3 Link Building Tips That Still Work

David Amerland
David Amerland owner/founder, DavidAmerland.com

Posted on January 27th 2014

3 Link Building Tips That Still Work

ImageI am breaking my own resolution here not to mention link building in marketing in 2014. Ever since Google started to clean up its Link Graph by weeding the spam link economy its Page Rank (PR) system helped spawn, link building has been associated with spammers and Black Hat SEOs.

It really does not have to be that way and Google is not backing away from links just yet. But for anyone who hasn’t noticed it, we are in the semantic web age and shortcuts to authority and trust do not exist anymore. Links, really, were intended to be used as a democratic way to ‘vote’ on the expertise, value and authority of a website by providing a link back to it as a way of recommendation.  

Because accumulated links created an inevitable leaderboard they became a highly visible metric that lent itself to gaming behavior by marketers and the surface of spam websites in Google’s search. Over the last two years Google has been engaged in a sustained effort to clean all this up.

The announcement of the ‘death’ of guest blogging is the latest effort in this direction (and Tom Pick does an excellent job at explaining the changes and why this ‘ain’t so’).

So if you do want to build some back links to your website what are the best ways to do that?

1. Create Awesome Content – This is not a reiteration for all those nonsensical “Create Epic Sh*t” posts. Awesome content is content that delivers a much-needed solution to a problem, an answer to a question, valuable information when it’s most needed, consistently. In short it’s the kind of content that puts your potential audience’s needs above your own and delivers a solution quietly and effectively. This, more often than not, really does get naturally linked to. (It’s why the word “here” in Google search delivers Adobe’s Free PDF viewer at #1 slot).

2. Share Your Content Across Social Networks – A Tweet or a G+ post are, essentially, a web page. Links from G+ pass Page Rank to the sites they point to and so do many other social networks. Even if the links generated are “nofollow” they are still a signal to Google of Velocity (the speed at which a site’s content gets shared across the web) which means that they are taken into account in the site’s ranking in search.

3. Guest Blog – I know. This one is a surprise. It shouldn’t be. Guest blogging is intended to give you a platform to find an audience that is relevant to what you do. If you’re in the business of selling luxury cars and you go and guest blog on Farmer’s Weekly it’s unlikely that you’re going to create valuable, relevant, high quality content for them. So really you’re only fishing for a back link. That’s the kind of temptation the new Google restrictions are designed to help you avoid. Guest blog the same way you form offline connections. Seek, relevant, useful websites and contacts and give them your very best.

If you follow these three guidelines you will find that you get links back to your site. More than that however, you will find that you get, more relevant traffic, online recognition and you will start to gain reputation and authority. This, really, is the only way you will get anywhere in a semantic web where connections are transparent and spammy links no longer work.

David Amerland

David Amerland

owner/founder, DavidAmerland.com

David Amerland is the author of seven best-selling books including "Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques That Gets Your Company More Traffic, Increases Brand Impact and Amplifies Your Online Presence" and "Google+ Hangouts for Business: How to use Google+ Hangouts to Improve Brand Impact, Build Business and Communicate in Real-Time."

He helps multi-national clients and start-ups to organize their SEO and Social Media strategies. He is a business journalist, author and international speaker. He blogs about social media and search engine optimization, writes for a number of prominent websites including Forbes, and advises a handful of corporations on their social media crisis management techniques.

His books on SEO and Social Media demystify the complexity of the subjects they cover for readers around the world providing an accessible blueprint to better understand and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the connected economy. Follow him on @DavidAmerland. or find him on G+

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Comments

Akash Agarwal
Posted on January 27th 2014 at 7:16AM

Yah, it's very true these link building technique are still working. Link building helps to get more visibility of your blog in search result and it also helps in getting indexed in search result easily. Thanks for sharing this great article.

Kim Huang
Posted on January 28th 2014 at 2:46PM

David, thank you for the tips. If we manage to bring in more people with these techniques it would definitely be positive for our sales team. However, our customers are more B2B oriented and we need to find out more about the visitors so that we can reach out to them after their visit.

We tried newsletters and other methods, but we're still losing a lot of potential prospects based on the visitor figures in Google Analytics. We also tried LeadLander, but it's pretty expensive. We recently heard of a new tool called MeetLeads as a free alternative to LeadLander in order to show the actual companies and contacts, but we haven't tested it yet.

Could you please elaborate on this crucial subject based on your experience or knowledge on how to track your website visitors effectively so that you can generate some leads from them after they leave your site. Very much appreciated.

Kim Huang
IT Director trying to help our sales and marketing teams