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‘Alternative’ Link Building Ideas

I’ve just read through a billion link building documents and my brain is now fried. Whilst it’s cooling down I thought I’d put together a list of link building techniques that I haven’t read before. They probably exist somewhere but anyway…

  1. Create a fake interview with someone famous within your sector. I’ve been considering writing a fake interview where Rank Fishkin asks me questions for my about page however I haven’t had the ‘time’ (balls) to do it yet.
  2. Stealing a failed infographic, add it to your site, change the link information, tell people about it,  jobs a good un’
  3. Linkedin, create a industry group, create a presentation on stupid link ideas, give it away via download, make the downloader tweet/like/+1 your presentation, next.
  4. I haven’t read anything about the recent Google+ phenomena that has totally changed the SERPS forever (lol) but I can imagine that loads of people are frantically telling their clients to “get that Google+ brand page finished” and to get all members of staff, family, friends and enemies to +1 their results. If you haven’t done this yet then maybe you should 🙂
  5. Download a password cracker tool. Hack into 5-10 websites per week and add a link to your website. I’ve read that any type of automated link building that deals in quantity is bad so remember to use this link building technique sparingly!
  6. Find webmaster details for websites within your sector, put together a snazzy list using the latest celebrated tool. Put together a “genius sales pitch” then spam the hell out of your list. This isn’t bad because it’s outreach! Yeah! Everyones doing and so should you.

*EDIT* My internet buddies below have added some real gems:

  1. Create a faux-charity/cause. Use this false goodwill to get people to link to your “Save The Orphans in Nicaragua” campaign.
  2. Write a riveting piece about SEO that isn’t true whatsoever, then share on twitter with a wicked title. I feel like most people don’t even read what they retweet.
  3. Look up every local blogger you can find. Then, sort by date the blog went live. Then offer the newest ones $5 to link to you. Since they’re complete rookies they will LOSE THEIR MINDS when their blog starts making them “money”.
  4. Had another idea & Google loves links from high quality news sites. All the big websites have these links and I can get them easy all I need is a machete and a t-shirt with my domain name on it.
  5. I might change my name by deed poll to http://01100111011001010110010101101011.co.uk and then go on a murder spree.

 

Right well that was fun. My next post should actually be something decent, I’ve asked some very clever people some half decent questions so should expect some good content 🙂

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16 comments on “‘Alternative’ Link Building Ideas

  1. I’ve got a few that I think you missed:

    1. Create a faux-charity/cause. Use this false goodwill to get people to link to your “Save The Orphans in Nicaragua” campaign.

    2. Write a riveting piece about SEO that isn’t true whatsoever, then share on twitter with a wicked title. I feel like most people don’t even read what they retweet.

    3. Look up every local blogger you can find. Then, sort by date the blog went live. Then offer the newest ones $5 to link to you. Since they’re complete rookies they will LOSE THEIR MINDS when their blog starts making them “money”.

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    1. @ best looking man in the world – SEOMoz been doing 2 for years 😉

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    2. Shhhh Mr Best Looking Man in the World! I am planning one of those…

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    3. Had another idea & Google loves links from high quality news sites.

      All the big websites have these links and I can get them easy all I need is a machete and a t-shirt with my domain name on it.

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  2. I prefered this article when you called Rand Fishkin, Rank Fishkin.
    It was a special moment for me.

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  3. another way to have great links from strong sites like universities: even if you are 40 years old, become a student – again – and start working in the IT department, adding a link to your site. downside: you have to make exams anyway or you probably are not going to be chosen as working student.

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    1. A nice little work experience and link building combination! Get a job somewhere, link to somewhere else. I’m going to find myself a new job!

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  4. Create a fake review site of one of your competitors. Write riveting reviews and make them seem awesome. Then, make sure they don’t know it’s you, ask for them to link to the review site from their homepage to increase sales.

    Then once that’s up for a week or so, 301 it to your site :).

    BOOM!

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    1. I’ve always been a fan of the social engineering tactics like this.

      Buy an obscure extension for a competitor (.co’s are usually available) and build a quick site. Go to the sites that link to your competitor and tell them you’re “rebranding” and want your link to the new .co page.

      Redirect or link out to your own site as you wish…

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  5. I am officially head-hunting you to come work at ShellShock UK.

    I thought my link building strategies were AWESOME till I realised I have been blown out of the water by your utter genuis.

    You can write your own paycheck just get on the bus, now!

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  6. You missed: Ask some very clever people some half decent questions. They will almost certainly link to the content that they contributed toward, and they even write the content for you. Crowd-sourced guest-blogging?

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