The past few days, I’ve been Googling around to find sites that link to other Web sites that are related to my profession, but not the site that I’ve been running for about 12 years. For the owners of these sites, I composed a fill-in-the-blank semi-personalized letter letting the recipient know that they seem to be missing a site in their linkroll, and tell them about mine - without using superlatives, SEO jargon, or anything that seems like advertising or chest-thumping.
The majority of those sites that have links to “everywhere but elmwood’s site” are blogs. When I try to find a contact address on them, about half have nothing, not even a munged email address or .jpg with the address to foil spammers. The majority of these sites are on Blogger/Blogspot, so I can’t check domain name records to find the owner’s email address. Literally, the only way of contacting them is to post a comment, and to do so would make me feel like I’m comment spamming.
(bangs head on table)