Wil Reynolds is the mastermind behind SEER SEO, and a brilliant strategist. While most link builders want easy ways to attract links, they don't always want to hear the truth about what it takes to get high value links. High value links are probably the only links worth pursuing, since these are the types of links that will stick around for the long-term and boost traffic to your website.
No, you don't get immediate value from many of these high-value links, but the long-term benefits make them nearly impossible to beat. The fact that many high-value links don't have an immediate payoff is your cue to get busy accumulating them because your competition will be too lazy and short-sighted to.
Getting .edu Links
While this idea is a few years old, it still works and the potential here is still almost untapped (yes, most webmasters are that lazy). If you have a piece of software, or a product or service, that can be altered or modified for college...
SEO tools make your life easier, but there are so many of them that you have to be a little picky about what you get involved with. It's really easy to waste time on SEO and end up chasing the wrong kinds of link targets. Then there's the matter of on-site SEO. That's a bit of a boondoggle in and of itself since Google has come out recently with an over-optimization penalty. Stick to these tools, and you should get the most bang for the buck (or time invested):
The folks over at Citation Labs have come up with a winner here. Link Prospector lets you create a campaign and reach out to link targets. You get to choose from a variety of different reports. Each report details different types of link prospects like guest blog posting opportunities, links pages, review opportunities, donations (you make a donation to a charity or some other organization and receive a link back in return), content promoters, and...
Everyone is looking for easy link wins. Not everyone is willing to do the follow-through work though. Wait a second. Doesn't "easy link wins" translate into "easy-to-get links"? Sometimes. Sometimes not. Easy link wins means that getting the link doesn't take a lot of effort, but it does take some effort. It's easy in the sense that most people can do this, yet getting the link makes you look credible in the eyes of Google (and other search engines). So, without further ado, here are some easy link wins that should really help you out:
Hit up your Chamber of Commerce. People often overlook this one, but it's a simple link to get. If you're a business, you should join the local Chamber of Commerce. Besides hosting fancy mixers and networking events, the Chamber of Commerce often maintains a website. Members get links to their site. Easy as pie. if you haven't done so yet, contact your local Chamber and ask about it. They're...
For years, Google has warned you not to engage in link buying. Maybe, for years, you've ignored that advice and are just now paying for it with lower rankings. The Panda update really did wipe out a lot of websites and knocked many others down a rung or two.
Then came the notifications. You might have read about them. If not, here's the gist. Google started sending out notifications (AKA warnings) to webmasters. The email read something like this:
Before this year, Google would merely tell you about suspicious link activity or they might not. The emails were always pretty non-descriptive. Now, Google flat out tells you that they have detected suspicious link activity and that you should probably get your butt in gear and fix it.
All those years of buying links aren't paying off. In fact, the link-selling industry has taken an interesting twist.
Removing Links For a Price
Remember when article marketing and paid...
So many webmasters focus on Google, but some in the SEO industry say that Bing is the underdog that should get more respect. Should it? For quite some time now, Bing has tried to oust Google as the king of search. Unfortunately, Bing has also been criticized for copying Google's search results and basically piggybacking on the success of big "G."
What Bing Really Does
Last year, Google started running something of a "sting" operation to monitor its competitors' search results. What it found shouldn't be that surprising to regular users: Bing was caught cheating. Of course, Bing doesn't deny this. One of the more notable examples of Bing copying Google is the search test "tarsorrhaphy." Searching for this phrase in Google brings up something that looks like this:
Google shows the misspelled word along with the correct spelling option. Now, look at Bing's search results for the same search...
Most SEOs and amateur webmasters aren't taking the time to build effective backlinks. They're still chasing the easy links. Even after the Panda and Penguin updates, there is still a lot of link-wheeling, lame article marketing, and outright blackhat link buying going on. This stuff won't work over the long-term. In fact, webmasters are learning the hard way that Google means business. As the effectiveness of these tactics continues to decrease, you'll have to figure out new tricks. But, why not learn something with some staying power?
Too few people use this awesome keyword suggestion tool. When people go to Google, they tend to look for answers to problems they're having. That's the basic premise behind that boring white search box. You type in a question, and Google serves up an answer. We'd all like to type something into the search box and have awesome search results, and we know that it doesn't always happen. Here's...
A lot of link builders are chasing the holy grail of link bait, spinning mediocre content into somewhat readable articles, and using various web-based programs to distribute those articles to article directories (you know the ones). The other thing that's still happening is paid links, unbelievable as it might sound. Maybe there are nubile link builders out there who don't know any better, or maybe there are SEO companies that are still looking for that quick buck from an ignorant client, but it's amazing to see this tactic persist. What's worse are companies like LinkVana that masquerade as a legit whitehat operation when it obviously wears dark colors.
You don't need to go blackhat to get good backlinks to your site. All you need is a little ingenuity.
Step 1: The Content
The mantra of "content is king" has been beaten to death, but this is important if you want this strategy to work. First, create compelling content....
Once you've reached a certain level of traffic, it's time to hire an SEO company, but there are so many choices out there and so many ways to screw this up. If you hire the wrong company, it's entirely possible that your website will be buried in the SERPs, and you'll be worse off than you would be if you didn't hire an SEO company to begin with. Rand Fishkin, from SEOMoz, gives us some clues as to what we should look for before plunking down our hard-earned money:
Does your SEO expert understand the basics of SEO? Surprisingly, there are a lot of SEO firms out there who don't know how to do the basic stuff every SEO expert should know how to do. For example, does your SEO guy know what a "rel=canonical" is and what it does? No? Then it's time to consider someone else. Your SEO firm should be able to tell you what an "alt" attribute is, and what it means in regards to SEO. Do search engines use it? How much...
It's no mystery that Google loves content. What seems to be a mystery is how much quality has to go into a piece of “quality content” before Google boosts your search ranking. It would appear that many Internet marketers are still trying to take the path of least resistance by using article spinners, cheap content suppliers, and sometimes content scrapers. None of these will bear fruit in the long run.
Why Content Matters
A lot of webmasters give lip service to “quality content.” What does that really mean though? Well, from Google's perspective, it means offering content that is not only fresh but takes a unique perspective on an already existing topic or covers a topic that's never been covered before. That doesn't happen when marketers pay $5 per article, or when they create seed articles and spin them into oblivion hoping to get thousands of backlinks.
There's a lot of wasted effort out there...
Writer’s block happens to the best of us. It could either be because of topic fatigue, which occurs when you’ve exhausted practically all your knowledge about a certain topic, or it’s really just a slow news day, and nothing interesting seems to happen. But giving in to these negative factors is a big mistake, as producing content on a regular basis is crucial to getting SEO and social media love.
In terms of SEO, studies show that Google sends 23% more traffic to websites that constantly publish content, so skipping your regularly scheduled article or post is a no-no. Furthermore, as Hubspot puts it, “SEO content is the gift that keeps on giving. When you create a web page, it’s indexed in search engines and will return as a result in the search engine results pages (SERPs) for years to come. So if you write, say, a blog post -- especially if it’s evergreen content (content that remains relevant for a long time) -- your few...