HARO Link Building: Get Backlinks With HARO (Fast)!
In this post, you’re gonna discover exactly how to build high-quality, authoritative backlinks to your site using HARO, also known as Help a Reporter Out.
This is one of the best websites out there right now, if you wanna drive more links to your site and build your website’s authority, and it doesn’t cost anything to use.
In fact, recently it’s actually landed me some DR70 and DR80 links to my own affiliate website.
By the end of this video, you will discover exactly how to do that yourself using my 3 Step Blueprint.
But, before we jump in, please make sure you subscribe, smash a like on the video and don’t forget to leave any comments, if you have any questions about HARO and Link Building.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with HARO, or Help a Reporter, as it’s also known, this is basically a website where journalists will post on there certain article opportunities, and they’re looking for research, and feedback and opinions from people who own websites and can provide a credible opinion on a certain matter.
For example, a journalist might go on there and they might say, “Hey, I’m looking for “experts to express their opinion “on the best way to meditate in the morning.
“Then, you as a website owner, could reply to that, and if you’re featured, if your opinion is featured in the article, then you could receive a backlink to your site.
Some really high-authority websites use this site as a way of getting sources.
For example, you can see where it says Fox News, Mashable, some really big publications that you can get a potential link to.
It’s a great way to get PR.
The reason that journalists are using this is because they wanna have social proof of their articles, so they wanna make sure it looks well-researched.
For you, it’s win-win, because you provide your opinion, you spend some time creating that, and then you get a backlink to your site in return.
This is a really big website, so they have like 800000 sources, 55000 journalists, and there’s loads of great media opportunities on this site.
If you’re looking for exclusive backlinks, and some of these you will not find if you’re doing out reach.
You can only get it from PR.
This is a great website to do that.
Now, if you’re not signed up already, simply go to sign up on help are porter.com, and from there you can sign up, create an account.
Super easy to do, and it’s completely free, as well.
Then once you’re signed up, you’ll see a preferences section here in your account.
You can basically select which opportunities you wanna receive, and these will be sent to your email inbox.
You’ll receive them every day.
You can choose which industries you wanna get link opportunities from.
You can say, “Okay, I want links from “general sites, travel opportunities, “lifestyle and fitness articles “and business and finance, ” whichever ones you wanna get.
The thing I’ll say about this is that, basically, if you wanna get featured on a site like this, you have to know something about the topic.
You really wanna pick out the industries that you know a lot about, that you feel confident about speaking, because that’s where you’re gonna get features.
Also, for link building purposes, you wanna make sure that the links you get back are from relevant sites, and therefore, only go for the sites that you wanna be featured on.
Unless they’re extremely high authority, you wanna make sure the backlinks you get are very relevant and related to the industry that you work in.
You signed up to HARO.
You’re gonna receive email updates with all of the featured queries that you can respond to and potentially pitch for a link.
The problem is that most of these won’t be relevant to your site, especially if you’re in a very specific niche.
What I recommend is filtering your Gmail, so that you only get the HARO pitches that are related to your site.
For example, you can type in HARO here, plus, and then whatever keyword you’re going for.
Here, let’s say, for example, we’re going after meditation.
Then, you’ve filtered down all the emails that are relevant to HARO queries for your site.
Now what we’re gonna do is click into an example HARO update.
This is an email breakdown of all the potential featured opportunities that you can pitch and get a link to your site.
Let’s see, scroll down.
You can click on these, and you can see there’s over 40 here, over 50 here, so there’s loads of opportunities.
Whatever niche you’re in, there’s gonna be potential link opportunities.
They might not come every, single day, but there will be some for you.
Then you can see a break down of each HARO opportunity.
You can see, for example, here it’s in the life style and fitness.
That’s the email that you should be contacting to pitch.
Sometimes they don’t reveal the specific media outlet, but then you can also see the deadline.
This is when you need to reply to the HARO response to get a link to your site, and if you go outside the deadline, chances are you’re not gonna hear back from that reporter.
Before you start firing off pitches, make sure that you check the requirements of each opportunity.
For example, here they wanna make sure that no one’s posting or pitching a product or service.
Here you can see, they’re looking for fashion designers, so people with actual fashion design experience.
Quite often, don’t just shoot off the opportunities.
Make sure that you check the requirements first.
Make sure you can meet them, cause, chances are, if you don’t, you may not get featured.
You wanna be as sufficient as possible when you’re pitching for HARO.
Next up, as well, I’d also recommend looking at the media outlet, making sure that they’re a high-authority site that you’re gonna want a backlink from.
If they’re a random outlet that you’ve never heard of, maybe they’re really low DR, they don’t get any traffic to their site, is it really worth your time pitching for that opportunity?
Personally, I’d say no, and that’s why I recommend only going after the really high-authority sources.
For example, Huffington Post, that’s a really high DR potential backlink that you’d get to your site.
Therefore, it’s definitely worth your time pitching for this opportunity, if you wanna get a backlink from them.
When you’re responding to these HARO queries, I’m gonna give you a few tips to make sure that you save as much time and get as many backlinks as possible.
The first thing that I’d recommend is making sure that you only send two to three paragraphs maximum, because journalists get so many responses, you don’t need to write like War and Peace here.
You can just keep this short and concise to save the journalist time and make sure that your answer isn’t just a load of drivel, and that it gets straight to the point.
Next up, when you’re replying to HARO responses, make sure that you look as credible and professional as possible, because first impressions really count here.
If there’s loads of grammar or spelling mistakes in your response, then journalists are less likely to feature you in their article, which means you’ll get less links back, so you have to be quite careful about that and double-check everything before you send the response.
I’d also make sure that when you do send a response, make sure it’s really unique and completely out of the box compared to other people’s responses, because that’s gonna make sure you stand out, and, therefore, you’re gonna get more links to your site.
The other thing is, as well, that when people are answering these HARO queries, they’re probably gonna be googling the keyword rewrite in the top search result, and, therefore, most answers are gonna look the same.
If you write something unique, you’re really gonna stand out amongst a sea of other responses.
The final step that I recommend is tracking all the responses that you get and making sure that you track them, so that you can see conversion rates, what links have come through and your success so far.
For example, you might ask yourself how long is it gonna take to get a HARO link back, and the answer is that it could be a month, it could be a week or it could be six months.
Especially, if you’re going after really high-authority websites, chances are, they’re gonna have a long editorial waiting list of articles to publish, and, therefore, it might take three or even six months before you get a link back.
For example, one of my friends, he applied for a HARO opportunity on Washington Post, and he did get the link, but he only got it six months later.
That’s something you have to be prepared for.
That’s why I also recommend tracking your responses on the spreadsheet, so you can see your success so far, and you can see which links are live versus which responses you went after but you didn’t get a link back.
Just to show you how easy this whole blueprint is, here you can see, this is a pitch I sent into Thrive Global on October the 28th.
You can see that the link was published.
It’s a DR 84 link, so it’s pretty high-quality, high-demand and something you, probably, wouldn’t normally get from outreach.
You can see this was published a month later, on November the 20th, and it’s a really high-quality link.
It’s DR 84.
This website gets over 413000 organic traffic a month.
It’s just so easy.
To send the response like this, it’s just one paragraph.
It’s very simple, very concise, straight to the point.
Only took about two minutes to write.
That is how easy it is to land high-quality links with HARO.
So now you know exactly how to build high-quality, authoritative backlinks to your site using this 3 Step Blueprint.
It’s very easy to do.
It doesn’t take a lot of time.
It’s free to use, and it’s very easy to just rinse and repeat this process and build almost as many high-quality backlinks as you want to your site.
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