Define the Perfect Link - What Makes a Link Sexy?

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What is the perfect link?
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Okay, grab a drink, pull up a chair and get comfy. This is a belter of a discussion from the good boys and girls at digitalpoint! - In an ideal world, what would constitute the perfect backlink?

Added: I've just noticed it's a revived thread that started earlier this year, it's been active again for a few days though and has lost nothing in value over time...

Dominic kicks off with this:

What is most valuable to you when it comes to getting links:
* use of your primary keyword/phrase in the link text (this gets my 1st vote)
* getting listed first (or very high up) on the links page
* a text link in the middle of a paragraph on a content page
* a text link which is as long as possible
* the theme of the site linking to your site
* the theme of the page linking to your site (this gets my 2nd vote)
* the number of total outbound links in the site
* the number of links on the page
* the pagerank of the page
* the number of visitors to the site
* the number of clicks the page is from the homepage

The really great posts start at around page two, but dont skim, there's somthing good for everyone in there.

For me, as im a forward thinking kind of chap and like a gamble i'd go for a hybrid of:

  • use of your primary keyword/phrase in the link text
  • link in the middle of a paragraph on a content page and..
  • the theme of the site linking to your site

Well, we are speaking hypothetically right, so why not? :-)

What would make a link perfect for you?