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My presentation from SES London 2012 on Link Development strategies. From link prospecting and research and link analysis. To link development strategies including: link reclamation, link baiti and ...

My presentation from SES London 2012 on Link Development strategies. From link prospecting and research and link analysis. To link development strategies including: link reclamation, link baiti and content outreach (article marketing).



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  • Link Development Lisa Myers CEO, Verve Search #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • How to generate relevant links
    • Target audience
    • Link Analysis & management
    • Link Prospecting
    • Creative & Implementation
  • #1 { target audience
    • AGE
    • GENDER
  • Put yourself in their “shoes”
    • What are they thinking when trying to solve a problem/finding info?
    • What would they search for?
    • What sites would they visit?
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Social Influencers
    • Identify social influencers within the industry/market you are link building to
    • Which channels are they using; Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn?
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • { link analysis & management #2
  • tools...
  • What to analyse: The Basics
    • Anchor text
    • Depth of links (what pages are linked to)
    • Type of links (sources)
    • Authority & Strength of links
    • Analyse your own site & your competitors!
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Use of Anchor Text #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Depth of Links #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Type of Links #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • # Domains Linking #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Filtering
  • Link Building Management
  • Assigning Tasks Assign link targets to the right people e.g. SEO, client, guest post writer etc
  • Set a task in competitor view #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • { link prospecting #3
  • Finding Relevant Sites
    • Keyword + “article”
    • Keyword + “blog”
    • Keyword + “directory”
    • Keyword inurl: “write for us”
    • Keyword inurl:”guest posts”
    • Keyword intitle: “write for us”
    • and so on...
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Large Scale Link Prospecting
    • Using scraper tool (like this Chrome extension http://goo.gl/c7erv )
    • SEOmoz API www.seomoz.org/api (Pro Acc!)
    • Excel Spreadsheet
    • http://justinbriggs.org/quick-link-prospectingwith-scraper-extension
    • Follow: @JustinRBriggs
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • { creative & development #4
  • Types of Link Development
    • Utilising Existing Relationships
    • Link Building
    • Link baiting
    • Article/Content Marketing
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Utilising Existing Relationships
    • Often it is the simplest idea that gives you the
    • most link juice!
    • For example;
    • Would your partners, customers etc link to you?
    • Which University did the CEO go to?
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Apple.com Links to domain= 35.8 MILLION! PR=9/10
  • link building
  • Link Building
    • Directories
    • Blog & forum comments
    • Usually low quality so work best as fillers.
    Should NOT be Primary Link Dev Strategy
  • link baiting great digital content
    • A piece of digital content (article, video,
    • infographic, etc) that specifically increases
    • the chances for generating “organic links”
  • GREAT IDEA funny interesting competitions intelligent newsworthy educational provoking
  • Host the content!
    • This type of link development requires you to host the content on the domain you are doing link dev for!!
    • Creating a fab link bait or social media campaign that is not on your domain = lost link equity
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Spread the Word
    • Once you have created the “content”, you have to SPREAD THE WORD! This is where social media merges in....
    • Use the already identified social influencers!
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • INTEGRATE Your Website Landing/ Campaign Page Email Campaign Offline (mail campaign)
  • real examples {link bait
    • City Inn
    • {advent calendar
  • Result
    • LOTS of links & Social Mentions
    • Generated the equivalent of 50% of their average monthly traffic
    • Increased email database considerably
    • Twitter followers increased by 300%
    • SEO-Chicks.com
    • #SEScrapmas
    • #SEO2022
  • #1
  • article marketing Using a piece of content to get a link can be very EFFECTIVE!
  • Give something back
    • Have something to trade, why should they
    • be linking to you?
      • Content (must be relevant!)
      • Discount/competition
      • Breaking news
      • Free “something”
      • YOUR USPs??!!
  • The Process
    • Do your research (list of sites, find out as much about the site as you can)
    • Hunt down most appropriate contact
    • Tone of voice in email, although best to call!
    • Tailor your email to person
    • Be direct, don’t waffle.
    • Develop a relationship
    • Follow up
    • ALWAYS, ALWAYS be polite and personable!
  • Writing the content
    • Spend time writing the article, it’s got to be good! Include stats, research or similar.
    • Make sure the angle is appropriate for target site
    • Including keywords that you are targeting for surrounding text
    • ANCHOR TEXT (ideally your main target keyword)
    • Stay away from main keyword in HEADLINE though, as you don’t want them to rank ABOVE you!
    real examples {article marketing
  • Yale Door
    • Needed links and relevant traffic from websites with similar or relevant content
    • Angle/Idea
    • Free “keyless lock” competition/give away
    • First 10 orders of the composite door get’s free lock worth £200
    #SESLondon @LisaDMyers
  • Stuff.TV inks to domain= 378,071 Monthly visits circa.150,000 (UK) circa 240,000 (global) 74% male readers 67% of visitors between 25 – 44
  • Coolestgadgets.com Links to domain= 425,886 Monthly visits ca. 60,000 (UK) 72% male readers 60% of visitors between 25 – 44
  • Wired.com Links to domain= 7,79 MILLION PR= 8 Worldwide readership
  • Thank You! Email: [email_address] Web: www.vervesearch.com www.stateofsearch.com www.seo-chicks.com #SESLondon @LisaDMyers @LisaDMyers