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Etiquette of asking for a link...

What do you say when you ask for a link?

4:14 am on Apr 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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From my experience as a website developer, the procedure of generating quality links is one of the most interesting parts of the job.

The experience always starts with lots of research, and then there is the sending out of personalized e-mail requesets for the placing of a link from a certain page of thier site to my particualr site. Whenever I ask for a link, I always let them know why I feel that our two sites would compliment each other, and I also try to explain a little bit about how links benefit the "big picture" of bringing more traffic to both of our sites.

My question is this, is there anything else that I could do or say to "encourage" the other site's webmaster to link to my particular site? Also, what do you usually say to make other webmasters to understand how important it is for them to exchange (or sometimes donate) a link?

Any success or horror stories out there?

Links are a major part of our world, and yet we don't discuss them that much here.

P.S. I noticed in another post somewhere here that the word "links" is a "poison" word; what does that mean, and why would this be?

6:50 am on Apr 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There were a couple of good threads on requesting links a while back, here is one
9:34 am on Apr 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that thread, useful, cos im at college at a loose end;)

I explain the benefit of linkage, "promoting X subject on the web".....with the sites I want links from specialising in the same subject.

I aint asked for links lately, because I get as many incoming links as I did asking as I do now not asking, maybe its time to make another copy/paste/replace letter :)

9:52 am on Apr 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It is like hunting!

The weapon to use depends on the size of the wild animal to capture.

When I found an easy place to be linked (e.g. sites that have links of your competitors, or a section regarding what is your site about) I send a standard request.

When I find a very interesting site (sites having excellent PR, linkpopularity and that are themed with my sites) I spend time to analyze the site and I try to send a request as much personalised as possible.

3:47 am on June 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I agree with Angiolo, if there is a really good site you want to link with, research it and send a very personalized letter. This has and does work well for me.

I hate getting link requests from someone who has never even seen my site.


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