Link Building Strategies: 69 Solid Tactics For 2009

2 Dec

Six and a half years ago (which is ages, in Internet years), Robin Nobles, Eric Ward, and John Alexander compiled a legendary list of 131 legitimate link building strategies. Four years later, Aaron Wall and Andy Hagans published 101 link building tips to market your website, which was inspired by the other article. Considering the furiously changing face of search engine marketing and with 2009 already ahead of us, I thought it was time to evaluate both lists and create an updated collection of link building strategies.

7 Internal link building strategies

1. Make sure that your navigation is spiderable. Either use (anchor text carrying) text based navigation, or an image based navigation with relevant alt attributes attached to each image link.

2. Breadcrumbs are a great internal linking tool. Use them for usability and anchor text differentiation.

3. In-content links not only tend to have a higher click through rate and perceived trust, but are also able to add more relevance to a link because of the surrounding text.

4. Use a sitemap. A good sitemap is useful for visitors, useful for search engines and, therefore, useful for you.

5. Link to topically relevant pages on important pages of your website. Link to important pages on every (or most) topically relevant page of your website.

6. Be consistent in linking behavior. If you link to homepage.com, always link to homepage.com, and not to homepage.com, homepage.com/index.php and homepage.com/index.php&id=123.

7. Identify your most linked-to pages, and make sure that the link juice flows to your most important pages from there, in a well-optimized way.

10 Easy link building starters

8. Optimize your existing links. Contact the webmasters of prominent websites that link to you and ask them to change ‘click here’ to an anchor text that contains relevant keywords, an anchor text that encourages clicking through, or -ideally- a combination of both.

9. Monitor your 404 statistics. Keep track of whoever links to old pages or misspelled URLs, which is data that Google provides as well. Contact those webmasters and provide them a good URL which they can link to.

10. Create a ‘link to us’ page, where you provide information about how people can link to you and which URL(s), logo and/ or anchor text they can use. Update this page regularly in order to diversify the anchor text.

11. Contact family, friends, colleagues and other people you know and let them know about your website. Some will send you useful feedback, others -who happen to have a website of their own- might link to you.

12. Do you block search engine bots from indexing certain parts of your website via robots.txt or meta-noindex? Find out if people link to this section of your site. If so, contact the webmasters of these sites and kindly ask them to link to an other page of your website.

13. Use your spell check. People will more likely link to correctly spelled articles than to content that’s full of grammatical errors.

14. Search for websites that already mention your business name or URL, but haven’t linked to your website. This works excellently in Yahoo!.

15. Look for websites that mention your personal name, but currently don’t link to your site. Use Yahoo! for this as well.

16. Leave comments on the blogs you visit every day. Hey, you’re visiting them anyway, so why don’t leave a (relevant, useful!) comment?

17. Find out which website your company owns. If you work for a small company, there may possibly be several. If you work for a large company, the number will probably knock you off your shoes. Link these websites (carefully!) together, or redirect the most important and/ or relevant ones to your main website.

12 Old school link building techniques

18. Search for related websites by using relevant keywords. Filter out all interesting websites and contact them. When you did this for your main keyword(s), there are still tons of other combinations possible.

19. Check which websites link to your competitors. Try to get them to link to your website as well.

20. Check which types of websites link to websites that offer the same services or products as you, but in a different country/ language. This might result in a “I never thought of that…” feeling.

21. Either interview an expert from your field, or try to get interviewed by someone else. Don’t forget to mention your best content: readers of the interview might be willing to link to it.

22. Write guest posts for relevant websites in your niche. You could also write posts about your industry for websites that are slightly related to your niche.

23. Teach. Whether it’s a public workshop (local press), a class at a local college or University (.edu website) or at a business related event (industry links), teaching can result in authority links.

24. Use any search engine advertising program and advertise on keywords that linkerati might use. Try to convert the targeted traffic into links.

25. Use Google AdWords’ content network to determine which (relevant) websites generate traffic and conversions. Contact those websites directly.

26. Join an affiliate program. See #25.

27. Determine who’s linked to you before. Contact them again when you’re releasing an interesting new piece of content.

28. Trade links. There’s nothing wrong, with swapping links with a few, highly relevant, authority websites that can bring in extra traffic. Exchanging links with lots of irrelevant websites, however, might get you in trouble.

29. Donate to a charity. Although buying links is not allowed by Google, there are still lots of ways you can buy links (kind of) legitimately.

12 Places to submit your URL to

30. Most social media websites are only useful for promoting good content (which will get you links in return), but sites like LinkedIn still provide dofollow links with an anchor text of your choice.

31. Some general directories, such as DMOZ, the Yahoo Directory and Best of the Web are still worth submitting your website to. Make sure to submit your site to the most appropriate category.

32. High quality, niche directories can be worth considering as well. Notice the emphasis on high quality.

33. Don’t forget to submit your website to high quality, regional directories. Especially worthwhile for websites that target local markets.

34. Publish stunning, interesting, funny or beautiful images in your Flickr account, that contains a link to your website.

35. Writing an article about a relevant topic, that contains one or more links to your website, and submitting it to article directories such as eZineArticles might work for you.

36. Relevant, non-spammy links in Wikipedia articles, Yahoo! Answers or Google Groups may have nofollow attributes attached, but can lead to (dofollow) links indirectly.

37. Submit your RSS feed to important RSS directories.

38. Blog directories may be willing to link to your blog. Submit your blog to the high quality ones.

39. Use PR websites to distribute your press releases, in addition to your PR agency. Make sure that your press release contains one or more (clickable) links to your website.

40. Got a great design? Submit your site to CSS directories and/ or website design contests. Even well-designed parts of your website can result in links.

41. Twitter. Just published a new post or article? Mention it on Twitter, your followers might visit it and -if they find it interesting- link to it.

12 Ways to make people write about you

42. Send out christmas gifts or birthday gifts to bloggers (or website owners) you know.

43. Offer services or a product in exchange for a review. Don’t ask the bloggers or webmasters to link to you, they most often will do anyway.

44. Create something unique. Top 10s, top 250s, mash-ups, how-tos, best-ofs, surveys, studies, awards. Define the proper hook, create unique content and attract good links. The possibilities are infinite.

45. Try to start a hype, use a new word, get a meme going, or do something else you’re the first at.

46. Link to others. People -especially bloggers- will notice it if you link to them. If you do this several times and offer content that is or might be relevant to these bloggers, they might link to you as well eventually.

47. If you happen to have some breaking news, offer a blogger (or a select group) the scoop. Bloggers love to publish scoops.

48. Say something groundbreaking, shocking, confronting, stupid, weird or flattering. People tend to link to others who are different or act that way.

49. Create something with an amazing design. This does not necessarily have to be your website, just having an awesome business card can result in extra links.

50. Launch an extraordinary offline campaign. People will talk about this online. If you integrate this offline campaign with an online version in a perfect way, you may even receive some extra links from ‘this is how you should integrate offline and online’-articles as well.

51. Create a contest and offer give-aways for winners. This is not only a great way to get attention, but to get valuable input as well, for example when hosting a guest post contest.

52. Build useful tools and/ or plugins that are free to use.

53. Speak at an industry conference. You’ll meet lots of interesting new people, and will probably get mentioned in several conference write-ups.

12 Common business tactics

54. Add a link to your local Chamber of Commerce profile.

55. The Better Business Bureau, and any industry related association you’re a member of are interesting link targets as well.

56. Contact your (preferred) suppliers, manufacturers, other partners. Obtain links from these website if they have a partners page as well.

57. Offer to write testimonials or a quote to your suppliers, if they are willing to link back to your site in or near this testimonial.

58. Ask clients to write testimonials about your product or service that they publish on their website, in exchange for a discount, extra fast delivery or any other benefit you can provide.

59. Hire a publicist. Press agency employees usually know the right people in the right places, which can result in a higher acceptancy rate of your press release.

60. Join relevant forums. You can either link to your website on your profile page, in your signature or in your posts. Notice how this one is listed under ‘Business related tactics’ in stead of ‘Places to submit your URL to’? There’s a reason why: forums are not places to drop links, but to join discussions.

61. Sponsor something. There are tons of possibilities, such as an industry conference, a sports club, a relevant forum, a local happening, or just any offline event that happens to have a website.

62. Hire an intern. You can let him or her work on a piece of research, which you can in your link building process. Also, don’t forget the website of the University you’re intern is attending.

63. Offer awesome product or services. People love talking about great stuff they’ve bought. If your products are ‘just’ good in stead of awesome, make sure that your after sales or customer care is excellent. People love talking about companies with a great service as well. Of course, offering crappy products or a lousy service will also result in links, but I don’t think those are the links you’re after.

64. Look for companies that went out of business. Either acquire their website, or contact the website that they’re currently getting links from and ask these sites to link to you in stead.

65. Turn your colleagues into link developers. Each of them has his or her own specialty and group of contacts. This not only take works off of your hands, but is very efficient as well.

4 Important considerations

66. Hire a link builder or an expert. Either let somebody you trust manage (a part of) your campaign, or visit a link building workshop. Especially when you’ve been building links for your own site for several years, a fresh mind can bring new ideas.

67. Hang in there. Link building isn’t something you can do in just a few hours, or something that you only have to do during one week in a year. Building a brand can’t be done in a single day, the same goes for a solid link profile. It’s a continuing process that takes time. Lots of time.

68. Keep an eye on the news. Follow important and interesting different blogs, in order to keep up with the latest news, trends and tricks. I’m not just talking about link building or SEM blogs, but make sure to follow general marketing blogs, slightly different, creative blogs or industry related news websites as well.

69. If you have to ask yourself ‘is this a legitimate approach’ or ‘should I be doing this’, the answer is probably no. Too much, too aggressive or too shady isn’t advisable. Don’t do things you would be ashamed of when explaining them to your mother. Or Matt Cutts.

0 Advanced link building strategies

There is no such thing as advanced link building. While this list already sums up quite a few different strategies, I’m pretty sure that you can easily come up with a dozen more, that are specifically suitable for your company or industry.

Eric Ward once said that link building is “one part marketing, two parts public relations, and three parts common sense”. I’d say that link building is 10% basic SEO knowledge, 20% business thinking, 30% creativity and 40% perseverance. Either way, there’s nothing advanced to it.

145 Responses to “Link Building Strategies: 69 Solid Tactics For 2009”

  1. Internal Link Building plugin December 4, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    What, no link to yours truly’s ‘internal link building’ plugin :)?

    Edit by Wiep: Gab, check again ;)

  2. Patrick December 4, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    Great list of link building tips. I definitely need to start applying more of these. My site has a lot of backlinks but can always use more.

  3. PoLR December 4, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    Great list and has made us re-think ideas we forgot about at the start of our business. You’ve inspired us to finally go and design some funky business cards that we were so eager to do in Jan (before work got in the way) -)

  4. Alian December 4, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    Very interesting post. It’s not only a link building article but a complete guide for anyone looking to promote his web site. Great job Wiep!

  5. Drew December 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    This is a great reminder. I especially like #16 :)

    p.s. found this post from search engine roundtable

  6. web design manchester December 4, 2008 at 5:16 pm #

    Great list to start of 2009..! I love reading these things even though they say for beginners because sometimes the best of the best forget the simple things. CHEERS

  7. Patti Fousek December 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    Great list. I especially appreciate #67. Another tip that could be added to #67 is “patience is a virtue.”

    Thanks for such a complete list!

  8. SEOdiot December 5, 2008 at 1:43 am #

    Wow! A really extraordinary outstanding and comprehensive collection of ideas. I hope you don’t mind me having written a translation (and set a link to your orignal post) on my blog for the many German people interested in SEO, who are not so familiar with english…

  9. Paul Viau December 5, 2008 at 2:48 am #

    I think I shall print this off and tack it to my cubical wall. Now i”ll never be truly bored!

  10. Dwayne Haskell December 5, 2008 at 5:46 am #

    Very good article for someone just starting out at blogging. I may just have to print out the list and refer back to it once in a while.

  11. Tom Broekhoven December 5, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    This post really sums up a lot of helpfull tips. Nice list for 2009

  12. martin December 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    great stuff for a seo starter, thanks

  13. Bloggeries December 5, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    Cool list, I’m glad you still included some directories and mentioned high quality niche directories / blog directories. This is a good resource for people starting out or a refresher for those like myself who could use a reminder!

  14. Brandon J. Mendelson December 5, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m usually hesitant when it comes to articles like this, but I thought your tips were thorough and helpful. Good work.

  15. Melody Moser December 5, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    This is an excellent list, very inspiring, thanks so much!

  16. SoreThumb December 5, 2008 at 9:27 pm #

    Hey. Pretty informative article. I also like the meaning behind ‘0 Advanced Linbuilding strategies’. Some of these’re pretty good, like teach.

    Great work. 8)

  17. keith feighery December 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    Thanks for the post – feeling depressed now – got to get the finger out.

  18. Barbara December 5, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    Great list of tips, showing the importance of using more than one technique to get traffic to your website. Thanks for putting this together!

  19. Axel December 5, 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    Hi Wiep,
    what a great post.
    I am looking forward to working with you on TJNL.
    Speak soon,
    Axel

  20. Wiep December 6, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    @Patti: ‘Patience is a virtue’ is a good addition indeed!

    @SEOdiot: no problem at all!

    @Bloggeries: Good, relevant directories have always been great link targets.

    @Axel: Thanks & I’m looking forward to working together as well ;)

  21. Swelson December 6, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    Intresting! I’m going to bookmark this page to read it when I got some time.

  22. Dirk de Pol December 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    Great post! Just one additional remark:

    http://images.google.de/images?q=ifollow
    shows websites which over dofollow blogs and have one of the following pics in there site:

    * ifollowblue.gif, ifollowgreen.gif, ifollowpink.gif, ifollowpurple.gif, ifollowltgreen.gif, ifolloworange.gif, ifollowwhite.gif,
    * ifollowmagenta.gif
    * ifollow.(gif/png/jpg)

    That is the easiest way to find dofollow blogs ..

  23. Boston SEO December 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    Wiep, great post as usual. Your articles on link building are consistently some of the best I’ve seen on the Web.

  24. Wiep December 7, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    @Dirk: that’s a good tip, but I left out searching for dofollow blogs on purpose. If you’re just looking for blogs that dofollow, you’ll probably miss the interesting ones that don’t. Don’t limit yourself to dofollow links only. (but like I said, it’s a good tip)

  25. cybernaut SEO December 8, 2008 at 5:15 am #

    I have been using the juicy link finder over at seomoz to help filter my link building research. I then set up a Google custom search engine to further filter my results. This is a great strategy to find highly relevant authoritative sites in your niche. I couldn’t really explain the whole strategy here so I wrote a post about it. International Link Building Strategy I hope you find it useful.

  26. Kevin December 9, 2008 at 12:12 am #

    Brilliant article, some golden oldies in it but brilliant tips for experts and newbies as well

  27. Joshua Meeker December 9, 2008 at 3:33 am #

    Excellent post. Thank you…

  28. PhotoHand December 9, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    This list is helpful…already forgot a thing or two – most of it is very logical, but not as evident….so thanks!

  29. SeoTips December 9, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    Excellent guide. Some sections are already well known but it’s always good to recap and familiarize yourself. Thank you!

  30. Jason December 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    Very helpful list you have there.Now wonder I got into trouble doing link building.It’s because I didn’t follow your guidelines.Thanks for reminding me..

  31. no BS SEM blog December 10, 2008 at 2:51 am #

    Great advice, however none of it is really fresh for 2009, but for beginners it is a good guide to link building and should keep them busy for the year!

  32. Brad December 10, 2008 at 11:43 am #

    Really good tips and there all in one place so now i know a lot more strategies to get those all important links happening.
    Very good
    Thanks Brad

  33. Will Lim December 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi,

    Very nice tips and thanks for sharing. I’m applying tips #16 now and going to try the others. :)

    Cheers,

    Will
    http://WillLim.com

  34. Leila December 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    Knowing that link building is one of the most difficult parts of SEM, having articles like this published on the web just makes my heart glad :) There can never be enough _good_ link building tips.

  35. Deidre Hughey December 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    Great post! I would like post a summarization in my blog and link back to your post – fantastic for my readers.

    Thanks!
    Deidre
    @deidrehughey

  36. Ryan @ Linkbuildr December 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Fantastic article Wiep! I wanted to chime in with a few other tips along the lines of Linkedin. There have been a few great social networking/business sites like this popping up such as Gooruze and Authorati.com, and if you folks look harder many more!

  37. Stanley December 11, 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    good tips. A bit advanced for the stage that I am in, but hopefully some day I will need to hire an Intern to get all my work done!

  38. Ann December 12, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Fantastic,
    I am a complete newbie in blogging and you’ve just saved me the research.
    Thank you, I would buy you a beer if you had a button.

  39. Webwinkels December 13, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    A lot of good tips here! Thanks, now I know some extra ways to get links!

  40. Ostsee December 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks for the summary. I think this should be the best way to start a well ranked homepage. But mothing is about good trusted links.

  41. Paul Eastman December 15, 2008 at 6:15 am #

    thanks dude for sharing very useful information.

  42. Lee December 18, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    Great post! Linking is my goal for ’09. To get the ball rolling, I linked to this post from my blog. Great blog! I’m so glad I found it!

  43. inerxia December 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Thanks for the list, definitely things have change since 2006. Just 2 things:

    1. Good directories function via invitation only, the others are crap, they just steel your rss.

    2. The most important strategy: Don’t stop making good content, lets say 1 year, and people will naturally link to you.

    Sorry for my bad english.

  44. devolute December 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Good post. As if to prove a point, I got here through a twitter message.

  45. John Williams December 22, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    Great article and advice. Thanks!

  46. Alice December 22, 2008 at 8:41 am #

    This article covers almost all the link building tactics that we can use to gain more backlinks for your sites. I think In order to make link building campaign Success, we must use most relevant keyword in our “Anchor Text”.

  47. mottiden December 22, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    This post is a link building tactic n°44…and it is a smart post!
    Great job!

  48. Yunar December 26, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    This is the best Link building strategy I ever read, keep on writing good posting.

  49. Biz December 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    A good resource on ranking tips. However, is there any resource on haw to avoid page rank penalties by the search engines?

  50. Claire Diiorio December 30, 2008 at 12:54 am #

    Hi, What a fantastic resource! I am constantly amazed by the number of people with a website who have no idea about SEO. I will pass this comprehensive article around to help them out. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy & Successful New Year – Thanks very much! Claire from My Local Guide http://www.mylocalguide.net.au – tip #16 in action!!!

  51. oaken December 31, 2008 at 4:18 am #

    Thanks to write this. This could be good reference to build a better links.

  52. BSB Center January 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    very good Ideas I will start from now ..But It need more time and efort to be in the top rank…

  53. phil January 6, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    Great post, many thanks.

    Phil

  54. Rockstar January 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Very helpfull techniques though they are old but still old school rocks..!!!

  55. Tom Jerrad January 8, 2009 at 7:29 am #

    Wau…..very useful tips!

    It’s awesome, you have done a very great job!

    Thanks a lot.

  56. Dustin January 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    thanks for this link building strategies.
    I could not understand robots.txt or meta-noindex

  57. Astral Moon January 14, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Excellent guide Wiep. I’m going to get stuck into these as a late New Years resolution. Re:- number 19, I’ve just found my competitors on Alexa and it shows the sites that link to them. Now I can see if I can get them to link to me. Great tips mate. Thank you so much.

  58. David Lakins January 17, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    A great link building resource that I will certainly be promoting in my small business web seminars.

  59. Mark Wilson January 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    This is a great article, I’ll be using these techniques in the future!

  60. Great post. What is your thoughts on comment type links though? Are these worth the effort if you’re seeking traffic? What’s the chances that people will read comments and click the links?

  61. blueface January 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    Hi,
    This is such a great list. I started to run out of ideas with ‘old school’ methods and needed new tips. You’ve learned me quite a few good ones ! Your list differs quite a lot from many quickly put together obvisous tips you can find in many places. Thanks !

  62. Annalisa February 2, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    Very good information, I’d love to apply all this strategies but it’s nearly impossible! I’t be very useful to have a list of link building activities in order of power they have, so people like mi can concentrate first in the most important once and then to the others….

  63. Reynder February 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    I miss the don’t’s in your post. There are some thinks you really shouldn’t do. But other then that an absolute excellent post.

  64. Knoxville Web Design February 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    This is a excellent post and will keep you busy for the whole year implementing them all.

  65. Dave Perris February 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    Thank you, as a complete seo newbie this is a really useful list. Too much to absorb in one go but I will be printing it out and keeping it near my deep thought area (the loo). Dave.

  66. Fletchgqc February 10, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Great post. Point 13 should be:
    … to correctly spelled articles than to content that’s full of GRAMMATICAL errors.

    I don’t normally point out spelling or grammatical errors on blogs but in this case I’m sure you’ll understand why I couldn’t resist :-).

    Despite that ironic error, you still won a SEMMY for this post – well done.

  67. Raynk February 10, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    Super-nice useful list here. The old school techniques were my favorite.

  68. Adam February 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    Great tips thanks for all your input… I am searching for an intern anyone have any ideas???

  69. Deliën February 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    Great info! I guess combining some link building ideas results in very interesting new ones too!

  70. Martin February 17, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    thats sound advice and solid instructions for newbies and old hatters.
    Martin

  71. Pol vanRhee February 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    Great guide to building links. It’s all here. Can’t think of any more that makes as much sense as these. BTW, found this link on twitter.

  72. Jhangora February 18, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Great post. Thanx a lot. Lot’s of useful info for a newbie like me.

  73. Ravi February 20, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    ya this is true that without link building a website cant run.
    so this link strategeis of 2009 must be followed

  74. Cosinus February 20, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    Greate todo list for me, thank you!

  75. Kitchen Design March 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Very helpful list thanks for sharing, just got into social bookmarking and trying to figure out what the best sites are and the methods for using social bookmarking to increases my serps and build pr.

    Thanks for the tips well noted!

  76. Protoscopic March 27, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    I think the primary key is finding the balance between honing your content and actually “building” links.

  77. Stylejunge April 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    Thanks for this helpful article, especially for #16 ;-)

  78. Resale Centre, Torrevieja April 22, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    Some excellent ideas in there, some that I have not thought of before, and coming to think about it, it is just common sense in a way really.

    At least I have got something to keep me busy for the next couple of weeks! Great article for link building.

  79. Delta Squadron April 26, 2009 at 2:43 am #

    Great Post!!

    I was just concentrating on social bookmarking and social networking for building up links…i need to rethink my strategy for targeting some competitive keywords

  80. google adsense May 4, 2009 at 5:06 am #

    this is the most complete link building that i ever read before.

    thx for your sharing and tips.

  81. Website Design Kent May 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    Brilliant Article. LInk building basics and a few other tips that cover most do-it-yourself link building techniques. I believe adding contextual links for SEO is a valid way of building up ibl and not spamming the ranking algo’s.
    This post is definately bookmarked!

  82. Website Design Kent May 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Oops, I forgot to ask, are there any tools available to auto checking clean links?

  83. Roy May 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    This is a complete SEO strategy.Thanks for the valuable post.
    I am concentrating on article marketing for link building. But commenting on forums and blogs will generate some traffic. That is important for a blogger.

  84. Priyanka May 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    many thanks for tons of tips in a same place. Lot of time saving while googling for link building. Wondering if hiring a link bulder be of advantage in short time or do it myself ?

  85. Marketing Sheffield May 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Fantastic – I have to do a presentation about link building on Monday; this will help a lot in my preparations!

  86. Cyber Rainbow May 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    cool. this is the motherlode of link building strategies

  87. Incentive Programs May 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    These are all very excellent linking strategies and link baiting strategies. Offering incentive programs and getting creative with link building and baiting should always be a consistent method used.

    I have personally found recently that SE love well rounded linking plans that are diversified through numerous mediums.

  88. chris June 4, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    great so much informations for link building .. thanks a lot

  89. Maolazo June 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Very interesting, this is a excellent post !!!

  90. Julien June 14, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    Thanks! That’s excellent.

  91. marl June 14, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    thanks for the very Long list of Link building tips up there!!!

    My knowledgebase in linkbuilding has once again been filled up with another batch of useful information!!!

  92. Taufiq Hasan June 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Wow.. Thank you..thank you..thank you..

  93. Olier June 18, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Congratulation for this article.

  94. Michiel Van Kets June 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Wow that is quite the list isn’t it. So many pointers in there for the unaware and changes constantly for how things work so great information to get people started. Looking for the next update!!

  95. Graglem June 23, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    Bravo, bravo, bravo. Very useful for anyone who will read this post.

  96. Jim McFadyen June 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Glad to have a new Link Building reminders post to review every few months, the SEOBook one was getting boring. Thanks!

  97. Simon June 28, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    Outstanding posting. I can not believe how much of these tips are overlooked by webmasters. I am reviewing my site to incorporate some of these great tips. Thanks again for such a great posting.

  98. Brandi June 30, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    Although this is an older article, it has lots of great information for both the novice and the expert SEO. Thanks for sharing!

  99. Riju July 30, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    16. Leave comments on the blogs you visit every day. Hey, you’re visiting them anyway, so why don’t leave a (relevant, useful!) comment?…luv that and ;) to speak truly ireally reached you by rel=”dofollow” seaching :)… it is the most costeffective way for newbies like me !!!!! thanx again… i am book marking you…this list is very very informative ..

  100. leon August 5, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    great list for link building… we can also hold up a contest for bloggers and get tons of free links

  101. blogriser August 6, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    thanks for the list. but i have a basic question. Do you still recommend directory submission? i mean does it bring any traffic these days? as yahoo’s listing isn’t free, so spending money would of any worth?

  102. Boilers August 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanskfor sharing the tips. But I have one question: is there any difference between dofollow links and no follow links. I am really confused about that. Most of the blogs do no-follow links. will that help in ranking in google

  103. StuartC August 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    Really good to see somebody thinking outside the usual generic link building articles.

  104. Zander August 17, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks for the list, I think it will help in my link building process. I’m finding it really difficult though but i guess I shouldn’t give up. Determination is the key.

  105. Maurice August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am #

    I added this page to my favorites. Got some work to do!
    This is usefull and will help for sure.
    If there are more related pages, let me know… ;-)

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