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Monday, January 5, 2009

Linkbait your Blog

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Illustration: Josh Cochran
Illustration: Josh Cochran

Busting your butt on a blog that only a handful of people ever visit? (Thanks, Mom!) We asked Chris Garrett, coauthor of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, how to build a highly trafficked link farm.

Do Good PR.

Network with bigger bloggers—comment regularly. Email them your best stuff, then follow their tips. Link to them often, and they'll likely start linking back. The day that Boing Boing links to you, you're gold.

Create a Hook.

Scan the tabloid rack for headlines that make you want to shout, "Hey Martha, come see!" Try to create the same "must share this" effect in your own headlines. Really, who can resist "fembots and the geeks who love them"?


You may not be able to break a juicy story ("britney shaves head—again!") but you can pontificate on it ("inside britney's shaved head"). Your post will show up in searches for the story, and you'll hoover up the hits.

Contributed by Daniel Dumas