• http://www.anotherblogger.com Aaron B. Hockley

    My biggest pet peeve about folks wanting links is your #2: the so-called linking policy. Merely suggesting a linking policy demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding about the entire nature and origins of the WWW.

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/wordpress/ Michael Martinez

    Hear hear! Well said! Can’t be said enough!

  • http://www.onthetiles.blogspot.com Johnny T

    I agree with each of your points, Eric. My pet peeve is related to the industry I do search marketing for: e-commerce websites. A few of the sites I work on are truly authority websites, but building links in difficult because of the “oh, you’re selling something” stigma. Grrrr.

  • http://www.searchenginemarketinglead.com Tilak

    I fully agree with Eric.

  • http://froggblog.leapfrogg.co.uk/ claire stokoe

    I totally agree with Eric. Spamdexers and link farmers make life very hard for those of us wishing to add value to certain relevant categories and interests. I don’t think paid links should have such bad press when there are, to coin an Ericism ‘human linkbots’ Flooding the websphere with irrelevant bile and making it all very unpleasant for the rest of us. Perhaps Google should supply us with bright pink relevancy arm bands to keep us afloat and noticeable amongst the great unwashed?

  • http://www.seo-pr.com Greg Jarboe

    Eric, I rolled on the floor laughing on your rant. Begging for links has got to be the most humiliating part of SEO these days. And in the summer! At least the French have got it figured out. They take August off and don’t even pretend to work that month.

  • http://www.oldschoolseo.com oldschoolseo

    Per #5, I recently hypothesized that Google will eventually pick up on the .EDU scam and make these links have little relevance. Stay tuned and we’ll see.

    Here is the post to that article:
    http://www.oldschoolseo.com/2007/05/28/will-gaming-edu-domains-reduce-the-link-juice/

  • http://www.misscellania.com Miss Cellania

    I get these automated requests all the time. But the other day, I got a comment that tickled me. My name and blog start with “Miss” and the comment started with “Dear Sir or Madam, I enjoyed reading you blog…” Yeah, right.

  • http://www.howipromotemywebsite.com smnash

    I don’t take it quite so personally as Eric (lol), but I *do* hate the lack of personal contact there is in link requests. Surely, if you really want to link to a site, you find out something about that site first, like the site owner’s name at least. Etc.

  • http://www.oursheet.com Mario Ruiz

    IF WE DO NOT LIKE THE MAIL WHEN THEY ASK FOR “ANYTHING” AND GET GET SO ANNOYED FOR ANYTHING HOW WE SHOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO CONTACT US TO LINK THEIR PAGE… MAYBE THEY HAVE A GOOD PRODUCT

  • http://www.referencementsiteinternet.ca Referencement

    Hi there,

    I agree. I really hate having to delete all the spam messages I received on my blog every morning. It’s a total waste of time and gets me very frustrated! I hope Google will do something about these ‘fake’ edu links.