Earlier we looked at how to steal all of your competitors best keywords and build an intelligent keyword strategy.
If you don’t have a target list of keywords ready in the Final Selections tab, go and do that now (it takes 5 minutes).
If you do have that ready…
…we are going to take this to the next level!
Because by the end of this tutorial you will have an intelligent link building strategy based on world class data.
If all of that sounds like hard work you can also take advantage of the LinksThatRank service to build awesome links on your behalf
Stealing competitors backlinks has been my “go to” link building strategy for every site I have built for the last decade.
The concept is pretty simple-
Why does this work?
Because each of the sites we analyse are already ranking in the top spots of Google.
That means each site has a backlink profile that Google loves.
So we are going to try and replicate as many backlinks from the top #5 results to our site as possible!
It’s a simple theory but highly effective and you can watch my video if you want to learn more.
It might sound complicated to pull off, but don’t worry.
I am going to give you access to my intelligent backlink theft sheet!
This sheet will automatically analyse your competitors link profile and spit out the best links to steal first.
It does things like-
Setting this up follows a near identical to process to setting up the keyword theft sheet yesterday.
Take a look at this sample sheet and familiarize yourself with it.
Note: This sheet is view only, you need to make a copy of the blank template below.
There are 3x tabs at the bottom to navigate through-
Just take a moment to browse around and see how it works.
When you are ready make a copy of the Google Sheet below-
Do that by going to File > Make A Copy.
Setting up the sheet is easy.
First we import all the data we need, then the sheet will take over and automatically remove all the junk and prioritize the best links.
Remember: You will need the free SEMRush trial to create your link building strategy.
FOLLOW THIS VIDEO TO SETUP THE SHEET
The first thing we need to do is get a list of the top #5 ranking URL’s for your target keyword.
So select the keyword you want to target from yesterdays keyword theft strategy.
Then do a search in Google and make a list of the first 5x organic search results-
Your final list of URL’s should look something like this-
Once you have a list of the top 5x organic search results for your target keyword, open the first tab on the sheet #1 – Start Here
Enter the URL’s of your competitors in column A-
Then click on the “Click Here” to open the SEMRush report you need.
You will have to paste each of your competitors URL in one at a time:
Make sure you are on the backlink analytics report > backlinks tab and export all of the backlinks-
Repeat this for each of the competitor URL’s until you have exported all of the data.
Head over to tab #2 – Data and import each of the files you exported in step #2.
The quickest way to do that is-
This is how you should do it-
Once you have loaded in the data from all of your competitors, you are ready for…
Now head over to the 3rd tab #3 – Plan Of Attack.
And although you don’t see it…
…the sheet has already worked it’s magic and-
You can also use the “type” column to assign what “type” of backlink it is.
Not only that, but it is also ordered with the most important links at the top!
Now all you need to do is open each link on the 3rd tab #3 – Plan Of Attack and look at how your competitor was able to get the link-
As you work through the list replicating links you’ll get a good feel for this process.
And make sure you update the “Type” column as you go.
While you’re doing this not only will you be uncovering great links you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
You’ll also build your understanding of link building in general!
So there you have it!
If you followed yesterdays keyword theft tutorial and todays backlink theft tutorial – you just saved weeks of hard work and research.
I wish I had that when I first started out!
So now it’s over to you:
Take those sheets, load them up with data and start to increase your search traffic in an intelligent manner.
It doesn’t get much easier than this!
And don’t forget…
…you can also take advantage of the LinksThatRank link building service if you need help with sourcing outreach based links that move the needle.
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