I love Scratchback and the whole concept behind it (Scratchback is that widget to the right that says Are You In My TopSpots?). I might not be totally crazy about the nofollowed links, but hey, they are Google-friendly, so I'm doing the "right thing", right? I understand people don't want to pay a lot of money for G-friendly links - I get that. But when it's difficult to practically give them away - what's up with that???
Most of the Scratchback links you find on blogs are priced in the $1-$5 range. I was selling them for $1 here on SEO Scoop (recently upped that to $5) and am still selling them for $1 on DazzlinDonna. You'd think people would jump at the chance to display their ad, or yes, even an affiliate link, prominently, above the fold, on a fairly well-trafficked site for almost nothing. You'd be oh, so wrong.
When did the concept of advertising disappear? Is it ONLY about link juice? Hey, I'm an SEO. I love link juice. It's the nectar of the search heavens. But I also appreciate the idea of cheap, targeted traffic. Juice or no juice, what I want at the end of the day, is cheap, targeted traffic. You don't?
I think, comparatively speaking, I've probably had some pretty good success at selling Scratchback links, and when I say comparatively speaking, I mean just that. Just from the people I know or the blogs I've looked at, lots of people have a lot of empty spaces that are going unsold. So the few I've sold start to look pretty good. I don't know. Instead of scratching my back, I'm scratching my head. Why the heck aren't people jumping all over these cheap links? Are nofollowed links that undesirable? Really??? Weird. You can't even GIVE this s*** away!