{mosimage}I’d like to share with you an email I received the other day.

Hello my name is [withheld to protect privacy]. I am seeking out possible link partners that our
visitors would be interesting in visiting. I’ve found your website to be a very good fit
for our visitors. I have already gone ahead and added your link www.melvania.org.

to our website at:

[link withheld to protect privacy]

I am contacting you to see if it is ok to have done so. Also, I would like to ask if
you mind linking back to us? If so, please use the linking details below and send
me the location of our link on your website.

We’ve contacted several PR6 and 7 websites, so we expect this site to become at least a
PR5 within 1 month and will eventually become a 6 or 7 in 2-3 months.

I hope this can be a way for us to benefit our visitors with excellent content. Hope
to hear from you soon.

Okay. So here’s the thing. I had a look at this site, and it looks like a legitimate site. They DID link to me, and the site is what it says it is. But it’s not really a very good one, as far as sites of this type go. I’ve seen better ones.

So what’s the problem? Well, there isn’t really a problem. It’s just weird to get an email like this. Especially when I’ve never even HEARD of PR5, PR6, PR7, and the like. So you just want me to link to your site so you get hits, is that it? Why would I link to your site when a) I don’t know you, b) I don’t care if I get lots of hits or not, and c) your site isn’t even that good to begin with?

Let me just clarify. I don’t care who links to my site. I don’t care who reads it. I don’t care who posts comments. I really don’t. But if you want to try to use my site to make yours more popular, you won’t get anywhere. Heck, even if you do get your coveted PR7 spot, it won’t last. These things never do.

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