All lasting business is built on friendship.
-Alfred A. Montapert
What if I told you creating more backlinks for your website was as easy as meeting some new people? Well, it is! Taking time to reach out to others and build relationships is a great way to create some of those precious links everyone involved in online marketing is striving for. While others think the road to link success is paved with complicated algorithms and extreme tactics, achieving true results can often be accomplished through a much more simplistic approach. Taking time to pick up the phone or send an email can be instrumental in skyrocketing your ratings and can help build your quality SEO links.
Choosing Your Next Friend
Who to partner with will vary depending on your unique situation but is typically determined by your industry. I often use the analogy of a color palette. It is typically not beneficial (and extremely difficult) to partner with another person who is your exact same color. Direct competition is never your best friend – literally. Rather choose those within one or two shades of your color. Look for these people in closely-related or similar industries. For example, if you own a dog walking business your local pet shop would be a great connection. If your business is blogging about home decorating collaborate with an online home goods retailer. The key is to stay within the realm of your industry. Links from sites with similar content is more beneficial than from those which are completely off-topic.
Starting a Budding Friendship
To forge a relationship with a linking partner, you need to employ some old school social skills. An easy way to start the process is through email. Write the prospect a message which tells a little about yourself, why you think they would be a great partner, and what you can offer in return. Always include a link back to your website so they can check it out for themselves. Another great strategy is to attend trade association gatherings both local and national. Helpful friends can be made both close-to-home and halfway across the country. When in doubt, using a simple phone call or in-person visit can both be beneficial. Although awkward at first, these strategies often result in the most lasting relationships.
Here are some ways in which friendships can help increase your backlinks:
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by Katie Zurawski