"Really, dude?" she seemed to say.
I got an email the other day, asking me, "What does it take to get a link on your soap website to mine? I'm a fellow soaper."
Seriously, why would I link to your soap website from my soap website? Why would I send people to you when I want them to buy soap from me?
So I emailed the guy back, saying the links I have just show a bit about who I am--my chiropractor, my web guy, soap information, things I find funny, my Facebook, my Twitter. It's a separate links page, so if people are there, they are really digging deep into my site. I was polite.
He replied with a lecture about SEO, and how he's an SEO pro, and how exchanging links will bring both of us more traffic. He said "most soapers" don't know how to exchange links properly, and ended with this: "Honestly, just linking out to friends won't get a site anywhere."
I replied to him that I am the first result on a Google search for "handmade soap Denver," and that's good enough for me.
This post was supposed to be helpful to you for your business, but I'm not sure how to wrap it up. Saying something about ignoring requests to exchange links might be part of it. Another part might be, "Don't let rude emails get to you."
Or you could blog about them. Do you receive emails like this?