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I don’t have a problem with people emailing me requesting link exchanges so long as they are not automated messages blasted to me and hundreds of others who never visited my site. Usually those can be picked out within half a second of looking at the email and deleted just as quick. But this one here caught my attention:

Subject: Link exchange with your site http://www.searchengineguide.com/degeyter/006390.html

Dear Webmaster,

My name is [name redacted], and I run the web site:

[url redacted]

I recently found your site http://www.searchengineguide.com/degeyter/006390.html and am very interested in exchanging links. I’ve gone ahead and posted a link to your site, on this page:


If you’re intered exchanging links, Please post a link to my site as follows:

Title: Buy links – improve link popularity
URL: http://www.[url-redacted].com/
Description: We offer different link popularity services to build your link popularity. Our link popularity services are affordable. buy links to improve web site traffic and search engine rankings.

Once you’ve posted the link, let me know the URL of the page that it’s on, by entering it in this form:


You can also use that form to make changes to the text of the link to your site, if you’d like.

Thank you very much,

PS. I’m working very hard with my staff on building the link popularity of linking-service.com, and I expect PR5 in next google update on the 1st april. Exchange links will benefit both of us.

Did you read the whole thing? I sure didn’t. In fact, I didn’t get past the subject line before I started laughing. Anybody who did half an ounce of research would know that this isn’t my site, they have only published my article.

Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!. He is the founder and CEO of Pole Position Marketing, a web presence optimization firm whose pit crew has been velocitizing websites since 1998. In his free time Stoney gets involved in community services and ministries with his “bride enjoy” and his children. Read Stoney’s full bio.

2 Responses to Inbox to Trash in 0.0036 Seconds

  1. Stoney G deGeyter
    Stoney deGeyter says:

    Nicolas, it takes a big person to admit their mistakes publicly like this. I know I’ve made my own share of them. But I hope that by “concentrating on one-way links” means that you’re going to 1) stop spamming and 2) do your research before you email someone for a link exchange. One-way, reciprocal, three-way links, it doesnt matter really, it was your technique that sucks.

  2. nicolas says:

    Hi, yes you right this is dumb… It was actually a try, and seing the results here is not great at all. We’re concentrating on one way links now.

    Thanks for the link ;-), sorry for the dumb mail.