I'm not sure if you knew this, but I grew up in what used to be a small town just north of Dallas, Texas. We didn't ride horses to school, but I was told that not long before I moved to that town, it used to be cotton fields as far as the eye could see.

By the time we moved there though, it had become one of those happy little slices of suburbia...manicured lawns and all.

And so, when you're in the fifth grade in the 80s - and you know you're the new hotness, with your hypercolor shirt under your overalls with one of the straps undone - sometimes it's just *easier* to cut through someone's lawn on your Celadon-colored Diamond Back BMX bike. (And, yes, I just looked up that color.)

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Alrighty link builders. We just launched V2 of our Link Building Query Generator. It's free - but members only - so you have to sign up to access it. If you prefer NOT to sign up, you can still use our public V1 of the tool... But here's why you should sign up:

Why Sign Up for the New Link Building Query Generator Tool? Add up to 15 keywords: Up from 1... now you can generate more queries much more quickly. Export queries: Now it's even easier to task your link building team with enormous spreadsheets full of queries! 300+ new queries: We're well over 600 queries now... and growing! Content research queries: These new queries will help you spec out linkable content! Added "Campaign Type" segmentation: You can select from Submission, Content Promotion, Sponsorship and more!

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Hey folks! Ben here. You might have noticed that after five consistent weeks of 20-50 minute videos, there wasn't one last week. And this is good because....

We've decided to shift the format of the videos to be more tangibly useful to each of you. So, instead of doing a higher-concept, long, drawn out video each week, we're putting together one great 10 minute video that showing you exactly, step-by-step how to take a piece of your link building efforts to the next level.

I'm really stoked about this series. When I started the videos, I knew we would end up calibrating, making some changes, etc. And, this is one of those changes.

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The Ontolo Link Building Toolset makes link prospecting and qualification faster by creating custom, keyword searchable link prospect data sets built of the link opportunities that line up with your linkable assets. In short, we find and rate link prospects for you based on what's unique about your site or your organization.

Getting started with the Toolset can be as easy as handing us a list of your top keywords. However, it will make your link builders' lives much easier if you read this little guide on getting started and identify a few things for us first when we have our kick-off call!

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While interviewing 30 link building experts on backlink analysis, we snuck in a question about their favorite link building tools. 88 recommendations later, we decided this question deserved a little more solo attention :) We counted the experts' votes and made a list of their 35 recommended tools.

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