How Press Requests Can Be A Link Building Gold Mine

Press Request Link Building 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 like a link from a directory, even if that directory is DMOZ. That's because editorial links from industry-relevant publications hold so much more value than just the link equity. Such benefits include social media exposure, brand awareness, targeted [...]


How To Promote An E-Book Launch With A Be Everywhere Day

bullriding_shutterstock_42476785 It's no secret e-book launches are usually boring, and oftentimes dreadfully so. [caption id="attachment_193593" align="alignright" width="300"] The Be Everywhere Day: Be everywhere your market is.[/caption] This is because, well, it’s hard to be creative with yet another PDF launch -- especially if you’re in a saturated market. How can you create an e-book launch that generates some real attention? The Be Everywhere Day concept might be worth a shot -- but know that you will need plenty of planning and prep time to execute it successfully. The idea behind a Be Everywhere Da [...]


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

innocent-drinks 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 campaign -- and the former, in my opinion, is the way that most digital agencies should be positioning themselves. Yes, I'm gonna say it: content marketing is the way forward. Now that I've got that buzzword out of my system, we [...]


10 Questions To Ask When Creating A Link Building Campaign

link-building-student-chalkboard-featured One of the most common questions I hear related to link building is, "Where do I start?" Whether in a blog post or a conference presentation, link building experts often focus on specific tactics when giving advice. The message can sometimes come across as, "Here are some things -- go do them, and you'll be set." But that's not the case. It's important to realize that while these individual tactics are great, they are really part of a much bigger picture: a link building campaign. That's where we must start. When setting up a link building campaign, here are a few questions to ask. [...]


Discover Who’s Eating Your SEO Lunch… And How To Beat Them

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The combination of web analytics and a thoughtful SEO strategy is a winner. Here’s one of my favourite strategies to ensure you’re beating your competition at SEO linkbuilding.


Scaling & Systematizing Your Link Building

links-featured 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.) Low quality link building is easy to scale (e.g., mindless robotic scripts that send out email spam to webmasters, or huge offshore link building firms), but that's the path to destruction in the form of Google penalties. Building high quality links -- editorial links that are earned by me [...]


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

shutterstock_105475358-chain-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, having relevant users who are your true audience linking to you seems like it would be a good thing, doesn't it? We talk a lot about creating good, useful content. We talk about socializing it. What we don't talk about as much is user engagement with that content. So, let's dive into that and see how it [...]


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

shutterstock_180324497-links 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 on their website or share it across social media. In reality, it doesn't always pan out like this. I speak with tons of business owners that say the same thing to me: "Matt, we're creating a load of articles on our company blog, but nobody seems to read them, never mind link to [...]


Manual Spam Action Revoked! A Case Study

road-to-recovery-featured Checklists of how to get out of a Google penalty abound. Five things you should do, five things you shouldn't do, etc. But the number one thing you shouldn't do is ignore it. I want to tell you the story of a two-year long penalty, the steps we took and how something we never thought would work… finally did. No Impact On Organic Traffic The client was a purveyor of a highly competitive retail product -- one of the top in the world, with over 10 million visits per month. Back in July 2012, the client received the first notice that there were "unnatural links pointing to the site." But the c [...]


Creating Content For Your Users That Will Also Get You Links

Sephora existing customers When you're crafting content, you obviously want to create something that your users want to see; but, that's not always as easy as it sounds. How can you tell what they want? How do you know what they need? Perhaps just as important is this question: how can you craft something that appeals specifically to them but also appeals to a broader group (like potential customers)? Find Out What Your Audience Wants Ask Your Customers. If you send out an email newsletter, ask them to contact you and share ideas of what they'd like to see on the site. Ask them on Facebook and Twitter. Ask them in [...]


When To Consider A Backlink Cleanup

backlink cleanup If you've been paying attention to the SEO world over the past year and a half, you know that link removal is all the rage. There are countless tutorials that detail how to go about identifying and getting rid of harmful backlinks. If you have the tools, time, patience and ability to follow step-by-step articles, backlink cleanup is arduous, but doable. What these guides fail to mention, however, is when it's best to cleanup your backlink profile. Is it best to wait until you've received an unnatural link warning from Google? Or should you proactively deal with the spammy, paid link filled ti [...]


How To Analyze A Link: Link Building Basics

link-building-student-chalkboard-featured The importance of link quality in SEO cannot be overstated. Before you begin any link building project within SEO, you must be sure you're pursuing links that will not only have an impact today, but will continue to have a positive impact in the future. That means understanding what makes a quality link, and why. Let's take a look at the elements of link analysis, which are: Relevance Link Type Authority Location Smell Test Relevance Relevance should always be the north star of your link building compass. Without relevance, a link will, at best, be sub-par quality and, at wo [...]


5 Not-So-Common Reconsideration Request Errors

SEO I've been struggling with a particularly difficult link cleanup project lately. On the occasion of my 100th reconsideration request (4th for this particular client), I thought it might be helpful to share five not-so-common problems that you might run into during your own link cleanup project. [Editor's note: Since this post was originally published, it's received praise from two Googlers: webmaster trends analyst John Mueller and webspam head Matt Cutts! Which just goes to show how important it is that you continue reading!] 1. Don't Block Your Pages With Robots.txt One good solution to [...]


4 Go-Tos To Make Online Reviews Work For Your Business

Yelp profile By now, everyone knows that online reviews can have a tremendous impact on consumers' purchasing decisions. Ultimately, a single review -- positive or negative -- can tip the scale in favor of one company over another. No doubt, the power of reviews on Google+, Yelp, Angie's List and other local search directories continues to mount. Review prominence in search results is also rising, as they often appear for a business just below their company website and make up the majority of the corresponding top 10 search results. Major search and review sites weight online reviews very highly, and [...]


The 7 Types Of People Who Want To Help You Build Links

Full Infographic at SocialBarrel With so much of link building focused on creating actual relationships these days, the idea that you can build high-quality links without people seems preposterous. Yes, I know there are still things like directories and post submissions but, come on…  a real person has to approve those, right? Building relationships can be tough, but trust me when I tell you -- there are actually people out there who want to help you. Even better…you might already know them! You just have to know where to look: 1. The Person Talking About You One of the most basic link building tactics is identifyin [...]


Infographic: What Is The Nofollow Tag; When & How To Use It

rel-nofollow-featured The nofollow tag is a way publishers can tell search engines not to count some of their links to other pages as "votes" in favor of that content. Why would publishers need to block such votes? Doing so can help them avoid problems with search engines believing they are selling influence or are somehow involved in schemes deemed as unacceptable SEO practices. Our Search Engine Land infographic below, made with the help of the good folks over at Killer Infographics, explains more about the nofollow tag, including when and how to use it. Also see additional references and background informatio [...]


Did Hummingbird Eat Link Building?

Did Hummingbird Eat Link Building? [caption id="attachment_173839" align="alignright" width="300"] Did Hummingbird Eat Link Building?[/caption] Panda squashed bad content. Penguin froze low-quality links. And now, did Hummingbird eat link building? Hummingbird wasn't just another algorithm update. It was more a re-tooling, behind-the-scenes adjustment to make Google faster and smarter. And it most likely opens the door for a lot more change to come. Let's take a look at what Hummingbird means for the future of link building. What Is Hummingbird To Online Marketers? It's a new engine, not a new paint job. It was in ef [...]


9 Link Building Lessons We Learned As Kids

link-building-student-chalkboard-featured Do you remember the life lessons we learned as kids? Sayings like, "Treat others the way you want to be treated," and, "Don't count your chickens before they hatch," were taught to us at a young age to guide us, help us make better decisions, and remind us to be nice to one another. I can't speak to whether or not those lessons actually stuck with you or helped you throughout your life. But I can tell you that these lessons can help with your link building... both right now and in the future. Here are a few of those lessons you may have forgotten: 1. If At First You Don't Succeed, Try, [...]


Demystifying Link Disavowals, Penalties & More

disavow-links-featured [caption id="attachment_169618" align="alignright" width="269"] Google Webmaster Hangout[/caption] Findings from a recent Google Webmaster Hangout on Air (video) demystify link disavowals, penalties and more. Read on for the official word from John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst from Google and friend to webmasters everywhere. First, Some Background Last month, I introduced Five Steps To Clean Up Your Links like A Techie. The commenters on the post had a lot of good questions, and I wanted to begin this month with a few clarifications. First, the development of that list was meant [...]


7 Real Life Ways to Build Links

relationship building pyramid The majority of the time when we're discussing link building, we focus on things like outreach, content strategy, tools and, in general, ways we can acquire links online. Which makes perfect sense since links are… well, online. But what about the offline, or "in real life" opportunities? According to a recent survey featured on eMarketer, the average American spends a little over three hours per day online. That leaves quite a bit of time not spent on the Internet. That also leaves quite a bit of time to get out and build links through live events, partnerships and the magic, link-buildi [...]


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