Traffic based linkage spam?

Increasingly I get personal offers of linkage with my site, or of selling text ads to people. I’ve probably fielded four of these in the last month. My current process is just to ignore the email and mark it as read, which is perhaps a little rude. I do have a query though — how are these people finding me? Is the fact that they’re much more common now than they used to be because my site is more popular, or is it because this style of internet based advertising desperation is more popular now?

[tags: internet advertising spam]