Double Check Your 3-way Link requests

We’ve received several requests recently for three way link exchanges that are complete spam. Earlier, I wrote how 3-way link exchanges help the site they are intended to help – the site you are being asked to link to… but do little to help your site. Usually it will be a request for a link from “Boring-Useless-Web-Directory.com” to your site in exchange for a link from your small, concise, topic-matching resource page to their site.

These requests however, appear to be a link from a really nice, on-topic site or page – to your site… in exchange for a link to your site. Tempting?

Does the site they are linking from sound familiar? It should – it’s a link that’s already in place. Basically – they write saying they’ve placed a link in ‘our site’, but instead its a link that’s already been in that directory for some time, that you or someone else arranged. Most of the time we receive these – it’s a good chuckle because the site they claim to be theirs – is another one of our client sites. They could at least CREATIVELY spam!

Here’s what every single e-mail we’ve rec’d looks like — we’ve x’d out some details to protect the websites.

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We have placed your link here on our site HERE :

http://www.xxxxxxxxx.com/xxxxxx/directory.asp

We have used the following linking details for your site :

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URL: http://www.xxxxxxxxxxxx.net/

TITLE: Site title

DESCRIPTION: Site description

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I would be glad if you could provide a three way link to our site http://xxxxxxx.org/ site on your links page.You can copy and paste our linking code below on your links page:

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URL: http://xxxxx.org/

TITLE (CLICKABLE): driving traffic school

DESCRIPTION: dmv driving traffic school, drivers ed drivers education insurance.

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Thanks,

Various names and Email addresses
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I really really want to post the domain name and the website that these spammers are operating from, but I can’t in such a public forum. You are welcome to write us however, and I will give you the domain name of this company so you can block their e-mails, as we have.

About Sara Mannix

Sara Mannix is the CEO of Mannix Marketing, Inc., a Digital Marketing Agency headquartered in Glens Falls, NY. She founded Mannix Marketing in 1996 with a goal to get clients "found" on the web through organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The company now serves over 1500 clients worldwide and employs a team of nearly 30 specialists, still operating under the tagline "We Get You Found On The Web." This multifaceted company is an industry leader, specializing in organic SEO, Conversion Rate Optimization, SEO-friendly Website Design, Online Advertising, Social Media and more. Mannix Marketing also has one of the largest portfolios of tourism and city guides in Upstate New York. These guides, which include Albany.com, Saratoga.com, LakeGeorge.com, GlensFallsRegion.com, CliftonPark.com and Adirondack.net, reach over 10 million visitors a year. Corresponding social media profiles for the region extend this reach to millions more on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and more.