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Topic # 12103 28-Feb-2007 09:14
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my friend who has started a web hosting company has emailed about 100 site owners to ask if they would put a link on their website to his,and in return he will put a link on his website to theirs. So this is completely free. he is not asking for money,is this considered spam?
 because alot of websites tell you to do this. and spam is only when you email someone advertising something or when you ask someone to buy something right? if the site owners report his emails as spam,will whatever spam filter they are using just block his email address or will they report it to authorities?


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Reply # 62239 28-Feb-2007 09:19
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I don't report but I considere rude. If it is a business then they should consider advertising. After all some of the sites are a business also and need to sell ad space to pay the bills. I only link to sites in the valid context of a blog entry or  news or review article.






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  Reply # 62250 28-Feb-2007 12:29
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you have to ask the question 'whats in it for me?' (WIFFM). And for the companies approached - probably nothing.

E.g. if Geekzone was one of the sites approached, then its a great deal for the webhoster to have a link on a site like this, but how valuable would it be to Geekzone to have a link on a commercial webhosting site, that is specifically attracting people looking for webhosting, who are unlikely to want to sidetrack off to something else at the time.

Id be surprised if your friend gets even 5 reciprocal links out of it.

Reciprocal links need to be of fairly equal value/usefulness, or to direct traffic between obscure and hard to find sites (e.g. "Heres a link to another Venezuelan Midget Morris Dancers site")







 
 
 
 




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Reply # 62301 28-Feb-2007 16:36
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so now that new zealand just passed an antispam law that comes into affect on september 1 2007,does that mean that only people who spam from september 1st 2007 will be in trouble? it doesn't back date does it? like my friend who sent these emails that may be considered spam,will he get in trouble because the law doesn't come into effect yet and he sent the emails in february 2007?
 

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