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49 Free Web Directories for Building Backlinks. Shortly after launching this blog I went on a marathon backlinks building session and successfully submitted to 49 free web directories!

49 Free Web Directories for Building Backlinks

Since then I’ve regularly updated this list to add more quality sites and remove anything that’s no longer free or has lapsed in quality. (The last update was on June 24, 2014). Sure, directory submissions are very VERY boring, but they’re totally worth doing! And submitting to the free directories in this list was actually the first ever active link building exercise I did.

I chose to do this first because it can take months to get your submissions approved. So after scraping the internet for free web directory lists I squeezed 76 potential candidates into an excel spreadsheet. Most of the lists I found from Google searches were either duplicates or very out of date. Out of the 76 supposedly “FREE” directory submission sites I tried to submit to from my excel, 14/76 malfunctioned and 13/76 were not free at all!

Link Building 101: What Should Be Evaluated With Each Link Opportunity. While having dinner with a colleague the other day, we were discussing the particulars of effective link building campaigns.

Link Building 101: What Should Be Evaluated With Each Link Opportunity

Not necessarily social media or blog strategies, but raw, traditional link building: finding prospects, evaluating websites and soliciting link requests. This post is about the factors website owners should be aggregating when researching and evaluating possible link opportunities and what sort of existing, tangible benchmarks you can set in your prospecting strategy. How to Link Build. Why The YouTube Keyword Tool Is So Amazing For Link Building. 9 Link Building Lessons We Learned As Kids. Do you remember the life lessons we learned as kids?

Sayings like, “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” and, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” were taught to us at a young age to guide us, help us make better decisions, and remind us to be nice to one another. I can’t speak to whether or not those lessons actually stuck with you or helped you throughout your life. But I can tell you that these lessons can help with your link building… both right now and in the future. Here are a few of those lessons you may have forgotten: 1. In Julie Joyce’s recent link week column she noted that “[o]ver the past year, link building has definitely gotten a lot tougher.” On top of that, even when we have what we feel is a great link building angle, it may get rejected. Cornwall SEO had a nice article a couple weeks ago about pitch rejections and noted the following: The 7 Types Of People Who Want To Help You Build Links. With so much of link building focused on creating actual relationships these days, the idea that you can build high-quality links without people seems preposterous.

Yes, I know there are still things like directories and post submissions but, come on… a real person has to approve those, right? The 7 Types Of People Who Want To Help You Build Links. Creating Content For Your Users That Will Also Get You Links. A Step-By-Step Guide To Link Building For Boring Industries Or Products. Within the current search landscape, most search engine optimisation campaigns have become increasingly content-led.

A Step-By-Step Guide To Link Building For Boring Industries Or Products

The majority of the campaigns that I work on revolve largely around the production and placement of high quality content on top-tier sites. This approach to search engine optimisation is more akin to a typical PR campaign than a traditional SEO campaign — and the former, in my opinion, is the way that most digital agencies should be positioning themselves. Yes, I’m gonna say it: content marketing is the way forward. Now that I’ve got that buzzword out of my system, we can move on. Creating truly engaging, fun, linkable content may not seem that daunting when you’re an exciting B2C company that has a quirky product behind it. But it’s not always easy when you don’t have the kind of brand value or creative positioning that those companies have.

There is a solution, though — and it’s something that we’ve been executing to great effect for a number of our clients. 5 Bad Link Building Habits To Break Now. For those who have been in the SEO industry for a while, you may remember the glory days of link building — you simply submitted your site/article/address/name, etc., and had 100 links within 24 hours.

5 Bad Link Building Habits To Break Now

That sure was awesome. Unfortunately, those days are over — yet for many, bad link building habits are lingering. How many times have you seen an easy link and thought to yourself, “Just this one submission won’t hurt my site,” or, “My competitors are doing it, so I can, too”? If the answer is more than once, then you’d better keep reading. These days, link building is no longer just about the link. For marketers, this means taking the time to find the right sites, taking the time to find the right people, and most importantly, letting go of those bad habits we’ve built up over the years. 1.

Link Building and Content Marketing: Two Different Peas in a Pod. Link building is a rapidly changing profession.

Link Building and Content Marketing: Two Different Peas in a Pod

Best practices today may not be best practices just six months from now. This happens at an unusually high frequency, and it’s a consequence of Google’s ever-evolving stance on link building. Right now, a slew of SEOs are moving towards content marketing as a primary method of link building. Using Content Organization to Get High Quality Backlinks. Content organization is the gathering of all the necessary content assets and organizing them relative to the audience’s needs.

Using Content Organization to Get High Quality Backlinks

It involves identifying content pieces that gained traction in the past and improving their structure/format, content value, and design to make it more comprehensive and useful for your audience. This process helps the website earn high quality backlinks by improving the content piece and resulting a website which performs better on search results, while also helping searchers find the information they need without being disingenuous or overstimulating. Here’s a few tips on how you can organize past content or create new pages to get more natural backlinks to your website. Organize Existing and New Resources on Your Site Google is now looking at the site’s topical content authority as a determining factor in ranking relevant pages on search results.

3 (Little-known) Sources of High Quality Backlinks.