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November 2004

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November 22

I've been getting a lot of links requests for the Rebeccaworks site, from what appears to be a links farm. All the requests, none of which I've accepted, have been the same wording, with the exception of the name of the site requesting the link. All the sites themselves have looked quite similar. And all of them seem to be nothing more than gateway pages to other, nationally-known businesses, in some sort of attempt to make customers think they represent the other business.

I've had offers to exchange links with sites like (and I'm giving them a fake name), "XYZ," only to find out that's some sort of gateway to an upscale company that sells high-end merchandise. Once you click on the "gift catalog" link at good old XYZ, you're taken to the other company's site, unannounced.

And that offends me. I have affiliate agreements with several businesses, found on my Rebeccaworks links page. I make a small amount of money if someone clicks through and makes a purchase. But I don't try to represent myself as anything other than an affiliate of theirs.

Apparently these people asking me for reciprocal links want me to help them make money off whatever affiliate agreements they have with the high-end merchants. And I suspect the high-end merchants don't realize they're being presented as being all that closely involved with XYZ.

So, in case representatives of XYZ or its fellow businesses on the apparent farm are reading this, I'll say you won't be getting a link on my site, because I don't like how you're doing business.

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