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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Rank Cracker Review

For the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to play around with Matthew Woodward’s new free software Rank Cracker.  Over the past year or so Matthew has built up a very popular blog in the internet marketing space and has now decided to release his own piece of software.

What is Rank Cracker?

Rank Cracker allows you to discover what link building tactics your competitors are using to dominate the SERP’s and keep you locked out. In principle this is a gray hat SEO tool as it allows you to find automated link building footprints which you can replicate however there are some “white hat” uses for the tool too.  It is very easy to use, even for novices to pick up.

#1. Download your Link Data

To begin with you will need to download as much link data as possible for your competitors, personally I use ahrefs however you can use whichever tool you like.

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As this is a bulk exercise it might be worth using a VA to download all the different competitor links for you. Continue reading