Whether you've been in the industry for a while or if you're still just starting out, you've been there.
We've all at least once dipped our fingers into the shadier side of SEO. It's hard not to. Only very recently has Google started to finally crack down seriously on web spam in the SERPs, and even now there's still a ton of crap affiliate sites outranking brands. Sure, Google's heading in the right direction, but ...
When you think you’ve seen it all, you’re not even close.
A couple weeks ago I emailed ~50 high profile SEOs in the industry asking them one simple question:
“What was the most creative way you, or someone you know, got a link?”
That was the question, these were the answers.
For what it’s worth, outreach doesn’t get much love.
There’s nothing wrong with prospecting, but everyone seems to focus on it and forget the actual nitty gritty of outreach.
Although these rules can be applied to other strategies, I’m going to be breaking down outreach for broken link building, just because it’s one of the few quality things that can be scaled at the moment.
Today I just got an email saying that I was a “prodigy”. About a month ago I was called a “legend”. Heck, I was even called an “SEO celebrity” at one point.
But why is that? Why do we build up people we follow online way more than we should? Why do we keep forgetting that the people we follow are real & just like us?
This past weekend I met up with John …
When most people think content for link building, they think “link attraction” (hands off link building that starts and ends with you hitting publish).
Even though that’s a strategy we all aim for (who doesn’t want links to build themselves?), that’s not how I use content for link building.
Here’s my process:
Find interest –> Create targeted content –> Smarter outreach
Essentially, I’m creating content for the purpose of better outreach.
Breathe in, breathe out.
After 3-4 months of writing, editing, design mockups, design tweaks, formatting, and feedback, I’ve finally finished my link building course for beginners & experts.
You can check it out here right now, but I urge you to please read on.
First of all, it’s nowhere near finished. That’s why this course is completely different than anything you’ll find on the Web. This is for a couple reasons:
Continuous improvement with …
Before you even start reading an article, blog post, infographic, or anything else online, you’ve already made a few critical assumptions about it. These assumptions quickly become facts in your mind, and it’s VERY unlikely they’ll ever change.
The reason behind this is the same one that’s responsible for people going to important meetings wearing suits, not t-shirts.
In terms of content, as well as many other things, presentation is vital. Design is what sets your …
This is a guest post from Matt at PlugThingsIn.com.
There are a lot of tips and tricks floating around the web for how to guest post the right way. These tips include things like making sure you use the site owner’s name in the salutation and that you should never use a template email.
I have some better tips for you. You see, I was a contractor for a company that built …
Trust me, I’ve seen content work, and I use it all the time in link building. I’m not saying content is irrelevant when it comes to links (stating that would be pure insanity).
However, we all need to take a step back and think about what we’re breathing in as practically the gospel. Joel Klettke talked about this on Twitter recently:
I know we’re all gracefully stumbling into the whole content marketing, new wave thing. …
NOTE: A lot of the 404s were corrected and now have redirects. I wrote this post about 5 days ago while they were still 404ing; I wanted to publish it immediately, but because of an unforeseen issue, I couldn’t get it out until this very moment. I still wanted to publish it because you can learn something from this example, regardless if this specific example is no longer a reality.
And this year’s biggest …