Best Linkbait of 2006 Nominations Open

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Initially Search Engine Journal was going to include Best Linkbait as a category in our 2nd Annual Search Blogs Awards, but not all linkbait is done on a search blog.

In fact, some of the best linkbait of the year was outside of the searchosphere realm and made its way outside of the barrel (thanks to viral marketing, social optimization, and good ol’ press & public relations).’s Housewife Salary Calculations which came out on Mothers’ Day is a great example.

As for publisher oriented linkbait, who will forget Chris Hooley’s DrinkBait? Or the V7ndotcom Elursrebmem SEO contest?

So, as a follow up to the 2006 Search Blogs Awards Nominations and Awards (which are currently now up for voting), please take the time to nominate your favorite Linkbait campaigns of 2006 in the comment fields below.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Neil Patel

    Elf Yourself (

    187,000 plus links according to Yahoo Site Explorer.

  • Todd

    Some of the burgerking stuff this year really rocked – I love the pocket bike “kings pain is your gain” commercial.

    The “shave everywhere” campaign.

    Drinkbait still wins hands down.

  • randfish

    Zillow housing price estimator tool
    Red Paperclip Guy
    Million Dollar Homepage

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Awesome suggestions Rand & Neil.

    And thanks for adding a metric to the listing Neil, ideally such metrics should be part of judging the competition.


    * Yahoo Backlinks
    * Technorati Links & Buzz
    * Diggs
    * Bookmarks
    * Snapshot
    * Keotag Link Lists?

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Todd, didn’t Chris Boggs use the Shave Everywhere example in his presentation, I’ll have to look that up. Thanks, Loren

  • Jarrod Hunt

    I have no life outside of our industry, and I have a short memory, so here it goes…..

    My pick for “Best Linkbait of 2006” goes to

    The SES Chicago 2006 Comic Strip by Rebecca Kelley and SEOmoz/Rand that funded the whole thing 🙂

    It was a small group of people that it appealed too, but it was something very unique.

    Including pictures of dozens of highly active bloggers in a comical way is an awesome way to encourage linking.

    I’m sure I can think of other great examples of link bait but this one was very recent and had a definite impact on me. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I have such fond memories of SES Chicago…

    But hey, Linkbait that appeals to the emotions is just plain smart!!

  • Jarrod Hunt

    Great idea to have some sort of Metrics to judge by.

    It would also be great to have a description or some links to describe some of the finalist.

    I would really digg an article that has all the top 10-20 linkbaits of the year, has desciptions/links, and provides some hard data/metrics to back up the results.

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Great idea Jarrod… Can you digg it? I knew that you could!

  • Andrew B

    The PubCon Drinking Game even though I didn’t make the list.

  • John Scott

    V7ndotcom Elursrebmem wasn’t really link bait. It got us a ton of links, but when I think of linkbait I think more of the HatBait stuff.

  • Cameron

    Diet Coke/Mentos video

  • Jeremy Luebke

    I say

    In may have not gotten the most links, but it sure got the most widespread links over many pages of the website. I pointed over 200 links to only my article.

  • nonBot

    I vote for this failed attempt:

    LOL 😉

  • David Temple

    I gotta agree with Jarrod on the SES Chicago comic strip. Definitely linkaitable and I was there which makes it more memorable.

    Drinkbait would be a close second though and I wasn’t there but it did get a lot of notice.

  • Li Evans

    Rand & Rebecca’s Comic Strip
    Diet Coke & Mentos
    That 1938 Dude on U-Tube
    Weird Al Yanokovic’s “Don’t Download This Song”
    oh, and just for kicks
    Anything that Stuntdbl does *haha*

  • Hawaii SEO

    One red paper clip

  • Chris Hooley

    Oh man, if we are going to actually MEASURE then DrinkBait is screwed. I bow to anything Neil has ever produced. In fact, I am in the process of hiring the dude right now

  • Aaron Pratt

    I did a linkbait awards 2006 post not long ago if you want to see it:

  • Matt Inman

    Can we nominate ourselves for something?
    If so, I’m gonna nominate us for our web 2.0 awards:

    Can’t beat over 100,000 links 🙂

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Thanks Aaron. Matt, of course you can nominate yourselves.

  • Jasmin B.
    Diet Coke & Mentos
    One red paperclip

  • kid disco

    The SNL “Dick in Box” sketch is spreading like wildfire right now!

    However, my vote is for DrinkBait. Go Chris! 😛

  • Jason Murphy

    – Ze Frank and his duckies
    – Drinkbait!
    – SEOBook’s 101 Link Building Strategies
    – YouTube (All of it, especially their hostile takeover by Google)
    – Time Magazine – Person of the Year (nice call by Darren Rowse)
    – Burger King /Xbox 360 Ad Games
    – Democrats in Washington FTW!
    – EliteRetreat’s pricing strategy and convenient timing.
    – PayPerPost vs. ReviewMe on disclosure policies
    – SEOmoz’s “How Pagestrength Works” – love the angry monkeys!

    Egobait of the year: Jason Calacanis – I finally know how to spell his name after typing in his domain so many times to see how he was reacting to the Digg/Netscape lashback.

  • Joe Whyte

    I engineered a Search Engine Results tool that searches Google, Yahoo and MSN and crawls 4 pages deep. I offer this tool for free.

  • Marc Macalua

    This award thing’s gotta be linkbait too right? I nominate it! 😛

  • Macnerdzcare

    The Best link bait award is a great award 🙂