Scaling outreachwithout looking like an idiot
Eppie vojtDirector, SEORed Ventures@eppievojt
Dirty wordScale hasn’t always been a
This...
...Became this
...not this
...and definitely not this
Scaling != creating a lesser version
caling != producing something differen
Who did thisWe’re the ones
...and this
...and this
So hardBecause building lots of real links is
Word.
Barrier of entryBut that means there’s a higher
4 simple principles to scaling outreach
Improve efficiencyCreate or use tools that
Improve effectivenessTrack everything to
Deskill laborCompartmentalize tasks to
Fully automatedRepetitive, low intelligence tasks should be
simple principle to happier employee
Eliminate or automate what they hate
Identifying performance levers
Links = (ES)(OR)(RR)(AR)(CAR)(PR)Emails Sent Open Rate ResponseRateAgreement RateContentAcceptanceRatePublication Rate
Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
End of the internetProspecting beyond the
Turn google against itselfadvanced search operators + scrapers
Done For you
~*-intitle:inurl:intext:site:filetype:related:Do it yourself
=IF(B5="Yes",ImportXML(B3,"//h3[@class=r]/a/@href"),"")
Think laterally(or let Google do it)
Done For youUbersuggestGoogle Adwords Keyword Tool
Semi-dIYhttp://01100111011001010110010101101011.co.uk/2013/05/finding-more-guest-post-opportunities/
Semi-dIY
DIY: Recursive Tilde Negative Match
Do it yourself
Be everywhere your competitors areusing OSE, Majestic, Ahrefs and Screaming Frog
Download link profile
Follow the trailof prolific link builders
1. Identify a top blog that accepts guest posts2. Check to see if wp makes it easy for us to find all gu3. Check to see if...
Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
Hidden in plain sightFind contact information that’s
ntact me: sneaky [at] so sneaky (dot) c
Obfuscated emailsScrape all of the
Mechanical turk itWhen all else fails...
Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
Quality Red flagsAutomatically findhttp://emailmarketing.comm100.com/email-marketing-ebook/spam-words.aspx
//a[not(@rel) ornot(contains(@rel,"nofollow"))]/ancestor::*[contains(@id|@class,"advert") orcontains(@id|@class,"sponsor")...
spam keywordsAutomatically find+Custom Filters
Links = (ES)(OR)(RR)(AR)(CAR)(PR)Emails Sent Open Rate ResponseRateAgreement RateContentAcceptanceRatePublication Rate
Speed & trackingMail merge for better
Links = (ES)(OR)(RR)(AR)(CAR)(PR)Emails Sent Open Rate ResponseRateAgreement RateContentAcceptanceRatePublication Rate
Outreach campaignsDissecting real world
We did a few things right
1. We picked a popular, relevant topic: The NCAA Tour2. We built a super attractive asset3. We made it easily sharable4. W...
We failed. hard
Terrible planAvoid starting with a
A few weeks later
1. We targeted another popular sporting event2. We built a super attractive asset3. We made it easily sharable4. We took a...
We made it rain links
If you’ve enjoyed this presentationI’m eppievojt@eppievojthttp://www.eppie.net/searchlove
If not...I’m ianhowells@ianhowells
Questions?@eppievojt
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  • So first, a few words about me. I’m Eppie Vojt and I work at Red Ventures as a Director of SEO. I’m imminently qualified to give this presentation because I know more than a thing or two about looking like an idiot, evidenced in part by this mustache.I also know a lot about looking like an idiot while scaling outreach. I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years. I’ve sent outreach messages to myself, inadvertently emailed the same webmaster repeatedly due to poor record keeping, inadvertently emailed the same webmaster repeatedly with the identical message from different pen names... Suffice it to say, I know a lot of ways this thing can go wrong. Today, I hope you can learn from my failures, successes, and observations.
  • My hunch is that, prior to that prelude, some of you weren’t exactly looking forward to this presentation... And not just because I’m Rand’s opening act. I’m sure a lot of you hear “link building at scale” and automatically, you think that this is the talk that’s going to get you penalized in 12 months, because scale has become a bit of a dirty word in our industry.It shouldn’t be that way. Scale doesn’t have a negative connotation in the “real world” and it shouldn’t in SEO either. Think about scale in the real world...
  • In the real world, scaling allows us to produce a product of identical (or sometimes superior) quality at greater frequency. Let’s take milk production. Peggy here can provide enough milk for her family by heading out to the barn in the morning and hand-milking the family cow. When we need more milk, we don’t just buy or breed more cows – or employ more milk farmers... we created technology that allowed us to get more milk in less time.
  • Same source, modified improvement to the process, same product (in greater quantity). There’s another way to scale the quantity of milk we get...
  • But it’s decidedly less desirable. Filling each carton of milk half-way with milk and the rest of the way with water lets us double production, right? But we’ve ended up with a fundamentally different product – one that’s diluted and of lesser value.If we only diluted it a small amount, it might go unnoticed... But the further away we get from the original product, the more likely we are to end up displeased.
  • The other alternative, when faced with the problem of not having enough milk is to simply substitute.
  • Scaling isn’t creating a lesser version of something. It’s not watering down your product so that you can gain greater reach. Quite frankly, there’s been a lot of “watered down link building” over the years. We didn’t really care because Google didn’t notice. Google’s still not perfect at this. We can still get away delivering a lesser quality link for a while, but when Google does catch on, the retribution is substantial and long-lasting.
  • I’m not going to tell you that you need to shift your focus to “content strategy,” no offense to anyone else presenting here. Sometimes, you just need links --- even if you’re implementing an amazing content strategy.I don’t think I’m saying anything revolutionary here. As an industry, we’ve all known that a lot of what worked to manipulate Google wasn’t sustainable, but we also knew that it worked. And for a while that was good enough. We kept pushing the envelope to see when Google would stop it.
  • Building real links is hard.
  • Building real links is hard.
  • Every task you perform, you should ask yourself – what’s preventing me from doing this quicker (without sacrificing quality)?
  • We are optimizers – we’re not called search engine rankers. The whole “inbound movement” is largely about taking ownership for performance as it relates to the bottom line, not just 10 (or 7) blue links.Apply that same mentality to outreach. Optimize the crap out of it... Each and every step.Efficiency vs. Effectiveness
  • Content ideation is a different skill than content production, and content production is a vastly different skill than salesmanship. So is data consumption and entry. Where possible, you want the least qualified person capable of doing the job well doing it.
  • “You know that thing you hate doing? You don’t have to do it anymore – just push this button from now on.” Say that to your staff a few times and watch their eyes light up (and productivity increase)
  • Outreach EquationIf you’re managing a team, you can easily start to back this equation out into activity levels. I need X links and I know historic RR, AR, CAR, and PR
  • Outreach Equation
  • Outreach Equation
  • Eventually, you’re going to feel like you’ve run out of internet.
  • Outreach Equation
  • How many of you have ever run across this when trying to prospect for sites? This kind of thing is the bane of the automater’s existence, but it’s actually very good for doing outreach. These people receive fewer
  • Regular expression to nab common contact form obfuscations
  • Outreach Equation
  • Red flag words, obvious paid links, quality of writing, OBL countIt’s outside of the scope of this presentation to run through a full explanation of xpath, but this expression says find all of the links on the page that don’t have a rel attribute or that have a rel attribute that doesn’t have nofollow in it. Once you find those, check to see if any have an ancestor element that has an id or class name containing advert or sponsor, or exactly equaling ads.This won’t catch everything, but it will catch a lot of the VERY obvious paid linking – saving you the time to evaluate them manually.
  • Red flag words, obvious paid links, quality of writing, OBL countIt’s outside of the scope of this presentation to run through a full explanation of xpath, but this expression says find all of the links on the page that don’t have a rel attribute or that have a rel attribute that doesn’t have nofollow in it. Once you find those, check to see if any have an ancestor element that has an id or class name containing advert or sponsor, or exactly equaling ads.This won’t catch everything, but it will catch a lot of the VERY obvious paid linking – saving you the time to evaluate them manually.
  • Red flag words, obvious paid links, quality of writing, OBL countIt’s outside of the scope of this presentation to run through a full explanation of xpath, but this expression says find all of the links on the page that don’t have a rel attribute or that have a rel attribute that doesn’t have nofollow in it. Once you find those, check to see if any have an ancestor element that has an id or class name containing advert or sponsor, or exactly equaling ads.This won’t catch everything, but it will catch a lot of the VERY obvious paid linking – saving you the time to evaluate them manually.
  • The performance of these items is heavily influenced by the quality of your outreach message and the angle of your pitch. We’ll take a look at a few examples that prove this out a bit.
  • Red flag words, obvious paid links, quality of writing, OBL countIt’s outside of the scope of this presentation to run through a full explanation of xpath, but this expression says find all of the links on the page that don’t have a rel attribute or that have a rel attribute that doesn’t have nofollow in it. Once you find those, check to see if any have an ancestor element that has an id or class name containing advert or sponsor, or exactly equaling ads.This won’t catch everything, but it will catch a lot of the VERY obvious paid linking – saving you the time to evaluate them manually.
  • Red flag words, obvious paid links, quality of writing, OBL countIt’s outside of the scope of this presentation to run through a full explanation of xpath, but this expression says find all of the links on the page that don’t have a rel attribute or that have a rel attribute that doesn’t have nofollow in it. Once you find those, check to see if any have an ancestor element that has an id or class name containing advert or sponsor, or exactly equaling ads.This won’t catch everything, but it will catch a lot of the VERY obvious paid linking – saving you the time to evaluate them manually.
  • The performance of these items is heavily influenced by the quality of your outreach message and the angle of your pitch. We’ll take a look at a few examples that prove this out a bit.
  • Here’s the thing about terrible plans – nobody sets out on an endeavor thinking that they’ve just concocted an epically horrible plan. This guy probably thought having his head in that bucket would be absolutely fantastic.
  • Here’s the thing about terrible plans – nobody sets out on an endeavor thinking that they’ve just concocted an epically horrible plan. This guy probably thought having his head in that bucket would be absolutely fantastic. That’s kind of how things started for us on this first campaign.
  • SearchLove Boston 2013_Eppie Vojt_Scaling Outreach

    1. 1. Scaling outreachwithout looking like an idiot
    2. 2. Eppie vojtDirector, SEORed Ventures@eppievojt
    3. 3. Dirty wordScale hasn’t always been a
    4. 4. This...
    5. 5. ...Became this
    6. 6. ...not this
    7. 7. ...and definitely not this
    8. 8. Scaling != creating a lesser version
    9. 9. caling != producing something differen
    10. 10. Who did thisWe’re the ones
    11. 11. ...and this
    12. 12. ...and this
    13. 13. So hardBecause building lots of real links is
    14. 14. Word.
    15. 15. Barrier of entryBut that means there’s a higher
    16. 16. 4 simple principles to scaling outreach
    17. 17. Improve efficiencyCreate or use tools that
    18. 18. Improve effectivenessTrack everything to
    19. 19. Deskill laborCompartmentalize tasks to
    20. 20. Fully automatedRepetitive, low intelligence tasks should be
    21. 21. simple principle to happier employee
    22. 22. Eliminate or automate what they hate
    23. 23. Identifying performance levers
    24. 24. Links = (ES)(OR)(RR)(AR)(CAR)(PR)Emails Sent Open Rate ResponseRateAgreement RateContentAcceptanceRatePublication Rate
    25. 25. Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
    26. 26. Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
    27. 27. End of the internetProspecting beyond the
    28. 28. Turn google against itselfadvanced search operators + scrapers
    29. 29. Done For you
    30. 30. ~*-intitle:inurl:intext:site:filetype:related:Do it yourself
    31. 31. =IF(B5="Yes",ImportXML(B3,"//h3[@class=r]/a/@href"),"")
    32. 32. Think laterally(or let Google do it)
    33. 33. Done For youUbersuggestGoogle Adwords Keyword Tool
    34. 34. Semi-dIYhttp://01100111011001010110010101101011.co.uk/2013/05/finding-more-guest-post-opportunities/
    35. 35. Semi-dIY
    36. 36. DIY: Recursive Tilde Negative Match
    37. 37. Do it yourself
    38. 38. Be everywhere your competitors areusing OSE, Majestic, Ahrefs and Screaming Frog
    39. 39. Download link profile
    40. 40. Follow the trailof prolific link builders
    41. 41. 1. Identify a top blog that accepts guest posts2. Check to see if wp makes it easy for us to find all gu3. Check to see if there’s an author bio footprint4. Scrape all of the links5. Pull down each “prolific poster’s” link profile6. Run link profiles through link detective or screaming
    42. 42. Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
    43. 43. Hidden in plain sightFind contact information that’s
    44. 44. ntact me: sneaky [at] so sneaky (dot) c
    45. 45. Obfuscated emailsScrape all of the
    46. 46. Mechanical turk itWhen all else fails...
    47. 47. Emails Sent = (PF)(CIR)(RvR)(QR)ProspectsFoundRelevancyRateQualificationRateContact InfoRate
    48. 48. Quality Red flagsAutomatically findhttp://emailmarketing.comm100.com/email-marketing-ebook/spam-words.aspx
    49. 49. //a[not(@rel) ornot(contains(@rel,"nofollow"))]/ancestor::*[contains(@id|@class,"advert") orcontains(@id|@class,"sponsor") or (@id|@class="ads")]Obvious paid LinksAutomatically find
    50. 50. spam keywordsAutomatically find+Custom Filters
    51. 51. Links = (ES)(OR)(RR)(AR)(CAR)(PR)Emails Sent Open Rate ResponseRateAgreement RateContentAcceptanceRatePublication Rate
    52. 52. Speed & trackingMail merge for better
    53. 53. Links = (ES)(OR)(RR)(AR)(CAR)(PR)Emails Sent Open Rate ResponseRateAgreement RateContentAcceptanceRatePublication Rate
    54. 54. Outreach campaignsDissecting real world
    55. 55. We did a few things right
    56. 56. 1. We picked a popular, relevant topic: The NCAA Tour2. We built a super attractive asset3. We made it easily sharable4. We added a charitable element5. We built a strong target prospect list & pursued them6. We brought in a top outreach vendor to augment our
    57. 57. We failed. hard
    58. 58. Terrible planAvoid starting with a
    59. 59. A few weeks later
    60. 60. 1. We targeted another popular sporting event2. We built a super attractive asset3. We made it easily sharable4. We took a unique angle5. We built a strong target prospect list & pursued them6. We handled all of the outreach ourselves
    61. 61. We made it rain links
    62. 62. If you’ve enjoyed this presentationI’m eppievojt@eppievojthttp://www.eppie.net/searchlove
    63. 63. If not...I’m ianhowells@ianhowells
    64. 64. Questions?@eppievojt
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