Segmentation – Advanced Search Patterns for More Link Prospects

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 in link building blog

Have you ever searched for backlinks and run out of potential link projects because of the 1,000 results limit set by the search engines? You know there are more link prospects out there but the 1,000 results limit keeps you from seeing them. Not anymore. I’m going to show you how to get around that limit with a method that will crank up the efficiency of your link building. I call this method Search Segmentation. Here is what Search Segmentation does for you:

1. Negative Search Segmentation: Weed out sites that are not useful to the campaign

2. Positive Search Segmentation: Zero in on the sites that are useful to the campaign

3. Backlink Segmentation: Go beyond backlink searching your competitors… way beyond!

4. Tease out exponentially more backlink results than ordinary searches normally reveal

Negative Search Segmentation
Negative Search Segmentation contributes to making every search result set count. It is a powerful technique on it’s own but is exponentially helpful when used in conjuction with other search methods outlined in this article. Negative Search Segmentation allows you to weed out sites you don’t want to see in the results. You can weed out results from SEO sites, weed out directories, weed out blogs, and off-topic sites. Negative Search Segmenation is incredibly useful for taking a results set of many thousands and breaking it down into smaller sets so that you can find almost all the eligible sites that would otherwise be hidden behind the 1,000 results limit set by the search engines.  Negative Search Segmentation can help you remove sites that are overtly associated with seo by adding “-SEO” to your search query. Remove forums from the results set with -forum. If you’re doing a search for in the .com space but want to eliminate low quality sites you can add -site:blogspot.com

Positive Search Segmentation: Zero in on the sites that are useful to the campaign
As you can guess, this kind of segmentation is about narrow inclusion. Whereas the negative campaign seeks to limit the results set by excluding certain sites, the Positive Segmenation works by limiting the results to a narrow set. For instance, if you are looking for blogs that accept link suggestions, you can search for “suggest a link” plus the name of a specific blogging software (powered by) or popular blog template (theme by_____).

Backlink Segmentation: Go beyond backlink searching your competitors… way beyond!
Backlink searching competitors and related sites is useful for cherry picking the best of what they have, but the amount of links available is severely limited.  It’s also a boring and hackneyed method of searching for links. Any fool can do it. It’s painfully obvious. I’m going to show you how to go beyond this simple-minded technique.

There are thousands of general sites with a huge amount of backlinks across a wide range of niches. Backlink searching competitors and related sites is limited and the results may not be useful. What you need to do is expand the sets of sites you are backlink searching not by getting more specific but the other way, going more general. I will give you two examples. Popular WordPress Template sites are useful for backlink searching for link prospects. Backlink search the template site then add your niche keywords to the search parameters to find all the sites using one of their templates that are on topic for your site. Another technique, for a link beg campaign, a very good backlink search is to search the backlinks of sites that no longer exist. GeoCities is a great starting point for finding sites to send the broken link gambit to. These are two ways out of an infinite number of ways you can backlink search for link prospects that goes way beyond the simple-minded “competitor backlink” technique.

 Tease out exponentially more backlink results than ordinary searches normally reveal
Now here is where Segmentation really shines, when you put all these variations together. If a backlink search turns up sixty thousand results, using the above methods you can winnow that down to less than a thousand relevant backlink opportunities. Whether you’re on a link beg or link buy search, combining the above methods will help you find the maximum number of link projects you’re looking for.

 

 

 

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