It's just a naked url pointing to my homepage, but it's surrounded by text that describes what my
site is about. Can't wait til the next page rank update
I've been doing this alot, but this is the first time I've gotten such a powerful link via this method so I thought I'd share. I'll admit that the success rate for this is around 50%. Sometimes you get denied or get no reply at all.
Here's how I got it:
I came across this internal resource page on the PR9 .gov. I then used Xenu to crawl the page and it quickly picked up 13 links which were broken.
Edit: Alternative to Xenu: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...lfglf?hl=en-GB
I selected 4 of the broken links which were slightly relevant to my niche and I composed an email to the author of the page which went something like this, (but not exactly):
Hey #First Name of Page Author#,
I'm contacting you because I noticed a few broken links on your page located at #url#. They are:
Other than this, you've got a great list of resources.
I was also wondering if you would consider listing my website, #myurl#, which I recently started.
By reporting broken links and being personal you're not coming off as a typical link beggar that mass emails webmasters.
The reason for selecting 4 of the links instead of all 13, is that you don't want to overwhelm them. And you don't want to make it obvious that you used a bot to scan their entire page to find broken links. A human will only notice a few, and only the ones that they are interested in.
Notice, I also paid a quick compliment to the author for compiling/curating the list of resources. You can sweeten that if you like.
Now the author's email wasn't listed on the page - only their name. So first I did a little stalking on Linkedin to make sure they still worked at the .gov. Then I'll googled their name and eventually found their twitter and a few known email addresses for them. I picked the email that was on the .gov domain, and I also followed him on twitter -- which usually sends a email notification.
Doing all that only took a few minutes.
After two days, he replied and said thanks for the broken links report and that he'll forward them to the webmaster. They were removed after a few hours, but my link wasn't added. He also followed back on twitter.
Then after six days, he emailed again to say my site now listed. I think they have policies in place in vet external links before they publish them. So maybe that's why approval took so long.
Then I replied with a thank you email.