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Out of link building ideas.

I think I've tried everything

1:25 pm on Jun 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think I've reached the point to where I've run out of link building ideas for my credit card site. Here's what I've tried so far, can any one offer some suggestions? The ones below have worked out somewhat ok (Marketleap 758) but obviosly I'd like more. Yes I am keyword optimizing all these links and will continue to use the techniques below but they're getting less efficient every day.

Published Free Reprintble Articles
By far the best results here. I've submitted them to several article directories and have picked up the majority of my backlinks from here. I continue to release new ones bi-weekly

Provided RSS Feed
Have an rss feed for all the articles and ping 50 RSS agregates with each new release.

Submitted to Directories
Hired someone to do this and have picked up about 50 links this way, but haven't seen any traffic from them and I don't the the SE's are picking up the majority of them.

Link Trading
Hasn't worked out too well. About 1 in 10 agree to trade links and is very time consuming.

Press Releases
Have released three press releases through PRWeb at varying levels. They show 30,000 to 100,000 views per release but that didn't translate into much traffic. I think I only picked up one backlink each from this because all the consumers link to the article on PRWeb which links to me.

Free Tools
Created a Javascript credit card payoff calculator and submitted it to all the scripting sites. Average about 5 visitors a day from this and pick up a new backlink everytime someone ads it to their site. I'd do more tools, but can't think of any others related to my site.

Yahoo Directory
Haven't payed for this because my category has three pages of results already. Don't think it would help much.

Other Paid Directories
I've paid for these with other sites, but it didn't really work out so I didn't do so with this one.

Open Directory
Submitted about 2 months ago and sent in the 30 day status check. I'll check every six months for the next 6-8 years until I get listed.

Forum Signatures
Use them on sites that allow it.

Blog Spam
I've refrained from this one.. You're welcome...

Cross Linking from other sites
Have about 45 of my own sites linking to this one (most are very low traffic/links/pr).

That's all I can remember doing. Any ideas?

3:26 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It sounds like you've done a lot. How many new links per month have you been adding? What are your goals?

I was interested in this comment:

"Submitted to Directories
Hired someone to do this and have picked up about 50 links this way, but haven't seen any traffic from them and I don't the the SE's are picking up the majority of them".

I have had the same problem, ie I don't see the SEs picking them up hardly at all. I'd be interested to hear some thoughts on that.

BTW: how the heck do I get that quote thing to work when I am using "reply?" to a post?


3:37 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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BTW: how the heck do I get that quote thing to work when I am using "reply?" to a post?

Check out the Style Codes link on the left. In there are the codes to be used.

8:43 am on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi Trilitech

Where can you find a list of RSS aggregators to send feeds to? Is there a list somewhere?


9:10 am on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Strike a deal to pay XX per year for a backlink on someone's relevant website (it's called advertising).

Donate your skills to helping a non-profit redesign their existing website (or whatever donation you want to make) in exchange for a backlink.

Think of a way that your website may be of use to universities, and how you can squeeze a link from them.

Build a blog about your industry. Collect inbound links. Feed it to your website.

I've got some other ideas that'll make you slap your forehead, but I'm saving those for pubcon. ;)

6:37 pm on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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a session I can't wait to attend!


4:05 pm on June 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I feel your pain.

When doing link requests, what I do is perform a search of sites linking to a top-ranked competitor. I use the results as a list for link requests.

I find this group more successful than just random requests because right from the start, they are willing to link to sites like you.

(For newbies, this type of search is simple. See below)

On Google


On Yahoo!

11:39 pm on June 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Contact Link Manager or Marketing Manger of Internet Marketing Companies. Tell them what sites (and where) you can offer links from and what sites you need links to.

Focus on building a long-term relationship with them. Help them out with their new clients, they will take care of you. Once a relationship is built some will even refer you to some of their best trading partners.

3:25 am on June 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A few more ideas:

1. Adobe has a PageRank of 10 because of all the sites linking to the Acrobat Reader. Create a mirror site for FTP downloads and find opensource developers who will appreciate the bandwidth donation. Many people will link to the mirror sites. Just be careful about bandwidth, and try to choose software with a large fan base.

2. Give testimonials to vendors, or nearly anyone. Flattery goes a long way. Ask for a link to you in return (which they usually will want to do in order to give validation to the testimonial).

3:58 am on June 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've been personally using [PRWeb.com...] as a way to build "progressive linking" for our clients.

Here's the strategy:

1) Take a story, product sell sheets, press ideas and other copy relevant to your site, business and products, and parse them for real, relevant Press Release content and ideas.

An example is a client of mine had a 1,200 word article recently crafted around their manufacturing systems in China, providing 90 day turnaround on custom stained glass products... with architectural integrity.

We worked with the PR writer and had him break it into 3 press releases
-Quality Stained Glass with Architectural Integrity
-Mass-Customized Stained Glass made for 1/3rd the cost
-Chinese manufacturing systems flattening the world of commerce

2) Take a press release of your content, and put it on PRWeb with $80-$250 in contribution (try to get positions 1-24 for best results)

3) Do that once a week for 12-16 weeks.

You'll receive from 150-350 backlinks for every release 7 days from it's launch. many of these links will be PR5-6-7-8. Divide the contribution by the number of backlinks to find your cost-per-link (this helps when developing ROI strategies down the road).

CUMULATIVELY (this is the progressive link strategy), each new press release carries with it a link to the old press releases. So after 12-16 weeks of this, you have your legacy press headlines within clicking distance of any given release.

We find that after 2 months, we have 10,000-20,000 backlinks.

By month 6, if we just do 2 releases a month in addition to the 12-16 week period, we have 50,000-65,000 backlinks, and a ton of printed and distributed articles that link back to our sites.

Yes, this is only one strategy... but after paying $1000-$5,000 a month in Google Adwords for just better than breakeven sales results, we've found this to create long-term results that are measurable and easy to implement. (and we'll get better at AdWords as well... it was more our lack of experience in landing pages than Google not performing).

OK, gotta' go now, as I have 2 press releases to complete tonight!

I hope that's helpful.


[edited by: martinibuster at 6:04 am (utc) on June 28, 2005]
[edit reason] promotional url [/edit]

11:45 am on June 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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eagent, that's sound a brilliant idea!

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