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Linkforce: Placing A Paid Link On Your Website for a Client that May Not Exist

This has got to be the most existentially perplexing link spam offer we’ve received at Irregular Times in some time:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am emailing you regarding the formation of a partnership with my client.

My name is Catherine Byrne and I work for Linkforce Ltd based here in UK. I would like to place an article on your website containing a link straight to my client’s desired URL, from a keyword of their choice on a certain topic. It would be a small text link contained within the article. In return, we would like to pay you for this.

I would like to match your website with a relevant client. However, if we do not have a relevant client, I would still like to keep your website on a database to match with future clients.

Obviously I am keen to agree a partnership as soon as possible for this project, so I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Kind Regards,

Catherine Byrne
Partnerships Executive
Linkforce Ltd

They’d like to pay Irregular Times to include a URL desired by a client that might not exist, and they want to form an agreement on behalf of that possibly non-existent client as soon as possible.

Ooh, ooh. Maybe they’re from the movie Looper. How exciting.

We never agree to do this kind of junk, in case you’re wondering. Someone must fall for it, though. I looked up this outfit — the “partnerships executive” listed above charges 375 British Pounds to set up four html pages and a single logo. Apparently, there’s a steady supply of suckers on both ends.

Here’s the surreal kicker. Right under the signature that attributes the entire offer to “Linkforce Ltd” comes a statement declaring that none of that statement may be attributed to “Linkforce Ltd,” and that it “may be” illegal for me to share the message publicly with you:

This e-mail communication & any attachments are confidential & for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). Any review, reliance, dissemination, distribution, copying or other use is strictly prohibited & may be illegal.

Any opinions expressed in this communication are personal & are not attributable to Linkforce or any of its associate companies.

It only “may be” illegal for me to share this ludicrous invitation with you in the sense that it “may be” true that I am Papa Smurf. In reality-land, I’m not legally bound to keep this unethical link farming request confidential, unless I explicitly agree to do so — which I don’t. Why would I want to keep this quiet? Absurdist love poems from corporate pimps are things of beauty, and beauty should be shared.

6 thoughts on “Linkforce: Placing A Paid Link On Your Website for a Client that May Not Exist”

  1. Dave says:

    Caring and sharing. It’s what it’s all about.

  2. Ross Parker says:

    I get these from Linkforce fairly regularly, always from different people. Often I say yes, to see what will happen. The answer is very little. They don’t appear to have any clients to match with me, which makes their repeated solicitation seem rather inefficient. I think Google’s new ranking algorithm now punishes spamlinks more effectively. As such, I think I might carry one just to punish them and their idiot clients. I did once carry a link on my site for a year via a similar firm, and received a round £100 for the pleasure. It lived in an old blog post that nobody but search robots ever saw. Perhaps it harmed by search rankings to carry it, but I am not a business and I care not about my search ranking. So free money. I do pity the goofball marketer that paid for it though. I can’t see it as value for them.

  3. Diane says:

    I get these all the time, then when you agree they tell you your PR rating isn’t good enough and you need two google backlinks etc, lots of jargon, mine is a free site for people to visit and use and I make enough on advertising to keep it free for people to view. I have to reply to all requests as some are genuine however this one is definitely one to steer clear of. I get paid anything from £250 to £450 by clients to place an article linking to there sites and they stay there for a year and at renewal I always try and reduce fees for them if they are staying and we have more clients. There are plenty more idiots out there trying to pull a fast one to get useless links on our sites.

  4. Thiago says:

    Well it is strange, because they really paid me U$$ 500 to put in my website with the tags “Como Apostar”, in 2012.

    I put the link after i got the money and in brazilian google this website is really in first page of “como apostar” in google. When was linked by my website (for 6 months) it was 1st in google for this tag.

    P.S. my PR was 5 at that time. Now is 4.

  5. Diane says:

    Thiago then it still is a bad thing then if your PR rating was 5 and now a 4 it has gone down…. How can that be GOOD! 🙂

    1. J Clifford says:

      I agree. Putting junk links on your web site marks you as a junk site.

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