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How to Start a Link Building Campaign

How to Start a Link Building Campaign

Need more links but don’t know where to start? Semrush has a Link Building tool designed for the sole purpose of running outreach to acquire links. Follow this workflow to get your campaign going.

Go to the Link Building Tool, start a new Project, or create a new campaign for an existing Project.
Link Building tool setup page with red rectangles highlighting the Set Up button next to a project name and the Create project button at the top right. Enter up to 10 keywords that you want to improve your organic rankings for. To further specify the scope of your link-building prospects, take advantage of Google’s advanced search operators.

Link Building tool setup window with a red rectangle highlighting the field where you can add keywords at the top. Also, a red arrow is pointing to the Add button next to this field.

You also need to add up to 10 competitors, whose backlink profiles you consider worthy of replicating. If you do not know what keywords to pick or what competitors to choose, the system will offer you a list based on the information from the Semrush database and the Organic Competitors report. When done, just press “Start Link Building” button.

2. Review your list of prospects

After Semrush finishes collecting the information you’ll be taken to the Overview dashboard where you’ll be able to monitor the progress of your whole campaign: overall prospects, received replies, monitored domains, etc.

An example of the Overview report in the Link Building tool with the following widgets: Domain Prospects, Search by Competitor, Domains in Progress, and Monitored Domains.  The remaining 3 tabs of the Link Building tool: Prospects, In Progress, and Monitor will help you stay in control of your link-building campaign at each stage.

Start with reviewing prospects in the Prospects tab. Choose the ones that are relevant to your website and move them to the In Progress tab using the “To in progress” button opposite the prospect’s link.

Prospects report in the Link Building tool with a red rectangle highlighting the To in Progress button in the last column on the right, and a red arrow pointing to it.

3. Connect your email account and send your pitch

The In Progress tab lets you reach out to the selected prospects* and monitor the status of each of your would-be backlinks.

In Progress report in the Link Building tool with a red rectangle highlighting the Email and Status columns closer to the right of the table. *Please note, that to reach out to a prospect you’ll have to add a mailbox using the “Add” button at the top of the page.

Top of the Link Building tool with a red rectangle highlighting the Add Mailbox button.

The email addresses of your prospects are added by Semrush automatically. In case the email address field is empty, try these steps or this method to find an email address before moving on to the next prospect.  

4. Keep track of your new links

In the Monitor tab, you can follow the progress of your link-building efforts over time.  All your prospective backlinks are marked as Active, Lost, Broken, Undefined, or Rejected after you add the domains you want to monitor to this tab of the tool.

An example of the Monitored Domains widget in the Monitor report in the Link Building tool.If you are interested in learning more about link building with Semrush, please refer to our Academy course Introduction to Link Building with Semrush.

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