How To Get Powerful Links That Help You Rank In Google [OSEO-04]

Tim Soulo

Tim is the guy responsible for marketing and product strategy at Ahrefs. But most importantly he’s the chief evangelist of the company. Learn more about Tim

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    Do you love Wednesdays?

    I sure do!

    This is the day when I publish a new episode of my “Oversimplified SEO series here at Ahrefs Blog.

    In the last two episodes I showed you how to rank in Google with help of links and how to rank without them.

    So guess what I’m going to talk about today?

    How To Get Powerful Links That Help You Rank In Google


    NOTE: if you’re enjoying my “Oversimplified SEO” series I invite you to subscribe to Ahrefs YouTube channel.

    Here’s a quick recap of what I talk about in this video:

    Once you see someone ranking in Google better than you, just take his URL and plug it into Ahrefs Site Explorer.

    Go to the “Referring Domains” report and take a look at the most powerful domains that link to your competitor.

    Once you manage to get links from these power sites, there’s a high chance that your ranking will improve.

    NOTE: despite the fact that I’m oversimplifying SEO concepts in these videos, this particular one has a pretty cool “grey hat” tactic that even experienced SEOs might like.

    Let me know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

    Tim Soulo

    Tim is the guy responsible for marketing and product strategy at Ahrefs. But most importantly he’s the chief evangelist of the company. Learn more about Tim

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    • M Saqib

      Hi please help me with keywords, it’s been 2 months i’m updating content on my new website, my keywords are shown as about 60 in US and UK both they are increasing like 1 per day but my competitors got 1K+ how can i speed up gaining keywords? i’m on page 2 in fifty percent of my keywords but as we all know page 2 is not enough even 5–10 on 1st page won’t get a lot traffic. Thanks

      • Watt Kutts

        The key is don’t sprinkle your keywords

    • M Saqib

      thanks for this video and please in next video don’t drop earphones like that it really hurts if listener is also using earphones

      • ok.. but I feel I have to drop something else instead.. any ideas? 🙂

        • SeoKungFu

          Drop links like a bomb alley all over the valley dominating the interwebz !

          • this could be a rap song 🙂

            • SeoKungFu

              It is !
              A link builder’s hip-hop anthem 🙂

    • Nouman Rasheed

      Useless technique as i have tried it many times but 0 result.… !

      • can you share what you did exactly and what where the results? maybe write a blog post about it 🙂

    • Hi Soulo..thanks you very much my friend..keep in touch from INDONESIA.

    • I really loved your service. I’ll subscribe it soon. Many congratulation for your awesome work.

    • what do you mean by “Grey hat seo” ?

      • Hussain Ali

        Mixture of White hat and Black Hat Seo !!

      • for me this is something that is arguable.. if it’s black or if it’s white.. If some people call a strategy black hat and others say it’s white — I call it grey 🙂 but that’s just me

    • SeoKungFu

      I see for a second time that you suggest going at the beaten path of chasing the possibility of gaining links from the same domains as the competitors. I tend to act a bit different — while examining them ( linking in sites ), I search for alternative sites to grab links from, often but not always using google’s related: operator to take a look around. I find it more efficient, rather than going after the same route as they already did.

      • great strategy, mate! 🙂

        Please don’t forget that I’m talking about “Oversimplified SEO”.. This is mostly for people who don’t have much knowledge there. So I try to drip feed tips and tactics one by one 🙂

    • What happens when you run out of fingers for episodes? 😀

      • I guess I’ll have to shut down the show 🙂

    • Daniel Obaike

      I certainly like the idea of pushing competitive edge further by pursuing links from domains that link to a competitor so long as the link relevance is appropriate for your niche or content. I find the grey hat technique very handy.

    • silviu c

      Hi Tim, can you please tell me how can i get my backlinks noticed by Google and Ahrefs ? should i use an indexing tool like Express Indexer, Instant Link Indexer , etc ? What’s your suggestion ? BTW nice share

      • I NEVER worry about Google or Ahrefs indexing my links.

        If Google does not see your page for a very long time, then this must me a super low quality page. And I don’t recommend you to build links from super low quality pages.

    • How do you obtain links from sites that no longer allow comments with a link? Many use FB/Disqus. I see competitor links from years ago, but I can’t get in. Is there a way?

      • Hey Matt, I actually prefer to do guest posting where possible. You get a much stronger link and some referring traffic as well.
        However if that is not an option for you — just move on to the next link. You don’t have to replicate 100% of a certain competitor.. just try to replicate most links of top 10 people who rank for your keyword and you’ll be fine 🙂

    • I have been struggling to bringing my company’s site to the first page from past couple of months, despite every process has been implemented by me as per the guidelines. Let me try this! Will definitely update you if this was useful.