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Maybe its a lack of PR, fear of a Penguin smack or an unwillingness to link to startup sites because they "have no runs on the board" or simply that no other site knows of its existence. How could they? Its a real-world scenario that new sites are faced with.
You need some initial traction but build them slow and carefully...
Im still not sure about "Guest Blog Posts" - why would i turn down Matt Cutts writing a post on my blog? I think if it is a unique post by an Authority Author, go ahead and do it.
but if anyone says they have never paid for a single dofollow link
[edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 5:43 pm (utc) on Feb 25, 2014]
because as soon as someone posts it here all kinds of people are going to be firing up their link tools and whatever else on someone unsuspecting site. So unless the mods overrule it, I'd say DON'T post a site unless you're verifiably in control of it.
Do not post links to a specific website (yours or any other) or suggest a search query, search words, or any search phrase....
Sure people will fire up the link tools but if its clean the site has nothing to worry about, or does it? Sorry I must be missing something... Whats the worst that can happen? What about posting the keyphrase you know a clean site ranks for? Then it will be 1 of 10, ill check them all? Nevermind (Sigh)
What advice would you give newbie about links for Google?
Promote your site. Online, offline, on Mars if you have to, but *promote your site*. It's all just marketing.
Can anyone post a link to a site that isnt a huge brand (facebook, micorsoft) and has a 100% natural backlink profile?
Let's get back on-topic - What advice would you give newbie about links for Google?
and the first thing they want you to do is stop obsessing over how to get other sites to link back to you