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    Default Do you email webmasters for links?

    I didn't want to override a current thread so I thought I would ask and do a poll to see what people think.

    I use the forums, I PM people but I will also use email. Why? Because not everyone makes themselves known in a forum as to who they are. I have no problem sending them an email and don't regard this as a form of spam. I make sure I like the site, let them know what I like (so they actually see that I did look beyond the email addy) and than I tell them that I have linked to them. If any changes are neccesary to let me know and I will change them. I also provide my own information in case they want to link back.

    Anyway most emails do well, but my question is do you email webmasters you dont know for links?

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    but my question is do you email webmasters you dont know for links?
    Never I prefer to know the person first. This provides some recourse if the partnership fails.

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    Whilst I don't normally respond to unsolicited emails, I think your approach is spot on ie

    a) research the prospective site first,
    b) approach the webmaster, displaying some knowledge of the site,
    c) link to the site regardless of whether they link back or not,
    d) include reciprocal information but don't insist that they use it.

    If I received an email like that, I would at the very least take the time to fully check out the proposed exchange.

    Anything else I'd treat as spam and file in the bin!
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    Never.

    I do very few link exchanges. I have a section in my forum for links to other "friendly forums" who I do business with but that is the extent of my link exchange program.

    I don't buy or sell links or advertising space either.
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    I never email or pm for link exchanges.

    When I started in 2001 I would save all requests in a folder then go back and visit the sites once every few months as time allowed and add a few at a time that were of good quality.

    I provide a link exchange section at my forum as well as allow members to request that their link be placed on my portal link page. I also sell links on my home page as well as media buys.

    I do like the approch presented here so if I went that route I'd definately apply it.

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    Yes I do, but only selectively and not on a mass scale. And I always mention why I have chosen a particular site for linkage. I do it very rarely, and I think in most of the cases the webmasters link back.

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    i am not targeting anyone or anything but I wanted to bring this up to see where the difference falls.

    If emailing for link requests is spam than why is a casino proposal not considered spam..I am not talking about Spin Palace spam but a genuine offer from an AM. They propose a deal to you where both parties are equally rewarded. Would you consider this spam? Most would say no because it is a business deal right?

    Well my offer of a link exchange is no different. It is a business transaction between one site to another with both people recieving something in return...both links are of value. So because I dont know you personally means that it is spam. Do the casinos know you...not always

    What would be the difference in a proposal from an AM to a impersonal link exchange request from an affiliate (impesonal meaning you dont know who they are)

    again this is not to offend or say I am right you are wrong I just think its an interesting topic and would love to hear others opinons.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaus View Post
    They propose a deal to you where both parties are equally rewarded. Would you consider this spam? Most would say no because it is a business deal right?
    In case of link exchange, I think the assessment of equal reward on both sides is difficult. I wouldn't consider a link exchange offer to be a spam, if the offer comes from a site having the same PR as my site or higher. In this case, I would consider the reward to be equal.


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    Emailing me probably wont get you anywhere.

    Times may have changed, but I'm still jaded. For one, most of the offers were link to me from your high quality site inexchange for a link from my useless directory site. I still get mad when I see those sites ranking well when I'm doing my research. And the real ones I tried years ago were shortlived (rarely a notice of discontinuation), kept emailing me that the link from my site was inactive (when in fact it was alive and well) or they used javascript, unlinked pages, etc...

    Bottom line - for a one man show with limited time to chase up on links, I want to know the person I'm trading with or at least have some accountability if they are caught cheating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greek39 View Post
    Never I prefer to know the person first. This provides some recourse if the partnership fails.

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    Same here

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    No I don't email any one, I do a link exchange with sites that I know of, I receive emails for link exchange and many of them from this forum I just delete them

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    I think its good to email, you need links to rank well...

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    I do email other webmaster for links in order to increase my rankings in the search engines, but I do not send hundres of mails. I think I have sent 1-2 pr. week since I started my site. I only target webmasters with sites that contain honest and useful information for online casino players and I always offer (what I consider to be) something useful in return. I will never ask for quality links in return for links placed on some links page that never gets spidered by any of the search engines.

    Respect is a keyword when contacting other webmasters with link exchange requests. When done properly with fair exchanges that contain mutual benefits I rate link exchange requests as a positive thing.

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    If someone goes to my site, looks at my link pages and sees that I have a specific email address that I handle link exchanges thru....and then that person does a whois on my domain and then emails me at the email address listed on my whois, then I consider that spam. (in reality, the whois info only exists for legal reasons so that ICANN can contact the domain owner, or any other agency that has a legal need to contact the owner)

    The person was at my site, and yet they failed to follow directions defined on my site.

    If they haven't taken the time to even look at my site and see the page that contains the contact info, then I consider their approach spam.

    If they contact me here, at CAP, or the GIA, then I will at least talk to them.

    Sadly the vast majority of link exchange requests I get are not of very good quality that often most go unanswered. I know that there are probably some gems in there that get missed, but lately I haven't had much time going thru them all.

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