How to Build AWESOME Backlinks in 2022 (9 Proven Strategies)
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How to Build AWESOME Backlinks
in 2022 (9 Proven Strategies)

Brian Dean

Written by Brian Dean

How to Build AWESOME Backlinks in 2020 (9 Proven Strategies)

Ready to grab some quality backlinks and boost your site’s Google ranking?


This post contains 9 proven link-building strategies that are working GREAT right now.

(In 2022.)

Let’s get started!

1. Use Data to Get Links From News Sites and Blogs

In one of my recent guides I covered how to use HARO to become a source for reporters.

And that’s something you should DEFINITELY be doing.

But HARO connects you with journalists who are planning features in advance.

And what else do reporters do? They report the news of course! And the news doesn’t work on a set schedule.

So… if there’s breaking news related to your niche, that’s a HUGE opportunity to pick up mentions and links.

Here’s what to do:

1. Monitor the news for new mentions of your site’s main topics

The easiest way to do that is by setting up a Google alert or BuzzSumo Alert.

Buzzsumo – McDonalds keyword alert

2. Reach out to reporters with added VALUE

If you’re going to get a link from a news site, you’re going to have to put in some work.

You have to provide real value to the reporter. And ideally, make their life easier.

Reaching out and saying “I see you wrote about this, I wrote about it too.” will quickly get you flagged as a spammer.

How do you provide value? Here are some ideas:

  1. Give them a quote with personal insight from your industry. Include your credentials.
  2. Offer unique data or statistics.
  3. Offer an alternative take.
  4. Create an infographic or custom visual that they can embed in their story.

Whichever way you go, there’s one thing that’s SUPER important…

You need to act FAST.

Today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s recycling. So ideally you want to reach out the same day that the news is breaking.

Pro tip: Create a personal black book of journalists who cover your industry. Then ping them as soon as you see a story breaking. That way you might catch them while they are still working on an article for publication.

2. Scale The Skyscraper Technique

Yup, skyscraper content is still my #1 go-to tactic for building high quality links.

In fact, this piece of Skyscraper Content that I published a while ago has already racked up 5,6K backlinks:

Voice search SEO study – Backlinks

The best part? This approach is SUPER simple. In fact, it’s so simple, I can boil it down to just 3 steps:

  1. Find a popular piece of content in your niche. Hint: popular = lots of backlinks.
  2. Make something even better.
  3. Promote the heck out of it!

With that, here are a few extra tips to help you scale this strategy.

Find Popular Content

Your first point of call is Google. Search a popular keyword in your niche, and it’s a safe bet that the page ranking at #1 will have backlinks powering that #1 ranking.

Google SERP – Paleo diet tips

But say you’re not sure which topic is going to be best for attracting links. Is there a way to take out the guesswork?


(Note: you’ll need an account from Semrush or any other SEO tool for this.)

Semrush and other link analysis tools have a report called “Best by links”. This will show you the most linked-to pages on any site.

For example, you can see that my Google Ranking Factors post has picked up links from almost 5K domains!

Semrush – Indexed pages – Backlinko

So plug in a competitor’s site, find their most popular pages, and you’re set. Easy peasy.

Make Something (a LOT) Better

Found a page to skyscraper? Great. Your next step is to create something even better.


…making your page “a little” better isn’t going to cut it.

If you REALLY want to pull in those links you’re going to have to make something a LOT better.

In fact, I try to make my skyscraper content 5-10x better than the current top page.

How do I do it?

Easy. I work out what’s missing. Then, fill in those gaps.

Here are a few tips from my personal checklist:

  1. Does the ranking page go in-depth on the topic? If not, I’ll make sure I cover EVERYTHING it skipped.
  2. Is the ranking page text heavy? If so, I’ll include TONS of high-quality images in my post to make it more visually appealing.
  3. Does the ranking page include video? If not I’ll add one to mine. In fact, I’ll probably do that anyway!
  4. Does the ranking page include 10 tips? Then I’ll include 20. Doubling is a good starting point.
  5. Does the ranking page include links to related resources? If not, I’ll make sure mine does.

I’ve yet to find a page that I can’t 10x with a little thought and a lot of hard work.

For example, a few months ago I noticed that most posts about “how to get more YouTube subscribers” sucked.


  • They were written by people that don’t have successful YouTube channels
  • They cited outdated strategies, techniques and features
  • They didn’t have any visuals to show you how to implement each strategy
  • They all regurgitated the same tired strategies

So I set out to create something WAY better.

Backlinko – How to get YouTube subscribers

Unlike the other posts that I read, my post had:

  • Real life examples of how I used the tips to grow my channel
  • New strategies that you couldn’t find anywhere else
  • Lots of screenshots and visuals to make the techniques easy to understand (and use)

Promote The Heck Out Of It

Reaching out to people you featured in your content is a good place to start with content promotion.

Besides that, here are some other tips:

  1. Reach out to people who linked to your competitor’s page.
  2. Reach out to people who commented on your competitor’s page.
  3. Reach out to people who shared your competitor’s page on social.
  4. Reach out to people who linked to other pages in the top 10.

Build a big prospect list… and go nuts!

Pro tip: Check out Skyscraper 2.0 to find out how to take this thing to the next level!

3. Moving Man Method 2.0

Nailed “The Moving Man Method”?

Here’s another way to nab quality links from outdated content.

(Moving Man Method 2.0.)

This time… instead of focusing on businesses that have gone pop or rebranded, we’ll leverage outdated information.

Why? Because things change!

Here’s a super simple example.

Let’s say we had a page that ranked the most popular websites in the world.

Well, some time ago YouTube overtook Facebook as the second most visited website on the planet.

And guess what happened? Suddenly there were a TON of pages that contain outdated information:

Forbes – Outdated article

Over 11,000 of them to be precise!

(And that’s just one query…)

So, we’ve now got a perfect “in”.

We can:

  1. Reach out to all the sites with the old info.
  2. Let them know that it’s changed.
  3. Point them to our own page while we’re there!

Pro Tip: If something has changed recently in your industry, then use Google’s date function to find articles published prior to the change.

Google Search – Custom date range

4. Double Down on Effective Content Formats

When it comes to creating content that will attract quality links I don’t like to rely on guesswork. And neither should you.

There are a number of proven content formats that people LOVE to link to:

  • List Posts
  • Quizzes
  • “Why” Posts
  • “How to” Posts
  • Infographics
  • Videos

That said, every industry is different. In your space videos might work best. And for others, it’s list posts.

So I recommend trying out a few different formats… and seeing what works best for you.

Then, double down on those formats.

Pro tip: Combine two or more of these formats into one piece. Hint: A “How To” post in list format, or a “Why” post with an infographic or video would do the trick.

5. Podcast Link Building

A while ago I was checking out where one of the sites in my niche got their backlinks from.

And I noticed that a big chunk of their backlinks came from going on podcasts.

Quicksprout – Podcast backlinks

So I decided to become a guest on as many podcasts as I could.

In fact, I appeared on over 50 podcasts over the next year and a half.

Google SERP – Brian Dean podcast

Not only did these podcasts send some serious traffic my way…

Serious traffic

But they resulted in tons of backlinks.

Interviewed On Podcast


How do you find podcasts to go on?

First, grab a headshot of someone in your niche that goes on a lot of podcasts. Then, put their headshot into Google reverse image search.

And you’re set:

Google SERP – Rand Fishkin podcasts

6. Resource Page Link Building

What’s the purpose of a resource page? To link out to other useful pages!

And that’s a link builder’s dream.

All you gotta’ do is:

  1. Find em’.
  2. Make sure you have something that’s worthy of a link.
  3. Reach out.

I’ll be honest:

Finding them is probably the hardest part. So here are 10 advanced Google searches that will help:

  1. “{your keyword}” + inurl:resources
  2. “{your keyword}” + inurl:links
  3. “{your keyword}” + inurl:recommended
  4. “{your keyword}” + “top websites”
  5. “{your keyword}” + “top sites”
  6. “{your keyword}” + “recommended websites”
  7. “{your keyword}” + “recommended resources”
  8. “{your keyword}” + “further reading”
  9. “{your keyword}” + “recommended reading”
  10. “{your keyword}” + “useful sites”

Pro tip: Flipping this round, a well curated, super helpful resource page on your own site can be great for picking up quality links. You can even try reaching out to OTHER resource pages to suggest they link to YOUR resource page. Sounds a bit like Inception… but it works!

7. Unlinked Brand Mentions

If someone mentions your brand in an article but doesn’t include a link, that’s a HUGE opportunity.

All you gotta do is reach out…

…and 9 times out of 10 you’ll get a link.

I recommend setting up an alert for your brand name.

That way you’ll get a notification any time your business is mentioned on the web.

Buzzsumo – Mentions

Pro tip: Got a branded technique like “The Moving Man Method”? Then set up an alert for that too!

8. Name Your Strategies

Heard of “The Moving Man Method” or “The Skyscraper Technique”?

Well… both those terms were coined by yours truly 🙂

This means whenever someone is writing about them…

…I get another quality backlink!

Another quality backlink

Can you do the same?

Sure! All you have to do is:

  1. Figure out a process or strategy that’s unique to your business.
  2. Give it a catchy name.
  3. Write about it!

And it’s writing about the process that’s key. Because you’ll only get links if:

  1. Your strategy is SUPER useful.
  2. You can prove it works.

This is why I always feature real-life case studies when I reveal a new strategy or technique.

Backlinko – Skyscraper Technique 2.0

9. Two-Step Email Outreach

A softly, softly approach to the outreach can often yield better results than straight asking for a link right off the bat.

Try using feeler emails like the one below to warm up your prospects:

Mike Bonadio – Outreach email

Pro tip: I also use this technique before launching a new post. I’ll reach out to a prospect and tell them what’s coming, then ask permission to send it their way when I publish. Most of the time the answer is a resounding YES! A little courtesy goes a long way in outreach.

Ready To Grab Some High-Quality Backlinks?

All of the above tactics are tried and tested. And I’ve used them to grow Backlinko’s search traffic from ZERO to over 175,000 unique visits per month.

Bonus: they’re also 100% white hat. So no need to worry about getting slammed by a Google update.