How to Classify 6800 Links in Minutes with URLProfiler

 URLProfiler has been my secret weapon for the past few months and if you are serious about SEO it will be a part of your arsenal too. 

I was part of the beta testing group and have been in the lucky position to master this tool which has significantly improved several of my day to day processes for many different things. URLProfiler carries out numerous checks on a list of URL’s which really help speed up link classification – it is equally useful whether you are reverse engineering a competitor link building campaign, doing a Panda audit or simply auditing links due to a manual penalty.

In this post I will cover how you can use the tool to help you to audit a link profile and build up a contact list for link removals.

Adding URL’s to URLProfiler

When I conduct a link audit I start by pulling together as much  information as possible from all the different SEO tools I have access to. I combine all of this data into one single file and load into URLProfiler.

Importing your URL’s into URLProfiler is very easy and it accepts a lot of common file formats. You can import either a CSV or TXT file with the data you want to analyse. There is also the option to import files from common SEO tools such as Google Webmaster Tools, Moz, Ahrefs, Majestic SEO and Screaming Frog.

Simply right click on the URL list area and the option to paste a list of URL’s or import a file will show up. Continue reading

Link Removal Canned Responses

After you have spent what seems like an eternity tracking down contact information, sending numerous emails, follow ups and contact form messages to website owners asking them politely to remove links you soon find that the same types of responses keep coming back time and time again.

Of course replying to each email individually will soon become time consuming so below are some canned email responses you are welcome to use in your next campaign(*).

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Are you Missing out on SlideShare Links?

You may have recently seen SlideShare’s nice little year end egobait as part of their Zeitgeist where they created pages for people to share their personal highlights of 2013.

Congratulations all you 1%ers

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Anyway last year I did some work with a client who did a LOT of presenting at conferences and often uploaded his decks to Slideshare, he even uploaded slide decks of Seminars and Training events too. I think he had at least 100 different Slideshares on his account.

If you use Ahrefs or MajesticSEO for link analysis you will already know about the ability to analyse links of a specific URL structure.

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When I threw his SlideShare ID up into Ahrefs he had over 500 links from 130+ different LRD’s either linking to his presentations directly, some were linking to his Slideshare profile and many more had embedded the slide decks on their sites.

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I then ran a report to see which sites were already linking to my client and filtered to those who were not.

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That’s 109 sites I have to go through who already have a relationship with my client and who actually thinks he’s interesting.

I then segmented the different sites into buckets, the high quality sites I pitched an interview with him or guest post from my client to expand on the presentation and the lower quality sites I simply asked if they would be happy to link to my client’s profile page on his website.

Conversion rates were good especially with the offers to interview him further about a recent presentation he had done.

So sometimes you don’t need to be scraping the ideas barrel trying to come up with some crazy d3.js HTML5 interactive game/quiz/visualization thing and just look at the assets you’ve already got.

How To Build An Online Business That Will Last

It’s quite rare for me to publish a guest post on my blog.

I got chatting to Lewis Ogden a couple of months back after he published an epic post for Matthew Woodward on his methods for finding new money making niches. It was a really solid post and I recommend you take a few minutes to read it some time soon.

So I decided to invite Lewis to share his thoughts on building an online business.

Over to you Lewis…

If you paid any attention to Google and SEO over the last 6 months of 2013, you would have witnessed a tidal wave of angry people, complaining about how Google screwed their business. Whilst sad that these people have lost a lot, and in some cases everything, they really should have been asking themselves these 3 questions;

  1. Does my business/website rely solely on Google?
  2. Do I deserve to rank #1 for this keyword?
  3. Is my website built for the user or search engines?

By answering these 3 questions honestly, you can quickly determine if you have a website that will stand the test of time, or will succumb to an Algorithm update 6 months or even 2 years from now.

Here are ten guidelines to follow to ensure any business you start in 2014 is one for the future.

1) User Experience over SEO

user experienceThere is more and more emphasis being placed on user engagement in the ranking factors.

Bounce rate, time on site, CTR all play a part in your overall SERP position and how Google see’s your site. Gone are the days of micro niche sites, 5 pages of crappy content plastered with affiliate links.

Today is the day for awesome content, engaging video and captivating images. Your site structure should make navigation a breeze for the user, it should not look like a maze of “silo links” designed to control link juice.

Your site speed is even more critical now than it ever was, you have less than a second to capture your readers eye, anymore than that and they are gone, never to return again. If your site loads like in the blink of an eye, you bounce rate will drop…simple.

Your content is the foundation of your business, not how may backlinks you have.

If your content is built for the reader, is helpful and provides what they are looking for, they will tell others.

If however, your content looks like a robot wrote it with, keywords bolded and italicized all over the place, you have no business. You have a game of cat and mouse…and guess who the cat is?

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