It’s been a vin­tage year for link build­ing (in my opin­ion, any­way). Here are my favourite posts from 2011, in absolutely no order.


Please Exit the Link Build­ing by Ross Hudgens

I could have picked any of a num­ber of Ross Hud­gens’ post from this year, but I’ve set­tled on this lit­tle num­ber pub­lished in April. It’s rare that you come across blog writ­ing that com­bines insight­ful indus­try com­ment with raw action­able take­aways. This, how­ever, is one of those posts. I think every­one should read it. Twice.



Out­reach in Dif­fi­cult Niches by Phil Nottingham

The Dis­tilled post mak­ing most people’s ‘Best Ofs’ this year will be Ed Fryed’s Guide to Linkbait. And with good rea­son, it was absolutely a pre­mium bit of work. That said, I’m going to go with this post by Phil Not­ting­ham, purely because I think it’s a bit more in tune with what’s going on in the trenches. There is some good, prac­ti­cal advice here which really helps with the day-to-day slog of work­ing in dif­fi­cult niches.



Throw Away your Form Let­ters by iPullRank

Last, and not least, is this peach of a post by iPull­Rank on the SEO­moz blog. It is easy to get stuck in a rut link build­ing; posts like these can often bring back your drive and give you a fresh out­look. Whilst I don’t nec­es­sar­ily agree with some of the tac­tics alluded to in Mike King’s recent WBF (cre­at­ing com­pletely fake per­sonas), this is still a great post.


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2 Responses to 3 Choice Link Building Cuts from 2011

  1. Jon Cooper says:

    Nice choices Michael! I loved these 3 :)

    If I had to choose one more to add, I would of cho­sen this one:

    Great for ecom­merce link building!


  2. Michael says:

    Cheers Jon, I reckon there’s a fair chance one of yours will be on this list this time in 2012!

    Thanks for the Get Elas­tic link, hadn’t seen it and it’s an absolutely crack­ing post :)


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