Talking tech since 2003

Dear Webmasters,

I just thought I would let you know requests for link exchanges are so 10 years ago.  I’m seriously tired of receiving all of these bogus requests via email to exchange links.  First of all, linking back doesn’t mean what it did in the 90’s and early 2000’s.  Search engines are smarter now, a simple link doesn’t carry nearly as much weight as good SEO (search engine optimization) does.  And, unless you have insane traffic and are going to be putting my link or logo in prime real estate on your site, I’m not interested, period.

The one thing that bothers me even more than receiving the link exchange request is when webmasters lie about their statistics.  I’m going to post a recent email I received from the The Attorneys Forum where they claim to be the number one result for the word attorneys and guess what, they’re not.  They are not even on the first page of Google, Bing, or Yahoo.  And to top it off, these guys are averaging about 5,000 unique visits a month.

And yes, I know I just gave them some free publicity, I will be emailing this link back to Mr. Williams. Nonetheless, the email is below:

My name is Brian Williams and I am the marketing director of . Our website is one of the largest free legal
advice forums in the world. Currently we are ranked on the first page of Google for
the highly sought after keyword “attorneys” which receives more than 1 million
monthly searches.

I have personally come across your website and think that exchanging links could
benefit both of our businesses. By linking to us you will be given priority
placement on our link partners page and be showcased in front of our thousands of
daily visitors.

If you are interested in this partnership please add one of the following text links
or banners to a high traffic area on your website:

1) Attorneys Forum – Legal Help and Law Discussion Forums.

2) Legal Help – Visit The Attorneys Forum for free Legal Help. Find qualified
Attorneys in your area.

3) Free Legal Advice – Visit The Attorneys Forum, the largest online legal
discussion forum online. Find qualified Attorneys in the United States and Canada
to handle all of your legal issues.

You may also visit our link exchange page to choose from several banner images and
text links. Once you have linked to our website, fill out the link partners form and
we will add your site to our directory.

As the premier destination for legal advice and information we also welcome you to
take part in our discussion forums. Whether you have legal questions of your own or
can contribute to answering some current questions we would really like to see you
on our forums. We are also looking for forum moderators and article contributors
who can help us grow. If you are interested please feel free to send me an email.

I look forward to hearing from you in regards to this email. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response as we are currently receiving extremely large volumes of email.


Brian Williams

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