Getting Links from the Top 50 Domains
The good folks over at SEOMoz have provided us with a list of the Top 500 Linked Domains according to the Linkscape index. I thought it would be interesting to start churning through the list and finding out how search marketers, spammers, etc. are finding ways to get their links on each of these incredible domains. Some of them are incredibly sneaky and blackhat (check out the Flickr and AOL links, for example).
Here is a list of the top 50 or so. (Sometimes we have to resort to subdomains)…
- Google.com: get in the directory
- Adobe.com: followed forum links
- Blogspot.com: If you cant figure out how to get a link on blogspot, give up now.
- Yahoo.com: join the directory
- Youtube.com: Create your own channel
- Wikipedia.org: Add it, it will be nofollowed, but still worth it.
- W3.org : Newsletter Auto-Linking
- Facebook.com: Facebook Apps (check out the retailer icons)
- WordPress.org: Write a Good Plugin (Author Homepage)
- Myspace.com: If you can’t figure out how to get a link on myspace, you need to give up on SEO.
Check out the link to gamespot on this page.
- Microsoft.com: Amapedia FTW
- Macromedia.com: Get Mentioned, hard link to get
- WordPress.com: Create a Blog, If you can’t figure out how to get a link on wordpress.com, you need to give up on SEO.
- Flickr.com: Add and Edit a Comment
Create a comment with a link in it like this… <a rel=”follow” href=”http://www.yoursite.com”>text</a>. Flickr will add a nofollow after the HREF, but the rel=”follow” will already have been parsed. Sneaky, eh?
- StatCounter.com: Member profile Contact Info
- Miibeian.gov.cn : Good luck
- Msn.com: Movies Search Results
- Apple.com: Get Written About. Yeah, this one is tough.
- AOL.com: Propeller cross-domain. Now that is clever!
- MapQuest.com : Map Listings
- Sourceforge.net: Forum Profile Pages
- NYtimes.com: It never ceases to amaze me what spammers can find.
- Feedburner.com: Feed Links Count.
- CNN.com: Create a Fan Nation Blog
- Free.fr: Create a Site
- Tripod.com: If you don’t know how to get a link from tripod, you need to give up on SEO.
- Live.com: Create a blog on Windows Live Spaces
- Go.com: Create a Sports Nation Fan Blog
- Addthis.com: Only nofollows from forum links.
- Typepad.com: Create a Blog
- PHPbb.com: Signature Links
- Digg.com: Go Popular. Write fantastic content and get on the homepage of Digg to get PR flowing links.
- technorati.com: Site Reactions Pages and others
- del.icio.us (now delicious.com): Get mentioned on the blog
- php.net: Become a Mirror
- imdb.com: make a movie or documentary
- about.com: followed links in the forums
- ebay.com: user pages have followed links
- rambler.ru: forum links followed
- blogger.com: Get into the “Blogs I follow”
- fc2.com: Blog
- joomla.org: followed links in the forum
- google.de: Directory
- creativecommons.org: Try installing ccHost and mentioning your installation
- Mysql.com: Forge Comments
How to Find Link Targets
I thought it may make sense to mention how to find some of these link targets. While there are some more sophisticated tools available to those willing to delve in blackhat strategies, the easiest thing to do is find out what others are doing. Let’s say your target is myspace.com
- Check the linkfromdomain command in Bing to find out .
- Then choose a domain from the list and check for links to it in site explorer from myspace. This will help you find the actual pages on myspace that link out.
- Then go to a few of those pages and look in the source code for examples of how that link was placed. Make sure to check for nofollow
- The other option is just search google for site:yourtarget.com “cheap viagra”. Chances are, if there is a hole, it has been exploited by someone promoting generic pills.