SEO Is Not That Hard

Promoting your content to get links

June 19, 2024 Edd Dawson Season 1 Episode 122
Promoting your content to get links
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SEO Is Not That Hard
Promoting your content to get links
Jun 19, 2024 Season 1 Episode 122
Edd Dawson

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Ever wondered how to attract high-quality backlinks without resorting to shady tactics? On today’s episode of "SEO is Not That Hard," I, Ed Dawson, reveal tried-and-true strategies for gaining those elusive links in a way that Google loves. Drawing from a conversation with our listener Steve, I demystify the link-building process, highlighting the importance of organic backlinks and the pitfalls of buying them. Get ready to understand the risks of manipulative practices and discover how promoting your content smartly can make all the difference.

I also share my personal journey with Keywords People Use, detailing the exact steps I took to get noticed in a crowded digital landscape. From creating buzz on Twitter to leveraging my network, I show you how to put your content in front of the right people without directly asking for links. Tune in for actionable advice on promoting your content, boosting your site’s visibility, and ensuring your link-building efforts are both effective and ethical. Don't miss this episode packed with practical tips to elevate your SEO game!

SEO Is Not That Hard is hosted by Edd Dawson and brought to you by KeywordsPeopleUse.com

You can get your free copy of my 101 Quick SEO Tips at: https://seotips.edddawson.com/101-quick-seo-tips

To get a personal no-obligation demo of how KeywordsPeopleUse could help you boost your SEO then book an appointment with me now

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Find Edd on Twitter @channel5

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"Werq" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Ever wondered how to attract high-quality backlinks without resorting to shady tactics? On today’s episode of "SEO is Not That Hard," I, Ed Dawson, reveal tried-and-true strategies for gaining those elusive links in a way that Google loves. Drawing from a conversation with our listener Steve, I demystify the link-building process, highlighting the importance of organic backlinks and the pitfalls of buying them. Get ready to understand the risks of manipulative practices and discover how promoting your content smartly can make all the difference.

I also share my personal journey with Keywords People Use, detailing the exact steps I took to get noticed in a crowded digital landscape. From creating buzz on Twitter to leveraging my network, I show you how to put your content in front of the right people without directly asking for links. Tune in for actionable advice on promoting your content, boosting your site’s visibility, and ensuring your link-building efforts are both effective and ethical. Don't miss this episode packed with practical tips to elevate your SEO game!

SEO Is Not That Hard is hosted by Edd Dawson and brought to you by KeywordsPeopleUse.com

You can get your free copy of my 101 Quick SEO Tips at: https://seotips.edddawson.com/101-quick-seo-tips

To get a personal no-obligation demo of how KeywordsPeopleUse could help you boost your SEO then book an appointment with me now

See Edd's personal site at edddawson.com

Ask me a question and get on the show Click here to record a question

Find Edd on Twitter @channel5

Find KeywordsPeopleUse on Twitter @kwds_ppl_use

"Werq" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Speaker 1:

Hello and welcome to SEO is not that hard. I'm your host, ed Dawson, the founder of keywordspeopleusecom, the place to find and organise the questions people ask online. I'm an SEO developer, affiliate marketer and entrepreneur. I've been building and monetising websites for over 20 years and I've bought and sold a few along the way. I'm here to share with you the SEO knowledge, hints and tips I've built up over the years. With you, the SEO knowledge, hints and tips I've built up over the years. Hello and welcome to SEO is not that hard. It's me, ed, here.

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As usual, today I'm going to talk about promoting your content to get links. Now, this came about from a conversation I had with a listener in the US, steve, and he was talking about how does he get people to start linking to him. He's not long launched his site, maybe a few months ago, and he started to create content and he's now looking at where he can get links to his website, how he can persuade people to link to his website. Now, although I talk a lot about creating good content based on people's questions and from that side of seo, you know I never deny the importance of links in the big overall scheme of how you rank, it is really important to get links, um, but obviously there are risks with how you do and don't do it. We know google wants organic links, doesn't want people paying for links. It doesn't want people manipulating the link graph and by manipulating that's incentivizing people in any way whatsoever to link to your content and trying to manipulate things like the anchor text they use to link all those kind of like manipulations that you might do to improve your link profile in ways that Google doesn't want. Now I don't moralise over what people do or how they do it. It's completely up to you. If you want to buy links, all those things, knock yourself out. It's up to you. But just be aware that there are risks. If you get caught buying links, then Google at the very least will just disavow them in terms of not having to provide any benefits to your site, which means you've just wasted your money. At worst, you might get a penalty, either algorithmic or a manual penalty, for link spam.

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I prefer to only do organic link building and that is where I just wait, essentially, for people to link to my websites. I don't request links. I don't try and do anything in terms of how people will link to my websites. I don't request links. I don't try and do anything in terms of how people will link to me, but there's a catch-22 to that. If you are not going out trying to persuade people to link to you, then how do they ever find your content to link to you? Now, once you've got ranking, it becomes a lot easier, because one of the easiest link building techniques is to rank number one for your keywords. That's the kind of situation where people will naturally start linking to you because, say, they're an author, they're writing about sort of a related topic on their website that's related to your website. They will find you if you're a good enough resource, they will link to you because it's useful for their audience to see the content that you've created. But obviously you've got to get into that number one position in the first place to kind of attract those links on autopilot. So what you have to do is promote your content, and this is what I do. So let's take keywords people use as an example.

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When we started that back in, we launched. We probably launched in October 2022. So about you know, just over 18 months ago Now. At that time, obviously it was a brand new domain and no one knew we were doing it. You know we built it and then it was just made available. There is online. How are people going to find us?

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What I had to do was just go out and start making some noise about it. So I went out onto Twitter and made a lot of noise on Twitter. I went out to anyone I knew and just emailed them and said, hey, you might want to check this out, a new site I've launched. But at no point during this did I ever say please link to my website. I was purely just putting it in people's faces. I found groups of people, places like Reddit, quora, where I could make people aware that this new tool, this new site, was available and what it could do. But again, at no point trying to get links. No point saying I want you to link to me. It was just to make people aware it was there, to try and make some noise about it. We went to Brighton SEO. We sponsored Brighton SEO, bought a very cheap sponsor package which just allowed us to put leaflets in the delegate bags and we did a little competition on there to get people to interact with it, and there's a whole podcast episode on that If you just search through all the back history of the podcast, there's one where I talk about Brighton SEO. But again, that was basically also a piece just to get our name out there, to get our name in front of people who might potentially be the right kind of audience for linking to us. And lo and behold, this is what happened.

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Because we'd made an engaging tool, engaging content, people did start to link to us and as they started to link to us, we started to rank better. Especially, I think those links were important because at the time we were concentrating more on the tool than surrounding content around the tool. So we started to gain links, we started to gain users and then from those users, every user becomes then someone who's on our email list for the product and we can then email those people. Every time we launch a new bit of content or a new tool, we then have got a bigger audience of our own that we can then start promoting our new content to. And those people we promote to, some of them will find whatever we've promoted useful enough and then will start to link to us. So this promotion is what starts to build that flywheel of gaining links and then, obviously, as we start to gain more links. As we start to put more content on the site, we start to rank across more terms and then we start picking up backlinks from people who find us through Google.

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But it's getting over that hump of you're not ranking in Google, so people aren't finding you. They can't find you in Google. If they're not finding you, they don't know about you. They're not going to link to you. So you cover part of the way there with good content, getting that long tail content. That is how you will start to pick up long tail rankings where links are less important. But as you get your site grows and gets bigger and bigger and bigger, links do become more important. Links do build that link authority, that domain authority yeah, site authority that you need to help push a getting more pages indexed on your site and also then pushing those pages that are in deck further up the rankings.

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So my tips are find where the audience that's going to be receptive to your content is living. That could be facebook groups, it could be reddit, could could be Facebook groups. It could be Reddit. It could be Quora, it could be Twitter, it could be LinkedIn. It could be a whole bunch of places. Find where people are talking about your topic area. So with keywords people use it's people who are into SEO, into online marketing and related subjects, and I go where those people are and, as you start to build an audience, strongly recommend you know, getting an email list going provide some content that people will sign up for. I've done episodes on lead magnets. So go and listen to them on how to do that, because then you can start.

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If you build an audience that you can promote content to, again, that helps a getting traffic to it in the first place and b those people are, then hopefully the. That's the target audience that might link to you and start engaging with people in these areas. So you don't want if you just come straight along and say, hey, I've just done this piece of content, go and look at it. Then if they don't know who you are, never heard of you, then it's not going to go as well as if you've engaged in some of these forums and some of these places where people are hanging out online and just get to be known by a few people. They're then much more likely to listen to you.

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When you do have something to share, do have something to promote, you know you've got to give before you can ask. Essentially, that's that's. It's reciprocal, everything's always reciprocal with people and the more you give in the first instance, the more likely people are going to reciprocate in the longer term. So, yeah, go find where your audience is, go start interacting and do that as soon as possible, as soon as you even thinking of creating a site then go there and interact with those people and that's my top tip. So I hope that's been useful. If you've got any questions, any comments, do get in touch. All the details on how to get in touch in the outro to this podcast. And, yeah, see you next time.

Speaker 1:

Before I go, I just wanted to let you know that if you'd like a personal demo of our tools that Keywords People use, that you can book a free, obligation one-on-one video call with me where I show you how we can help you level up your content by finding and answering the questions your audience actually have. You can also ask me any SEO questions you have. You just need to go to keywordspeopleusecom slash demo where you can pick a time and date that suits you for us to catch up. Once again, that's keywordspeopleusecom slash demo and you can also find that link in the show notes of today's episode. Hope to chat with you soon. Thanks for being a listener. I really appreciate it. Please subscribe and share. It really helps.

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Seo is not that hard. It's brought to you by keywordspeopleusecom, the place to find and organize the questions people ask online. See why thousands of people use us every day. Try it today for free at keywordspeopleusecom to get an instant hit of more seo tips. Then find the link to download a free copy of my 101 quick seo tips in the show notes of today's episode. If you want to get in touch, have any questions, I'd love to hear from you. I'm at channel 5 on twitter. You can email me at podcast at keywordspeopleusecom. Bye for now and see you in the next episode of SEO is not that hard.