How many times a week do you get the following email:
I’ve visited your website ( url ) and I was wondering
if it would be possible to get a link to my (my partner’s) website on it?
I’ll place a link back to you in X of my (topic or topics, usually unrelated) websites, your link will be placed exactly here:
http://whocares page rank 3
http://whateversville page rank 2
http://bumble-f page rank 2
If you agree, then please link to me using these details:
TITLE: (keyword stuffed)
URL: (a specific page on their SEO seeking domain)
DESCRIPTION: (more keyword stuffing)
Please don’t forget to send me the title of your website after you
place my link so I can do the same in less than 24 hours, otherwise you can delete my link from your site.
You can rest assured that these requests are 100% spam, no matter if they correctly contact you about one of your own sites. Here’s the proof:
1) These requests don’t even make sense because, generally speaking, my sites are so far off their topic they do not serve their best SEO manipulating interests. A human would recognize that.
2) The fact that they want you to go ahead and post a link to them first isn’t just rude (the one requesting should always place first and then notify, asking for notification of the recip), it’s them counting on a (however small) percentage of those emailed to place the link, giving their sites either a quick bit of juice &/or, counting on people forgetting to verify the promised link(s), giving them free un-reciprocated links.
Just delete and move along with your day.
Not only do I receive junk like this almost everyday but when I have asked to be removed I get abuse, when I go ahead with a links trade they complain about the page I have placed their link on, or don’t place mine. It’s a shame because I’d love to find some relevant link trades out there but it’s just not going to happen…