Should I Trust Them???

by Lee McKenna Banned
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Hi Warriors,

Ok you have probably seen the emails come into your inbox because I get them all the time. Its only since I've started doing SEO that I have taken notice to them and not just hit delete them.

Let me copy and paste the email I just got. And by the way I get a lot of the same emails from other to...

My name is Abigail Cox and I was wondering if you are interested in exchange links, I'll place your link on my site exactly here:

ec3consulting(dot)net PR3
accountingtracy(dot)com PR2

If you agree please send me your site details:

Title:
Url:


I´ll place your link in less than 24 hours, then I'll send you an email with my info.

Regards




If you don't want to receive more mails just reply with "unsubscribe".

So what do you think? Is it worth replying and exchanging links?

I would like a professional opinion please.

Lee McKenna
#trust
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    If you don't want to receive more mails just reply with "unsubscribe".
    Obviously it's spam If you never subscribed.

    They want you to click that fake unsubscribe button to continue the spam, virus, or whatever...

    Hit the delete button on the inbox.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rankx
    I got those and it was fine. I did the link exchange and found my link on their site. I checked the PR of their site and it was just as they stated. I have no idea how they got my email but they did so you can try it out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lee McKenna
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      Yes I did try it out and I did see my link on there sites.

      I just had to give them a link.

      I was just worried incase it hurt my SEO. But I guess it cant do any harm.

      If its a good way to do SEO we should find out what they are doing?

      Its obviously spam but I bet they get a lot of backlinks doing deals like this if they email the right people.
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      • Profile picture of the author IM Ash
        Originally Posted by Lee McKenna View Post

        Yes I did try it out and I did see my link on there sites.

        I just had to give them a link.

        I was just worried incase it hurt my SEO. But I guess it cant do any harm.

        If its a good way to do SEO we should find out what they are doing?
        2 way Link exchanges leaves a discernible footprint. 3 way links are far more valuable i.e. 3 sites - site A, site B and site C where A links to B, B links to C, and C links to A (ABCA)
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        • Profile picture of the author Nicky Papers
          Originally Posted by Eleva8 View Post

          2 way Link exchanges leaves a discernible footprint. 3 way links are far more valuable i.e. 3 sites - site A, site B and site C where A links to B, B links to C, and C links to A (ABCA)
          Agreed. Link exchanges are overrated in my opinion. Keep an eye on your link on their site over the next couple of months. It will probably be taken down and you'll forget about the link that you put on your site.

          I'm not saying this will happen to you, I'm just trying to make you aware of the reality of these "type" of link exchanges.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sunitha Chawala
    three way link exchanges are good technique but involves a lot of time
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  • Profile picture of the author masterjani
    I already tried.

    Mostly they will place your link. But they post hundreds of links with adult sites links too. That will hurt our site. stay away from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicktyler
    It is just spamming and link farming. Both of which will get you the slap at some point. Probably sooner rather than later.
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  • Profile picture of the author bermuda
    These are spam emails which are sent to thousands of email accounts on a daily basis and you are recommended to delete them even unread. Some of them might even contain attachments which would serious look like threats as they can contain viruses or Trojans. The interesting point is that they simply are using anonymous email accounts and when you click on their links, you will not actually arrive on their sites as they simply do not exist and they try to gather addresses.

    The more email accounts addresses they have, the more spam letters will be sent to them also. If you send them a reply or click on the unsubscribe button which naturally is a trap to find active emails of the users, your inbox will be filled with more such advertisements because they will know that someone will be receiving the messages. Ignoring such mails would be the best policy and if you need to use SEO products, get in touch with reputable companies individually.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melvolio
    It's not necessarily spam.

    Many SEO companies find suitable websites to link from and then send the webmaster a mail soliciting links in this way. They can get your address from your site, or your WHOIS.

    It may be a mahoosive con, but as you would with any company with whom you do business, carry out some background research.

    I've both ignored and responded to such mails and I've never been virused-up or mail-bombed so I don't think you need to worry, but unless you're desperate for a link exchange ignore em. Or tell them you'll do it for xxx amount of cash.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    With the time it took you to open one email, read it 3x, come here to open a thread, discuss it, think about it, and then take a decision, you could have:

    Buy a new domain name related to your niche,
    install WP,
    create 2 new pages,
    create 2 links in each page to one of your best sites.

    Voila, your very own link exchange. 15-25 minutes tops. Probably the same time you took to get here.

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    • Profile picture of the author basita
      I have also received these. I did try it out at the beginning and found that a real person answered me (not the same as the name given in the email) and did place my link on their site as promised. Since I kept receiving the same message from different people, however, I did some research and found that:

      1) all the different websites trace back to the same registrant, whose name is Paige Price.
      2) the so-called PR3 websites had been registered just a few days prior to receiving the link request. Therefore, the PR is clearly faked.

      I have since removed the links from my sites and written to ask whoever it is to stop sending these requests. This morning I received another one - different name, same website this time. From now on I'll filter it with Gmail.
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    The emails look very spammy, always the same way, but the people behind it seem legit, I've had some communications with them in the past and it seemed like a legit deal, later on I just forgot about it though.

    Back then I didn't check if the PR was fake or real, it's almost 2 years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author jovykhan
    If you don't want to receive more mails just reply with "unsubscribe".
    I also find this annoying. Am I obligated to? I did not subscribe in the first place.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    I don't even read the complete mail. Just a look is enough to delete such mails....
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  • Profile picture of the author Velant
    Originally Posted by Lee McKenna View Post




    I´ll place your link in less than 24 hours, then I'll send you an email with my info.

    Regards




    If you don't want to receive more mails just reply with "unsubscribe".
    Lee McKenna
    That sounds like a spam with a risk of catching a virus or malware - don't click on it!
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  • Profile picture of the author khooster1
    Don't take shortcuts..
    These links will look unnatural after a while..
    There are ways search engines will find out through
    Proxies, IP address, link patterns
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