Are newspapers buying links now?
An interesting email thread has been passed my way. It started off with the standard sort of link building approach:
I'm from newspaper X [I've removed the names / subjects to protect the innocent]. I love your site. Here's a post I've read to prove I like it. I see you've written about Y. Is there any chance you could link to our page about Y? Thanks - did I say I loved your site?
The site in question replied asking if they could return the favour. The answer was no - with a follow up that said "If there's anything else you would require in return then please let me know, and perhaps we can come to an agreement."
Sadly, the email exchange ended there, so we'll never know whether money would fall under the category of "anything else" ...
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