Let the rant commence! I know…shocking, right? While the title pretty much sums up my feelings on the issue, with the number of ridiculous link exchange requests I get, I figured it was time I officially out this nonsense as the douchebaggary it is.
As any professional link builder will tell you, HOW you request a link is an exercise in the art of persuasion. You are asking for a favor of sorts…initiating a relationship…trying to build a rapport.
Like a dude in a bar trying to pick up chicks, the “game” matters. If he has no game, or if his game is utterly pathetic, one of two things will happen:
- he will be ignored and women will talk about his monumental loserdom on their way home that night; or
- some mean girl will use him to get back at her fat, ugly, “I’ll sleep with anyone” whore of a friend with whom her previous boyfriend cheated.
The same is true of link requests. 99.9% of the time requests like this will be ignored and/or laughed at. The other .1% of the time someone, like some I know in my fine industry, will start linking to you from questionable sources using less than flattering anchor text – like “SEO scam” or “snake oil SEO”. And sometimes your egregiously nonsensical e-mails will be ridiculed publicly, as is the case here.
Please, join in the laughter and ridicule…won’t you?
My name is Ravi Shankar and i am webmaster and i m interested to link exchange with your site and here i have mention my all site details which is SEO , Web Design , Web Hosting related theme , and u can placed my details in your site and confirm me . in return i will add your details in these site http://webresourcelink.blogspot.com/Resource pages. please add my details and conform me with your maximum details .
you Can add my details any where in your site .
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Please…oh, please let me jump at the chance to get a link back to my site from a Blogspot blog’s resources page. Did I mention that Blogspot blog doesn’t even exist? Aside from that, I can’t begin to tell you all that’s wrong with that e-mail. The grammatical nightmare alone is enough to make me nauseous. While it may be a request specific to the SEO industry, don’t think for a minute that the e-mails an outsourced Indian company send out as a representative of YOUR brand are any better. Make no mistake, THIS is what you get when you outsource to a cheap ass sweatshop SEO in India. THIS is what you get for your money. THIS is the impression you make to other website owners within your niche.
Let’s make one thing clear: I am NOT making fun of people whose native language is not English. This isn’t discrimination, bigotry or prejudice. I do not speak Spanish. I do not speak Japanese. I do not speak Italian…Hindi…French…Arabic…Punjabi…Swahili – nothing. I am monolingual. Thus, I would never approach someone via e-mail or in person and proceed to ask them for something of value while simultaneously butchering their language. It is disrespectful. Just as these link requests, particularly when sent to those in the SEO industry, are disrespectful.
And just imagine the quality links that will come from such amazing requests. Before you know it you’ll be linking to and linked to from every Babylonian link exchange whore on the Internet. Don’t fall victim to a “too good to be true” price for outsourced link building offers. The damage done in the long run comes with its own special opportunity cost.
This ends today’s Dumbass 101 rant. As you were…
I'm Alysson (a.k.a. "SEOAly") and I've been an active part of the search marketing industry since 2006. I offer affordable small business website design and search engine optimization services. My primary area of expertise is on-site SEO, helping small business owners build more search engine friendly and usable websites. I'm also a contributing author at popular search marketing publications like Search Engine Journal, Search Engine People, Viral Conversations and Directory Journal. In my spare time (spare time... what is this "spare time" of which you speak?!?), I volunteer my geek skills to help charitable causes I support - like the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation and Donate Life Day.