Link Building: A Strategy for Content MarketingBy Gini Dietrich

Last week, I had the super painful sheer pleasure of attending Sean McGinnis’s Content Jam presentation about search engine optimization (SEO).

I wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, he and I debate content and SEO quite often (every time we’re together), but I begrudgingly admit I learned several things to apply both to the blog here and our client work.

His topic, “Link Building Techniques that Work!” covered why links are still important, even though content marketing tends to have a longer-term effect.

He talks about offsite optimization, where content fits, the top 72 factors in SEO (it’s surprising to learn what they are), the components of a link, and how not to get links.

Organic Link Building

The most valuable part of his presentation was when he gets to the 10 ways to do link building organically.

  1. Write epic content (he used a swear word, but that violates our online policy)
  2. Guest post your heart out
  3. Create an infographic
  4. Curate a list
  5. Host an event
  6. Hold a contest
  7. Issue a news release
  8. Interview an expert
  9. Use stock business assets creatively
  10. Curate, share, and republish

He also talks about what to concern yourself with about the new Google guidelines.

The Rules of Link Building

And then he goes into his three rules of link building, which include:

  1. Build links as if it won’t help your search engine results;
  2. The value of any link building activity is inversely related to its scalability; and
  3. Be selective in your link building.

A Free Webinar

The reason I tell you all of this is Sean is doing a repeat performance of his presentation during a Spin Sucks Pro webinar this Thursday at 11 a.m. CT.

It’s free of charge. All you have to do is “pay” (it’ll ask you to purchase the webinar, but the cost is $0.00) and then take the second step to register with Meeting Burner. If you do not take that second step, you will not receive the reminders or a copy of the recorded video.

If you cannot attend live, we will be recording it and will send you a copy of it via email on Friday. Please register to attend, though, as if you are going to be there live.

If you can attend live, I’m sorry to say I will not be there as I will be on a flight. But if Sean’s live performance at Content Jam is any indication, it won’t matter if I’m there or not…he’ll still make fun of me…I just won’t be there to defend myself.

The webinar is a great collection of many ideas for content creation. You’ll take away several things you want to do in your own content creation in the next 12 months.

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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