Link Building Strategies on Steroids: How to Get Backlinks FAST!

Link Building Strategies on Steroids: How to Get Backlinks FAST!


In this video, I’m going to show you how
to turn your backlink analysis into actionable link building strategies… fast. Stay tuned. [Music] Hey everyone, Sam Oh here with Ahrefs. This is the last video in our 3 part series
on backlink analysis and link building using just Ahrefs’ Site Explorer tool. Now, in the first two videos, we went pretty
deep into link prospecting and competitor analysis. But today, you and I we’re going to be focusing
on link building efficiency and cover 5 tactics that you can execute quickly
from just a single site analysis. If you haven’t watched the first two videos,
then I highly recommend going back to those right now so that you can get the most out
of this baller tutorial. Some of these strategies that I’ll be covering may be very familiar while others may be completely new. And I’ve got some cool link building tactics
in here for everyone, no matter what stage you’re at. I am absolutely pumped, so let’s jump right in. First, I want to set some context. So throughout this tutorial, let’s imagine
that I have a new and upcoming content marketing blog called Content Marketing Hackers and
I’m looking to build links to it. So with that said, let’s get started with
link building strategy #1: Piggyback off of your competitors’ homepage links. Here’s the skinny: When you’re analyzing a home page’s backlinks,
you’re going to find that the majority of links will have an anchor text to the company’s
brand name, the domain name, or the founder’s name, even. And with branded anchors like this, it’s
usually a general mention of the company. So by looking through these ‘general mentions’,
your job is going to be two-fold: First, we need to find out why your competitor
was mentioned and you weren’t. And the second thing we need to do is, we
need to find out how to squeeze your way into that post. So let me show you a few examples: So I’ll go to Site Explorer and enter in
contentmarketinginstitute.com here and I’ll set this setting to the exact URL. Now, if we scroll down to the bottom of the
overview page, you’ll see that over 80% of their backlinks have branded anchor phrases. Now, let’s scroll back up and look at the
backlinks report for CMI’s homepage to see where these links are coming from. First, I’ll set one filter here for now
to just the dofollow links. Now, if you look at the first batch of links,
you’ll notice that some of these sites have linked to CMI’s homepage thousands of times. This to me, looks like site wide links, so
we’ll skip over these for now. And as we scroll down, we’ll come down to
this post from Social Media Examiner: “20 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros.” In the referring page column, you can see
that it was an expert roundup from the title. Then looking to the anchors and surrounding
text column, you can see that the anchor text is on Joe Pulizzi, the founder of CMI. Just a little bit below that, you’ll see
this link that CMI got from Top Rank Blog’s “BIGLIST of Marketing Blogs.” Now the question boils down to this: Why did they link to Content Marketing Institute,
but not Content Marketing Hackers, which again is my imaginary blog that I need to build links to? So, in many cases, it’s because they don’t
know that my awesome and imaginary blog exists. So as an example, I could reach out to Top
Rank Blog and be like… “Hey! Noticed your big list of marketing sites doesn’t
include Content Marketing Hackers, but we seem to fit all of your requirements. Mind vetting our blog and adding us to your list?” Now, as you continue to filter through this
list, you’re going to find all sorts of other opportunities that could be easy and
big wins for you. So check out this example. You can see from the anchor and surrounding
text that they interviewed Joe where he spoke about generating revenue with content. So I could reach out to this site and ask
to be interviewed in a future podcast episode, assuming I have something
unique and valuable to offer. To help narrow down your search, you could
scroll back to the top and then look for specific keywords. So if I wanted to get interviewed more, I
could look for keywords like “podcast” or “interview” in the search bar here. A few other common types of links that you
might find by analyzing a competitor’s home page are testimonials, quotes, and guest posting
opportunities, since the author box almost always has a link pointing to the writer’s home page. Once you’ve filtered through the list, you
could start sending your own pitches to these site owners to have your brand
mentioned alongside your competitor’s. Okay! Onto the second link building strategy: build links to your existing pages
that need the extra boost. Now, there’s a good chance that both you
and your competitors have pages with similar content, products or services. And that’s probably what makes them
a competitor in the first place, right? So here’s the skinny on this tactic. This is a simple 3-step process. Step 1: pick a page on your site that you
want to build backlinks to. Step 2: Find a competing page and analyze
the backlink profile to find relevant link prospects. And step 3: send a unique pitch that shows
how your content, product, or service is different than the one mentioned. So let’s say that I have a great post on
my blog about link building, but it’s not getting the attention it needs. First, I would change this URL
search to a full domain search. Next, I’ll click on the “best by links
report” in the sidebar to see the most linked to pages across the domain. Lastly, I’ll use the search bar and look
for a relevant keyword. So I’ll type in “link” and then run the search. Right away, you’ll see some hyper-relevant
posts that have a solid number of unique linking domains. And if we were to add up these referring domains,
you could potentially find hundreds of link prospects almost instantaneously from just
this single competitor. Next, we can click on the corresponding number
under the “dofollow” column and open up the individual backlink reports. Now, we would perform a backlink analysis,
exactly the same way we did in the second video in this series and send our pitch to
the various site owners. It’s important to note that when you’re
pitching these sites, you should provide some kind of unique value in your pitch. So in this case with link building, are you
sharing new tactics that no one’s talking about? Do you have a unique case study with your
results or a creative process that you follow? Do you have unique data or insights you can
provide that the page that they’re currently linking to doesn’t? Basically, you need to ask yourself this question: Why should they take their time,
just to add your link to their post? And if your only answer is, “out of the
goodness of their hearts,” then you may want to rework your pitch. One thing to note is that when you’re looking
through your competitor’s best by links report, you can look for older outdated posts. In general, it’s easier to steal your competitor’s
backlinks when you have brand new content with information that’s relevant today. In our example, CMI happens to include the
dates in their URL, so it’s really easy to identify outdated posts with a quick scan. There are a couple other ways that you can
find competing pages. The first is to go to Google and type in a
keyword phrase that you want to rank for. So in this case, if it was “link building”,
then I could go through the top 10 results, copy and paste each URL into Site Explorer
and analyze the individual backlink profiles to create an even bigger list of prospects. Now, the great thing about this tactic is
that it’s not limited to just blog posts. The exact same logic and principles apply
for product and service pages. For example, if we were to create a marketing
automation software, then I could simply take one of my competitors’, so let’s say Mailchimp’s
feature page and then paste the URL into Site Explorer. And from here, you can see that this URL has
615 referring domains linking to this page. Now, I can click on the backlinks profile
here in the left sidebar, and then look through the list of people who are linking to this product page. Looking at this result here, the anchor and
surrounding text tells us a lot. It says, “tools such as Mailchimp’s marketing
automation software can help with personalization.” So the question that comes to mind, is why aren’t
they mentioning my marketing automation software? And the most probable answer again? Is that they don’t know it exists. So in my outreach email, I could offer them
a free account and show them unique value in how my tool is superior, easier,
and better than Mailchimp’s. Alright, onto one of my favorite tactics and
that’s because it is one that is easily scaleable. Seriously! Easily scaleable. Tactic #3 is broken link building. Here’s the skinny on broken link building. You find a dead 404 page from a
competitor’s website that has backlinks. Next, you recreate that page with your own twist. And then you email everyone who is still linking
to the broken page and ask them to replace the dead link with yours. There are a few ways to find broken pages
with backlinks using Site Explorer. The quickest way to do it from a domain level
search is again in the “best by links” report. The only thing we need to change here is this
one filter to find only the 404 – not found pages. And boom! We now have a list of over 23,000 broken pages
from our competitor’s site that has backlinks. From here, you can click on the referring domains column to sort the list in descending order. You can see right here that their .aspx version
of the site was never redirected properly. And this broken link here on “what is content
marketing” has earned over 400 Dofollow backlinks from 188 unique websites! The one below, seems to be a list post of
the top 42 content marketing blogs which has 91 referring domains! And the one below that… drum roll please… [Drum roll] Is the same post without a proper redirect,
so that 91 referring domains, now turns into 157 unique linking websites. A.K.A. 157 new link prospects! Now, if you already have a solid replacement,
then it’s just a matter of pitching the owners, editors, and webmasters with your piece. And you can use the search filter here again
to look for topics that are similar to ones that you’ve already published. So let’s say that I have a great post on
content marketing tools. I can search for the keyword “tool”, and
you’ll see all of the relevant broken pages with the keyword in the URL. But if you haven’t created the post yet,
then you can do something cool right here within this report. First, I’ll clear the search filter. And now, let’s look at one of these pages
that seems to lack context. This one here has a URL permalink that reads:
“repurpose one video” and has 32 unique linking websites. What you can do is click on the caret here
and if there are any records inside of Archive.org, which is a free service that lets you see
what pages looked like in the past, then you’ll see a shortcut link here. Click on the link and it will load up the
page and show you what the page looked like when it was live. Now we know that this post is a case study
done on their podcast where they repurposed one video and got X results. So if you have a similar case study on repurposing
content, then it might be worth creating. After your content is pitch-ready, you can
click on the number in the dofollow column, which will open up the backlinks
report with the dofollow filter set. Now, you can see all of the pages that have
linked to this broken page. Now, it’s just a matter of reaching out
to each site owner, editor, or webmaster to let them know about the broken link and to
pitch your post as a replacement. One side note that I want to make is regarding outreach. When you’re pitching the different site
owners, you want to make sure that your replacement article is actually relevant to the context
of why they linked to the broken link. For example, if we look at this broken page’s
backlink profile, which is on content marketing spend, then you can see from the anchors/surrounding
text column that the context of these links is largely because of stats. So if you were recreating a similar page to
this one, you should be prepared to use your new and up to date data as part of your pitch. And if you don’t have the data,
then don’t recreate the post. Alright, on to link building strategy #4,
which I don’t think many people are using. And that’s link building from irrelevant 301 redirects. Here’s the skinny: When a website decides that they want to consolidate
content, meaning, they’re going to take some of their less popular posts and then redirect
to ones they want to rank for. And the result is going to be completely irrelevant
redirects that you can capitalize on. Within this same report, which is the best
by links report, we can change the 404 filter to “301 moved permanently.” And you can see that they have over 6,700
articles that have been permanently redirected. The one that stands out to me is the blog post here. It looks like they’ve redirected a post
on headline click through rate to their headline tips and tools post. This might seem like they’re completely
relevant, but if we click through to the tips and tools article and then search for the
word “click”, you’ll see that there are only 3 occurrences. The first shows “cheesy click-bait headlines”. The second reads, “The winner gets the clicks”. And the third says “most clicks.” Looking at the archive.org page, you can see
that the original topic was on tips to improve your headline click-through rate, which the
new article clearly doesn’t help with. From here, you would go to the backlinks report,
skim through the anchors and surrounding text column to see the context of the backlink. And here, we can see that the majority of
links are coming from a stat that was mentioned related to click-through rate. And if you look at this one here, it says
that the stat comes from “the folks at Outbrain” which you could also link to in your post
so that your article is relevant when you’re pitching these sites. Pretty neat twist to 404 link building, right? Alrighty, link building strategy #5: Guest blogging on sites where your
competitors are posting (with a twist). And the method that I’m about to show you
is a pretty creative one that I haven’t seen anyone talk about. But first, the skinny on guest posting. First, you find a website you want to write
for, you pitch them with some topic ideas, and if accepted, write a post that will most
likely lead to a link back to your site. And I’ve covered a lot of effective ways
to find guest posting sites in my Content Explorer video. So if you’re using or plan to use guest
posting as a promotion strategy, then I highly recommend watching that video. Now, before I teach you this new tactic, let
me start with a story. [Dreamy music] It was a dark and stormy night and I was just
sitting at home reading through some of my favorite blogs, minding my own business. And for whatever reason, blog
after blog after blog after blog… This guy’s name and face kept
popping up on my screen. Ryan Stewart. He seemed to be on some kind of relentless
guest posting blitz. So I followed him on Twitter and literally
binge read everything he had written. [Slow clap] Well done Ryan…well done. Here’s the thing: if I was noticing him
everywhere, so were others. And when it comes to anything
online, there are always footprints. The main one footprint for guest posts is the author bio. And in it, you’ll normally get a link to your
website and some links to your social profiles. So what you can do to find guest posting opportunities
is to open up Site Explorer and search for a popular guest blogger’s Twitter profile URL. I’ll put in Ryan’s twitter URL and click submit. And you’ll see that 128 unique domains have
linked to his twitter profile. Let’s look at the backlink profile. If you skim through the referring page as
well as the “anchor and backlink” column, then you can almost instantly
see why they got a backlink. For example, this one from an amazing blog
that I absolutely adore was an expert roundup which you can see from the title. Then you’ll see this one here on local-seo
that looks like a naked URL. And if we click through to that article, you’ll
see that Ryan was the guest author. Now where does this link come from? Right here. So you could skim through this column and
look for naked urls, empty anchors, or even links from images, which often
suggests that it was a guest post. By using these 5 link building tactics that
I just showed you, you should be able to build a large enough list of prospects and get backlinks
to get your pages ranking with the big boys. And that’s it for this SEO tutorial and
actually this entire backlink analysis and link building series! If you haven’t watched the other videos,
then I highly recommend going back and working through these videos at your own pace. Make sure to hit the thumbs up button and
subscribe for more actionable SEO tutorials. In fact, let me know in the comments if there’s
anything that we haven’t covered that you would like to see in action right here on YouTube. Now, I’ve got some links that need to be
built and I’m sure you do too. So until the next video, keep grinding away
SEO friends and I’ll see you soon. [Music]

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46 Replies to “Link Building Strategies on Steroids: How to Get Backlinks FAST!”

  1. This is indeed helpful, I already applied it on my linkbuilding efforts using the ahref site explorer tool. It absolutely pumped our client page on Page 1 in a very short period of time, take note, this will not work unless your page was not optimized on-page very well, also a pillar content with cluster contents will be beneficial.

  2. What about getting an expired domain/getting help from archive.org for its backup/ recreate same website/ submit sitemap/ get indexed/then send a backlink to money site or 301 all site to money site // site is relevent or not relevent to money site's niche. Cover it pls (used / more time due to my , isn't working). Thanks for this great video broken link strategy was really awesome (i was using it on wikipedia but never had idea to use it for other sites too like you tech) 🙂

  3. I just bought ahrefs and linbuilding is the most important aspect for me to discover. I find your video VERY helpful for me! All those strategies you presented…. I am so impressed and insipred. Thx!

  4. Wow, what a seriously excellent series! It's not just that you break down the process for link building in actionable, easy to implement steps, you show the value of your excellent service and how it can contribute to this (usually) daunting task. You guys rock; can't wait for the upcoming course and future videos!

  5. Hi
    I could you help me to get rid of this robots.txt issue.
    #Issue: Sitemap contains urls which are blocked by robots.txt

  6. What is better and effective to have 50 backlinks from 5 websites, or have 10 backlinks from 10 websites.

  7. When doing research for stats or case studies… what kind of tools are you using; (ie, aherfs or semrush)?

  8. Can your do research for stats or case studies… with the kind of tools are you using; (ie, aherfs or semrush) when making slide decks or creating presentation…?

  9. if I wish to rank various Landing Pages for different Keywords, make it sense to have a backlink from the same domain/website for each landing page, or its enough to have 1 backlink for one of those landing apge, and the other landing pages will benefit from that backlink, and would be much better to have backlinks from different domain/website for those different landing pages. even if they have less "domain authority"

    Example, what is better:

    2 Backlinks from 1 domain, DA:90 to landing page A , and to landig page B

    OR

    1 Backlinks from a domain, DA:90 to landing page A

    &

    1 Backlinks from other domain, DA:40 to landing page B

  10. Hi there, i’m a big fan of Ahrefs but i’m a little bit surprise that my backlinks are indexed and showing in search console, MoZ, and other related tools but Ahrefs is not indexing my backlinks.
    What could be the reason & how much time normally Ahrefs take to crawl and index..?

  11. Hello sam,
    Many many thanks,I guess it's the time to prepare a cup of tea 🙂 and start writing my own link building plan .
    Best Regards

  12. If I have backlinks to English websites with English content, for a German website (but Unique Content, and English Anchor Text "translated from German keyword"), but topic is not relevant. MozBar shows no spam score and good "DA" & "PA" is that good for my website or rather bad.

  13. I've got a question, Sam. Should we backlink to our general site homepage, the blog page, or a specific blog article? Thanks!

  14. Hello, I didn't understand 404 link strategy, you wrote for the competition or you contact back link competitors and sent a proposal.

  15. So, I'm in automotive and I noticed that big sites, sites like Carfax, see their links drop off dramatically just before Christmas. To me, this seems extremely contradictory as you would think more people would be discussing car buying and creating links, not removing them. Any theory's here???

  16. Nice video, have you tried these techniques in other countries, specially development countries in South America where public search engine and marketing is extremely limited and with very low volumes compared to USA.? Thanks

  17. Hello

    I have a big question, I have all the backlink with HTTP, and now I decide to turn my site into HTTPS, is not dangerous?

  18. What is your success rate with broken link building? I contacted 50 website (unique email text for each) and I got only 1 backlink from a LQ website. My website has good content that is related to all the websites that I've contacted.

  19. Man, another stellar video, you are the man Sam O – love the stalker move on Ryan LOL

    Between you both the amount of infor is amazing. Thanks so much!

  20. Delicious Technic, I just love it. It;s time to build broken links sam's way , Thanks a lot SAM

  21. Hey, I’m currently using SEMrush but signed up to your 7 day trial. It’s good but you’re just missing the lead gen seo audit and the seo writing assistant!
    Unless you can tell me of any other benefits of your service I won’t continue the trial. ☺️

  22. hi, sam..,
    your videos are awesome. I like it every one videos. this video gift for website making.I need one help to your suggestions perfect blog making paid theme .

  23. Hello SAM – How can we scrap only the comments done by our competitors? This there any way in ahref to identity the blog commenst links in competitors link profile?

  24. Great content thank you! do you have a way to automate outreach for link building you can recommend as reaching out manually to web owners, developers is very tideous, thank you

  25. Would you please tell me how can i recreate competitors dead 404 page that has backlink . Because its a competitors page not mine .

  26. I like this one a lot! Sam, why not write a handbook of those steps. Especially the 301 redirects. I watched it over and over but not quite sure what does it mean. If the competitor already redirect to their right address, how can we also add our link to that?

  27. Hi Sam, thanks for this awsome contents !
    my question is what if we have no competitors on our niche (especially products) where and how can we find backlinks then ? 🙂

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