Link building service design doesn't get much discussion (that I've seen...). I'd like your help in changing this. Why? Because agencies face unique problems in building links for clients. In the interest of growing the conversation around link building services - and the possibility of learning from your esteemed peers - I humbly request your participation in the Agency Link Building Survey! Responses are due by April 22nd.

Instructions: Answer any or all of the questions below Post answers to your blog and tell Garrett - Garrett.French@Ontolo.com OR send answers directly to Garrett.French@Ontolo.com I need your contributions by the 22nd of April What You Get: The satisfaction of contributing to the betterment of our industry. I link to your answers on your blog at the bottom of this page. I link to you in our round up. Eg: 43 New Link Building Resources: Link Building Tools + Hackery Edition for 12/03-12/16 I tweet you to 1500+ followers and bots interested in link building. I link to you in our answer aggregation posts on site. Eg: Getting Links Built: 5 Motivators for Internal, Non-SEO Link Builders I link to you in any guest-posted answer aggregations. Eg: 16 Crucial Link Building Tools for Inhouse SEOs

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Guest post from David Wolf of InBusiness, Inc. an internet marketing firm.

When you are as busy as I am, you look for any way you can, short of drinking coffee while going to the bathroom at the same time (that one actually cost me time). People often think that massive changes are needed in order to make gains in productivity. Thousands are spent on software, training, and management to try to get more out of workers in all industries. In reality, we need only to focus on ourselves to get massive gains in efficiency. Jason Freid of Basecamp is a big evangelist on worker efficiency and how proper communication methods can improve it drastically. I have spent a good deal of my time attempting to do to my company's SEO process what Mr. Freid has done for communication.

Setting up best practices and documentation for anything and everything that you do on a regular basis can make a world of difference in how effective you or your team's link building efforts are. It comes down to three very simple pieces. The great part about these pieces is that as SEO's we are all familiar with them.... Tracking, Documentation and Productivity.

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Continuing from last edition, Panda remains in the thoughts, tests, presentations, speculations and probably even the prayers of link builders... Enjoy!

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This is a guest post from Jennifer Van Iderstyne of Search Slingshot.

You know what’s all the rage right now? Guest Posting. It’s like when the government made charitable donations tax deductible. Everyone discovered that doing something seemingly unselfish actually had financial benefits! Duh, Winning!

Guest posting is kind of the same, you do something good for someone else, and get something useful in return. But the reality is that writing guest posts isn’t quite the panacea of link building we’d like to imagine it is. There are still plenty of challenges that need to be met in order for it to work, especially at larger and consistent scale...

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A Guest Post by Ken Lyons, co-founder of Measured SEM and consultant to DIYSEO.

Face it. When comes to link building, there are a lot of tasks that are tedious and time-sucking. So rather than spending your time submitting to directories or compiling outreach lists, it makes sense to outsource these jobs and save your "big brain" for the high level strategy stuff. That's where a resource like oDesk comes in really handy.

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Some link builders are longing for the days when being snitch bait was their only worry... Now we've got pandas making waves in the SERPs. This edition starts with highlights of Panda coverage, many with an emphasis on link building.

In brighter (for us) news, Ontolo's free link building query generator received a nod from an MSNBC video. W00t! This was in the same week that SEOFrogs launched a French-language link building query generator.

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Guest post by Kieran Flanagan, of SearchBrat SEO Consulting Services.

I wanted to put together an example of how anyone with limited time or resources could generate nice clean links for their site, with nothing more than a little thought and the magic of the Ontolo toolset. To do this, I am using a live example created for this post on 1 of my own sites.

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This is a guest post by @Mathew Diehl of Charles River Interactive.

It’s Link Prospecting Day. Yay?

Very few people find these days exhilarating. However, it has to be done. You know as well as I do that without a refreshed list of prospects your existing contact pools will eventually dry up.

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So link buying cracked the mainstream press twice in the past two weeks... I almost long for the relative calm of 2 weeks ago when all we had to highlight was link prospecting ;) We captured the bulk of the coverage below - if you know of any good thinkery around any of these stories please comment. For the record what I saw of Overstock's discounts-for-EDU-employee methods really got the ol wheels turning...

And in case you missed it, I'd like to direct you towards the Ontolo review by Wiep. Yes, it's up on my refrigerator next to my son's first drawing ;)

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1) Competitive Prospecting Phrases Ok, of the prospecting phrases that I call “useful” this is the least useful, especially for the impatient or time-pressed. I include it because there are gems if you dig deeply enough... Say for example you sell car parts. Competitive phrases would be searches for things like “auto body parts”, “truck parts”, or “carburetors” and “fuel pumps”. While these phrases are perfectly relevant to what you do, what kinds of results do you think will appear if you use these phrases in your link building queries? Exactly. A lot of them will be your competitors.

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