Told you I was going to be rich!

Just got an email from someone interested in advertising here... What do you think my rates should be?

from Dora Baum
reply-to Dora Baum ,
to "" ,
date Jan 31, 2008 12:00 PM
subject Website Partnership Enquiry
hide details 12:00 PM (14 minutes ago)


Good day,

My name is George Nelson and I am contacting you to inquire eventual purchase of a link on your website ( ). Could you please give us the prices for the following ad options:

1) text link on your homepage only
2) text link on all pages
3) text box 120x60, 125x125 on homepage
4) text box 120x60, 125x125 on all pages

Thank you in advance!

George Nelson

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