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How I generated 10,000 links in 3 months

Links and linking strategies: image of a chain representing the topic of my post: how I generated 10,000 links in 3 months

The recent back link count update on Google Webmaster Central was quite a surprise to me. I could tell that traffic was increasing, and was pleasantly surprised to see my back links had increased by 10,000 (ten thousand).

I found 4 relevant factors that contributed to the significant increase of my back links:

  1. Following what’s happening in your field of interest
  2. Commenting on others blogs
  3. Sharing knowledge and experience
  4. Writing, writing and … writing

Follow what’s happening

A selection of feeds to keep you up to date on what is happening in your field of interest is essential. Choose and monitor feeds from blogs in theme with your line of business, interests and those of your readership.

Be selective, avoid information overload and the attention crash. Monitoring hundreds of feeds is time consuming – Robert Scoble gives out some great advice in this interview.

Feeds will provide great topics and interesting arguments for posts.

Feeds also provide a great opportunity for you to pass on links to your readers always seeking useful information.

Linking out to others is a very important aspect of blogging: as long as you are on topic and focused on relevant, theme related sites, link out to your brother blogger. Don’t worry about loosing link juice

Posts with links are more likely to catch my eye and interest – so do posts with some graphics … I took notice after viewing the interview with R. Scoble.

Monitor important keywords on major search engines and social media networks.

I am very active on I bookmark interesting websites, post them to this blog with a plugin called postalicious. Some of the links in my feeds reveal interesting leads that I bookmark and pass on to users.

Set up a short list of keywords related to your industry, then go to, blogsearch, technorati, and plugin in your queries:

In it’s fun to play with the tags query function:

screenshot of and how to select keywords for your blogging efforts

Run your keywords in, subscribe to the feeds …

Same goes for Blogsearch …

Google Blog Search

Once you run a query on the Search results page you’ll notice the RSS link providing you the URL you can paste into your feed reader to follow what is happening (= what people are writing and saying) about that specific keyword:
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Screenshot illustrating RSS link you can paste into your feed reader …

IDEM for Technorati … you can review blogs and blog posts by using the query string:

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screenshot of technorati query page

You’ll need to constantly review your feeds and tweak your keywords: Like the documents on your desk, piling up until you decide to clear the clutter, feeds and keywords won’t always live up to your expectations and you’ll need to update them constantly, giving the toss to the ones relaying information with no added value.

Comment on others blogs

Comments are to blogs what salt is to food. Find those posts that tickle your fancy and write great comments – they’ll leave a sign and drive curious readers to your blog.

Comments are an important factor that will have an impact on your blog’s ranking (see post from Bill SlawskiPositive and Negative Quality Ranking Factors from Google’s Blog Search)

Share your knowledge and experience

With sooo much to read and sooo little time to spare, you want to keep a focus on information hubs providing useful tips that will help your readers in their ever day efforts: If you wish to increase your readership you must be willing to share what you know.

My best posts are based on experience, at times simple every day observations that come about as I am working on a project make a great writing: When my instinct tells me it’s worth writing about, I drop what I am doing and blog.

Some are concerned about giving away their “secrets”. Recently there has been talk about this in the Multi Lingual Search Forum with a German member. That’s silly and I’ll tell you why.

Say you want to make pizza, you don’t know the ingredients but you can easily find them on the internet or in any cookbook you mom or grandmother has sitting on a shelf at home. So does that make you an expert pizza maker ? I have my doubts.

I’ve had the best feedback from attendees at Search Engine Strategies Conferences, where I have spoken over the past 4 years because I do my best to provide up to date, reliable information: If a Company is not interested in bringing SEO in house they won’t, even if you tell them exactly what to do.

Your audience will love you and show their appreciation by linking back to you.

Write, write and … write

Write and develop your own style and ways of interacting with your readership.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Users interested in what you have to say will appreciate you for what you are: There will always be someone out of line with very negative feedback, but then isn’t it like that on the street or on a plane, you get to know great people or someone you just can’t get along with …

Don’t write about something everyone is talking about, simply because it’s hot. There are too many people doing that, just making noise. It’s a waste of time.

If you don’t have something new and different to add to the conversation then listen. There will be other things to talk about …

Incoming links are a (natural) consequence of hard work and talent.

Simple isn’t it !

Have other ingredients you’d add to my short list ?

17 Replies

  1. You can also be active on social sites in your industry. Digg, Reddit, Delicious eat everything, but there are many more sites, such as Sphinn/PlugIM for Internet marketers.

    This way you can always find great content to write about, visit other blogs and introduce to active socializers in the industry by posting your content/getting posted and commenting/discussing stuff there.

  2. Thanks for sharing. to get 10.000 backlinks really are fabulous. that should increase pagerank dramatically.

  3. Michael Erik

    Interesting. But I must say we always have to end up playing too many SEO tricks and keyword games it seems, rather than focus more on content.

    Thanks though, some good points.

    – Michael Erik
    Quality Blog Critic
    “The Best Things In Life Are Free”

  4. Well I don’t really agree, the point is that tricks and tactics kick in when people realize how much work is involved in maintaining a quality site, want the results, but aren’t willing to invest time and money to achieve their goals.

    In essence, this is a hell of a lot of work: I can agree the best things in life are free, however everything comes at a price you must be willing to pay.

  5. I am 100% statisfied bit 1000 back links in three month!!
    Great job!!

  6. Oh! Thanks for this very beautiful four tips to generate links in a short span of time. But i have a doubt regarding how can a quality sites can have that much of link?

    Any way it is a great information for me.

  7. Joan Gou

    I am on a “Listen” position…… thanks for your excelent post.
    Best regards from Costa Brava (Spain).

  8. Hola Joan – thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Link generating is a strategic part of a web marketing and search engine effort – I thought I’d share some information with my readers – there wiull be more to come soon – I hope to be able to get back to some blogging over the next few weeks 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing this fantastic insight. Having done a lot of link building in my life I have definitely noticed a “snow ball” effect when doing this. In the beginning all the links you get are the ones you manually produce through whatever means at your disposal. As you continue your process as you’ve described you’ll start seeing links produced for you that you never requested – and those can produce more, and so on! It’s not like you personally created 10K links!

  10. I forgot to mention that you need to watch the “quality” of the links your getting – 10K links from spammy sites etc. won’t do you too much good. Keeping the links on topic will do much better!

  11. 10 thousand backlinks… Like Christopher said, you may even incur a penalty if they were spam; but I’m sure your links are legitimate. The fact is, backlinks are important but they aren’t everything. Optimizing your content is the other half of the equation; it if isn’t done, your site won’t fly to the top–even with great backlinks.

  12. I agree wiht all the comments, in my own openion generating traffic in blog site is one of the most important thing when you are trying to sell something but before you can have all this things is first you should establish a a good reputation and also have a good content which can really catch and to your reader because reader or the visitor of your site is the most important factor, no visitor, no traffic, no income thats only my openion. What do you think?

    Make Money With Blogs

  13. Ver very useful information for me in this post. Thanks a lot.

  14. Thanks for your valuable information,
    Though the process is very tedious, it shows that hard work and honesty does pay.

  15. Slow and steady wins the race…
    I hope applying your technique works…

  16. I’ve been doing back-links for almost 10 years. The key to receiving quality inbound links is to create a value website for the customer/reader. Quality Content is King. Never forget that.

  17. Dermana Agrı Kesici Krem

    Thanks for your valuable information,
    Though the process is very tedious, it shows that hard work and honesty does pay.