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    ABW Ambassador Paul_Ward's Avatar
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    I know this has been covered before, but I'm well pissed off tonight anyway because of another matter then one of those:

    "We've got a fantastic link exchange offer that really fits in with your site..." emails arrived, so I replied:

    I don't normally reply to these as it's not worth the bother, but what the hell do you think a site on ******* has to do with culinary schools?
    Why keep the address confidential? What's the advantage of that? just makes me think you're a bunch of spammers or that you have something else to hide.

    Don't ever bother me again unless you can bothered to do this job properly.

    "Experts in Quality Link Building" - not on this evidence you're not, you don't have a clue.

    Paul Ward

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    Prince of Content Vinny O'Hare's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    Thats nothing the best is when you do link exchanges and a month later you are linked to a porn site because they sold the url. Its happened to me 4 times with members here that you probably know. I stopped doing link exchanges 3 months ago not worth the headache
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    "Experts in Quality Link Building""

    Yes, they are. They'll rely on a percentage of their marks to put up a link for them, and they'll never reply or reciprocate.

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    More Cheesier Than Ever Cheesehead's Avatar
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    My favorite is when the return link (farm) page is not even indexed in Google.
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    Full Member Travelin Man's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    Yeah I get these requests from time to time from those experts in quality link building. I usually just bounce them.

    One time I received an exchange request that said they had already linked to my site. They provided the link to their site which I just had to check out. It was a BIG link farm. My site was 512 on list. I wrote the clown and commented on the nice link farm he had going and told him to get my site off it! He actually had the nerve to respond with "I'll move your site up to the top 30 if you link to us". Yep, that won me over...
    Travelin' Man

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    January 18th, 2005
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> We've got a fantastic link exchange offer that really fits in with your site..." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Actually I usually have fairly good luck with those. True, they tend to start out with lousy or no PR--but due to their constantly working on their links, their PR often rises a lot within a few months. If I figure a site has the potential to become a rank powerhouse I'll usually do the exchange (unless their links page is really bad).

    But occasionally some clown indeed happens by.

    Like the guy whose link to me had "Internal Server Error" or something like that as the anchor text

    And his link-farm page had a lot of sites listed that way! Along with that, there were a few with just a blank space as "anchor text." So their links were just a single blue underline.

    When I wrote him he made like he didn't understand, and just said, "so will you please link to me?"
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    ABW Ambassador Andy's Avatar
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    I've quit doing link exchanges, unless the site is very complimentary to mine. And what's with the tons of requests for link exchanges lately? I usually get a couple each week, but for the past month or so it seems I'm getting 20-30 per week.

    I've been hit by sites that redirect to something else down the road, and by linking to them I'm telling my visitors it's OK to visit that site...I'm not going to risk that again.


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