Author’s Note: Since I receive and answer a fair amount of link building questions via email, I’ve decided to start publishing a sort of ‘link building FAQ’ every once in awhile. Hope you enjoy!
I’m never surprised by the amount of questions I get that are centered around getting .edu links. I think this partly stems from the blogging I’ve done on the subject and also a comment I made back in 2008.
Edu link building is definitely a service I offer and I’m always happy to talk about it with potential clients.
In this case, the person who emailed me owns a SEO biz, is interested in some .edu link development and has a relatively small budget of $500/month. My response basically covers my thoughts on what it takes to attain .edu links and what services I felt I could offer him for his specific situation and budget.
Even though I’m a professional link builder, I don’t have a big team. I tell myself it’s because I don’t have the time to train anyone but it’s actually because no one has ever shown initiative (for longer than 2 weeks) to WANT to be taught.
This means that I’m personally in the trenches every day, working hard to track down and attain the type of links my clients need in order to rank in Google.
As owner of CanadianSEO, I’ve been doing this at home, mostly on my bed in my pyjamas, for the better part of 3 years (why yes, I do drink lots of caffeine and rarely brush my hair, thank you very much). Before that, I directed SEO departments at a few Edmonton agencies and even further before that, I had my own profitable ecommerce site that I sold and made a butt load of money from.
Manual link building, or coming up with link building strategies, is hard work and I tip my hat to those in the SEO industry that not only do it, but do it well.
I consider myself to be a very successful link builder which is why I know that even before you attempt the link, there’s heavy research to conduct and careful analysis to consider.
Don’t believe me? How else will you get the info you need about your top competitors? What types of links are they getting? Where did they get their strongest links? What anchor text are they targeting? Are there any opportunities for my site??
This is why a huge part of link building often involves gathering and sifting through mountains and mountains of data.
Just a quick one to let you know that I guest posted over at Search Engine People today. I wrote about the reciprocity method to link building which is basically a simple way that you (yes, YOU!) can get backlinks to your website, without having to be a link building expert.
Every so often on twitter, I come across an epic tweet that either makes me laugh or makes me think. Here are a few of my favorites. Thought you might enjoy them too
This tweet gives you a plethora of insight into the man that is Matt Cutts. If you lie, he will know. If he knows, he’ll get mad. If he gets mad, you’re toast. Pretty cut and dry lol.
I know, I know. It’s been awhile since I posted. Sorry ’bout that
Truth is, I’ve been extraordinarily busy and I hate posting just for the sake of posting, you know? I’ve got enough interesting things on the go now though, to be able to give you a healthy update as to what I’ve been up to for the past two months. Some pretty exciting stuff on the horizon (if you’re geeky, like me)!
Good news! I’ll be speaking at the National Women in Business Expo this Sunday, March 29 in Calgary. I’ll be discussing why having a website isn’t enough and how Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) can help make or break your online presence.
Depending on the skill level of the audience, I may even spill a juicy link building secret or two. If you happen to be in Calgary next weekend, I hope you’ll drop by and say hello
I’ve been so busy with projects lately that I haven’t had sufficient time to post (or do anything but work for that matter).
In spite of this, I got mentioned on Lee Odden’s site recently (yay!). He says I’ve got a shot at making the BIGLIST of SEO blogs, I just need to get my butt in gear and post at least once per week. Naturally, I’m now making it my top priority.
Last week I held a contest. To enter, all you had to do was leave a comment. This weekend, I had my kids help me with picking the winner. They wrote everyone’s name on a piece of paper and drew from a hat.
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There’s only so much of me to go around, so in the interest of expanding the company (and because she’s been pestering me for years), I’ve agreed to teach my younger sister some techniques of my trade.
She’ll be blogging here about her experiences, as she learns from scratch, one of the most challenging aspects of search engine optimization – organic link building (link building for the intention of ranking).
She’s 27; her name is Jodie, she fully rawks and I know you’ll adore her. Watch for her first post next week. For now though, you’ll have to settle for me (hi!) and a recap of our first lesson…