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The How-to How-to Guide

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jon_xx_x, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    This is an easy way to get white hat links.
    First of all, you must have a quality site, no one wants to link to garbage.

    Almost every single niche has some type of how to guide. How to install this, how to use this, etc etc. Google your niche how to guide. Look at the top few results. What you need to do is create a how to page better than those ones. Take some really high quality pictures, or hire a cheap graphic artist, hire a writer, whatever you need to do to make it look great.

    Next you make a list of the top 10-20 sites that are ranking for your how to guide, or as many as you can find. If you don't have an ahrefs account, there are people are fiverr that will do back link profiles for you for $5 for 5-10 URLs. Get all the backlinks that link to any of these guides, even the wikipedia links as well.

    Finally, you email every single one of them individually, not this mass spam garbage. Personalize it, tell them you came across their post and saw they linked to xxxx how to guide, tell them you also really liked their other post on yyyyyy. Little things like that, makes it like you actually care about their site, but not too cheesy. Tell them about your guide and how it's even better than the one they linked to. Tell them you're just starting your site and trying to put the best quality content possible out there and how their readers would also benefit from your guide.

    This is a white hat technique. It takes time, and it takes work, and that's the way white hat is. I've spent hours doing this, and I will spend hours doing this even if I can get one link. And if you ever do add in some black/grey hat it makes your site look less suspicious if you have a bunch of white hat links. I started my site about six months ago now, and I bust my ass every day trying to scrape every white hat link I can get. I only have a few small five rankings so far, but 28 of the 30 keywords I'm tracking are in the top 50, 30% of them between 5 and 15. One of the good things about this method is that they will probably link to your how to guide, which is an inner page link, rather than front page link. This also makes your site look more natural as well. And another perk is that if you build enough links you'll be ranked for that how to guide.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Definitely a viable link building tactic.
     
  3. srb888

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    Definitely a great idea to have a How-To tutorial/guide. :) Everyone who wishes to take some action but is not sure how to take it searches for a "how to" page. I have, on infinite number of times, used "how to" + my question in G and have found a readymade solutions quickly. May be this (How to + yourQuestion) will always be an evergreen topic as the solution changes with time and new, better, and easier solutions to both the old and new questions are always sought after from all parts of the world. For every niche and its sub niches, a How To tutorial will always be warmly welcome by the users of those niches.

    And of course great backlinks will always help the pages to be in front and on top for those users who need it as quickly as possible... A help site helped by greatly helpful backlinks will always help the world help itself quickly! :)
     
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    I've done something similar, but a little more BH.

    I just do a switch after they've linked to my "how to" pages.

    so basically I'll put up a site that looks like I'm only after the adsense income (or similar), then a few months after I've grovelled for links (from competitors) I switch the focus of the site from a MFA to an ecommerce.
     
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  5. jon_xx_x

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    That's fucking brilliant.
     
  6. waitier

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    Alot of the top10 how to guide are authority ones, like wikihow, instructables, even ecommerce and blah, and they would probably never link to your site. Those further down are competitors which have their own how-to guides, so why would they ever link to you?

    This is the part of white hat link acquisition that I never understood. Unless you're in a niche that nobody in the serps are trying to rank for it, then I'm guessing it could work. I don't know.

    Edit : Oh wait, guess i missed that part of "their backlinks". Whoops.
     
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  7. jon_xx_x

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    I've picked up a handful of links with this method.
    Like I said, make your how to page better than what's out there.
    And the links I picked up aren't from competitors but random mentions to the other how-to guides.

    But yeah, it's harder and harder to get links all because of Google. Google has put fear into the average site owner that if they link to a bad site it will hurt their site. So no one wants to link to anyone anymore. Nice work google.
     
  8. Snubbles

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    Thanks for the guide. It sure gives me a new perspective. Have you tried considering outsourcing your emailing work.