It happens to all of us, particularly in the world of link building. You hit the wall. You’ve run through all of your ideas and you’ve got nothing left. Now what?
When the wall’s been hit I like to refer back to some tried and true sources that get my creative link building juices flowing again, and today I’ll share a few of my favorites in case you find yourself in this situation, too.
Adam Henige’s Stolen Box of Link Building Ideas
This collection is almost absurd in its completeness. If you are in a link building idea doldrum, sail your ship to this resource and bathe in Jon Cooper’s extensive collection of link building tactics. One of the best elements of this list is that you can whittle the list down by your time to execute, the value of the links and the dependency on other sources. This sorting feature can really help you dial in on realistic ideas based on the limitations you have in either time or resources.
One of the other beautiful things about this list is that for nearly every example tactic there’s a link to an example of someone performing the tactic or an actual source for a link.
While I love the first resource I listed, sometimes when I have lost all ability to think creatively I need some more spelled out examples of ways to go make links happen. That’s one of the things I love about the Backlinko blog in general, as Brian Dean always goes into such detail on a topic and this one is no different. If you read through these 21 examples and are left without a tangible idea for getting links you should probably consider another line of work.
I’ve long been a fan of Neil Patel’s dedication to sharing in-depth marketing tactics and this one is a personal favorite of mine. Many of these require spending some time or money to land, but quite honestly, if you’re that dry for link building ideas spending a few dollars is probably going to be a necessity.
Added bonus, the comments have some nice nuggets of knowledge as well as Neil answers some questions and has back and forth with some of his readers.
Trying to build links to local websites can be an incredible pain in the ass, especially in smaller markets. When I need a little inspiration or a shot of idea juice for a local client, this is a post I revisit often. What I like about this post is that some of the ideas are pretty out there, and quite honestly, that’s where you need to go sometimes to figure out how to get some quality local links. When one of your ideas is “create controversy” you know you’re thinking outside the box!
Where Do You Go For Ideas?
I offered up some of my favorites, so I’d be interested in seeing what resources others fall back on when the well runs dry. Feel free to share in the comments.