Woo! I got links from Huffington Post, Forbes and The Chicago Tribune!

by RS3RS
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I've been trying to get links to my travel blog for a long time, and it's hard to get real links that actually help me rank higher. It was easy 5 years ago, but most of those links don't count anymore. I miss guest posting.

I decided to get serious and see what I had to do to get some editorial links. I joined HARO (Help a Reporter Out) a few years ago but never made much of it.

For those that don't know, HARO is a site that lets you help out journalists by providing some comments or expert advice so they have more information for their articles. When your quotes are published, you usually get a link back. It's free to do.

I'd sent some replies before, but I never got much back. I decided to try again...

Here's what worked for me:

· Put a detailed bio / about me page on your site. List all your qualifications. These journalists want to know you're worth quoting.

· Also put a short bio at the bottom of your email.

· Answer the questions directly. Don't be overly detailed, just give them what they ask for.

· Google for more information, even if you think you understand the subject in detail.

· Don't pitch additional ideas or interviews to the journalist. Just give them the information they asked for.

· Check for requests and respond every day. There are morning, afternoon, and evening inquiries. Respond to as many as possible (with short answers).

· I figured out that when I tried before, I was pushing too hard. Shorter replies seem to get better responses. And the shorter my response, the quicker I can answer.


Instead of trying to do a reply every now and then, I started responding to every request I could. Since I started only sending a few sentences (they can ask for more info if they want), it was easier to respond to a lot of them.

I started just before April (about 5 weeks ago) and already got Forbes, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune to either publish links to my travel blog or schedule them for an upcoming post.

Just try to be professional and answer everything like an expert would (even if you have to Google information and fake it a bit).

I think these will help me get better rankings and traffic. It's also pretty cool that people are mentioning me as an "expert".
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  • Profile picture of the author sparrow
    good job the travel niche is a tough one to be in lately

    it takes work and stamina to get results sometimes

    keep up the good work thanks for sharing what works for you

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    • Profile picture of the author RS3RS
      Originally Posted by sparrow View Post

      good job the travel niche is a tough one to be in lately

      it takes work and stamina to get results sometimes

      keep up the good work thanks for sharing what works for you

      Ed
      It is definitely hard!

      My last 2 trips have been to Puerto Rico. They are having a lot of economic trouble lately, so it was (sadly for their residents) a good chance for me to comment on their state as an outsider.
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      • Profile picture of the author sparrow
        I checked out your sigs, you've got some great content

        I can see you've put in your dues with out of the box thinking and willingness to try things out where others don't go

        you've got my eyes keep it up

        Ed

        Originally Posted by RS3RS View Post

        It is definitely hard!

        My last 2 trips have been to Puerto Rico. They are having a lot of economic trouble lately, so it was (sadly for their residents) a good chance for me to comment on their state as an outsider.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Are they all followed links?
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    • Profile picture of the author RS3RS
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Are they all followed links?
      Two of the links from the bigger names I mentioned are up and they are followed links (and also in-content). Still waiting on the third one to go live before I know for sure.

      I sent out tons of replies (I answered every response I could, 3 times a day), so I also got featured on some much smaller sites / blogs. Funny enough, most of those are nofollow links. That's okay with me, I'm just glad the big ones are followed.

      Should be interesting to see how these affect rankings. I'm hoping to push some stubborn content from the second page to the first, and the links to those competitors aren't as powerful (definitely not editorial links).
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by RS3RS View Post

        Two of the links from the bigger names I mentioned are up and they are followed links (and also in-content). Still waiting on the third one to go live before I know for sure.

        I sent out tons of replies (I answered every response I could, 3 times a day), so I also got featured on some much smaller sites / blogs. Funny enough, most of those are nofollow links. That's okay with me, I'm just glad the big ones are followed.

        Should be interesting to see how these affect rankings. I'm hoping to push some stubborn content from the second page to the first, and the links to those competitors aren't as powerful (definitely not editorial links).
        Good job on the links.

        Keep in mind right now (today) they're most likely going to be weaker links but they stand a good chance of being strong links long term as other domains/pages build links pointing at your new backlink pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author skybridgedomains
    good job. that's excellent, compelling content about a particular niche always works wonders and provides interesting reading that offers a good service and product is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author dewalds86
    Well congratulations to you on your hard work.
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  • Profile picture of the author mahender424
    good job and thank you for sharing a useful information........
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    We are providing all kind of government jobs in India. Along with this will also update time to time recruitment and result.

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  • Profile picture of the author Hearn
    Good strategy. You are on your way to become an authority. I imagine it only works with specific niches.
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  • Profile picture of the author Get Friday Ace
    Wow! Thank you so much RS3RS. We have tried HARO before. But the timelines were very small like one or 2 days. Lack of response was the major issue which pulled us back. But we will try it again! Thanks a lot for sharing the information.

    Regards,

    Get Friday Ace
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    • Profile picture of the author RS3RS
      Originally Posted by Get Friday Ace View Post

      Wow! Thank you so much RS3RS. We have tried HARO before. But the timelines were very small like one or 2 days. Lack of response was the major issue which pulled us back. But we will try it again! Thanks a lot for sharing the information.

      Regards,

      Get Friday Ace
      It's worth trying! Like you said, short timelines like a few days probably won't result in much.

      Most of my replies are rejected, but there are enough opportunities to keep trying. A link for, say, every 10 pitches really isn't bad given how high quality these can be.
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