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Story so far:
Iíve selected a potential link. It has high search visibility, good link popularity, is updated regularly, professionally designed, has rich content and is highly relevant with a strong link culture!!
I have obviously spent a lot of time on this site and share genuine common ground with the webmaster, however I still have no name to personalise my request.
Should I address it to
a Dear sir/madam
b Dear Webmaster
c email contact eg email@example.com
d Something else (suggestions please?)
or just leave out the greeting !
What is the consensus of opinion out there?
I get generic requests all the time and trashcan them. The ones that open with a good reference to my site proving that they're not Zeusing me get read.
It might also help to make your subject line to the point, something like:
reciprocal link request from mydomain.com
My current "winning formula" for a numbers game link that has yet to fail.
I ran into your site from a Google travel search while searching for vacation spots. You have a good article on the local area (url here) and I linked from (url here). If you have the time and inclination, a recip link would be appreciated.
Joe & Sally Webmaster
That works for the raw numbers game where you need good links. That *does not* work for the higher quality links (eg: it's not going to get you a link on the new york times).
For the "bigger" links, you have to cultivate a relationship over weeks, months, and sometimes years. You can never suggest recip links or even that you have linked to them. Just like them get the picture by themselves - osmosis.