Pure Gold – What’s Your Favorite Link Building Secret?

March 5, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park  

Yesterday I talked about why you should and should not buy links. Buying links is a viable SEO strategy (although risky), but there may be alternatives that are effective and free.

Stoney deGeyter of Pole Position Marketing just released a Link Building Secrets guide with some of the juiciest linking tips from 11 of the top experts. I read about link building strategies all the time and I must say that these are PURE GOLD. I’ve never seen anyone writing so openly about their “secrets” before. This just goes to show how far ahead of the curve these guys really are. Here’s a recap of the tips provided by the experts. Be sure to vote for your favorite!

Patrick Altoft
Cloak links so that MSN and Yahoo see different links than Google.

Hamlet Batista
How to determine the true value of a link – using crawl rate, indexing rate, and update rate.

Jim Boykin
Factor in clicks and click-through rates when attaining links. Could Google be using this information to determine relevancy?

Rand Fishkin
Attain links by being a sponsor to charities related to your niche.

Peter van der Graaf
When building links to commercials sites or sites that are difficult to garner links for, create linkable sites and then redirect them under the radar. This tip and example are awesome.

Bob Gladstein
List of general link building strategies. Nothing new here.

Michael Gray
Replace informational content that ranks with commercial content. Put the informational content onto another site and repeat. This is an alternative to 301 redirecting a site after gaining links.

Debra Mastaler
Connect with blogs that show up on many Top Commentator widgets.

Maurizio Petrone
Turn your image hotlinks into clean backlinks.

Peter da Vanzo
Embrace controversy and create articles that will stir up debate in forums, blogs, and social media sites.

Eric Ward
Utilize Google Alerts to notify you of high quality link targets in your industry.

Which of the above secrets is your favorite? I think mine would be Peter van der Graaf’s tip on effective and stealthy 301 redirection. He also gives a great example that you don’t want to miss out on.

Read the full tips here: Link Building Secrets

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17 Responses to “Pure Gold – What’s Your Favorite Link Building Secret?”

Tom Beaton on March 5th, 2008

Nice to see experts opinion. I would not say I have a favourite.

Gyutae Park on March 5th, 2008

Haha, any secrets of your own Tom?

SEO dude on March 5th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

None of these is my favorit. Even though image hotlinks turned into clean backlinks could be interesting.

Gyutae Park on March 5th, 2008

The hotlinking method seems like a little too much work for too little return to me. A lot of my sites don’t host images and usually it’s me that does the hotlinking. :p

Wisdom on March 5th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Thanks for sharing those tips. Some interesting info.

Gyutae Park on March 5th, 2008

Which was your favorite?

Andrew Pavelski on March 6th, 2008

Hey Gyutae, cool compilation of link building strategies. I like the idea of “connecting with blogs” that show up on many top commentator widgets. I think being top commentator is a great strategy to get traffic to your site. If you are able to successfully connect and share links with that site, chances are good that you’ll filter in some of their traffic. I haven’t tried this strategy yet, but I may focus on actually “being” the top commentator on a popular blog for one month and check out how much traffic it brings in 😉

David Chew on March 8th, 2008

Very useful tips, thanks.

Irish on March 9th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

It’s a great opportunity to hear the keys of success from the expert! Great info, thanks.

Michael Heindel on March 11th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Tracking the high traffic blogs and being one of the first 3 to leave a comment.

There are some secrets to getting this method to convert into cash, but for those that can figure it out the process works great.


motorsportBABESau on March 11th, 2008

Cool. Some interesting new ideas there I had not heard of before.

Paul on March 12th, 2008

The Peter van der Graaf example was very useful–and also totally hilarious!

Michael Heindel on March 12th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

This thread isn’t getting many comments, but it does contain some very valuable content for those who read it.

Keep up the good work.


Andrew Pavelski on March 17th, 2008

Yeah, these link building secrets are going unnoticed by the contest clues. Either way, there’s a lot of great activity going on @ WTW 😉

jObs on March 21st, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I see some really good tips of seo and i think i am going to use some of them, so i want so to say: thanks 😉

California Web Design on March 24th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Bob Gladstein
List of general link building strategies. Nothing new here.

The basics are mainly what you need to know, when we are talking about SEO. Most people claim to do other stuff then the basics, but most SEO generally is using the basics to help you achieve greatness. It’s all about efforts 😀

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