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There are many ways to build links discussed around the web, there have been articles showing 101 ways to build links, 200 ways, etc.
What most people need is not a HUGE list of link building techniques but only the most valuable techniques/the most simplified techniques. The 5 best styles of links may be found based upon :
High Linkabilty/Viral Content
and maybe even High PageRank
Give more than expected and people will link to you from across the web. According to the compilation of EVERY link building technique out there, I have come to conclude the following tactics as the most far reaching and over-arching techniques a webmaster/SEO/SEM can do. Here they are:
Article DistributionDo Article Submissions, possibly even get article submitters to do the article submissions for you — There IS the Article Submitter software, but it is a pain, considering the tediousness of the program…Just build great articles and send them out to the article submission land list (The Article Sites Mster List is a great start)
Blog ComentingThis is the best way to build links, regardless of the nofollow, you will be capable of making friends with the blogs you comment on most. Networking on the web is the way of viral link building.
Comment and participate on blogs within your niche
Email them, LINK to them, they’ll reciprocate through time.
Use social bookmarking and trending sites to discover related topics and expand your groups, forums and blog search further
List Your Site in Directories Use Directory Submitter, there are also services out there that will submit to 3k+ directories for less than $1,200…Crazy. Or just submit to the main directories including Yahoo, Business.com and BOTW.org : More of these directories are listed in our Web Directories section.
“Parasite” Host Sites/Blogs Don’t spam, for that is far too black-hat, just make many blogs on hosts such as Blogger and give respect to your fellow readers.
Trending and Tracking to find the latest and Meme-ist stories — Catch and follow the memes in order to build links based upon popular stories (Finding stories off the front page of the Social Bookmarking sites for inspiration is a great idea).
Get .Gov links by doing work for the government on a free basis/writing reports for them (i.e. be creative – .Gov SEO Ideas/Reports)
Do the same for .edu’s - Drop ads on the student job boards and drop links on internship opportunities (Many other options here – Idea: Pay college students for links on their .edu’s and build links to their personal student sites in order to get GREAT .edu links)
Do Reviews on sites such as ePinions, Alexa, Amazon, the WhoIs Wiki, etc.and answer questions on Yahoo Answers. Put in good words and create an authority for yourself
PR 3.0 — Do Squidoo lenses on your topic, Start a wiki on Wikia (/start your own wiki), write Wikipedia articles related to your firm, Googlepages, Blogspot, Myspace, WordPress, Typepad blogs and Spaces.Live.com.
Buy Links and Request Links — Use Text-Link-Ads, you shouldn’t get in trouble no matter how fearful Google tries to make you feel. Request text link ads and use these templates for writing the proper link requests — I HIGHLY recommend hiring a link builder from India, they are very good at following templates and getting the work done.
Forum, Group Postings and Classified Ads — Write relevant and thoughtful posts on the largest forums and groups, do not spam and you will be forever rewarded with thousands+ of links. Post CraigsList, Kijiji and USFreeAds as well as ads on other classified ad sites and build links through them — Craigslist is using nofollow now and your ad will be deleted every 7 days or so, so keep on reposting if you want Craigslist link love.
More to come, those are only the beginning ideas. There are so many other ways to build links and tens to hundreds of thousands of webmasters are using those same techniques. Widget creation, Facebook app utilization and other ideas are on their way for link and traffic building.
Miles Price is the publisher of the iMarketingGuru Search Wiki and President of iCluck SEO Services, a Buffalo, NY based search marketing firm.