I recieve a lot of link requests, 99.9% of them are simply ignored and deleted (the only ones I generally read are from people I already know). However this next one amused me for sheer amount of work they’d put in. Firstly they had scraped logos and text and created a page of images to all the sites they wanted to request links from, like the following but the page was a lot bigger (62 logos in total).
Next came the link request email (personal names and links removed):
I would like to introduce myself to you, my name is D****, and i am the advertising director of a company here in Australia called EovZa Proprietary Limited.
The reason for me writing to you is because recently my team placed (on our website) a direct link to your website’s homepage.
The link incorporates your company/business logo, and a description of your website.
The page that is holding your link is on our server, but is not yet accessible by the public until August 1st (AEST). Giving you time to notify us to remove the link, if need be.
Please read on…
The link is held amongst other links at the following address:
If you are happy with the link, ..then we ask in return that you place a link to our homepage.
The link to our site is not for advertising purposes, but is intended to improve our ranking in search engines (by building a network of web-sites that link to us). Also known as cross-linking.
Please link to us at: http://www.****
Once we go live with this LINKS page (August 1st), we will regularly be checking each month to ensure you are still maintaining a link to us. We will do this to everyone who links to us (in whom we link to also). To do this I will need you to provide me with the URL-address to where you have placed the link to our website.
So in reference to all of the above, may i ask you to do the following:
IF TAKING PART…
Please reply to this email;
1. Letting me know that you are happy to link to our website,
2. Any changes you have in regards to the description under your link (you may change the description to whatever you like, as long as it does not exceed 50 characters),
3. Please also inform me of the URL-address where you will be placing the link to our home page, and at what date it will be up and running. You may give this to us at a later date if you like, but no later than AUGUST 16th. The link must also be up and running by this date.
IF NOT TAKING PART…
Please reply to this email letting me know you would prefer not to participate, you do not need to give me any reason at all.
Understanding of the dates mentioned in this email:
August 1st – Links page becomes accessible by the public.
August 16th – If I have not heard from you in regards to the URL address of where you have placed our link, both your company/business logo and description, will be removed from our website.
At the bottom of this email, is a cross-linking tip, i recommend reading over it.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this email, and i look forward to hearing from you soon.
My kind regards,
Advertising and New Initiatives Director.
EovZa Proprietary Limited
Due to the nature of the products we sell, you may choose not to associate with us. But may I suggest the following:
Place a link to our home page at the very bottom of a particular page (on your website). Make the color of this link, the same color as the background of that page. No one will ever be able to see it and it still counts as a cross-link. The only way someone will know it is there, is if they scroll their mouse over that part of your page.
How’s that for a long winded link request. Love the cross linking tip at the end, duh .