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Broken Link Building Using Screaming Frog, Majestic and Buzzstream

There have been a lot of announcements about new SEO ranking factors as of late. Sure, you need to move your site to HTTPS. Your website should load fast. Your website should be mobile-friendly. You should use schema to encode your content. Indeed, these are all factors within Google’s algorithm.

While considering all these things, don’t forget the basics: content and links. I’m not the only one who thinks that content and links are the two most important factors for ranking a website.

This is why I’ve been doing a lot with broken backlinking. This is the best of both worlds. It not only provides quality, relevant content for my website, but also provides high authority link juice.

What is Broken Link Building?

Broken link building starts with finding pages that no longer exist, but have links. Once you find these broken pages, you rebuild it on your site. Don’t just copy the page — improve it.

After you’ve written it, you need to contact the websites that were linking to the broken page. Tell them they’re linking to an old page and invite them to link to your new page.

Garrett French, the originator of this tactic, suggests you’ll have about a five per cent success rate. That means if you reach out to 100 websites, expect to get give links to your page. Another way of thinking about this: you need to find pages that have hundreds of old backlinks.

So, how do you find them? French’s company, Citation Labs, has a tool to help you. You can also use three other tools: Screaming Frog, Majestic, and Buzzstream.

Use Screaming Frog to Find Relevant Websites

Screaming Frog is a leading website auditing tool. However, you can also use it to crawl other websites.

It’s crucial to have a site to crawl that could produce a list of authoritative websites for a given topic. What you will be looking for:

Here are some places you might find a list of relevant sites:

The key here: you need hundreds, and eventually thousands, of websites to link back to yours to continuously rank high in SERP for your target keywords.

Use Majestic to Find Broken Opportunities

Now that you have a list of related websites, you’ll need to perform a little excel magic.  You don’t want a list of homepages. You want a list of domains.

While you’re doing this, purge your list of irrelevant websites. For instance, DMOZ links to Twitter and other search engines from almost every page.

Now that you have a list of domains, visit Majestic’s “Bulk Backlink Checker.”.Paste your list of domains into this tool.

You might have to break your list up. Majestic only allows you to check 400 domains at a time. Be sure you “Use Historic Index” to get around this.

Once you’ve created this report, sort by the number of Referring Domains. That means you’ll start by reviewing the websites with the most websites linking to them. This is a numbers game, after all.

Next, you’ll go down your list of domains. Hover over the gear icon and select “Pages.” This is because you need a list of pages for each domain so we can find pages that are 404. Pro tip: right-click the “Pages” link to “Open in new tab” or you’ll lose your place on the Bulk Backlink Checker report.

As you peruse the list of pages, here’s what you’re looking for to find a broken link opportunity:

Use Buzzstream to Contact the Broken Back Link Opportunities

Now that you’ve identified relevant websites and the broken pages on them. Next, you need to prepare to reach the websites linking to the old one, so they can link to your new and better page.

From the broken page in Majestic, click on the icon and list all the backlinks to that page. When you see the list of links to the broken page, make sure you exclude all “deleted backlinks.” In this case, you only need one link per website. Download the list of links and upload it into Buzzstream. This will be your list of sites to pitch.

It will take Buzzstream some time to collect the contact information for each website. Let Buzzstream do the work while you create the asset. If you want to take it a step further, involve these websites in the creation of your new asset. If they take part in the creation, they will be more likely to link to you.

If you search for broken links and insert yours, you’ll get high quality, relevant links to your website. This will also be difficult for your competitors to duplicate. These links have a way of attracting more links, organically, without even trying. Although it’s going to take some work, it’s an opportunity for big SEO gains.

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Post By David Zimmerman (2 Posts)

David Zimmerman is an internet marketing consultant. He started Reliable Acorn in order to provide a small number of clients the best advice available. When he's not in front of a screen, you might see David hiking in the foothills of North Carolina.

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