21 SEO Techniques You Can Use Today to Get More Search Engine Traffic

21 SEO TechniquesPeople that succeed with SEO do two things very well:

First, they identify SEO techniques that get them results.

Second, they put 100% of their resources into executing and scaling those techniques.

But you’re probably wondering:

“How do I find SEO strategies that actually work?”

Well today I’m going to make it easy for you.

All you need to do is carve out a few minutes of your day and tackle one of the 21 techniques below.

You ready?

Let’s do this.

1. Find Broken Link Building Opportunities on Wikipedia

Broken link building has it all…

Scalable.

White hat.

Powerful.

There’s only one problem: finding broken links is a HUGE pain.

That is, unless you know about a little-known wrinkle in Wikipedia’s editing system.

You see, when a Wikipedia editor stumbles on a dead link, they don’t delete the link right away.

Instead, they add a footnote next to the link that says “dead link”:

Wikipedia Broken Link Building

This footnote gives other editors a chance to confirm that the link is actually dead before removing it.

And that simple footnote makes finding broken links in almost any niche dead simple.

Here’s how:

First, use this simple search string:

site:wikipedia.org [keyword] + “dead link”

For example, if you were in the SEO space you’d search for something like this:

Google Search String

Next, visit a page in the search results that’s relevant to your site:

Google Search Results

Hit ctrl + f and search for “dead link”:
Page Search

Your browser will jump to any dead links in the references section:

Wikipedia Dead Link

Backlinko reader Danny pointed out that Wikipedia actually has a list of articles with dead links. This makes finding dead links in Wikipedia even easier.

Once you’ve found a dead link, now what?

Well you could re-create that dead resource on your site and replace the dead link in Wikipedia with yours.

But that would only land you a single link (and a nofollow link at that).

Here’s how to get the most out of the dead links that you find:

As you may expect, a resource that get linked to from Wikipedia usually has A LOT of links from other authoritative sites.

That’s why you want to take your broken link and pop it into ahrefs (or your link analysis tool of choice):

Ahrefs Example

And you’ll get a long list of sites that you can contact about their broken link:

ahrefs_results

For example, the dead link I found on the SEO Wikipedia entry has 380 backlinks from 152 referring domains.

Backlink Results

And it took me about 30 seconds to find.

Easy, right?

2. Discover Untapped Keywords on Reddit

Reddit is a keyword research goldmine.

Where else can you find a community of millions of people discussing every topic under the sun?

And when you read these discussions you’ll often stumble on awesome keywords that you’d NEVER find in the Google Keyword Planner.

Let’s say you ran a site that sold headphones.

Head over to Reddit Search and search for “headphones”:

Reddit Search

If there’s a subreddit in that space, head over to that subreddit.

Subreddit

If not, just look at the search results that Reddit shows you for that keyword.

Keep an eye out for threads where people tend to ask a lot of questions (like an AMA or Q&A thread).

This one looks promising:

Reddit Search Results

Next, scan the thread for potential keywords. Terms that pop up again and again are perfect.

For example, I noticed this model of headphones mentioned a few times in a headphone Q&A thread:

Reddit Thread

Sure enough, the keyword “Beyerdynamic DT-770″ gets 2,400 monthly searches:

Keyword Planner Results

Trust me: you could spend the rest of January playing around with the Google Keyword Planner and you’d never find that keyword.

But I found it after about 5-minutes on Reddit.

Invest an hour or so digging for keywords on Reddit and you’ll nab enough keywords to last you through 2017.

3. Find Link Prospects on Delicious 

If you’ve been in the SEO game for a while you know that the best link opportunities come from people that have shared similar content in the past.

And the popular bookmarking site Delicious.com is one of the best places to find people that have shared content in your niche.

Here’s how:

First, head over to Delicious and search for a broad keyword related to your industry:

Delicious Search

Find content that’s similar to yours and has a lot of bookmarks:

Delicious Bookmarks

Click on the bookmark link:

Delicious Bookmarks

Now you’ll see all of the people that saved the link:

Delicious Shares

Next, look at one of the profiles to see if they have a website listed:

Website Link

If so, head over to their site to find their contact information:

Contact Information

Finally, reach out to them to let them know about your similar piece of content.

Outreach Pitch

Shout out to my friend Jason from Kaiser the Sage who introduced me to this technique in one of his blog posts.

4. Copy Adwords Ads to Make Killer Title and Description Tags

It’s no secret that compelling title and description tags get more clicks in the SERPS.

(In fact, REALLY good copy can actually steal traffic from the top 3 results)

But how can you possibly know what people want to click on?

That’s easy: look at that keyword’s Adwords ads.

You see, the Adwords ads that you see for competitive keywords are the result of hundreds (if not thousands) of split tests. Split tests to maximize clicks.

And you can use elements of that ad to turn your title and description tags into click magnets.

For example, let’s say you were going to publish a blog post optimized around the keyword “glass water bottles”.

First, take a look at the Adwords ads for that keyword:
Adwords Ads

Keep an eye out for interesting copy from the ads that you can work into your title and description.

In our “glass water bottles” example, we have phrases like:

  • BPA-free
  • With straws
  • Drink like a boss
  • USA made
  • Reusable

Here’s how the title and description tags might look:

Example Meta Title and Description Tags

As you can see, these tags include words that are proven to generate clicks.

5. Find A+ Link Prospects on AllTop

What if there was an up-to-date list of blogs in your niche that you could use to find quality link opportunities?

I have good news. There is. And it’s called AllTop.

AllTop is a modern-day directory that curates lists of quality blogs in almost any industry under the sun.

To find blogs in your niche, just go to the AllTop homepage and search for a keyword:

AllTop Search

Next, find the categories that fit best with your site’s topic:

All Top Results

And AllTop will show you their hand-picked list of quality blogs in that category:

AllTop_Listings

Now you have a long list of some of the best blogs in your industry.

And these bloggers are the exact people that you want to start building relationships with.

6. Use Benefit-Focused Content Curation

Let’s face it:

Most content curation is pretty weak.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that I’ve read enough “top 100 posts you need to read” lists for a lifetime.

So how can you make your content curation stand out?

By tapping into Benefit-Focused Content Curation.

Benefit-Focused Content Curation is similar to most other types of curation, with one huge difference: it focuses on the outcomes that your audience wants.

I’m sure you’d like to see an example.

Here you go:

Link Building Guide

This is a guide I put together a while back called, Link Building: The Definitive Guide.

This guide has generated over 19,000 visits from social media, forums, blogs and search engines:

Landing Page Traffic

(I should point out that the guide’s design and promotion contributed to its success. But it all started with how the content itself was organized)

What makes this guide’s curation unique is that it’s organized by benefits, not topics.

For example, chapter 2 is called “How to Get Top Notch Links Using Content Marketing”:

Link Building Chapter 2

Note that the title isn’t, “Chapter 2: Content Marketing”.

And most of the other chapters follow the same benefit-driven formula.

Why is this so important?

When someone sees a list of curated links they immediately ask themselves “what’s in it for me?”.

And when you organize your content around outcomes and benefits, that answer becomes really, really obvious.

In other words, answering “WIIFM?” makes the perceived value of your content MUCH higher than a list of 100 random resources.

7. Link Out to Authority Sites

With all the talk about Hummingbirds and Penguins it’s easy to forget about an important Google algorithm update from 2003.

Despite being over 10-years old, Hilltop still plays a major role in today’s search engine landscape.

Hilltop is essentially an on-page SEO signal way that tells Google whether or not a page on the web is a “hub” of information.

How do they know what pages are hubs? Based on the quality and relevancy of the outbound links on that page.

If you think about it, this makes total sense: the pages you link out to tend to reflect the topic of your page.

And pages that link to helpful resources also tend to be higher-quality than pages that only link to their own stuff.

(In fact, Moz’s ranking factors study found a correlation between outbound links and higher rankings)

In other words, pages that link out to awesome resources establish themselves as hubs of helpful content in the eyes of Big G.

Bottom line: Link to at least 3 quality, relevant resources in every piece of content that you publish. That will show Google that your page is a Hilltop Hub.

8. Send Juice to Pages Sitting on Page 2 or 3

I’m not sure how else to say this:

If you’re on page 2 or 3 of Google’s search results you might as well be on page 58.

So how can you give those pages a boost so they hit the first page and get send you some traffic?

It’s very simple:

Throw some internal links their way using this 3-step process.

Step #1: Use Google Webmaster Tools to find keywords where you rank on the 2nd or 3rd page.

To find them, log in to your GWT account and click on Search Traffic –> Search Queries:

Search Traffic in GWT

Sort the results by “avg. position”:

GWT Avg Position

Next, look for keywords with an average position of 11-30.

If you’re getting clicks from a keyword on page 2 or 3, you can be pretty sure that it’s a keyword with some decent search volume.

For example, this page from Backlinko is ranking #12 for the keyword “SEO traffic”.

Even though I’m on the second page, I still get 550 impressions per month for that keyword:

GWT Impressions

Sure enough, according to the GKP, that keyword gets 210 monthly searches with a suggested bid of more than $13.00.

GKP Traffic

Step #2: Identify authoritative pages on your site.

You can easily find the pages on your site with the most juice to pass around using Open Site Explorer.

Just enter your homepage URL into the tool and click “Top Pages”:
OSE Top Pages

And the tool will show you the pages on your site with the most Page Authority:

OSE_Page_Authority

Step #3: Go to those pages and add internal links.

Finally, add internal links from those authoritative pages to the pages that needs a boost.

9. Use the Word “Because” In Your Outreach Emails

When someone sees an email pop into their inbox, two questions enter their mind:

“Who is this person?”
and
“What do they want?”

The faster you answer these questions in your outreach emails, the better your response rate will be.

But how can you do that?

It’s easy:

Use the word “because” very early in your email.

Believe it or not, the word “because” has surprisingly powerful effects on human psychology.

Research by Dr. Scott Key of Northern Illinois University tested whether people waiting in line to use a copy machine would let a stranger cut in front of them.

When the stranger asked: “Can I use the copy machine before you?”, only 61% people said “yes”.

But when the stranger asked: “Can I use the copy machine before you because I’m in a rush?”, 89% said yes

(That’s a 45% increase!)

Why such a huge difference?

It turns out that the word “because” makes a request — ANY request — seem more legitimate.

In the world of outreach, legit messages get better responses.

(Just look at all those lame guest post pitches that flood your inbox. If they actually took the time to look legit, they’d perform a lot better)

Here’s an example blogger outreach pitch that leverages the word “because” early on:

Example Outreach Emails

The person receiving that message knows why I’m emailing them after 2-seconds of reading.

But more importantly, the word “because” cements my reason for reaching out as more legit.

10. Write Mini Blog Posts for YouTube Descriptions

I don’t need to tell you that YouTube video results are dominating Google’s first page.

And considering that Google owns the popular video site, it’s a trend that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

But did you know that there’s a dead-simple technique that can get your YouTube videos to rank higher (and faster) for competitive keywords in both YouTube and Google?

Well there is: write 200+ word video descriptions.

When most people upload a video to YouTube, they mindlessly toss a few words into the description box:

YouTube Video Description

That’s a HUGE mistake.

Remember that Google can’t watch or listen to your video content.

Instead, they rely on your video’s text-based title and description to determine what your video is about.

Not only does this extra text-based information help you rank better for your target keyword…

…but it also ranks your video closely related long tail keywords.

For example, check out the description for my latest YouTube video:

YouTube Description Example

That’s a high-quality, 200-word description.

Not only has this helped my video rocket to the first page of YouTube for the keyword “SEO Strategy”:

YouTube Search Results But it’s also pushed my video to the top of YouTube for long tail keywords, like “infographic SEO strategy”:

#1 Ranking in YouTube

If you want to learn more about YouTube SEO, check out this step-by-step guide.

11. Reverse Engineer the Results on Page 6

Fun fact:

Reverse engineering pages 2-10 will often hook you up with top-notch link opportunities…

…opportunities that you’d miss when you only reverse engineer Google’s first page.

But you’re probably wondering:

“Is there really anything good to reverse engineer on page 6?”

The short answer: yes.

As Wil Reynolds points out, the idea that pages 3-10 are littered with low-quality sites is a myth.

He says that a lot of the results on Google’s inner pages are made up of people that started cool sites…but eventually gave up when things didn’t work out the way they planned.

Here’s the thing: before they moved on to the next project, they published some awesome resources.

Because these resources tend to be neglected, you can easily improve them and steal their links using The Skyscraper Technique.

For example, I did a quick search for “weight loss tips”.

Sure enough, I found this heavily linked-to resource on the 6th page:

Page 6 Result

As you can probably see from the screenshot, this page has A LOT of room for improvement.

However, because the author of this page used to care about his site, he was able to land links to this page from sites like eHow.com:

Ehow References

Other pages on this neglected site have attracted links from Livestrong.com (DA87) and LifeHacker (DA93).

Think you could take these outdated resources and make them better?

I know you can :-)

12. Embed Long Tail Keywords In Title Tags

Here’s the deal:

If you only include one keyword in your title tag you’re leaving A LOT of traffic on the table.

Here’s what I mean:

I recently published a post called “White Hat SEO Case Study: 348% More Organic Traffic in 7 Days“.

My target keyword for that post was, “white hat SEO”. And I obviously included the keyword “white hat SEO” in the post’s title.

But I didn’t stop there.

I realized that the keyword “SEO case study” also got some decent traffic:

Keyword Volume

So I decided to embed that long tail keyword into the blog post title:

Embedded Keyword

Within days I was ranking #1 for “SEO case study”:

#1 Ranking in Google's Search Results

As you might expect, the keyword “SEO case study” is MUCH less competitive than “white hat SEO”.

Because of that, I got traffic almost instantly from the keyword “SEO case study”.

And as that page has accumulated links, it’s made its way onto the first page for “white hat SEO” as well.

White Hat SEO SERPS

(But it took a few weeks to hit page 1)

If I had only optimized for “white hat SEO”, I wouldn’t have received ANY traffic until I hit the first page for that term.

Fortunately, my embedded long tail keyword “SEO case study” hooked me up with traffic right away.

Bottom line: Find long tails that you can embed into your titles.

You’ll get search engine traffic faster…and eventually rank the page for more than one term.

13. Hack Wikipedia for Keyword and Topic Ideas

Want to find untapped keywords that your competition doesn’t know about?

Then stop using the Google Keyword Planner!

Sure, The Keyword Planner is nice for monthly search volume and CPC information…but it’s HORRIBLE at generating new keyword ideas.

Why?

Well, the Keyword Planner only gives you VERY close variations of the keywords of your seed keywords.

So if you enter a seed keyword like “weight loss”, it will spit out keywords like:

  • Weight loss tips
  • Healthy weight loss
  • Fast weight loss
  • Weight loss diet

(You get the idea)

If you want to find keywords that are closely related to your seed keywords — but not straight-up variations — you need a human mind.

Or better yet, the thousands of human minds that contribute to Wikipedia.

Here’s how:

Head over to Wikipedia and enter a seed keyword (I’m going to use the keyword “insurance” in this example):

Wikipedia Search

Next, keep an eye out for sections on the Wikipedia entry that display closely related keywords and topics.

These sections are…

The “Contents” box:

Wikipedia Contents

Callouts and sidebars:
Wikipedia Callout

Internal links:
Internal Links

And “See Also” sections:

See Also

You’ll usually come away with fistfuls of keyword and topic ideas from a single Wikipedia entry.

If you want to find even more keyword ideas, click on an internal link.

Then simply follow the same process for that Wikipedia entry. Rinse and repeat.

14. Use “Best of” Lists to Find Awesome Link Targets

If you do a lot of link building, you know that a list of high-quality, niche-relevant blogs is like money in the bank.

What you may not realize is that bloggers in your niche create these lists for you in the form of “best of” blog posts.

“Best of” blog posts are simply hand curated lists of the best blogs in a specific industry.

How can you find these “best of” blog posts?

Use these search strings:

“[keyword] blogs to follow”

“best [keyword] posts 2013″

“top [keyword] blogs to follow” + “2013″

For example, I just did a quick search for “fitness blogs to follow”:

Google Search Strings

I found this list of 60 awesome blogs in the fitness space after about 10-seconds of searching:

Top Blog List

These 60 blogs are PERFECT places to reach out to the next time you want to promote a piece of content, find broken links or build a long-term relationship.

15. Publish Content With At Least 1000 Words

There’s no denying it: longer content CRUSHES short 300-word blog posts.

In fact, Moz found that word count was directly proportional to the number of links their content received (more words=more links):

Moz Word Count

And the SERPIQ blog discovered that pages in the top 10 of Google’s search results tended to have at least 200o words.

Longer Content

Why do long posts work?

First off, long posts show Google that you’re providing in-depth information for searchers.

But that’s not all:

In-depth content flips an important emotional switch that pushes people to share online content: awe.

University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Jonah Berger found that content that elicited awe made people 30% more likely to share it.

As you may expect, it’s REALLY hard to trigger a feeling of awe from a 350-word article…

…but in-depth pieces work like a charm.

16. Remember the “First Link Priority Rule”

Here’s an SEO mistake I see A LOT of people make:

Let’s say you have two links pointing to a page on your site…and both of those links are on same page.

Which anchor text does Google pay attention to? The first one? The second one? Both?

According to the First Link Priority Rule, only the first link:

First Link Priority Rule

Why is this important?

Let’s say you have a navigation bar on your site, like this:

Navigation Bar Because your navigation is at the top of the page, Google sees those links first.

Here’s where things get tricky:

Let’s say that you drop a link to your “Recipe Index” page in a blog post with the anchor text “Healthy recipes”.

Unfortunately, the “Healthy recipes” anchor text is ignored by Big G. Google only counts the anchor text, “Recipe Index”.

Important Takeaway: Use keyword-rich anchors in your site’s navigation. As you just learned, the keyword-rich internal links that you add below them don’t count.

17. Create Your Own Keywords

This is one of the best pieces of SEO advice you’re ever going to hear:

You always rank #1 for keywords that you create.

What am I talking about?

When you create something truly original — like a brand, product, or a step-by-step system — you’re the only person optimizing for that term.

(After all, you made it up).

And if your creation becomes popular, you’ll suddenly find yourself ranking #1 for a high-volume keyword.

Let me show you an example:

I get a steady stream of organic traffic from people searching for one of my link building strategies, the “The Skyscraper Technique”:

Skyscraper Technique

Another example:

In 2007 Merlin Mann was frustrated with the amount of time he was spending on email. So he created a system to help him plow through his inbox.

He named it “Inbox Zero“.

Today, the keyword “Inbox Zero” gets  a staggering 2,900 monthly searches:

Inbox Zero

And as you may expect, he’s ranking #1 for the keyword he created:

Inbox Zero

Now Merlin could have created content optimized around keywords like “email management” and “productivity tips”.

But he realized that he’d get A LOT more traction by creating — and naming — his own system.

How can you do the same thing?

The next time that you write about a technique that you created — whether it’s a diet tip, productivity hack or system for growing tomatoes — name it.

18. Get Product Reviews at Scale Using Tomoson

Product reviews are one of the best ways to get editorial links at scale (especially for ecomerce sites).

On the surface, product review link building sounds dead-simple:

Send free stuff to bloggers and they review them on their blogs.

There’s one problem with this technique:

It’s a VERY labor-intensive process.

You have to find bloggers, reach out to them, collect their mailing addresses, ship products, keep track of reviews, send email reminders…

It’s a lot of work.

But there’s an easier way: Tomoson.com.

Tomoson is like a dating service that connects bloggers looking for free stuff with site owners looking for exposure and links.

Tomoson

Here’s how it works:

1. Create a “Promotion”. A promotion simply describes the product that you’re giving away:

Tomoson Promo

2. Next, set criteria for blogs that are allowed to participate in your promotion. You can filter by Alexa rank, Twitter followers, PageRank and monthly visitors:

Blogger Criteria

3. After you post your promotion, bloggers will start to apply for it. That way, you can see if the blog is a good fit before sending them anything.

Blogger Applications

Finally, send them your product and get your links!

19. Use Expert Roundups to Generate Links and Social Shares on Autopilot

You may have seen Expert Roundups — blog posts that collect insights from a group of experts  — blowing up around the web.

And why not?

Expert roundups are one of the few pieces of content that have built-in promotion.

Think about it:

The experts that you feature in your roundup will naturally want to share your content with their audience.

Which means that — if you get influential people to contribute — you’ll get boatloads of traffic and social shares minutes after you hit “publish”.

Best of all, Expert Roundups work in ANY niche…even boring ones.

Here’s an example:

I recently found this Expert Roundup in the real estate space. It covers thrilling topics like interest rates, mortgages, and buying furniture:

Real Estate Roundup

Those topics are too boring to generate any links or social shares, right?

Wrong.

To date, this expert roundup has earned over 600 Facebook Likes and 300 Google+ shares.

Not to mention links from authority sites in the finance space, like Wise Bread (DA75):

Wise Bread Link

Here’s how you can do the same thing:

Step #1:  Collect the top blogs and websites in your niche (you can find them using SEO Technique #14 from this post: “Use Best of Lists to Find Awesome Link Targets”).

Collect their name, blog, social media and contact information in a spreadsheet:

Blog List

Step # 2: Come up with a topic in your niche that a group experts could shed some light on.

Topics that your target audience struggles with is ideal.

For example, in the automotive space there’s a lot of confusion about how to find the right car.

Thousands of variables — from price to safety to resale value — go into buying a new car. That’s a topic where a group of experts could add a ton of value.

Step #3: Email the experts on your list.

Remember that the experts you reach out to are probably busy.

So make sure that you make it EXTREMELY easy for them to respond.

Here’s an email template that would work well in our car Expert Roundup example:

Expert Roundup Pitch

Step #4: Publish the roundup and email your contributors to let them know that it’s live:

Roundup Follow Up

And watch the social shares and links roll in :-)

20. Find Niche-Specific Link Building Opportunities Using Flippa

There’s no doubt about it:

Google is putting more and more weight on the niche-relevancy of the links pointing to your site.

But where can you find link building opportunities that are specific to your niche?

Flippa.com:

Flippa

Flippa is like eBay for websites.

And it’s one of the best places on the web to find untapped link building opportunities.

Why?

Because people that sell their site on Flippa give away every detail about how they built their site.

That means they’ll often show you their keywords, content strategy, (and of course) link sources.

It’s like a downloadable business plan.

Here’s how to do it:

Head over to Flippa and click on All Listings–>Categories:

Flippa Categories

Flippa shows broad categories on top of closely-related smaller niches:

Category Page

Find the broad category that fits best with your niche (I’m going to use travel in this example):
Flippa Categories

Look for sites for sale with a PageRank of at least 2. Here’s one:
Flippa Listing

The owner of this site actually gives a list of places where he landed editorial links:

Editorial Links

Not only does he show you where he got his links from…but HOW he was able to get them:

PR Attempts

(Most Flippa sellers are just as forthcoming)

Now you know that they acquired those quality links using PR.

That means you have a list of journalists that are open to covering sites in the travel space.

Can you say jackpot?

21. Use Facebook Ads for Keyword Research

Facebook Ads are an absolute treasure trove of AWESOME keywords.

Think about it: Facebook collects interest and demographic information from over one billion people.

And you can use this information to find keywords that your target audience tends to use in Google search.

It gets better:

Facebook will show you this data for free when you create an ad campaign with them.

Here’s how to use Facebook Ads for keyword research:

Let’s say that you sell iPhone cases on your website.

Head over to Facebook Ads and click on “Create and Ad”:

Facebook Ads

Then, choose Page Likes –> Continue

Facebook Page Likes

Scroll down to the “interests” section of the next page:

Facebook Interests

Next, enter a keyword in the “Precise Interests” field.

Facebook will actually suggest keyword ideas for you, similar to Google Suggest:

Facebook Suggest

Choose a Topic or Precise Interest from the list of suggestions.

Facebook will show you a list of “Suggested Likes and Interests”:

Suggested Likes and Interests

These make fantastic seed keywords to enter into the Google Keyword Planner.

Here’s The Next Step…

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  • Trevor Mauch

    Wow, great post Brian! Insanely detailed. I already grabbed a couple of these and shot them over to my assistant to hammer through this week.

    Always top notch stuff man!

    - Trevor

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Trevor. I appreciate that!

      Let me know how the strategies work out for you :-)

      Reply
  • Brandon

    Really smart and informative guide… I love how these are all “real world” tips that anyone can take action on.

    Normally SEO advice is meaningless to the masses because people think “oh I don’t have 10,000 twitter followers to get my infographic viral” but these tips pretty much anyone can put into action.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I put over 15 hours working on this post so I’m REALLY happy to hear that you got so much takeaway value from it, Brandon.

      Most of that time was making sure each technique was insanely practical so that people could
      actually use the techniques to get more search engine traffic.

      Reply
  • Karl Steinmeyer

    Brian,
    You never seem to run out of excellent ideas! Some of the techniques above are simply genius.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for that, Karl :-)

      When you think about SEO non-stop ideas like these tend to crop up as I go about my day. I guess that’s the upside of being obsessive :D

      Reply
  • Rushin

    Great actionable seo stuff, love your writing style and epic tutorials.

    Just tried your wikipedia technique… Great why didn’t thought of it first…. Anyways thanks and keep doing awesome posts..

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I really appreciate that, Rushin. Let me know how the Wikipedia BLB technique goes.

      Reply
  • Usama Ejaz

    Awesome post Brian! Well, these seo techniques are great but also very hard working. The niche, on I am working, is also so hard :/

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I hear you, Usama.

      Here’s the thing about niches that are hard to build links in:

      It’s hard for your competitors too. That means that you don’t need that many links to rank!
      Even a handful of authoritative links is usually enough to blow by the competition in weird/obscure niches.

      Reply
  • Raymond

    awesome post yet again Brian! I would seriously pay to pickup all these tips. Thanks for providing such great value.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Raymond, thanks for your comment. These strategies are on me today :-)

      Reply
  • Matt

    Brian,
    I really enjoyed the post. I’m going to try number 1 in the next few days. I’ll let you know, if I have success.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Happy to hear that you’re going to put the techniques into practice, Matt. Definitely keep me posted with how that broken link building tip works out for you.

      Reply
  • Jon Bishop

    I don’t know how you did it, but you’ve totally outdone yourself. That was one of the best SEO articles I’ve ever read. Amazing!!!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I try, Jon :-)

      But seriously, I appreciate your kind words. A lot of work goes into posts like these so it’s great to see that all that time in front of my laptop was worth it.

      Reply
  • Puya

    Hi Brian,

    I can’t wait to try some of your ideas in the list starting today. Like I tweeted earlier, “you just took us back to school”. I knew about Alltop but just ignored it (or maybe I was being lazy).

    I am going to set this page as the background image for my computer to remind me of the proper way to build links.

    Cheers,

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      “I am going to set this page as the background image for my computer to remind me of the proper way to build links”…Best. Comment. Ever.

      Thanks Puya :-)

      Reply
  • Richard Marriott

    Blimey Brian, I think this is your best post ever! Gonna be coming back and going through each tip one by one!

    I really liked what you said about using “because” in outreach emails. Am going to implement this immediately and record the results. Also loved the first tip about finding dead links on Wikipedia. In fact, I’m sure this post will spark an arms race for anyone that’s read it so I’m going to get onto that right away hehe!

    Anyway, thanks man for all these insights. I’ve been scratching my head recently trying to think of white hat ways I can defeat the black hatters in my new niche and this has given me so many ideas!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You know you’re doing something right when someone says “Blimey”.

      Anyway, happy to have helped you find some white hat strategies you can use to beat up on the competition.
      Keep me posted on how adding “because” and the Wikipedia BLB technique works out for you, Richard.

      Reply
  • Newlyn

    Holy Crap! This is insane! Super actionable tips! It’s like drinking from a firehose! Thanks for the ideas Brian.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Well said, Newlyn. Glad you liked it :-)

      Reply
  • Eric Sangerma

    Once again you overdelivered Brian. Awesome actionable tips with many of them being real eye opener and actually very easy to implement.
    Thanks a lot for spending the time to bring all those together.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for your comment, Eric. Really glad to hear that you found some practical tips from the post (that’s exactly what I aimed to do with this one).

      Reply
  • Adam

    You’re the man, Absolutely thrilled to the tid bits. As usual, a lot of value.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Adam! I always try to deliver the goods :-)

      Reply
  • Andrew Martineau

    This list is great, thank you so much for posting!
    Not only are the tactics creative and unique, but you did an excellent job outlining each with step by step instructions, including great visuals, and providing concrete examples on how to implement the linking tactic. My favorite is probably the Flippa tactic. Amazing for pulling information on how other webmasters were able to acquire links, etc. Thanks again!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      My pleasure, Andrew :-)

      You’re right: the Flippa technique is solid gold. You’d be surprised the kind of business insights
      people share when they’re desperate to sell their site.

      Reply
  • Salmaan Aslam

    Excellent resource as always Brian. These tips are Golden and anyone who wants results can pick any of these techniques and make them work like Richard from Clambr.com

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Great point, Salmaan.

      Of the thousands of people that read a post like this, (unfortunately) very few people will actually put it into action like Richard did with my Skyscraper Technique post.

      That’s why I make the techniques as easy to follow as possible. That way, there’s no excuse NOT to try them.

      Reply
      • Salmaan Aslam

        Totally agree with you on this one. It is a common trait I guess. Tim Ferris said he had disclosed everything about how he got to where he is right now and anyone who wants to be at his place just need to read and follow but hardly anyone practices it but lets not bitter the mood with these thoughts :)

        Appreciate your effort in putting up the post, keep it up! (Y)

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          Nice Tim Ferris quote, Salmaan. He (and you) are absolutely right.

          Reply
  • Richard Linn

    Brian,
    You hit a grand slam with this great article. I have learned a bunch of new techniques. Thank you so much for the work you put into it. I’m going to share it out to my followers because it is truly helpful and insightful.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I swear that this grand slam didn’t require any PEDs (unless you count a few gallons of coffee).

      Thanks for sharing, Richard.

      Reply
  • Kat Long

    I wait with bated breath for your always totally awesome linkbuilding posts, Brian. You do indeed deliver the goods. I’m forever your evangelizer. Now off to Tweet and share.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for sharing, Kat :-)

      I hope this post will tide you over until the next one I plan on publishing next month.

      Reply
  • Tariehk

    Thanks Brain, these tips are useful. The key thing with most of the tips that you provided is that it will take time and most people want to have more traffic, but they do not want to do the work and put in the time. However, if you put in the word and you do a quality job then it will work out. I think that is the overall strategies that a lot of SEOs have to do today is just to take the time and figure out quality strategies.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s very true, Tariehk. At some level the more work you put into your site the more traffic you’ll get.

      And in the SEO space, a lot of that work comes from testing different strategies to see what works (and then scaling them).

      Reply
  • Rajesh Magar

    Rocking as always. I am also big fan of Alltop which is really great resource to discover engaging keywords and topics, but reverse engineering for the links saturated on page 3-6 is sounds new & interesting. will definitely go for this in coming week.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Rajesh. Let me know how reverse engineering those inner pages work out. You’ll have to sift through some junk results, but there are some real gems in there as well.

      Reply
  • Jennifer Rodriguez

    Wow! Thank you! Great post!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jennifer :-)

      Let me know if you have any questions about the techniques in the post.

      Reply
  • mohssine

    ok to be honest i was waiting for new post. and here is.
    even i have test tomorrow i read it.
    amazing post as always. thanks Brian

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Mohssine. I hope your test is on SEO techniques :P

      Reply
  • Talha Bhatti

    I normally don’t comment on blog posts but I just could not help my self because this was some awesome stuff. Brian you have just found yourself a new reader. Keep it up!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for making an exception for this post, Talha :-)

      Shoot me an email if you have any questions.

      Reply
  • Asif Rehman

    Hi Brian, Just wanted to say thanks for another great read. The options are all very helpful and some slightly easier to do than others but as always its trial and error starting with the ones that suit you most. Thanks again.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Asif! Let me know which of the strategies works best for you.

      Reply
  • Nicola Boschetti

    Superlative. I am speechless… there are more tips in this article than in most SEO guides I have purchased in the last three years. Thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Wow, that’s quite a compliment Nicola. I’m pumped that I could have provided so much value to your business :-)

      Reply
  • Mike

    Another amazing post, Brian. Whenever I get your emails, I always stop what I’m doing to read them. I especially love that you cited actual studies to back up your points. Putting these to work soon!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Mike! I’m happy to hear that citing studies helped make the post better. I might have to do that more often :-)

      Reply
  • Tharun

    Hello Brian sir,
    This is simply a book of seo techniques. I surely love this guide and willing to try this. You have given us this ultimate seo techniques that I love to implement surely in one my blog and test the changes. Thanks alot.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sounds good, Tharun. Keep me posted on how the techniques work out for your site.

      Reply
  • Yoav B

    Another BD masterpiece. Way to go Brian! :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Yoav!

      Reply
  • M hammad rafique

    Excellent article Brian… You are unveiling hidden SEO strategies..

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks man. Glad you liked the post.

      Reply
  • Nazir Adams

    Brian your the best. These techniques will be put to good use ;)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      ThI’m glad to hear that you’re going to give some of the techniques a shot. Keep me posted Nazir :-)

      Reply
  • Sourav Saha @ Blogaholic

    Awesome post Brian! Hands down…sometimes I wonder how do you get so much link building ideas.

    We often see posts on how to get blog topic ideas or ideas on creating visuals but nobody ever talked about new link building ideas. The ways you showed here some are absolutely unheard to me. You know what I think you should write a post on how to get your own link building ideas…where to start…how to proceed…how do I know it’s full proof…it surely comes with lots of experiments…but the point is starting…….I know sounds weird but I know you will come up with something :)

    Look forward see what you pick up next from your idea box :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Sourav.

      That’s a good suggestion. I honestly come up with most of my link building strategies by testing a million different things. And I report what works well with the Backlinko community :-)

      Reply
  • Dennis

    Especially like the Expert Roundup tip, I bet that could work VERY well and probably in every niche out there.

    I like it so much that I’ll probably make it a part of the SEO services that I offer.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad to hear you liked that one, Dennis.

      I love the idea to offer that as a service. It’s also good for clients because it establishes relationships
      really, really quickly with other people in their industry. So it’s not just for links (although you’ll get a lot of those too).

      If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out Richard’s
      Expert Roundup which went really well:
      http://www.clambr.com/link-building-tools/

      Reply
      • Dennis

        As a matter of fact I just forwarded it to one of my VA’s to source the top websites, blogs, etc in my niche and let him contact them to see how much time it will require, I’m really at the low end cost/budget wise so I have to do it through cheap VA’s.

        Just curious, when you do it for clients do they create an email for you that you can mail from their name or do you mail from out your own company?

        Will definitely check out that other post, thanks!

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        • Brian Dean

          Sounds good, Dennis.

          Good question. I usually get an email set up from their email address (ie. brian@company.com). I’ve found that the response
          rate from that is much better vs. using my agency’s email.

          Reply
  • Jeff Hopkins

    Best SEO article I’ve read in a long time. Great tips and the instructions are clear as daylight. This page gets a bookmark from me!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jeff. I really appreciate that. I tried to make the steps crystal clear so that people could use all of the techniques.

      Reply
  • Ken McGaffin

    Brian – this is a really excellent post. There is much to explore and think about. Ken

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for dropping by, Ken. As someone I respect a lot in the SEO space, it’s great to hear that you enjoyed reading the post.

      Reply
  • Manas

    Brian, i was about to go bed , but when i got your email news letter i visited the page and enjoy each points , so can’t keep silence without give you a big thanks for such useful information sharing .

    I have a question , can you please give me the best tips for web site domain authority and page authority improvement secret :) as u say always nothing i secret ,haha

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      It’s a post that’s worth staying up late for, Manas.

      There really isn’t any secret to increasing DA or PA. It’s all about building authoritative links :-)

      Reply
  • marc

    I’m pretty sure this is one of the best posts I’ve read in a while. No BS – straight to the point.
    To add on to your flippa idea, look at the domain-only section. Chances are when a domain is for sale, or after it has sold, file structures have changes, pages have died. Great chance to do some broken link building :-)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s what I’m talking about, Marc! GREAT creative approach for finding broken links.

      Gotta give that a shot tomorrow morning :-)

      Reply
  • Peter Nguyen

    This is an awesome list of tips Brian! I like the idea of using Wikipedia to get keywords ideas! Great job!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Peter :-)

      That’s one that I use all the time. There are a ton of great ideas in the contents box alone.

      Reply
  • Biplab

    “Goldmine”! I’m excited to experiment with all of them for sure. This is easily one of my best read posts so far. Thanks a lot :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I see what you did there :-)

      I’m excited to hear how they work out for you, Biplab.

      Reply
  • Pavel

    Amazing post as always Brian!

    I have a question: What should I do after I found “dead link” in wikipedia and checked it in AHrefs?

    Thanks

    Reply
  • Kashif

    Can not digest this yummy delight in one go. Bookmarking it for future reference. Thanks for the treat :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      :-)

      Thanks Kashif!

      Reply
  • Dean Davis

    Read…picked up jaw from the floor…read again…shook my head and smiled…bookmarked and now reading again! Brian, you’re by far the best SEO guy on the planet and a nice decent bloke as well. I love these gems you post every so often and looking forward to your next online course.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for your awesome comment!

      I really enjoy putting these thorough guides together. I’d publish more often, but they take A LOT of time. Thanks again for your support Dean :-)

      Reply
  • Christian Sculthorp

    Holy crap you’re a legend Brian.. You’re the only SEO who consistently spits out great stuff.

    Tip: Along with delicious I search on scoop.it for similar opportunities. If they liked an article related to a year.. say 2013 and you update the resource to 2014 chances are they’ll share it. Kind of a twist on your delicious + sky scraper technique. You don’t even have to make the content much different or better, just updated! Got some fantastic links recently because of it.

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    • Brian Dean

      GREAT tip, Christian.

      I for some reason never thought to use scoop.it for that kind of outreach (just content promo). But it makes perfect sense. And because scoop.it is probably a bit more lively than Delicious these days I imagine it works even better.

      Reply
  • Satish

    Goodness me! How can any one share such awesome tips on public! Thanks Brain! You are the best link building guy I have ever followed!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Well thanks Satish! Hit me up if you have any questions about the tips in this post.

      Reply
  • Shabbir

    Blown. Away. Ridiculous. Fantastic. As always:)
    Btw, I was always under the impression that digg and delicious were dying but I’m really mistaken. Your(and Jason’s) thinking is foolproof though. If these guys are already curating content, there’s no reason they wouldn’t want to do more of just that! Seo has become a lot of chasing and pestering…it’s good of you to remind us that there are people out there just waiting to share stuff, too.:)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Shabbir!

      Good point about Delicious. As another Backlinko reader Christian Sculthorp pointed out in the comments you can use scoop.it the same exact way. And you may have more success there because it’s probably more active than Delicious right now. SEO is still a lot of pestering, but GOOD SEOs pester people that want to be pestered :-)

      Reply
      • Shabbir Nooruddin

        That’s tweet-worthy stuff right there: “SEO is still a lot of pestering, but GOOD SEOs pester people that want to be pestered :-)” It’s going in my buffer!

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          :D

          Glad you liked that one, Shabbir.

          Reply
  • Yoav

    So Brian, regarding #16 does that mean that you can never send an inner post link to a main page that’s located on your main nav bar?? I mean it will never count? But those main pages needs the most links…

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Good question, Yoav.

      That second link will still help you because it will pass extra PR to that page. But in terms of anchor text, most of the experiments I’ve seen show that the second link’s anchor text probably doesn’t help. That being said, Google is more sophisticated than when a lot of these came out so they may count both anchors. But to stay on the safe side I recommend adding keywords to navigation links if possible.

      Reply
  • Joe Hughes

    Brian

    Incredible post. You are one of the ONLY guys out there who publishes advanced techniques that are actionable. You deserve every bit of success you get.

    Joe

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    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for your kind words, Joe :-)

      Reply
  • Pawan

    Very impressive strategies Brain, thanks for letting us know. This is the reason why I have subscribed to you email newsletter. :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Awesome to hear that you’re enjoying the newsletter so far, Pawan.

      Reply
  • John

    I liked the #1 tip on broken links. I followed the process all the way through until the last when it said, “And you’ll get a long list of sites that you can contact about their broken link:” Okay so you contact them…how does that help me with my back links????
    Please advise, John

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    • Brian Dean

      I’m happy to hear that you liked that one, John.

      Good question:

      This guide by Russ Jones:
      http://moz.com/blog/the-broken-link-building-bible

      And this guide by Anthony Nelson:
      http://moz.com/blog/broken-link-building-guide-from-noob-to-novice

      Will show you the promised land :-)

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      • Jason

        Hi Brian,
        Great post, like all from what I see. I’m new and just learning about SEO with linkbuilding. I had a question on #1…I understand finding the dead links but once you find a dead link, is the next step to copy the content? Is there more to it than just using The Wayback Machine to copy and paste the content to my site? Should the content be completely rewritten or how much should change?
        Thanks!

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        • Brian Dean

          Glad you liked it, Jason. I actually recommend creating a similar-but-unique resource on your site rather than using the Wayback Machine.

          Reply
  • Takeshi Young

    Some awesome tips here, thanks for sharing! Looks like your link to Alltop.com is broken though.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Takeshi. Glad you got some value from it.

      And thanks for the heads up about the broken link. Fixed :-)

      Reply
  • Ted Parry

    You basically had me hooked after you mentioned the Wikipedia dead link technique. The idea of finding dead links and reaching out to the websites that’ve linked there is actually one of the best ideas I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve bookmarked this page for future reference. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Ted, glad I could hook you up with a new strategy. Let me know how the Wikipedia dead link strategy works out for you.

      Reply
  • Paul

    I like that Brian.
    Only improvement I can see if point 14 to find top list of blogs. I’d use a query like:
    inurl:best*fitness*blog*2012
    intitle:best +fitness blogs
    intitle:best ~fitness blogs
    I’ll have to try the flippa one ASAP. I had no idea you could do that. Love the wikipedia one too.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for those search strings, Paul. You’re right: those are GREAT to toss into ScrapeBox too :-)

      Reply
  • Jackson Morreysen

    These are the best ideas I’ve ever heard. How can you know these kinds of techniques? It is unbelievable! You really are a genius Brian.Your SEO techniques are unique and your effort to write all these information here is amazing! I have a final exam tomorrow, but I read all of the techniques “because” these are simply what we want to hear.

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    • Brian Dean

      I know these kind of techniques “because” I think about SEO and marketing all day long :-)

      So when I go to a site like Flippa, I think: “How can I get a link from this?”.

      Thanks for your comment Jackson. I appreciate it.

      Reply
  • Nick

    Some brilliant suggestions Brian, I will certainly be using some of these ideas on my new site. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Yeah Nick! These are great strategies to get your new site off on the right foot.

      Reply
  • Gotch

    Brian, you’re a beast. Your content makes me feel like an infant, but motivates me to do better with my own! – thanks for this awesome resource, and of course, your hard work. Bookmarked.

    - Gotch

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    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Nathan. Don’t sell yourself short: you publish really good stuff.

      Reply
  • John Duggan

    Darn it. More work that will produce great results. Bang goes my evenings. I’m bookmarking this but I ain’t sharing it. Don’t want too many to know even if loads of your followers already do. Great thinking and creativity and thanks for sharing for free Brian.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      My pleasure, John. No worries about not sharing it. It’s more important to me that you got some value out of the post. Let me know if you have any questions about one of the strategies.

      Reply
  • Viktor

    Brian,
    this article is amazing as always.
    I especially like the part about using Adwords Ads for title and description tags – it`s very simple yet genius idea, thank you.
    I would love to read any on page optimization related articles, could you recommend something really useful?
    (I read everything from your and quicksprout blog=))

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Viktor.

      I wish I could give someone credit for that technique, but it’s something I read back when I first got into SEO so I don’t remember where I read it (probably an internet marketing forum). Actually, I published this on-page SEO guide a few months ago: http://backlinko.com/on-page-seo

      Reply
  • Loz James

    Great stuff Brian
    I shared it earlier after a quick read through, and have now given it my full attention with a nice pint of real ale :-)

    There’s so much to action in here – but my favourite tip is naming a unique technique or strategy you come up with. If you then build up your online brand, as your site gets more popular you could potentially rank for quite a few if these self- invented keywords.
    I’d say ‘keep up the good work’ – but as you so obviously are I’ll simply say ‘thank you’.
    Cheers mate!
    Loz

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Hey Loz,

      Thanks for sharing and happy to hear that my post pairs well with a pint :-)

      Glad you liked that one. It’s one that’s a bit more on the hit or miss side of things, but when it works, it’s awesome. The name also helps the technique (and by proxy you), more memorable in general.

      Thanks again for your comment, Loz.

      Reply
  • Christopher Hofman

    A post with lots of good stuff Brian. I’m pretty occupied with STW, but have to add these techniques to the toolbox

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Christopher. This is some good stuff to complement the foundational strategies from SEO That Works.

      Reply
  • Aaron Hawkins

    Love this Brian… You never disappoint! I have had some amazing results using your skyscraper technique so will be definitely taking a closer look at some of these ideas. Keep up the great work mate.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Aaaon, glad you found the post helpful. But I’m even more pleased to hear that The Skyscraper Technique has worked out so well for you :-)

      Reply
  • Dimitris

    Hi Brian,thanks for amazing seo techniques :))))
    I have an authority site in Mens Health niche about 100 pages.These Pages have no obls.How is the best way to optimised on page seo this content?Have to begin give some outbound links from each page,or the best practise is to concetrate to specific pages that send links for ranking?….thank you

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    • Brian Dean

      My pleasure, Dimitris.

      I’d actually just follow this on-page SEO guide for your mens health site:
      http://backlinko.com/on-page-seo

      I’d just link out where it makes sense from a user’s point of view. Look for 2-3 resources that would help make the article better and link out to those.

      Reply
  • Josh May

    Brian this post is amazing!

    Seriously man, I appreciate you spending extra time crafting your posts and making them truly valuable for readers like me :)

    So many blogs out there just write the same old content over and over again that isn’t helpful…thanks for not being like every blog! There’s a lot here to take in, and I bookmarked it to work on some of these things the next couple of days.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week man.

    Josh May

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    • Brian Dean

      My pleasure, Josh. It’s nice to hear that all the extra work that goes into these posts makes them more actionable and valuable.
      Thanks again for your comment man. Have an awesome weekend.

      Reply
  • Jeff

    Hi Brian,
    You’re living GOD of SEO. What you’re sharing is gold stuff. This is one of the best if not the best ever seo techniques that i read in a very long time. I follow a lot of authority seo bloggers but you provide a list these techniques that is new to me.

    The one about wikipidea is high on the list of to do. Also, i have a question here. How many add inner pages that we should add in a post so as not to harm our ranking? Does google take into the account of linking of inner pages of our post when they decide to rank our page?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jeff! Really glad to hear that you got so much value out of the post.

      I usually add around 2-3 links to internal links per post, depending on a) the length of the post and b) what makes sense for that article. Just like with outbound links, internal links (probably) give clues to Google about a page’s relevancy.

      Reply
  • Scott McKirahan

    Fantastic stuff, as usual, Brian. The First Link Priority Rule is always one that causes me great angst. I often get torn between search engines and usability when it comes to the main navigation bar. And, I’ve never known what the heck to do about the “Home” link. You can hardly target your keywords with that one without it being anything but awkward.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Scott.

      I hear you on that. In my experience, when in doubt, put the user first.

      Fortunately, Google puts more weight on the anchor text of external links anyway. So as long as some of your external links have your target anchors, you’re probably OK with a “Home” button. In fact, I’ve ranked homepages with a “Home” anchor text nav button for some seriously competitive terms. So it’s not a make-or-break ranking signal by any means.

      Reply
  • Jock Wiz

    I find the point on “Link Out to Authority Sites” very interesting. But I also wonder if you link to other sites on your articles, does it matter if you “nofollow” or “dofollow” the link? I tend to “nofollow” my outbound links. Am I doing the right thing? What’s your take on this? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I always dofollow my outbound links (except for blog comments). If I were Google I’d definitely put sites that nofollow all of their outbound links under a bit of extra scrutiny. I haven’t seen any evidence of that, but it’s just my guy feeling. The goal is to look as natural as possible and dofollow outbound links definitely fits the bill.

      Reply
      • Jock Wiz

        Wow! Thank you so much for your very helpful thoughts, Brian. You just gained a fan today.

        Keep the taps flowing.

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          Happy to hear that, Jock :-)

          Reply
  • Mike

    I love when I see your newsletter arrive Brian because I know it’s going to lead me to an article jam packed with goodies.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Happy to hear that, Mike. You can always hit “reply” to any newsletter email if you have a question or just want to say what’s up.

      Reply
  • Garrick Dee

    Awesome list Brian, definitely gives us a lot of value. I’ll go through this again with my future sites.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Garrick! Let me know how the techniques work out for your future sites.

      Reply
  • Ryan Passarelli

    brian,
    Excellent post I really like the methods you mentioned above for finding keywords (reddit, wikipedia, and facebook) your so right Google Keyword Planner is great for measuring keywords, but it is terrible for Finding keywords!
    I also like to use this tool called Google Correlate. It helps you look at keywords that people queried when they searched the keywords you are targeting. Also SEM Rush is pretty pro for sniping competitors keywords.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad I’m not alone with my love/hate relationship with the Google Keyword Planner. It’s definitely an awesome tool and SEOs couldn’t live without. But as you said, it’s really not designed to help you find completely new keywords.

      Good tip about Google Correlate and SEM Rush. I’ve used them both quite a bit (SEM Rush a lot more obviously) and it’s really cool. I might discuss both of them in a future post.

      Reply
  • Emmanuel Rosani

    Great post man! Gonna share it and post it in my Google Plus wall to read for this weekend… :)

    Cheers,

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for sharing the post, Emmanuel. Let me know if any questions pop up as you read the post over the weekend.

      Reply
      • Emmanuel Rosani

        Sure, mate! I’m still on the process of learning SEO strategies and techniques. You and Jason Acidre are both amazing in giving throrough instructions and tutorials with regards to this topic! :)

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          These techniques should definitely help shorten your learning curve quite a bit, Emmanuel. I agree: Jason Acidre is an SEO legend!

          Reply
  • Nick

    Awesome info as usual, Brian. Gonna have to go through it a couple of times to digest the info.
    I’ve gotten natural ehow links, but they are nofollow, at least in my experience. No SEO value, no referral traffic. I guess it depends on the niche.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Nick, glad you found the post helpful.

      Good point about ehow links being nofollow (I didn’t know that). I agree that nofollow links pass zero SEO value.
      But as you said, depending on the niche and the popularity of that ehow article, you could get some decent referral traffic from
      that link.

      Reply
  • Jonathan

    This is awesome it was worth the wait :-)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad to hear that, Jonathan. I don’t post very often for one simple reason: so I can spend more time on every post that I do publish and make them worth the wait :-)

      Reply
  • Akbar Sheikh

    Hi Brian,
    You’re such a monster of practical and actionable content. This post oozes out your ability and force me to think that you deserve to rank for keyword “backlinks” on the first page. I wish I could clone you!! :D Simply awesome stuff.
    Keep helping us, the way you always do…
    Now, will put these tips into practice and get back to you..

    Two Thumbs Up!
    Akbar

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I’m happy to hear that I gave you some actionable tips you can use to get more search engine traffic. Definitely let me know how they work out for you, Akbar :-)

      Reply
  • Miki Vicioso

    Wow! so much value in this post! thanks for getting it together Brian!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      No problem, Miki. Happy to hear you got so much value from the article. Keep me posted on how the strategies work out for you.

      Reply
  • Michaela Balazova

    Great post Brian, thanks. I have learned a bunch of new SEO techniques, awesome! Will try them soon :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Really happy to hear you learned some new SEO techniques from this post, Michaela. Definitely give them a go and hit me up if you have any questions :-)

      Reply
  • Any K

    Hi Brian,
    Awesome techniques Brian, thank you so much. I am sure, I can reap great benefits from these techniques.
    You are simply matchless.
    Thanks again.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Any, glad you liked it :-)

      Shoot me an email if you have any questions or need help with any of the techniques.

      Reply
  • Danny Ashton

    Mega post and some very choice tips.

    But as you know I’m not one to only offer positives… Because ;-)

    Yesterday I was re doing our process for ideas and alltop was a part of it. Now I have also known it was a bit spammy (some of my grey sites are featured ) but now it seems way too bad. You have places like new York times next to random adsense blog x. Guy kawasaki needs to really start giving some sort of influence ranking or at least culling the total crap ones.

    So I gave taking the decision to remove alltop from the process and use searching for x best ‘niche’ blogs. It’s not perfect but Google at the moment is doing a good job of ranking quality publishers near the top.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Danny :-)

      Great insights there. I’ve noticed the same thing, especially in the SEO category. But like anything it doesn’t make sense to copy and paste the blogs listed in AllTop and call it a day. You obviously need to check them out and make sure they’re worth building relationships with.

      But I agree: AllTop should periodically go back and re-review some of the sites that are in there…or make it harder to get listed in the first place.

      Reply
  • Bibiano Wenceslao

    Now THIS is an actionable guide. Thanks for this 2014 SEO head start, Brian! Evernoted.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for your feedback, Bibiano. You’re right: this is the type of stuff that will help you blow by your competitors this year :-)

      Reply
  • Avnish

    thanks for sharing….really helpful…

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Avnish.

      Reply
  • Sunday

    A very practical post on SEO. This type of post is helpful for newbies and professional link builders. I have been exposed to some amazing techniques and I sure would like to try one or more out.

    Getting search engine traffic is crucial for the success of a blog and applying the right SEO technique is readily fundamental.

    Thanks Brian for sharing this awesome piece!

    I have left this comment also in kingged.com – the social bookmarking and content syndication website for Internet marketers where this post was shared.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

    http://kingged.com/21-seo-techniques-you-can-use-today-to-get-more-search-engine-traffic/

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for “Kinging” my post, Sunday. I’m also happy to hear that you’re going to try some of them out. Keep me posted :-)

      Reply
  • Tarun Singh

    Hey Brian,awesome seo techniques list ! I am looking forward to point #19 “Use Expert Roundups to Generate Links and Social Shares on Autopilot”.Thank you very much :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sounds like a plan, Tarun. Let me know how it goes.

      Reply
  • Louise Dickens

    Probably one of the most useful and brilliant posts that I have seen in this category. A HUGE thank you from this newbie – going to start acting on some of these right away.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      My pleasure, Louise. Glad to hear that you’re already going to put these into action. Keep me posted :-)

      Reply
  • Stuart Walker

    Brian I hate you! :D
    I was going about my daily traffic generation routine when I open my RSS feed to see what new blog posts have been made on my favorite blogs and I discover this, quite frankly, genius post.

    I think I’ll just have a quick read and what ends up happening? You only go and give me tons of new methods that I’d never thought of that I can’t help but try out.

    I’ve just spent the last hour on Reddit, Wikipedia and AllTop trying out your tricks instead of doing what I was supposed to be. :P

    Using Wiki for link opportunities via the dead link method was new to me but I always make it one of my first stops for keyword research as you can often find a ton of new keywords and related info you otherwise wouldn’t know,

    The expert round up post is a firm favorite of mines as well and as you know you were recently featured in my post “I Asked 8 – What’s The Best Keyword Research Tool?”

    Post is here if any of your readers are interested in how it can be done with relative ease…
    http://www.nichehacks.com/best-keyword-research-tool/

    It’s one of the most popular posts on the blog so far. It’s a brand new blog yet there’s 11 comments including from some of the experts and 35 social shares.

    On a dating niche site I took the ‘ego-bait’ post one step further and had sexy girls perform a dance and strip to revel the names of the major bloggers in my niche written on their bodies. As you can imagine it got a lot of attention from the big players in my niche and my audience and is a little more creative for getting links, shares and traffic.

    Remember to make sure you let all the people you features know when it’s posted as they’ll often tell their audience about it which results in floods of traffic.

    Thanks for the epic post Bryan. You really do blow me away with your intelligent SEO. I can’t read most SEO blogs I find them bland and boring but you continue to surprise me with ingenious methods of getting top quality links.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Great insights, Stuart. I think you’ll find that the hours-long distraction was worth it :-)

      I really like the ego-bait idea you mentioned here. A bit edgy, but that’s what it takes in some niches. Really creative stuff.

      That’s a really good tip: let people know what you mentioned them in a post. It’s so, so basic, but it works. Most influential people are super-busy and may not even realize they’ve been mentioned. A quick “hey, I mentioned you here” goes a long way.

      Reply
  • BhavukKhandelwal

    Hey Brian, This article is really really awesome, Seriously you have covered all 21 points which i never read on anywhere over internet. Everyone shares basics but here you have shared awesome info specially that face book keyword research and 1000+ words in a post, and the wiki pedia ideas are really good and helpful. learned many things from this article. keep sharing this kind of info thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Bhavuk! I tried to share strategies that aren’t talked about as often. Happy to hear that you learned something new from the post.

      Reply
  • Paul

    Yet again, an amazing post with some awesome techniques. I’m going to work through the list……I’ll report back with the results.

    Keep up the good work, Brian!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sounds like a plan :-) Definitely keep me posted with how the strategies work out for you, Paul.

      Reply
  • Elena Teplanova

    Great post! Very easy to follow (not just to understand, but for practising as well). Pity that not all of it works in non-english speaking space. Thanks, anyway.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Elana.

      You’re right: some of these techniques (like AllTop) only work for English-speaking sites. Fortunately, you can use most of the other techniques internationally.

      Reply
  • Serah Singh

    Very detailed article. Almost every SEO article on web has similar points but all your strategies are 100% unique and working.
    You are really an SEO genius.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Serah, glad I could help. Thanks for your feedback :-)

      Reply
  • Adegboye Adeniyi

    One word. Awesome. I intend to try each and everyone of these technique.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Adegboye! Sounds good. Let me know how they work out for you.

      Reply
  • Peak Curiosity

    Hey Brian, I appreciate you for helping us out. I found your tips really helpful, including tip number 20. Find Niche
    Specific Link Building Opportunities Using Flippa it’s like ebay for websites. And tip 21. Use Facebook Ads for Keyword Research. Thank you

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Happy to help. Those were two of my favorites too :-)

      Reply
  • Max

    Thanks for sharing your secret linkbuilding sauce with us Brian :)
    I just found a couple of subdomains at Backlinko
    http://speed.backlinko.com
    http://course.backlinko.com
    … just wondering, are you going to launch any tool and ecourse?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      No worries, Max. I actually have a premium business training course called SEO That Works. You can sign up
      here to get notified when registration opens up again: http://seothatworks.com/

      Reply
  • Timothy

    Brian,

    Another great post! I really appreciate you coming up with some new, fresh ideas for SEO that I have not seen elsewhere.

    -Timothy

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for your feedback Timothy! I’m glad to hear you saw some new stuff in my post :-)

      Reply
  • Brent Carnduff

    Awesome list Brian – thanks for sharing! Definitely going to start mixing some longer content in with my regular posts!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sure thing, Brent.

      Sounds like a plan! Let me know if you see any difference from publishing longer posts.

      Reply
  • Krystian Włodarczyk

    I can’t even say, how I like the stuff you’re writing. Off to share and tweet!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I really appreciate that, Krystian. Thanks for sharing the post :-)

      Reply
  • Sami Suliman

    Hi Brian, these are great tips, thank you.

    Do you have a faster (maybe automated) way to check wikipedia for dead links – that are on expired domains?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Sami. Good question. I’ve actually had a couple people email me with suggestions about automating the process.

      I’ll see if I can work them into the post without making the entire post about automating the first technique :-)

      Reply
      • Sami

        Thanks Brian, I am excited about building new links to our website using some of your techniques. BTW, I have another Q: What type of ELP would you write for a construction company. I am stuck what to write about. We work with both home owners on home improvements and on comercial projects :/

        Thanks again.

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          Sounds like a plan, Sami. I’m not sure what “ELP” stands for…

          Reply
          • Sami Suliman

            ELP – Expanded List Post – I think that’s what you called it on one of your videos.

          • Brian Dean

            You’re the first person to point that out, Sami. You’re absolutely right :-)

  • Debarpan

    Each and every single tips are really helpful,especially the Facebook ads keyword trick.One thing I would like to mention that this article is too big to read and it may bore readers as well.So I suggest if you break it into part 1 and part 2 you’d get much traffic.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you liked that one. Trust me, I know what I’m doing when it comes to traffic, Debarpan. One long post CRUSHES two shorter posts.

      Reply
  • Dave

    Great, great post. So much actionable goodness here. It’s amazing how many SEO blogs regurgitate the same tips, and this post puts them all to shame.

    Definitely plan on being back. Keep up the great work!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Dave! Stop by again anytime :-)

      Reply
  • Justin

    Great great stuff thanks. I am trying to use the last tip for facebook keyword suggestions but when I go to the create ad/page likes section, anything I put into that box just tells me “We didn’t recognize what you entered. Please enter the URL for your destination”

    What am I missing?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you enjoyed it Jason. Hmmm. Not sure why that’s happening. It could be that you’re on the page before the one I’m talking about here. Just put any URL in that box and you’ll go to the page where you can find interests and keywords.

      Reply
  • Sandi

    OMG what an amazing post, you are so generous with your knowledge and time. I particularly liked No.12 and try to employ that tactic with my website. I see you followed No.15 in writing this tremendous post! I have you bookmarked and will be coming back here often. Glad I’ve met you and I think you’re going to be a great mentor in my future SEO.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thank you Sandi. #12 is a real gem. Let me know how that technique works out for you.

      Reply
  • Gowtham V

    This is the best post i ever read about SEO on the internet.Though it took a while to read it, its really worth every second reading your posts.
    Thanks brain for this awesome post.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s great to hear, Gowtham. Keep me posted on how the strategies work out for your site.

      Reply
  • Nishadha

    Thanks for this awesome post. I have few that were ranking in the 2-3 pages and was thinking of ways of moving them up when I came across this. Your tips will help immensely in that regard.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Happy to help, Nishadha. Sending some internal juice their way should definitely help those pages crack page 1.

      Reply
  • Danny

    Skip all the googling and head straight here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:All_articles_with_dead_external_links

    Cheers, Brian.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Mind=blown. Just added that to the post. Thanks for sharing, Danny!

      Reply
  • Morten Madsen

    Thanks for a great post Brian – There really is a lot of stuff for me to see, how I can implement in my niche.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you enjoyed the post and learned some new stuff, Morten. Let me know how it goes.

      Reply
  • Rohit Chhibber

    Really Brain the article was awesome I have learn a lot of technique I give a try to wikipedia and really I got success :)

    Thanks for this post

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad to hear that you’ve already seen some success from that technique, Rohit :-)

      Reply
  • Sachin Agarwal

    Great post with illustrations and images. All the points are clear now. I loved this post

    Thanks :) Keep posting

    Reply
  • Vaibhav Jain

    Really Good post. Great share !

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Viabhav.

      Reply
  • Lalit

    Hey Brian… You actually put so much information on your single post only which covers actually all seo techniques which are working like a sure shot bullet for seo specialists.
    I think If I follow all mentioned describe seo tips then no one can stop me to become successful in seo for my blog. Thanks for your amazing work.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Lalit. You’re right: if you put these into practice you’ll rock the house :-)

      Reply
  • Ian Cleary

    Hey Brian, tons of value in this post. I love all the keyword research ideas, broken links and much more. Well done!
    Ian

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Hey Ian, thanks so much! It’s always nice to get positive feedback from a blogger that puts out epic stuff like you :-)

      Reply
  • Justin McGill @ Workado

    These ideas are absolutely brilliant and completely original. GREAT link building ideas.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Justin, thanks for your comment. I’m glad to hear that you learned something new from my post :-)

      Reply
  • Oceanic SEO

    Great stuff Brian – lot of valued stuff. Bookmarked

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks :-). Hit me up using the contact page if you have any questions.

      Reply
  • James

    This truly amazing and I’m gonna share this with like minded people. I loved the part about flippa. What a great source to get ideas. Building links tends to be the hardest to do, but a few good quality links is all you need now a days to get ranked. I currently rank for a very high volume keyword with only 5 links all with pr 3,4 and good DA and PA. Good links are hard to get but you only need a few which is encouraging! Props for this post!
    James

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I’ve noticed the same thing: a handful of the right links is all you need to rank today. As you said, getting those links is the real challenge.

      Thanks for your insights, James :-)

      Reply
  • Francois Clauss

    This is awesome post, many thanks for this. There are a lot of resources where we can find new keywords ideas instead of using Google Keyword Planner and they are free!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s very true, Francois: the best keywords are those that the Google Keyword Planner won’t show you. You need to basically find out where your target market hangs out and see what words and phrases they tend to use :-)

      Reply
  • Manoj Bisht

    Hi,
    At the time of reading from start, i thought it’s the same as others but what i think now is, experience says truth always. Thanks a lot for sharing these precious techniques.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      No worries, Manoj. Glad you got so much value out of the post.

      Reply
  • Jamie

    Outstanding, Brian!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jamie :-)
      Let me know if you give any of the techniques a try.

      Reply
  • Annastasia Webster

    This is a great article. You could even have split it into multiple articles, its so dense. Wonderful information I really want to try and I love that its all “white hat”!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Annastasia. You’re right: this easily could have been 3 articles. But I wanted to tap into that “awe” factor that I talked about in technique #15.

      Reply
  • Afzal

    Awesome Brian,
    As always learning new link building techniques from the expert. Great work, Thanks.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for your kind words, Afzal :D

      Reply
  • Virgie Hamilton

    I’m confused. How do you find the “dead link” once you get on the Wikopedia page?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You search for the words “dead link” on the page…

      Reply
  • Andrew Byrne

    I was waiting, waiting, waiting for the email from backlinko.
    Wow Now I know where it was! That is a huge effort, heaps of ideas that seem so obvious. But sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.

    Thank you for this great resource. I coming back to this one!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Andrew. Glad to hear that it was worth the wait :-)

      Reply
  • Adria F

    Just wanted to tell you that this post is amazing.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Adria. I appreciate it :-)

      Reply
  • Jaleel Hamid

    Fantastic tips Brian.. as always.
    Too bad that I cant use all the same tactics, as I am situated in Denmark, but stil a great read and magnificant inspiration for new creativity.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you got some value from the post, Jaleel. You’re right: a lot of these will work in Denmark in one form or another :-)

      Reply
  • Deep Wadhwa

    Awesome post Brian. I was just half way down and got engaged. It was really awesome.
    Great work done.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad to hear you liked it, Deep :-)

      Reply
  • Ankit Bansal

    Hi.
    This was a amazing article. First of all i would like to appreciate the effort that has been put into writing this. Every point is supported by lots of pics making it quire graphical and easy to understand. Moreover all the points mentioned were quite awesome and helpful.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Ankit, glad I could help make everything easy to understand :-)

      Reply
  • Dennis

    Great post Brain,

    but isn’t step 1 open ended now? What do you actually DO after researching the dead link?
    Very interested!
    -Dennis

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Dennis.

      After you find the dead link you want to reach out to the sites that link to the dead link. Let them know they have a broken
      link on their site and offer a resource on your site as a replacement. Sometimes — if the dead resource
      has enough links — it’s worth re-creating it on your site just for broken link building.

      Reply
      • Dennis

        Clear! Thanks for that!

        Reply
  • Ram

    Another brilliant post, Brian. God bless.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      No worries, Ram. Happy to help :-)

      Reply
  • hammad rafique

    “Let’s say thatyou drop a link to your “Recipe Index” page in a blog post with the anchor text “Healthy recipes”.” correction: that you! thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Nice catch! Thanks Hammad :-)

      Reply
      • Hammad rafique

        I have noticed that you are creating content in short paragraphs of 2 to 4 sentences and immediately after that your starts the next para or sentence. Any reason behind it? ;)

        Reply
        • Brian Dean

          That just makes it easier to read.

          Reply
          • Hammad Rafique

            Right! It’s easy for me to read this content. Long paragraphs takes away my interest and I normally quit the web. Your web is the only one, that I always read in full. :)

  • Shri

    Through neil patel’s Blog, I came to know backlinko. I really love the contents which you are covering
    Thank you Brian :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Shri :-)

      Reply
  • SialThuong

    Thank you Brian,
    Every time you publish a post. I know there are a lot of things to learn from.
    Please keep going for another awesome posts in the future.
    Best Regards,

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I appreciate that, Sial. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Reply
  • Aurélien

    Awesome post! A huge thanks for sharing all these tips. It is very useful !

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sure, no problem Aurélien. Glad you got so much value out of it :-)

      Reply
  • Neil Desai

    Brilliant post Brian! I think this is a complete post for SEO techniques that can work in 2014. I agree with all your points. I’m looking forward to trying some of the things.

    The only thing, whoever uses these methods better also be creating great content otherwise their efforts will be short-lived.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Neil. You’re right: most of these strategies won’t work without awesome content to back it up :-)

      Reply
  • Miguel

    Love this post!
    #7 has been in my aresenal a while, we do it for every piece of content we create.
    #8 is where I start with all clients when SEO consulting.
    #16 is interesting because no one really knows about it. Myself and a former colleagu did a test on it about 4 years ago and published our results which conculded what you are saying. Since then I’ve been careful to follow this rule. The only issue is that often times using the exact kw does not “work” for navigation anchor texts. But with a little CSS trickery one can get the code for the nav bar to be lower in the code, prioritizing contextual links. I’ve also seen sites add links to 3-5 specific and important internal pages with keyword rich anchor texts, at the very top of the page in order to get those important internal links to be indexed first.

    All fantastic strategies that I can’t wait to try out!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Miguel.

      That’s one of the things I’d start off doing for clients too. It’s a great way to get some results within a week or so of signing the contract :-)

      Interesting. I never thought of hacking the code to make the nav bar seem further down the page. Very clever!

      Reply
  • Jeric

    I tried to do finding dead links on Wikipedia but I can’t find one. Is it still working?
    By the way Brian, thank you so much for these awesome lists! I learned new strategies again. :D

    Reply
  • James Hollister

    Thanks for the post, this is some seriously useful stuff. Much better than other stuff I read. Thanks again

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks James. I try to make all of my posts really practical and useful so it’s nice to hear that I’m on the right track :-)

      Reply
  • Umer Iftikhar

    Can’t explain how easy and good it was. I am blessed to know your blog so I can find out the best techniques. Thanks Brian

    Reply
  • Bryon

    Great article. In fact I think this single article has more helpful information on increasing website traffic than the entire ” Smart Passive Income” website. Thanks for the premium SEO information for the unbelievable price of free.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I’m not sure it’s better than SPI…Pat’s site has some really awesome stuff.

      Either way, thanks Bryon. Let me know if you have any questions about the techniques in the post.

      Reply
  • Jason Bax

    There you go again, Brian, raising the bar. Awesome value.
    I made the mistake of drinking half a cup of coffee before reading this. Now I’m more jacked up than a racehorse at the gate waiting for the bell.
    I learned a few other advanced link building secrets in this interview with Brian…
    http://www.internetmarketing.com/link-building-secrets-that-will-rock-your-rankings-with-brian-dean/

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jason! Well said :P

      I haven’t shared our interview in a while. Adding it to my Buffer right now…

      Reply
  • Jessica

    This is great info. I know nothing about SEO and trying to learn. My site fell from #1 on google for over 2 years to non existent in a matter of months…. How or why does this happen? My business is soon to be out of business :(

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jessica. There are a lot of reasons for that. Could be a manual penalty, Panda, Penguin etc.

      Reply
  • MikeB

    DAMNNNNNNN
    i haven’t been in School for 10 years
    but this info got me learning a lot
    thanxx

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Mike! Let me know how the strategies work out for you.

      Reply
  • Iulian

    This is pure gold. I haven’t read such good info for a while now. Congratulations.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you liked it, Lulian. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Reply
  • Leo @Newbiesup

    This is the best article I’ve read this year, though it’s only 1 month so far in 2014 ;)

    Thank you for your great sharing Brian

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Leo!

      I wanted to get that out there to start 2014 on the right foot :-)

      Reply
  • Pat

    Love it. I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to a few of these techniques in the future.
    At least “keyword research” can now be my go-to excuse for visiting Reddit as much as I do :P

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Exactly! That’s a great excuse. Let me know if you have any questions about the techniques.

      Reply
  • Praveen

    Awesome tips to increase traffic traffic on the website. I was looking for some effective tips of link building. I started off with new SEO project and I was a little confused about where to start. Dealing with dead links of wikipedia and finding authoritative sites I found the best. I hope it will work for me.

    Thanks,

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      No problem, Praveen. This should definitely give your new SEO campaign a shot in the arm :-)

      Reply
  • Julez

    Good read, and YMMV here, but Tomoson is a waste of time. Sure you can sort the offers and get their stats, but you have to actually look into the social pages that they link to.

    The promotion that I created came back with some decent results … hey they had 17 000+ FB Fans 13 000 Twitter Followers. But they all looked like this:
    http://i.imgur.com/QghcB6w.jpg

    Zero activity on that that page and the rest of the 21 applicants I had received were all similar or different shades of worse. Wasted a good 4hrs on that bs.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for sharing that, Julez. I’ve used it and had good (and bad) results. I’d recommend filtering by metrics that are a bit harder to game like Alexa or PR. Not perfect, but should help eliminate some of the riff raff. It also depends on what you’re giving away. A diamond ring is going to bring in better applicants than a free pen.

      Reply
  • Robert

    Hi Brian,
    Blogpost like this brings back enthousiasm and motivation. After reading Moz end SEL someone who thinks out of the box is refreshing. I learned a lot here! Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Robert. Glad to give you some motivation. Let me know how it goes :-)

      Reply
  • Milos

    Awesome content. Some of the ideas border on genius.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Milos. I really appreciate that :D

      Reply
  • Yun

    Mamma mia..This is absolutely the best SEO guide I’ve read for the recent months. Get lots of inspiring ideas. Thanks Brian!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You know you’re doing something right when someone starts a comment with “mamma mia”. But seriously, glad you enjoyed the post Yun. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Reply
  • Kiran Sulebhavi

    Really awesome blog Brian. You have given unknown ways to build quality backlinks. Wikipedia’s dead links idea is great.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Kiran, glad you like that tip. I’ve had a lot of success with that Wikipedia technique :-)

      Reply
  • Muhammad Ali

    One Word Brian “Bravvoooo”.
    Regards

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      One word Muhammad: “thanks” :-)

      Reply
  • Chris

    Love the Wikipedia ideal, very clever!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you like that one, Chris. When I first realized that Wikipedia tagged dead links I knew I had to a) test it out and b) share it with the Backlinko community.

      Reply
  • Lorraine Syratt

    Kudos, Brian. Excellent tutorial. I think I spent a couple hours playing with all the buttons hither and yon. Great fun. Learned tons. Good clinic. :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Lorraine! Happy to help :-)

      Reply
  • Jamie

    I tried using #11 with the domain hunter plus. however domain hunter plus does not seem to work and be able to check the links in google after i have altered the time frame… its stuck at 0 links. the extension works for all other site links though. any idea why?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Not sure what you mean, Jamie. #11 was about reverse engineering. Not sure how Domain Hunter Plus would help…

      Reply
  • Minesh Rai

    Hi Brian,
    I always admire the way you write. Every article on Backlinko are true gems. Some of the above mention tips I often use for growing traffic to my blogs. While other I will definitely try in future. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Minesh, thank you :-)
      Let me know how the new techniques work our for you.

      Reply
  • Eduardo

    Nice man.

    About First Link Priority Rule. This rule is for external links too? If i have two anchor text for the same external website link in a article for ex…

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Good question, Eduardo. I haven’t seen any case studies on external links and the First Link Priority Rule. But I’d imagine it works the same way.

      Reply
  • René Meijer

    Hi Brain,
    This post is a really eyeopener for me. Your tips and advise brings me great inspiration. Keep up the good work!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      René, thanks for your comment. Keep me posted on how the techniques work for you :-)

      Reply
  • Vince

    Just came across your site and am totally blown away by the amount of information you have. My brain is still digesting the first syllable.

    Seriously….who the hell are you and do you accept virtual hugs?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Vince. Yes, I accept virtual hugs…but it depends on who’s offering :-)

      Reply
      • Vince

        Haha – just me buddy. Great post Brian.

        Reply
  • Julien

    Wow thanks Brian, your techniques are awesome ! First time i found a post with these linkbuilding techniques, impressive… i’ll come back here for sure !

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Julien, thanks for your comment. Stop by again anytime :-)

      Reply
  • Lolly

    Great post Brain! Really took a lot away from it. Very innovative ideas I hadn’t come across before! Love your out-of-the-box thinking!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Lolly! Happy to help. Let me know how the strategies in the post work out for you.

      Reply
  • Powell

    Hi, should publishers try to spot high ranked authors and hire them to write pieces to their sites?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That can work really well, Powell, if the author has a lot of name recognition in your industry. BTW, that strategy is called “Reverse Guest Posting”.

      Reply
  • Tyronne Ratcliff

    Wow Brian, epic post! I always love reading your posts because you always seem to think outside the box. Have a good one and keep up the great work!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks for your comment, Tyronne! I really appreciate your support :-)

      Reply
  • Amod

    One of the best posts… ever. Period.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Amod. That’s quite a compliment :-)

      Reply
  • sameer

    Hey Brian
    Thanks for sharing nice write ups…Delicious Point is very interesting…Overall great link building techniques…
    Thanks again for sharing great post.
    keep posting…

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Sameer. Definitely try the Delicious link building strategy. As a few other members of the Backlinko community pointed out, Scoop.it is another site that might work even better.

      Reply
  • Riaan

    CRAZY GOOD!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Riaan :-)

      Reply
  • SEO Take Over Sk

    Great tips, too bad the broken link for seo on wikipedia is fixed :D

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      It was only a matter of time :-)
      Fortunately, there are thousands of other dead links on Wikipedia that are still there.

      Reply
  • Shilpi Agarwal

    Awesome article! How do you find the URL of the dead link to take your broken link and pop it into ahrefs (or your link analysis tool of choice) in the first one that you suggested? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you liked it, Shilpi. Just look at the URL of the link that’s marked as “dead link”.

      Reply
  • Roberto

    Hi Dean! I’ve just tried the Wikipedia broken LinkBuilding technique…
    I recreated a source and replaced the dead link (2+ years old).
    As soon as I saved the page, wiki bot reported my action as “vandalism”.
    I recreated the source (even better than the original) and replaced it just like the previous one. It was my first edit but I’ve been a user for almost 5 years.
    What might be the reason? Thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Not sure, Roberto. Wikipedia has a ton of internal rules that’s I’m not super-familiar with. As I said in the post you’re better off targeting other (non-Wikipedia) sites that are linking to that dead resource.

      Reply
  • Christos Papadimitriou

    Hello Brian,
    we contacted recently vi email. :-)

    I have a though. Now that google finally realized that the exact anchor text is spam, I believe that good anchor text technique is :

    “anchor text” + “colon mark” + “link”
    example for motocycle jacket:

    “Here you can find cheap moto jackets : http://link/
    What’s your opinion?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That can work. But you definitely want to mix it up as much as you can.

      Reply
  • Geri Richmond

    Hi Brian,
    WOW!! This is truly an epic post with so much information on SEO that I’m going to bookmark it and come back to read more. #3,5,6 and 13 are just awesome. Like you said pick one and explore. Love the way you can get keywords that will help you rank.
    Thanks so much.
    Geri Richmond

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Hey Gery, Glad you enjoyed the post. Definitely a good one to bookmark and refer back to from time to time :-)

      Reply
  • Abhey

    Hi Brian,
    Thank you so much for your great and helpful post! will do most of the techniques you’ve mention in your article. God bless for sharing your ideas and knowledge. :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Abhey, thanks! Let me know how the techniques work out for you :-)

      Reply
  • Scott Bradshaw

    This is such an awesome post. Clearly you know your stuff, and I’ve spent the last hour just pouring over (only) the first few ideas you’ve presented here. Thanks so much. I’ll definitely be coming back for more!!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Scott! Let me know if any questions come up as you go through the techniques.

      Reply
  • Spook SEO

    Brian Dean this is a comprehensive article in which you put lots of information. I knew a few of techniques that are normally used in SEO. Some of techniques are totally new for me and next time I will start working on them.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you learned something new :-)

      Reply
  • Yves

    One of the best posts so far this year. To bad many things cannot be done for german seos. :p

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Yves. I appreciate that. Fortunately, there’s still quite a few strategies that can be done in Germany too :-)

      Reply
  • Ben Ustick

    Hey Brian,
    Like the hundreds of people already, I thought this was an amazing post. You have a great way of breaking things down into ways that the average reader will be able to understand and make actionable. I think this is a great resource for our readers, so I included it in my monthly roundup of the best SEO, social media, and content marketing articles. http://www.northcutt.com/blog/2014/02/january-resource-round-up-the-best-of-seo-social-media-and-content-marketing/

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Ben. I really appreciate you including me in your monthly roundup :-)

      Reply
  • vincent

    This is definitely an awesome article on SEO, i’ve already tried a couple and it works like a charm. Especiallycon the wikipedia strategies. Also great info on writing 200+ words on youtube videos. All i can say is great stuff and glad to have found this goldmine of SEO information.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I’m pumped to hear you’ve already seen results from the strategies in this post, Vincent :-)

      Reply
      • vincent

        Its really great info and im equally pumped up to see results. Trying out the reddit and wikipedia keyword research next :-)

        Reply
  • Lee

    Hi Is there any way to tighten up the footprint for the dead wiki links (apart from in title) as im geting relavant results, but also a lot of off topic stuff that coincidently mentions the target phrase in text. Also the [key phrase] is this the same as “keyword” in fot print? cheers, brian, lee

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I honestly don’t know of any way to filter out irrelevant results. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of link building in general :-(
      Actually, [key phrase] will only bring up those exact two words (nothing before or after).

      Reply
  • Preeti Kaur

    Thanks Brian for sharing these points. I was desperately looking for ways to increase search traffic. Although, it is good right now, but I need more. All I was getting was basic SEO techniques which I have pretty much applied but was looking for extensive ones. These are perfect for my requirement. Thanks a bunch!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad you learned some new stuff, Preeti :-)

      Reply
  • kenneth chooks

    Just discovered your website some days back. seems you are ranking for all the seo related keywords mate. :-)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I’m ranking for a few…but I want to rank for them all someday Kenneth :-)

      Reply
  • Shakaib

    I am running a blog containing collection of text messages, poems and jokes. How can i get natural backlinks for this kind of blog?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Find pages that talk about text messages, poems and jokes and pitch your site to them.

      Reply
  • PJ Zafra

    Wow! This is awesome! Lots of good tips here. I used to do a lot of SEO but stopped when the latest update came out. I’m getting back into the SEO game so this post definitely help out a bunch! Appreciate you for sharing this! Keep it up!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad to hear that you’re getting back in the SEO game, PJ. Let me know how the strategies from the post work out for you :-)

      Reply
  • M hammad rafique

    Another question brian.. my blog’s bounce rate is 88%. Its about how to tutorials. People open it and get their desired info and closes it. Is it good for my blog? or i am going to penalized by panda? :-/

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That can happen with how-to keywords. As long as people are sticking on your pages for a long time, Google knows they’re having a good experience. No worries there.

      Reply
  • Lewis

    Hey Brian,
    Excellent post as always my friend :)
    Just a suggestion, but maybe you could write an article about generating traffic to a brand new blog. As you know, when you start out, you have only a couple posts and very little credibility with other bloggers, also the search engines will take considerable time to be of any benefit initially. Would be interesting to know how Brian Dean approaches that dilemma!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Lewis :-)

      Actually I’ve found that the number of posts you have doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of SEO or recognition. It’s more important
      that you have a handful of AWESOME posts. In fact, Backlinko grew from zero to over 50k visitors a month with only 18 posts.

      Reply
  • Dwayne

    Brian,
    This is a wealth of information with detailed, actionable strategies. I am a fan and now a subscriber to your blog. Keep up the good work!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Dwayne :-)

      Reply
  • Expertsfromindia

    Hey Brian,
    Thanks for the awesome blog sharing with us, its really nice blog.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks guys!

      Reply
  • Warner Carter

    one of the best link building posts I ever read

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s an awesome compliment, Warner. Thanks!

      Reply
  • IQVenue

    Awesome post – quality information that really works

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks guys.

      Reply
  • Robert connor

    We got nothing but value thanks Brian!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Glad to hear that, Robert :-)

      Reply
  • sirish kumar

    really good list of techniques with examples Brian that are very helpful and can be understandable to all…! Hope to see more interesting posts.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Those examples help, right Sirish. Glad you liked it :-)

      Reply
  • sakthi

    Awesome post – quality information i learned some new stuff thanks bro….

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sakthi, glad you learned something new from the post (I actually learned some new stuff while writing it!).

      Reply
  • Shekhar

    Hey thanks man, you have described all the the techniques to building great backlinks in detailed , the 1, 2, 3, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, and 21 are the must try for anyone, as they are the easier and seems to much effective, gonna try all of them…thanks

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Let me know how those work out for you, Shekhar :-)

      Reply
  • rakesh kumar

    This post is extremely helpful to any blogger who want to hit at the top for some keywords or want to rank their pages from last pages to first page. subscribe your emails and will try to keep in your touch. Keep it up Brain :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Rakesh!

      Reply
  • Matt O'Gara

    This post is ABSOLUTELY awsome. I’m off to give some of these a try. Cheers Brian!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Nice Matt! Let me know how they work out for you :-)

      Reply
  • micheal

    Hi Brian,
    My competitor is market leader from past 4 years, his linki building is mostly links in article directories and link directories. He is adding just 1 link in his articles to homepage without any anchortext. The anchortext is the complete title of his homepage. He isn’t penalized by penguin yet. Why he is on top of the list?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Not sure, Micheal. Are you sure he’s just using article and web directories? I’ve found that sites that have spammy links + real links often survive updates.

      Reply
      • micheal

        I have traced his backlinks and 80% of them are directories.. That website has original content and loves by users, and I accept this truth. But Google isn’t penalizing that web… Strange.

        Reply
  • Jonathan

    Brian,
    It’s really a pleasure to read you.
    Nice job again

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jonathan :)

      Reply
  • Kate Hudson

    Now that is a repository of solid SEO tips. The article is for keeps .Something to refer back each day to work on

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Kate. Let me know how the techniques work out for you.

      Reply
  • rcrformation

    I found there are many techniques which we can use to get top organic ranking.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Happy to hear that you learned something new from my post guys.

      Reply
  • Asim Farooq

    Made my day, no doubt the techniques are awesome. Though, I am already using some of these techniques, specially technique number 20 is my hot favorite :)

    Really great research, got awesome additions in my to do list!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Nice! I’m partial to #20 as well, Asim :-)

      Reply
  • Mcsd

    Great post Brian. Quick question. Are these the main link building that u do, or are these in addition to some other link building? For example, on a brand new site do u just start these techniques, or do u do any web2.0 initially and the apply one of these techniques?

    Thx.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thank you. These strategies are great but they’re not the core of my link building, which is a mix of great content and outreach. I actually don’t use or recommend web 2.0s anymore.

      Reply
  • Mark

    Great tips! I am sure some of the techniques are known to many bloggers, but some of them sounds fresh, and I think I’ll try and see where they take my sites
    Thanks for this amazing article

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Definitely give them a try and let me know how they work out for you, Mark :-)

      Reply
  • Matt Myers

    Thanks for the tips. I spent about an hour reading through and clicking over to everything. Super, super helpful. Thanks for your good work.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s awesome Matt. Let me know how the techniques work out for you :-)

      Reply
  • Rajesh

    Now I got more options of finding New Keyword. Thanks for the awe info.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You’re welcome, Rajesh.

      Reply
  • TimothyTorrents

    Wow! That was an incredibly detailed article, long as well, but I am glad that I read it. Most of these techniques I never heard about before. I signed up to the list, can’t wait to learn more!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thank you Timonthy :-)

      Reply
  • Salman

    Hi Brian,
    These 21 SEO techniques are simply awesome. I found the techniques #1 and #8 most valuable. Now its time to get the posts sitting on 2,3 pages to first page.

    Thanks a lot !

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sounds good, Salman. Let me know how it goes :-)

      Reply
  • Robert

    How have I never come across this blog before. Found it through a recomendation on UK business forum and glad I did. Some great tips on here that i will certainly be using… Oh where do I start…..

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Welcome to backlinko, Robert. I’d start with #1 and work your way down the list.

      Reply
  • Jeff

    Wow very nice article Brian. Perhaps this is one major reason why my site died. I was not paying attention to links. Some of the techniques you mentioned here seems do-able enough for me. I’ll try to do a some of the techniques you mention. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jeff. Links are the lifeblood a site’s SEO. So once you start getting them again you’ll be back in business :-)

      Reply
  • Henk de Vries

    That was a long read Brian but well worth it. Thank you for not only explaining it to us, but also for using the visual aids in your examples. Truly awesome man!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      I aim to please, Henk. Thanks for the feedback on visual aids. I’ll keep that up :-)

      Reply
  • Amina

    Thanks again Brian, i like what you share but i want to know if theses methods are used also for frensh sites or only for english sites, because, i tried some of them, but didn’t work for me.
    Please help.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Most of the strategies will work for French sites, Amina. In some cases (like with Flippa or Tomoson) you’ll need to find an equivalent French site. But the approach behind the strategies work in any country.

      Reply
  • Raj

    Hi Brian, Thanks a lot for the fully detailed post, this post made me realize that i have to learn lot more in SEO. Surely i will try all the techniques you have mentioned. Thanks again.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Sounds good Raj. Let me know how it goes.

      Reply
  • Amina

    Thanks very much for your answer Brian, but for the first technique, i tried to find a dead links for keyword i want ranked, but when i want to edit link and replace it by mine, i didn’t find how it can work.
    You said re-create that dead link on your website. I would like to understand on wich page i should put it? Is it on new page or partner page?
    Thanks again

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You want to re-create the resource (or a similar one) on your site, Amina.

      Reply
  • Amina

    I don’t know how i can thank you Brian, you are very gentel.
    You reply for all comments.
    So i want re-create the resource on wikipedia putting my site. And go to this last insert dead link wich will point to my site on wikipedia. Is it like this the method? and how it works?

    Reply
  • Amina

    OK, im going to chek it Brian.

    Reply
  • Zunnun

    Best Guide. I am trying this guide.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Zunnun. Keep me posted…

      Reply
  • shri

    Thank you Brian,
    For wonderful backlinks tip from wikipedia and all It really work very cool

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You’re welcome, Shri. That Wikipedia technique works really well.

      Reply
  • Abdul

    Totally worth for me. Fortunately all are unique and working strategies you posted.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Abdul!

      Reply
  • Nonoy

    Hi Brian. This is the most excellent post I’ve ever read about SEO techniques. I just wonder: what if my competitors apply these strategies too? :-(

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Then do them twice as much, Nonoy :-)

      Reply
  • Alsa kim

    Hi Brain,
    Thanks for the tips. I like all the keyword research ideas, sharing link building techniques.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thank you Alsa. Glad you liked the tips :-)

      Reply
  • jack

    Really useful and easily understand,I am a beginner for SEO
    It’s help me to improve my skills,more SEO tips send via my mail ID ..

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Jack!

      Reply
  • Gurdeep Singh

    Hi Brain,
    Thank you so much for give us this latest information about SEO. When i was reading your tips that same time i was trying you tips in second tab of browser. You all tips are right and useful. I think you should post new topic soon about SEO. I am waiting. :)

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Gurdeep. Glad to see you’re putting the tips into action :-)

      Reply
  • Neil Walker

    What I really like about you Brian and I know a lot of people have already mentioned it, is – you always provide quality content and these kind of tactics you could simply keep to yourself but you don’t. You genuinely want to go out of your way to help others and I really respect you for that. GOOD WORK!!!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Neil. I like reading that (it never gets old). Let me know if you have any questions :-)

      Reply
  • Adam Methew

    One of the best post I ever read. You described all Seo things in one post and very amazingly. Also easy to understand. Thanks for share.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Adam. That’s high praise for sure…let me know how the techniques work out for you :-)

      Reply
  • Peter

    Before declaring Reddit a good place to conduct keyword research, might I remind everyone that Reddit’s user demographic is that of a poorly-educated tween-adolescent who lives with his/her parents, is unemployed and has no money of his/her own.

    These are not exactly go-getter types, much less people who may eventually land within the parameters of a given market segment one of the readers of this blog may be targeting. They’ll get by on government assistance and nothing more (except for the ones who discover selling drugs) once their parents kick them out of the house.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      That’s a really harsh generalization, Peter. Reddit is one of the top 25 sites in the US, which means it gets a mix of people. The demographic is definitely on the younger side, but I don’t agree that it’s full of unemployed people living in their parent’s basement.

      Reply
  • 4 Cores Comunicação

    You hit a grand slam with this great article. I have learned a bunch of new techniques. Thank you so much for the work you put into it.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      No problem. That’s what I do :-)

      Reply
  • Chris Kimber

    I love reading your articles. I still havent got any emails from your mailing list? How often do you do them? Your tweets are good any way, im @ozzywizzpop and i’ve tweeted you before.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Chris, I appreciate it. I usually send an email once or month (or whenever I have something awesome to share).

      Reply
  • Chris

    As with regards to the Wikipedia article, once you have your list of websites that link to the dead link how do you go about getting the dead link to point towards your link?

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Chris, you have to reach out to the site owners and ask them to replace the dead link with yours.

      Reply
  • Aryan Meheta

    Hi Brain,
    I would really like to help many thanks for your attempts you have devote producing this site. Now i am wanting to see identical high-grade information by a person in the future too.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thank you Aryan.

      Reply
  • javad

    ty Brian i read 16 tips of this article and find them useful for me

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You’re welcome, Javad.

      Reply
  • Toim

    Brian excellent post! Thanks for sharing your secret tactics!

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Cheers Tom! I aim to please :-)

      Reply
  • Ersin Tezcan

    Hi Brian. One more very usefull article for even SEO experts. Basicly ı may say that your 21 SEO techniques are simply awesome. I found the techniques #1 and #9 most valuable. Thank you very much again for the article and the new techniques for me.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Hey Ersin. Glad you learned something new. Let me know how they work out for you :-)

      Reply
  • Skip

    I’m confused by this Wikipedia scheme you propose: You find dead links to…do what, exactly? Let webmasters know that their links are broken? Replace them with your own? I’m sorry I just don’t get it. I’ve read that passage several times and its point eludes me. Could you elaborate? What are you hoping to accomplish, exactly? Thanks

    Reply
  • Andrew Hansen

    Wow Brian,
    Just when I think I know SEO I read something like this. Great post and thanks for sharing.

    Andrew.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You’re welcome, Andrew. Hit me up if you have any questions.

      Reply
  • Davis

    Hi Brian, thanks for these amazing tips. It is clear that coming up with the right niche and killer keywords is important. And the SEO techniques that you’ve explained are very valuable, especially these times when shortcuts don’t add value.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      You’re welcome, Davis. Absolutely: keyword research is a HUGE difference maker.

      Reply
  • Shalu Sharma

    Who would have thought that Reddit has untapped resources that marketers can use. Classic tips here.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Shalu. Reddit is a goldmine!

      Reply
  • Addy

    You description and explanation on every particular topic is very impressive. I am glad to read your blog here Brain.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Cheers Addy. Happy to have you as a reader :-)

      Reply
  • Danny Pradana

    Hei Brian Dean!

    I love this article…

    I love use reddit, delicious, facebook and all.
    Why you don’t use stumble upon or pinterest?
    Thanks for advanced.

    I’ll wait what you post next.
    Cheeers…

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Danny. I actually do use Pinterest but I haven’t been able find great content or keyword ideas on Stumble Upon.

      Reply
  • sanjana murya

    Hi,I am reading the blogs from a very long time but after coming to your blog i really enjoyed to know more about SEO tactics.Thanks for providing us this kind of blogs.I will looking forword for more new and interesting blogs.

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Sanjana.

      Reply
  • Neil Curtis

    Hi Brian, I’ve seen one of two of these tips flying around on other blogs, and these (single) tips alone get a lot of love from the respective communities. So this article is fantastic. I think the identification of broken links is a cool technique, whether on Wikipedia or some other website.

    Thanks a lot, Neil

    Reply
    • Brian Dean

      Hey Neil! A lot of work went into this one so it’s nice to hear you learned something new from the post :-)

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  • Maria Garcia

    I would never thought someone would share in so much dept these techniques… Thank you so much! I can’t wait to start applying them. You just won yourself another reader.

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    • Brian Dean

      You’re welcome Maria. Let me know how the strategies work out for you :-)

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  • Karen Melendez

    You are such a Ninja :)

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    • Brian Dean

      Thanks Karen :-)

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