Link requests are a bother to us all, they invade our inbox's, take up our time, and nine times out of ten, they appear to be written by a monkey with social issues. But we also have to write them, at least now and again right? So what makes a good link request, and what makes a bad one? Stuntdubl does a great job of pointing out examples of bad link requests with some truly horrendous emails he's doctored to protect the guilty. He goes on to talk about how to write a good link request. It's well worth the read regardless of how successful you think you are at this...
Personally, i'd have some issues with his good example though. I think by the time the request came, i'd see it for what it was, and feel cheated or deceived. Frankly i'd be quite pissed off. Maybe im on my own there though, having been a sales for a horribly long time before i did this stuff, im naturally "looking for the catch". What do you think, would it pass muster with you?
I'd prefer a more direct approach, with many of the elements stuntdubl includes in his post. Particulary:
- Be personal
- Be relevant
and i'd add to that, be polite, and to the point. There's nothing worse than beating around the bush, i don't have time to listen to you witter on, tell me what you want.
Thoughts on good link requests anyone?