Danny’s Rant: If You Are a Link Builder (or think you are) You Need to Listen to This

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Danny Sullivan ranted a bit at a session at SMX Advanced in Seattle this week. It is a fantastically beautiful rant of truth. If you offer link building as a service or if you think you are great at link building you need to listen to this and then listen again.

Danny also published Link Building Means Earning “Hard Links” Not “Easy Links” today. A good read.

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  • Dale from Jennings Ford

    Great rant andvery well put. Problem I have with this thing now is that there are still some sites such as moneysupermarket.com who were the kings of spam back in the day and have built up thousands upon thousands of spammy links in the early years they then became accepted as a quality site based on a history of bad link building that pushed them too the top of google.

    Once at the top they then attracted lots of good links (and got lots of goog links themselves via hard work) so when panda came along and discounted all the crap links they retained their position at the top.

    So my point is will there be a future update that actually penalises for historical bad link building or will it only be current bad link building that will be the trigger if you get me? Will sites be punished for doing stuff in the past even though they are now well established good sites?

  • Norm

    Great stuff. Too bad he wasn’t mic’ed better.

    • Melissa Fach

      An audience member recorded it.

  • writer jeff

    Thanks. This is a goldmine! 🙂

  • James

    One of the more enjoyable rants I’ve heard.

  • Sean Sloan

    Goldmine? Hardly, seems more a “state of the nation” rant with essentially the same mantra “not just links but good links”. Nothing wrong with that, if it were easy I suppose everyone would do it. Oh wait, they are: crappy spammy BS still seems to carry weight and getting people to link to your site, which should happen naturally because of your “linkable, high-quality content” still requires human pursuit. It’s like link begging never left and is only getting sadder and more desperate. Am I wrong?

  • Casey Camilleri

    This was hilarious! Thanks so much for sharing this Jeremy! Wish I could have gone.

  • SteG

    Very funny. Some sites may still be able to get away. is very important, in my opinion, not risk. The quality content will always be rewarded.

  • David Leonhardt

    Links should be meant for people to follow. What an amazingly brand-new concept. Which is why the whole concept of NoFollow is a lot like mistaking the soup bowl for a toilet. If you don’t want the search engines to follow a link, why would you want humans to?