Top 5 Link Blogs Every Link Builder Should be Reading in 2012
I'm a link builder by trade. Sure, I do on-page optimization, social media promotion, reputation management, local search marketing, and cover nearly every SEO-topic under the sun, but my passion is link building. Links are still the MAIN currency of the Internet. When you absolutely, positively must move a site competitively in Google, links are what get it done.
As a link builder I'm always on the look-out for the latest and greatest in link building strategies, tips, and link opportunities that I can use to best leverage my sites and the sites of my clients. With link building, there is a huge quantity vs quality disconnect that results in a lot of "noise" being generated that can make finding the truly best, most actionable information very difficult.
Fortunately, thanks to my own trial-and-error dealings, I've done the hard work for you and can give you one thing I didn't have starting out: the best and ONLY link building blogs you need to be reading in 2012.
- 1. Stuntdubl
Blog (Todd Malicoat): I met
Todd for the first time back in February at the Pubcon Paradise
conference in Hawaii. If you do anything with link building you've
probably heard his name. Todd's a well-known link building personality
who's been quoted everywhere from Inc
to the NY Post. Todd's blog covers a ton of the hottest link building
and general SEO issues that affect traffic acquisition in general,
and is a must-visit resource for the everyday link builder.
- 2. Internet
Marketing Ninjas Blog (Jim Boykin
& Ann Smarty): Jim Boykin has been a well-known expert in
the SEO field since 1999. Through his company Internet Marketing
Ninjas (formally We Build Pages), Jim and his 100+ staff of link
"ninjas" boast some of the top brands in the world as clients. Recently,
he added well-known blogger Ann Smarty as a guest contributor to
his blog which continues to provide some of the industry's BEST
link building and general SEO-related content available anywhere.
- 3. Graywolf
Blog (Michael Gray): Michael
was another link builder I had the pleasure of meeting at the Pubcon
Paradise conference this past February after reading his blog content
for years. Michael's been involved in website development and marketing
since 1998 and is a moderator at Webmaster
World and Sphinn.
Michael's posts cover the hottest topics in SEO and link building
and provide real-world actionable advice link builders can use to
separate the truth from the bulls**t.
- 4. Ross
Hudgens Blog: Ross is a well-known Seattle-based link builder
that writes regularly for both Search
Engine Land and Search
Engine Journal. Ross' blog is a great resource to not only follow
the latest in link building strategies and case studies, but also
to read recent interviews with noted search personalities. If you
aren't familiar with Ross' work check out this great post on How
to Link Build with Google Alerts that I still have bookmarked
from when I first read it in 2010.
- 5. LinkMoses Private
(Eric Ward): Eric Ward is THE
definitive authority on link building and has been lauded as such
by everyone from Matt Cutts with Google to Danny Sullivan of Search
Engine Land. Eric founded the Internet's FIRST online promotion
back in 1994 and was the first to announce Amazon.com to the masses
in 1995. Since then Eric has consulted with everyone from Warner
Brothers, to PBS to the NY Times on link building. He publishes
a subscription-only LinkMoses private
link building newsletter that is a MUST-READ to anyone serious
about finding the best links for their clients.
If your schedule is anything like mine, your time is very limited. By subscribing to the RSS feeds of the blogs and private subscription networks above, I've been able to gain some incredible link building insights, tips and strategies that take me minutes a day to process and review. This is who I read regularly and who I confidently recommend you start following as well. You won't be disappointed.