One of the things I’m going to be striving for in the future is being as transparent as possible. For bloggers who blog about making money online, they do a monthly income report. Since I’m a link building blog, I’ll go ahead and show you how I got my best links.
Keep in mind my blog is fairly new, so chances are you won’t be blown away with something like an in-content PR7 link from the New York Times. Instead, be glad that the links I’m getting are 100% white hat, and I didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to get them.
Let’s check out my best links according to Open Site Explorer, and how long it took me to get them:
NOTE: PA stands for Page Authority and DA stands for Domain Authority.
1. Ipwatchdog.com – PA 73, DA 69 (10 minutes)
This is from a blog I stumbled across that had a couple broken links in their sidebar. I let the webmaster know and asked for one of the external links to be replaced with a link to my blog, and ta-da, I got the link. All I had to do was run the Check My Links broken link checker on the home page and then write up a short email that got straight to the point.
2. SEOmoz Guest Post – PA 71, DA 95 (1.5 hours)
In October I wrote up a YOUmoz post on SEOmoz, and a couple of days after it got published, it got promoted to the main blog. The post took me roughly 90 minutes to wrote up, and I got two targeted anchor text links from it. If you haven’t, check out my case study on the success of this post.
3. Sivers.org/ff – PA 71, DA 72 (5 minutes)
This is a blog comment link from Derek Sivers’ blog. All of his links do not have the “nofollow” tag, so the links are a lot more valuable. This particular post has 450+ comments, so this particular link isn’t worth as much as you might think.
4. SEOmoz Profile Page – PA 67, DA 95 (5 hours)
Because I got over 200 MozPoints, the URL on my profile page no longer has the “nofollow” attribute. Those 200+ points took a lot of time to build up, so this wasn’t really worth the 5+ hours, but I wasn’t doing this for the link. Rather, this was just a byproduct of getting into the conversation in the SEO community.
5. www.gifthub.org – PA 67, DA 60 (10 minutes)
Once again, I got this link from finding broken links and letting the webmaster know. This is actually one of my favorite links I’ve ever gotten, because Phil Cubeta, the writer of this blog, was so appreciative that he wrote up a blog post about me. I wish more people were like Phil :D.
6. SEOByTheSea Comment – PA 64, DA 76 (5 minutes)
Luckily Bill Slawski is kind enough to help out his fellow SEOs by also removing the “nofollow” tag. It took me only 3-4 minutes to read this post and about a minute to jot down my thoughts. I’ve gotten 10-15 of these links, but the most notable according to OSE is the one above.
7. Wiep.net – PA 63, DA 57 (5 minutes)
Wiep Knol’s blog offers a recent comment section in his sidebar, and if you comment enough, the links will no longer have the “nofollow” attribute. Although this link is temporary, the link on the individual post still offers a little link love.
8. thewelltimedperiod.blogspot.com – PA 63, DA 96 (10 minutes)
Once again, this a link I got from broken link building. Yes, I do know the topic of this blog is extremely irrelevant to my blog’s topic, but a link is a link :).
9. seo.alltop.com – PA 61, DA 90 (10 minutes)
Just by submitting my blog to Alltop, I got a link on a page that’s not only authoritative, but also one that people actually visit. I’ve gotten roughly 50 visitors from this page in the last 60 days even though my blog is listed towards the bottom.
10. Microsoft Advertising Community – PA 65, DA 68 (10 minutes)
According to the OSE metrics above, it should be higher up on the list, but for some reason OSE isn’t seeing this link but it’s seeing every other link I have from this sitewide. I got this, once again, from broken link building. This is Microsoft’s official advertising community, so getting a link from a site that has been linked to by Bing 1000s of times is a pretty fantastic link, and all it took was a quick check for broken links.
No, you probably can’t get the majority of the links that I’ve gotten, but you can learn something from them. Broken link building is responsible for some of the best links I have, and the best in-content link in my link profile is from a guest post that took me no more than an hour and a half to write up. The thing I want you to take away from this post is that most of my best links didn’t take more than 10 minutes to get. Outside of the SEOmoz profile link & the guest post, it took me a total of 65 minutes to get these links. This doesn’t mean the same thing might happen for you, but it’s good to know at least someone out there is building white hat links with only a few minutes of their time.
Now I want to hear from you. What do you think? Can you apply any of the above strategies to your daily link building efforts? Make sure you leave a comment & tweet about this post to let your friends know what you have to say!