can you think of any useful tools to build, offer to others and link back to your site?
run a contest of some sort.
be the 1st to write about new stuff in your niche
have a complete resource list for others to link to
there are going to be 100's of other options as well. this will just start the list.
Link bait is great for SEO sites etc but if you are in a sector where not everyone has a blog to link to you it is a lot more difficult IMO. How can you do link bait for a mom and pop site who sells boring widgets?
Surprisingly I've found a lot of seemingly boring mom and pop industries have very tight, devout communities that often have webpages or blogs (albeit not very nice looking ones).
|Glad the title interested you, pass the thread along. |
Seriously, anything that gets passed about. Free downloads are always good, depending upon the nature of your widgets. Also free give aways, mugs, t-shirts, pens, mouse mats etc.
search for the "cluetrain"
>How can you do link bait for a mom and pop site who sells boring widgets
Watermelons are pretty boring by themselves, but carve britney spears or brad pitt's face in them becomes interesting. Watermelons by themselves are pretty boring, unless of course you film them smashing on the ground when they are thrown from the roof of a building. Watermelons by themselves are pretty boring, unless you dress a hot girl in a bikini made of watermelon skin. Watermelons by themselves are boring unless you create a gourmet feast of 59 separate dishes with watermelon as the main ingredient. If your widgets are as boring as watermelons find something interesting you can do with them ...
feed it out RSS
|Watermelons by themselves are pretty boring, unless you dress a hot girl in a bikini made of watermelon skin. |
Where do you find the hot girl willing to wear a watermelon bikini?
"I made a bikini out of a watermelon. If you'll wear it and let me take pictures, I'll give you a hundred bucks."
graywolf, I am still a sceptic. There are some watermellons that are more interesting than others. If you have some boring product you have done a viral campaign for sucessfully I would like to hear how you went about it in a blow by blow account.
I don't have any products I can talk about without violating client agreements. However if you want an example search for [dvd rewinder] or [toilet paper RSS reader] since both are imaginary products I'm not giving away anybody's commercially viable terms. Want some real life examples visit the shopping channel on the new Netscape.com, people trying to go viral there everyday, watch it for a week and see what works and what doesn't.
As far as finding someone who will wear a watermelon bikini, craigslist would be my top choice, you'll have to do some screening but should have a plethora of choices. Discuss with your own legal team any release requirements.
|I am looking for tips and tricks to help build backlinks in forums, blogs and basically get people talking online about this new website. |
Link to my site, or the bunny gets it!
The Internet Mob has kidnapped Patches, my favorite stuffed pal from my childhood, and is holding him hostage.
If I don't get 100 people to link to my website by December 15th, poor Patches will meet a tragic end.
Please help me save my old friend!
Please link to my website, and send an eMail to email@example.com, and let them know where the link is. They will only count one link per website, so please don't upset them by trying to trick them with multiple links from the same site.
Patches was always there for me when I needed him most--please help me return the favor!
[edited by: ccDan at 6:19 pm (utc) on Nov. 30, 2006]
ransom is the answer to everything!
ransom or free naked women/men
[edited by: Digimon at 12:22 pm (utc) on Dec. 11, 2006]
"I am looking for tips and tricks to help build backlinks in forums, blogs and basically get people talking online about this new website."
What about an on line group. I did this with one of my sites and it helps with getting the word out. People do pass e-mails to friends.
Personally I love this thread and would like to see a compiled list of 50 + viral marketing tools / positions / methods used If anyone else can share.
theres nothing I hate more than bots spamming my forums with links to their sites. I added more registration security to keep them out.
kudos graywold..excellent post
yet another example 'will it blend' nothing too exciting about a blender ...
Do some thing which will gain attention GOOD OR BAD it should generate links ...
Write some thing controversial about some one who is famous and you will get tonnes of links ;)