Top 10 Link Building Tools – Must Have SEO Tool Kit

We recently gathered up a list of all the link building tools and resources we turn to daily across the company at Ice Clear Media. In the “TAGFEE” spirit of generosity, we thought it might be useful to others and we thought we’d share it here.

 

We have a variety of people helping our clients get more links in different ways and in different roles at Ice Clear Media. We have:

 

1. SEO consulting focussed on strategic changes

 

2. SEO execution and creative focussed on content creation and relationship building Digital PROutreach

 

3. We also just have an ever-increasing number of people spread across three offices and eight timezones!

 

It’s therefore inevitable that people will do things differently and use different resources. Over the years we’ve talked about a wide range of tools and resources in blog posts, at conferences and in client work – but the ones below are the ones that seem to have stuck around (or that we’re trialling at the moment) and that came out in the canvassing of the team. In that spirit, I hope you’ll find something of use here.

 

Without further ado, here is the list of link building tools people in Ice Clear Media are using right now:

 

Link Building Tools : Raven Tools

 

Raven

 

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Raven toolkit – it’s great for reporting and analysis as well as having a bunch of tools to make your actual link building efforts more effective.

 

Link Building Tools : OpenSite Explorer

 

Open Site Explorer

 

Another tool that needs no introduction. Personally, between this and the moz toolbar, I cover off the majority of my day-to-day link data needs.

 

Link Building Tools : Ontolo SEO Link Building Tools

 

Ontolo

 

I love what the Ontolo guys are doing with their toolset. This is one we are actively looking into to work out how we can get more out of it.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Majestic SEO Tools

 

Majestic

 

Just like you should always read two newspapers, you should always have two sources of link data. Majestic complements the SEOmoz data nicely. I most often find myself turning to Majestic data when I want to spot unnatural spikes in link growth, lower quality links (Majestic discards less of its crawl) or link growth comparisons over time.

 

Link Building Tools : SEO MOZ Link Building Tools

 

Tom Anthony's Link Profile Tool

 

It’s funny how little hacked-together tools can make it into your core toolset and especially in the competitive analysis (or pre-sales) phases, it’s great to get a quick gut-check about a link profile.

 

JavaScript Bookmarklets

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Citation Link Building Tools

 

Citation Labs

 

There are a bunch of useful tools here – go and have a poke around if you haven’t already.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Link Diagnosis SEO Tools

 

Link Diagnosis

 

Depending on how you’re looking to slice and dice a link profile, linkdiagnosis gives you another view over the data.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Wordtracker

 

Link Builder from Wordtracker

 

When you’re analysing link target data, there are a bunch of things you’d ideally like to automate and Wordtracker’s tool makes a bunch of those manual steps easy.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Community Guest Blogger

 

My Blog Guest

 

Depending on the level of client and content available, we take a variety of approaches to finding guest post targets. My Blog Guest has a genuine community element to it and is definitely worth a look.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Blogger Link Up

 

Blogger Link Up

 

Similar to My Blog Guest is another source for guest posts and guest post targets.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

Haro

 

Although its effectiveness has declined as its popularity increased, HARO is still a good source for breaking into the PR game. Pro-tip: follow them on twitter to jump on breaking opportunities. Pro-pro-tip: build your own list of journalists on twitter to really take this to the next level.

 

Link Building Tools : Boomerang

 

Boomerang

 

The link building benefits of Rapportive are outlined above, but even if you’re not building links day to day, if your job involves building relationships (and whose doesn’t?) I strongly recommend using Rapportive. I’m great with faces and terrible with names, so it’s good to see people’s photo alongside their emails if nothing else.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Multi Links

 

Multi Links for Firefox

 

Lets you open, copy or bookmark multiple links at the same time rather than having to do them all individually.

 

Link Building Tools : Scraper

 

Chrome Web Scraper

 

Scraper is a Google Chrome extension for getting data out of web pages and into spreadsheets. For all those times when it’s not worth building a dedicated tool, but you need to grab a bunch of data off a page.

 

Link Building Tools : Linkclump

 

Chrome Link Clump

 

Lets you open, copy or bookmark multiple links at the same time in Chrome. Choose your browser, choose your poison.

 

 

 

It sounds stupidly basic, but we’re increasingly seeing the social networks as link building tools. The power of private twitter lists in particular shouldn’t be underestimated! I’m also a big fan of hacking around with the streaming API both to gauge “demand” (i.e. the number of people talking about different topics) but also for building quick monitoring and response tools.

 

Link Building Tools : Google+

 

Google+

 

With the novelty of G+ and its high penetration in the world of webmasters and web marketers, it’s a great way of building relationships with the “linkerati” at the moment.

 

Linked

 

LinkedIn

 

Pro-tip with LinkedIn – get your executives and sales guys (or anyone in your organisation with a well-connected account) to trawl their account for the contacts you need. Bonus points if they’ll let you work through it with them.

 

Facebook

 

Although of course links from Facebook are rarely even scraped / republished elsewhere (unlike Twitter), we’ve seen people increasingly using it for work (presumably as they get slightly more comfortable with the privacy options that G+ seems to have provoked). Relationship building and outreach can be surprisingly effective through Facebook with certain demographics.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Buzz Stream

 

Buzzstream

 

We are currently building our entire outreach CRM into Buzzstream. It’s the most effective tool we’ve found for collaborating on shared contacts and keeping track of the links they give you.

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

GroupHigh

 

Along with more PR-oriented solutions like Gorkana and Meltwater, it’s sometimes nice to have access to blog data sources as well.

 

Advanced Search Operators

 

It’s an old one, but still totally relevant (apart from the search engine naming!). Don’t forget about the basics!As we try out new search queries or ad-hoc tactics for clients, we need agile tools to go with them. Google Docs gives us one of the easiest platforms we’ve found for that kind of thing.

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

Followerwonk

 

Mmmmm. Followerwonk. You’ve no doubt heard about it from all kinds of sources, but if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should do that right now.

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

We Follow

 

WeFollow is a directory of Twitter users organized by interest. It’s probably not rocket science to work out how to use that…

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

Blog Dash

 

A permission-based blogger database. You get a different kind of opportunity out of this kind of directory, but you can also promote things in a different way when expectations have already been set.

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

Zemanta

 

Zemanta suggests your content to relevant bloggers. We’ve made no secret of loving the concept and rating the service. We recently ran a meet-up in NYC in partnership with the Zemanta guys. For certain kinds of content and in the right niche, it’s very effective.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

Seeded Buzz

 

Seeded Buzz allows you to promote your content to relevant bloggers.

 

 

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

Pinterest

 

The more we work on creative content, the more inspiration we need. Pinterest is great for this. When sharing internally, we use a combination of G+ (private) and Tumblr (public, great visual archive pages).

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

Creative Review

 

When I spoke to our creative team about where they get their inspiration from, the first two answers were CR and ffffound (I never know how many “f”s to put in that!).

 

Link Building Tools : Vocas

 

ffffound

 

A great combination of on and offline inspiration.

 

We’re always trying out new tools and evaluating existing ones. Our current evaluation backlog (not all of which are for link building) looks like this:

 

I’m sure there are both obvious tools that we should be using that we aren’t and tools that we are using that we forgot to include in our list. Got some favourites? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how we (and other link building experts) go about things, we’d love to see you at Linklove.

 

We’re running our dedicated link building conference in London on Friday 30th March (costing £449 – or £349) and in Boston on Monday 2nd April (costing $699 – or $549 ). You can check out the speakers and tickets by contacting Ice Clear Media on creative@iceclearmedia.com

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