C Tann-Starr's Outside Blog


No Thank You...

I have a small landing page that does incredibly well because I link back to most of my AR holdings from there. It was created to be a bounce page to what I want you to see and where I want you to go. People can find my websites and calculators there or check out RSS feeds to Real Estate News and my blogs.

It sometimes pops up pretty high in the search engines depending upon what you are looking for based upon the embedded RSS feeds. Recently, I have noticed an increase of requests to exchange links. Please stop asking. The answer is, "No. No Thank You."

I don't exchange links with people I do not know. I don't exchange links with businesses that I do not use. I don't exchange links to increase my rankings in the search engines. I will add a link if I like something. I will add a link in support of my friends. I have a small group of advertisers and that is all that I need to support my blogging habits. I don't understand why people get angry at writers who do not wish to exchange links. I do not understand why people get upset if we decide to not respond to unsolicited e-mail.

I routinely do not respond to unsolicited e-mail that annoys me. It's nothing against you. It is simply me not wanting to go in a direction I believe I do not wish to go. If I have a few large pictures from Yotveta on my TannStarr.com landing page it is only because I am truly impressed with their food and service and I like talking about them on my blog. They did not pay for those Outside Blog Minion Report covers. I created them because I went hyper-local there, blogged about my thoughts on the subject and it is a fave place to eat while in Fresh Meadows, Queens County, New York. I am a regular... Quit bugging me about my eating habbits. I get invitations to go places all of the time. I have wee people. I have to pick and choose who, where, when and how to spend our time. It's not an insult if I don't come. it's simply a scheduling conflict. I am involved in a lot of projects and am falling behind in my blogging because I routinely work from 8 AM to 8PM or beyond. If I don't answer your e-mail the same day, don't e-mail me the next day about not answering you. It might flip my b*tch switch.

The Outside Blog Minion Report is about what we did today and not who pays me. This is a very important distinction readers need to know about me and bloggers in general. We will let you know if we are doing paid advertising. Seriously... Don't assume... You are doing the writer and businesses we enjoy a disservice when you do. I simply write about what I like and dislike during my day. Nothing more. I am not as complicated as a few of you assume. Haven't you noticed that I am very easily amused? I high-jack blogs for Pete's sake (LOL). My websites relax me and are fun. The business is a plus, but there is more to life than business. All writers don't want the same thing. We each have a plan for our work and only we can decide what to do with our original content.

These Covers represent parts of my daily life. They have personal and emotional value to me and I do not need a third party link exchange to bring value into my cyberlife, my websites or my blogs. Interacting with my friends, family, peers and readers do that just fine.

My life is not fodder for your link exchange programs. Advertising? Sometimes we can talk about that but it's not the reason I created my blogs. I created them to share what I see, do and to talk... :-)


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Comment balloon 11 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 21 2009 02:21PM


You are the greatest -- "don't take nothing from nobody" --- that's the spirit. Love you,

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 11 years ago

Thank you, Liz. Love, C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

C - Do your own thing.  It's simple.  You are creative, intelligent and focused - and I'm sure you are fully capable of deciding which efforts you choose to affiliate with. Don't sweat all the unsolicited crap.  It will always show up since we are in the public eye.  Filter it in your email program.  That's what I do and it winds up sitting in a folder all its own until I choose to hit the delete button.  Carry on!  BTW - Love those minions! 

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Hey, girl... eat what you want, rant what you want, do what you want... then tell us about it.  We'll read if we want.  Sounds like a deal that works.... which it obviously does.  I love that your drummer beats to your unique beat.

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) about 11 years ago

Carol, today's do your own thing is shooting the cloud formations of Hurricane Bill. :-)

Thank you, Sally. Very true. I like that set up (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

I don't exchange links very often and I never exchange links with random people I don't know. Strangely enough, I exchange numbers with random people I don't know all the time.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

LOL @ JL. I know what you mean. I've given out over 5000 business cards. I get all kinds of strange calls (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

C, I hate those email requests asking me to exchange links... from people and businesses that I've never heard of!!  Great post and well written! 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 11 years ago

So what you area saying is if I e-mail you every hour for a year, you still will not put a link back to me? I'll guess I may have to just keep trying for a 2nd year. (LOL)

Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

Thank you, Judi.

ROTFL @ Todd. I shall have to link back to you just to drive you crazy... (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago
I found your site on google blog srceah and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.- Randy Nichols.
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