As part of my involvement in the Mozilla project, I am responsible for a page of links to various companies which use some of our software. (You can probably figure out which one I mean, but I won’t mention it because last time I did we had a load of fraudulent submissions.) Recently, I got the following email:
Paid Backlink Request
We are wish to place our PR3 Seo company backlink in This place <url> , We do not use <software>, just want a Permanant backlink from this page. if yes please let me know this charge ? and payment method ?
Without committing to anything, I inquired as to what sort of money was available. After a couple of exchanges, I got this:
My budget Not more than 50$ per PR7,8 link, if yes pm me payment details?
I find that fascinating, and a lot more than I expected. (The page in question currently has a PR of 7.) If one link is worth $50, there is clearly serious money in gaming search engines. My blog has a PR of 7 also. Hmm… ;-)
I did, it goes without saying, turn the offer down.