PubCon Live: Real World Low-Risk High-Reward Link Building

Nov 10, 2011 - 2:25 pm 0 by

click for full sizeBelow is live coverage of the Real World Low-Risk High-Reward Link Building panel from the PubCon 2011 conference.

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Barry Schwartz: 11:25:57 am
We will likely start a bit late since the session in this room ends at the same time the session starts.
Barry Schwartz: 11:26:14 am
Technically we start in 4 minutes
Barry Schwartz: 11:36:57 am
Aaron Shear is up first
Barry Schwartz: 11:37:26 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:37:46 am
E-Commerce linking ideas, e-commerce links are hard to get.
Barry Schwartz: 11:38:25 am
Do an affiliate program
Barry Schwartz: 11:39:49 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:41:38 am
Figure out irresistible link bait: widgets that add real value or as simple as a sizing chart for shoes (like Zappos)
Barry Schwartz: 11:42:31 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:42:32 am
Here is another example
Barry Schwartz: 11:43:12 am
Reach out to bloggers but don't send them a blanket stupid email, give them something they want. Send them a gift card or somethig.
Barry Schwartz: 11:44:18 am
Use social - social signals are important for link building for e-commerce
Barry Schwartz: 11:44:57 am
Google looks at social signals, +1 does help. Facebook likes seem to count
Barry Schwartz: 11:45:39 am
Don't push these social signals to pages with high bounce rate
Barry Schwartz: 11:46:52 am
Are you selling something special?
Barry Schwartz: 11:47:21 am
Can you get on the vendors list on manufacturer's web site?
Barry Schwartz: 11:48:35 am
#1 linked to page on Zappos, shows things being sold in real time around the world
Barry Schwartz: 11:48:39 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:48:57 am
Dixon Jones next up
Barry Schwartz: 11:49:29 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:49:43 am
He just got electrocuted by the computer but he is okay
Barry Schwartz: 11:50:32 am
He is going to focus on the risk thing and come up with low risk ideas
Barry Schwartz: 11:51:02 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:51:08 am
Here is a bad example
Barry Schwartz: 11:51:24 am
They are in online dating market so they tried some link bait idea
Barry Schwartz: 11:51:47 am
They did a press release saying they will kick out all the "fat" people on their site.
Barry Schwartz: 11:52:01 am
it worked well
Barry Schwartz: 11:52:12 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:52:13 am
BBC link
Barry Schwartz: 11:52:33 am
That is link bait!
Barry Schwartz: 11:52:53 am
This is what happened
Barry Schwartz: 11:53:01 am
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Barry Schwartz: 11:53:19 am
It got them traffic but the traffic died down
Barry Schwartz: 11:53:31 am
It did not have a long term affect
Barry Schwartz: 11:54:12 am
They missed the real secret of link building, they broke the trust with their customers and got the relationship wrong.
Barry Schwartz: 11:54:19 am
Link building is about relationship building
Barry Schwartz: 11:54:40 am
(1) Offer Testimonials
Barry Schwartz: 11:55:31 am
(2) Organize Blogger Meetups for your industry sector
Barry Schwartz: 11:56:24 am
(3) Send samples - give them a demo, let them try it, etc.
Barry Schwartz: 11:57:03 am
(4) Speak at conferences
Barry Schwartz: 11:58:09 am
(5) Run a good cause web site
Barry Schwartz: 11:58:37 am
(6) Set up honor badges (we love your site, etc)
Barry Schwartz: 12:00:40 pm
They also have an ongoing ranking of the top million web sites and shows up and downs
Barry Schwartz: 12:05:10 pm
Next up is Ross Jones
Barry Schwartz: 12:05:23 pm
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Barry Schwartz: 12:06:45 pm
Lot of People who do not buy links b/c they are afraid of the risk
Barry Schwartz: 12:07:22 pm
There are shades of gray, like giving gift cards
Barry Schwartz: 12:07:42 pm
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Barry Schwartz: 12:12:33 pm
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Barry Schwartz: 12:14:03 pm
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Barry Schwartz: 12:15:45 pm
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Barry Schwartz: 12:17:33 pm
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Barry Schwartz: 12:18:51 pm
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Barry Schwartz: 12:19:14 pm
Got to run, be back in an hour or so for the next session

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