martinibuster - 8:44 pm on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
'Sounds nice in theory, but most people Ive told about broken(!) links in the past didnt even remove them.
I customarily state when something is an opinion and when something is experienced. I think it's important, for the sake of clarity about the kind of information being discussed, to make that distinction. Stating, "I think this works" isn't proof or evidence that something works. It's an opinion, like a theory. Saying, "In my experience this has worked for me..." means that something has actually worked for the person making that statement. A statement by a member that something has worked for them is important, in my opinion, because even if it hasn't worked for me, if it worked for someone else, then that may be evidence that something is at play there. This is why I state, "In my experience" or I state, "In my opinion" so as to avoid confusion and help others differentiate between what is nice in theory and what is nice in experience. ;)
your success rate with it might be relatively high if you can be better at something that somebody truly cares about...
You may be onto something there. I hadn't thought about it in terms as explicitly as you have stated them. Amateurs or people who love something enough to create a site just for the love of it, whether it's skydiving, their community, their religion, whatever it is, those are fairly passionate people who care, in my experience.
E.g. you could do a backlink check to a competitor, and out of the 10,000 sites that link to them, you could try to further drill down and only target those webmasters who edit their sites daily.
The topic of this discussion is competitor backlinks and that is what I have been restricting my responses to, as it's not only customary to do so, it's recommended by this forum in order to avoid hijacking the topic. However, backlink analysis has a broader scope and maybe it's time to broaden this discussion a bit.
We are not limited to analyzing competitors when researching links to obtain. We can broaden the scope. This is what I have been getting at. Here is an example. If you are a Maryland dentist, is it possible that a popular Maryland plumbing company has local backlinks that are useful to the Maryland dentist?
This issue came up yesterday at SMX West during a link building Q & A. Rand Fishkin stated that poaching competitor links may at best help you reach a state of parity. But what about obtaining links from the backlink analysis of non-competitors? In my experience (meaning that this is more than my opinion, that I have done this and experienced success with it and I am sharing my experience with everyone so everyone can benefit from it), in my experience this avoids the parity issue, allowing one to jump ahead of competitors.