Better Link Advertising

February 1, 2010  |  by Ari  |  Link Building

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Sorry for the lack of posting, life events and projects that actually generate ROI have priority right now.

Anyway if you’re a web publisher and get an email from Better Link Advertising, that ends with:

don’t have the biggest budget, but hopefully there is a reasonable price we could arrange. Please let me know if you’re interested, and if not thanks for your time.

Then you need to know that it’s actually Geary Interactive, and I imagine they have a rather large budget.


52 Comments


  1. Excuse me for being contrary (hehe), but I’m scratching my head wondering about this post. The link you supplied is a site that never opens for me, so I can’t actually check it out. Maybe if I could, all would be clear, but I’m not sure that would help. I guess I want to know more, rather than reading this, and saying, “so?”. Surely there’s a really good point in there but I’m just not getting what it is. (could very well be my own fault in that). :) How about a hint?

  2. Donna,
    Their site is down.. They are masquerading as BetterLinkAdvertising.com and trying to buy text links for pennies on the dollars.. I thought I would make their life a bit more difficult.

  3. LOL, ok, *now* I get the point. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I knew you’d have a good reason for the post, I just couldn’t figure out what it was. :)

  4. Hi Ari, how do you know it is Geary? Not much detail on the betterlinkadvertising.com site, anonymous DNS, and using 1and1.com to hide.

  5. Domaintools is your friend.

  6. Ah, I’m too cheap to pay for their historical tools so all I see is the current registration info. But I’ll believe you on this. :-) Thanks!

  7. Thanks for this info. I just received the very same email with the request to put a text link on my home page for $70 for the year. My site sells t-shirts. The link was for another t-shirt website.

  8. Just received their email. Did a Google search and arrives here. Thanks for the info. Will just ignore them.

  9. Sorry, I don’t quite get it? I just got the same sort of an email. Shall I treat it as a scam?

  10. I got one from them as well on behalf of a client, poor grammar, looked like a scam, but I sent them a quote for an outrageous rate and I’ll see what happens. I figure if they’re going to waste my time, I might as well get a bit of theirs in return.

  11. Why give them a do-follow link for essentially doing bad?

  12. Thank you! I received the exact same email a few days apart, one from “Cassandra Smith”, and another from “Belle Parker” – the names sounded spammy too :) I hope they stop spamming my contact form.

  13. OMG, thank you so much! LOL some company is trying to get links at cheap price. What is this world coming too!!!!

    Are you kidding me?

    I run a fairly popular blog and get emails like this all the time, but I use the delete button and call it a day. I suggest you do too.

  14. Yeah, I routinely delete this sort of thing too. – But BetterLink deserves the notice here, because they’re *so* spammy with their emails. I got 4 emails from them the night before last, all within 2 hours of each other, all with different (spammy) names (all female, though). I expect some level of this, but these guys got through our Postini email filters, and are obviously trying to conceal who they are. Worth the note, happy to find this page here calling them out…

  15. My email to Kim Sommers:

    Kim,

    I usually charge $600 annually for a link of that nature but since you seem nice I’ll give it to you for $300 per year. Please provide me with the URL of the link so I can check that the site meets my criteria for linking to.

    Best regards,

    xxxx

    Haha. I hope it is obvious that I am setting the arrangement up for failure.

  16. For the record: They DO pay. It comes down to whether it’s worth it for you to add a link at the price they’re offering. For smallish personal and project blogs with virtually no ad-revenue their offer CAN be a good thing.

  17. Just got one of these submitted through my site email form asking for a cheap link for a managed web hosting company. Thanks for exposing this.

  18. Thanks for the discussion. I had a client ask about this one this morning and figured someone else had run into it too. For some reason, if I can show my clients a page like this, they are more likely to believe me when I tell them it’s spam.

    I have posted your page on my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for my students and clients.

  19. Just got my first one too. First thing I do with emails like this is check who they are, it lead me to this post. :)

  20. Hi

    I just got one too, thanks to this page I am not even going to reply. I would’nt want advertising on my pages anyway. By the way what would be the rate for a advert to a popular blog?

  21. I think it’s spam. Who’s waiting to get this kind of e-mails.

  22. My friend got this same email. He runs a blog and decided to see it through. After placing the link they sent him $75 via Paypal.

    He said it was the easiest $75 he’s ever earned.

    He runs a relatively busy and somewhat well-known blog (in his community at least), but I’m not sure how they found him.

    Apparently they target sites whose content is similar to the sites they’re linking back to.

    They don’t ask for any sensitive information, and it’s literally just a matter of putting a link back to whatever site they’re trying to increase the page rank for.

    So if you’re all looking for quick cash, I suppose this isn’t a bad way to go.

  23. I think people are correct if highlighting this scam Jared rather than calling it a day as you suggested. You sound like you work for ‘Geary’ . I had one of these e-mails and I have responded asking them how much they are willing to pay and there has been no answer. Also….thier website goes now where. Steer well clear folks.

  24. So what is there method when they send you a request and then dont answer my polite responses ????

  25. It’s also worth mentioning that buying or selling links for SEO benefit (which is what they are doing) is officially against Google’s terms of service of course.

    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66736

    So you could potentially get a slapped wrist from Google for selling them a few links.

    Maybe somebody should ask betterlinkadvertising if they are happy with nofollows?

  26. My version had an incomplete link to a page on my web-site. It took me a while to work out what was missing. Then I tried to click on the Better Advertising link (same results as everyone else). Then Googled and found this site. Thank you for the info. “Nicole Bryce’s” email will now be binned!

  27. I always tell them that it’s a ‘no follow’ link. That’s enough to usually stop them coming back. Funnily enough, they’ve just tried again, 3 months later!

    Bin the emails.

  28. Everyone is quick to label this site “spam”, but I’m not seeing any reasons why. It seems they don’t lie, they pay on time, they don’t need personal/sensitive information and they ask for relatively little.

    The question is whether or not they violate Google’s policy of buying links. Can anyone confirm whether placing one of their links on your site will violate Google’s terms?

  29. Funny thing.

    I just got an email from them.

    I guess the big issue seems to be they make it seem like they can’t pay “top” dollar. However, once you are given the site to link to, there are tools to try to determine if they are big or small budget companies.

    I would be hesitant to put a paid link on our site without proper citation. Google doesn’t say you can’t have paid links, they don’t want you to have paid links for the purpose of boosting PR.

    I did suggest in my email that the link would need the nofollow attribute. I’ll come back and let you know what happens.

    cd :O)

  30. Yep,

    I just got this same email. It is funny because paid links that pass pagerank area big no-no for google, PERIOD.

    If anyone reported them, they would be in big trouble.

    That is interesting though that it is really Geary, and they are trying to pretend to be another company.

  31. I appreciated finding this information as “Belle Parker” had contacted us. We are a Child Safety group and they asked for ” a small piece of real estate ” on our site for another safety group. Since I know most of the people in this field, I asked which group. She never got back to us.

  32. Just got two of these from “Catherine Walker” and “Jewel Lewis” – the names are always just a little improbable, I somehow can’t imagine someone called Catherine Walker pimping Pagerank links for a living. As a poster above notes, stipulating you will add the nofollow attribute to the link pretty much guarantees they won’t respond.

    For those not bothered about their google rank it’s easy pocket money, but as ever just reduces the value of your own and others hard work.

  33. I’m with Sturdy on this; seems above board but my concern is whether I’ll upset the Google bunch if I accept an ad from Better Link Advertising. It’s sure not the first time I’ve been asked for a cheap rate, and there’s nothing wrong with that except I’m tired of the entire planet talking about it’s lousy budget. No-one wants to pay for anything these days!

  34. Oops – just saw the last 2 comments and it seems a definite no-go. Thanks everyone!

  35. Why are they spam? Let me count the ways:

    1. Lots of emails from a bogus person (I know this because I receive many from them).

    2. When you respond to their email, answers take 1-2 weeks for a single reply.

    3. Their website works sporadically

    4. Their website has no contact information except for an 800 # that goes straight to a voicemail with an Indian accent.

    5. Anonymous DNS

  36. We’ve had various emails, Vanessa Lane, Belle Parker and Jewel Lewis. I’m not sure they are a scam, since they already have paid for links. They do however have contacted us separately, so that’s kind of strange to me anyway. It’s easy money when you consider it, but if it’s against Google’s policy we might want to remove the links.

    However, how will Google know that you have been paid to insert a certain link? Should we add the ‘no-follow’ to the links just to be sure? We never signed any agreement and already have been paid.

  37. I’ve just received one of these from “Brooke Allen”, with an unsubscribe link at the bottom. Needless to say, I clicked on that rather than replying.

  38. I just got an email from these people. I had a similar email from another company and declined because they wanted to change my content entirely. I send a very aggressive price to them and wanted to know the exact html they wanted to use.

  39. @The Caller: Never, ever click on an “unsubscribe” link from a spammer (you didn’t subscribe in the first place). It merely confirms that your address is active and allows them to sell your info as a premium mark.

  40. Residual revenue that simply keeps coming is at all times an excellent thing – but for the retirement crowd it’s critical. We wish to get something going shortly that will start producing a money circulate that can continue to develop over time but would require less and fewer work as we get older. Is that this possible? Absolutely.

  41. wanted to ask what analytics you use to check your visits, i am going now on this blog adventure thing and using hitstatcounter.com not sure if its the best but it is free. thanks in advance.

  42. I’ve read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

  43. Hello xxxxxxxxxxx,

    Thanks for your email. I’ve included some notes below for your consideration.

    I’d like to place a simple promotional text link on your page xxxxxxxxxxxto link to _http://www.gearyi.com/
    with the link text being “social media services”.

    It would be great if the link could be inside a sentence or two that I could write up so that it reads well (it won’t be overly promotional or lengthy). It could also be a sentence that’s already existing on the page.

    I would like to propose a service fee of $80 to compensate for your time and effort to add and maintain the link live on that page for at least 12 months, or longer if you prefer. We will also reach out to you after the initial 12 months with an offer to continue to maintain the link if you wish.

    If you’re interested, please get back to me and include your paypal account ID (just your email of course) for payment. I look forward to working with you in the near future.

    Sue Crawford
    Geary Interactive – lame and cheap ass company!!!

  44. Hello,

    I was inquiring about advertising on your website, xxxxxxxxxxxx. I am really interested in promoting my client’s Internet Search related website.

    Please send me an email at your earliest convenience to discuss rates and advertising options for your website.

    Thank you for your time,

    Peter L.
    peter@techadbuyers.com

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  46. That betterlinkadvertising was made by Matrixmt they hired some people in the Philippines.

  47. I received mine too, this time from Jethro Tull. Wow, at least mine comes from a famous rock group. :)

    His site is premiumlinkadvertising.com. I think I’ll try raising the rate a bit and see if he’ll bite. :)

  48. Another good post Ari… This is pretty indicative of geary’s business practices in general.

    As an seo agency, this sort of spamming is about the culmination of their “innovative marketing solutions.” As a lead generation company, their leads are great – if you have a bunch of ipads and ipods you’re looking to give away for free ;)

    Stay far away from these fraudsters if you’re looking at running a legitimate business. Love your blog, keep it up.

    -D

  49. What a joy to find sonmeoe else who thinks this way.

  50. Oh, this was a great post dude and Ive learned as well to those awesome commenter, I hope someone will contacted me in any possible advertisement to my blogs.

  51. I enjoying my self here by reading those opinion that you guys have. Ive learned either, great post and i am open as well in any advertisement just want to say though.

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