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The World Health Organization has published new research linking moderate alcohol consumption with a significantly increased risk of developing certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer. The study comes from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which also found an increased risk in people described as light drinkers. The new study focused on Canada, where researchers linked alcohol … Continue reading
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Link building isn't always easy, but if you want to rank with SEO, links are often the cost of admission.

While Google says SEOs sometimes focus too much on links, links remain one of the few confirmed ranking factors. Indeed, every study over the past decade shows a high correlation between links and ranking. And while links alone can't guarantee a #1 spot at the top of Google, previous research has shown that it's nearly impossible to rank without any links at all.

For many, link building also presents a challenge. Folks get sincerely frustrated with wasted link building efforts, poor outreach processes, and lack of results.

It doesn't have to be that way.

Good link building actually helps everyone involved: the content owner, the linker, the audience, and search engines alike. Google evaluates links in so many ways, you could say its search engine couldn't exist without them. Good link building also encourages the creation of useful content and good marketing practices. When done right, link building can also be a joy (and profitable!).

Read the Guide!

1. Updating an instant classic

Moz first published the Beginner's Guide to Link Building in 2014. Back then, the SEO world was still adjusting to the fallout of Google's Penguin Algorithm, which punished sites engaging in manipulative link building practices. The SEO world was looking to transition to more holistic, value-added forms of link building that wouldn't run afoul of Google's initiatives to sweep the web of shady practices.

Enter Paddy Moogan.

At the time, Paddy was already a respected voice among link builders, and had authored one of the few good books on link building. It was the same year that he and co-founder Matt Beswick conceived Aira, the digital marketing agency that would compel them to new heights. Moz was honored to have Paddy write the first edition of the Beginner's Guide to Link Building.

Now, in 2021, Paddy has done it again.

A lot has changed in link building since 2014, and weirdly, much has stayed the same. Many of the tools and tactics have certainly evolved, along with Google's algorithm (rel=ugc anyone?). As we worked with Paddy to update this edition of the guide, we realized how so many of the fundamentals of link building remain as true today as they did when we launched the first edition of the guide. As Paddy writes:

"Arguably, link building these days is more akin to great marketing, and the organizations who understand this are usually the ones who win long term."

Without links, it's likely Google would have never been invented in the first place. Understanding how websites link to one another allowed Google's founders to create a search engine so superior to any other, that it grew to world domination. In fact, over 20 years later, links remain one of the most consistent Google ranking signals that we know of.

In this chapter, learn the fundamentals of why link building is important, how they help websites to rank, and other ways in which links are important to a web-based business.

Read Chapter 1 - What Is Link Building & Why Is It Important?

2. Types of Links

The truth is, not all links are created equal. In truth, the web consists of billions of links. Google, in its ranking algorithms, may only consider a fraction of these links. Indeed, algorithms like Penguin, released years ago, are specifically designed to ignore many types of links.

Understanding the types of links that you actually need, and that actually help you to rank, is crucial to effective link building.

This chapter covers:

  • Editorial Links (the most important kind)
  • User-generated links
  • Nofollow links
  • Risky vs Non-risky links
  • Sustainable links

Read Chapter 2 - Types Of Links

3. Structuring a Link Building Campaign

It all starts with a plan.

Some websites are able to attract links without much forethought, but this is rare. In truth, most successful sites have a plan for attracting links sustainably and at scale. Planning the right strategy in advance can make the difference between success and wasted effort.

Questions covered include:

  1. What are our goals?
  2. How many links do we need to rank?
  3. What assets can we use/create?
  4. How long will it take?
  5. What types of links do we need?

Read Chapter 3 - Structuring a Link Building Campaign

4. Finding your audience to get links from

Want to know what separates successful link builders from unsuccessful ones?

  • Successful link builders almost always know in advance who will link to their content, even before they create it.
  • Unsuccessful link builders build content based on guesses, and only later work to find an audience that may or may not link to it. More often than not, this approach fails.

This is a big, important chapter, involving a bit of competitive SEO research to lay the foundation in advance of your link-building campaign to better ensure success.

This includes identifying the types of content already earning links, the audiences linking to them, how to find contact information, and more.

Read Chapter 4 - Finding your audience to get links from

5. Link Building Outreach

Outreach good. Outreach bad.

Outreach has earned a rough reputation in SEO. We've nearly all been the recipient of really bad, really terrible outreach emails.

Good outreach makes all the difference.

Good outreach doesn't get marked as spam. Good outreach actually adds value for the person you're contacting. Good outreach builds links -- and relationships.

In this chapter, learn the exact outreach tactics agencies use for successful link building campaigns, including detailed tips and real-world email templates to find inspiration.

Read Chapter 5 - Link Building Outreach

6. Link Building Tactics

This is what you came here for, right?

There are hundreds of legitimate link-building tactics. Which one(s) you choose will depend on your business goals, available resources, your niche, and available time.

A few of the tactics covered include:

  1. Content-based link building (with examples)
  2. Guest blogging (no, it's not dead!)
  3. Broken link building
  4. Link reclamation
  5. Buying links - against Google's guidelines!

Read Chapter 6 - Link Building Tactics

7. Link Building Measurement and Metrics

If you build links, will traffic come?

Building links doesn't happen in a vacuum. Regardless if you work for an agency, in-house, or build links for your own projects, measuring the success of your efforts is vitally important.

In this chapter, explore and understand how the proper use of metrics such as Domain Authority, Page Authority, and even PageRank help in link building and reporting.

Also, look at how anchor text and raw link counts may or may not influence your link-building campaigns. For more advanced link builders, even the position of the link on the page may be tracked!

Read Chapter 7 - Link Building Measurement and Metrics

Bonus: Link Building Case Studies

Updating the link building guide was a ton of fun. Paddy was an absolute joy to work with, and his experience and expertise added immense value.

We also wanted to include real-world examples from some of the top link builders working in the industry. To this end, we reached out to experts such as:

Collectively, these individuals have built thousands of links for some of the most successful brands and campaigns on the planet. They generously contributed their expertise to the guide, and we've sprinkled this wisdom throughout.

What are your greatest link building tips? Let us know in the comments below.

Read The Beginner's Guide to Link Building


Sign up for The Moz Top 10, a semimonthly mailer updating you on the top ten hottest pieces of SEO news, tips, and rad links uncovered by the Moz team. Think of it as your exclusive digest of stuff you don't have time to hunt down but want to read!

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Ready or not, powerful text-generation AI will soon be assuming roles of customer service reps and video game characters
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The best Netflix originals that offer us a grim glimpse of where humanity is heading.
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The long-simmering space rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos is heating up. Bezos’s aerospace firm, Blue Origin, turned up the temperature on Monday, by filing a protest against NASA’s choice of Musk’s SpaceX for a mission to the Moon. Earlier this month, NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build a lunar lander. Blue Origin and defense contractor Duentics had also submitted proposals for the project. NASA had been expected to choose two of the three firms, to ensure they had a backup and a healthy dose of competition. But the space agency said it plumped for a…

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Hulu has ordered a new reality series based around TikTok’s royal family — Charli, Dixie, Marc, and Heidi D’Amelio — seemingly hoping to capture a little bit of what Keeping Up with the Kardashians did for E! back in 2007.

The D’Amelio Show is an eight-part documentary series that will follow the four family members as they go about their day-to-day lives. Expect TikTok dancing, TikTok drama, meetings with executives all over Hollywood, and the types of goofs that worked for other reality shows that followed popular families. It will debut sometime in 2021.

For the D’Amelio family, this is just another project they’re adding to their list, which includes podcasts, a YouTube channel, commercials, television specials, and more. Like the...

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New rumors online suggest that an upcoming Razer Blade 14 might come with an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU and AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU.
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You can mark GoT's anniversary with character-specific episode marathons and new merch including Funko Pop toys and a Faberge egg.
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The ride-hail giant shifts its stand following a court ruling, part of a global push for a “third category” of workers.
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Also: Getting Edgy in the holidays, AtHoc and Teams, and Azure updates

In Brief  Microsoft's army of unpaid testers have received their weekly dose of love from the Windows Insider team in the form of Dev Channel build 20231.…

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(Graz University of Technology) Studies at TU Graz show that the older an traction battery of electric vehicles (EV) is, the lower the danger it poses. Now the researchers and industry partners want to define parameters for the subsequent use of discarded batteries.
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Advice to new GOP lawmakers went "through the ears of most of them, especially the ones who didn't have brains that got in the way," Boehner wrote.
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Bill Davis 2021-03-16
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Opinion: It's past time to give the narratives of the 20th century a decent burial. Our survival may depend on it.
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Bill Davis 2020-10-12
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Cory Doctorow's Little Brother series has been a young-adult sci-fi bible for teen hacktivists. But with the latest and darkest book in the trilogy, it's all grown up.
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The World Health Organization has published new research linking moderate alcohol consumption with a significantly increased risk of developing certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer. The study comes from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which also found an increased risk in people described as light drinkers. The new study focused on Canada, where researchers linked alcohol … Continue reading
Bill Davis 2021-05-05
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New rumors online suggest that an upcoming Razer Blade 14 might come with an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU and AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU.
Bill Davis 2021-05-03
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Everything you need to know about the top audio products that are environmentally sound.
Bill Davis 2021-04-06
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You can mark GoT's anniversary with character-specific episode marathons and new merch including Funko Pop toys and a Faberge egg.
Bill Davis 2021-03-30
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Posted by Cyrus-Shepard

Link building isn't always easy, but if you want to rank with SEO, links are often the cost of admission.

While Google says SEOs sometimes focus too much on links, links remain one of the few confirmed ranking factors. Indeed, every study over the past decade shows a high correlation between links and ranking. And while links alone can't guarantee a #1 spot at the top of Google, previous research has shown that it's nearly impossible to rank without any links at all.

For many, link building also presents a challenge. Folks get sincerely frustrated with wasted link building efforts, poor outreach processes, and lack of results.

It doesn't have to be that way.

Good link building actually helps everyone involved: the content owner, the linker, the audience, and search engines alike. Google evaluates links in so many ways, you could say its search engine couldn't exist without them. Good link building also encourages the creation of useful content and good marketing practices. When done right, link building can also be a joy (and profitable!).

Read the Guide!

1. Updating an instant classic

Moz first published the Beginner's Guide to Link Building in 2014. Back then, the SEO world was still adjusting to the fallout of Google's Penguin Algorithm, which punished sites engaging in manipulative link building practices. The SEO world was looking to transition to more holistic, value-added forms of link building that wouldn't run afoul of Google's initiatives to sweep the web of shady practices.

Enter Paddy Moogan.

At the time, Paddy was already a respected voice among link builders, and had authored one of the few good books on link building. It was the same year that he and co-founder Matt Beswick conceived Aira, the digital marketing agency that would compel them to new heights. Moz was honored to have Paddy write the first edition of the Beginner's Guide to Link Building.

Now, in 2021, Paddy has done it again.

A lot has changed in link building since 2014, and weirdly, much has stayed the same. Many of the tools and tactics have certainly evolved, along with Google's algorithm (rel=ugc anyone?). As we worked with Paddy to update this edition of the guide, we realized how so many of the fundamentals of link building remain as true today as they did when we launched the first edition of the guide. As Paddy writes:

"Arguably, link building these days is more akin to great marketing, and the organizations who understand this are usually the ones who win long term."

Without links, it's likely Google would have never been invented in the first place. Understanding how websites link to one another allowed Google's founders to create a search engine so superior to any other, that it grew to world domination. In fact, over 20 years later, links remain one of the most consistent Google ranking signals that we know of.

In this chapter, learn the fundamentals of why link building is important, how they help websites to rank, and other ways in which links are important to a web-based business.

Read Chapter 1 - What Is Link Building & Why Is It Important?

2. Types of Links

The truth is, not all links are created equal. In truth, the web consists of billions of links. Google, in its ranking algorithms, may only consider a fraction of these links. Indeed, algorithms like Penguin, released years ago, are specifically designed to ignore many types of links.

Understanding the types of links that you actually need, and that actually help you to rank, is crucial to effective link building.

This chapter covers:

  • Editorial Links (the most important kind)
  • User-generated links
  • Nofollow links
  • Risky vs Non-risky links
  • Sustainable links

Read Chapter 2 - Types Of Links

3. Structuring a Link Building Campaign

It all starts with a plan.

Some websites are able to attract links without much forethought, but this is rare. In truth, most successful sites have a plan for attracting links sustainably and at scale. Planning the right strategy in advance can make the difference between success and wasted effort.

Questions covered include:

  1. What are our goals?
  2. How many links do we need to rank?
  3. What assets can we use/create?
  4. How long will it take?
  5. What types of links do we need?

Read Chapter 3 - Structuring a Link Building Campaign

4. Finding your audience to get links from

Want to know what separates successful link builders from unsuccessful ones?

  • Successful link builders almost always know in advance who will link to their content, even before they create it.
  • Unsuccessful link builders build content based on guesses, and only later work to find an audience that may or may not link to it. More often than not, this approach fails.

This is a big, important chapter, involving a bit of competitive SEO research to lay the foundation in advance of your link-building campaign to better ensure success.

This includes identifying the types of content already earning links, the audiences linking to them, how to find contact information, and more.

Read Chapter 4 - Finding your audience to get links from

5. Link Building Outreach

Outreach good. Outreach bad.

Outreach has earned a rough reputation in SEO. We've nearly all been the recipient of really bad, really terrible outreach emails.

Good outreach makes all the difference.

Good outreach doesn't get marked as spam. Good outreach actually adds value for the person you're contacting. Good outreach builds links -- and relationships.

In this chapter, learn the exact outreach tactics agencies use for successful link building campaigns, including detailed tips and real-world email templates to find inspiration.

Read Chapter 5 - Link Building Outreach

6. Link Building Tactics

This is what you came here for, right?

There are hundreds of legitimate link-building tactics. Which one(s) you choose will depend on your business goals, available resources, your niche, and available time.

A few of the tactics covered include:

  1. Content-based link building (with examples)
  2. Guest blogging (no, it's not dead!)
  3. Broken link building
  4. Link reclamation
  5. Buying links - against Google's guidelines!

Read Chapter 6 - Link Building Tactics

7. Link Building Measurement and Metrics

If you build links, will traffic come?

Building links doesn't happen in a vacuum. Regardless if you work for an agency, in-house, or build links for your own projects, measuring the success of your efforts is vitally important.

In this chapter, explore and understand how the proper use of metrics such as Domain Authority, Page Authority, and even PageRank help in link building and reporting.

Also, look at how anchor text and raw link counts may or may not influence your link-building campaigns. For more advanced link builders, even the position of the link on the page may be tracked!

Read Chapter 7 - Link Building Measurement and Metrics

Bonus: Link Building Case Studies

Updating the link building guide was a ton of fun. Paddy was an absolute joy to work with, and his experience and expertise added immense value.

We also wanted to include real-world examples from some of the top link builders working in the industry. To this end, we reached out to experts such as:

Collectively, these individuals have built thousands of links for some of the most successful brands and campaigns on the planet. They generously contributed their expertise to the guide, and we've sprinkled this wisdom throughout.

What are your greatest link building tips? Let us know in the comments below.

Read The Beginner's Guide to Link Building


Sign up for The Moz Top 10, a semimonthly mailer updating you on the top ten hottest pieces of SEO news, tips, and rad links uncovered by the Moz team. Think of it as your exclusive digest of stuff you don't have time to hunt down but want to read!

Bill Davis 2021-03-17
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The ride-hail giant shifts its stand following a court ruling, part of a global push for a “third category” of workers.
Bill Davis 2021-02-01
img
Ready or not, powerful text-generation AI will soon be assuming roles of customer service reps and video game characters
Bill Davis 2020-10-12
img

Also: Getting Edgy in the holidays, AtHoc and Teams, and Azure updates

In Brief  Microsoft's army of unpaid testers have received their weekly dose of love from the Windows Insider team in the form of Dev Channel build 20231.…

Bill Davis 2021-06-05
img
The best Netflix originals that offer us a grim glimpse of where humanity is heading.
Bill Davis 2021-05-03
(Graz University of Technology) Studies at TU Graz show that the older an traction battery of electric vehicles (EV) is, the lower the danger it poses. Now the researchers and industry partners want to define parameters for the subsequent use of discarded batteries.
Bill Davis 2021-04-27
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The long-simmering space rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos is heating up. Bezos’s aerospace firm, Blue Origin, turned up the temperature on Monday, by filing a protest against NASA’s choice of Musk’s SpaceX for a mission to the Moon. Earlier this month, NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build a lunar lander. Blue Origin and defense contractor Duentics had also submitted proposals for the project. NASA had been expected to choose two of the three firms, to ensure they had a backup and a healthy dose of competition. But the space agency said it plumped for a…

This story continues at The Next Web
Bill Davis 2021-04-02
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Advice to new GOP lawmakers went "through the ears of most of them, especially the ones who didn't have brains that got in the way," Boehner wrote.
Bill Davis 2021-03-21
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Some brands that have worked with YouTube star David Dobrik are cutting ties.
Bill Davis 2021-03-16
img
Opinion: It's past time to give the narratives of the 20th century a decent burial. Our survival may depend on it.
Bill Davis 2020-12-18
Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020
Getty Images/Getty Images for EIF & XQ

Hulu has ordered a new reality series based around TikTok’s royal family — Charli, Dixie, Marc, and Heidi D’Amelio — seemingly hoping to capture a little bit of what Keeping Up with the Kardashians did for E! back in 2007.

The D’Amelio Show is an eight-part documentary series that will follow the four family members as they go about their day-to-day lives. Expect TikTok dancing, TikTok drama, meetings with executives all over Hollywood, and the types of goofs that worked for other reality shows that followed popular families. It will debut sometime in 2021.

For the D’Amelio family, this is just another project they’re adding to their list, which includes podcasts, a YouTube channel, commercials, television specials, and more. Like the...

Continue reading…

Bill Davis 2020-10-12
img
Cory Doctorow's Little Brother series has been a young-adult sci-fi bible for teen hacktivists. But with the latest and darkest book in the trilogy, it's all grown up.