The first week of the year started off furiously with a lot of link building related posts. One of the posts I really enjoyed was Vanessa Fox’ review/ roundup of last year’s paid link debate (and Debra Mastaler’s follow up is an interesting read as well). If you don’t know enough about the search engines’ view on paid links or if you just want to read a lot about this subject, this post is a must-read. Judith Lewis’ post about When is a link a paid link? and the posts about Nielsens sponsored link data on both SEW and SEJ are paid link related as well.
I also noticed a lot of coverage of link baiting again this week, which is great, because I always enjoy reading these kind of posts. If you can’t come up with new ideas; ProBlogger published 7 types of blog posts which always seem to get links. Patrick over at 10e20 showed his process of creating linkbait graphics for the second step, while Donna made a list of 9 tips to get the most SEO benefit from your campaign to help you in the designing stage. And if your campaign doesn’t seem to get off the ground, you might find this week’s Whiteboard Friday interesting. Still struggling now? Go read Manish Pandey’s post with 11 popular link baiting guides for even more info about the subject. However, remember that using the wrong tactics will backfire eventually.
The first week of the year already resulted in two great interviews of link pros; Debra got interviewed by Peter da Vanzo and Aaron Wall interviewed Jim Boykin about Internet Marketing Ninjas. This means I’m expecting at least two interviews each week, so I hope a lot of bloggers will be sharpening their interviewing skills this month.