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The Farmers Daughter

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I received the following email. What do you make of this? Seems kinda fishy to me. . . . Thoughts?
Hello,

We have a client that wants to advertise on the home page of your site. They want to place a short sentence with a link in it. Our client site is a lot like www.marriott.com and has some great offerings. We are ready to move forward immediately, please contact us at your convenience so we can send additional information and prepare payment.

Thanks,

Dax Kepler
Site link Manager
 
Sounds fishy to me, too. You don't want to put outgoing links on your homepage if you don't have to.
 
Yeah, we get these regularly. No matter what it seems like, why would you want to allow someone else to put a link to their site from yours? Unless you monitor this stuff all the time, in 2 weeks it could be redirected to a porn site.
And, their client site 'is like' Marriott? Why would you send anyone to a hotel from your site?
All questions rhetorical, btw. I know you don't want to send guests elsewhere. I think they offered $25/month to me in the email.
 
Yeah, we get these regularly. No matter what it seems like, why would you want to allow someone else to put a link to their site from yours? Unless you monitor this stuff all the time, in 2 weeks it could be redirected to a porn site.
And, their client site 'is like' Marriott? Why would you send anyone to a hotel from your site?
All questions rhetorical, btw. I know you don't want to send guests elsewhere. I think they offered $25/month to me in the email..
Well that's the thing. It just didn't make sense. Thanks all!
 
Come on ...you don't actually believe this kind of thing do you? SPAM SPAM..DELETE!!!
 
Come on ...you don't actually believe this kind of thing do you? SPAM SPAM..DELETE!!!.
Oh it is believeable. Companies will pay for a custom text link on a good website without question.
The catch is whether the losses the B&B website will take are worth the payment .... in my mind the answer to that is a definite NO.
Too many risks:
  1. Loss of guests or traffic as people follow a link off to another site.
  2. Loss of pagerank for internal pages as you give a portion to this site.
  3. Loss of credibility with search engines for selling pagerank passing links. (yes if this is even a moderate link buying scheme, the search engines can spot it pretty quickly ... and who you link to can hurt you even though who links to you can not)
 
Come on ...you don't actually believe this kind of thing do you? SPAM SPAM..DELETE!!!.
Oh it is believeable. Companies will pay for a custom text link on a good website without question.
The catch is whether the losses the B&B website will take are worth the payment .... in my mind the answer to that is a definite NO.
Too many risks:
  1. Loss of guests or traffic as people follow a link off to another site.
  2. Loss of pagerank for internal pages as you give a portion to this site.
  3. Loss of credibility with search engines for selling pagerank passing links. (yes if this is even a moderate link buying scheme, the search engines can spot it pretty quickly ... and who you link to can hurt you even though who links to you can not)
.
A good website maybe... not just sned inquiry to just about every B & B. and Why would a B &B want to drive business to a hotel???
 
I usually do not go past the first sentence without hitting delete. I dod not even want to know the pitch - it is OUT!
 
Come on ...you don't actually believe this kind of thing do you? SPAM SPAM..DELETE!!!.
Oh it is believeable. Companies will pay for a custom text link on a good website without question.
The catch is whether the losses the B&B website will take are worth the payment .... in my mind the answer to that is a definite NO.
Too many risks:
  1. Loss of guests or traffic as people follow a link off to another site.
  2. Loss of pagerank for internal pages as you give a portion to this site.
  3. Loss of credibility with search engines for selling pagerank passing links. (yes if this is even a moderate link buying scheme, the search engines can spot it pretty quickly ... and who you link to can hurt you even though who links to you can not)
.
A good website maybe... not just sned inquiry to just about every B & B. and Why would a B &B want to drive business to a hotel???
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catlady said:
Why would a B &B want to drive business to a hotel???
Because there are a lot of innkeepers who make very stupid decisions about their websites and are easily swayed by a little mis-information.
 
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