Posted on 23 December 2008 by Russ
After many blogging workshops and several hours of preaching the value of inbound links to the placement of your blog in the search engines, the number one question on everyone’s mind is how do I get more links to my blog? As an SEO consultant who gets paid to create inbound links and easy for me to say “hire me of course.” However for many start up bloggers hiring and SEO consultant is not always practical. Typically the next thing I tell them to do is to write really awesome content that will be link bait for other bloggers. Although that is a viable strategy and should still be used there is another method that perhaps is more practical for beginner and intermediate bloggers to increase the number of links to their blog.
How would you react to another blogger writing a small blurb about your blog and posting it on their site along with a link? Chances are pretty favorably. Imagine how you would feel if they wrote several intuitive post regarding something that you blog on earlier? Well that’s pretty much the idea behind this post. Except instead of waiting on other bloggers to link to you, why not get things started by linking to them. The simple strategy of linking to others first will eventually (hopefully) lead to them returning the favor and linking back to you.
For example one of my good buddies Todd Schnick, owner of The Intrepid Group has written several very informative articles on his blog. Some of them include his “blogging by thirds” article. Todd gave me a specific mention and even referenced my blogging workshops. I really appreciated that and was encouraged to link back to him.
The other important part of this equation is to leave links to specific articles that you have written and other peoples comments. If you have written a review of another blogger’s product or you have written a positive or negative criticism of one of their articles make sure that you write a comment on their blog referencing that article on your blog. It will surely get the attention of your fellow blogger but also the search engines.
Another example was a great article written on Six Revisions. “A Simple Guide on How to Effectively Talk to Clients” was an article that had great relevance to what I do regularly. I decided to write an article similar to this stating my point of view. I left a comment on Six Revisions which a link to my follow-up article. That comment sends me several dozen visitors per month.
Enjoy, and good luck blogging!
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