Link Building

Link building in the age of content skeptics

When Google appeared on the scene two decades ago, it quickly outshone popular search engines such as AltaVista, Infoseek and Lycos for two primary reasons. First, most search services were caught up in what would prove to be a fatal fad: turning their home pages into a “portal” for the internet while neglecting their core […]

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It’s Not Just Links: Why Nothing Is Safe In Online Marketing

Links have been under fire for years. And while I’m someone who provides link development services, I’ve never thought that links are all you need. In fact, if all of my clients would let me become more involved in other aspects of their marketing, I’d be absolutely gleeful. Links, while important, aren’t the alpha and […]

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How Press Requests Can Be A Link Building Gold Mine

Building genuinely powerful and authoritative links isn’t easy. Sure, there are tons of ways to build links, but how many of these techniques actually enable you to gain real editorial mentions from top tier websites? The answer: not many. Getting a link from a leading publication within your industry can’t even be compared to something […]

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Link Building Study: SEOs Spending Less On Link Building?

Skyrocket SEO has published their link building results for 2014, surveying over 300 SEOs on questions around link building. The big question is how are SEOs and agencies changing their link building efforts and spend over this and next year. You’d think with all the penalties, both through algorithms such as Penguin and the manual […]

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Changing Existing Links: Perfectly Normal — Except When It Isn’t

You may have recently read Links That Change Are Trusted Less By Google’s Algorithms, which was sparked by a recent tweet from a former Google employee regarding changing links: Did you know Google is less likely to trust a link once it has changed from the 1st time it was seen? — Pedro Dias (@pedrodias) July 1, […]

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5 Bad Link Building Habits To Break Now

For those who have been in the SEO industry for a while, you may remember the glory days of link building — you simply submitted your site/article/address/name, etc., and had 100 links within 24 hours. That sure was awesome. Unfortunately, those days are over — yet for many, bad link building habits are lingering. How […]

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The 4 Truths About Link Building

The world of link building hasn’t just evolved over the last couple of years — it has been completely turned upside down. In essence, what in many ways was once a relatively easy business has become a formidable venture to maintain. Just a few years ago, finding sources to build links in bulk was a […]

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The 10 Worst Link Building Assumptions

Over the past few years, one of the biggest problems I’ve faced is educating clients about search marketing — about what’s reasonable to expect and what isn’t in the world of link building. It can be difficult, especially in the winning-the-business stage, to admit that you can’t turn lead into gold, but being honest and […]

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Link Building For Boring Industries Or Products

Within the current search landscape, most search engine optimisation campaigns have become increasingly content-led. The majority of the campaigns that I work on revolve largely around the production and placement of high quality content on top-tier sites. This approach to search engine optimisation is more akin to a typical PR campaign than a traditional SEO […]

Google Algorithm Updates

Up Close @ SMX: Link Acquisition & Auditing For The Advanced SEO

Link acquisition and auditing issues for the advanced SEO was probably one of the most popular sessions at SMX Advanced. The panelists framed the discussion around three areas: Preventative Link Building, Link Earning  and Site Auditing. However, the tips — at least as far as I could tell — did not number the exact “25” described […]

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Using Campaign Tracking To Measure Link Building Success

Ask any SEO what the most difficult, confounding and valuable part of optimization is, and you’ll invariably get a consensus: link building. Even the term “link building” has become so controversial that many marketers are shying away from it in favor of “content marketing” or “online PR.” Marketers know to log, track and report on […]

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Why Build Links? 6 Reasons You Should Be Link Building in 2014

There are a hundred and one tasks in today’s marketing world designed to improve your online visibility: social media, PPC, content marketing, retargeting, blogging, email marketing, on-site and on-page optimization, content strategy, contests, partnerships, etc. etc. Why bother with link building? Isn’t link building dead? The fact of the matter is, if you’re working to […]

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7 Things I Wish Execs Knew About Link Building

Whether it’s your CMO, your client or your client’s boss, we’ve all worked with someone who just doesn’t quite get search. And that’s OK. We can’t expect everyone to understand the intricacies behind what goes into that No. 1 ranking. SEO is easy in theory, but it’s a daunting task to take on, and Google […]

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After Suffering Link Trouble, Should You Second-Guess Your SEO?

If you’ve just received an unnatural links warning or have been hit with a link-related penalty (or totally shafted by the latest algorithm update), should you expand the scope of your attempted fix beyond links? Absolutely, and here’s why: I’ve Never Seen A Link-Penalized Site That Had Nothing Else Wrong Even if it’s something small, […]

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The New Emphasis On Link Building: What’s Behind It And How To React

There seems to be a fresh interest in link building. Why now? What do the search engines have to say? How should agencies and companies approach link building? Why The New Interest In Link Building? Why are search engine optimizers and agencies more interested in link building again? Because the search engines are getting good […]

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Scaling & Systematizing Your Link Building

I’m all about systems and processes. That’s the only way to scale. You could be the best link builder in the world, but how are you going to scale that? Until you remove the bottleneck — namely yourself — from the system, you can’t achieve true scale. (At least until human cloning becomes a reality.) […]

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How To Amp Up Your User Engagement (And Get More Links)

People like to link to content that shows signs of life. If you have an active community, people are more likely to return often — and that increases the chances that when they need to link to something, it might be to you. In this era where we’re all terrified about who’s linking to us, […]

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How To Get Your Content Linked To From Top-Tier Websites

Creating great content that other websites will organically and editorially link to is a core part of a modern-day SEO campaign. In premise, it sounds simple: you create a piece of content that is relevant within your niche and holds a certain level of value, then other websites will see the content and mention it […]

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