After nearly a month away from the blog, I’m not necessarily back to where I want to be, but it’s time to be done with the pity party, kids gotta eat, mortgage(s)(s)(s) gotta get paid. First, thanks to you all for the many kind words, plus the excellent link building questions. I will answer them one by one starting tomorrow, but for today, I begin a new feature here at the Link Building Best Practices blog, called the LBBP Weekly Delete.

The Weekly Delete will feature a real link request email that I received in my own inbox, which in and of itself is just idiotic, but I get them every day. Some are priceless. This one, pasted below for your pleasure, with exact formatting intact, is so bad it hurts. The saddest part of this to me is that someone somewhere was able to be convinced that this approach was worth paying for. It isn’t.

Have a look and tell me, if you could give the very eager but misguided Rakesh one (and only one) piece of advice, what would it be?


—— Original Message ——–
Subject: Regarding Link Exchange With
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:23:33 +0530
From: Rakesh
<rajeshk@—— style=”color: rgb(51, 51, 51);”>

Dear Web Master,

We are in process of link building of our site to increase its relevancy and traffic with the top SEO Company’s. I am sending you the request for becoming link partner.

As you can see my site ranks highly in Google with many keywords.

Title: Link Building India
URL: URL removed to spare them the indignity

Description: offers Professional link building services and link popularity building solutions. We offer reciprocal and non-reciprocal (one way) link building services, delivering high (PR) page rank and relevant links.

I will place your link here:-

URL removed to spare them the indignity  (2 PR)
URL removed  (2 PR)
URL removed  (2 PR)
URL removed (1 PR)
URL removed (1 PR)
URL removed (1 PR)
URL removed (1 PR) 
URL removed (At any category)
URL removed any  category)

Send your text link details to be added on my site, your link will be added immediately.

I will welcome any hearing from your side.


Name removed to spare Rakesh the indignity


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  1. says

    How about you make a way for me to find your site on my own. Once I find it, like it AND see that it is relevant to my site, THEN I will link to you.


  2. says

    I left out the details because in the past when I used an example and left the details in, the person who’s name and email addres I left in got so angry they threatened me. So, I leave them out now, and figure if someone is clever enough, there are ways you could find them. That way I’m not as likely to incur the wrath of an embarassed spammer.

  3. Anonymous says

    What’s the point of leaving out teh details, if you can just search for their requested description that other websites have actually given them and fine them with a detour?

    Oh em gee… blogger?

  4. says

    That is a painful email. My only question I have is, when did I send that to you? I don’t recall. 😉 kidding.