• Julie Joyce

    Even before I read the thanks part (and you’re welcome, and thank YOU) I was once again struck by how idea-provoking your posts ALWAYS are. I never read one without taking away something that I want to try.

  • http://www.ericward.com Eric Ward

    So I tried this tactic by asking ASK.com the question

    “Will answering a popular question help me build links?”

    Your post here should rank #1, but it doesn’t… Just kiddin Deb! This is really great advice. This tactic has worked for me and many clients as well, and here’s a great vertical real life example. I’m asked repeatedly during consults “are reciprocal links viable?” While I personally believe that 90% of the time the answer is no they are not, there are instances where they are absolutely helpful, if not vital.

    So I wrote a blog post titled “Why Reciprocal Links Will Always Be Viable” just so that I could get those thee words in the title tag, and copy. That’s all I did. Didn’t tell anyone, didn’t announce it. I might have tweeted it, but that’s it. This blog post wasn’t the exact question verbatim, but I wanted to avoid too perfect a match because there are times and topics where I feel a perfect match can be a negative algo signal. It was a test similar to what you suggest here.

    It worked. The blog post I wrote now ranks #1 out of 50,000+ for the query “are reciprocal links viable?”

    Have a look

    http://bit.ly/4EgaVu

    Now stop giving away all our “secrets” :)

    I wish you a great 2010!

  • http://www.ericward.com Eric Ward

    BTW, change the search to “can Top Searches Attract Top Links”, and your column does in fact rank #1, and that’s out of 69 million. It’s amazing what existing link credibility (SEL and you) combined with on site elements can do. Thanks again for your great content!