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Get Your Free Links From….

I hope that title was at least a little funny.

Anyway, we’re at 204 Sphinns over at the Greatest Hits page, which is great. But with the clamp down on paid links and the difficulties people have getting the “A” list to acknowledge them with links, I feel like we have an opportunity to push onwards. I know my dream of rolling the counter over 999 to 4 digits is rather “lofty”, but I see no reason why we can’t gather a bunch more of the Sphinn folks together on another “thank you” page right here. With desphinning coming soon, our current opportunity to bust the counter may never exist again. Also, I received word that someone is quietly raising Sphinns for himself to try and take the top spot away, which may include some organized desphinning down the road. That just seems so scammy, doesn’t it?

So if you haven’t already, go give that post a Sphinn, drop a comment here (which by the way, is a link) or send me an email and I’ll add you to the list of supporters as I thank the new ones on this page. Understand? I knew you would. Typical rules of good behavior apply.. no spammy achor text, please, and no abuse of Sphinn (via fake accounts, etc). If you are a genuine marketers, remember than linking to this post and linking to the Sphinn post help draw attention and increase the Sphinn count too. Doing so in the context of a conversation about How Marketers Can Help Other Marketers, or How Circulation Helps Marketing, or How Grass Roots Works Despite The Big Boys, or Sphinning for Links works, would be especially useful.

I tried to link out to everyone on the original post, although not everyone provided URLs or asked for links. if I missed anyone let me know now, in this post, and I’ll make it right.

Note about this blog and Paid Links: No, sorry, I won’t accept any offers for paid links from this blog. Please don’t ask. I value this blog and want to protect the integrity of this blog as a trusted web site in the Google universe. I follow the Google Guidelines as best as I can understand them, and I do not accept “paid reviews” unless they are very well funded, and even those will get nofollow links (in most cases). I like to play backgammon online, but that in no way suggests I have been paid for a link to a backgammon site like I link to sites I trust and friends I trust. I link not because I am trying to influence search engines, but because I am trying to influence my friends. Duh.

The following people have already Sphunn the post pushing it to 204 Sphinns: dannysullivan, claireschoen, vanessafox, webuildpages, neil, randfish, graywolf, billslawski, Silver, 0thelisa, penbeatssword, Wiep, JeremyLuebke, Derick, SimonHeseltine, DavidWallace, SEMaven, B10G, DaveDavis, toddmintz, willcritchlow, JohnWeb, Aviva, vbin, chickenhole, Sebastian, pratt, SEOish, Naoise, MattMcGee, stefanjuhl, JeffHinds, webconnoisseur, DazzlinDonna, seosuresh, TimDineen, tonyruscoe, patrickaltoft, alex, Mel66, DLPerry, SEOHonolulu, toprank, akrone, PPCblogger, avi, HawaiiSEO, aerobe, billse, Lyndon, phaithful, seoz87, oggin, socialmedia, kevgibbo, AdamCarson, HamletBatista, mjesales, gabs, bhartzer, AndreyMilyan, MarketingGuy, mellonstock, AmyGreer, kimber, dedmond29, FetalMinds, JohnMu, bwelford, Sergi, Hobo, ScottFish, DoshDosh, fantomaster, BrettFromTibet, algoholic, bsaric, nathanholman, kelvinnewman, LukeRegan, fskipper, ciaran, Cumbrowski, squishee, 97thfloor, NatashaRobinson, Ramkarthik, aimClear, TannerC, Skitzzo, majorbta, toddemaus, Gamermk, rdash, MariosAlexandrou, shor, illumini, Mendax, dreras, lorenbaker, RuZ, wolftrust, Jeremy, SEOinSeattle, robwatts, searchcommander, ViperChill, SearchBuzz, JamesOmdahl, AndyBeard, ColinCochrane, kpraveenkumars, ManishPandey, steaprok, must, Rhea, erik, MattKeegan, simo, HayMeadows, stutofts, CameronOlthuis, georgiecasey, NNCA, PaulHancox, navdigital, casieg, AutomotiveSEO, johnandrews, Syzlak, coolice, EricLander, JamesDunn, Burgo, alexorella, michaelnew20, aglobalwarming, beammeup, jimmyfloyd, sunpost, sarahdeh84, ukdaz, kiru4, seoforgoogle, dlarson104, webprofessor, SisterSledge, benbicais, cisco, EmergenceMedia, peterdavanzo, Eloi, GiorgosK, PaFinder, abhilash, tinkerbellchime, jandrew07, JDA, mhuggins, macewan, NickWilsdon, Kalena, mktgrl, dailymoolah, zacharyfox, cmswebsiteservices, roberrific, centernetworks, cmiddlebrook, CWI, controltheweb, lizblaze, gyutae, cselorio, KangoTraveler, textahead, Bill15, planecrazy, floppy, sussane, KarlRibas, mandat, mckennagene, ruchirkc, mnotman17, Lodispoto, MattSawyer, AtomBoyz, davidgrant55, jackvorety, SpostareDuro, Nicole, seanmag, Marketing, howtoknowme, EmmaJones, tobyism, sailman, konvictcollin, jahsymon, yourseomentor, askablogger, totentando, nejron.

Will you be next?

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12 Responses to “Get Your Free Links From….”

  1. sir jorge Says:

    free links? sweet!

  2. Gyutae Park Says:

    Hey John,
    Congrats on holding down that top spot in Sphinn. How about a link for me? gyutae – Winning the Web

    @Gyutae: looks like you already took one (or two). 

  3. Demerzel Says:

    What the heck, a sphinn for you it is!

  4. Jeremy Luebke Says:

    What’s a “link”?

  5. adam Says:

    spun ;)

  6. Lea de Groot Says:

    OK, OK, I was too slack first time round, but now I’ve done my marketing duty and sphunn you.
    (Lets pretend that sentence makes sense, eh? ;))

  7. Matt McGee Says:

    Hehehehe. Well, it’s comforting to know that I have the distinction of being the writer and Sphinner of the most popular Sphinn post that was never artifically popularized. :-)

  8. evilgreenmonkey Says:

    Sorry to be a party-pooper, but we request Sphinn members not to ask for Sphinns through means other than adding a Sphinn button to their site. Although your original post was tolerated, Sphinn is evolving and we don’t want to head in the direction of people paying, bartering or incentivising for Sphinns. I’ll shortly be updating the member guidelines regarding this to make the matter clearer, although in the mean time please consider that we may remove your 200 Sphinn post if you continue to ask people to Sphinn you.

    @evilgreenmonkey: Wow. Really? I didn’t know, and I guess I assumed the community would make such decisions. Should we expect a new rel tag for this sometime soon? Perhaps a rel=”nofollow”  requirement for all Sphinns tainted by favors or “paying, bartering or incentivising”? Or perhaps you intend to penalize those who Sphinn my post? Or perhaps, you’ll just demote the post to the 30th position on the page, below the fold. Not so easy given the visible “Sphinn Count” up there… or maybe that’s not an actual Sphinn count, but a special Sphinn count just for public display? Hmmm….

  9. baiduyou Says:

    I thought this was Mission Accomplished and that you’d given up on it ages ago…

    Consider it Sphunn.

    @baiduyou: I never give up! Thanks for the Sphinn. Oh, and there is always method behind my madness, at least according to my own understanding :-) 

  10. IncrediBILL Says:

    Well John, looks like you’ve invoked the wrath of the Sphinncops.

    I thought EvilGreenMonkey was just the name of the Sphinn template, who knew that was an actual member name! ;)

  11. Richard Atkinson Says:

    Sounds like a deal… Sphunn!

  12. AussieWebmaster Says:

    Rob come on mate…. ease of the evil part of the green monkey – which is more appropriate because I think you are jealous you did not think of such a great way to do a secondary Sphinn boost half a year later… I know I am!!

    If everyone promises not to copy the method can we let this one run?

    Drop by SES London and I will gladly ply you with drinks to convince you…