PR Is Not a Replacement For Link Building

You know what bothers me?

Articles that tell people they should – definitely, absolutely, no-doubts-about-it – rely on PR to support their SEO strategy.

You know why it bothers me?

Because it’s like recommending someone to use a spoon for whisking eggs.

Will the spoon get you there at some point?

Sure.

Is it the most efficient way to whisk eggs?

Of course not.

All this to say that PR and link building have different objectives.

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5 Reasons Why We Don’t Pay For Links

Link-buying is a topic we discuss often at our offices.

On one side of the room, you’ll hear a team member mentioning that a blogger has asked for money or that we have lost the relationship with a publisher due to a new editor who now requests compensation.

On the opposite corner, you’ll hear me talking to a worried new client, who needs reassurance that we won’t exchange payment for features.

Dedicating part of our budget to buying links would certainly make a side of our work easier (i.e. getting those features up fairly quickly) but we’ve identified far too many reasons why it would be detrimental to our growth.

Today I will share why we refuse to exchange money for links, and hopefully this post will spark a constructive discussion about this practice.

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