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    Selling a link, but not "normal" advertising
    I'm not sure what to make of this and would be interested in others opinions.

    I've had an approach from a website for them to buy an advertising link - as they put it, on a specific page. The site in question is not a merchant site as such, but is a content site run by a merchant. The page they want the link from is a very targetted sales page, so it all semms to be part of an elaborate PR building exercise.

    Why I'm unsure:

    1/ Google doesn't like you selling links to gain PR.
    2/ The merchant the site belongs to partner with several parasites and had approached me to be an affiliate some time ago - I declined.

    Should I take them up on their offer? Is there anything else I've missed?

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    reason 1 wouldn't bother me, because buying links would make my site suspect, not selling.

    reason 2: how ethical are these boids? do you want your visitors to go there and get infected?

    reason A: will it make you rich immediately? otherwise, goto reason 2. stop. collect nothing. pay Community Chest.

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    >>>but is a content site run by a merchant<<<
    do you have the authority to bleed visitors from the merchant's project? how do they feel about it? etc etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    The merchant the site belongs to partner with several parasites and had approached me to be an affiliate some time ago - I declined.
    I think you know the answer. What difference does it make whether it's an affiliate relationship or a plain link? The end result is the same.
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    Why would anyone want to trade receprocal links to some site offering free Adwhoreprotocolgy.com exams if the parent merchant site Adenematubes.com pays CPC & lead fees for hawking freebie inserts and BHO bundled installs??
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    Thanks for the replies guys, sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees, I knew there was something wrong with it, but couldn't express it in words of 1 syllable.

    If it looks like sh*t and smells like sh*t ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    Thanks for the replies guys, sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees, I knew there was something wrong with it, but couldn't express it in words of 1 syllable.

    If it looks like sh*t and smells like sh*t ....
    LOL ...they must then be looking for "pecker woods"
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    Reason 2 is enough, but a question on 1 - unless google is brokering the deal, how exactly would they know you bought or sold a link...?

    Of course, a 3 day old domain with 150 inbound links from PR6 sites could easily trigger a flag, but a few choice links a month purchased from relevant sites? That's just advertising.
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    If the price they are offering is better than what you think you would get with affiliate ads, then go for it. I like the idea of individually negotiated payments for placement.

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    I have a few such links on a number of my sites. The pay well and I don't see any penalties or anything for that, just make sure you don't link to a PR0 site or something.
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    I think that reason #2 is more than enough to keep from agreeing to this deal. You want for your visitors to trust you. They won't if you send them off to an adwhore.

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