17 Untapped Backlink Sources (Updated)

Backlinks SourcesHow’d you like to see my secret stash of untapped authority backlinks that I personally use to rank for competitive keywords?

Well consider yourself very lucky…

…because today I’m going to pull back the curtain and share some of my absolute BEST sources with you.

Warning: you are NOT going to find anything about article directories (blah) or blog comments (yawn) here.

I’m bringing the noise.

1. Submit to Audio Sharing Sites

SEOs never use audio sharing sites…which is CRAZY because they’re ridiculously easy to get backlinks from.

And make no mistake: these audio sharing sites are PageRank powerhouses that can move your site in the SERPs.

All you need to do is create a piece of audio (preferably music) and upload it to these sites, which give you a nice dofollow link in exchange:

Reverbnation.com (PR6)

BandCamp.com (PR7)

Sutros.com (PR5)

YourListen.com (PR5)

Here’s an example (live dofollow link):

Audio Backlinks

Even if you have as much music talent as MC Hammer you can still take advantage of this technique.

Just hit ‘record’ on your laptop mic and belt out Radiohead covers or beat-box like you do in your car.

These files aren’t usually screened by people so you don’t have to worry about winning a Grammy.

Just record something, upload it, and grab your authority links.

2. Buy Expired Domains at GoDaddy Auctions, SnapNames or NameJet.

This technique is so powerful and seldom-used I was a little bit reluctant to put it on this list.

If you’re buying a new domain every time you launch a site you’re leaving a lot of link juice in the table and making your life a lot harder than it has to be.

Before I launch a site, I ALWAYS head over to GoDaddy auctions to see if I can grab an aged domain.

While you definitely want to get a domain that fits your site’s niche, it’s not absolutely necessary.

As long as it has authority and trust you’ll fly by your competitors that are building backlinks 100% by hand.

Suckers.

3. Donate to Charity

If the warm fuzzy feeling you get from donating isn’t enough, maybe a backlink will cajole your altruistic side.

There are A TON of dead broke PR6+ site owners that will gladly hand over a link in exchange for a few bucks. And these sites tend to have ridiculous link profiles.

Take a look at this PR7 site that I got a link from last week:

PHPAhrefs

How much would you pay for a link on a site like this?

$100? $500?

How about $12. This site requires a measly 10 Euro donation for a link on their contributors page (which is a PR5).

I love you man, but I can’t out the sites that I donate to (I don’t want them to get spammed).

You can find some on your own by using these nifty search strings:

“donate to us”

“contributors page”

“sponsors page”

allintitle: “contributors”

allintitle: “sponsors”

4. Build a Blog Network

A high quality blog network is one of the best SEO investments you can make: you’re in the driver’s seat and can funnel massive amounts of link juice wherever the heck you want. You’re literally creating backlinks at will.

Contrary to popular belief, building a blog network isn’t that hard.

You just need to get good at buying expired domains. Oh, and you’ll need some cash :-) .

Obviously, you should do everything you can to reduce your network’s footprint, including:

  • Private whois information
  • Different hosting plans (NOT different IPs…completely different hosting from different companies)
  • Different themes and designs
  • Different permalink structures
  • Different content management systems (Drupal, WordPress, Joomla etc.)

This way you won’t have to worry about waking up one morning and seeing your entire blog network de-indexed.

5. Give Testimonials

Companies big and small LOVE to show off their customer testimonials. If you’re using a product or service that you love (or at least like), consider sending them a testimonial.

When you do, make sure to tell them that they can put it on their homepage or a testimonial page. To show that you’re a real person they’ll often put a link to your site for you…without you even having to ask.

Make no mistake, you can get some baller backlinks from testimonials (this one here is on a PR6 page):

Testimonial Links

When I see an authority site with testimonial links I sometimes buy their product just to give a testimonial and get a link.

6. Fiverr Blog Backlinks

It’s very fashionable to hate on Fiverr because 99% of their SEO gigs are absolute garbage.

But the 1% that’s left is solid gold bullion.

The key is knowing how to find the 1%.

When I want to get backlinks at Fiverr I’m hunting for ONE specific type of gig: a webmaster who is selling a contextual link on his site.

That’s it.

No link wheels. No link pyramid. No link hexagons. No crap.

And if you look hard enough there are site owners on Fiverr that have absolutely no clue how much a link on their site is worth.

Here’s the link profile from a site I got a link from the other day (PR4):

Ahrefs Fiverr

Not bad, eh?

For this level of quality you’ll usually have to provide the content yourself (no biggie).

And while this may seem like traditional guest posting, it’s a VERY different ballgame because:

  • You don’t have to follow any fascist “guest posting guidelines”
  • You can write content optimized around your keyword
  • You can drop links wherever and however you like
  • You usually get your guest post posted within a day or so

Luckily, finding these gigs is a cinch.

Just type these into Fiverr’s search field:

“I will post your content”

“guest post on my”

“I will post your article”

7. Directory Domination

I chuckle every time people claim that directories are dead.

In May 2012 Google deindexed a few hundred free directories. If directory links didn’t work then why would they deindex them?

Hint: they wouldn’t.

This matches my personal experience: links from the right directories can still do wonders for your site.

And because web directories are seen as “old-fashioned” in the SEO world, you can usually get high PR links from aged domains for next to nothing.

Here are some directories to consider submitting to:

Free:

R-TT Directory

So Much

Ranking Directory

Directory World

All The Websites

MavicaNET

Paid:

Family Friendly Sites

Ask Bee

Yahoo! Directory (expensive but worth it)

8. HARO

HARO (short for Help a Reporter Out) is one of best ways to get killer backlinks from authority news sites.

Here’s how HARO works:

1. Sign Up To HARO as a source here.

2. You’ll get three emails per day from reporters looking for sources, like this one:

HARO Example

3. Respond with your credentials and some helpful tips.

Easy right? You give a reporter a tailored response and they’ll hook you up with a link.

Don’t sleep on HARO.

Backlinko reader Sameep Shah got a link to his web design business from Inc.com (DA92) using HARO:

HARO for Link Building

9. .Edu Resource Backlinks

Everyone knows that .edu links are the bomb.

But aren’t legit .edu links are impossible for Average Joe SEO?

Fortunately not.

If you have a legit looking site that’s not monetized to death you can usually get a 1-2 .edu links just by asking around.

Here’s how.

Most universities have resource pages where they link to websites that are helpful to students and faculty. Here’s an example:

EDU Resource Pages

Let’s say you had a website web design. You could get a link from the example above (Cookman.edu) by emailing them and showing them your helpful resource.

Use these search strings to find them:

site:.edu “your keyword”

site:.edu “your keyword” + “resources”

site.edu: “your keyword” + inurl:links

site.edu: “your keyword” + “other sites”

Only 5-10% of them will actually post your link. But keep in mind that a handful of these links can make a HUGE difference in the SERPs.

10. Submit Your Site to Website Feedback Sites

There are a TON of sites that are designed to help you get feedback on your site’s layout or conversion potential. Important for our purposes, all of them allow a dofollow link back to your site.

Here’s an example from a site called ConceptFeedback.com:

Concept Feedback Link

As you can see, there’s a nice dofollow link on the page.

All you need to do is submit your site with a little description of how you want to improve it.

Here are some Website Feedback Sites that you can use:

ConceptFeedback.com (PR3)

BounceApp.com (PR5)

SuggestionBox.com (PR4)

Criticue.com (PR3)

11. Find Expired Domains Using This Top Secret Method

If there’s one skill SEOers need to start learning it’s the art of grabbing expired domains.

Buying a domain from 10-years ago is like going back in time, hiring someone to promote a site…and then paying him $100 for his decade of toil.

In addition to the auction sites I’ve listed above, there’s another way to find these little gems. Fair warning: this technique does take A LOT more time and effort than simply bidding on an auction.

What you’re doing is finding pages that a) have a long list of links to other sites and b) haven’t been updated in a while.

If you can find a link to a domain that’s not registered anymore you can pick it up at GoDaddy or wherever for $10. And the best part: no auctions!

And while it may not show any PageRank when you buy it, the PR WILL come back as soon as you host it and toss some content on it (assuming the links are still pointing to it).

The key here is finding those pages that have lots of links on them. There’s no simple way of finding them, you just need to be creative.

Let me give you an example just to get you started:

Search String By Date

Notice that I set the date from June 1st 2007-August 1st 2009.

This limits the results to pages that haven’t been updated in a while.

Once you find a page that seems to be old and has a ton of outbound links, here’s what you do:

1. Run a free Chrome extension called Domain Hunter Plus.

2. The program will show you the broken links on the page AND if any the domains are available for registration:

Domain Hunter Plus

This is a lot of work at first, but it takes much less time once you get the hang of it.

It’s also a MUCH cheaper way to build a blog network than splurging on domain names at GoDaddy Auctions.

12. Submit Your Site to Blog Aggregators

How would you like a backlink from this site (PR8):

Technorati Ahrefs

Yowza those are some crazy links.

That’s Technorati.com, one of the top blog aggregators on the planet (blog aggregators are just sites that assemble blog content from around the web).

You can get a dofollow link on most blog aggregators for free in three easy steps:

  • Submit your site
  • Add a special HTML code to your site to confirm that you’re the owner
  • Wait for someone from the aggregator to stop by and take a look at your site

When they approve it you’ll have your own page on the aggregator with a dofollow link to your site. Easy peasy.

In addition to Technorati (a must) here are some other blog aggregators to submit to:

Alltop.com (PR7)

Blogarama.com (PR2)

13. Find Guest Posting Gigs on Twitter

If there really is a hell, I’m convinced that Satan makes tortured souls guest post for all of eternity.

It can take hours just to find a handful of sites that don’t have a strict laundry list of guest blogger guidelines.

But there’s an easier way. You can tap into the underutilized power of Twitter search to find sites that are posting guest posts on the reg.

Here’s what I mean:

Twittersearchguestpost

You KNOW that the sites that have tweeted their guest posts in the last week must be posting on a regular basis (no annoying dead ends!).

Here are some search strings to use in Twitter search:

“your niche” + guest post

“your niche” + guest author

“your niche” + write for us

“your niche” + guest article

14. Scoop It

Scoop It is one of my absolute favorite ways of building backlinks with a few minutes of work.

Scoop It  is basically a site where people aggregate their favorite content around the web into a magazine format.

Here’s an example of a Scoop it page:

Scoopit

Lots of people’s personal Scoop It pages are PR3 or higher.

To get people to post your stuff all you need to do is use Scoop It’s built in suggestion feature.

Just search for a high PR Scoop It page and hit “suggest”. You’ll see something like this:

Scoopit Suggest

Just send the person a quick message and let them know about your content.

In my experience about 50% accept within a day –meaning dozens of authority backlinks in about 15 minutes of “work”.

15. Broken Link Building

This one seems a little strange — and takes a bit of legwork –  but it’s definitely worth the time and effort because of the killer inbound links you can get from this strategy.

What we’re doing is finding resource pages in our niche. So if we were in the fitness niche you’d search in Google using these search strings:

“fitness”  + “resource page”

“fitness” + “resources”

“fitness” + “recommended sites”

“fitness” + “links”

And find pages like this:

Broken Links SEO

Or like this page (any page with a lot of outbound links is a good target):

Broken Link Building

Now you COULD email them and just ask for a link. But I’ve found that the begging approach doesn’t work very well.

Instead, give the site owner a hand by letting him know about any broken links that you happen to find.

You can easily find the broken links on any page. Just use the nifty Chrome Extension Check My Links.

This program quickly finds any broken links the page happens to have. It also highlights them in red to make them easy to find:

Broken Link Checker

Hi (site owner name),

I was just browsing around your resources page today, and among the lists of great resources, were some broken links.

Here’s a few of them:

URL1

URL2

URL3

Oh, and I have a website, mysite.com, that also regularly posts quality content related to whatever. If you think so too, feel free to post a link to it on your resources page.

Either way I hope this helps and keep up the good work!

Thanks,

(Your Name)

16. Infographics

Almost everyone in SEO knows about infographics, but I’m absolutely flabbergasted at how few take advantage of this incredibly easy link building strategy.

That’s because many people assume that infographics are expensive and hard to make.

And they assume the infographic has to go viral for this technique to work.

Fortunately for us, both of these assumptions are DEAD WRONG.

Heck, you can get a halfway decent infographic made from someone on Odesk or Elance for less than $250. In my experience, the IDEA is 10x more important than the design itself.

Be creative, make something unique, and then hire a cheap designer to make it for you (you can also do it yourself using tools like Piktochart).

Once you have it ready, it’s time to get the word out.

1. Your first step is to submit it to infographic sharing sites, like these:

Visual.ly (PR7)

DailyInfoGraphic.com (PR5)

AmazingInfoGraphics.com (PR4)

OmgInfoGraphics.com (PR3)

2. Then reach out to bloggers in your niche and offer them the infographic as a guest post. To sweeten the deal, tell them that you’ll write a unique description for their site.

I’ve literally gotten 100+ high PR backlinks from related sites from a single quality infographic and this 1-2 punch.

17. Software Submissions

Submitting to software directories is an old school SEO tactic that works like gangbusters. Why?

Because most software submission sites have INSANE backlink profiles, like this (PR8):

PADSubmissions

The site’s link profile you’re looking at is CNET.com. There are several other authority software sites you can submit to.

And the best part? You don’t need to create an open source operating system to get your software (and link) on these software directories.

You can do it yourself, but it’s a really time consuming process. I recommend hiring someone on Fiverr to get the job done on the cheap.

2 Bonus Sources of Backlinks

#1: Google Plus: Did you know that your Google+ profile allows contextual, dofollow links?

Here’s an example:

Google Plus Profile

With enough interaction within Google+ and direct linking to your profile, you can make that a pretty powerful link.

For example, Mark Cuban’s Google Plus Profile page is PR4!

#2: Blogger Reviews: If you have a a software product, information product, consulting service or ANYTHING of value that you sell, you can easily turn that into handfuls of high-quality backlinks.

How?

By offering it to bloggers for free in exchange for a linked mention or full-on review.

Here’s how:

1. Find bloggers in your niche that might be interested in what you have to offer. If you sell an information product that teaches people how to make their own soaps, you’d Google things like “soap making”, “make soap at home” etc.

search_strings_blogger_Reviews

2. Your results will be a mixed bag of mommy bloggers, hippie bloggers, and sites like ehow.

Filter out any major authority sites or news sites. You’ll be left with a solid list bloggers that will probably be interested in your offer, like this one:

Blogger Example

3. Reach out to them with this email script:

Hey (site owner name),

I was searching for some homepage soap recipes today when I came across (site name).

Awesome stuff!

Actually, I just launched a guide that teaches people how to make luxury soaps at home. I usually charge $X, but I’d be more than happy to send it over to you on the house. All I’d ask is that you’d consider mentioning it on your blog or writing a review.

Let me know how that sounds.

Cheers,

Your name

Now It’s Your Turn

It’s fair to say that I didn’t hold back in this post…and neither should you.

I want you to post ONE cool backlink source that few people in SEO are using.

Pretend like this is 6th grade show and tell and you REALLY want to impress Suzie that sits in the back.

In other words, bring it!

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  • Tim Love

    Hey Brian, this is an absolutely fabulous post! It caused me to come out of lurking mode on the Warrior Forum and post a response there as well. Only my second post in 4 years, it was that kickass… I’ve signed to your newsletter on the strength of this. You have a new follower on Twitter as well! I mean what I said on the Warrior Forum… Since 2001 I’ve worked in an SEO commercially, freelance and now from the comfort of my own home – I have bought IM ebooks with less useful information in them than covered by any one of your 17. You might not please everyone in our industry giving some of those secrets away for free though! All power to you my friend, you deserve success and lots of it!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad to hear I caused a stir, Tim. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do.

      Considering your IM background and knowledge
      (note for readers: Tim started a massively successful dating site in the UK) your words mean a lot.

      Reply
    • ryan

      good stuff! couple of places I could suggest: manta.com, aboutus.org and answer some yahoo questions to get some links and traffic.

      Reply
      • Brian Dean

        Those are great sources, Ryan!

        Reply
      • Vince Lin

        Dude, that’s crazy you are sharing this stuff. Reading your list was sort of like a BS cleaner from all the linkbuilding techniques I have been reading on.

        In the spirit of passing it on. There a tool called Justdropped.com, it gets me a list of expired domains and then I use a service that auto checks PR for that huge list. In a couple of hours I can usually identify 4-5 domains with high PR that have expired.

        Then after that, I just rebuild the page with the URL structure that had links pointing to it.

        Obviously, diversify C block and all the other good stuff.

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          Thanks Vince. I aim to please. Good tip about justdropped.com. Haven’t tried that one yet.

          Reply
    • Helen

      I’ve nothing to express my feeling with your great contribution, Brian. Your method does enlight my way to do more great SEO to the portfolio of my niche site empire. As Tim said, you deserved to be hated from real IMers cuz of sharing such a great secret publicly :)

      Reply
  • Andrii

    Hey,
    I have question regarding the Fiverr backlink. Google has successfully banned many public networks, so how is paying $5 for a contextual link different from from using services like Build My Rank?

    Kind regards,
    Andrii

    P.S
    Awesome article! I already created an audio file and uploaded it on those 4 services.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Good question Andrii.

      It’s the same in the sense that you’re paying for a contextual link…but the comparisons end there.

      Unlike Build My Rank, the blogs on Fiverr are usually individually-owned properties.

      Which means that if you order 10 Fiverr blog posts links from 10 different providers there’s absolutely no footprint whatsoever.

      Another thing I like about Fiverr posts it that you can get links from real sites…not blog network
      spam.

      Reply
  • Andrii

    Hey Brian,
    How would you rate this tactic: create a bunch of web 2.0 websites, then buy multiple high PR domains and 301 redirect them the web 2.0 sites?

    Kind regards,
    Andrii

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Hey Andrii,

      Not a bad idea…but probably not worth the time and money.

      A better strategy would be to turn those PR domains into your own blog network.

      Cheers,
      Brian

      Reply
    • Lilia

      Actually, I think it’s an excellent idea. I had to redirect an established 8 y.o. domain to a new one for a rebrand recently and preserved all the rankings of the original domain. So redirecting a few (too many would probably spook Google) established/expired domains can be practical as long as they have some PR juice left and have similar keyword profile.

      Reply
      • Brian Dean

        Thanks for sharing, Lilia. You’re 100% right: when used strategically, a single 301 can give you a serious boost. And you make a really good point that you want to find domains that have relevant link profiles and some juice to send your way. Great comment!

        Reply
        • eduardo

          This domains need to be index by google to make the redirection?

          Reply
          • Brian Dean

            No they don’t, Eduardo.

          • Eduardo

            Sorry Brian. But I will repeat my question. Sorry for my bad English. I buy an expired domain and it is not indexed in google. How a no index domain will pass juice to my site?

          • Brian Dean

            Because when Google finds it again (which it will), the links will get redirected. If it makes you feel better you can wait for the domain to get reindexed before redirecting.

          • eduardo

            thanks again

  • Andrii

    Hello again :)
    Sorry to bother you, but i have one question regarding Sploder: how do you save the game as an .exe or a .pad? I couldn’t find anything in Google.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You can change it locally on your PC. Just change the filename to .pad or .exe. You can also use this site, which is a bit easier: Padbuilder.com.

      Reply
      • Geoff Smith

        I had the same problem. I created a game in Sploder, but couldn’t download it or extract it in any way. I tried Padbuilder, but it only created a text file. When it was downloaded to .xml it wasn’t the best looking thing.

        And I’ve tried some of the software sharing directories you have given us in the comments. No luck so far. I guess I’ll try the other methods. The Audio links are easy, but there is still no change.

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          It does take some time to learn the ins and outs of PAD files. If you’re stuck you can use someone at Fiverr to create and submit the software for you.

          Reply
  • Andrii

    Hey,
    I just noticed that your “Blogorama” link isn’t correct. Not really a biggie, but still…
    Kind regards,
    Andrii

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for the heads up Andrii. Fixed : )

      Reply
  • Lewis

    correct me if im wrong, but scoop it is show as NoFollow…

    here’s a PR4 page: Scoop.it/t/complexity-sciences
    All links are NoFollow, right?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Yes you’re right Lewis. They must have changed that recently. Considering that it doesn’t take long to build links and the traffic potential I’d still use Scoop.It. Besides, nofollow links still pass some juice.

      Reply
      • Lewis Parrott

        Ahh was too good to be true haha.
        I emailed you with something if you have time Brian.
        Lewis Parrott.

        Reply
  • Elitesurveysites

    Hello and thanks for this great post.I have a question about these audio sharing sites.First can you suggest me a list of them.I Google them, but there is not a lot of information about them.And second, what kind of things are acceptable there.Are only music clips acceptable.If I record any text with business tips (for example “make money online” topic), will that be acceptable.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      My pleasure.

      There’s not a lot of info on them because they’re an underground black belt link building strategy.

      But I did drop a list of a few high PR audio sites in the post.

      Most sites accept any audio…music, spoken word etc.

      But don’t go too far with trying to make your audio title and description SEO optimized. That way your links will stick over the long haul.

      Reply
      • Elitesurveysites

        I just plan to make educational audio (with free tips).I see that most of these sites have only music categories like pop, rap and so on … Hmmm… what should I do?Do you think it will be accepted,I’m not a singer ;)

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          I’d make audio or spoken word. The mods are VERY liberal about what they accept so just try your best.

          Reply
  • Elitesurveysites

    And can you give mo more information on how actually to create my PAD?I can not understand what to do on these sites.I’d prefer to pay 5$ on a freelance to do that for me, but what actually to create?What kind of software are accepted?

    And one more questions?Does this way of getting links with software sharing sites work for ranking youtube videos?

    Can you give me a list of good software sharing sites?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sure.

      You can create one free online using padbuilder.com, or as you said, hire a freelancer.

      Most PAD sites accept just about any type of software as long as it’s functional.

      Here are a few sites to submit to:

      FileDudes.com (PR5)

      DownLoadJunction.com (PR5)

      SoftAward.com (PR4)

      SoftTonic.com (PR6)

      Bestshareware.net (PR5)

      Geardownload.com (PR5)

      Reply
      • Brian Dean

        That could work but I prefer to add value to the internet whenever I get a link. Otherwise it’s just spamming.

        Reply
        • Drew Rohde

          Hey everyone, A free tool that filters GoDaddy auctions and has PR here : prdrop.info

          Reply
          • Brian Dean

            Good tip, Drew. Looks like a solid tool.

  • John Carrol

    Hey Brian,

    Brian, big thanks, great article for sure. I have a question for you. Most of the domains you recommend to post links on have high PR, however the actual internal pages that will contain our links have a PR of 0-1. Doesn’t that devalue the links too much? Is it worth it to put so much effort for PR 0-1 links?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s a good question, John.

      Although it’s ideal to get links from high PR pages, I’m a big believer in domain authority.

      In other words, a link on a PR1 page on an authoritative domain is a lot more valuable than a PR1 page sitting on a site without many links.

      That being said, you CAN increase the PR of the pages you drop links on using the strategy in my post:
      I’m KILLING It With This Completely New Kind of Backlink

      Reply
      • John Carrol

        Thanks, Just after asking the question I read the article you reference. It did address my question very well. Do you think a PR0 dofollow link on a big authoritative PR 6-7 domain is worth more than a PR2-3 do follow link on a niche PR 2-3 domain site. I am having trouble quantifying the value of authority and trust in a reasonable way. Can you suggest any ways to estimate the comparative value of a backlink based on specific metrics?
        I will read your Google trust article and try to come up with more specific questions as it seems relevant.

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          To answer your question:

          Definitely not. A PR2-3 niche relevant link is worth more than a PR0 link on an authoritative site. The point I was making that was when comparing pages with similar PR, it’s also important to take note of the domain the page sits on.

          Unfortunately, there’s no “Big Metric” that takes into account domain authority, trust, link location, relevancy and the 100 other factors Google uses to evaluate a link. You gotta use your head : )

          Reply
    • Brian Scott

      Hi,
      Fantastic article – so many useful tips and suggestions. I don’t really have a specific tip as such, but I have used Fiverr quite extensively. As you mention, it can be pretty difficult sorting out the good from the bad, so I thought I would just mention 2 Fiverr services I have found excellent:
      The first one is for guest posts – fiverr.com/sempere. This seller has a range of really good sites PR3-7, Domain Authority 30+ across a variety of niches, though mainly finance.

      The second one is fiverr.com/d_seogirl – a really terrific press release service. I’ve used this many times – $5 for a mention in Google News can’t be bad.

      Hope this helps.

      PS I am in no way affiliated with either service, just my experience of using these guys.

      Reply
      • Brian Dean

        Thanks for sharing that with everyone, Brian. I’m always on the lookout for quality Fiverr gigs. It looks like we have the same taste when it comes to gigs (quality, contextual links).

        Reply
        • Marc David

          @Brian Scott – Thanks for sharing! Been using some PR stuff on Fiverr to get them written but I haven’t seen anything that good when it comes to submission.

          Reply
  • mike

    hi whats the etiquette for infographics do the sites you guest post these on supply a source link after?
    do you stipulate you want linking back to or is it general practise the same as normal guest posting

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Good question. It’s an unwritten rule that you get a link from the site that posts the infographic. In other words, you usually don’t need to even ask.

      But if you find a site that’s posted it without a link you can always reach out and ask them for a link.

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      • Avadhut

        Brian,
        Are you talking about Infographic code here?

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        • Brian Dean

          Avadhut, I’m talking about infographics in general, not necessarily the code (although that’s important).

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          • Avadhut

            Brian,

            Building too many links too fast would be risky? If yes, what should be my target monthly?

          • Brian Dean

            That’s true: you definitely want to take it slow. It’s actually impossible to give a specific number as there are so many variables involved.

          • brian stitt

            If natural then there is not a problem I would assume. For example a great article like this one could naturally achieve many links fast and naturally. However, if it was spammed then obviously you have some problems…Another example is natural disaster or event create many links rapidly in a few minutes or days…

          • Brian Dean

            Exactly, Brian. It’s normal to get an super high influx of links. The most important thing (as you said) is for the links to be legit and natural.

  • Ed Yang

    Brian,
    First off, thanks for the great content. Your link building techniques are second to none. Are you going to be offering any paid services in the near future for lazy asses like myself?
    Second, a question for you. What tool do you use that gives you the detailed link profiles of sites that you show screenshots for?
    Third, regarding domain auctions, I can’t seem to find info like age of domain and link profiles of said domains. Is that something that has to be done manually on an individual basis, or do some of these domain auction sites provide that information?
    Thanks again!
    Ed

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    • Brian Dean

      Hey Ed,

      Thanks for your support!

      I actually have a link building course in the works. In addition to mind-blowing SEO content I’m also including an outsourcing guide. That way lazy peeps can just send the instructions to their VA.

      To your questions:

      They’re from ahrefs.com…my link explorer tool of choice.

      Use expireddomains.net. It’s an awesome free tool that shows all the important metrics on one screen.

      Hope that helps,
      Brian

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      • Ed Yang

        Brian,
        Appreciate the rapid comment on a Sunday. Waiting for your course with bated breath (I had to Google that term to make sure I was spelling it correctly).
        Regards,
        Lazy Ass

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      • Lilia

        +1 for an outsourcing guide using proven methods from Brian Dean.
        I am not lazy and a big believer in doing all SEO and promotional work in-house/myself, but there are only so many hours in the day and I need to work on product and customer development as well. I need to be able to match the efforts of bigger companies in my space.

        OpenSiteExplorer.org from Moz is great for checking URL profiles (and your competitors backlinks).

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        • Brian Dean

          Thanks Lilia. I’m also a hand-on type of person. But considering how much time this type of quality link building takes, it makes sense to outsource some of the process so you can focus on your core business. I agree: reverse engineering your competitor’s links is an awesome way to find top-notch link building opportunities.

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  • Ed Yang

    Brian,
    When searching for expired domains, which is more important? The PageRank, the age or the number of links it has? I’m going through ExpiredDomains.net and see many available with high PR but no links and only 1 year old. Or vice versa, low PR but high number of links and older.
    Thanks,
    Ed

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    • Brian Dean

      I’d say the number of links (especially the number of referring domains) is most important…followed by domain age and PR.

      If you dig enough you can usually find domains that have all 3.

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      • Ed Yang

        Great, thank you Brian!

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      • Mr.Hieu

        Hi Brian
        Follow your answer, the most important to look the Expired Domain are :
        Number of backlinks form different domains => Domain Age => PR

        Is it right?

        Thank you very much !
        Hieu

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        • Brian Dean

          Yes, exactly. With one important caveat: it’s important that they have a 100% squeaky clean, white hat link profile. If they have that — and some age and PR — go for it.

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          • Dalen

            Hi Brian, when buying expired domains, I dont want to overpay. Do you have a rough estimate as to how much is too much? Thank you!

            Dalen

          • Brian Dean

            It’s hard/impossible to give a specific figure because there are so many variables involved (PR, age, link profile) etc., Dalen.

  • Emrah

    Brian,

    Thanks for this great post. I really enjoyed reading and learnt a lot. when are you going to have your link building course?

    Thanks,

    Emrah

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Hey Emrah,
      My pleasure.
      I’m putting the finishing touches on the course this week. Aiming for a mid-February launch.

      Reply
  • jon

    Hey Brian :)

    I picked up a 10 year old domain that was once a niche related directory. Not sure if it had pr before as the sites been offline for 1 year. Reason I bought it was do to it having 900 niche related backlinks since it was a reciprocal directory. Other good point is these backlinks are aged and stil on sites even with the reciprocal being down 5 years ago. Would you rebuild on this domain or 301 redirect with googles new relevance matters idea?

    thanks :)

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    • Brian Dean

      Hi Jon,

      That’s an awesome find! In my experience you lose some link juice with a 301.
      That’s why I’d build a new site on that domain in the same niche. That way you get 10-years of site age and tons of niche relevant aged links on day 1.

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    • Paul

      Hey Jon,
      Would you let me know how you found that domain please. I’ve spent hours looking so far and haven’t come up with anything worth having that didn’t cost $thousands.

      Thanks,

      Paul.

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  • Lewis

    Hi Brian,
    A quick question on buying expired domains, I’m told that Google resets PR on any domain once it has expired even though you can’t see it until the next update. Is this in any way true? .. I must admit it seems too easy in my opinion, surely Google has a way of detecting this.

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    • Brian Dean

      Great question, Lewis.

      I’ve bought (and ranked) dozens of expired domains. And in my experience, the PR always sticks.

      I’ve also wondered why Google doesn’t crack down on this. And I think it’s because it’s VERY hard for them to do so. Think about it: a site with 50,000 links expires. Then it gets picked up and rebuilt. Those 50k links are still pointing to the domain. What do they do with them? Completely disregard all of them, count 50% of them…?

      It’s too much effort for something only a few people are doing. They have bigger fish (and Penguins) to fry…

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      • Mr. John

        Do you really have to wait until the next update to see PR on expired sites? Is this the Panda and Penguin update? Also, if i use your (11. Find Expired Domains Using This Top Secret Method) is there any way to see the number of backlinks or referring domains? What tool do I use to check the quality of the backlinks?
        Thanks,
        John

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        • Brian Dean

          Yes, you have to wait until the next update (you can use Moz’s Page Authority or Domain Authority metrics in the meantime). Yes, you can use a service like ahrefs to check the number of backlinks and referring domains…the quality issue required an SEO pro to personally take a look.

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          • Mr. John

            Hey Brian, How was your trip to Germany? And…I was looking at expireddomains.net/tools/pagerank-check/ , and it looks like they have a tool for checking PR on expired domains. Is this accurate? I’ve been finding gold nuggets using the step 11 method (edu links!) and this above mentioned tool is reporting -1 PR. Thanks.

          • Brian Dean

            It’s going well, Mr. John. I’m actually living in Berlin now :-). That tool is as accurate as any PR checker out there (that data comes straight from Google). However, you need to keep in mind that expired domains will lose their PR if they get deindexed (which is pretty common). However, in my experience, when you relaunch the domain and it get indexed again the PR comes back.

  • Sanj

    Hey Brian,

    Great info! One question regarding Technorati.com – how do you validate the code without it looking odd on your website/blog?

    Thanks.

    Sanj.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Good question Sanj. I just add it to the bottom of my homepage. It looks weird for a few days but you can remove it after they approve your site.

      Reply
      • Avadhut

        Hi Brian,
        Can we do the same with Blogarama? They also mentioned that if we give them 10 clicks, the blog approval would be faster, else it may take 90 days.
        Please confirm.

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          Yes, Blogarama is another blog aggregator although I haven’t tried the 10 clicks thing. Might be worth it if you rather not wait 90-days.

          Reply
      • Ken Mabry

        When I add my blogs to Technorati, I usually add the code to my latest post and set the font to a light gray or white so it doesn’t look so strange.

        BTW, Brian… this is an awesome post. You, Sir, have just been added to my favorites list!

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        • Brian Dean

          Good tip, Ken! I never thought of that.

          Glad to be on your favorites list, Ken :-)

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  • Kenny

    Awesome share. The audio sharing sites are brand new to me so much thanks for that. I’ve got a bunch of Yt videos of my niece singing but I need to extract the audio maybe using AoA audio extractor, then I’ll have a bunch of files for posting. Seems to be much easier than PAD submissions.
    You’ve got a new follower, Mr. Dean.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Kenny. You’re right: PAD submissions are insanely time consuming without submission software. And I find that audio sharing sites aren’t nearly as spammed…making them more powerful. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  • David Turner

    Wow! This is so much cooler info than “build 5000 web 2.0 properties” and “blog comment” and “spin your article 50 times and submit it” linking! Thanks for sharing! You are a ninja!
    David

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      My pleasure, Dave. I always try to bring it!

      Reply

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