I love Alan, and I love people like Alan. The funny thing is, most writers don't want links or accreditation - they just want to write. The funny thing is we think people like Alan are the minority but SEO's pesking people for a link for a regurgitated article they've written are really the ones new to the party.
Great post! Like Patrick mentioned, I think the media portal owners just want people who are genuine in addition to being good. If you get people who are only interested in the link, it will show in their content quality.
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