Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the endless barage of link exchange liars that are flooding the internet and my inbox?
A day doesn't go by without someone lieing to me in an attempt to get me to link to their web site(s). It is usually done via some automated software that I would prefer wasn't even visiting my site anyways.
The lies usually start off with something like "I was just visiting your web site". BS! If they had visited my web site they would clearly see I don't have a link page.
The second lie is usually along the lines of "Since our sites have similar or complimentary content we could both benifit from exchanging links". What! Your selling designer handbags and my site is about caving and kayaking. How in the heck do they figure our sites have similar or complimentary content?
Third lie is usually pretty funny. It goes something like "Googles algorythm gives 50% to inbound links".
Then to put some icing on the cake they like to say "We have already added a link to your web site and you can see it here www.ourcrappywebsite.com/linkexchange.html". Sure enough you go to that page and they linked to your site. The problem is the "linkexchange" page isn't linked to anywhere else on their web site. So someone browsing their site is never going to see the link and it is doubtfull Google will either. Not to mention the links are rarely a direct link to your site. Instead it is some automatically generated link that won't help your link popularity one bit.
In my opinion link exchanges, or at least most link exchanges, are are as bad for the internet as spam e-mail. I personally can't wait for Google to lower the importance of inbound links to slow down or stop this crap altogther.