How to Build Backlinks Using Your Competitors’ Broken Pages

We all know building backlinks is one of the most important aspects of any successful SEO and digital marketing campaign. However, I believe there is an untapped resource out there for link building: finding your competitors’ broken pages that have been linked to by external sources. Allow me to elaborate. Finding the perfect backlink often takes hours, and it can can take days, weeks, or even longer to acquire. That’s where the link building method I’ve outlined below comes in. I use it on a regular basis to build relevant backlinks from competitors’ 404 pages. Please note: In this post, I will be using Search Engine Land as an example to make my points. Ready to dive in? Great, because I’m going to walk you through the entire link building process now. First, you need to find your competitor(s). This is as easy as searching for the keyword you’re targeting on Google and selecting websites that are above you in the SERPs. Once you have a list of competitors, create a spreadsheet to put all of your competitors on, including their position in the rankings and the date you listed them. Next, download Screaming Frog SEO Spider [a freemium tool]. This software will allow you to crawl all of your competitors website, revealing all their 404 pages. To do this, simply enter your competitors’ URLs in the search bar one at a time, like this: Once the crawl is complete, click “Response Codes.” Then, click on the dropdown arrow next… MORE …

How to Build Backlinks Using Your Competitors’ Broken Pages

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