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7 Link Building Techniques I Used To Get 10 Thousand Visits a Day

Two years ago I wrote an article for MaxBlogPress about how I got 6000 visitors to my website, but now I am back with a new story. This article is about link building techniques I have used to get 10,000 visits a day to one website. After all, links directly or indirectly mean website traffic.

The best link building techniques all share one thing in common—they help other people. They may help other bloggers, they may help sponsorship companies, or they may help your readers directly. Helping other people is a painless way to get them to link to your site, so here are seven ways to help other people and get high-quality links out of the effort.

Link Building Techniques #1—Guest Posting

One of the most talked-about link building techniques is guest posting. Since everyone else talks about it, I won’t spend much time on it. In short, find another blogger in your niche and offer to write a post for his or her blog in return for a link back to your site.

It isn’t that simple, of course. Guest posting has become so popular that many blog operators receive dozens or hundreds of offers a week to guest post, so here are a few things you can do to make your offer stand out:

  • Personalize your offer: mention details about the other person’s blog near the beginning of your offer. This helps prove you’re familiar with them and their audience, and that you’re not just an automated bot.
  • Look for sites with roughly the same page rank as your site. Don’t target the major sites unless you run a major site.
  • Consider posting insightful comments to the other person’s blog for a few weeks before you make your offer. If they recognize your name, they’re much more likely to accept your offer.

Guest posting is no joke for me, as many of you might know, as I have built entire websites on the back of this method alone!

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Link Building Techniques #2—Link Baiting

If your blog is already popular in your niche—at least a little bit popular—you can attract links using the often-derided link bait technique.

Link bait is usually a controversial headline and blog post, and the best link bait is usually tied in to current news. Here’s a generic example headline:

“How ____ made the biggest mistake of his/her life.”

You can fill the blank in with any celebrity name when they come up in the news: Bill Gates, President Obama, Taylor Swift, etc.

Many, many more link bait headlines are possible, but you also have to follow through with a thoughtful article. You don’t have to be right—and your article can actually be more effective if you’re provably wrong—but you do need to be passionate.

When people read your controversial article, many will comment on your blog. Others will refute your argument on their own blogs—and link to you in the process.

Once you have your link bait article ready, a little onpage SEO would not go astray. This will help you get extra website traffic and more possibilities for link baiting.

Link baiting has three downsides:

  • You need a fair number of readers to make it work. If nobody reads your link bait, nobody will link to it.
  • You need to be good at writing controversial posts, and not everyone is.
  • You also need an audience who will tolerate your shenanigans. If you post something your audience doesn’t care about, they may leave. Worse, if you take the side of something too controversial, such as advocating murder or rape or slavery, they almost certainly will leave—and never come back.

Link Building Techniques #3—Link Swapping

Link swapping or link trading has a bad name in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) community thanks to a few sites who used to accept any and all link swaps. But link swaps are still a powerful link building technique—you just need to be careful about where you link.

If you find a site in the same niche as yours, your readers will probably be interested in it. Better yet (for you) the readers of that other site will probably be interested in your site. This is the perfect opportunity for a link swap.

Send an email to the other site and suggest that you each put a link to the other site on your Resources or Links page. Google will not penalize you for this—it knows you both rank for the same basic keywords, so you’re both related sites which have a high probability for linking to each other.

You can link to as many related sites as you want—and receive links from them—as long as you ensure those other sites provide quality content similar to your own site. I know people will be groaning about this tip but I think we all need to get back to basics and stop doing things just because everyone else is.

See my free link building tutorial for more information.

Link Building Techniques #4—Commenting

A few years ago someone got the idea that you could drive a lot of traffic to your site by commenting on other people’s blogs. But that was a lot of work, so many bloggers contracted out commenting on other people’s blogs.

The result was ridiculous—many of these contracted commenters were commenting on stuff they didn’t understand, so their comments were vague and uninteresting. If you look at any popular blog you’ll see a number of these worthless comments all linking back to some other blog.

There’s a better way. Don’t try to comment frequently or on many different blogs. Instead focus on writing useful comments. Why? Because many blog authors will update their posts when someone offers very useful information—and they attribute that information to you, usually with a link to your site. I do this on my sites so be sure to drop in and make an awesome comment.

Commenting in the comments section by itself can’t help you—most blogs post links in comments sections with a rel=nofollow tag which prevents indexing by search engines. But links in the blogs themselves are usually regular fully-indexed links—just what you need.

Don’t get me wrong though, nofollow links are still good for traffic, so never discount them.

Link Building Techniques #5—Contesting

One of my favorite ways to attract links is to offer free giveaways. Everyone loves free stuff and if you hold a contest, not only will you make your readers happy, but you’ll get other people linking to your site.

How you run your contest is up to you. You can ask companies to donate giveaways, you can purchase your own giveaways, you can give away your own used stuff (noting it as such), or you can give away your own ebooks. In general, people prefer to win physical high-value stuff, so the more of it you give away, the more links you’ll attract.

When you run a contest, you do want to make sure the word gets out. Email your fellow bloggers and put several announcements on your site before the contest ends so there’s plenty of opportunity for other people to link to you.

Link Building Techniques #6—Press Releases

Press releases sound like an old, pre-web system, and they are, but lots of people still use them to good effect. Consider the contesting technique discussed above. You can use a press release to announce your contest so the word gets out much more quickly and much more broadly than if you used simple email and blog posting.

Press releases are relatively expensive —about $100 per release— so you don’t want to use them often. But when you do use them, you can expect a flurry of responses.

Link Building Techniques #7—YouTube

Videos and video tutorials have been the hot thing on the Internet for several years now, and they show no signs of slowing down. You can take advantage of this trend by producing a few videos and including links back to your website with an offer of more information.

Videos don’t work for every niche, so this is something you want to experiment with before investing too much time. But you might also find that videos are, for now, one of the best link building techniques. My best secret about YouTube traffic is that it is targeted and converts well and that is exactly what every site owner needs.

To get 10,000 visits a day I use these seven simple link building tips and I post fresh quality content on a regular basis. It is definitely not rocket science so anyone in a medium to large size niche can achieve this amount of traffic.

Tell me how your link building techniques get you more traffic?

My name is Milica Pantic (aka Mitz) and I am a serial full-time blogger. I started out with one website many years ago and it went so well, I sold my businesses and began living the internet dream. Since then I have been perfecting the art of building websites to earn money online and I will never stop learning. This is an ever changing business and I love the challenge. Please feel free to download my favorite FREE REPORTS if you are interested in improving your blogging business or starting one from scratch.

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  • Abhijit Gupta December 11, 2013, 6:43 am

    Good post on link building. I like your post. Keep it up. Using your link building techniques that we may use to get good results from our website. Thanks for sharing.

  • Khairul Zamri December 4, 2013, 6:33 pm

    Hi, I come back again. Before I’ve tried some tips from this article it’s great and my site receive lot of traffic especially last month until I need to upgrade my bandwidth limit. Then I’ll try again and again thanks dude its really comes to happen !
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  • Jafar Dhada July 30, 2013, 12:37 pm

    10000 visits a DAY??

    That’s a whopping lot of traffic that i could only imagine not ever get.!

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  • Joeal Manimtim June 19, 2013, 3:14 am

    Nice post Mitz,

    Your 7 techniques are great but writing quality content on topics that people want to read about I think should be emphasized.

    Cheers!

  • Johnny Rogers June 11, 2013, 3:56 pm

    I have to admit, when it comes to link building, it’s an area where I don’t do a very good job. As a result, most of my niche sites don’t always do as well as they could organically.

    I just feel like I am begging when I send out link requests, not only that sometimes I feel as if I do not have the control over placement of those links. However, one thing I have been doing a lot lately is starting to do more blog commenting. Not just any old kind of post but something honest and hopefully insightful.

    BTW, great post! Regards!
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  • Yasir Khan June 10, 2013, 5:35 pm

    When it comes to the link building, it professionally involves social media marketing, article submission, press release submission, directory submission, back links, blogs postings, and blogs commenting and etc. This technique will surely help you create natural back links and quality traffic which you need to gain good ranking. But, you must use high PR sites.

  • Harison May 30, 2013, 4:28 am

    Press release and guest posting is best way to get backlinks for your website. Because backlinks are very important. I am using both techniques. It is really Interesting post.keep up the good work

  • Dan May 28, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Great tips! I really like the idea of posting controversial topics to draw in comments. I think that it would be a good idea to stay un-bias, to let people comment their opinions. Choosing a side will sway away potential links because some people do not like to comment against others to avoid arguments. Instead, stating facts for all sides of a controversial topic creates an open floor for everyone to state their opinions.

  • Aron Frinch May 28, 2013, 5:28 am

    Very well written and researched work on link building packaging tools.It provides a wider perspectives on the topic of link building fundamentals.

  • Farrell Conejos May 22, 2013, 12:54 am

    Hey Mitz,

    Well, there is no doubt that these techniques has proven its worth. I, for one, have experienced some of its effectiveness. I usually use commenting and press release before to generate quality backlink and acquiring a decent number of traffic. Now that many methods are popping out, I guess it’s only fitting to highlight these methods for beginners to know and experience its effectiveness.

  • Kristine May 21, 2013, 1:04 am

    I have only been implementing a couple of these. Better get right on it and see if the other tips increase can increase my traffic.

  • anis May 17, 2013, 5:32 pm

    This is an awesome post
    these techniques are indeed the best ways to build quality backlinks thanks for sharing buddy :D

  • Vishal Verma May 17, 2013, 2:40 pm

    There are other link building techniques which I use for example Forum “Signature Links” ,
    creating my own group of blogs for link exchange, social network profile with HomePage URL, Giving free themes…

    But there are other people who use SEO software’s (blackhat) for ex. SenukeX
    Nice post,

  • Onyekachi May 17, 2013, 10:52 am

    Umm….I will say that am comfortable with five of the seven link building ways you shared. I totally disagree with link baiting and link swapping. Link baiting can make your readers not take you serious when next you share any thing since the title may still be different from the content and no matter how influential you are, you don’t have to set link bait else you loss you influence gradually.
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    • Mitz Pantic May 20, 2013, 4:45 pm

      Link bait only really works for bloggers with a big reputation or some kind of following and it is not for everyone. Yes you can actually lose readers by doing this. I do it sometimes and sit on the edge of my chair waiting for the response. One article I wrote got republished on Yahoo business and the comments were harsh, yet the same article on another big website got praised. It was definitely the wrong audience there.
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  • idamn May 17, 2013, 9:55 am

    I have bee performing lots of guest posts in this week and for sure I have see some huge traffic spike and conversion. Press release is good, but I don’t think its really important for common bloggers unless you have your own product or book for sale. very interested!!

  • Jacobus May 17, 2013, 7:04 am

    Hi Mitz,

    I don’t really understand why you are saying YouTube doesn’t work for any niche. We live in a world these days that likes visual presentations more than written text. So I think YouTube should work for any niche. Besides that, and you are right on that, the traffic you are getting is super targeted. I think most people have no clue how to make videos the right way and so just leave it. I have videos that give me 50 visitors a day for small niches. If you really understand that number, it is a matter of making tons of videos (knowing what you are doing) and get a lot of traffic from it, which also helps other rankings, etc. Anyway, I think YouTube should be a part of getting traffic in ANY niche.

    • Mitz Pantic May 20, 2013, 7:21 am

      There are just so many niches out there that I could not possibility say that YouTube could work for all niches. It is impossible for me to prove this either way. :)
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      • Jacobus May 20, 2013, 8:19 am

        You are right that there are an infinite amount of niches, that is for sure. But just like in the real world you can have text and pictures for pretty much anything. Anyway, I get your point.

    • William May 20, 2013, 9:19 pm

      I love using YouTube for traffic. It takes a little while to get a good YouTube channel going but it can be awesome for traffic once you get the ball rolling. Also, having YouTube subscribers is like having another mailing list. Each time you put out a new video it is available to them. Some of my websites were built from the ground up focusing on video so YouTube has definitely helped me a lot along the way.
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  • John Gibb May 17, 2013, 4:40 am

    hey Mitz

    I like your second tip. This one rocks: “How ____ made the biggest mistake of his/her life”

    I’m adding it to my swipe file collection :)

    My favorite methods to generate relevant traffic is through premium blog comments and guest posts. I believe these techniques will work for as long as the web will exist. Principles remain alike, you just have to re-think your strategy and adjust accordingly, when required.

    Hope it helps.
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  • Joe Hart May 17, 2013, 1:08 am

    Hi Mitz,
    Link bait is a great tecnhique to build links and to generate short term “server crashing” traffic…I’ve seen many such examples where people virally promote content from a site just because it had some unexplainable appeal to it…It really pulls in a lot of quality links..But there is also a chance that link baits may collect links from low quality spammy sites.

  • Anna Pham May 16, 2013, 5:19 pm

    Hi Mtiz, I think your post is really helpful and true.I think you has provided such a good view on how to build link effectively. I do think that comments nowadays are usually spamming and it is true that we should concentrate more on valuable comments. I really enjoy reading this. Thanks for sharing.

  • charles Leahy May 16, 2013, 2:11 pm

    For once I actually read this whole article instead of coming simply to stick a comment on it! :-). Was wondering, do you really need to do guest posting? Isn’t me commenting now the same as a guest post article? It’s still a backlink.

    Thanks for the info, I have not got any greatly amazingly new link building ideas, but I am about to start a 3 year degree in Internet, SEO and Social Media Marketing. So I’ll come back in three years when got something useful lol! Cheeers ;-)

  • Reneé Klein May 16, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Hi Mitz,
    Trying to build 1 link each day is a much more manageable way to link build.
    It can be too overwhelming when you sit down to ‘link build’ for a whole day.
    Better to do it in smaller chunks.

  • Thejas Kamath May 16, 2013, 2:33 am

    Hello,
    I’ve started blog commenting on top blogs like Famoutbloggers.net to get quality backlinks but didn’t start guest posting yet. I know guest posting is a great way to build backlinks, gain readers and traffic. I’m gonna start it soon.
    Thank you for sharing your techniques.
    Cheers :)

  • yogesh pant May 15, 2013, 8:42 pm

    for a new blogger, guest posting, commenting and uploading related data to youtube might work. And for a well established blogger, having a good number of readers for his articles, the heavy sounding words like press releases and contesting also work as it will have the vast amount of the readership that is intended.

  • Vivek May 15, 2013, 8:29 pm

    I have bee performing lots of guest posts in this week and for sure I have see some huge traffic spike and conversion. Press release is good, but I don’t think its really important for common bloggers unless you have your own product or book for sale.

    Thank for this amazing post.

  • Ryan Biddulph May 15, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Hi Mitz,

    Serious numbers here!

    Guest posting and commenting are my 2 fave methods. You hit them all, though. I dig your mention of providing value, or helping people, to build your links. Call it sowing and reaping, or karma, but whatever you put out freely returns to you, multiplied.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan
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  • Pavan Lipare May 15, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Hello Mitz,
    Really great article. It will be most helpful for new bloggers to increase there links.
    Sharing a post on Social media (Facebook, Google+, etc.) will also one of link building technique
    One another way is redirection of links of expired domain. These domain can be found on web directory.

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