Updated Dec 03, 2017
Copyblogger has long been one of the most authoritative blogs on copywriting and content marketing.
While they used to reveal their most popular blog posts in their sidebar (sorted by most comments), it seems that’s no longer the case.
But what if it was?
What if you could analyse any blog and see which of their articles have the most comments, in order?
If you could rank them by how many backlinks those articles have, you’re left with foolproof solution for finding content ideas that attract links and comments.
Fortunately, with the technology available today this is totally achievable in minutes and doesn’t require you to fork out for a virtual assistant to do all of the grunt work.
While a lot of the ‘whitehat’ link building web is focused on writing great content, that sole focus could mean you miss out on some great opportunities to improve your standing in Google.
You can shout “Just write quality content” all day long, but those of us who rank sites in Google are more often than not actively trying to do so. You can still focus on writing great content and add smart link building to your mix.
A Unique Formula for Finding Popular, Linked-to Content
When it comes to analysing content to see what people are interested in reading about, we already have the likes of BuzzSumo to analyse how popular something was socially, but social shares don’t always correspond to links.
What does correspond to links? Getting people talking.
If something is worth commenting on in 2017, it’s far more likely to attract a link. And if you want to attract links to your articles, write something worth commenting on.
Just like you can learn from articles which received thousands of Pins on Pinterest or Likes on Facebook, you can also learn from the success of others in attracting comments, and then apply that to your own endeavours.
I’m going to dive right into this first tactic and use Copyblogger.com for my analysis.
What I first need to do is find a list of the blog posts on Copyblogger. You could wait around for a virtual assistant to collect all of the links manually but thankfully we have tools like Screaming Frog (free for analysing up to 500 URL’s) which can automate the process for us.
If I just open up Screaming Frog as-is and run Copyblogger through the tool, I start seeing results like the following.
The problem is that most of these results are useless unless I’m analysing their on-site SEO.
They aren’t actual posts from Copyblogger and if you’re using the free version of Screaming Frog, you’ll use up your 500 URL limit very quickly.
Fortunately Screaming Frog does have an Exclude setting, allowing you to pull back only the types of results you’re looking for.
Here are some of the terms I have blocked to get a better picture of Copyblogger articles.
In other words, if these words are present in a URL, then Screaming Frog won’t list them.
To find this box simply go to Configuration > Exclude and then add the terms you wish to exclude.
It helps to think “dot star [word] dot star” if you’re looking to write a list of terms quickly.
Another option to help remove irrelevant results is to go to Configuration > Spider and uncheck most of the options, as shown below.
Now if I run the tool again, I should get some ‘cleaner’ results.
As you can see, I’m finding the actual blog posts that I was looking for with little ‘fluff’.
Once you have your list, use the Save option so you have your list of URL’s.
“This is just a list of pages from Copyblogger. How does that help?”
As you probably guessed, there’s a bit more to this tactic than simply finding all posts on the Copyblogger blog.
In a previous version of this article (now updated in December of 2017) I recommended a tool called URL Profiler to help you with the next steps.
However, ScreamingFrog is more than capable of handling them these days.
What we want to do next is head on over to the website in question, Copyblogger.com, and select the data you wish to extract. This is slightly easier to do in Chrome than it is Firefox, but both are suitable.
What I want to copy from Copyblogger, are their comment counts.
Articles that receive a lot of comments are usually great to model in terms of content to write for your own website, and typically receive more links from articles that wouldn’t invoke readers to leave a comment.
So I head on over to the Copyblogger website and click on an individual blog post. From there I right click on the data I want to copy and click Inspect (I’m using Google Chrome) like so.
Then I need to right click on the element again in the Console window and click Copy XPath, as shown below.
If you’re familiar with Regex and so on then you can use those skills, but XPath has been the simplest one for me to get and it has worked 95% of the time.
Then we want to open up ScreamingFrog again and go to Configuration > Custom > Extraction.
Click start and let ScreamingFrog do it’s thing.
Depending on how many URL’s you’re checking the job could take anywhere from a few minutes (less than 500 URL’s) to a few hours (50,000+ URL’s).
You can then export the results and with a little cleaning (i.e. removing irrelevant columns from Screaming Frog) I get some very interesting data.
I pulled back 392 articles with at least 10 comments, 221 with at least 50 comments and 81 with at least 100 comments.
Once you’ve done this process once you can be getting new data on any website in a matter of minutes.
Please note: For most websites and web hosts this kind of scraping is likely against their Terms of Service. I don’t accept any responsibility for what may happen if you take this too far (hence this post is titled ‘Advanced’). Please be responsible if implementing this kind of tactic by running the tools during low-traffic hours of the day, not crawling more pages than you need to and so on.
Now I know the most commented articles ever written on Copyblogger I can analyse them to work out why they received so many comments.
In other words you can see the most commented on and linked to articles on any blog on the planet.
For me this has been an absolute goldmine of information for new industries I want to enter and far better than just checking social shares with the likes of BuzzSumo.
I use this process for so many things that I occasionally rent a server from Amazon so I can run these tools at max speed. When you’re collecting data on over 400,000 URL’s (which was one of my recent crawls) then you can get the data back in a few hours rather than a few days.
If you get creative you’ll find there’s a lot more valuable information you can use this tool-combination on than just analysing link and comment counts.
Thanks to Joshua for his help with the tools needed for this.
Find Private Networks and Link Opportunities (Without Analysing Backlinks)
It’s a well-known tactic in the SEO world to check the backlinks of your competitors so that you can find any possible link opportunities that you can duplicate yourself.
What isn’t so common is to find out where your competitors are being mentioned without links, which may still pose some opportunities.
One such tactic I like to employ is to search for a phone number or email address associated with my competitor.
I’ve actually use the first option to find companies who are relying on other’s to rank sites that they then rent out to that specific business. Then you can delve into that site and see how they’re building links which help them rank.
For example, here’s a website which is ranking for a search term which receives more than 10,000 exact searches per month.
The website features a real brand with a logo, Twitter account and Facebook page which has nothing to do with the domain name of the site I see ranking.
If I search for their phone number instead of just looking at backlink analysis tools then I find another part of their network, here:
This is a totally different site they’re using which also appears to rank well for their chosen keywords.
The backlink analysis tools I use didn’t find this mini network they’re operating in order to dominate a sector of the pet niche in a certain state of the US.
However, when searching for a phone number (or other key details like the first line of an address, or their email address) you can generally uncover a lot more with your research.
Utiliise a Little Known Google Search Operator: AROUND(Number)
I have some sad news. Since I went live with this article, the AROUND operater has disappeared.
I’ll keep in the following few paragraphs so you can see what it did, but I’ve let some Googlers know I would love to see it back.
Please like the tweet (and tweet to them) if you would like to see it too.
.@JohnMu @methode can we please get the AROUND search operator back? It was really useful to me (and unofficially awesome for over 7 years). Seems like it has just disappeared. pic.twitter.com/KthrDXFgOu
— Glen Allsopp (@ViperChill) December 6, 2017
One query I haven’t seen any other SEO blog touch upon is the AROUND(?) search operator. It has been useful in a number of situations for me in recent months when trying to find specific strings of text in search results.
It has been so useful that I’m surprised I haven’t read about it in the marketing world before — I found it when looking through some programming discussions on Reddit.
What this query allows you to do is essentially find words that are within a certain proximity to each other.
For example, you already know that if you search for niche “submit article” you’ll find sites in a particular niche which accept guest posts. This is a common search query shared on blogs about finding posting opportunities along with “write an article”, “submit your post” and so on.
However, if we search for something like niche “submit” AROUND(4) “article” we can see pages for a specific niche or from a specific website which reveal a sentence where submit and article are not together, but still in close proximity.
Not more than four words apart, in this example.
What I’ve done here is try to find websites which say submit and guest post within four words of each other and also have the world gold in their URL.
Keep in mind, searching for “submit tip” or “submit guest post” would not have revealed this result.
Look how much more natural that search query is.
A sentence could have been “If you would like to submit your article” which you can only really find by searching that exact phrase, or by using the AROUND operator.
If you change the number after AROUND (the one in brackets) you increase the allowed space you can have between two words.
Let me give another example of how useful this query is.
I recently noticed that some WordPress websites publicly show how much traffic their pages are receiving. This seems to be some kind of option in WordPress – I’m not sure where – but the WordPress forums are full of people wishing to turn it off.
Here’s one such website which reveal their daily pageviews for each article.
My first idea was to simply scrape their website (using the tools in the first tactic) and see which were the most popular articles they’ve ever written. That being said, I don’t currently run any viral pages on Facebook so I wouldn’t really have anything to do with the information.
I instead decided to check which other websites reveal this information publicly.
Thanks to the AROUND search operator, I can do exactly that.
(I went to page two for this screenshot since the first page is just people asking how to remove it from their sites)
As we can see, even the USA government are in on the action to help out us marketers.
Now to be totally honest I didn’t find anything too interesting from sites that publicly share their pageviews.
I was actually hoping to make a tool out of it but not many big sites share their stats. I found some interesting article ideas on a few sites, but nothing that was really worth the hour or so of trawling through the results.
Just think of all the standard search queries that you can now expand upon and find more natural results. Things like:
- niche “top tools”
- niche “recommended websites”
- Niche “submit a post”
- Niche “favourite links”
No longer do you need the words to be ‘touching’. You can specify how far apart they can be and broaden your link building horizons.
I’m hoping this query gives you some ideas of custom things you can search for you may not have been able to find previously. As I said, I use it far more than I ever expected it would and now that it’s in your arsenal, I hope you find places it can come into play.
Reverse-Analyse The Links of Successful Flippa Listings
When I used to write articles for Moz back in the day, I wrote an article about four ways of building links that are currently working well for me.
While the article was written in 2010, one of the tactics I shared there is still relevant today: Finding sites on Flippa with a lot of search traffic and analysing their backlink sources.
The reason you want to do this is because it’s interesting to see how some websites are ranking quickly, receiving a lot of traffic from search and are able to sustain that traffic.
It’s essentially an open diary of what is working in SEO if you focus on the right listings.
For example, here’s a listing that’s live on the website right now.
I have blurred out the name but they’re completely open about these stats (I don’t have to be logged-in to see them) so while I’m not sharing anything others can’t find, I’ll at least protect the URL.
As you can see, their traffic has grown fairly rapidly.
This is only interesting to me if most of it is coming from search, which in this case, it is.
While the numbers aren’t huge, search still makes up most than half of the traffic to the site, and at least 33% of that is coming from the United States (meaning there are more lucrative opportunities for monetising that traffic).
If someone has built a site worth a few thousand dollars in less than a year which relies on search traffic, I’m always curious to know how they got there. It’s funny updating this article a year later and seeing I turned that into our case studies inside Detailed Pro.
If we analyse their backlinks, it’s an interesting, albeit familiar story:
As you can guess the links they’ve built are pretty awful and almost entirely consist of comment spam.
However, their anchor text is very diverse so I think this is what has helped them stay under the radar and still benefit from these types of links.
Of course, as I often say, it depends what niche you’re in as well. Trying to do this for ‘Gold IRA’ is just incredibly unlikely to work, but an image-based site can certainly benefit from automated and fast link building.
Build a Private Database of Proven Promoters
I first heard about this tactic from Brian Dean on a podcast with Eric Siu. The idea is simply to create your own private database of real people who have already shared your content or content that is very similar to what you write about or plan to write about.
You can then use that database to let people know when you publish new content that they may be interested in.
For instance, here’s the top tweet about Detailed from the past month (that wasn’t from me).
If I click on Marcus’ profile I can see he has a huge following, is in love with SEO (as am I) and he’s the director of a marketing agency.
In other words, she’s the perfect type of person to strike up a relationship with if I want more shares (and potential links) on future content.
Note that while I’ve never met Marcus, we’ve “internet known” each other for a few years online so he isn’t a surprise to me, but when I did this last year for the first iteration of this article I found lots of interesting results.
You can do this for tweets about any of your competitors and build up a personal database of the people who share content they like in your space and then personally reach out to them once you have content they might enjoy.
While this is quite a slow process (it can take a minute per email and many people don’t share them publicly) I actually think that adds to its charm.
There are few people who are willing to take the time to write actually personalised emails that you’ll be surprised with the response to them.
I haven’t really utilised this much for Detailed yet though I plan to in the near future.
Of course, if the site that you’re trying to promote is new (like mine have been), then you can’t reach out and say things like, “You previously tweeted an article of mine.”
In that case you need to find similar articles to the one you are looking to promote, and then find the people who shared them on Twitter our free Twitter influencer tool.
You certainly aren’t guaranteed any links with this method, but if you could get an extra 100 Twitter shares on your next article from real people with real followers, you greatly increase your chance of finding the ‘linkerati’ who actually have the power to link to your content.
I did this for my article on ’16 Companies Dominating Google’ a few months back. Someone recommended an influencer who might like the article – they had no idea who I was nor had they ever read ViperChill to my knowledge – and I sent them a quick tweet about the post.
Then this happened.
Evgeny’s single tweet picked up another 98 retweets so it just goes to show what the right people can do for your promotion efforts.
Sharing good content is often good for the person sharing it, as it shows them as being an authority in their particular field.
Reverse-Analyse Scholarship Link Builders
When I talked about scholarship link building in my state of link building report, I received more hate emails and publicly negativity than I ever have.
So much so that one Reddit sub-Reddit went crazy about what a terrible person I was and how I was giving away advice to people who don’t deserve it.
Normally negative feedback really gets me down, but in this case, I totally accepted it.
If you don’t see any moral issue with students taking the time to fill out forms in the hopes of winning a scholarship – when there’s likely 99.9% zero chance you’re even giving away a scholarship – then we couldn’t be any more different.
The example I shared in my last post was a brand new coupons website suddenly deciding to give away a scholarship in the first month of their opening and just got “lucky enough” to pick up dozens of .edu backlinks.
I can not be convinced they weren’t doing it just for links, and more than likely have no scholarship to offer.
I won’t be covering the tactic again, but I will state what there is to learn from the people who do this: What other types of links they build.
People who use scholarship links often:
- Use donation links
- Guest post
- Participate in PIN’s
- Buy links on websites
- ‘Sponsor’ software in return for a link
If you want to know what works in the world of SEO, you should be following the people taking the time out to create these scholarship pages and then contacting the universities for a link.
While I don’t agree with their methods, they’re often on the pulse of what works.
Here’s the example I shared in the past, and some of the other links that they’ve picked up.
In one minute I’ve found an absolute goldmine of SEO knowledge by checking just one website. I can also replicate every single one of these links if I wished to.
I’ve found one site I can donate to (it’s cheap) and two directories which accept links from anyone, as long as you get in touch with them. If I ever went the scholarship link building route (I wouldn’t), there’s two additional places I can get links from as well.
The site was only started in 2016 so those links that shouldn’t really work are starting to pay off for them.
This site is actually small in comparison to another webmaster who is building thousands of donation, scholarship and paid directory links.
Just look at their traffic stats to see what I mean.
They’re around 4x bigger than the first example but following the exact same method of link building.
Start from one source, like websites listed as offering scholarships, and then work your way backwards through other links they’ve built.
This tactic alone will give you more insights into SEO than the Google Webmaster blog.
A Little-Known Reddit URL for Finding Promotion Opportunities
If following my journey last year on my personal blog at Glen Allsopp.com you’ll have seen that I shared exactly how I planned to write this article. In one update I wrote,
What I tend to do with articles like this is totally ignore what’s out there on the web until I’m finished my own post. Then I’ll search for something like “Advanced link building tactics” (the topic I’m writing about) and see if there are any great ideas I can include. I’ll try to add something the original author hasn’t covered but will always link back where it is necessary.
In other words, I never read articles on the subject I’m writing about until I’ve actually finished my own article.
I want it to be original and don’t want to be swayed by the ideas of others.
The following tactic is something I actually found on Reddit just as this post was about to go live, and thought was an excellent tip to add.
Reddit has a little-known feature that allows you to see where a domain was shared anywhere on their website. So you could not only check your own website, but the performance of your competitors as well.
For instance, if I use the following query – http://reddit.com/domain/viperchill.com – I can see these were the most recently shared stories from ViperChill on Reddit:
What you can see in this highlighted box is that someone submitted my article to a sub-Reddit I didn’t even know existed and was actually able to send me thousands of visitors to my site in a 24 hour period.
Now, granted, those visitors did not stay on the site very long (with seems to be a common theme with ‘Redditors’) but I can take some things away from this:
- I found a Redditor who read ViperChill and has a bit of ‘authority’ there
- I learned about a new sub-Reddit I could possibly promote to in the future
- I received a lesson in writing Reddit titles for different audiences
If your site is new or you have yet to really write any content worth sharing then looking up your own domain will likely pull back few results, if any at all.
However, there’s no reason you can’t run your ‘competitors’ through the same query and get insights on sub-Reddit’s to use, Redditor’s who read content in your niche and content ideas you could cover yourself.
I decided to look up my friend Pat Flynn’s blog, Smart Passive Income, to see the results for his website.
I actually didn’t get the best of results back, so I modified the search URL a little, to this:
This will show me, from highest to lowest, the posts from Pat’s site which received the most upvotes in the history of Reddit. You simply need to click on ‘Top’ then ‘All Time’ if you want to do it manually, or you can just use the query above and swap out the domain name.
With that query I get the following result:
Now I’ve learned that I could potentially angle some of my future content towards the /r/productivity crowd and even though I’m in the internet marketing / make money industry, they could still respond favorably to the content.
Reddit links themselves aren’t really worth anything but if your post does go viral, you have an opportunity to reach the type of people who could link to you.
Rank for Terms the Linkerati Are Searching For
The term Linkerati, coined by Moz.com’s Rand Fishkin, refers to people who have the ability to link.
They have some place on the web that they could actually link from, whether it’s a forum, blog, online store or similar.
If you don’t get the attention of people who can actually send links your way, then you aren’t going to pick up any links.
This gem comes from Ken Lyons, who shared the tip back in 2013 on a creative link building post by PointBlankSEO. Before I add my own ideas to the original concept, here’s what Ken had to say a few years ago,
We optimize and link to the “become an author” pages on each site we run this on so the doc will rank for search operators in specific keyword verticals. This gets us a steady flow of guest posting inquiries. We offer to “swap content” with bloggers that want to guest post on our sites. If you’re unwilling to or can’t swap, we won’t publish your article.
With the number of sites we run, we swap an average of about 100 articles per month. What I love about this tactic is the efficiency: link opportunities come to us versus us having to prospect for them. This really puts us in the driver’s seat and means:
– We can insist on only swapping with sites that meet or exceed specific quality thresholds.
– We have total control over link placement within the article and aren’t restricted to a single author bio link.
– We’ve been able to build ongoing relationships with others who run portfolios of sites and swap with them on a pretty regular basis.
How smart is that?
Rank for terms that link builders are using to find link opportunities in Google, then offer to work with them to help both of your sites.
Similar to what I recommended with PIN’s, but actually having people come to you to pitch content.
So you could set-up a dummy website like “Real estate backlinks” or “real estate guest posting” and try to rank for relevant terms to each of those. Then make it very open on your website that you offer link opportunities, and people should get in touch with you if they want them.
Only once they get in touch do you start negotiations that are beneficial for both of you, rather than just plainly accepting their guest post on one of your websites.
As Ken says, it’s likely that not everyone will be a perfect fit, but just like my success with outreach for paid links (see below), you’ll find the right person to work with now and then who makes it all worth it.
Why Maps are the new Infographics When it Comes to Link Building
When infographics became all the rage a few years ago it seems like every other article I was reading had them embedded. People saw them as a way to “ethically” build quality links to their website, and get a few extra pins on Pinterest.
Infographic creation companies sprouted up across the web and some startups dedicated to their creation received millions of dollars in funding.
While infographics are no doubt useful and visually appealing, I would argue their massive success is due to the SEO’s of the world creating them for links.
This could well mean that maps, or more specifically interactive maps are going to be the new infographic when it comes to link building.
After all, the biggest publications in the world are sharing them on a constant basis.
I took this screenshot on the same day this article originally went live.
David McSweeney gets the credit for noticing this trend and doing a huge write-up on the topic a few months ago. Since his article I’ve certainly seemed to be noticing this more, and no doubt your average webmaster will be picking up on the idea soon enough.
It’s Working for Insurance Companies
I don’t really want to link to this one as it’s clearly just some SEO agency having created this for their client, but if anything it shows that even obvious implementations of this strategy can attract links.
GoCompare, a UK-founded financial comparison site created an interactive map on the topic of ‘What Powers the World’ which you can find here.
While it no doubt took technical skill to put together, it’s incredibly simple and doesn’t really reveal much at all.
The map, while seemingly irrelevant for what GoCompare was founded to produce, has been able to pick up links from over 100 different domains.
The obvious ‘problem’ of course is that for most people, these maps aren’t going to be easy to create out of the box. Keep in mind for however that for many people the same was true for creating infographics and still is today. I couldn’t design a beautiful infographic without help from others even though I’ve used Photoshop for years.
I think we can expect to see more ‘map creation services’ popping up as people look to capitalise on this opportunity while it’s seen as a more ethical (and perhaps easier) way to build links.
Do note that maps don’t have to be interactive to be shared. This following one was featured on Business Insider recently and is nothing more than a static image.
As long as the angle you’re taking for promotion is interesting then maps offer a nice visual which could attract views and social shares for whoever publishes (or republishes) the information.
If you’re interested in this tactic the first thing I would do is spend a few hours going through other examples of maps and simply noting which ones received a lot of social shares. Then try to find ways to make popular angle’s relevant to your own industry.
The Report That Earned Me Hundreds of Links (And Still Works in 2017)
At 18 years old, not long after I have just moved to South Africa, I started a personal development blog called PluginID (no link as it’s no longer online).
I was trying to grow my reach with the site as much as possible and basically wanted to track my own progress compared to other bloggers in the space. I decided to create something which showed me exactly that.
If I recall correctly the following script cost me around $150 to put together, but thanks to the links and attention it received, it was more than worth it.
There were 71 sites on the list from the last count I can find so while the sites at the top weren’t interested in promoting it, those who were lower down the list definitely came back now and then to check how they’re doing.
It’s funny to see the metrics I used to track back then and the ones we track today. It’s almost a history of the internet.
Google Pagerank is dead.
Alexa barely gets talked about anymore.
Technorati is dead, too.
These days the reports that I put together look something a little more like this:
Note that this is not my own website but is a design I helped to advise on.
As a bit of an internet time-capsule, I wonder if we’ll still be counting links, likes and Twitter followers five years from now.
Don’t worry about “giving away” authority.
I linked to 71+ blogs back in the PluginID days but people kept coming back to my site because I had the list and must have known a lot about the topic if I knew all of these sites.
I’ve written more about ‘ranking your niche‘ if you’re interested in additional examples.
Reverse-Analyse the Link Building Efforts of Wikihow Link Builders
Wikihow is a website which receives an estimated 86% of it’s traffic from search engines, according to SimilarWeb.
While their external links are no-followed, once again the webmasters who are taking advantage of their resource have built a lot of other links you can duplicate as well.
Whenever Wikihow pages link to external sources they use the heading text “Sources and Citations”. Therefore with a custom Google query you can pull back relevant pages from their site.
If you edit the query to include a word relevant to industries you operate in, you can find active webmasters building links in your space.
Similar to previous reverse-analysis ideas I’ve shared, you would then go and analyse other backlinks these sites have picked up and find some great link opportunities.
Literally Just Ask Websites If They Sell Links
I’ve put this towards the bottom of the article as it’s probably the least advanced tactic here due to how simple it really is.
That being said, it’s rare that you’ll find bloggers talking about buying links these days, especially when it’s frowned upon.
Then again, there have been some big brands who have experimented with it for SEO reasons, even if they don’t endorse the tactic directly.
I’ve bought so many links over the last few years that I almost wish I could offer link buying as a service (I don’t as it wouldn’t be fair to the sites I’m buying them from if I was “caught”).
As I said, this is a very simple process.
I would simply give a list of 1,000 or so domains (gathered from lists of top blogs in various industries) to an assistant who then log’s into a email platform I set-up and then simply asks them if they have links for sale.
While the success rate is fairly low – many webmasters are scared of selling links – you do find people who have huge networks of links for sale, with fair pricing.
[EDIT: The people who sent me this example email asked for the graphic to be removed from the post. I do want to make clear that there was zero identifying information on the sites selling links, nor who sent the email. They simply recognised their own email they sent to my assistant. However, out of respect I removed the image.]
Most people you come across have websites they’re passionate about but they just don’t receive that much traffic and therefore aren’t making money. If they can get an extra $50-$100 per month for essentially doing nothing then many of them will jump on that.
Just make sure when you’re sending emails you’re not using a domain or email address that you care about.
For less than $3 per month you can use a private email option with Namecheap (found here) and then you don’t have to worry about setting up new hosting and so on.
How to Consistently Pick Up Targeted Backlinks from the Top Sites in Your Niche
While Dale Carnegie left many nuggets of wisdom during his time with us, the following quote is undoubtedly the truest.
“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” – Dale Carnegie
People can be talking metres from you without you hearing a single word they say, until your name pop’s up, and suddenly your brain is able to tune in on that discussion.
I would argue that the second sweetest sound to a webmaster or product owner is a favourable review of something they’ve created
Trust me, the best way to get anyone in the world talking about you is to have success with something they sell.
I have an entire page dedicated to people who have success with my Marketing program and if anyone else sends me a video testimonial, you can be sure I’ll be quick to put it up there as well.
One obvious place to start is somewhere like Clickbank and go through their marketplace to find products relevant to your niche. This is a bit of a tedious approach though because most of the reviews and testimonials that are found on sales pages, if they exist at all, rarely contain any links to the authors website.
Instead, I would head on over to iTunes and find the top podcasts in your niche, and then see if those podcast hosts have any products or services you would personally be interested in.
For instance, let’s say you’re a golf coach, run a golf course or sell golf equipment online. If you head on over to iTunes the first or second result you’ll find under a podcast search for ‘golf’ will be the Golf Smarter show, which has over 500 episodes.
When you find something like this there are two approaches you can take:
- Reach out and ask Fred if he would be interested in featuring your review of his show on the website
- Reach out and ask Fred for a preview and in return you will review the show for him
The review would then link back to your website and Fred would have a chance at getting more sales by actually having reviews on his site (he doesn’t have any yet, which is surprising).
Please note that this is just an example: Please don’t flood poor Fred with dozens of review requests.
Another example is the podcast IMTalk, designated for those in the middle of training for an Ironman. It’s surprisingly popular:
If we head on over to their website we can see not one but three opportunities to get a link from them.
- Purchase and review their products (ask if they’re interested in featuring testimonials upfront)
- Sponsor their show
- Submit content for their audience
Using Copyblogger as an example once again, you can see that the reviewers of their ‘Authority’ program get a nice backlink from a great domain.
While these links take a bit of effort, it’s probably one of the best links you could get if you also run a fitness website or more specifically one catered to those training for an Ironman competition.
I’m really curious to see what happens to the rankings of this article now that the post has moved over to Detailed.
I also edited the article quite a bit by improving the images and updating certain sections to bring them into 2017.
I originally wrote this article as I believe what people promote as ‘Advanced’ these days really isn’t advanced at all, so I wanted to take things to the next level.
I really hope you enjoy this post. If you do, please leave a comment below.
- Hashim Warren says: September 27, 2016 at 4:36 pm
Thanks for the map tip. There are a ton of ways I can make this work for my niche.
- Ashley Faulkes says: September 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm
Long time fan and previous student of yours, can’t believe I have been neglecting your blog!!
Your last few articles have been epic.
It’s interesting you are on the PIN thing, as I am coincidentally in such a slack group and have been thinking of making my own. Just joined your FB group, so thanks for that! It’s a great way to win links in a tough SEO world.
I have also been using a variation of the guest post idea you had lately, instead of just bouncing annoying link prospectors (ironic since i do it) I thought, why not benefit from it. So anyone that approaches me for a link (even in the initial non-asking email) or a guest post, I use that incoming opportunity for whatever value I can. After all, the days of “just give me a link” especially in the IM world are almost zero. So I find value exchanges are way better!
Another thing you touched on – the around operator, I presume you know (as you are way ahead of me most of the time) but there is also the “_” operator you can put between words to get google suggest to give you suggestions with gaps between the words, not just end of word suggestions. It was something I saw Larry Kim mention once (or was it Will Critchlow?)
Anyway, enough babble. Thanks again for your awesome resources, and the courses (which I did years ago, but put me on track to becoming an SEO!!)
- Glen says: September 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm
Appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and glad to see you back here 🙂
I never knew about “_” so I’ll have to test that out.
Thanks for the kind words!
- Glen says: September 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm
- Diggy says: September 27, 2016 at 5:07 pm
Will have to read this a few more times to be able to process everything.
Super valuable and a bunch of things I’d never heard of before!
You’re giving away all the secrets man… why… why? 🙂
- Joe says: September 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm
What Amazon server setup do you use – EC2 or Workspaces? And what exact name/ram and GB level do you use? I must ask since I was looking into setting this up just for massive Screaming Frog crawls.
- Glen says: September 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm
I use the 166GB option which I believe is r3.4xlarge
Make sure you set Screaming Frog to make the use of the extra RAM otherwise it defaults to 512MB
Hope that helps!
- Glen says: September 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm
And that’s EC2.
Just remember to turn off the instance also if you’re not using it. It amounts to around $25 per day.
- Joe says: September 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm
Thanks so much – this saves me a few hours of researching.
I assume smaller crawls that I don’t want eating up my MacBook Air can use a smaller EC2 instance – do you switch back and forth or just use the one above for the largest crawls?
- Joe says: September 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm
- Glen says: September 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm
- Glen says: September 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm
- Richard says: September 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm
I think this is my favorite ViperChill post ever. (And I’ve been reading for years.) Thank you Glen for opening my mind to some new opportunities.
- David Paul says: September 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm
This is one hell of of a post.
I’m going to implement some of them.
You took time but nothing short of amazing.
- semmy says: September 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm
Hi Glen, as always give a really great content, you’ve give me some backlinks ideas for my clients sites. Thanks for your share
- Alex says: September 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm
How do you come up with these ideas, Glen? 🙂
This is the first time I’ve ever heard about AROUND tactic. Great article as always, man
- Jakob says: September 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm
Just skimmed this, but I already know where I will be spending the next hour. Thanks Glen!
- Linki says: September 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm
Hi Glen, you can make it easier with Screaming Frog. You can put a sitemap.xml into it and the software crawls only URLs that are included.
You can also use a sitemap.xml with URL Profiler directly.
- Shell Harris says: September 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm
Glen, After reading this article I realized I knew a few of these and used some already, but I gained a lot of new strategies and now have some new ideas for our more involved clients.
I am shocked that I never hear of the AROUND Google Search Operator. I did find a list that may be of use to your readers. It includes AROUND.
Thank you for your time to write this and your openness with advice.
- Brendan says: September 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm
I feel like you always mention how many words your articles have and it totally shortchanges the fact that you’re really good with visual examples as well. 🙂
Great work again, my man.
PS – If you’re reading the comments and haven’t yet checked out the case study in the site’s footer, you definitely should. It takes this advice to a whole new level.
- Dom says: September 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm
And another one… Great work, as usual, Glen. It’s funny you mentioned “Gold IRA”, as I just got involved in that niche a couple months ago. Checking the link profiles of some of the sites in that niche, in particular, the review type sites, I found a few sites that ranked well with their share of low-quality backlinks. It’s like they fired up GSA and just let it go. Now some of those sites do have decent content and have age on their side, but their backlinks are shitty.
In regards to the Scholarship Link Building, I’m seeing that more often as well. Money Metals Exchange, a Gold Dealer, just started a gold-backed scholarship https://www.moneymetals.com/scholarship. It’s a great idea/cause and those .edu links are icing on the cake.
Found a review site in the sleep niche (mattresses) that had several dozens of .edu links from their scholarship fund. Big and small universities.
A few tactics I’ve never heard about before, the Around(Number) is a good one.
Appreciate the insights, as always.
- Chad Hardy says: September 27, 2016 at 6:38 pm
Glen once again you’ve got my mind spinning with ideas. I’m putting together a list of sites now for my VA to start digging through for backlinks. I’ve used the “software sponsor” technique in the past and it works great, but the technique you mentioned in this post will help find some additional links I can pursue. Thanks for the great work!
- Zbynek says: September 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm
Thanks for the awesome article, great tips! Will test some ideas soon 🙂
Actually the links are very important and great content alone is useless. I produced some of the best articles online in my niche and it took over a YEAR before Google started to rise the positions. It is much faster with some backlinks, Ive tested it many times. And btw. “writing great content” is not SEO at all, its simply what you should do 😀
PIN can evolve naturally, Ive never talked about PIN with some of the other influencers and we simply recommend good stuff of each other. This is what people want to see and it helps all involved.
- Jerry Jensen says: September 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm
Great job, I’m subscribed to your email list I’ll definelty be reading your posts in the future, thanks!
- Henry says: September 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm
I’ve been trying to determine what kind of content gets linked to in my niche (I just launched the site a few weeks ago) and buzzsumo just wasn’t telling me much. The first method you listed sounds great and I’ll be giving that a try for sure. In addition to finding content that went over well, it will (obviously) also lead to tons of comments in my niche. I’m sure I’ll find a number of questions people have in the niche and answering those questions will also make for great blog posts.
- Ryan says: September 27, 2016 at 7:58 pm
The amount of value you give is mind-blowing! Thanks for the great information Glen 🙂
- Mikael Rieck says: September 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm
I seriously need a bigger coffeecup for reading your articles Glen. 🙂
Awesome as always!
- rik says: September 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm
Thanks again for your deep and practical DIY information about SEO and linkbuilding
- Sandeep Nayak says: September 27, 2016 at 9:43 pm
Hey Glenn been following your posts closely. This was Epic.
- Jesus says: September 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm
It’s amazing how you can put all your research and insights together in a manner that’s clear, clever, and classy. Now, if I would only take some massive action….
- Ramsay says: September 28, 2016 at 12:53 am
- Jamie says: September 28, 2016 at 1:40 am
Thanks for sharing your information man.
its always a pleasure to read your info.
You always drop content likes it hot lol
- Roelof says: September 28, 2016 at 1:44 am
Glen thanks for sharing some fabulous new ways of identifying and acquiring links. I especially like the Flippa and scholarship examples.
- Sameer Panjwani says: September 28, 2016 at 3:10 am
What a fantastic post! I’m actually thinking of now adding a feature to our Site Audit tool at Mondovo where we’ll also fetch and show the “No. of Comments” along with the linking metrics. I think that’s super useful, as you’ve suggested, to quickly see what kinds of pages/posts are working well.
The “AROUND” operator is so cool as well, how did I not know about that? 😉
Never thought of Flippa either! These are just such genius tips.
- Amit Adler says: September 28, 2016 at 4:09 am
I may have an easier, faster way to scrape comment numbers. Haven’t tried it myself, but it popped in my head while I read this post:
1. Go to google search settings, and choose 100 results per page.
2. Type the following in google’s search box: site:copyblogger.com intext:”reader comments”
Since each blog post on CopyBlogger has a comment counter called “reader comments”, you can easily find that on google’s snippets (without even clicking on each result).
3. Use any free scraping tool to download those google SERPs.
- Glen says: September 28, 2016 at 5:04 am
Thanks for the comment.
Yep that’s one option to get the URL’s but still not sure how it would actually pull back the comment counts?
- Amit Adler says: September 28, 2016 at 6:01 am
By using a google SERP scraper such as this, you can scrape the snippets (which contain the comment count): http://www.labnol.org/internet/google-web-scraping/28450/
- Amit Adler says: September 28, 2016 at 6:01 am
- Glen says: September 28, 2016 at 5:04 am
- Keith R. says: September 28, 2016 at 4:30 am
Thanks for the ideas as always. I am ranking some local niches, and these backlink strategies should work out just fine!
- John Roger says: September 28, 2016 at 5:03 am
Great Post . I am glad that i was able to find this through Growthhackers. However , i have a query .
“So what I’ve done here is try to find websites which say submit and guest post within four words of each other and also have the world gold in their URL.”
My query is “within four words of each other” in title or in description of url.
For example my query is
Submit AROUND (4) guest post inurl:digital marketing
I can’t see submit and guest post in snippets of few results shown.
- Charan pammi says: September 28, 2016 at 5:07 am
Really a Fantastic Post ! I am providing link building service from 2 years , till now i haven’t aware of these techniques , Really a great piece of idea.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart .
- Muthukrishnan says: September 28, 2016 at 5:10 am
Very useful article for link building.. learned lot of strategies…
- James says: September 28, 2016 at 5:53 am
I must say you have revealed some of the most incredible sources to get some quality backlinks. These technique gives maximum results if the research part is done carefully.
- Himanshu Gupta says: September 28, 2016 at 5:56 am
Great article .
Loved it. Very useful.
- Himanshu Grewal says: September 28, 2016 at 6:42 am
Really sir Ur article is to awesome and I luv to read, thanks again for sharing is information.
- Gaurav Sharma says: September 28, 2016 at 8:45 am
Awesome article indeed, It will be a useful article on link building. Every method which you have explained is excellent. Should try this method and build links 🙂 Thanks for the share
- Solomon Mwale says: September 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm
If there is anything that will be able to work online and we can see results will be putting anything that we are reading online into action so that we can see th results.
Failing is not the end but beginning of all new chapter with a lesson learnt on the way.
- Solomon Mwale says: September 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm
- Joako says: September 28, 2016 at 8:58 am
I really enjoyed your post. It is one of the few posts I have read every word from top to bottom in a long time.
- Bablu Yadav says: September 28, 2016 at 9:28 am
Wow! Great article on link building!! Learnt alot… Thanks man!
- Sergio says: September 28, 2016 at 9:39 am
Very good content. Congratulations.
I’ll try now several of your strategies.
Thank you very much. Greetings.
- Patrick Hathaway says: September 28, 2016 at 9:54 am
Glen this is an awesome post – you put such a ridiculous amount of time and energy into your posts, you should be an inspiration to any blogger.
In fact you have inspired me to write some more on using the custom scraper (I’ll drop you a link ;p) – and thanks very much for including URL Profiler.
I also totally agree with the concept that more comments = better content. It could become a priceless metric as more and more of the social networks close down their share count APIs.
1 thing though – that tweet you featured from Jon Cooper… you know he was just taking the piss, right?
- Glen says: September 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm
Great to see you made it over here. Thanks for making an awesome a tool.
For Jon I’m really sure what you mean. I took his tweet as being ironic and tongue in cheek, meaning that I feel the same way as him. That people need to focus on links and not just great content 🙂
- Glen says: September 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm
- Bhuboy de Leon says: September 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm
Another gold mine you have shared here, I really like the Flippa Idea, but like most of the others they are really advanced for a newbie like me, will bookmark this, because I am sure this will be very useful in the future. thanks for this
- Sam says: September 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm
I feel like I just got hit by an avalanche of value. Not even sure where to begin with putting some of this into action!
- Alex Christian says: September 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm
wow really helpful post and wonderful for a blogger looking to build a massive kingdom! regards and all the best for future!
- Pierre says: September 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Greeting from South Africa, we must meet up I want to pick your brain. Great post as always. Check you later bro.
- Dave says: September 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm
Another method for finding content with a large number of comments is to use a search query like this: site:www.copyblogger.com “100..5000 COMMENTS” and set the time frame to the past year, etc.
- Glen says: September 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm
Thanks for the share Dave 🙂
- George says: March 5, 2017 at 2:34 am
I’m curious about Dave’s comment. I’m a newb and went to the general Google search (advanced) to enter this string. It came back with nothing so obviously I was in the wrong place.
Maybe Dave or someone else can advise how/where to perform this search idea. Thanks!
- Glen says: September 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm
- Nick says: September 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm
As usual… great & actionable post… thanks for actually taking out your time and putting the effort for us..
Just a quick question ( also a bit of confusing and demotivating )
Is links are really dead?? Or not gonna work soon??
- Ashish Sharma says: September 29, 2016 at 1:07 am
Wonderful post , I get some super cool ideas for building links.
- Chris says: September 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm
Wow article, as always. I really like the “map” section.
Can anyone recommend a mapping plugin/program/service for my WordPress site where I can constantly upload data from a spreadsheet for a map of the US. Each state will have a different color (like a heat map) and when the cursor goes over each state it shows some data from the spreadsheet and has a hyperlink if clicked on each respective state.
Per your suggestion, the closest I found so far is: https://infogr.am/sample_media_or_publishing_3 but the states are not hyperlinked.
Any suggestions would be great, thank you.
- Shamaila Zahid says: September 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm
Awesome tips! I loved the one about using Screaming Frog, I didn’t know this strategy existed but know I look forward to trying it out. Thank you for sharing a ton of info, I bookmarked this post to use for future reference when undertaking link building.
- Karoseri Jakarta says: October 1, 2016 at 12:57 am
I never thought of using screaming frog to find popular content.
Also, your technique could be used to find popular idea.
- Adebayo says: October 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm
- Criss says: October 3, 2016 at 2:17 am
Awesome post! Really unique approach to link building that I have seldom seen elsewhere. Thanks for the share.
- Kuba says: October 3, 2016 at 11:24 am
Thanks for this detailed post!
Speaking of the first strategy, I would suggest an improvement. Instead of scraping blogs with a high number of comments, and then checking how many links they have, it’s just so much easier to:
1. download the whole list of URLs (ahrefs)
2. filter those from a given catalogue (domain.com/blog)
3. get the link count and metrics for these URL (majestic)
- Adwait says: October 4, 2016 at 8:45 am
Really interesting link building strategies and these seems pretty actionable too. Thanks for revealing these techniques so we can try something new instead of traditional old backlinking methods.
- Maru Gujarati says: October 4, 2016 at 6:46 pm
Glen Glad to see this post on Moz Top 10.. Congrats mate
- Oz Dougs says: October 4, 2016 at 10:29 pm
You’ve let loose the very secrets of link building.
This article or should I say ebook is one such great resource which proves that great content is the way to go towards ranking.
I reached here via an email from MOZ which contained the link with a “great headline”. You’ve nailed!
Great headline – great content!
- Kuldeep Bisht says: October 5, 2016 at 7:16 pm
I never thought you post these kind of awesome article with ton of practical knowledge. I overlooked your some article over twitter but now will read every one.
Thank You Again.
- Air Covererd Yarn says: October 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm
I never thought you post these kind of awesome article with practical knowledge. Almost we never use these techniques
- Kuldeep says: October 8, 2016 at 7:57 am
This is great share. You have nailed it completely and shared some sreat ways to grab qualiy backlinks.
Thanks for sharing.
- Jesse Ibarra says: October 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm
Geez.. So much useful information! I use majestic to check the backlinks of my competitors. I’m going to start searching for phone numbers or e-mail addresses associated with them as well. Great stuff! Thanks!
- Maanikamili says: October 10, 2016 at 9:45 am
I’m beginner of SEO, In your provided information i can’t clearly understand. Please provided easiest way to understand. I was interest more knowledge to improve about SEO with your help. Please accept suggestions.
- mediabuzz says: October 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm
It seem quite complicated for me to understand this link building strategy, the writer has not listed the important tips/techniques which give overview of article. Hard to know what you’re saying
- Akash says: October 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm
Glad to saw that epic article! Now its time to try those! 🙂
- Chetan Gupta says: October 11, 2016 at 6:21 am
Indeed a great post !
This is something which I really never tried. Today I found these advanced link building strategy to be very unique and will definitely follow what you have said here.
Glad you have shared it with us. Thanks for all this. 😀
- Pedro M says: October 11, 2016 at 9:06 pm
Great resource to explore new link building methods. Thanks men!
- Kartik Pandya says: October 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm
Very Analytical, descriptive and well researched. These Strategies definitely help a marketer and seo to increase rank (Provided they do it in a good way).
- 1 SEO India says: October 17, 2016 at 9:13 am
I really like and appreciate your article. Really looking forward to read more.
- Prabhat Mittal says: October 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm
I am a regular reader of your blog. I just realised that it is impossible to search any old posts on your blog because there is no menu or search bar.
Please do consider putting a search bar at least.
- Nathan says: October 20, 2016 at 9:12 am
Excellent tutorial about link building. Can i able to make good link for my viral blog let me know
- Chaitanya@Igs says: November 1, 2016 at 9:42 am
Thanks for the awesome article, great tips!
- Viva Traffic says: November 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Screaming Frog is definitly a great tool
- Ryan says: November 2, 2016 at 3:06 am
This is the 1st time I seen such amazing post. Thanks for sharing these info.
- Jazib says: November 5, 2016 at 7:35 am
OMG That’s again an awesome post. I am feeling why i missed your blog over many years. I am not going to miss any post from now onwards. Thanks
- alberto says: November 7, 2016 at 10:21 am
i´m from Brazil! i am learning about SEO and found your blog without doubt your information is fantastic and will help a lot
- JOHN DEVLIN says: November 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm
Took me longer as I kept stopping the read to go and have a play with the ideas.
Epic post keep tipping up those secrets!
- Aby Gulyani says: November 21, 2016 at 2:47 am
That’s some brilliant insights, hindsights and foresights, Glen!
Thanks for sharing this!
Probably, few link building posts on the web right now. I can probably recommend someone reading!
- Frederik says: November 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm
This is an awesome list! I’ll be signing up with SEMPO right away… and we’ll be including this post our weekly roundup tomorrow
I like your attitude towards link building. Too many people shy away from “grey hat” links like native sponsored posts because of Google’s propoganda. As long as it can’t be picked up by the algorithm, it’s all white hat to me.
- Yuri says: November 22, 2016 at 11:02 pm
Great tips. Many of these I’ve never even heard of. I like the idea of using maps as I find them really helpful myself.
- Michel Veloso says: November 23, 2016 at 1:10 am
Thanks for revealing these techniques, I will use in my site! =D
Thank you again!
- Ezekiel Oluwafemi says: November 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm
This is an interesting Post.
Please i need help. have been trying to find a plugin or a software that can discover dofollow or nofollow blog. I want to do something online and am new to seo. Please i want a plugin that can show me if a site is do-follow or no-follow.
I will be expecting reply please
- Geoffrey Crawford says: November 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm
Great article on link building, a lot of these methods are rarely ever used.
- Maadi says: November 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm
exactly as you mentioned, i mostly followed you strategy…
- Perry Stephens says: December 5, 2016 at 1:16 am
Such a useful article. Building links can be challenging but these ideas have kicked life back into me to get off my backside and starting reinvigorating by blog with some new links
- Dmitriy says: December 6, 2016 at 2:30 am
Hi Glen. Thanks for the information about “Around” operator. Never used it before but it is very useful – just find few really good oportunities to publish post in very narrow niche. And generally, your post is awesome, a lot of very very useful information and structured properly.
- g0g says: December 6, 2016 at 7:11 pm
Booming as always, a life changer Glen! awesome!!
- Jia says: December 13, 2016 at 6:52 pm
Excellent article. I will be using some of these strategies in the future.
- David Walter says: December 16, 2016 at 4:23 am
Another great article Glen. Thanks for putting so much into your SEO articles, they are super helpful.
- Mark Källstrøm says: December 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm
I started using Ahrefs to see what links others are using.. Turns out its quite easy to copy a lot of high quality links… Just searching for people on Google who writes about linkbuilding, checking their websites out and trying to create some high quality links of my own…
- Eduardo Melo says: December 27, 2016 at 11:04 am
The example you gave of the scholarship really is very interesting. It is a register, even with odds of 0.01% people do. I will try to apply something related to this in my business.
Thank you friend.
- terry says: December 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm
One of the best SEO/Internet Marketing blogs in this world, so be the owner too.
- Lalit Kumar says: December 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm
Automated link building can anger Google. It is always better to be patient and go by natural links that you acquire because of good content.
- Anita Clark says: January 7, 2017 at 4:15 am
What an incredible resource! I found the sections on Flippa and Maps particularly interesting. Thank you for taking the time to do the research and analysis and to share your results with the masses.
- Vijay Kumar says: January 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm
Thanks for this interesting , informative and useful article. You article is very useful for those who just started a site with a new domain name because backlinks are essential for good PA and DA.
I am creating backlinks by commenting on Commentluv enabled blogs because I am getting 2 backlinks at a time 1 for my homepage and 1 for a particular post.
- flasherhp says: January 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm
Glen thanks for this article,
do you know how to make google backlink ? recently I check a few website via alexa and it shows they got backlink from google (no google plus) any idea how to get it? thanks
- Andr says: January 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm
thank you for this great post.
I was trying to follow all your steps but could not find the column in excel with comments ( in the final file made by URLProfiler). Which column from excel file have you taken as the number of comments?
- David Huby says: January 14, 2017 at 5:41 pm
Great post as always. I agree with using maps, I created a couple of pages with interactive maps on with ‘keyword map’. I only did onpage and didn’t build any links and getting a considerable amount of traffic.
Also great use of screaming frog.
- James says: January 16, 2017 at 7:32 am
Excellent Super valuable and a bunch of things I’d never heard of before. and the MAP tip is amazing, good for niche site. Thanks
- Tauseef Alam says: January 16, 2017 at 11:35 am
I think I have to read it one more times to take get every bit of knowledge from it.
Right now I am thinking how can I implement it in my niche. There are so many things are moving in my mind right now.
Thanks for the wonderful article.
- Krishna Teja says: January 17, 2017 at 6:36 am
Hi Sir, The advanced Link Building guide is super awesome. I think you have uncovered all the tricks that work.
- Ricardo Peixoto says: January 18, 2017 at 11:56 am
Thanks for the article!
I´m here in Brazil with some dificulties to put these in practice, but your article help me to think about my focus!
Thanks a lot!
- George says: January 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm
Glenn, you are awesome!
The content of viperchill.com and even gaps.com is so inspirational. I will try some of the technics you mentioned in this post. Thanks!
- Cal says: January 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm
Moz have sent me your way few hours ago… THANK YOU!
- Led razsvetljava says: January 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm
Oh my god Glen, I would never have thought there are so many different techniques! I have to do a lot more research on this, thank you very much!
- dheeraj Sharma says: January 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm
Thank you the helpful tutorial.
- Adithya Shetty says: January 28, 2017 at 8:25 am
As always, in-depth and informative post. You should consider adding “Scroll back To Top” button on the side, it’s exhausting to scroll back with a mouse 😛
- Adrian says: January 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm
as always You have impressed me.
You articles are so well researched, and unique.
Thank You for the GAPS!
BTW. I did mention about You in my latest article at internalcalm.com.
- Houselab says: January 31, 2017 at 12:38 pm
Really helpful post, little bit too advanced for me, but I’m going to try implement some of them 🙂
Thanks a lot for share!
- Maze says: January 31, 2017 at 10:41 pm
Well, Good information on Link building strategy, I found some of your details are very useful, Keep posting. Let me try this to improve my seo rankings.
- munni says: February 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm
Great post as usual, i must agree reaching out people who tweeted your article works magic.
- Rahul Yadav says: February 6, 2017 at 5:13 am
Great tips Glen! I hate to build links but later realised site cannot survive without them. Your tips are very helpful and actionable.
Thanks for sharing!
- seif says: February 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm
Now that’s what I call an original post. That was really super helpful, I’ll definitely be using those techniques in the future…
- Willie says: February 9, 2017 at 10:28 pm
Wow, with these strategies the link building it’s no longer a problem. As always the information is very complete and well explained. Although I have to read 3 or 4 times yet to assimilate so much content.
- Brian P says: February 10, 2017 at 6:58 am
It is really SUPERB! Link building tactics.
Personally I liked the section on Map & Reddit. I will be plan for implement.
- Salomon says: February 10, 2017 at 11:25 am
After reading this article I realized I knew a few of these and used some already, but I gained a lot of new strategies and now have some new ideas for our more involved clients.
- carl adam says: February 11, 2017 at 10:19 am
This post is worth of every minute spend.and but This is the first time heard about AROUND tactic. Great article as always, man
- Sagar Nandwani says: February 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm
Hey, thank you for this amazing post. This post is really informative and easy to understand. This post has really enhanced my knowledge about link building. This article is more of researched and crisp work.
- Ravinder says: February 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm
That was one hell of a post. When someone asks me about depth of link building, will just forward this article. Thanks for the awesome techniques, need to experiment them.
- David says: February 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm
This is one of the best articles I´ve ever read. I am trying to learn as much as I can about SEO, PPC and other online marketing technics. Sometimes is very hard to find up to date information.
Thanks a lot for this. 😉
- Emmerey Rose says: February 23, 2017 at 7:45 am
I have never read this information elsewhere. Thanks Glen for sharing! These are definitely advanced. The data here are insane! You nailed this one Glen, as always!
- Mdshahed18 says: February 23, 2017 at 10:03 am
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- Haidar Khan says: February 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm
Indeed this is awesome article i really love all the points that you described. Thank you so much for these link building advanced article.
- man says: February 27, 2017 at 5:53 am
Thanks for the awesome article, great tips.
- Joe Albert says: February 28, 2017 at 5:42 am
I know you’ve been busy with your new site, but I just wanted to tell you that I find your articles insightful and very helpful. I appreciate the work that you do with these articles.
- Carly Smith says: March 8, 2017 at 11:25 am
By and large, most of these points come to my mind on the daily basis while I am working. The only difference between your work and mine is that you have kept together everything in a proper manner like you know what you have to do today. In my case I just start haphazardly, therefore, I get tired by end of day and also don’t achieve desired results until I work for more no of hours.
But this article was any eye opener and now I am going to make some excel sheets as well.
- Rahul Yadav says: March 17, 2017 at 2:46 am
Thanks for this awesome article about killer-link-building-strategies. Will follow this
- Krzysiek says: March 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm
Comments count scraping can be done with one simple powershell script… 🙂
- Manchun says: March 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm
great techniques to build high quality link. thank you for sharing quality link building techniques
- Esquecer Amor says: March 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm
Congratulations Sir. Glen (Dave)
epic blog post! And the story and everything written too. You have come across many realizations we did too working in this industry… and yes we totally agree that you give to get and that you will succeed when you help enough people succeed first. Stories of others can become our experience too.
About how much we share in our content I think it all depends from each of our subconscious realization of our potential for future improvement and growth. The more we share with others, the more we force ourself for an upgrade, because subconsciously we know, we have told that something and we need now to learn something new to be again ahead…
Stay amazing and share even more
All the best
- Nikhil says: March 22, 2017 at 4:50 am
Thanks for this awesome post glen keep up the good work…!!!!
- Jackcanfield says: March 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm
Thanks for your fantastic article. Anyone can easily understand about Link Building by reading this article. I came to know lots of new things. I think some of my friends want this stuff. It’s totally worth able to share with my buddies.
- Kalyan Verma says: March 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm
Long list… but sure, will give great result.
- WordPress Support says: March 28, 2017 at 11:29 am
Cheers Glen! I loved reading your in-depth strategies and I look forward to applying some of them soon! 🙂
- Financial Samurai says: March 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm
Oh man Glen, I think I literally do none of this stuff you’ve mentioned. No wonder why people are willing to hire an SEO to help them do this work!
I’ve never purposefully built any backlinks to Financial Samurai since I started in 2009. I don’t even know the sites link profile. The site has grown steadily and is a respectable ~1M organic pageview a month site. Maybe the site would be larger if I did do these techniques?
But I feel there’s a zero sum game here if I don’t hire out. The time I spend on SEO is time away from writing content. And given content is the most important aspect, I need to optimize for what I enjoy doing best.
Recently, a post called “Scraping By On $500,000 A Year” went ballistic on the internet. I wrote the post two years ago, and somehow folks ate it up this past weekend. I’m pretty sure I’ll gain some good linkbacks (already got some from the LA Times, Lifehacker, etc). It feels like just spending the time writing this post will have given me all the linkbacks a year or two year’s worth of SEO efforts would engender!
- bloggingbook says: April 2, 2017 at 5:24 am
Really useful resource. Currently I’m focusing on broken link building.
Thank you so much 🙂
- Detik Instax says: April 10, 2017 at 9:21 am
Hi new reader from Malaysia here. Thanks for sharing this useful article. I’m new to learn everything from you blog.
- Clifton Lawson says: April 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm
Super great tip about the AROUND(?) search operator. I love these little secret codes that people find. Some other good SEO nuggets of wisdom in here too. I’m bookmarking your site, Glen!
- Ezekiel Oluwafemi says: April 13, 2017 at 6:54 am
Thanks for this Glen.
Have already find the solution to my problem, let me start implementing it.
- Arnold says: April 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm
Wonderful content Glen. I have read your early morning challenge and it inspired me a lot. I started listening to your podcast, which is great. This article was top class too.
I write my comment just to thank you for all your information you share with us. Gaps website is such an amazing resource too.
Have a great day,
- Pradeep Khodke says: April 21, 2017 at 9:27 am
You’ve crafted a wonderful techniques for the bloggers this is one of the excellent way to build backlinks that i have ever read, this will surely gonna help to instantly grow better rank their sites with some additional backlinks.
Thank you for this. 🙂
- Felipe Santana says: April 25, 2017 at 2:47 pm
Very good article I will read a few more times to understand everything perfectly and put into practice. Thank you
- Blinds for choice says: April 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm
I never thought you post these kind of awesome article with ton of practical knowledge. I overlooked your some article over twitter but now will read every one.
- Yasar Ali says: April 30, 2017 at 3:14 am
thank you so much, Glen,
Your link building strategy is helping me much. I just create 5 backlinks in a while to my blog.
- Mathew Burrows says: May 11, 2017 at 7:11 am
thanks for sharing this useful tips i hope it will work
- Jacob McMillen says: May 11, 2017 at 10:51 am
To find the most-linked pages, you can also just enter the site on Ahrefs.com and select “Best by links” and you’ll immediately see all pages sorted by # of backlinks.
- jackluter says: May 23, 2017 at 11:26 am
The post seems to be more advanced to find the methods in order to rank the website top in search results. I have used few footprints from the above blog that helped me to find the high DA sites where it can be helpful to generate organic back links.
- Mamun Mahdeeb says: May 24, 2017 at 10:22 am
This post is awesome Analytical and well Describe. I appreciate your hard work. I think your article will be help to increase the level of our e- marketing site. I am waiting for your new Article.
Thank you Glen and thank to Viper Chill for publish this kind of informative Post.
~ Mamun Mahdeeb
- Bruno Bernade says: May 25, 2017 at 4:17 am
Thank you very much for the text and for your tips
- sony diaz says: May 28, 2017 at 5:40 am
i am learning a lot with your site thank you very much for this article i have found Copyblogger today and started to read their articles . thanks
- Bright Joe says: May 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Thanks for these techniques. I’m gonna try them out and check if I can improve my rankings for some certain keywords, as well as I’ll start creating new content for more organic traffic.
Thanks a lot for taking your time on writing these down, mate!
- Shaikh Muneer says: June 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Great ! most important for me and Thank you Glen for opening my mind to some new opportunities to links building.
- George Kuhn says: June 7, 2017 at 5:37 am
Great backlinking strategies on here. Definitely well beyond some of the basic literature I’ve read elsewhere. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely help with our B2B niche SEO.
- Paul says: June 8, 2017 at 8:35 am
Just ran across this article… man, you gave me so many ideas. There are a couple real deals in the SEO blog world, dishing gems left and right. I can only imagine what SEO secrets you keep to yourself. Thanks for this super post!
- Fernando says: June 14, 2017 at 10:52 pm
I really enjoyed your tips. Thanks for sharing
- Johnny says: June 15, 2017 at 8:08 am
By the way how is GSA safe when it comes to backlinking?
- manoj says: June 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Thanks sir for sharing great post its really help for me
- Score Precision says: June 30, 2017 at 8:37 pm
Great article! One of my favorite tools is Screaming Frog. Great value here! Thanks!
- Jean Galea says: July 3, 2017 at 10:50 am
One of the best articles i read in a while!
Bookmarked with thanks Glen
- gach bong op bep says: July 6, 2017 at 2:29 am
Wow article, as always. I really like the “map” section.
- Davneet Singh says: July 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm
Great list Glen.
Private database of proven promoters is something which is so obvious, but so overlooked.
- Maliya says: July 20, 2017 at 9:15 am
Really interesting link building strategies and these seem pretty actionable too. Thanks for revealing these techniques so we can try something new instead of traditional old backlinking methods.
- Kyler says: July 24, 2017 at 12:52 am
I believe I either emailed or tweeted you, but I was that Redditor lol. Always looking for ways to game reddit and also making my account look legit with great posts.
Would love to chat about Reddit sometime
Loved the (Around) operator. Never heard of that. Definitely going to need to use it.
Will also be using the Flippa idea!
I met Heidi at a conference one time. Interesting lady, and very nice.
(Apologies on the delayed comment. This article was marked as unread in my email and I finally went through to read the articles in there)
- Trek says: July 24, 2017 at 6:50 am
thanks for link building strategy I was stuck with so called pro’s tips.
- Daniel says: July 26, 2017 at 1:42 am
You are like a SEO’s hacker !!!. I definitely gotta take a time to read all this and apply to my niche!
- krishi says: July 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm
Thanks for sharing this article….
- Dirk Schmid says: August 3, 2017 at 9:56 am
Great article Glen. I’m personally using Ahrefs for finding great content ideas from authority sites. You can use the “Top Pages” section to find the pages which have the most traffic and you can see all the keywords this particular page is ranking for: https://screencast.com/t/abdYWzQq
So you can easily create a new post on the topic including the keywords from your competitor site.
You can also use the “Top referring Content” of the specific post to find the sites which backlinked the individual posts: https://screencast.com/t/Q2dvmVPM90 – Often this are posts listing several similar sites like that and maybe an outreach opportunity for getting a backlink after you’ve published your own piece of content on the same topic.
- Sxope Consolidate says: August 6, 2017 at 11:14 am
Very Informative thread, i got many new idea for generate link buildings. Thank you.
- Mateus Soares says: August 9, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Magnificent Glen. I confess that here I learned a lot about site rankings where I did not find paid courses from third parties.
Thank you very much for the tips.
- Suneet Srivastava says: August 12, 2017 at 3:55 am
Really sir Ur article is to awesome and I luv to read, thanks again for sharing is information.
- Ricky says: August 21, 2017 at 4:24 am
Quality post, can’t wait to get into it!
- Trivitaweb says: August 24, 2017 at 7:05 am
Wow, its awesome!
- Ankara says: August 31, 2017 at 4:31 pm
While this is a 2016 post, it really looks relevant and I would want to try it jn my niche.
Thanks for this
- Dan W says: September 4, 2017 at 8:02 am
This is an actually epic post! So much info on this it’s going to take a fair few reads to actually take it all in and act on it. Hopeful it will help me alot though!
- Chevrolet Trailblazer says: September 5, 2017 at 3:09 am
Many thanks for this article. A very useful knowledge
- Sara Nick says: September 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm
Jey Gken, one the best guide for me so far, once i read it a time ago but still helpful for me. Again i’m looking forward to apply your mention method. Thanks Again.
- Chad says: September 8, 2017 at 7:44 am
It’s Great article!!
It has tons of useful info. I think you spent so much time for this.
I’ve subscribed & waiting valuable info.
- Matheus says: September 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm
PBN’s are a double-edged sword, they can be excellent for your business, but they can also sink you.
- alihamdan says: September 18, 2017 at 7:21 am
Your article this time is very very inspiring spirit to plunge in the world of SEO.
this is a new knowledge for me and it seems very helpful to share with relatives
If I can get your email contact to learn more 😀
- Shikha Bhatt says: September 28, 2017 at 10:23 am
sir your article is too good thanks for sharing this information.
- Saurabh Saha says: October 8, 2017 at 4:17 am
Brilliant post, Glen. I am reading this article after one year but still almost all link building strategies you have published still work. I am trying these link building techniques in my niche now.
- EQLankaSEO says: October 13, 2017 at 5:38 am
Some of these tips are in this article is really helpful We just can’t write quality contents and wait for the ranks to rise. We have to find new methods and tricks for that. This article proves it. Thanks for sharing these tips. Cheers.
- Dan B says: October 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm
Wow such a powerful and informative post as usual, I love the detail you go into!
I would like to add you can get some good backlinks by doing scholarships on your site, as we
all .EDU links are powerful, well done thanks!
- Roberto Lorenzo says: October 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Owwww amazing informations, thks 😉
- Sam R says: October 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Hell of a post here, definitely picked up some great ideas from this. Thanks for the write up and all the amazing content you put out there!
- ByznysLab says: October 26, 2017 at 8:06 am
Thank you for article a thanks for map, is very good idea. I will like to use for my work.
- AzkaWEB says: November 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm
Great Tips. I’ve already tried some of them and results are very good. I want to share my technique that helped me a lot is “Write Blogs on Educational Sites”. This technique helped me to get quality traffic on my website.
- Sunny says: November 6, 2017 at 9:51 am
Your articles are awesome and very helpful for me.Very informative.
Thanks for sharing.
- seodonato says: November 12, 2017 at 12:41 am
Good day to everyone, this is the first time you decide to leave a comment on your blog because of the merit. I’m an Italian guy who has been following you for 4 months and applies your suggestions for my blog in Italy and I have to say they work great. I apologize for my English, but congratulations on the job you absolutely had to let us know.
- Daniel says: November 12, 2017 at 5:26 pm
Thank you for this post. Never tried something like this before but I will definitely give it a shot because of this post.
- Michael Joshua says: November 23, 2017 at 4:18 pm
Thank you for the information! I found it to be very useful!
- Soumya Roy says: November 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Yes, I enjoyed reading this post, and actually not only I enjoyed but I already took at least 17 points which would help me sooner or latter. The map tip is really the best one I got from here, and I can use it to create lots of assets which will get me results for sure. This is a huge post with lots of new techniques to learn about modern link building strategies. Thanks for publishing these all and giving us opportunities to learn from your experience and research.
- Kd kashav says: December 4, 2017 at 8:20 am
Thanks Glen !Awsome article
The article you have put together with so much information is awesome and I like the way you communicate with readers. I hope to learn more from you.
- Pranshu Kharkwal says: December 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm
I thoroughly enjoyed reding this post. Got good insights about link building. Gonna implements them soon and will share the results.
- Paul says: December 13, 2017 at 3:29 am
Where can I learn SEO?
- Jigar says: December 13, 2017 at 4:03 am
Hey Nice Great post Thank you for sharing knowlage..
- Alexander says: December 13, 2017 at 11:52 pm
Just curious about the ‘Literally Just Ask Websites If They Sell Links’ where you recommend setting up a private email option.
Is this to hide what you are doing from Google? (say if you were using a gmail account)
I’ve heard of the idea that Google scans peoples emails to catch out people buying and selling links but I’ve never looked into it too much
- Amandeep kaur says: December 15, 2017 at 6:03 am
Thanks for sharing that awesome information…
- Ankit Jakhar says: December 15, 2017 at 9:33 am
Thanks for sharing advance link building with us.
- Stefan Alexander says: December 15, 2017 at 11:50 am
This is awesome, Glen! A lot of these techniques are valuable and can bring a lot of success to SEOs who have a little bit of knowledge and love for taking risks. It’s not a clean cut process, and the results are never guaranteed. I want to point out that Scholarship links are losing power, but can still be used to diversify the backlink profile. After all, these websites still pass some link juice. I also like the idea of scrapping high-ranking websites. It’s pretty great for discovering link worthy and viral topics.
- alex says: December 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm
or just use adwords ..
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