to pay that much for nofollow links then it must be a scam. Glad that this is apparently not the case.


5:30 pm on Apr 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

A good rule of thumb: If the link doesn't make sense as a marketing tool (separate from SEO), then think very carefully about whether it's worth it.


10:19 pm on Apr 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

I don't know if the original poster got the same offer that is going around but I also received one on my WHOIS email (not the contact page) on a site where it would be too good to be true, and the email also looked auto-generated (one value was missing and I could see the variable name, hehe). It seems he actually got a genuine offer, not one of those scam emails. I'm still curious though about what type of scam it really is.


11:24 pm on Jun 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Can we trust individuals who claim they've been paid?

It's too easy to infiltrate forums like these and start posting messages of successful business relationships with companies that most would consider to be spammers. Any serious business would take the time to contact a publisher via telephone and speak with them about the $5,000 they're prepared to throw at them. Pure email correspondence is a ridiculously (for the payee, anyways) foolish way of reaching out to a publisher.

[edited by: CentennialEmpire at 11:25 pm (utc) on June 6, 2008]


3:08 pm on Jun 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sure, I infiltrated the forum in 2004 and pay my $149 yearly subscription fee so that I can create a post about a successful business venture that doesn't include any business names.

I took the time to ask questions about an offer and shared the outcome of my decision. I never mentioned a website or provided any information that could lead to the company in question.

Yes, I should have called the company, sound advice, but to insinuate that I'm infiltrating the forum clearly indicates you are a wee bit paranoid!


3:21 pm on Jun 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

Sure, I infiltrated the forum in 2004 and pay my $149 yearly subscription fee so that I can create a post about a successful business venture that doesn't include any business names.

Aha, we caught you shoreline! You were doing so well, but then you made one fatal flaw: admitting your guilt. Your four year plan has failed; I will never do business ventures again!


10:34 pm on Jun 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

I suppose you've never heard of viral marketing? Individuals on the payroll of a company join forums, create relationships, etc, and start plugging products and stating "experiences" with firms that may or may not be legit.

When it comes to money, and lots of it, anyone who isn't the least bit concerned about the validity of claims an individual may make has never been affected by a financial scam.

While your experience may be legit I'm stating something that ought to be very obvious to any business individual -- check and double check any opportunity knocking on your door and don't take someone's word as gospel.

Keep us updated on your status with the company paying you for the links and for G's sake I hope you continue making that sort of money for a while to come.

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