A Totally Legitimate Way To Pick and Choose Backlinks

I am actually not going to tell you much about this, other than it is totally legitimate and could act as a source of high quality links and trafffic… the type who not only might click through to read what you say, but also write about it.
It is slightly old school, but not talked about, in fact most people just talk about doing this in reverse, but both ways can be effective. Take a look at this PR Stunt.

I should also point out it doesn’t only provide links, but also content in raw form, plus hot stories that are news stories that haven’t happened yet.

P.S. I did check out the links, and they do show up in both Yahoo and MSN. I would have expected a Google link to show up as well but I wouldn’t worry too much. It is legit.

Update: Sorry I just corrected the link

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  1. says

    Andy, I have read the article and then followed to PRWeb and back. What I did not notice was the link from the gentleman’s post back to PRWeb. Is it possible he used just pinged the url when posting? If so, which url should be pinged the one that is generally provided at the bottom of a press release? Also as I was browsing some releases I have noticed that not every release has a trackback url. But I absolutely love the idea.

  2. says

    I only looked at that one press release and thought all of them must have it. Maybe only certain groups of releases, or releases with a certain payment made.

    I read it and thought it was useful. In many ways it is the same as pinging a top blog that doesn’t have nofollow for trackbacks, and there are a few of those if you look around.

    A lot will depend on the subject, but if you can pick them up first to be the first to publish something that is real news, then that is going to help a lot with traffic, and possibly gaining links. It can work in so many niches.

  3. says

    Andy, I absolutely agree with you about this working in many different niches. I have a real estate related blog and this post of yours just made my day! :)

  4. says

    Without having visited the PR-web page in question, from my recollection they do not have trackback links published.

    This is the difference between trackback and pingback.

    With trackback the author of the post intentionally includes the rdf link to actively notify the linked page that there is a new reference.

    With ping back you simply link to the page, then if someone clicks through, or it shows up somewhere like Technorati, the link back is automatically generated just like the author had sent a trackback with the post.

    As I recall, PR-web uses pingback, but not trackback.

  5. says


    These are trackbacks NOT pingbacks.

    Not all press releases use trackbacks, I believe it has to do with the service level the member purchased. Most of the homepage press releases seem to offer trackbacks, once you go deeper than that however, many do not.

    Also, if you look at the top menu bar at prweb.com you’ll see a link to their trackbacked articles – it just says “Trackbacks”.

    Finally, thanks to Andy Beard for linking to my post!


  6. says

    Just a quick udate. I have tried the tips described in this post and as of now it did not produce anything. There is either something drastically wrong with the blog involved, I did not do it correctly or maybe that trackbacks are held for moderation. So far no results with about 20 hours past.

  7. says


    The trackbacks are in moderation – do sevaral, you may not get all of them, but you will get some.

    …Have some patience ;)