This is how we build links

This page is going to tell you exactly how we build links for our current clients. It is the exact process we use with nothing left out so you can see in detail how we would work if you became a client. This covers everything in detail and will take some time to go through but if you want to know what your money is buying and how the service will be delivered this covers it all.

If you don’t have time to read this page just yet, below is our process in a visual form.

Here is the Full Step by Step Process in Details

Create The Project Plan

The very first step in all campaigns is to set up the project management worksheet. This is the central hub of the entire campaign; literally everything is recorded and planned in here. You will have access to this file 24/7 via Google drive and can keep track of how the campaign is unfolding, who has been contacted and which links have been secured. As with all campaigns, there won’t be much in it to start with, but you will soon begin to see it fill up as we roll out the project. You can also see what is planned months in advance.

Create your Gmail account

We will create a Gmail account which will be unique to your name and business, or we can use someone else within your organisation like the marketing manager. The Gmail account will be personalised with a link to your LinkedIn profile and website, and we also like to add a small photo for extra authenticity. So, in fact, we will be approaching people on your behalf.

So why do we pretend to be you? Well, the simple answer is response rate! People respond better to an individual than they do to an SEO / link building agency. It’s also more beneficial to you in the long term if the relationships that are built are with you. We add an extra element to this part to dramatically increase deliverability and response rates. We can’t tell you what this right now but we do tell our clients (we have to keep at least one secret)

Access to Google accounts

 

Before starting a campaign we request access to your Google analytics and Google search console and if for any reason you don’t have these set up, we can do this for you. These two Google tools are imperative when you have a website. We use these to document the progress of the campaign. All stats are recorded before we begin and then monitored throughout. The data from these two accounts is also imported into your own private live dashboard which you can access at anytime.

Website and Content Analysis

This is an important part of the set up process. This is where we look at your on page SEO, current ranking profile and back link profile. Firstly we check the on-page SEO, this should already be at a good level. If for some reason your on-page is poor then any backlinks built will not have the best effect. we check for keyword over optimisation, duplicate content and word count. This is performed manually against your competitors.

We use tools such as Moz, SEMrush, Ahrefs and Majestic to analyse your current backlink profile and anchor text to make sure there is a good diversity of natural anchors. Ideally there should be a good mixture of brand, naked url, generic and a small percentage of exact match anchors.

Your websites content

We need to know what type of content you have and the quality of that content, or in other terms what link-able assets your site has. We sometimes find our clients either don’t have any current content or that it’s simply not the type of content we can use. In this instance, we will ask you to have some created or we can use our professional copy writers to produce content. The content we produce is to a very high standard that people will love to link to and share. This will be an additional cost. Ideally, you will have a content budget for the duration of the project. Excellent content will stand the test of time and continue to bring traffic and links long after it’s been created.

An example analysis of the BBC’s website profile.

Plan of Target Pages and Keywords

We’ll begin by building a list of pages and keywords that we can target. Typically the first targets will be low hanging fruit, i.e. keywords already ranking between pages 2-7 with a healthy search volume.  This information will also go towards deciding which link type and sites to go after. Once we have uncovered the target keywords, they will be documented in the online drive and added to our rank tracker to monitor progress in Google.

Begin Prospecting

With everything in place we now start the prospecting campaign to find relevant targets to reach out to for link opportunities. First we compile a massive list of Google operators.

Using the keywords and information we have added so far we then create a huge list of Google operators to uncover niche websites that will be a good match for us to reach out to.
The Google operators we use are a powerful list of search queries, in the below example we are targeting guest posts in the roofing niche.

These operators allow us to uncover specific websites that will be right for the types of links we need.

As an example if we are building links in the roofing niche we would use an operator such as:

“roofing inurl:links” This will return any pages about roofing that have the word links in the URL. This means that this page would be displaying a list of links which are normally to other sites. Perfect for us to approach with our content. Below are operators for targeting guest posts.

Email Out Reach Campaign

The initial contact is made using a personalised email which varies slightly depending on which link type we are seeking. We always try to find the actual person’s name, personal email and if possible a contact phone number. Finding these details takes more detective work but, the personal approach not only increases the success rate but also helps build a relationship. This can result in further links and the person sharing your content on their social media channels. All email conversations including the date the email was sent are added in the opportunities tab on the project planner so we can have a record of who has been contacted and how the process unravelled. We make sure we follow up on all the people we approach, we do this 4-5 times. This increases the success rate dramatically, and as we track all emails, we know who has opened the email and who we should follow up with. An example of the link target tab can be seen below

The Results of the Link Building Campaign

 

Let’s break the results down to see what will be achieved from the outreach campaign and the links that are built.

  1. Direct organic traffic
  2. Powerful niche specific links to your website

Due to the fact that these links are very niche specific people visiting the site people will be clicking on your links because they are genuinely interested in what you have. This is the best type of traffic, super targeted that usually converts very well and often results in buyers for your product or service.

Secondly, you will have one of the main search engines ranking factors which are high authority links from real websites, you simply can not get any better than this. Search engines love this and will reward your website with higher rankings, which of course provides more targeted organic visitors.

Higher rankings will put your website in front of the people actually searching for your product or service and when they click on your site they are ready to buy, this is the ultimate traffic source. As long as your website has been optimised to convert you can expect a continued increase in profits.

How Many Links Does this Process Generate

This depends on many factors such as content that is available to use, the industry you are in and how the targets react to the outreach, on average we tend to secure 15-20 links per month on our minimum entry level, but we have achieved up to 40 in the past.

The more quality content you can let us create will result in a broader outreach and the higher the result will be. As each piece of content is specifically designed for the type of link being targeted it will enable us to cover more link opportunities. Some niches such as gambling or loans will require a large percentage of sponsored posts. It really comes down to how much value the targets sites readers will get from your content after all white hat backlinks are about the exchange of value.

Reporting and tracking

Everything we carry out in the campaign from the prospects we find to the emails we send, and of course the links that are secured are tracked for you to see anytime you wish. Within the project planner, you can even see the campaign unfolding in real-time as the sheets are updated as we complete each task. You also have access to a live dashboard unique to you which you can access at any time. Here you can see the change in traffic and keywords. An example of the dashboard is below.

FAQ

Here are some of the more common question we are asked, if you have a question that is not covered here please get in touch.

Do I really need to build links?
Authoritative back links are one of the main ranking factors for Google and other search engines, and will be for the foreseeable future. The right back links will do two things. 1) increase your position in the search engine results so more of you potential customers / clients find you. 2) Drive targeted traffic to your site from people clicking over from the linking site. A simple equation is more targeted visitors means more enquiries and more revenue. So do you need back links for your business? 100% yes if you want to grow.
How long should I build links for?
Link building should be an on-going process, your competitors will more than likely be treating link building as an on-going process so you should too. It’s common sense say if you stop and your competitors don’t they will overtake you.
How many back links do I need to see improvement?
This impossible to answer, it depends on a variety of factors such niche, competition, and content to name a few. What you can be sure of is a well throughout out continuous campaign will give your site on-going improvements in all areas.
What if I cannot provide content
Ideally you will have access to someone who cab provide quality content but if not then we can provide top quality content for your site. There will be an additional cost for providing content.
We only want a few links, can you undertake a quick campaign?
Unfortunately not and reason why is it will hold little benefit for you. We only work with clients that understand that link building is a long term game. We don’t advise anything less than six month and once you see what the results bring you’ll insist on it being a permanent part of your online marketing.

Link Building Pricing

 

Our pricing is based on on the number of targets we reach out to each month. Our minimum fee is £2000 per month which is 200 targets per month. As we progress along the campaign we continue to calibrate to increase results.

 

Points to note

 

  • You should understand the importance of link building and that it is a long term commitment – We don’t take short term clients.
  • You have to be willing to invest in good content whether that be in-house or from external sources.
  • Payments for services are invoiced monthly in advanced and must be paid before work commences.

If you like what you have read? Reach out and lets talk.

This covers the complete link building process, if however, you would like to know about the different link types used in a campaign then read on.

 

Reverse Engineer Links

It’s a good idea to find out which links your competitors have by using Majestic, Moz of Ahrefs and then attempt to build the same links. A combination of matching your competitors links and building new ones is a winning formula.

 

Guest Posts

A guest post is an article written for another website on an agreed topic. A good guest post will be posted on a site within the same niche providing value to the visitors of the website. Most guest posts will give a short bio of the author along with a link back to the author’s website. Some sites will allow links within the body of the article (contextual links) giving even more linking power. There have been claims by some people that guest posts no longer work, this really refers to article farms and sites just existing for the sole purpose of making money from posting articles. As long as the article is posted on a relevant site with real traffic they work exceptionally well. Guest posts usually make up the bulk of a link campaign.

 

Resource Links & broken Link building

Resource links are used on many websites to list useful links or resources within their niche. You may have seen these pages on various sites, and they tend to be called things like useful links, resources or “niche” links, i.e. photography links. To secure a resource link you need something of value on your site that can be used as a resource, and this could be anything such as a downloadable PDF, online software or just a massive piece of content that covers everything on your niche. Every site should have one of these.

When we look for resource link opportunities, we also check for broken links. These are links that no longer go to their original destination and as such are now a broken link, which is not good for the visitor or website owner. We contact these sites to make them aware and offer a replacement – content on your site.

 

Sponsored Posts

These type of posts will cost some money but will provide you traffic and a good link. Prices vary from a £15 admin fee to £300 + Typically the more traffic the site has and the better the metrics, the higher the cost. This is really about weighing up whether the securing the link is worth the money. Sponsored posts should be considered and it is advisable to have a sponsored post budget in any campaign. Some niches such as gambling and loans will have a much higher number of sponsored post links.

 

Link reclamation

Link reclamation is finding sites that used to link to you but some reason they no longer do. We reach out to find out the reason and try to reinstate the link. We also look for sites that mention your business but do not link to you, again we reach out and ask for the link.

 

Link Roundups

These are excellent links to acquire people all over the internet create posts with the posts titles “best links of the week” or “Weekly link roundup” these are a post listing the best links the author has found that week in a certain niche. We can approach these sites and ask for a link to be included.

 

Bridge links (Local and Niche)

These are sites that are in the same niche and sites that are in the same area as you. These sites can be approached to form a reciprocal link placement. These sites will be in a similar niche to you but not in direct competition.

 

Online PR Method

Genuine PR is great for brand awareness as well as securing a good link, and it’s been a method that has been used successfully for years. if you have anything that may be of interest to journalists such as a product, service or article that is very relevant to a current or past article. in order for this to work what ever you have has to really enhance the journalists article. Quite often PR will incorporate a fee but will result in a very worth while link. Newspapers also love local business that are actively involved in the community.

 

University Blogs

Pretty much all universities have blogs which are run by the students and links from these sites carry good authority being on university domains. Its possible to obtain university links by reaching to the students running these blogs and offering something in return.

 

 

Local Blogs

Almost every town has bloggers and most people will gladly help out a fellow business in the same town for either an exchange of content or a small payment.

 

 

Infographics

Infographics are a visual display of data points covering “how to” or a set of statistics, like the one at the top of this page. An infographic will normally have embed code at the bottom enabling people to add the infographic to their site just by adding the code. We like to offer a mini guest post introducing the infographic as this also gets a contextual link. These have to be planned very carefully to avoid it being a flop.

 

Skyscraper

Although it has been around for a fair while most people associate this link building method with Brian Dean from Banklinko.
We look for a piece of content that has generated a lot of links and then create something far superior. All that then remains is to contact all the people that linked to the original content inviting them to link to the improved, better content.

Pillowing Links

Pillowing links are mainly used if there is a need to dilute or diversify anchor text.

 

Citations / Directories

If you are a local business, you should have the main citations in your country to improve your Google Maps listing. There are also many niche directories out there and are great for building generic links to diversify anchor text.

Video Sites

There are lots of video sites online with YouTube and Vimeo being two of the most popular. It’s relatively simple now to create a short video and add a link to your site. A lot of these links are nofollow but at the time of writing this a link in the comments section of YouTube was follow. There services that upload your video to multiple sites creating a bunch of pillow links.

Blog Comments

The days of creating blog and forum comments in masses are gone and will do more harm than good. Creating genuine, quality blog and forum comments within your niche on the other hand is a great way to building pillow links. These links should only be sent to the home page of your website.

Manufacturers Links

If you sell products on your website then it’s feasible to contact the product manufacturers and ask them to add your website to their online retailer’s list.


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