The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 May 2006

Ever so slightly suspicious

Twice in two days, I have received basically the same email from two different names at the same domain (, and it went like this:

I am looking to purchase 5 text link ads on Each ad is two to three words in length and can be placed anywhere on your page as long as the ads are visible on the majority of pages on your website. I would be willing to pay for 3 months of advertising up front. Would you be interested?

I responded to the first with "I have no open slots, but thank you for thinking of us," or something to that effect; I blew off the second.

These guys seem legit, or as legit as an operation can be and still use phrases like "leverages its unique capabilities with strategic partners to create new business opportunities", but there's still the question: "Why me?"

Posted at 9:40 PM to Blogorrhea

Well, you do have a large reader base. Taking a quick peak at Marketleap's link popularity check, you rank right between Southwest Airlines and Target. Not too shabby. :-) I wouldn't blame someone for wanting to advertise on your page.

I guess if the offers are legit, it's more of a matter of if you wish your blog to be ad associated, or keep it personal, if that makes any sense.

Posted by: Mike Goodwin at 6:04 AM on 20 May 2006

Each ad is two to three words in length...

What will they say, "Eat at Joe's"?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:21 AM on 20 May 2006

With my luck, it's "Xanax Poker Party."

Posted by: CGHill at 9:47 AM on 20 May 2006

Page Rank

Posted by: Jay at 11:54 AM on 20 May 2006

Why you?

Obviously, you have strategic leveragability. I think it's something like being the kid most likely to get wedgies.

Posted by: Mike at 1:31 PM on 20 May 2006

I have heard from someone who did deal with these guys, and they're kosher (no, not in the dietary sense). It's a smallish but apparently steady income. Still, I'm persuaded that my perceived PageRank is largely illusory, and anyway, I don't feel like rewriting the templates this week.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:25 PM on 20 May 2006