Enter, Baron Von Blaglink, a man of ruthless persuasion, and considerable inbound skill.
He was an early adopter of the “relationship building” strategy for procuring links, however the Baron’s relationships are always and only leveraged to secure one way backlinks to his Websites.
Once contact is established with a prospect, this fellow lavishes obsequious compliments upon the target, until the victim surrenders to his flotilla of flattery.
Afterwards, once a backlink is safely analysed and secured, messages and attempts to contact the Baron to continue the friendship invariably fall on deaf ears.
Dodgy Blogger Outreach
As a recent example, the Baron was able to persuade the octogenarian spinster of Meadow Wood Village to place a link to his client on her authority cottage resource.
However, he would not so much as share a cup of camomile tea with her once the target was procured.
As a consequence the Baron has burned more than a few bridges and has had to turn his hand, in some instances, to paying for blog placements as his reputation for ruthlessness spreads.
Indeed, the Archduke himself once hired the Baron to work on a lucrative campaign, only for the site to get flagged and banned for buying inlinks.
This has been a thorn of growing resentment in Von Blaglink’s side and a fierce rivalry has now developed between the two, which is touched upon in the short story below.
The Cobbler of Whistleton
Sir Linksworthy’s early morning stroll is interrupted by the urgent tooting of one of the ArchDuke’s renowned carrier robins.
The knight quickly unravels the feathered messenger’s scroll and reads that the Archduke is exceedingly keen to discover why Baron Von Blaglink’s blog is currently ranking number 1 for the lucrative phrase “Sapphire Clogs”.
Our diligent link builder is soon on the trail with some backlink analysis, indeed later that day he manages to scale the wall of Blaglink’s castle and is able to peer through the window of the Baron’s study.
The evidence is glaring – an open parchment lying carelessly on a writing desk points to a recently secured high authority link from a cobbler in Whistleton.
A Relevant Citation is Secured
The next day after a pleasant gallop to the village of Whistleton, Sir Linksworthy is able to track down the blogging cobbler.
They are soon at a table eating at a local inn, there they are able to chat about the merits of the Archduke’s own “Clog Blog” over a hearty steak and ale pie and a pint.
A relevant, high quality placement is soon secured with a smile and a handshake, and history is made.
Indeed, perhaps this was the first documented account of successful blogger outreach 🙂
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