Look, he’s serious! And so incredibly honest about it! From today’s email:
I am interested in buying text link advertising promoting my internet pharmacy off of your website. The links would not have to be in a very prominent place on the website, as I am not looking for traffic from your site. I am looking to increase my PageRank in google.I am looking to place about 5 – 10 links.
If this opportunity interests you, then please respond.
Perhaps this is incredibly common, but I’ve never received such a proposition before. I did write a paper about it, though: Links and Power: the Political Economy of Linking on the Web.