If you run a website, I am sure you have had the generic emails that are generated by a piece of software used from a template. You know the ones:
I happened upon your website, www.goosh.co.uk, and I was blown away by how informative and interesting it was …
But when do these auto-generated, mass-email link requests become an insult?Right from the start it seems
I recently found your website, [targetdomain], by chance using the Google/Yahoo/Bing search engine. I found your website very deep within Google/Yahoo/Bing as it was not easy to find when I was searching for [keyword001].
As owner of [yourdomain] I would like to help your website get found in Google/Yahoo/Bing by swapping links with you. I offer you a link on my other website [yourdomain2] for the fee of $135.00 and in return you can link to me at [yourdomain].
This will help you get more traffic/visitors/friends and will help you in Google/Yahoo/Bing
Email me …
Not only does it seem that the template link request didn’t spit out the email correctly, but the template itself is downright insulting by inferring that it performs badly. Then to ask for money after insulting my website (which could have been my FrontPage designed pride & joy for all they knew since they didn’t care who they sent it to).
I suppose I am having a little whinge, but I am a great advocate of personal link building; Passionate, personal and friendly link building requests – not auto generated drivel that someone didn’t even care to check actually printed out their message correctly.