ShoeMoney’s LinkControl Debut @ Affiliate Summit West

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February 21  |  Brand Building  |   Ryan Clark

I just spent some time sifting through the Affiliate Summit West 2011 videos and came across this video. ShoeMoney had to drop the product Vegas style, and that he did. I sadly wasn’t able to make it to Affiliate Summit West but would have never guessed that this show was to be put on. I could barely get through it without feeling horribly embarrassed to be watching, but that’s not the point. Despite how cheezy this comes off, it got a lot of press and chatter and that’s what it’s all about. ShoeMoney doesn’t really need too much extra help branding but keep his style in mind for your next product launch…at the very least hire those Go-Go dancers!

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Sniffing Out Competitors Back Links For Your Gain

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August 14  |  Link Building  |   Ryan Clark

I follow a lot of great affiliate marketing and link building blogs on the web and come to admire a lot of smart people out there. One of my favorites is Colin LaHay’s “Mixed Market Arts” because his blog is one of the few that has actually taught and old dog new tricks. His Link Building Cookbook is the best laid out blog post on the subject of getting links in 2008.  His blog is a perfect example of someone who I regularly check to see where his top back links are coming from, and what new ones he’s acquired. A quick glance shows that his pet project RSS Hugger is providing his site with some great link juice. If you haven’t signed up for RSS Hugger I suggest you do so for free here.

I believe in doing this for every campaign because you can not only get the same links your competitors have, but you can also determine what they’re doing thats been successful within that niche. This is all assuming within the top 3 ranking sites in the niche you’re after.

Lets say for example you’re marketing a site targeting “Las Vegas Car Rentals”. I’m going to post the results I get from my browser here in Vancouver Canada, so they will be a little different when you search…this is fine though because I can still get my point across.

Dream Car Rentals has built a good amount of back links over time and as you all will be able to tell, would take some time to overcome. From the first 20 back links I snooped out on Dream Car Rentals I could obtain links from %40 of them because they were a few obvious social bookmarking sites and car rental directories. I can also see a few links they’ve paid for within the mix.

Another aspect to look at is how the top bloggers are using link bait to get an ungodly amount of one-way links to their site. Hate him or love him, is a great domain to examine in detail because there are few people who can attract links like him. I’ve learned a lot from gaming both and in regards to link baiting.

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