Andy Hagans now offers a Link Baiting Service
Andy Hagans is one of the top 10 link builders on the planet, IMHO. I have been reading his articles, his blog and studied his service descriptions to fine tune my own services.
He has now a new article up, When Are SEO Firms Going to Offer Link Baiting Services?. Well worth a read. He has also posted up a link bait services page. 4 grand seems to be a lot, but I tell you, a really successful link bait campaign is worth a lot more. SEOmoz charges 20 grand minimum.
If you don't know what link bait is you can read my article on that here. That article will have some major revision and expansion some time in the future btw ...
I am currently practicing link bait and had some good successes with at least 3 articles. My latest one - Link Building Guide - is showing 1,4K backlinks in Yahoo and was featured on many SEO experts blogs.
I am testing various methods and practices, this blog is my tool for that. I have another 5 articles that I have started on that will serve as link baits and at least 1 of them I believe will be a bigger hit than my last one.
But I have to admin, I am far from being able to offer this to clients. I have to learn a lot more about the blogosphere, social network sites and what works and what doesn't. Perhaps in 2007 I can start to offer this to clients with a confident that I will bring good results. Clients have all kind of (strange) web sites, some in a niche that no one has any interest in whatsoever.
I have learned 3 solid things so far:
- Link Baiting is not working effectively in Sweden. There are almost no social network sites and the blogosphere is almost non-existing. You spend 10 hours making a 7 page kick-ass-article with a wow-feel, post the bait everywhere and you get 5 links, congratulations. Instead you have to get attention from media and newspapers and that is a bit harder, but I soon have a surprise :)
- The field in which link bait works the best seem to be in SEO. The link profile of prominent SEO bloggers blog is in general maybe 10 times stronger than a general blog of an average guy.
- The second best after SEO seem to be if it is geek related. Here is a random article I just picked from digg.com's home page: "'Apple Logo' stamped on nano Chips hiding Function/Manufacturers Identity"
- Boosting your link bait piece up the SERPs seem to be a very successful strategy to get it noticed in addition to the social network sites and bloggers but that is many times not possible. For this blog it is sometimes possible which make the learning more easier.
I am in some very few days launching my new link building service, stay tuned!
PS: Sorry for spelling mistakes, this was typed very fast and English is my secondary language.
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