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Legitimate Link Building in Charlotte

July 8th, 2009

I’m sorry that this post is somewhat short notice, but the Charlotte SEO Meetup organizers are planning a pretty cool free meeting for Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 PM.

You can click here for the details on the Legitimate Link Building in Charlotte Meetup.

Here’s the inside scoop…

Last month the organizers got together and tried to plan out the next several months worth of meetings.  We try to do 4 free meetups every year in order to let everyone in on what we are doing.  We were due to do one specifically on Link Building.

One of the organizers had the idea of organizing a “link swap meet” of sorts.  His idea was that there are several website owners and marketers in the room.  Why not find a way for them to meet each other and determine if there is a legitimate way for them to naturally link to each other?

We all sort of laughed at the idea and even compared it to “speed dating”.

Yet, the idea of meeting the other members and finding out if there were good, natural ways for us to legitimately link to each other was a great idea.

So we’re doing it.

Here’s what I’m thinking.  We’ll start with some basic explanation of linking.  Then, move on to open discussion about link building so everyone gets a chance to express opinions and debate stuff.

Then we’ll move on to a “structured link swap meet”.  I’m thinking of using cards to make this work.  Here’s my idea…


1.  INDEX CARDS – Hand one out to everyone attending.  Ask them all to write on one side the names of sites they would like others to link to.  On the other side, they should list how they could link to others.

2.  PLAYING CARDS – Give everyone one.  Then, ask all spades to meet in one part of the room, hearts another, diamond another, etc.  Within each group, each person will have the opportunity to explain what they wrote on their card to the others.

After 10 or 15 minutes, ask everyone to switch.  Each Ace would meet in one area, Jacks, Queens, and Kings each in another.  That way everyone gets to meet a completely different group of people.

After 15 more minutes, just break.  People can then talk to whoever they want.

3. BUSINESS CARDS – If anyone finds someone else that might be a good match for link building, they should swap business cards and work out the details after the meeting.


What do you think?  Will that work?  Please comment below.


PS:  I’m really running late on getting the word out about this event.  So please spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, etc.  I would really appreciate it.  It’s a free event, so let anyone know.

POSTSCRIPT:  Sorry guys, but I had to go through and delete some of the back and forth comments we had going on below.  It was a bit excessive.  I’m trying to keep some of the good ideas, though.  Please continue to post any ideas you may have in the comments below.