There seems to be a great deal of chatter about the devaluing of links on your basic syndication channels (article networks) after the Panda Update.
So I'd like to get a dialogue going of ideas of how we are to build links that would stand the test of time.
Theories off Ranking to #1:
1. Have the goods - You must have some of the best content available on the term you are trying to rank for. I usually look at the top rank sites and objectively work to beat their content. My content or tools I create are my link bait. When that is done I move to step #2.
2. Worry About # of Domains, Not # of Links - I build links on more domains then my competitors. I don't worry about the numbers of links, I worry about the number of domains they are on.
My best techniques, that still work are:
A. Guest Blogging - I use a network to contact blogs in my niche. I also search for relevant blogs and offer a post to deliver in 20 days or so.
B. Researching top 30 competitors back links - I look at their links and approach sites that links to them, but not me. I usually give them a compelling reason to link to me.
C. Social Media - I work on building my twitter and FB follows and likes.
Does anyone have any other sure fire ways to link build these days?
Things that provide low value links, don't waste your time or money:
1. Forum posting and blog commenting - No SEO value
2. Social bookmarking - Might get a page indexed, that's all.
3. Link Exchanges or Directories- Nuff said!
4. Article Syndication - Unless you are writing unreal stuff on a regular basis, provides little value.
5. Press Releases - Unless you have something that a reporter is sure to jump at provides little value.