Free Links and How to Get Them
Check out this thread started by WilliamC over at Web Workshop covers an article written by Ben Fisher at websitehostdirectory.com
It's all about a step by step guide to setting up 100's of free hosting accounts and using them to link to your target site. The guide bit of the article is very good. The thread contains a lot of "great thread!" type comments but have a close look, there are some cool links that will help you find lists of free hosting companies mixed in amongst the chatter.
Press Releases for Link Development
Interesting topic over at wmw. The general concensus seems to be that the ROI on this strategy is poor but there are some excellent tips and recounted experiences on gaining backlinks from for example, contacting columnists directly. I'll leave you with this snippet from the excellent martinibuster:
Are Press Release Services a Waste of Money?
There is less certainty of a backlink when spending that $ on a PR service. I'm interested to know from anyone at WebmasterWorld who has had a positive experience submitting press releases to these services and generating a backlink. How about a temporary boost in traffic?
I have had some success, however, identifying the writers for columns dedicated to specific interest areas then writing them directly. This way, instead of your press release sitting over at the PR Service waiting to be found, you deliver the message straight to the scribe- which is where you want it to be.
Some interesting accounts of how an expired domain does or does not hold it's PR/backlinks if you manage to snap it up quickly enough. Particularly interesting is nmalhot's post early on in the thread:
I have been through 2 PR update cycles and of the 7 the results are as follows:
1 - PR was zero as soon as I put up the site and has yet to go up ... I even linked other sites to this and the PR is stuck at zero. It is a .com domain.
3 - PR dropped 1 notch. 1 is .cc, 1 is .net, 1 is .com.
3 - PR held up. 1 is .com, 1 is .biz, 1 is .org
Building a Hub Site - Thinking about Linking
The guys at seochat are discussing this article by Wayne Hurlbert. The thread is far more interesting than the article. As the members rightly point out, there's no basis/evidence given for any of Hurlberts slightly wild sounding claims.
However, long time hero of mine fathom is in there talking about it and when he speaks, i tend to listen.
Linking Sites in Close IP Ranges
There has been much talk about links from IP's on the same C Blocks of recent months (years?) and the debate continues. Personally i'd sooner cut my ear off than link a bunch of sites on the same C Block together but there are those that think this is rubbish. Member mick sawyer says:
I have 98% of my 190 websites on the same ip block and i have always linked them together with great results.
UNTIL the last month or so ...........
and all the ones that were built only on same ip block links and maybe the odd outside link have dropped somewhere in the bowels of google.
The ones that have links from lots of other sites are all no.1 or no.2.
There was also a very nice discussion recently about unique IP's, Hosting and Unique C Blocks over at SEW started by yours truly with authoritative contributions from NFFC, Marcia, dannysullivan and ihelpyou
This is an outstanding thread born of virtually nothing. kidmercury asks the initial somewhat innocent question about a proposal to build many different websites and linking them to his main target site.
The thread develops into a little WH/BH baiting (im not certain who is baiting who LoL!) shortly after a typically authorative answer from Danny Sullivan at msg15 and then moves on to some nicely thought out posts by I,Brian, NFFC and littleman on the question of Which came first, the angry SE or the SE Spammer?
The real jewel to be found here is the discussion about C block allocations between Chris_D and I,Brian at around msg45