Facebook Pixel
Join our Facebook Community

10 No-Nonsense Ways to Build Backlinks

Posted By Guest Blogger 6th of June 2012 Blog Promotion 0 Comments

This is a guest post by Gregory Ciotti of Sparring Mind.

Many bloggers are very much averse to participating or learning anything about SEO, and truth be told, I think that’s a real shame.

Maybe my time with my SEO agency has made me biased, but I personally think most bloggers are missing out on a huge potential source of traffic by just plain ignoring how search engines work and what practices are most effective.

The truth is, SEO for blogs doesn’t have to be overly complicated or require “black magic” in order to work.

My “World’s Simplest SEO Formula for Great Rankings” is:

  1. Craft amazing content that’s built for readers, not search engines.
  2. Get great links to that content.

Okay, so SEO can obviously be a lot more complex than that, but if you’re a blogger just looking for the essentials, that two-step process is actually relevant.

The problem most bloggers run into is this: how do we actually get those “great links” to our content?

Today I’d like to break down a “no-nonsense” guide to attracting (and outright earning) some powerful links. We’ll skip stuff like forum profiles and social media bookmarking. The links we’re going after are going to be powerful and actually send us traffic. Let’s get started.

1. Check your competitors’ backlinks

If there is one great way to find good backlink ideas, it’s to check out what your competition is doing.

While “old faithful” (Yahoo! site explorer) is now a part of Bing’s webmaster tools, there are still a few great options around.

My current favorite is the Open Site Explorer, an excellent backlink tool created by the knowledgable folks over at SEOmoz.

With the free version, you can check where links are coming from (that is, domains and pages). While the premium offering gives you far more insight, you can generally get a good idea with just the free version.

Did your competitor get linked to from a publication/blog that covers your niche? Email the author personally and let them know about a piece of content that you created (or about your site in general) and offer to give them a story to help them out.

That part is essential. Emailing people with direct requests or not-so-subtle begging to “please link to me!” is not going to work.

Fixing a problem that they have (for journalists, this is generating new stories, for bloggers, new guest posts could fit the bill) is the key to getting a link.

You may also find other communities that have linked to your competitors: relevant sites, resource pages, etc. If your competitor can get a link there, so can you.

2. Create a site for readers, not Google

This may seem counter-productive, but hear me out.

As time goes on, search engines (notably Google) are beginning to become more and more in tune with following people, rather than with following links.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that links won’t matter in a few years (they will, for a long time), but I am telling you that the more you focus on creating a site filled with content that’s meant to be enjoyed by real people, the better your site will do in search results.

With Google recently making moves to punish “over-optimized” sites, you have to recognize that fact that a site built just to rank runs the risk of being penalized and losing all of its traffic.

Conversely, a site that has built an audience can withstand any rank drops because a thriving following does not depend on search traffic. Also, a site that is built with useful content and reader enjoyment in mind is going to garner natural links much more easily than a “built for search” site. Content for people generates discussion, and where discussion comes, links will follow.

3. Write for other blogs, and become a regular contributor

By now, you likely know all about the unique power of guest posting to give you a trifecta of goodness in the blogging world in the form of:

  1. traffic
  2. brand exposure
  3. links.

Better yet, if you are able to become a regular contributor to a large blog (either paid or for exposure only), you have the opportunity to build links on a very consistent basis, even to your oldest content.

I can give you examples of both: I am currently a hired content creator for HelpScout and DooID, as well as being a regular (unpaid) columnist for the BufferApp.

All outlets allow me to link to my previous work, and because I’m consistently writing for them, I can build links into deeper pages on my sites, including linking back to old posts in addition to citing my most recent content.

While this strategy is optimal, regular ol’ guest blogging every now and then works just as well. Better yet, I highly advise you attempt the “Guest Blogging Blitzkrieg” technique to build links.

What is that exactly? It’s writing numerous guest posts and attempting to get them published simultaneously, or very close together.

Bamidele Onibalusi, a freelance writer and blogger at YoungPrePro, as well as Kristi Hines, a regular contributor for KISSmetrics and blogger at Kikolani, both use this strategy—with stellar results.

Both contribute paid posts (freelance gigs) as well as guest posts (Kristi probably not so much anymore, I’m sure she has enough work to do!), and do so consistently, on numerous blogs, all the time. If you read marketing/blogging content regularly, you cannot miss their names, as they are everywhere.

This kind of exposure not only generates direct links (from their actual article submissions), but also creates buzz around their brand, and leads to people like me linking to them as examples!

4. Create a beautiful blog

Hold on just a second here… What in the world does blog design have to do with SEO?

Much more than you think.

Not only does a good blog design play a substantial role in increasing your conversions, a great looking (and streamlined) design will reduce your bounce rate, and while many have argued that doesn’t have a direct effect on SEO, it does increase your chances of people sticking around to actually read your content.

Additionally, research has found that people innately trust well-designed sites much more than poorly designed sites; and a site with trust is going to generate more links.

As for direct linking, many sites allow you to submit well-designed sites or even individual aspects of design. TheLogoMix allows you to submit any site logo and receive a backlink for it. Additionally, there are a number of design sites that allow you to submit your full site design to a showcase, and most of them will link back to your main page (CSS galleries and the like).

Lastly, if your site design is truly unique or useful, people may actually write a blog post about it (with links) for just this reason—because your site makes a great case study.

5. Implement resource pages

Not only are resource pages incredible tools for reducing your bounce rate, they also serve as excellent link bait to increase your rankings in tough topics.

I absolutely must point to Copyblogger as my demonstration for this example, as few blogs do things quite as well as they do, especially when it comes to resource pages. Their resources are extremely comprehensive, link back to their best posts on the subject, and target their most difficult keywords.

And considering they are ranking on the first or second page for terms like content marketing, SEO copywriting, and copywriting, you know that they are doing something right.

Think about the biggest topics that your blog covers. Now research a few keywords around those topics with the Google Keyword tool (remember to set it to [exact] searches) and see which terms have a fairly high search count. Then choose the ones you can realistically rank for.

If you’re having trouble brainstorming keyword ideas, try something like the free version of serpIQ to help get the creative juices flowing.

You probably won’t be able to rank for something like “diet”, but could you rank for a term like “paleo diet guide”? Doing just a little homework in this regard, and then making a few resource pages around those terms will result in a few amazing pieces of link-bait that thoroughly cover the topic, and attract a lot of links naturally.

6. Use embeddable images/widgets

This probably seems like the most boring suggestion in the entire post, so let’s get excited for a moment!

You know the humor/comic site TheOatmeal, right? Well, the guy behind that site, Matthew Inman, was actually a former consultant at SEOmoz, and he knows a thing or two about getting links.

In fact, he was able to rank his former project, an online dating site known as Mingle2, for extremely tough terms like “online dating” and “free online dating”, beating out sites like Match.com, eHarmony, and PlentyOfFish for their most sought after terms.

How? Well, among other things, Matthew is very good at creating embeddable content that people showcase on their own site. The thing is, these embeddable widgets also give a link back to Matthew’s sites.

He did this again for The Oatmeal with things like the “Are You Addicted to Twitter?” quizzes, where people could embed their own results. Beyond widgets, folks like the Mint.com content marketing team have used things like infographics with embeddable inputs at the bottom to rank for tough terms.

The reason things like this work is that people are much more likely to share a pretty infographic or a interesting widget than they are to just link to a random website. If you can give them something to share, they won’t mind using your pre-defined HTML and including your backlink.

7. Interview someone influential

When I first submitted my interview questions to Brian Gardner (of StudioPress), I had no idea what the response would be.

That was one of my very first posts to Sparring Mind, and although I knew about the power of interviews, I hadn’t ever reached out to somebody as significant in the WP community as Gardner before.

I shouldn’t have been worried, because not only did I learn that he and many other larger names are incredibly helpful and mostly willing to accept interview requests, it also lead to some significant exposure to my brand new site.

The success I saw here lead to more interviews, including ones with Alex Mangini of Kolakube, as well as Leo Wildrich of the BufferApp.

These interviews are great, especially for new blogs, because who doesn’t love being interviewed? This tactic lets you feature names far bigger than yours, and if you do a good job of asking insightful questions and drawing out great content from the interviewee, they are guaranteed to share the post with their following.

Even if they don’t directly link to the content itself, provided you’ve interviewed someone interesting (especially someone who doesn’t interview often), you’ll find yourself accruing links from people in their industry.

I found myself with a few links from social media sites I’d never heard of before when I published my interview with Leo about the BufferApp, and you can get your site in front of a new potential audience with the same method.

8. Create an exhaustive round-up

Creating round-up posts can be a great strategy for links. A round-up is essentially a collection of articles, resources, and actual products (books, etc.) that covers a topic in totality: exhaustive coverage is a necessity.

Two fantastic examples (one written by Kristi, no less) is The Entrepreneur’s Handbook, a collection of 101 resources for first time entrepreneurs, and the Leaving Work Behind 100, a collection of the best freelance/marketing blogs for people to get started with.

These round-up posts work so well because not only do they link out to a ton of people (who will likely tweet about the article, if not link back), they become “bookmark havens,” posts so large that people have to save and share them given the immense quantity of value that they provide.

If you create a round-up like the two showcased above, research a few keywords that you might be able to rank for before you title the post and publish it. For instance, if I was going to write a resource post for “going green,” I might look at a few search terms like “going green for beginners” or “beginner’s green guide” to see if I could feasibly rank for those terms.

Again, doing a little homework before publishing monster pieces of content like this can not only help you build links, but also bring in additional traffic from ranking well for highly relevant terms.

9. Utilize “crowdsourced” posts

Crowdsourcing is all the rage these days, but did you know it’s an incredibly effective SEO tactic for blogs as well? A “crowdsourced” post is a very interesting take on the traditional interview post discussed above. Essentially, instead of getting a lot of info from one interviewee, you’re going to collect small tidbits of information from multiple authority sources.

One clever example of this is how many hyperlocal websites, such as the Delaware Entrepreneur publication from my hometown utilize local business owners and interviews a ton of them at once to generate attention.

A more common example is the “roundup opinion” post that many blogs use to feature a bunch of experts at once (and hopefully get them to link to it). A successful execution recently was the Social Media Examiner prediction post for 2012, which featured 30 social media experts stating their predictions for the coming year.

These types of posts are a classic pieces of linkbait: the large number of big related names is sure to attract a lot of attention in your niche, so if you can pull one of these off, it’s likely to make a big splash.

10. Create a product

This is something that I feel a lot of bloggers get backwards (heck, even I’m slacking in this regard!). I honestly feel like the “build audience first, create product later” can be taken too far. I’m not saying you need a product from the get-go, but having something to sell and promote can often lead to more brand awareness.

Corbett Barr (a Problogger “blogger to watch in 2012“) from ThinkTraffic offers an interesting example of how this works. His latest course, How To Start A Blog That Matters, allowed him to land a few interviews as well as a few promotional posts on blogs promoting its release.

Corbett staunchly stands by his assertion (with data to back it up) that launching a product can lead to increased traffic for your blog, due to the natural discussion that a new product/course can generate.

This is especially true if you create a widget/resource that your niche can benefit greatly from.

One person who I feel has done this very well is Glen Allsopp from ViperChill, creating and launching both the free ViperBar plugin as well as his flagship premium plugin OptinSkin. Both plugins received big support from other WordPress users who got utility out of them, and both resulted in increased exposure and even direct links (especially from the ViperBar) back to Glen’s blog.

Consider getting your product out sooner rather than later, you could be missing out on some big promotional opportunities.

Over to you

At the end of big posts like this, sometimes we can get stuck in “information paralysis”—having too much in front of us and not knowing what to do next.

Now that you’ve reached the end:

  • Pick just one or two strategies from this post that you’re going to try this week.
  • Let me know which ones they are in the comments!

Gregory Ciotti is the founder of Sparring Mind, the†blog that takes psychology + content marketing and makes them play nicely together. Download his free e-book on ‘conversion psychology’ today for insights on influencing people online.

About Guest Blogger
This post was written by a guest contributor. Please see their details in the post above.
  1. Good advice and some good tips written! This article is long and more complete. I also have a similar article on my blog which I published few weeks ago. I really love the “TheLogoMix” part, Thanks for the tips!

    • Glad you liked it William.

      Those design sites like LogoMix are definitely useful, many CSS galleries carry some authority so it’s always good to keep your eyes open!

    • Was “getting the first comment on Problogger.com” one of your no nonsense ways of building links?

  2. This was a very insightful and helpful post, @GregoryCiotti. Thanks.

    I just “resurrected” my dormant blog on marketing topics (www.TheBettyFactor.com) about a week ago, and I’m starting to realize how much I need to do to reclaim the momentum it had “back when.” Your post provided some great foundational suggestions and insights on doing just that. Thank you.

    Dave Politis,

  3. You have made my bookmarks, Gregory. ;)

    I will be coming back to keep reading and re-read these points. It’ll serve a useful constant reminder. It’s been a while since I’ve done any SEOing (going back 2010!), so this will be a good pick up spot.

  4. I’ve been doing mini-roundup posts on a weekly basis and have seen some positive results from it (ie other bloggers who I link to repeatedly add me to their blogroll). The massive post idea is a good one, I’ll take a shot at that one as my next major project.

  5. Don’t forget about press releases! Submitted to PRWEb or PRNewswire, they generate lots of backlinks, as long as you’ve put links in your release . . .

  6. I have read your blog post about Nonsense way to get backlinks and it is an interesting post for us and thanks for it.

  7. Fantastic post! This has given me a lot of room for thought. Unlike a lot of bloggers out there, I’m very conscious of SEO on my site and posts. That doesn’t mean I still don’t have a lot of work to do (especially in the design area).

    Gregory, how do you feel about article marketing as a way to build backlinks? Is it still as effective with the latest Google Panda and Penguin updates? I’ve tried it (even with higher quality web 2.0 sites), and don’t seem to get much of a SEO boost. I’m thinking that your advice to host guest posts and guest on other blogs may be more effective.

    • Ehhh… in my opinion, it’s not worth it.

      The thing is, it doesn’t scale well: creating the link-bait I’ve outlined above creates links on it’s own, creating article marketing type content will get you links from sites like Ezine, which don’t carry as much weight as they used to.

      So I wouldn’t even bother, if you are going to write for someone other than yourself, land a powerful guest post instead.

    • That’s interesting to know! I was also thinking about article marketing, but now I read this, I’ll invest my time in something else!

  8. Hi Gregory,
    Becoming a regular contributor on a few popular blogs in a great way to build high quality links. It also exposes your work to a larger audience, which brings even more potential for links. The benefits really are endless because it opens the door for more opportunities for collaboration with other like-minded bloggers who will in turn, link to your blog also!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Absolutely right Kiesha!

      Guest blogging is the way to go. I can say this cause I’m going to have my first guest post on Problogger! ;)

      SO we will see what happens

    • Definitely, I’ve preferred this over the “random” guest posting strat for a while now. Currently over on ThinkTraffic, DailyBlogTips, and the Buffer blog. :)

  9. Fantastic post, and so freakin’ timely for me. Arrgh, I am so behind, I need to step up my game. Thanks for the great tips, Gregory.

  10. Not sure what happened to my other comment, but again, great post! I’m totally out of whack on this and need to step up my game for sure. Thanks for the tips and the motivation to do some of the things I’ve been telling myself to do. On the list are 3, 7, 8 and 10. Time to get to work.

  11. Hello Gregory,

    Interviewing influential people’s, bloggers and bigwigs is great way to get some exposure and links. But the most difficult part of interviewing people’s is getting them on chair to sit in front of us. People always hesitate to ask anybody for a small Q&A round or people are not as lucky as you are and get a chance to interview Brian Gardner (WordPress Guru And My Favorite Framework Developer).

    Interviewing People not only boost our exposure and gives us links. It also helps us to build a link, a relation, a connection between you and interviewer.

    Thanks Awesome Post… :)

    Romy Singh

  12. Quite interesting post Gregory…
    Providing killer contents on other blogs has proven to be one of the most effective ways to build backlinks and traffic. Most bloggers are putting this to use and getting results. Like Kiesha said, the benefits are endless…

    • Yup, but creating content for others has its limits: it’s hard to scale, creating great content on your OWN site will build links for as long as the piece is popular (which can be for quite a long time!)

  13. Thanks for the excellent post Ross. Infact, no one can disagree the fact of usefulness of a blog in a site. Blogs are the major source of backlinks and if you master the art, there is no one, not even Google, will likely put you down. As you mentioned, blog for your readers and the bots will follow you.

  14. Another useful tip is to leave relevant comments on related blogs. If you can link back to one of your own articles, then you have an instant boost. If not, then you’re developing credibility among the blog’s author and regular readers that will help later.

    • Eh, but blog comments aren’t as powerful as they used to be.

      Still, as long as you aren’t spam dropping keyword, it can’t hurt. :)

  15. Hi Greg,

    I sincerely thank you for this great post! I thoroughly enjoyed nodding my head when I read through the post and saw the two strategies which I have decided upon very recently that I will be focusing on quite intensively for the next couple of weeks:

    1.) Guest Posting
    2.) Write for people and not Google

    Funny though, when I decided to let you know about my choices I saw that there was only one comment before me, left by Kiesha (hello dear! :) ), someone I’ve enjoyed guest posting to on two occasions already if I remember correctly ;)

    I am an enthusiastic follower of Jon Morrow, Danny Iny and Glen Allsop. We all know that they are all masters of guest blogging and I decided that from all link building strategies, that is something I am really going to focus on since I have just launched my new site which I am very excited to share with my soon-to-be audience.

    I am on my way to comment on your blog from here after reading your post about 3 guest posting guru’s (one from the other side ;) ) and then possibly to look for any guest blogging opportunities on your site. After that I so need to get over to Danny’s “Freddie Krueger of Blogging” post which I can’t believe I’ve never read before after following him for quite some time now!

    Anyway, thanks again for excellent insights!

    • Thanks for your comment bud!

      Guest blogging does have some great benefits, it’s losing its usefulness in terms of traffic generation, and hopefully will remained untouched by Google for SEO reasons, because it is still EXCELLENT for that!

  16. holy crap! This is an awesome post!. No Greg your time at the SEO agency was not a waste. This is definitely bookmarkable!

  17. I find it interesting that you say “write for other blogs”. So, if I wish to write for your blog, what would the qualifications be?

  18. This is the most powerful link building post I’ve ever read in the past 2 years. Gregory, you’ve done so much with this post, the information contained here is educative, informative and jaw-dropping. My favorite link building strategy is guest blogging. And like you highlighted, I like to have my posts scheduled to go live at the same time – I think that’s a twist in guest posting and it works really well.

    Thank you for spending quality time crafting this. See you ahead!

  19. Thank you so much for putting this post together, I’m going to re-read and generate my to do list! Some great advice here, thank you

  20. Thanks for all the helpful info Gregory. Not quite certain where I’m going to start as my blog is in a rather
    unique space; I help the downtrodden and abused. Trying to find similar blogs or just any that might like a guest post. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

    • Hey Glynne, sometimes when there isn’t any competition… it can be a bad sign.

      That being said, you don’t always need to look for other “blogs” in the traditional sense, maybe reach out to non-profits and charities and see how you might contribute in some way?

  21. Sup Gregory,
    Contributing to other blogs in conjunction to reading and commenting on posts are have both served me quite well. I like the idea of taking just a few of the pointers and implementing them as it usually is the ‘one thing’ that helps change the game for you. Thanks for the knowledge!

  22. I’ve been looking at using a few of the these strategies with my blog in the near future. As it stands, it is lookling like I’ll likely be finding a few guest posting gigs and looking for a few interviews. I would eventually like to create a product, but do not feel like my blog is quite mature enough to really push a product yet. Still building mailing lists and establishing a brand for the most part.

  23. Thanks for the great post Gregory, especially the part on embeddable images/widgets. Not boring at all in my case. Trying to get traffic to an e-commerce site that utilizes a wordpress front is difficult at times. My boss/wife insists on the right look, while I try to get the google factor in there. She seems to win most of the time! I need to look into your suggestions and try to create the embeddable images. Cheers, Steven

  24. Great stuff Gregory,

    I totally agree with tip number 2. Create a Site For Readership (first), and Not for Google ranking. That is so true, because though my site is ranked pretty low on Google and perhaps other search engines, I receive plenty of traffic as a direct result of my blog content! Great stuff. I look forward to you sharing more tips with us in the near future. Thanks!

  25. Hi Gregory – you are totally right – bloggers underestimate potential of SEO.
    If you are smart with building your backlings and SEO strategy, you can get huge amount of traffic.
    In some cases it may be even 80% of your whole traffic (for example in niche sites).
    But SEO isn’t fast and for everyone – and thanks to it we have less competition in some areas ;)
    Thanks for sharing, Chris

  26. Hi Gregory!

    Thanks for sharing very informative article. I am agree with you that one should create blog for readers rather than google but the idea is to maintain a good ranking regarding your niche is to stick with your targeted keywords I think its really the key to success of your blog.

  27. Wow, this one sure is filled with a lot of great tips – I’ll have to bookmark it to come back to. I need to work on the backlinks – how to check them out, etc. And I love your resource for keywords SerplQ. I am so glad #2 is now more important than ever. Easier to do that then play SEO games.

  28. Pretty basic stuff every blogger should know. Write good content and readers will come along with links. Guest blogging is no longer a secret, I regularly get requests to guest blog on my blog on the condition they receive a back link. So far I have rejected all of those requests because I can monetize outbound links. I don’t blog for SEO. I write helpful articles and you never know which article is going to hit big. One article which accounts for over 50% of my traffic sat idle for almost a year before it picked up momentum. Another article got huge spike in traffic when Huffington Post linked it. You just can’t force those results.

  29. Great Work!!

    “Conversely, a site that has built an audience can withstand any rank drops because a thriving following does not depend on search traffic.”

    So true that is gold!! When you build a strong following of real people from different social groups with quality content to back it up!! That’s the way to go!!


  30. Another great article to build back links. I simply love your blog.

  31. Guest posting is a great strategy to build links and get noticed. Spend some time researching other industry blogs and initiate a conversation with the blogger. If you have proven that you can write and maintain your own active blog, they will be more receptive to a guest posting opportunity.

  32. Great info here, I took a look at some of the sites and already bookmarked stuff to check out asap – many thanks

  33. Excellent tips! In our Teen Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, one of the recent assignments was to create a reference article that highlights the best articles on their topic (per your tip #8). It’s been interesting to see the articles come in – and the students asking questions and doing the research.

  34. Thanks for this good work Gregory :)

  35. I think its just for traffic and page (alexa) ranking. I this doing guest postig is the best way to have backlinks and gain traffic…

  36. This was just the article I needed to gain that inspiration I needed. I might actually try to blog more often now. :)
    Thanks for the wonderful article and keep up the great work!

  37. Definitely I think I’m going for the better blog design point, as I think I need it on my blog. From a WordPress standpoint I think I can get a good amount of design structure from free plug ins and free templates. Still working on a right balance to find the right way of working what I do on my blog. Cheers for this, as it’s made me think about trying to provide more of a resource than overtly trying to make money straight off.

  38. I clicked open this article from the headline alone, and I was not surprised at all to see your name, Greg.

    Great actionable tips as always. The QLP blog is doing most of these (yay!), but I’m definitely going to go check out our competition’s backlinks.

    It always makes me glad to know that we’re on track with SEO without stressing about it.

  39. Great list. You included some really unique tips that I hadn’t seen anywhere else, let alone thought of myself! I’ve bookmarked the article and am launching my plan of attack.

    Thanks again!

  40. Oh.My.Gosh!
    So much information that I want to utilise! I recently launched a blog and have been attending seminars and online workshops in excess. I just want to absorb and learn and (hopefully) grow so that I can write more and more and combine my experience in the media world with my passion of writing!
    HOWEVER… if I had to choose 2 suggestions from your post to implement, I’m instantly drawn to the “create a beautiful blog” and “Create an exhaustive round up” and maybe guest posting too. My blog is currently using a default WP theme which I am yet to customise. I am going to soon be migration from WP.com to .org so that I have better control over the CSS and will hopefully clean up the design and give it a unique look and feel. I’m going to set the deadline of 2 weeks to achieve this – I’m a graphic designer so my main road block is I always tinker! And the exhaustive list… I really like this idea. I may be able to create one that is drawing on my “day job” experience which is in the digital media industry. I shall continue to ponder this one so I have a good way of framing it.
    Only recently located your blog so am working my way through past posts… exceptionally helpful, thank you!

  41. The MOST time wasting trick in building backlinks is “blog commenting” like the one I ‘m doing right now. ~lol~
    Great that you mentioned that one should write for his readers and should not give first preference to Google. Regarding beautiful blog design, I really don’t know whether my blog (Indie Game Smash) is too beautiful to ignore. However, the critics say that my blog has got a simple design to navigate. Is that sufficient?

  42. Gregory, First let me say, whew! That’s a whole bunch of good stuff. I guess I like the part best about writing for people After all, I have never seen a robot whip out a credit card and buy a product or click an affiliate link. I’m pretty sure it is the people that do the reading and buying. Good stuff.

  43. Enjoyed the post. It’s always good to see what others are doing in the world of pandas and penguins. I especially like the tactic of guest posting. I would love to be able to contribute to other blogs besides my own.

    My blog is also definitely for readers. I got sick of trying to please the google gods. In fact it turned something that I love to do into a chore. I stopped trying to write posts for google and started writing for my readers and the joy returned.

  44. Great post!
    I love the part about the interviews. Was thinking about it for quite a while.
    One thing that you forgot to mention is the effect these techniques, or methods, will have on your readers, and new visitors. The thing is that not only they will help you generate those links you were after, but also make your blog the perfect place to hang out. All those in depth posts, interviews, round-ups, rich and colorful images, great editorial content and site in general… Going after the links in the right way will get you there, but also climb you many steps forward in your niche, and grant you that authority status.

  45. Good advice and some good tips written! This article is long and more complete. I also have a similar article on my blog which I published few weeks ago. I really love the “TheLogoMix” part, Thanks for the tips!

  46. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different web page and thought
    I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now
    i am following you. Look forward to finding out about your
    web page yet again.

  47. Hi Gregory,

    I found a gem here.For me it was eye opening as well as motivating.I have read a lot about guest posting.That was not new.Interviewing an Influential was interesting tip. New bloggers like me fall for SEO techniques (sadly most of them are ‘Black Hat’ techniques). This post here is a must read for beginners. Thank you for Sharing your SEO knowledge.

  48. Really great post learn alot especially point no. 4 that we should always write for visiters not search engines..

  49. yup its really great post to learn about traffic . a new blogger get much help from this post . thanku sir…:)

  50. Creating a quality product and offering a high commission rate would encourage internet marketers to become your affiliates which in turn will create a lot of backlinks to your site.

A Practical Podcast… to Help You Build a Better Blog

The ProBlogger Podcast

A Practical Podcast…