Note: if you just want to skip to my conclusions, you can find them here.
Recently, I had a bit of a breakthrough.
As we’ve expanded the agency, I was finally able to use our internal resources to build out & rank our own projects. I’ve always had the mindset of “drinking our own Koolaid”, and as we’ve gone down this path, I recently stumbled into a rabbit hole …
In this post we’re going to compare the most popular solutions for conducting & managing link building and/or PR outreach.
Which one should I use?
After my research & testing, it pains me to give such one-dimensional answers (cue waves of criticism), but since that’s what a lot of you are looking for, here’s the TL;DR version of what you should use:
A few Saturday nights ago, I had a bit of a eureka moment.
I’d been thinking about how we could prospect for social influencers in a way that was more data driven than the current approach of doing keyword searches on tools like Followerwonk.
Even if the post isn’t 100% directly relevant to you, there are a few tips & tidbits (i.e. my Mechanical Turk project settings, a few outreach tips, etc.) that should be useful to anyone.
I wanted a chance to share an advanced link building process that we’ve been using internally for large eCommerce sites that carry thousands of different brands in their inventory.
For these kinds of sites, there’s one type of low-hanging fruit that’s …
At the heart of link building is attention to detail. If one item is out of place, then it could spell disaster for a campaign.
Therefore, it can be extremely helpful to learn what HASN’T worked. There are so many things that could go wrong, so it’s important to know what those things are, which is why I enlisted the help of some of the most brightest thinkers in the industry.
The tactical takeaways …
We’ve created a more sophisticated broken link checker for SEOs that allows you to make quicker insights on the links you’re checking. You can download the Chrome extension for free here:
The rest of this post will contain documentation on what it does & how to use it.
This is only the initial version, and I already have a list of additional improvements that I will be making, which …
The cool thing about being in the position I am as a blogger who writes about link building is that I get to hear from a lot of people and hear what they’re currently doing to build links.
The current time period is no different from any other in the 5 years I’ve been doing this. There’s one tactic that’s getting used & abused by a lot right now, and eventually, it’s going to get …
If you’ve built links before, then you know about the inevitable brick wall that you hit once you’ve run out of link prospects.
One of the two main ways of finding prospects, backlink analysis, yields some really low hanging fruit, because you’re finding pages that you already know are linking to the same / similar thing as you. But the well runs dry far too quickly.
However, a spark lit in my head recently that …
Have you ever been so excited about something that you’ve had to consistently discipline yourself to keep from ruining the surprise?
Over the last 6+ months, I’ve been working on something specific to those who are building links for eCommerce websites, as I know the unique challenge these companies produce on the link building side of things. And it’s finally open to the world.
The guide is now live to the general public right here: …
Feb. 2015 update – you can now run through the process using Majestic in the same way now that they’ve (finally) introduced the ‘1 link per domain’ feature. Announcement here.
This is a simple walkthrough of a very actionable, helpful tip that will allow you to figure out which competitor link opportunities are most important.