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How Not To Ask For A Link Exchange

Written by George Manty  · April 9, 2008

Last week I got what I considered to be a hilarious request for a blogroll link exchange. In case you want to know how NOT to ask me for a link exchange, here is the email I was sent the other day (name of said person and sites have been removed):

Hi {find name of blogger and put here},

I am writing on behalf of the blog team at xxxxxxx, which runs the popular xxxxxxx Marketing blog.

We are hand picking a few really great blogs to add to our blog roll. If you’re interested in having your blog recommended on xxxxxx blog, please consider adding our blog to yours.

The name of our blog is xxxxxxxx.


I often get requests for links that I think are form letters. However, in this case it was an obvious form letter. I was laughing out loud when I read the line:

“We are hand picking a few really great blogs”

Really??? Hand picking???

If you ever handpick a blog to exchange links with, don’t start your email with:

Hi {find name of blogger and put here},

It kind of gives the impression that you weren’t exactly handpicking my blog.

P.S. My name is George.

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5 Responses to “How Not To Ask For A Link Exchange”

  1. doug m on April 9th, 2008 2:25 pm

    this is why people need to check their emails before hitting send. i would love for someone to make an idiot proof system where the email does spell check, grammar check, and then makes sure that recipients’ names and such are correct.

    this would help people at work who have an itchy send finger who make the mistake of sending embarrassing emails to their bosses.

  2. George Manty on April 9th, 2008 2:52 pm

    doug m,

    Yes, it would be cool to have artificial intelligence built into email programs that would prevent things like this from happening.

  3. James Mann on April 10th, 2008 3:37 am

    Getting emails like that causes me to twitch a bit. My trigger finger gets itchy and I just seem to hit the delete key.

    The length of time it takes to scan a site long enough to find a real name to use would make it much more believable wouldn’t it.

    I received an email a few days ago that said they would like to exchange links but if I didn’t have any PageRank I could just delete the message. That one got right under my skin and I email back and gave them a blast about doing some research before emailing.

    They emailed back and said if I wanted the link that bad they would add me. It got deleted somehow. ūüôā

  4. Alan from Zero and Up on April 10th, 2008 9:39 pm

    Wow! It took me a second to realize that they had actually sent you the email with the blank left in it.

    Nice to know how “personal” they are in picking sites, heh!

  5. Jonathan on April 14th, 2008 3:02 am

    I had one through recently where the spam software programme had gone wrong, so instead of getting Dear Jonathan… It read dear {Insert Name} .
    Yeah, that was a really personal request and as you can imagine it got them zero points with me! I sent them a very polite email back drawing on all the English irony I could muster

    Here is the standard email i sent back in reply:

    Dear {Insert Name}

    Thank you for your kind link exchange request to your site called {insert site} I am very pleased to hear that you take such a personal approach to link exchanges and have sought my site out from the thousands of other similar sites on the net without the use of any kind of spamming software.

    It makes me feel so much more valued and appreciated as a human being. I also have an associate who is interested in a link exchange with you, he is contactable via the following email address :

    Kind Regards

    {Insert Name}

    Oh and did i forget to mention I sent it 100 times. Needless to say I had a very satisfying email back saying please stop spamming us… oh the irony….....