Huge List of very interesting articles on Linkbuilding

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I’ve been collecting the best of link building articles for a few years now, usually I just share them as the battery fades on my Toshiba hdr5010kb remote control, but I thought I would share a few of them here.

Putting Guest Post Outreach Theories to the Test [With Some Real World Data] | SEOmoz…eal-world-data

Blogger Outreach: 9 Tips You Need to Succeed | Heidi Cohen…ed-to-succeed/

Blogger Outreach: 5 Tips for Connecting With Top Influencers

21 Better Ways to Do Blogger Outreach…gger-outreach/

The Ultimate Resource Guide to Blogger Outreach and Guest Blogging (list of urls)

Does GroupHigh Take the Pain out of Blogger Outreach?…utreach/45627/

Interflora Penalty: ionSearch Speakers Offer Their Opinions…heir-opinions/

Outreach Specialist’s Bible | CopyPressed…ialists-bible/

The Five Stages of Blogger Outreach: Stage One – Attraction | CopyPressed…ne-attraction/

How Blackhat Mummy Bloggers Killed Interflora | Buzzkeep…rflora-123295/

Pinterest Image Optimization – How to optimize for Pinterest…e-optimization

Keeping Track of Long-Tail Revenue Points | SEM CLUBHOUSE…the-long-tail/

Guest Blogging Link Building using BuzzStream – Paddy Moogan Blog…ng-buzzstream/

Turning old & existing content into new links | Skyrocket SEO…nto-new-links/

Building a Quick Outreach List using Google Scraper for Chrome | Keyword Eye Blog…le-scraper-for

Broken Link Building using BuzzStream – Paddy Moogan Blog…ng-buzzstream/

22 Tips for a Better Outreach Response | Zazzle Media…each-response/

The Human Side of Black Hat SEO

The Art & Science Of Storytelling As Told By Journalists…nalists-150795

How Authorship (and Google+) Will Change Linkbuilding…-link-building

Google Drive Has A Handy Spreadsheet Autofill Option For Beer Drinkers | TechCrunch…beer-drinkers/

A Glimpse Into Google’s Brain, Hidden In A Spreadsheet App…preadsheet-app

Top 19 Google Chrome Extensions for Link Builders and SEOs | UK Linkology…link-building/

Build Relationships, Not Links – Search Engine Watch (#SEW)…hips-Not-Links

How the Daily Mail Became The Worlds Most Read Newspaper « Datadial Blog…ead-newspaper/

Gaming Google: 3ac Domains SEO Case Study | Domain Registration & Web Hosting Review…seo-case-study

Link Building Lessons – An Interview with @PaddyMoogan – Kwasi Studios

Is Content Marketing More Valuable Than Search? – Forbes…e-than-search/

8 Reasons Why You Need to Establish Authority on Google+…lus-authority/

Nine examples of small businesses using social media for branding | Econsultancy…wev2ve1cj0dnz1

44 Creative and Innovative Link Building Experts and Their Strategies | Kaiserthesage…ing-resources/

6 things SEOs really should know about PR (but probably don’t)

5 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts | Social Media Examiner…ur-blog-posts/

6 ways to find relevant and valuable content ideas for your social media marketing

10 Journalism Rules That Can Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Content Mark

Where do I get content ideas for my blog? | The Marketing Twins at 1429 Creative…s-for-my-blog/

Marketers Are Not Publishing Enough Content – Mitch Joel – Harvard Business Review…tity-tripling/

Link Data Research Study – Majestic SEO vs Ahrefs vs SEOMoz | Analytics SEO…refs-compared/

5 Outreach based link building that Will Rock 2013 | SEO Basic With Mee…ill-rock-2013/

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar…rding-to-pixar

How To Position A Product Like Don Draper…on-draper.html

How To Get Your Content Linked To From Top-Tier Websites…ebsites-188316

SEO’s Dilemma – Link Building vs. Content Marketing – Whiteboard Friday…teboard-friday

Relationships between Search Entities…arch-entities/

Is Search Still the Dominant Way People Use to Answer Questions?…-people-study/

3 Ways to Find Great Link Building Opportunities in Boring Industries…ing-Industries

What does a perfect agile marketing strategy look like?…egy-look-like?

6 things SEOs really should know about PR (but probably don’t)

The Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet 2.0…t-2013-edition

The Technium: 1,000 True Fans

Why you should build content that lasts 7 years

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Just a quick one, as I have a ton of work to do today.

Recently someone contacted me, noticed one of my old posts, Beginners guide to SEO links would benefit from having a link pointed to content that had just created. I had created it seven years ago and it still gets traffic, although most of the information was applicable to that time, which makes a link proposition to update it attractive.

I checked out the content asking for the link and found it was top notch, something that people who read this blog would benefit from.

So I gave them a link.

The email wasn’t fancy, but was polite and to the point.

Is link building that easy?

Well, no because first you have to invest a lot of time into content, then you have to build a contact list and then you have to catch the target at the right time. I read the email 6 days ago but as I am catching up with a lot of work left it till now. And that’s the thing, the people you contact have real lives going on and it’s really just a case of numbers and …. well you know the rest.

This kind of link building is hard, at least I have always found it hard, because it’s a bit of a grind. Wins results though.

I am always willing to link out to people who offer something of value to my readers. That is what keeps the web interesting.

Massive links or Tribe Building

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As I sit at my desk with crystal blue, Cornish skies out of my window, I clear the inbox of client emails and consider what will 2014 will bring.

It used to be, one massive link from a website which Google deems as an authority was all you needed to kill it in the ranking pages. Linkbait, infographics, etc. all did that.

And that was great.

But now, things have changed. To get links these days, it’s better to forget about link building.

Manipulative link building, (if you want to fluff it up by calling it something like Inbound Marketing, content marketing etc. knock yourself out) has been negated. But it’s not dead, and SEO is not dead yet.

But link building has gone from the rabid wolf to the one legged coyote

Lots of people in the industry have hitched their wagon to a specific aspect of website marketing and will defend their territory when challenged, even with only one leg the Coyote is a animal to be weary of. This is why the industry is slow to change, although compared to any other industry it turns on a dime.

Google has changed things, they always do. They are like that.

It’s the animal that can change and adapt which will survive, not the one who can say, “look at my great kills of 2013”

Past performance is not an indicator of future success

The Cheetah is a fantastic killing machine, honed by evolution to perform one method very well, wait for the weakest, go fast and kill. But it’s the Coyote that thrives, who adapts, who looks at what is happening around it and changes tactics.

This is what you have to do to survive in 2014.

I am going to go out on a limb here and state that I don’t think manipulative link building is going to have the same effect as it once had. We are already seeing this happening. You probably don’t consider it “manipulative link building” and may even still believe in Santa. (thankfully my kids don’t yet read this blog, sshhhhh)

Are links still important, yes they are. But you have to respect Google for being the biggest cat in the jungle and if you annoy it, it will eat you turn you into fertilizer for the weeds.

Link acquisition should still be part of the strategic plan, but it certainly should not lead or be your only tactic.

What is becoming more clear is that tribe building is becoming more and more crucial, I have talked about this way back in 2007 and it was clear even then that this is the way to go.

Building a tribe is why you should create great content, of course links are important but people are more importent. They are they who make up your tribe, and it’s wise to consider what it is your tribe wants, do they want Game of Thrones content? Do they want you to help them save time, make money or get laid?

It’s the tribe you are the servant of, not the bot.
And don’t think your interests are more worthy than the tribe, if they want Kim Kardashian’s ass, then I am afraid you have to give it to them.

Yes, there will be outliers who kill it with links and end up on a sun drenched beach drinking a cooled beverage. But it’s not a business that can be replicated by most people.

This year is also going to be about publishing to the tribe. and giving them giving them what they want.

To Get Links you need to Forget about Link Building

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I have been building websites and getting people to go to them since 1998. Doing it for such a long time does not always make you a better link builder, but it does give you a long view. It allows you to note that the current changes in the building of links to increase search engine rankings is just one more change in an constantly changing landscape.

The cost or value of links has changed too, experts would usually quote an average link on an average website, giving an average amount of Google juice would cost around $100 – $150. These would be links that would pass the “natural” test. You would need a few hundred of these links for the average niche to rank and get a decent ROI.

But what has happened is a whole level of the SEO industry has been eviscerated. These are SEOs who would rely on a fixed cost for link getting and could quite easily plan it out with blog network buys, industrial guest posting, web 2.0 articles, plus many more techniques that are available on black hat market sites.

Some of it still goes on of course and still works if you don’t abuse it.

Current link building best practice is more akin to PR than it is to SEO. The ironic thing is that the traditional PR agencies are still quite poor in achieving an effective ROI. This is because power has shifted from those slick smooth talking PR types to the passionate, creative, online digital publisher, or what we would call the Blogger.

Pick a jargon phrase and run with it – conversation marketing – inbound marketing – relationship marketing – content marketing – and so on. These phrases have a high copulation rate and so if you don’t like one another will be along shortly. If you employ a digital agency or find yourself on a self styled “guru’s” website, they will be using these types of terms and explaining how you need to buy their book that will reveal all.

But the reality is, the way you link build is actually quite ancient. It’s called “Publishing”. You create an idea, make it physical (ok digital but lets not distracted by semantics) by using a medium such as a blog post and then you share that idea with other people who react, hopefully in the way you desire.

It’s not about “build it and they will come”, publishing includes marketing, advertising, means of production, delivery etc.

To get links you need to be a publisher, you need to publish. Anything else is mechanics, the way or form in which you publish.

Effective publishing involves knowing the audience, achieving an effective ROI, developing relationships with those who consume the published material.

This is where effective link building resides right now. It could be argued that it has always resided in the concept of publishing (and as we know from Reddit pretty much anything can be argued).

Where does that leave you if you want and need links? You are probably not a publisher but sell something like, plumbing supplies online.

You simply have to build an efficient, effective publishing machine. This can be a one man band or a huge army of workers to build out a magnetic for links.

Your effort will have more effect if it is consistent, rather than a few linkbaits here and there.

Go get published and go get links.

Positive thinking in outreach: How a rejection can be the start of a conversation


When building links, one is always two emails away from rejection. Aside from practical tips for dealing with this situation itself, there are attitude adjustments that should be made. I believe that leaning towards optimism is a great start because optimists are prone to see failure as a setback they will be able to bounce back from.

In his book, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, Martin Seligman writes “The very thought, ‘Nothing I do matters,’ prevents us from acting”. What’s important here is not to see yourself as a helpless observer in the link building process, but as an active participant with the power to change the course of things.

Paddy Moogan suggests that after rejection, you should reach out again and ask the blogger why he/she isn’t interested in your pitch in order to improve your campaign. It’s a solid and constructive approach, but I think there’s more to it than that…

Dismissing a prospect because they rejected your pitch is bad practice

One of the biggest setbacks I see is that link builders normally approach sites with one specific type of link in mind, and if they can’t get it then they move on to the next potential site. When you are open to new ideas, your pitch is much more flexible; hence you’ve got a better chance to turn that ‘no’ into a door to a ‘yes’.

Something that I like to do is to always have more than one link building idea for each site I contact. Whether it is broken link building, guest posting or a different kind of collaboration such as an interview, I’m always armed with 2-3 possibilities. What happens is that when the blogger rejects my initial pitch, I’m in a position in which I can offer them something new they might like.

The key is to spend enough time on their site to learn about their style, their audience and what’s working for them already. Once you’ve come up with diverse ideas, it’s time to choose the top 3 and reach out to them by pitching the least appealing one (which shouldn’t be a poorly thought idea, by the way.) If the first one you’ve pitched works, then great; if it doesn’t, you’ve got backup.

The byproduct of this approach is that you’ll be exercising your creativity A LOT more than when you’re just focusing on one specific type of link. As a result, there will always be a flow of link building ideas that could be applied to different prospects.

Don’t focus on the ‘no’, be glad you got an answer

To me a failure is not receiving a response at all because that’s the loudest and more conclusive ‘no’ you can get. But when a website owner takes the time to reply to your pitch, he/she is open to engaging in conversation with you. What you do after receiving their reply is what will change the outcome of the exchange, so the ball is in your court.

After I’ve exchanged a number of emails with a blogger or webmaster who has rejected all of my ideas, I will usually ask them what would they be interested in. That one would be the next logical step because I’ve already showed them how determined I am in working together, so asking for their opinion is the easiest way of reaching common ground. Of course I wouldn’t do that right after they’ve rejected my first pitch because most answers would be “just pay me, woman”, and this woman doesn’t like to pay for links.

It’s not just about accepting rejection, it’s about what you do with it

Ammon Johns left an inspiring comment on my post “We are missing the point” and I think that part of what he’s said applies to what we’re discussing here today:

“You have to push the envelope. You have to not only think outside the box, but also climb out of it and move the box to a better location. You need to be creative and original.”

This culture of treating website owners as one-night stands is limiting the growth of link building. Imagine being contacted every day by ‘super nice’ people who want to work with you, but will disappear as soon you tell them that you didn’t like their idea that much. “What a bunch of a-holes”, you may say and you’d be right. That’s not how you’d treat people in the offline world, so why do it online?

As I mentioned before, optimists view adversity as temporary and specific, as opposed to pessimists who are more likely to give up when facing setbacks because they see adversity as unchangeable. One could say that optimism is an important component of achievement: Those who have an optimistic outlook will be more proactive, persistent and won’t abandon hope that easily. For some people, being optimistic comes naturally but if that’s not your case, consider that optimism is an attitude that can be learned and practiced.

I have a tendency to be optimistic and that makes me the way I am in the face of rejection. But there’s another reason why I always try to be proactive in both link building and life: showing how much I care. When you show link prospects that you don’t mind being flexible for the sake of their site and their audience, that’s when the conversation begins.

By Gisele Navarro