The Blueprint: The Exact Links Your Blog Needs to Have to Rank Like Quick Sprout


Serious question:

Would you be happy if your blog ranked in search engines as well as Quick Sprout does?

I am sure 99% of bloggers would be ecstatic.

But you’d have to travel down a long road if you want to achieve that.

However, I can show you what you need to do if you’re willing to put in the work.

Obviously, I aim to produce top notch content, but the biggest ranking factor, as you might know, is the number and quality of backlinks a blog has. 

And Quick Sprout has a ton of links:


By taking a closer look at the links, you can develop a strategy so that one day, your blog can have similar types, quantities, and quality of links.

We’re going to look at actual links here: I want to get as specific as possible so that you leave this post with a specific link building strategy in mind.

In order to make it as actionable as possible, I picked one of my posts to break down in great detail. We’ll examine The Advanced Guide to SEO.

It has 842 referring domains and 2,690 links overall.


Not surprisingly, it ranks #1 for searches like “advanced guide to SEO”:


And it ranks highly for even vaguely related searches like “SEO guide”:


That post alone gets more traffic than most blogs get in total, so it’s a good one to conduct our analysis on.

Here’s what I did for the analysis:

  1. downloaded all the backlink data that Ahrefs had on each of the URLs
  2. removed the bottom 80% of links (according to the Pareto principle, the top 20% of links will produce 80% of the results)
  3. removed any leftover spam or nonsensical links (about 10% of the remaining links)
  4. categorized each link by type

After doing all that, which took a while, I ended up with the following results:


This by itself is very useful.

The vast majority of quality links to the page are from blog posts, resource pages, and, to a lesser extent, forum posts.

Clearly, those types of links are most abundant, so basing your link strategy on them would be a great idea.

What I want to do for the rest of this post is to break down each type of link, explain what they are (if it’s not obvious), and show you how you can get them yourself.

Some are easy, some are hard.

You don’t necessarily have to get all the types of links in the same proportions to rank well, but the more you get, the better.

Type #1 – Links in blog posts

Again, 61.4% of the links to my guide were from blog posts.

Now, I kept the definition of a blog post pretty broad, including both short—500-word—articles and massive guides.

Here’s an example of a guide on Smart Passive Income that links to my guide.

And here’s a link in a short Search Engine Watch article.


Both were counted equally here.

These links are as good as you can get:

  • they have diverse and natural anchor text
  • they are typically on fairly authoritative domains/pages
  • they are contextual (appear naturally within the content)
  • they are highly relevant

It makes sense that a post of mine with hundreds of great blog post links would rank so well.

How to get blog links for your posts: Sometimes, getting links from blog posts is a chicken and egg problem.

If you dive into the links to my SEO guide, it’s quite clear that some writers just Googled something like “advanced SEO guide” and linked to the top result.

This is why I’ll continue to get more links to that page even though I’ve stopped promoting it long ago.

However, there are ways to get the rest of those links (which make up the majority).

The most straightforward is cold outreach.

Compile a list of bloggers in your niche (Google variations of “(niche) bloggers”, and use tools such as Buzzsumo:


Then, send them an email telling them about your content and why it’s special.

From here, it’s just a numbers game.

You can typically get about a 5% email-to-link ratio.

If you want 140 links, you’d need to send out emails to 2,800 bloggers.

That’s a lot but possible.

However, like I said, many of those 140 links came after my page was already ranking—let’s say half (or 70).

Considering that you won’t need as many to rank for most terms, you can aim to get about 35 blog links with an initial push.

That brings the number of emails you need to send to 700.

That’s still a lot and will require some digging, but if you want to achieve great rankings, you have to be willing to put in more work than others.

The good news is that this changes over time.

As you build relationships with bloggers in your niche, they will start linking to you naturally in their posts. Or you can just shoot them a quick, friendly email, asking them to include a specific link whenever they can.

Type #2 – Resource collections

The results of the analysis of this SEO guide will differ a bit from an analysis of any other post on Quick Sprout.

That’s because the SEO guide is truly an educational resource.

Even though my other posts are also educational, they wouldn’t be considered “resources,” which is a special distinction given to the most thorough pieces of content.

But because it is, about 20.6% of the links to my guide came from resource pages.

These pages have large collections of the best resources on different topics (usually marketing and business in this case).

Here’s an example:


They’re not as good as blog post links, but they still have a few things going for them:

  • the pages often have a lot of authority
  • the pages are highly relevant because the links are grouped with similar resources

The downside is that you’re sharing that link authority with often 50+ other pages.

Getting resource page links: Some you will get naturally if you start to rank well or get discussed a lot on social media.

However, you can almost always email the person who created the list and ask to be included.

A short email like this will get a good conversion rate:

Subject: Your resource page for (topic)

Hi (name),

I came across your resource page on (site) and learned about many new great tools. In particular, I’ve already started using (resource #1) and (resource #2) from your list.

So, thank you for that.

On top of that, I wanted to let you know about one more resource. Full disclosure: I created it.

It’s called (name and link to the resource).

The reason it’s so special, and deserves to be alongside those other great resources, is because (give 1-2 sentence description of the best feature).

I just wanted you to be aware of it.

Thanks for your time!

(your name)

I encourage you to spend 10-15 minutes actually going through some resources on their list instead of faking interest. Authenticity will get you a much higher success rate at getting links.

Type #3 – Forum posts

Third on the list were forum posts, which made up about 8% of the links.

These links were mainly found on forums like the Warrior Forum and Reddit, like this one:


These types of links are:

  • contextual
  • highly relevant
  • have good anchor diversity

But typically, they aren’t on high authority pages.

It doesn’t mean they’re not useful, but I wouldn’t spend too much time trying to get them.

How to get forum links: If you create something great and promote it well, it will get talked about in forums without you having to ever target them specifically.

However, if you want to ensure that you get links from forums, or you just want more, you can post on them yourself.

The key part of doing this is actually becoming a part of the forum. You should regularly post and become a part of the community; otherwise, members will think you’re just a spammer.

When the time comes and you release a post, you can make a few postings in different but appropriate sections of the forum, saying something along the lines of:

“I noticed that a lot of people struggle with (topic). I spent about 20 hours putting together a step-by-step guide to (doing something).”

Then, you post most of the body text in your opening and include a link back to your actual post before or after it.

That’s the safe way to do it.

Type #4 – Social media

It’s clear that while Ahrefs is one of the best backlink collectors, they have some work to do with social media.

My analysis showed about 2% of links came from social media, or just 5 links.

Considering it’s been shared hundreds of times on various social media platforms, it’s clear that Ahrefs missed some.


Regardless, these are fairly low quality links (in terms of SEO, not traffic) and likely didn’t affect rankings much.

I still think it’s a great idea to promote content on social media (which can lead to other types of links as well). I’ve written about this topic many times in the past. Here are a few of my best resources to follow if you want more social media links:

Type #5 – Guest posts

There are a select few sites that I regularly guest-post on.

When I do, I look for opportunities to link to my best content (when it’s appropriate and of course no-follow these links).

For example, I linked to the post in question in a post I wrote for


While I didn’t purposely try to link to my SEO guide beforehand, I’ve linked to it 5 times by chance over time.

If you need help getting guest-post opportunities, start with these posts I’ve written:

When you link out from guest posts (and no-follow the links) other people see them and naturally find your pages, share your content on the social web and even link to it from their site.

Type #6 – Podcast/Interview

Another solid type of link is a link from a podcast notes page or an interview (which may not always be on a podcast).

I’ve spoken on a few different podcasts and often mention my SEO guide.


When you mention something, the host will put a link on the podcast notes page:


It’s easy to get the links you want once you’re on a podcast. The tough part is getting people to want to talk to you.

Below are a couple of resources that can help you get interviewed.

First, “How to Become the Person Everyone Wants to Interview”, which I wrote a few years ago.

Secondly, refer to tactic #4 of this post, which just about anyone can put into action right away.

Type #7 – Roundup

I also got a few links from expert roundups for this post.


In a typical expert roundup, someone will put the same question to a bunch of “experts” and post all the answers.

I don’t think anyone has ever had a problem with an answer that includes a few links.

Even mid-level bloggers get contacted to do these often, but if you’re not there yet, or want more, you can easily get included.

All you need to do is search for “(niche) expert roundup,” and make a list of all the ones you find.

Then, contact the creators with a message along the lines of:

Subject: Expert roundup on (site)

Hi (name),

I saw your expert roundup on (topic) today, and I think it turned out really well (shared on Twitter!).

If you’re planning to do any in the future, I’d love to be included.

I’m a (quick explanation why you’re an expert – include impressive metrics if possible).

Also, let me know if you need a bit of help promoting anything. I’m happy to share a great piece of content.


(your name)

No hard pitch required. The main thing most roundup creators are looking for are social shares and traffic, and you’re offering to help with that.

Type #8 – Image site

This is an extremely simple link to get, and you don’t even have to create it yourself.

When you create “epic” content, I hope you’re considering design.

And if you are, you’re probably not hiring a cheap designer off Fiverr.

When you hire a talented designer who wants to do great work, they also tend to want to show it off.

Most graphic designers have accounts on sites such as Behance and Dribbble, which are both authoritative sites.

For example, many images from my advanced guides have been shown off on these sites. Here’s a page with a link to my advanced guide to SEO.


If you specifically want these kinds of links, you could always encourage your designer to post them around even though they will likely do it on their own.


The great thing about this analysis is that you don’t have to take my word for it. If you have an Ahrefs or Majestic account, you can do this analysis on your own.

And not just for Quick Sprout, but for competitors in your specific niche.

From this analysis, you know the types of links you need to have to rank well, really well, for even competitive searches.

You also know how to get them.

The only thing left to do is go get them and reap the rewards.

Do you have any questions about the analysis or ways of getting each type of link? Leave them below in the comments section.


  1. Chris Pontine :

    Hey Neil,

    Thanks for sharing these!!!

    I’ve been doing guest posts or mentions from finding them on HARO.

    I found HARO to really take me to the next level when finding opportunities I wasn’t able to find before.


    Chris Pontine

  2. Neil, thanks for sharing all these details.

    Its my dream to have site ranking like QuickSprout.

    I think Guestposts are very effective way to get quality backlinks. Image posts also works great, as many people love to share informative images.

  3. Chris Pontine :

    Hey Anant,

    Any good tips you have finding guest posts?


    Chris Pontine

    • Abhishek Raj :

      Hi Chris,

      I follow 3 simple rules when it comes to finding potential guest blogging opportunities:

      1. Find top blogs in “your niche” that are open to guest bloggers. Check for alexa, DA, reader community and level of engagement on the blog.
      2. Be personal and creative while pitching your guest blogging proposal. It is a deal maker or breaker. Important – Never ask for or even allude to back-links! This makes you seem pesky.
      3. Contribute your “best piece of writing”.

      All the best,

      Abhishek Raj

    • Look for sites in your niche that are getting a lot of social shares, then reach out to them through email or phone

  4. Amazing looking forward to implement in blog too.

  5. Arjun Sharma :

    a really great article i have bookmark it for future. it will help me to rank my totally new blog
    yes it will rank slowly bur now its rocket science soon 😀

  6. Chuck Sharpsteen :

    Just curious. In the analysis you said that you:

    1.) downloaded all the backlink data that Ahrefs had on each of the URLs
    2.) removed the bottom 80% of links (according to the Pareto principle, the top 20% of links will produce 80% of the results)

    What metric were you sorting by?


  7. Neil, great article. This is my first comment on your blog, pleased to make your acquaintance. I like how you broke down the metrics for the link percentages you see for your links. I even liked it more when you included an email script for Expert Roundups, and Resource page links (woulda loved to see one for Blog post outreach).
    Would love to see this blueprint recreated for the local business owner! Keep up the good work Neil.

    • Glad you liked it Justin. I hope this helps you get an idea of how these strategies can be applied to your site. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      • Allan Arthurs :

        Hi Neil,
        I’ve seen you use Ahrefs to teach link building over a dozen times now. Does Ahrefs provide you with the email addresses of bloggers or influencers it helps you find? Or will you have to go to the individual websites?

  8. Christopher Corbett :

    Totally love the Pareto principle thinking for the links. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Great and rich guide Neil thanks for your usual serious, help and sharing . I have just come across some course talking about this and some of them are paid . so good to get every thing here for free thanks

    • Glad this was helpful Aziz. Keep me posted on your progress or if you have any unanswered questions about this.

  10. Hi Neil, thanks for another great article. I was wondering, have you created any post on optimizing for micro moments?

  11. Hey Neil,

    Backlinks are the true concern for me as they take so much of efforts and are equally important. I always keep searching for the effective link building methods. When I got the email notification regarding this, I quickly head over to read it.

    Amazing post, couldn’t love more! Thanks.

    Best Regards,

    • I’m happy this helps. If you get stuck applying any of these techniques and strategies, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  12. Thanks for sharing this awesome guide.
    This is going to be very helpful to rank my website.

  13. This article is pure gold 😉 It’s really difficult to get those blog links when you’re just starting out. It almost seems that no matter what you write about, no one will see you. That’s why It’s so important to connect with other bloggers and share their content so that they notice you and start sharing your content too.

    • Persistency is key. No one will give a crap about you at first, but it just comes to show you that the ones who can hustle are the ones who’ll make it through

  14. Thanks Neil for being so brave to share the details and blueprint to rank like be this is the one guaranteed formula which newbies were looking for..thanks alott

  15. Daniel E Lofaso :

    Nice post Neil,

    I think your recommendations on the sheer amount of outreach emails that one should send may be surprising to many. But, I find that the percentage or successful links you mentioned (5% email to link ratio) is spot on. It’s always tough to find outreach partners who may be willing to link to you and this can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of SEO. Of course, awesome content always helps the cause as does professional design.


    • The better your content, design, etc, the easier it will be. The web is all about relationships, just like in real life.

  16. Kalpana Sharma :

    Hi Neil,

    A very nice guide. I will definitely follow these tips. Thank you for sharing such detailed article. I am learning a lot from you.

  17. Robinsh Kumar :

    Hello Neil, just another great resource to rank higher in the search results.

    If you do not mind, could you say that what tools you use to do the email outreach campaigns, and how much time it takes to reach those 2800 bloggers ?

    • I use Gmail or Send Grid… it takes a very long time with gmail. With Send Grid you can automate a lot of the sending out.

  18. These are incredible results, based on an incredible amount of work. I guess the Paretto principle will work also on this one: 80% of us will give up because we will thinks it’s too difficult to succeed. The other 20% will struggle but eventually make it.

  19. Why no-follow the links to your site in a guest post? They are organic and provide quality to the guest post IMO. Also looking through that specific post by you on you linked out to your content 4 times, and they were all followed links, not no-follow. Great post though. I’m working on backlinks all day lately, so it’s very timely.

    I just assumed an organic link to quality content in a guest post can be followed.

    • Great! It’s a game of patience for sure Brian. Sooner or later you’ll develop momentum and get speed, but for most of the time, you’re doing a lot but not seeing much happen. Over time this changes.

      • So should the guest post links be no-followed? The ones you have on the blog were followed even though this post says they should be no-followed? Seems like a followed link is ok as long as the link actually provides value, as yours obviously do.

  20. Great one and also detailed one. Taking ur site as example was great indeed

  21. Thanks for the awesome advice Neil, I will try these.

  22. Jim Coffey II :

    I love your transparency Neil. This is a great article and, as always, you put it all out there. Keep up the good work!

    • Glad this was helpful Jim. If you get stuck or have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  23. Hi Neil,

    Helpful as always. Every post you write produce a massive value to your readers that is the only reason it is so popular and has great authority.

  24. GOLD, as always, my friend. Cheers!

  25. Hi Neil; great blog and very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Pankaj Dhawan :

    This really was an epic post. Most of the approaches are reaching out directly or engaging into the forums – it is like more of getting personal.
    I think this is what we are lacking but honestly speaking, many Indian bloggers that are at good level don’t really entertain or encourage the new bloggers like us which is very disappointing at some level. This is what we lack in Indian society and this is more of happening thing in West.

    I mean, I have seen you promoting Brian Dean and then he promoting you back, it is like great symbiotic relationship with healthy competition.

    What is your opinion about it?

  27. Excellent and thoroughly accurate post

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  29. Hi Neil,

    I really love your posts and your blog. Thank you for all the work you put in and all the value you provide.

    I’m curious about your strategy of emailing webmasters and asking them to include your site on their site. I receive emails several times a week with that exact formula- word-for-word. I almost always dismiss these notes as spam, but when I receive the email over and over again from the same sender, I usually reply with an email that I will happily do a link exchanges. At that point, the conversation ends, I never receive a response, the exchange is over. It feels both intrusive and spammy to me. I received an email from your people at which was a little heartbreaking to me because the method feels so disingenuous. So my question is, is there a reason that I should be saying yes to these requests? What is the benefit to the recipient if there is no give and take.

  30. Hi Neil!

    I have a new blog with very few back links.

    I would consider myself an authority in my niche and I know quite a few other authorities.

    So, I decided to reach out to get back links. And I thought to myself, “why don’t I offer them a backlink from my site as well”.

    The problem is that my site was new, so why would they care if I gave them a backlink?

    But, while reading what you wrote above I got an idea…

    I started emailing these other authorities in my niche. And started ‘brokering’ back links between authorities in exchange for each of them backlinking to my new blog.

    So, I get Joe authority to backlink to Bill authority as a ‘favor’ and then they both back link to my blog!

    Wouldn’t you know, it freakin’ worked! And now I’m getting back links from other authority sites in my niche.

    They don’t all say yes, but I’m getting a few of them to.

    So, thanks for sparking that genius out of me!

    – Jeff

  31. Guest posting is more effective method to gain quality backlinks. Before I never considered about that. But I should do guest posting.

    hey Neil Patel, this is another best of seo tutorial post.

    And I would like backlinks from reddit in niche.

  32. Great breakdown Neil. Checking out links of competitors can be a great way to get some ideas for backlinks of your own, which is what you did for us right here in a big way. Much appreciated, keep up the great work!

    • Yes and it’s a great way to get your mind running and begin to formulate new, creative ideas for you to do.

  33. Very Good Nail,
    Neil, thanks for sharing all these essential information. I also wanna that my site ranking asap.

  34. Scott Hastings :

    “The vast majority of quality links to the page are from blog posts, resource pages, and, to a lesser extent, forum posts.”

    This pretty much says it all. I absolutely love this and agree!

    Thank you for all the great research and content.


    • You’re welcoem Scott, glad you found these techniques useful. Let me know if you have any challenges with getting them implemented.

  35. Pawan Diwakar :

    a great article i have bookmark it for future. This is a ultimate guide to rank the blog ….


  36. Michael Mcdonald :

    You were first recommended to me by my mentor Paul Counsel back in 2010 when I was in construction. I’m a slow reader and didn’t put in the time to digest your material but I collected it like an antique dealer.

    How the wheel turns and I have some time to really focus and act on what you teach. I really value it. Recently I listened to you Tipping Tai Lopez and I’m sure I heard you with John Lee Dumas, but the best source is right here at the fountain. ha ha.

    I always take notes of my learnings in the form of a value summary and think this would help people who don’t have a lot of time like I used to experience. I know your busy but do you think this is something worth pursuing as I’m already doing it for myself?

    P.S. The 80/20 Pareto principle is a Tai favorite as well, 80% of your income will come from 20% of your work. I don’t know how accurate this is but it’s similar to writing copy, 90%+ effort should go into the headline. I wonder if I can take your percentage of links and say I should spend 61% of my backlinking effort in acquiring blog post links.

    I haven’t done this before but I’ll share with you my value summary of this post.

    If you have any criticisms or think it’s worth my while then I’ll be happy to do more with a healthy dose focused on your content.

    Bundles of joy to you and your team this Easter.


    • Paul Conwall :

      Thanks Michael,
      You Wrote good summery.


    • Everyones different. If you feel like you understand the content better, then it’s absolutely worth every moment you spend creating a value summary. I think in general it definitely is worth it to do this and organize it so you can come back to it later. I’m glad this all helpful stuff Michael, if you ever have any questions or get stuck with anything, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  37. Bhuboy Villanueva :

    Thanks for this selfless act, and sharing your secret to your audience

  38. I hope you can write a post about how you manage to release such long valuable content everyday. Is it a one-man show? Editorial team?

    • I have a team. Editor, and researchers that gather data. It wasn’t always like this, I’ve been doing a lot of it myself for most of my career.

  39. Neil,

    You always write great posts but this one pops right out. Very catchy header in indeed!

    I’ve found email outreach (with Brian Dean’s techniques) to be very helpful, I’ve gotten a few sweet links through this method. It does take a lot of times though, do you recommend any email outreach programs?

  40. Fantastic Neil!

    Will use this for when I launch my new site (finally!) this year!

    All comes down to having fantastic content to begin with and being willing to send out those promo emails!


  41. You just dominate quality over quantity which is a very great thing neil and the rest of the thing did you pay for the guest posts??

  42. Great Post Neil :

    Another great post Neil.

    Just a quick question if you don’t mind; I am building a list of email addresses for blog outreach as described in the article but I am finding that some blogs don’t list a contact email as they have a contact form instead.

    Do you still send a message through a contact form?

    I am asking as I can’t include links in a contact form like I can in email. I can’t track opening rates either but I would presume that contact form messages are read if the blog is still active.

    Many thanks

    • Yes, send it through their contact form. You won’t get through to everyone, but just focus on playing the numbers game.

  43. Thanks for this Neil. It was a long but worthwhile read. I will be looking at my competitors using this method.

  44. Yes.. I’ll be happy if my blog ranked in search engines.. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Neil, bookmarked for future also. !

  45. Andrew Rogers :

    Hi Neil,

    Thanks for the post.

    Under guest posting you mentioned in brackets that you no-follow the link. Can you explain more on that at all?

    I might have misunderstood, but as your example post it does not use a no-follow I am unsure whether you mean its best practice to no-follow or not.

    Thank you in advance for clearing it up.


    • When you guest post you ideally should nofollow the links. A lot of the times when I guest post on sites like Inc the links are nofollowed. On some sites where I guest post I give them the article and I tell the site owner to publish it (using a nofollow)… sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t/forget.

  46. Paul Conwall :

    Hello Neil,
    First of all thanks for this blueprint, which i searched everywhere.

    Now i going to create my list, using to your post. My website is still one month old and its about dogs. My target is 1000 daily visits within three months.

    Back-links are nightmare to me. Your post guide me right direction and this is extract what I searched for months.

    Thanks again for this post. and I hope to share my success story near future. 🙂


    • It will take you some time, but you will get there. Just focus on creating a few backlinks a month and scale that number up over time.

  47. Hi Neil, for getting links from blog posts do you still use the link poaching method that you mentioned before in your Seo guide? Would you suggest using this alongside emailing a list of influencers?

  48. Hello Neil,

    I am totally agreed with you..

    You write great content and then everybody link to your content. but my problem is that my blog is wallpaper blog of hollywood and bollywood actress so how to make great content i can only post latest images with some 300 word intro.

    Could you please suggest me something..

    • Think creatively Ritu. What else can you write about those actors and actresses that would make your content more engaging?

  49. Sandip Killedar :

    Hi Neil,

    Thanks for this excellent Blueprint. Well, Links are still playing an important role in ranking. Finding the highly relevant and quality backlinks is like finding the diamond in coal mines. Hard work but worth it.

    Enjoyed reading this post. Thanks again.

    • I think it’s always going to be the name of the game Sandip. It will be harder to get links, unless you can make your content better 😉

  50. I like the breakdown.
    Have you tried other tools to see what the affect of social media is on your rankings?

  51. Great! I’m a follower of your site and I have to admit that this post is really useful. Because it applies the Pareto rule for links.

    Best Regards!

  52. Transport George :

    Awesome tool! This is really helpful in developing an effective link building strategy for your website.

  53. That brings the number of emails you need to send.

    That’s still a lot and will require some digging, but if you want to achieve great rankings, you have to be willing to put in more work than others.

    The good news is that this changes over time.

    • Most people quite right before they achieve “success”. Its hard work and it’s challenging, but your life will change forever.

  54. Such an amazing guide, thanks for sharing. I don’t think others would be so open to share such techniques.

  55. Thanks for your advising with us.

  56. Doug Mitchell :

    Great info here Neil. How many backlinks does a website need in order to start ranking?

    • There’s no concrete answer to this. For newer sites, I’d recommend building 3-5 backlinks a month and then gradually increasing over time.

  57. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for the great post

  58. Rubai internetu :

    Hi Neil,

    I attended your conference in Vilnius last year 🙂 I like your posts, very good info..

    Good luck

    • Awesome Rubai, hopefully we had a chance to meet? Please let me know if you have any questions or need clarification on anything you learning

  59. Hi Neil, such a useful post as always! Will be bookmarking for future reference, thank you for such useful guides.

  60. Hi Neil, great content, as always!

    Question: how do you go about getting influencer emails addresses from BuzzSumo?

  61. Taranpreet Singh :

    Hi Neil Sir,
    Such an analysis can help even beginner content marketers & bloggers to grow towards success. And what I found most interesting is the Influencer outreach part , the use of Buzzsumo, amplification etc.

    Anyone can build great business online if he can understand its foundations more than the surfacial MONEY GAINS.

    As what you always include in your posts, it’s the VALUE offered that matters.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

  62. Jitendra Kumar Sahoo :

    Thanks Neil for this awesome article, I hope all these process will help me a lot. But is their any alternative available for twitter influencer of Buzzsumo.

  63. Rajesh Singh :

    I there any way to get authority links for free

  64. Hey Neil,

    Great info here, thanks for sharing.
    I started reading your post here then I moved to Smart Passive Income to check out the “Guide” you mentioned earlier and now I’m back to your blog again to finish reading what took me here.

    I have to say that the guide published on SPI is full detailed with tons of valuable tips but that guide was published in 2010. Are the strategies shared there still relevant? Why write another blueprint on link buildings when you already wrote the guide on SPI and knowing that the SEO environment changes all the time?

    What works today may no longer work tomorrow. Anyway I’ll try to combine some of the tips you share here with what I read on SPI blog and see if I can improve my rankings.

    By the way : Just read that Pat was working on a new design for his blog and he will release it on Wednesday…

    I loved his actual design… What do you think?


    • A lot of things are still relevant, usually it becomes necessary to become more and more detailed as things change. I liked his design, but am curious to see what he comes up with next!

  65. Hamza Sheikh :

    I always focus on community discussions and try my best to share my knowledge in real time communications. It helps me building really cool backlinks to few of my articles. Otherwise, my major focus is on guest blogging on similar niche blogs with high crawling rates.

    Forums are good but they are tough to manage. In tech niche, you always happen to get one or two backlinks automatically from forums on daily basis.

    • That’s greats, looks like you’ve been taking some strategic action! Keep me posted on your progress.

  66. sonali singh :

    thanks for sharing the post. This will bring a great effect on SEO ranking

  67. I hope you can write a publish about the way you manage to release such long valuable content material regular. Is it a one-man show? Editorial group?

  68. vamsikrishna :

    Thanks for sharing this awesome guide.Ths will bring a great effect on SEO ranking

  69. Hi Neil. I absolutely love your guides. I was wondering what tool you used to create them? Did you do the HTML coding by hand for them? Microsoft Word? Something else?

  70. Sharing is caring, should always links out to others great blog and time that all we need to build the link up. You have a crazy links.

  71. We all want to rank our site like quick sprout, but I think this is not the only way our blog can rank like yours. Isn’t it? Anyway, thanks for another great tip.
    See you online…

  72. Thank you so much for this guide Neil. i like these updated posts so that I always know what to look after.

  73. Sue J. Maselli :

    Nice and very helpful post.. Thanks for sharing this Neil

  74. milon khan :

    really help rank better on yelp listing page. I tried it for few local businesses and it
    really helped my clients get more calls and emails.
    Though I didn’t think about the SEO benefits,
    but I guess it will definitely pass some SEO juice.

    thanks you

  75. John Cathau (Business Lawer in Los Angeles) :

    Yeah, citation sites like yelp works perfectly. I myself tried it for and now, planning to work on other sites with country level targeting. Hope your tecnique will work for us.

  76. Jamie Jamieson :

    Nice post, #7 is a tough one…

  77. I like the helpful information you supply in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your blog and test again here frequently.
    I am reasonably certain I’ll be told a lot of new stuff right right here!
    Good luck for the following!

  78. Thanks Neil for the detailed post on this topic . I’ve been looking for this ,i’ve got a client with 6.5k backlinks from 230 domains , i’m kinda concerned about whether we can build more backlinks or not . Now this post has got me some useful info .

    Thanks Again .

  79. neil could you tell me why you publish spamming comment on your blog.

    • I try not too but the spamming levels as you can imagine are very high. But I will keep trying to do more to improve that as well.

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