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by Jonathon Locke 63 replies
Hey guys, Jonathon Locke here. This being the new forum and all, I thought I would share the strategies I've used to create successful sites in the past using SEO.

The main concept you need to repeat to yourself daily when trying to do SEO is:

"Make it look NATURAL"


Google is probably one of the most complex (if not THE most complex) and sophisticated algorithms anywhere. They can easily see through any link facade you might be trying to run, and they will penalize you for it. As such, building links needs to be done with these 3 things in mind:

1. Start Slow, Gain Momentum
2. Spread Out Your Link Sources
3. Get Your Most Authoritative and Relevant Links FIRST


Let's start with #1. Apart from movies and news stories that gain thousands of back-links the day they launch, no website launches with that kind of link growth. Even most news stories don't hold their ranks in the SERPs very long, simply because they get a blast of links, and then that's it - they don't have a steady stream of people linking to the website, which is what Google is looking for. What this means for you? To make your link building look natural (and thus make it more effective), you need to start off slow and gain momentum. If you are planning on creating 10 links per day to a website, start off with 1. Then 2, then 4, and so on. A website that starts off with 10 links per day and continues to get 10 links per day doesn't show the same amount of growth as a website that starts off with 1, and eventually gets a steady 10. It sounds odd, but you have to remember - the more natural looking it is, the more effective (and higher ranking) it will be.

On to #2. SPREAD OUT YOUR LINKS! 80-90% of the time when I ask a new marketer what his traffic strategy is going to be, he/she tells me one thing. "Article marketing". When I ask why they chose to go that route, they tell me because they will get great traffic from the articles, and it will build back links to their website, allowing them to get ranked in the search engines as well. That's fine, but if you are concentrating 100% of your efforts into creating and posting articles to Ezinearticles.com or a similar site, you won't rank well in the SERPs (quickly or easily at least). The reason? Remember, Google is looking for a natural pattern of links - the ideal site has hundreds of different people from different websites linking to that site because it has interesting, relevant content. So when you get those 150 backlinks from Ezinearticles.com, Google sees one site that finds your website interesting and relevant enough to link to. The result? Not very much "weight" in the search engines. You want to spread your links out from many, many sources - here's a small list to get you thinking:

1. Website Directories (especially the powerful ones I mention in a bit)
2. Article Directories
3. Blogs
4. Competitor Websites
5. News Websites
6. LinkVana
7. Forum Signatures and posts

All of these should be employed in one way or another when you are working on a link-building campaign.


Finally, #3 - Get Your Most Authoritative and Relevant Links FIRST. This is huge, as link age has a lot to do with your ranking in Google as much as anything else. You are going to want to grab your most authoritative and relevant links in the beginning, so that as the months go on and you build more and more links, you will be aging your most important links. Here is a small list of the links you should try to grab early on:

1. Powerful website directories (Yahoo is the #1, DMOZ, etc.)
2. Niche News websites -Try to get the authority sites in your niche to link to you in the very beginning. If you have done your niche research, you should know which websites are the "Hubs" of the niche (where your target customers go to get their news, etc.) This is huge, as relevance is a big part of the Google algorithm, as well as authority - if you can get them both by scoring a link with the powerful sites within your niche, you will do very, very well with your SEO efforts (especially as the links age over time).
3. Competitor Websites - Find your top competitors (the very largest websites in your niche). Get links from them in the beginning (pay if you have to, but make sure they don't advertise that they sell their links). Let them age. Get high rankings for your website in return, over time.


Once you've grabbed as many authority and relevant links as you can in the beginning, start writing your articles, commenting on blogs, making blogs and linking your site to them, making posts in forums linking to your site, grab LinkVana and make some blog posts, get a list of your competitors using SEO elite and contact them for links, etc. Do everything you can to build up a stream of targeted, relevant links to your website, and do it consistently. This will get you above 95% of the competition that is just writing articles, and you will be able to get some serious traffic from Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc.


As a little step-by-step guide, here's a list of what I tend to do within the first 3 months when I create a website:

Have 30 articles created for content

While it may not seem like promotion, additional content is added mainly for Search Engine benefits – when content is added consistently, search engines “see” the site expanding, and thus give it higher rankings (resulting in more traffic). These 30 articles will be created when the site is created, and will be added to the site one every 3 days for a period of 3 months.

Have 90 articles created for submission to EzineArticles.com

One of the main sources of traffic will be from these article submissions – not only will they provide traffic towards the site through the links in the articles; they will also greatly increase the website’s Google rankings. These articles will be keyword rich, and they will be submitted to Ezinearticles.com gradually and consistently over the first 3 months (1 per day).

Submit site to Yahoo, DMOZ, Jayde, and a few other website directories

Remember, high-power links early on. These links will get the site indexed, and over time will significantly boost my website rankings.

270 forum posts with signature pointing to site over 3 months (3 per day)

Each day, 3 posts will be made in popular forums in the website’s niche; with links pointing towards the site in the “signature” of each post. 1 post will be posted in each of the top 3 popular forums in the niche – this will be done consistently over 3 months. This will create some great traffic to the site through forum members, and again will also help to create additional incoming links pointing towards the website (which will help with Google rankings).

All other competitors will be contacted for reciprocal links

After the site is created, e-mails will be sent out to each competing website asking for a reciprocal link. A reciprocal link is a link that points towards your website from their site (a powerful link as they are in the same niche with related content), in return for a link pointing back to their website. This will help greatly with Google rankings. If I'm really planning on marketing a website hard, I will create a third website, and use it to generate 3-way trades with my competitors (thus getting 1-way links to my main website from the competitors).

180 Blog posts on related blog sites without “nofollow” tags, to help linking (2 per day)

I generally use Comment Kahuna to find all Blogs in the niche that does not employ “no-follow” tags on their website. On these websites, 2 posts will be made each day (2 blogs posted on each day, alternating so that each blog is posted on numerous times); creating additional incoming one-way links and increasing Google rankings. These links will be powerful because they will be on related websites (niche blogs), and will often times be on very highly ranked websites. This will be done consistently over 3 months.

Write (2) 150 word blog posts and post onto LinkVana

Basically the same as writing articles, except LinkVana posts your content onto relevant blogs in your niche. Incredibly powerful.



Sounds like a lot of work, right? It's really not that bad, and honestly you can outsource a ton of it. But man, you will be shooting above the competition (who won't be nearly as thorough) in no time. The result? Tons and tons of traffic from all of the search engines.


I hope this helped some people!

Much Success,
Jonathon Locke
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  • Profile picture of the author Texas_Guns
    Awesome post Jonathon. You just earned yourself
    a bright and shiny vote for your rep power!

    You are right - most of the above can be outsourced
    and/or automated using programs that won't get
    you into trouble or busted with Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mad Dawg
      Really fantastic post! Tons of valuable information in there. You really made it easy enough for anyone to do. Traffic isn't a mystery, it's a matter of effort.

      Thanks for the great info!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    That is really great stuff right there! Gave you some rep love and copied your blueprint to follow with all my new sites. You seriously should package this up in a report or ebook and sell it. Best of all, it's doable for anyone who can invest a few hours a day to grow their traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jelasco
      Jonathon, why would your competitors link to you?

      Also, what is unnatural about article marketing? The idea is that others will reprint your articles and link back to you, and this will grow over time, which seems pretty natural to me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
        Originally Posted by Jelasco View Post

        Jonathon, why would your competitors link to you?

        Also, what is unnatural about article marketing? The idea is that others will reprint your articles and link back to you, and this will grow over time, which seems pretty natural to me.
        Hey Jelasco, good questions. You can get your competitors to link to you a couple of different ways. Firstly, and most expensively, you can pay (if the site is strong enough to warrant paying them). Next, you can offer to write an article or a bit of content for them. Also, you can create a second site of your own (as I mentioned), and give them a 2 for 1 deal. Or, you can just ask them to go link-for-link and see if they'll give you a reciprocal link.

        As for article marketing; yes, it is a good way to get links, but you have to remember that everyone that publishes your article is using the same content - i.e. the links aren't quite as powerful as unique content around the links. Also, many times articles are re-printed without your resource box (in my experience, more often than not), which doesn't give you any backlinks at all. Even so, you still should try to get some good authority backlinks - the websites that will use your article content aren't always the websites you want to be getting links from in the first place (they might be alright websites, but they won't be your page rank 5 high-traffic websites by any means). Anyways, hope this helped explain a little better, rather than confuse you more . Have a good one!

        Much Success,
        Jonathon Locke
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      Hah, many thanks for the rep votes. I'm glad I could help! Link building really isn't that difficult to do well, you just have to put in the work (or outsource it ).

      Much Success,
      Jonathon Locke
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Dominic
    Very powerful guide, Jonathon. Starting slow is key, along with your other pointers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tamer
      Thanks great tips...
      All useful.

      Best wishes,
      Tamer
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      • Profile picture of the author dancaraya
        I like your tips and advice, however, what's wrong with going with one source of marketing? For ex. just ppc.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
          Originally Posted by dancaraya View Post

          I like your tips and advice, however, what's wrong with going with one source of marketing? For ex. just ppc.
          Wow guys, I'm glad I could help so many people! I'll have to do this more often, it's a really good feeling knowing you helped someone . Dancaraya - PPC is great, and is a very valuable tool; but my marketing strategy has always been (and always will be) very spread out. I also use PPC, SEO for Google traffic, Article marketing, press releases, etc. I try to do everything I can to get traffic to a site, because not only will you be able to build up more traffic than you would using only 1 method, but you are also lowering your overall risk. What will you do if (knock on wood) Google stops it's Adwords program? Or what if you get banned because a competitor pulls some blackhat tricks on your website? I like to be prepared by spreading out my traffic sources and not putting all of my eggs in one basket . Thanks, I hope this helped!

          Much Success,
          Jonathon Locke
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  • Profile picture of the author Amaya
    Hi Jonathon,
    Thanks for this fantastic info! Best I've seen so far on the topic. I'm going to print this out & tape it to my forehead ! And, gave you some "rep music" too.
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    • Profile picture of the author melanied
      This is great...I'm doing all of this except for contacting my competitors, and still seeing great results.
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      • Profile picture of the author robkat
        Phew - I can see a lot of writing in my future! Seriously, incredible info. Many thanks. I think I need another 20-30 hours per day. Added to your rep.

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        • Profile picture of the author Tirmizi
          Great Post john.... obviously after reading that .... its difficult to resisit not to rep ... keep good things coming ..
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          Originally Posted by robkat View Post

          Phew - I can see a lot of writing in my future! Seriously, incredible info. Many thanks. I think I need another 20-30 hours per day. Added to your rep.

          Kathy
          yes, 24 hrs per day just does not fit everything into it, especially for us folks still doing a daytime job as well. .

          AWESOME strategies. it makes sense, even for a newbie like me.
          Thanx !
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          • Profile picture of the author Paul Buckley
            An additional method that I use, easily accessible to newbies and free, is Socialmarker.com. It works especially well for content sites or blogs.

            The first time you use it will be a chore, creating accounts at dozens of social bookmarking sites, but subsequent submissions will be a breeze.
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  • Profile picture of the author jijiji
    Thanks,
    This is some of the best advice I have ever gotten.
    And it is written in such a clear and concise fashion.
    I just joined this forum. If this article is any indication
    of what I am getting here at Warrior I am going to be
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    • Profile picture of the author Bob Monie
      Wickid post Jonathon, very well explained and the best method to follow.

      Another thing to take into account is what is known as the Google Sandbox. Pretty much all new sites fall into the sandbox. The sandbox was created to weed out alot of the link spammers that where looking for the quick result and quick dollar.

      If you want great results, build links consistently and make sure it looks like natural growth. If you start off getting 50 links a day make sure you stick at getting 50 links a day. If you get 1 link a day stick at getting 1 link a day. Google will penalise you for any rapid increase or decrease of backlinks to your site and youl be stuck in the sandbox for much longer. If you follow the right techniques youl be out of the sandbox in 4 to 6 months and shoot straight to the top of the serps. Works like a charm for me. Just have to be patient and stick at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    You don't have to (and I actually would not) contact direct competitors to do a content-for-link trade. Unless you're in a really tight niche, you can easily find all kinds of related sites that are not the competition. For example, if my site's about fishing tackle, I'll see if I can negotiate trades with fishing charter sites, fishing tips sites, fish recipe sites, etc. No toes get stepped on and you don't give anything away to actual competitors. I did this really heavy with one of my sites and this one tactic alone accounted for some highly converting traffic. Just a tweak on the OP's awesome advice!

    John
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      Spot on is the word that should be .... choosen , rep added .... beautifull post keep up the good work ... love to see your next post on the subject
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        this post are truly amazing & its very very very valuable for me... thanks a lot..
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      You don't have to (and I actually would not) contact direct competitors to do a content-for-link trade. Unless you're in a really tight niche, you can easily find all kinds of related sites that are not the competition. For example, if my site's about fishing tackle, I'll see if I can negotiate trades with fishing charter sites, fishing tips sites, fish recipe sites, etc. No toes get stepped on and you don't give anything away to actual competitors. I did this really heavy with one of my sites and this one tactic alone accounted for some highly converting traffic. Just a tweak on the OP's awesome advice!

      John
      Hey John, good point. When I wrote this I was kind of gearing it towards an affiliate niche website; so the competition would be almost any other website that posts relevant information in your niche. In this case, it makes sense to contact your competitors and try to get links. However, if you are working on SEO'ing your website that is selling an informational product of your own (with a sales page, etc), then you probably shouldn't contact your direct competition for links (but all of the websites that post relevant information should be contacted, even if they are promoting your rival's product). Hope this helps!

      Much Success,
      Jonathon Locke
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      • Profile picture of the author Jelasco
        Guys, how are you contacting sites for links?

        I stopped doing that years ago, because only about 1 or 2 out of 100 would even bother to reply, let alone exchange links, so it was a complete waste of time. I found this to be true regardless of the niche.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
          Originally Posted by Jelasco View Post

          Guys, how are you contacting sites for links?

          I stopped doing that years ago, because only about 1 or 2 out of 100 would even bother to reply, let alone exchange links, so it was a complete waste of time. I found this to be true regardless of the niche.
          I use SEO elite to find a huge list of websites, and then I write out a form e-mail to send to the owners. Make sure to address them by their name (whois works magic here), and tell them what's in it for them. It works really well if you have 2 sites set up (like I mentioned above), because then you can either offer them a 2 for 1 deal, or you can offer them a 1-way link which you can actually put up before you even e-mail them. This way, you can tell them "Hey, I've already created a 1-way link to your website, would you please link to my other site? If so, I'll keep the link up". That works really well, because they can actually see the link pointing to their website.

          Also, don't be afraid to get the phone number (again whois) of the websites that didn't respond, and give them a call. It will be time well spent; and you'll get a much better response rate.

          Hope this helps!

          Much Success,
          Jonathon Locke
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    • Profile picture of the author Simon_Sezs
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      You don't have to (and I actually would not) contact direct competitors to do a content-for-link trade. Unless you're in a really tight niche, you can easily find all kinds of related sites that are not the competition. For example, if my site's about fishing tackle, I'll see if I can negotiate trades with fishing charter sites, fishing tips sites, fish recipe sites, etc. No toes get stepped on and you don't give anything away to actual competitors. I did this really heavy with one of my sites and this one tactic alone accounted for some highly converting traffic. Just a tweak on the OP's awesome advice!

      John
      John, you hit the nail on the head their in terms of finding reciprocal links. Most people get so focused on going after other sites that are exact matches that they forget that there are tons of other related sites that they can draw from.

      Plus, one of the best reasons to go with this is that a site with a higher PR may link up to you because they don't see you as a threat.

      Jonathon,

      Great post man. Most people don't "get it" in terms of the kind of work involved. I basically some of your tips but then build "axillary" general blogs, buffer the b*itch with a couple other blogs down the line and eventually it hits my main money site. Works like a charm and I can use the other self created sites for other sites down the road.

      I am not as thorough as you when it comes to article writing primarily b/c I have other ways to build backlinks but these tips are great, especially for newbie marketers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
        Originally Posted by Simon_Sezs View Post

        John, you hit the nail on the head their in terms of finding reciprocal links. Most people get so focused on going after other sites that are exact matches that they forget that there are tons of other related sites that they can draw from.

        Plus, one of the best reasons to go with this is that a site with a higher PR may link up to you because they don't see you as a threat.

        Jonathon,

        Great post man. Most people don't "get it" in terms of the kind of work involved. I basically some of your tips but then build "axillary" general blogs, buffer the b*itch with a couple other blogs down the line and eventually it hits my main money site. Works like a charm and I can use the other self created sites for other sites down the road.

        I am not as thorough as you when it comes to article writing primarily b/c I have other ways to build backlinks but these tips are great, especially for newbie marketers.
        That's a great strategy as well; I don't focus on building blogs to create a traffic funnel nearly as much as I should. How many blogs do you generally build to funnel the traffic?

        Much Success,
        Jonathon Locke
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        • Profile picture of the author warriorjunky
          I've been using similar kind of promotion for couple of my sites and the result is amazing. But "Jonathon" - You've missed one more promotion method. That's PRESS RELEASE. Don't you think?
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          • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
            Originally Posted by warriorjunky View Post

            I've been using similar kind of promotion for couple of my sites and the result is amazing. But "Jonathon" - You've missed one more promotion method. That's PRESS RELEASE. Don't you think?
            Good point . I tend to think of press releases as more of a stand-alone traffic generation method, but you are right, they can be very valuable sources of backlinks as well. Thanks!

            Much Success,
            Jonathon Locke
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            • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
              Great post John, I just have a few questions if you dont mind.

              First do you ever use social bookmarking sites in your link building strategy?

              Next after you do this for say 3 months can you relax a bit and your rank usually holds steady? I know this can varie but im just wondering from your experience.

              Third if you start building backlinks to the smaller sites first and then the bigger ones like Yahoo, DMOZ etc will you still rank as well but only slower?

              Great post though, ive tried a similar plan like this mainly involving social sites and article sites with decent success. Thanks
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              • Profile picture of the author falcon101
                Johnathan, I must say that you are experienced link builder. Wonderful post. Helpful to everybody here.
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                • Profile picture of the author Jack Humphrey
                  How about making your link building 'actually' natural?
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                  • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
                    Originally Posted by coreytucker View Post

                    Great post John, I just have a few questions if you dont mind.

                    First do you ever use social bookmarking sites in your link building strategy?

                    Next after you do this for say 3 months can you relax a bit and your rank usually holds steady? I know this can varie but im just wondering from your experience.

                    Third if you start building backlinks to the smaller sites first and then the bigger ones like Yahoo, DMOZ etc will you still rank as well but only slower?

                    Great post though, ive tried a similar plan like this mainly involving social sites and article sites with decent success. Thanks
                    I sometimes use social bookmarking sites; but usually I concentrate on PPC, Press Releases, and SEO (link building). This has done well for me in the past, and my few experiments with social bookmarking sites haven't done as well as I had hoped (I only explored a couple such as digg and stumpleupon). I know social bookmarking works wonders for some people, it's just not something I have a lot of expertise in right now; so I stick to what works for me.

                    After 3 or so months, you are probably making enough money monthly to completely outsource the entire process - which I would recommend doing, instead of completely stopping and hoping your ranks will hold. What I would predict is that your websites would slowly start to drop in rank once you stopped your link building efforts (over 3-4 months your rank would probably drop significantly). Like I said, I would try to get to the point so that everything is 100% automated and paid for - this will be your best long-term strategy.

                    If you start building links with smaller websites first, yes you can achieve the same results, but not nearly as quickly. Again, remember that age has everything to do with link building - and if you don't get those powerful links early on, you will probably be "sandboxed" for 4-6 months. If at all possible, I would try to get your powerful links early on.

                    Originally Posted by jdh358 View Post

                    How about making your link building 'actually' natural?
                    Sure, this is the ideal way to get links - but the main way natural links occur is when something has a ton of "buzz" - movie releases, product releases, new marketing tactics, etc. The problem here is that when your amazing website no longer has that "buzz" factor, those natural links stop coming in - and your website drops in rank. Besides, you have to get the word out in the first place to start getting links coming in - and link building is just one method of "getting the word out". Once you start getting traffic, and if you have a quality website, people will begin to advertise your website via word of mouth, and the natural links will start rolling in as well. But you have to get the snowball rolling in the first place .

                    Hope this helps!

                    Much Success,
                    Jonathon Locke
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                    • Profile picture of the author Jack Humphrey
                      Balls always start rolling on their own with good content. Give people a reason and KEEP giving it to them and the links will continue to pile up. That's just my experience.

                      People who have really great sites don't talk about link building much. I've interviewed and worked with a lot of top bloggers and the idea of artificially boosting links rather than just building them through high quality, worthy content rarely comes up in discussion.

                      I know this is an important thing for people purposely building drab or pitchy sites, but that is a big problem in itself. You shouldn't have to work that hard to build links.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Jonathon Locke
                        Originally Posted by Jack Humphrey View Post

                        Balls always start rolling on their own with good content. Give people a reason and KEEP giving it to them and the links will continue to pile up. That's just my experience.

                        People who have really great sites don't talk about link building much. I've interviewed and worked with a lot of top bloggers and the idea of artificially boosting links rather than just building them through high quality, worthy content rarely comes up in discussion.

                        I know this is an important thing for people purposely building drab or pitchy sites, but that is a big problem in itself. You shouldn't have to work that hard to build links.
                        That's a great point, you really need some quality content for your site to be successful at all. It really depends on what you are doing as to whether or not you need to build links to your sites (in my experience). For example, let's say you are running a golf e-commerce store. Obviously you might have some great product descriptions, great customer service, competitive prices... but there are so many other golf stores that you will have to do some diligent work on your part to get your name out there (and to effectively compete in the search engines, you will have to do some link-building on your side). The same thing goes for many types of websites with a lot of competition - you might have great content, but so do your competitors - and the only way to beat them in the SERPs is to get more links than them (artificially if need be). Another example, I have ran quite a few "Review" type websites in the past, and even though I purchase all of the products and write up great reviews on them (something 99% of my competition never did), I was still struggling to get any traffic until I started researching link-building and putting a plan into action. My point is just that sometimes great content isn't enough to get enough links to effectively compete in Google - so I like to take things into my own hands, and promote my site via SEO. Nothing against doing it naturally (and I would love to do it that way), but sometimes it's just not possible or realistic. Have a great one!

                        Much success,
                        Jonathon Locke
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              • Profile picture of the author godisgood
                Wow, I learn something really valuable today. Thank you for the step by step guide. Now it's up for the reader to take those steps little by little, one day at a time and one should always remember that every small steps matters.

                You might feel sometimes that you have not done so much but if you put that together you will be surprise by the results. It is important to note also that you have to be specific and highly focus, highly targeted on what you want to achieve and how much you want to achieve on each specific task. Don't do extra things because that will keep us away from our main goal.

                Excellent information. I copied and pasted it on my guidelines.
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    WOW...GREAT CONTENT!

    You definitely deserve something for it!

    Thx,

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    Here's another one. Build a few smaller websites on the same niche. Make sure their internal linking structure points all the links to the homepage. Then put a single link to your main site. Voila! More links from relevant sites. These sites should be on different hosting accounts (think $5/month accounts) and for an extra jumpstart buy an expired domain with PR! That's my contribution to this thread.

    TomG.
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  • Profile picture of the author SusanUSA
    Hi Jonathon,

    Thanks for this great thread and your detailed information. I did a lot of cutting and pasting and am eager to put the steps into action.

    BTW, when I created my first blog, without knowing is was a great strategy, I sent emails to the 10 top site owners in my niche. I only heard back from two, but they both agreed to refer their readers to my site (for more information, contact Susan XXXXXXX who is considered the expert in this field).

    That one strategy helped to move me from Google's page 6 to page 2 in about three days! I used a lot of other traffic building strategies, but I believe this one and lots of content were the vital keys to my success.

    I still get a lot of traffic from those two referrals!

    Cheers and thanks again!
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  • Profile picture of the author amariel
    This rocks! Very helpful information.

    Alicia
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
    Originally Posted by Jonathon Locke View Post

    Write (2) 150 word blog posts and post onto LinkVana

    Basically the same as writing articles, except LinkVana posts your content onto relevant blogs in your niche. Incredibly powerful.
    Do you actually use LinkVana?

    1) It's not relevant blogs in your niche, your posts are put under high level categories on general themed WP blogs.

    2) It's not 150 word posts, it's 100.

    3) Where did you get only 2 posts per day?

    Every LinkVana member knows that information...Makes me feel like you edited a PLR SEO Ebook and threw it up here to promote your sig.

    This whole post smells of 'theory'...

    Here's the truth buster... "What's the maximum # of posts LinkVana allows per day?"
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the great information on how it really works.
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