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Now I am refusing links



8:58 am on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Link addicts please listen.

I am sick of the link spam I am getting. I have a PR8 site, and I get tons of daily emails from all those PR0 sites, telling me all about search engine positioning secrets.

I am now refusing linking requests. so don't ask for one LOL


12:39 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What's your site ;)


1:03 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I just ignore them. I don't see what the problem is?

High traffic sites will always attract link requests.



1:37 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Without wishing to sound critical because it's not meant that way and I know I don't have a PR8 honey pot with as many PR0 bees buzzing around as you, but if a webmaster can be bothered to track me down and e-mail a request (even if it is automated) then in my opinion the least I can do is to add them to the "declined" e-mail list.

It only takes a second and stops them from sending repeat e-mails when they don't get a response the first time.


2:29 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The people to whom you refer are “link-beggars”. Tell them there are two ways to get on your site. Advertise on your site with a LinkAd at $350 per month, or when their content offers value to your visitors you will contact them.


3:52 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You know, it might help to remove your email address from your site and use a contact form. That way they at least have to look at the site find your contact form before they send a link request to you...

Also, if you give them a form to fill out for link exchange requests you could include the following fields (in addition to the normal fields).

Is your site similar in theme to mine? Y/N

What is the PageRank of your Homepage? ___

What is the PageRank of the page where you're going go post my return links? ___

If they really want to make them work for it, you could include an "essay"... Explain in 50 words why my visitiors would benefit from a link to your site.

That should slow it down ;-)

too much information

4:00 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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hahaha, an essay. :)

Or just have a single input box that says, enter your site to have your link added. Only the max size of the form is 4 characters. And ask for their e-mail too, so that the form will send the link request to them, not you.


4:20 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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1st Site question
Below is an email I'v been sending out over the past week. Since then I have a 6/5/5 I'm trying to only link with sites that post entertaining/related info. If my site posts new content daily or every other day does it hurt an 8 to ask for a link or am I wasting my time ..
I noticed your site @***. I'm requesting a link exchange. I have placed a link to your site from ours @**Links-page.htm please let me know if you would be willing to place ours in the links section of your site.

We are entering quality content everyday and are feverously working on a high ranking site. Thank you for the consideration, I'm sure you receive many requests in regards to your site.


7:05 pm on Dec 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If you requested it from me and the exchange was unsuitable you would get a polite reply back thanking you but declining.

As for the others who have replied above your own? It sounds to me like anyone lower than god himself would not be considered for a link exchange.

Personally I have a very low opinion of Page Rank anyway.
It doesn't count for anything, it doesn't provide any additional traffic other than other guys looking for links. It's a white elephant.


11:24 am on Dec 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How nice to be in such a position :) I'm presuming the higher up the PR scale one goes, the more link requests a site is likely to get. If link spam is a by-product of a successful site then bring it on, is what I say. :)

Personally at the moment I take it as quite flattering when I get link requests. There was a time not so very long ago when it was I who was burning the midnight oil looking for sites to link to, and now they're beating a path to my door looking for links from me. I do try to remember my roots tho', so I normally respond to all requests, whether I take them up on it or not :)

hereforinfo - (welcome to WW btw)- I've yet to see a pro-active link request where someone has already linked to me before asking, so if I received a message like yours I'd certainly give them time and consideration. The web might be anonymous, but it doesn't hurt to be polite - and as I read here a long time ago, a PR0 site today may be a PR8 site of tomorrow.



9:05 am on Dec 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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an essay. hmmmm
That is hilarious elklabone. Now that is worth a try.


1:46 am on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yeah...this indeed happens. I know how many Links requests I get on my PR7 links page and I can wonder how many you get at your PR8.I fel going to the next level of your PR is 10 times more difficult then the previous level. Let me do that difficult part and then I will be agitated at those Link Requesting Bots. hehehhe


11:39 pm on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Can I ask a dumb question here of those that see link requests as an extreme annoyance?

If you don't want to attract other webmasters looking for links .... why do you try to increase your PR knowing that it will do just the reverse?


1:26 am on Dec 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It is one thing to trade links with a quality related site. However when you get automated link emails with little or no personalization or a completely unrelated topic, it can seem bothersome. Especially when it fills your email inbox.

Some pay a company or 3rd party to email for them. In that case you can expect 3 per day for the same url from the same email address. If you are lucky it is a one time event. Some can hammer your inbox for a week.

By the time you reach a high pr, you tend to really care about who you link out to and in result become more selective. I take link requests and evaluate the quality of the page, PR has a little to do with it but has to meet our niche requirements, but we accept low pr sites providing they are of good quality and relevance.


7:07 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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2odd thanks
(Update 1 month later )it does work..i have a pr of 5 and working hard to improve. from what i've seen about 1/2 of my requests have at least gotten back to me. A polite email and quality content now google visits often

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