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You A Link Whore?
Today (November 17, 2010) I received the below email. I have not made any changes to it other than the x's to spare its author from public embarrassment
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Here I am saying our one way link building service I've maintain a team , people have minimum 3 year's experience In seo services. Specially link building our expertise area . We Can provide theme related good quality high pagerank sites . So I'm saying to Pm me any information you need. I am working in very cheap Rate so if you anybody interested to give me some project please PM me in this mail id xxxxxxxxxxx.
In years past, I've received RFPs from companies that ought to know better that wanted to know how much I'd charge to get their site 500 one-way Pagerank 2 or better links. Another wanted to know how long it would take me to seed 1,000 blogs with a link to their site in the blog comment field. And another wanted to know how many links I could buy for their site on a budget of $25,000.
What am I, a link whore? For the right price you think I'll engage in sleazy link building tactic? Nope. And it's not because I think I occupy some sort of high moral ground. It's because these tactics make everyone's web experience worse and also don't last. And the sooner everyone stops being link whores, the better, in my opinion. Quit trying to fool Google already.
There are many ways you can be a link whore. You might not even know you are one. Here are a few example of link whore behavior
I'll admit I'm tempted. Even I, the self-proclaimed whitest of the white hat link builders will sometimes ponder doing something that is just a little slutty, like maybe digging my own or a client's site, or submitting to a bunch of directories that few have ever heard of and even fewer use. I'm not ruining your web experience that way, so no harm no foul, right?
Yes and no. I can say with 100% confidence that you can be successful and rank well without having to do anything even close to slutty. I know this is the case because I have first hand experience at it. Want to see an example? Have a look at this search result. The site at position #1 was at position 5 or worse for a decade before I created and executed a linking strategy for them.
My comments and columns sometimes spark negative responses from people selling bullshit linking services. I can live with that. I can also live with the results of this poll rating the top link building experts.
Lastly, over the years I have never once used any linking tactic that was not based on content merit. NEVER. So how then can I possibly rank so well for the phrase link building expert at Google, Bing, or even delicious?
I think the answer is pretty simple. Over time, the algorithms reward good linking behavior. They don't like link whores.
About the Author
In 2010 Eric teamed with AdGooroo to create Link Insight, a link quality control and linking intelligence tool. Eric has spoken at over 100 industry conferences and now publishes LinkMoses Private, a subscription based link opportunity and strategy service. Eric has written linking strategy and advice columns for SearchEngineLand, MarketingProfs, ClickZ, Search Marketing Standard, SearchEngineGuide, Web Marketing Today, and Ad Age magazine. Learn more about Eric and his content publicity and link building services at ericward.com
The problem: Your site has great content but the right people don't link to it
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