One would think that since my web site has been around for 11 years, and since I’m a one-person shop and my name is front and center on my homepage, and since I specialize in link building, I shouldn’t receive link request spam.

One would think.

Here’s today’s beauty.

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: link exchange request  Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2006 15:37:30 +05-30  From: <hidden to save him the humiliation> To: Info <>

Hi Info,  I would like to exchange links with your site and if you are interested  please send me your site’s link title, description and site url and first I will place the link to your site within 12 hours at  http://xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

This is our site information:  Title: Computer maintenance  Description:  A Group of qualified support experts working on your computer problems immediately.  URL: http://www.

Please reply this mail as soon as possible.  Our apologies if you do not wish to take part in a link exchange.  Best regards,  Webmaster


Where do I begin counting the ways this link request is a failure?  Forget the silly subject line, ignore the impersonal bulk request footprints all over it.  And ignore that it’s not even close to being on topic for my site, and that my site doesn’t even have a links page.  For me, the bottom line is if you don’t have the time to look at my site, I don’t have the time to read your email.  DELETE. Until next time, I remain,

Eric Ward,
The Link Mensch

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