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Does anyone have a positive experience in contacting via email or (gulp) phone either .org, .gov or even .ac.uk type websites and asking for a link? Of course the problem is how do you pitch yourself differently from the dozens/hundreds or similar requests they get each day?
Further info: My site is an information/data source, is of genuine benefit for UK (and wider) consumers and doesn't sell anything (though runs some google ads).
Grateful for any help.
That said, if it really is a good, non-commercial site, I have had occasional luck getting a hold of the listed contact person(s) and pointing out all the dead links - before suggesting mine. A lot of these sites are not well maintained, and suggesting the removal of deadwood while suggesting a replacement seems to work sometimes.
Willybfriendly: Thanks. I have tried the be helpful tack before with commercial sites. They come back friendly and thanking you but no cigar - so far, but bridges built. Like you say though many of these sites were set up in haste (knee-jerk government policies tsk!) and aren't kept very up to date. I'll have a good trawl through to see what comes up.
Freelistfool: Thanks. Was that via email or phone? Do you run any adverts at all?
Personally I've never had the brass to go after a .gov. I really should reconsider that.