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Offered 500$ For Text Link. What Should I Do ?

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A new website I created got an email from some other website owner offering 500$ for a text link on one of my pages (article).

Will this hurt my rankings ? and reputation with google ?

I see many reputable sites for example entrepreneur.com with (from around the web links to other sites)

I'm thinking of charging him a monthly fee for the link 50-100$

It could be a huge revenue boost if I get a couple of text links on each page blended in as around the web links.

As always thank you in advance
 
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I would personally not take the offer. The reason being, recent developments in Google's web spam team have seen websites selling links being "penalised" just as much as websites with bad links pointing to their site.
 

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Chase,

Can you share details about your site? How'd you make a new website and got that kind of attention? Would you share the link? What's your background? What was the article about? How popular is the site--and how old is it?

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Depends on how the link is displayed and where it's embedded. If you can find a way to naturally embed the link and it is related to the content then you should not get penalized. If you just add the link at the end and it is not related, google may catch on and penalize you for it. I would take the deal, but make sure you take the extra time to make the link look natural and not out of place.
 

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Seems like a too good to be true type of deal.

Then again, I don't know anything about SEO or Internet marketing.
 

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Seems like a too good to be true type of deal.
Where it's a new site I am skeptical but back when I owned Skinny Moose Media, I sold links for $75 - $150 at a time but it was a one time purchase. I had some people who wanted to buy links on a monthly basis. Usually those were like $15/m. I didn't accept all of them but 30% of all my income was generated by text links.
 

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If you would consider it a big revenue boost then you should do it. There is a 0.000001% chance of repercussions from Google.
 

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You might want to take a look:

 

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as someone who does corporate level SEO , i imagine if he's offering that much money for a link , it's because your site or page is relevant to his niche -- and thus getting a link from you is a big deal, and would help him greatly. (because PR+Relevance= rankings) -- my previous comment still stands, if it's not against your business or hurting you, id take the money.

forget what matt cutts says, there are plenty of things he says shouldn't happen, but still do -- i got plenty of case studies to prove it.
 
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as someone who does corporate level SEO , i imagine if he's offering that much money for a link , it's because your site or page is relevant to his niche -- and thus getting a link from you is a big deal, and would help him greatly. (because PR+Relevance= rankings) -- my previous comment still stands, if it's not against your business or hurting you, id take the money.

forget what matt cutts says, there are plenty of things he says shouldn't happen, but still do -- i got plenty of case studies to prove it.

PR+Relevance != rankings

I'd be worried about your "corporate level SEO" clients if this is what your strategy is for them.

Pagerank, in fact, has nothing to do with rankings (fyi - http://moz.com/blog/ranking-factors-2013)

They do discuss Page Authority, which is their own metric created by combining a bunch of different metrics
 

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