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How I Got a Do-Follow Backlink from a PR 10 Domain

So you are probably reading this post title thinking that this is too good to be true. Well it’s not! And I will prove it…

Back in March of 2009, I came across a regular column on CNN: Small Business, called Website Remedies. This column “enlists Web marketing and search-engine optimization specialists to analyze small-business Web sites in need of an overhaul.” After reading one of the articles, I noticed something that caught my attention and really got me excited. At the end of the post, it asked if any other SEOs or Internet Marketers would be interested in contributing, to e-mail them.

So I did just that! I sent a personal e-mail to the editor, telling her about my experience and how I would love to contribute to an upcoming post. After about three months of hearing nothing, I pretty much thought it was a lost cause…and frankly I forgot that I even contacted them. However one day, there it was, sitting in my e-mail. A letter from the editor requesting a time to discuss a future website that would be featured in their Website Remedies section. I couldn’t believe they actually contact me after so long and wanted me to provide advice on a particular website.

A few days later I did about an hour long phone interview with the editor, giving feedback on the website and offering my recommendations on how to improve the site. About a month later, the post was published, with a nice little do-follow link back to my employer at the time’s website. Even though that article page only has a PR of 3, the subdomain it is on (money.cnn.com) is a PR of 9 and the base domain (cnn.com) is a PR 10.

Now judging by the last post (July, 2010), it seems that they have either retired that column or have cut down on the number of posts they publish under that particular section. However it would be worth a shot to try what I did and see if they reply back.

A Lesson Learned

This is just one example of how someone can receive an amazing, high-quality link back to your website or blog. The lesson is, that these opportunities are available every day. You just need to keep your eyes and hears open and always be looking for opportunities of how you can provide value to a certain market. Doing things like guest blogging, conducting interviews, answering questions people have in forums, are all outstanding ways you can gain quality backlinks, while helping your target audience

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Mark Thompson is the creator of StayOnSearch, a blog dedicated to Marketing Professionals, SEO's, and Business Owners. He also is the President of Search Creatively, an Internet Marketing and Consulting company.

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31 thoughts on “How I Got a Do-Follow Backlink from a PR 10 Domain

    1. But as he stated the root domain of CNN is a PR 10. The title is “How I Got a Do-Follow Backlink from a PR 10 Domain”

      CNN.com is indeed a PR 10 domain, so the title is not BS.

  1. Yes, I have been spraying the earth for links for years, and it is amazing how 12-18 months later, someone pops up. Just got an exclusive link from a PR8. I initially contacted them 18 months ago…..just takes time.

  2. It really is surprising how many opportunities are out there. They are just buried under so much junk that it is a real task to find them.

  3. Definitely there are lots of opportunities out there to get a link from a PR 10 domain but only a few are given the chance. The real question is how can we ever get a link from a PR10 page.

  4. going by your logic it will be much easier to get a link from DMOZ (PR 8) and get listed on a page that is not even indexed. Would you write an article about that achievement?

  5. just to add to the previous comment, the value of your link doesn’t come from the page rank, but rather from the fact that the page has strong editorial guidelines and search engines are most likely to know that’s a trusted source

  6. Terrific work, Mark. I guess it goes to show that opportunities are literally everywhere-especially where we don’t expect them. Thanks for the story.

    Take care.

  7. “The lesson is, that these opportunities are available every day.”

    Indeed so, Mark. It’s just that we often fail to see the link building potential behind them. The trick is to have your link builder’s vision on all the time methinks.

  8. I think this is a great method to get a link from a highly trusted source. This may not be a scalable technique although it is definitely not a opportunity that should be overlooked.

  9. I think this is a great method to get a link from a highly trusted source. This may not be a scalable technique although it is definitely not a opportunity that should be overlooked.

  10. a nice posting you shared with us, its very usefull for all webmasters, thankyou for sharing this nice information wid us.