When I first started almost two years ago now, I would have never imagined that I would have the life we are living today. Every day I wake up, brush our teeth, open up our laptop, and sit in my underwear on the couch to get some work done.
Take this moment, for instance; I am writing this article while sitting on my bed, and this is a daily routine! The best part about this is that I am not in some particular case there are thousands of people around the world doing what I am doing. So what do I do you ask?
I run a freelance link building agency called Seowithdavid that earns links via manual email outreach for mid to large companies worldwide.
Link building is the process of receiving links or votes from other websites to your or your client’s site.
The more quality and relevant links you earn with a website, the higher up it will get pushed in the organic rankings on Google. Not only will links improve your organic rankings, but it will also drive targeted referral traffic that buys and enhances brand awareness.
Learning how to build or earn links and becoming a freelance link builder is something everyone can learn in 5 easy steps, so keep reading, while we go through the learning process step by step.
Step 1: Join a Facebook Group
The first step on the road map to making six figures from your couch through link building is to join a Facebook group. Not just any group, but a real legit group with a base of people who focus on giving and not taking.
From my personal experience, there are very few groups that legitimately concentrate on educating and providing value to their audience.
Thankfully for you, I did the dirty work and found the single best link building group available on the internet, Diet Coke With Dan or DCWD.
Although, DCWD costs about 50 pounds at the time of this writing so if you are broke like we were you can start with the free group, The Super Cool Dan Ray White Hat SEO and Link Building Group.
A Facebook Group allows you to be around like-minded people and have access to communicating with those that have lots of experience and want to help.
Joining a good Facebook Group like DCWD will give you a….
- Extremely Detailed Business Plan That Is Turn-Key
- Live Case Study Walk-throughs
- In-depth Training
- Complete Paid Funnel walkthrough
- Step By Step Cold Email Outreach System For Clients
Most people will go off and read articles trying to piece together the next big trick to link building; the truth is there are no tricks. The truth is to have a system based on the principles of link outreach and prospecting so you can earn links no matter the niche.
Finding a Facebook Group allows you to learn the basic principles and earn links that others cannot.
Step 2: Buy a Link Building System
Sure, you could try your hand at figuring out a system of your own. However, why waste the most valuable resource available to us all on Earth, time.
Purchasing a vetted foolproof system that has good reviews and is proven to work with case studies is a no brainer. Not only will this cut your learning curve in half, but this will also ensure you have a winning system that will work every time.
What Is a Link Building System?
A link building system is a system of processes that allows a link building to flow, stay organized, and convert.
For instance, DCWD has a link building system that we at Seowithdavid personally based our entire freelance link building agency around.
Yes, really, it was that good!
A good link building system like the “White Hat Link Building System” from DCWD will give you the ability to:
1. Organize Everything
The Client Folder contains all files and is stored in a Google Drive Account
2. Track Your Projects Progress and Stay Organized
Project Tracker: The project tracker is the core of the whole system; all of the info that you use will be in this file. Clients will have access to it, so they receive live updates at all times.
To-do List: This is good, so you know what you need to do and in what order every single time you begin a link building campaign.
3. Use Over 20 Different Link Types, Including Guest Posts, Resource Pages, Link Roundups, Broken Link Building, Skyscraper, Link Reclamation, and Many More.
4. Prospect of Link Targets for When You Are Outreaching
Google Search Operators: The system contains hundreds of these so you can filter the google search results for any link building type and find an unlimited amount of prospects to contact.
5. Outreach to Link Targets
Outreach Templates: The outreach templates are guides for each link building type and need to be recreated and personalized as much as humanly possible.
- Prospector Training
- Outreach Training
- Hiring Training
- Tools To Use
- And So Much More!
With no exaggeration, purchasing a link building system will teach you the step by step guide on how to earn links and then step by step how to outsource what you learned and scale your business.
Once you have a good link building system, you may want to check out our article on how we scaled our guest post campaigns to 60+ per month for a quick win in link building.
Step 3: Find a Mentor or Coach
Finding a mentor is important after you have passed the learning stage and are in the implementation stage. The reason being is that while you are earning links in a multitude of different niches, using different strategies, you are bound to run into some roadblocks.
When I was first starting out, I had a tendency to become anxious when hitting a roadblock which limits our problem-solving skills.
For these exact moments, it is critical to have someone else there to remind you to stay calm and talk through your issue. A good friend or family member may work in most cases, but when it comes to link building, they may not be able to help you.
On the other hand, a link building mentor or coach that has verifiable proof of practising what they preach will be able to spot your problem a mile away.
A quality mentor will be able to talk through your problem and allow you to solve it.
Imagine being able to have someone who has been there and done that to bounce any question or idea off of and get a good answer that is what a mentor does for you.
Let’s take a look at what the facts have to say about mentors.
According to a survey of 1,000+ small businesses done by Sage, businesses who were mentored are twice as likely to grow revenues than those without.
Conclusion finding a link building mentor is crucial to success and a no brainer as a result of all the value they bring to you.
Step 4: Gain Your First Client
Developing solid marketing and sales funnel is, without a doubt, the most overlooked step in the entire process of making six figures from your couch in link building. Think about it, without sales and marketing; you do not have a business.
The majority believes, “if only I could figure out how to earn links on demand, I will be a millionaire!” sadly, it does not work like that.
All that matters when you gain that first cusp of knowledge is the bottom line, aka income minus expenses. If you are not bringing in more income than you are putting out than you do not have a business.
Developing a sales and marketing funnel is no easy task, but can be broken down into a few easy steps:
Step 1: Define a Target Audience
Defining a target audience is simply knowing what brings your client’s pain and define the audience who is experiencing this pain.
A really good tip is to work for free, gain a case study, and then market that case study to your target audience.
Step 2: Show the Audience They Can Trust You
Whether this is a case study from doing free work or if you have a ton of experience working on your own site. The point is that you need to build trust with your target audience and you do this by showing that you know what you are doing.
Perhaps, you begin making YouTube videos explaining link building to your target audience and how doing it via multiple different strategies.
On the other hand, a simple case study where you outline what you did and how you made your target audience money will work as well.
Step 3: Get in Front of Their Face
Upon joining a solid Facebook group like DCWD, typically, there are more than a few pieces of training on how to market your services to your target audience as a freelance link builder.
However, if you are not yet in a group, the best forms of marketing are leads that come to you.
Attracting leads to come to you can happen in a few different ways:
SEO or search engine optimization is by far the single most beneficial source of leads that around today.
If you can rank the top 3 on Google for the keywords that your target audience is looking for, then you will have high-quality inbound leads. These are leads that want to buy what you are selling almost immediately and have the money to pay.
2. Social Media
Social Media is a big one for providing value and watch the prospects flood your inbox. The more videos you put educating your target audience on what you and do provide value for free, the more leads you will receive.
3. Cold Email Outreach
Cold Email Outreach is a system that if done correctly, can provide you with some of the highest paying clients you have ever received. Picture being able to get in front of the Director of Marketing at Apple, well the good news is that you can! Cold emailing outreach, when done correctly, allows you to create a relationship with the people in charge of marketing at virtually any company.
These are just a small sample size of the marketing strategies that you can use to obtain your first client and be on the road to 6 figures.
Step 4: Close the Prospect
Once you have your ideal target audience’s attention, you need to learn how to close. Using high ticket sales strategies from Jordan Belfort or Grant Cardone, you will be able to grow to 6 figures in no time flat.
Ironically, every single one of these four steps can be learned and mastered by joining a Facebook group as well.
Step 5: Rinse and Repeat
That’s a wrap the five simple steps to making six figures from your couch via freelance link building. All you have to do is trust the process and follow the steps in order.
If you follow the steps and do not give up, then the sky is truly the limit for you as a freelance link builder.