How To Get Links from Bloggers

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Getting your story or content on Digg, StumbleUpon, or Fark can attract a lot of traffic and links to your site, but if you want that extra ooomph! in attracting quality links from blogs, sometimes a little hard work is in order.

Cameron Olthuis has laid out four tips on obtaining links from blogs using an old trick, asking them.

I admit, every once in a while I’ll sift through my emails and contact some well known bloggers asking for a link to or comment on one of my own blog posts, and usually, since I already have a trusted relationship with these people, it results in a link. And if they don’t link, I’m usually given a reason which results in some very nice constructive criticism.

Cameron’s Tactics for Asking Bloggers For Links:

  1. Get to the point : Most bloggers are swamped with emails as is, write a short and simple email getting to the point and asking directly for what you want; get the point, short and sweet.
  2. Make sure your content rocks : Do not email bloggers unless you are absolutely sure that your content is unique and very good. Otherwise you are wasting both your time and theirs.
  3. No reciprocal links : Bloggers don’t want to trade links, so don’t even bother asking.
  4. Ask only once : Don’t be like Mikey from Swingers and send out more than one email because you can’t wait for the link. If they don’t link to you tomorrow, maybe they will down the road. If you continue to send them emails they will probably get very annoyed and you can forget ever getting a link.

I would also like to add to this list:

  • Get to know the blogger first : Before you start sending out emails asking for links, be sure to read the blog, connect with them on MyBlogLog, email them beforehand, comment on their blog; that way, they’ll know who you are before you send the email request.
  • Write a compelling subject header : When I’m writing bloggers who I have not heard from in a long time or I know are busy, sometimes I’ll write my subject as “From Loren Baker, Search Engine Journal” – that way, people recognize me and if they don’t, they recognize my blog, and the chances are better that the mail is opened.
  • Don’t ruin a good thing : I send out emails to bloggers maybe once or twice a month and these are people I know well in the industry. Don’t overwhelm with a couple of emails a week, or an email for every post, you won’t make any friends doing so.
  • Give them recognition : Although Cam says “Do not ask for reciprocal links”, you should cover the posts and ideas of that blogger from time to time. This way, they’re sure to have visited your blog and should be appreciative of the coverage you’ve given in the past. That’s the only reason I write about Cameron, so he’ll link to me in the future 🙂

Any more tips on getting bloggers to link to you? Please share them 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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  • Cameron

    Loren – Great additions, thanks!

    Good point about the reciprocals, although I meant it more in the traditional sense – “add me to your blogroll and I’ll add you”. Like you said though, give that person some link love before hand and your chances to go up.

  • Coolbreeze

    Very Helpful
    Thank you the Blogging eitique class

  • Marcelo

    Hey Loren

    Cameron and yourself both have some great, quick tips there! Thanks for sharing (and reminding us!).

  • search engine placement

    “Make sure your content rocks : Do not email bloggers unless you are absolutely sure that your content is unique and very good. Otherwise you are wasting both your time and theirs. ” I think this is the most important aspect by far!

  • Rhea Drysdale

    We haven’t done much with bloggers because I didn’t know how to start, thanks for the great advice!

  • Ken Savage

    Anyone running WordPress for their site can use the private email plugin to connect with commenters and ask for links there as well. With 4k+ emails for my commenters I got a dozen or so decent links in 2 days where I otherwise wouldn’t have.

  • Jose Lopez

    I would appreciate if you write a review on myJose.TV (http://myJose.TV). Thanks

  • Rosa

    I have been the victim of link attacks by email. I finally had to send them a rude messages telling them to stop sending me emails wanting a link to my blog because it wasn’t going to happen. I don’t mind the occasional email but a bunch within a week is ridiculous.

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  • Ned

    Loren, thanks for the tips they are very valuable, I will put them to use!

  • SeoTest

    oke, thanks for the tips, it’s helpful.

  • Dilip Kumar Patairya

    Dear Loren

    I did not know how to connect with bloggers to ask them for a link to me. Your tips were very useful.

  • Hobbies

    Thanks for the advice its really useful

  • Rob Smeed

    Do many blog owners bother with adding your link, I would have thought that most people wouldn’t bother?