Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Call me a curmudgeon but I do not do "reciprocal links" on my blog

Arrg.  I am so sick of getting emails from people hawking some blog site saying "We like your blog ... if you link to us we will link to you."  Here is an examply I just got
Saw the “The Tree of Life” blog and thought it was great. I wanted to introduce our blog to you. The XXX Blog (http://www.XXXX.com/blog/) has been created as a place where blah blah blah. Would you be interested in reciprocal linking? We will link to you on the XXX Blog http://www.xxxx.com/blog/ and our other blog the xxxxx http://xxx.wordpress.com/. If you are interested feel free to contact us xxx@xxxx.com .
Here is another one:
My latest site is dedicated to xxxxx. If you would like to exchange links I would be more than happy to trade my link in exchange for a reciprocal link on your site. If you agree, please place my link: 
TEXT: xxxx                       
URL: http://www.xxxx.com
Desc. (optional): The top xxxx xxx xxx for your xxx xxx. .  
Send link placement and your link information to wrap up the exchange
I am sorry but I put up links that I find interesting.  And I do not post links in exchange for others posting links to me.  Am I somehow missing out on something?  I know people are trying to game google hits but I want nothing to do with it.


  1. I totally just got both those e-mails. I don't feel nearly as special as I did a minute ago. Not that I was going to do the link-sharing thing, but I liked to think the offer only applied to me...

  2. Crap. Now I don't feel special either.

  3. I get about half a dozen of these per day. I send them to Spam folder automatically, without opening.

  4. Yes, but if I did that Bora then I would have to have something intelligent to blog about

  5. I got the same one (1st one) too; didn't get the second. You all are clearly more special than me.

  6. It's one thing when they comment and put their links on one of your posts, but this is totally absurd!

  7. I feel quite meek as I do not get these emails. Maybe you can forward them to me.

    Seriously though, how tacky. Whatever happened to nice, subtle, social networking. (Ok, now can you add me to your blogroll?)

  8. Ooh - I just got another one - this one even weirder


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