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Only if you know the secret of linkbaiting can you enter the High order of Linkbaiters
The secret of effective linkbaiting exists not because the information is hard to find, it's a secret because most people are unwilling to believe its simplicity.
When you discover the secret you will understand the hard part is not "how to be a linkbaiter". The hard part is "being a linkbaiter".
We'll come to the secret part in a moment, but first let me first explain why it's the being that is the tricky part. The being is all to do with the implementation, actually creating the piece of linkbait.
The ability to successfully go through the process of creating linkbait is tricky, it sometimes means being in front of your screen for hours at a time as you search for pictures of "lego kittens on crack" for a kitchen tiles client. After that you decide to throw it all away and start again because it just didn't have that magic, whilst trying to think of an excuse why you are past deadline again.
Some people love this part of the process, and it is these people, these researchers of popular culture who will make the grade. They are a breed few and far between, balancing an acute sense of pop culture, an awareness of the zeitgeist and a deep understanding of effective web content psychology..
Can anyone learn to be a linkbaiter?
Yes, but few are willing to pay the price. Very few are willing to pay the cost to be given the secret. But as with anything, if its easy it's usually not worth it.
The secret is grit, a mixture of hard work and tenacity. Linkbaiting, like writing is not very difficult to do, but you have to do it, it's the the implementation which is the hard part.
So what are the steps to becoming a great linkbaiter, or what is it you have to do once you chose to travel down the hallowed road to become a linkbaiting master? Or as one person once called it, a Master Baiter.
Here are a few things I think will help achieve your goal of linkbaiting mastery.
If after following this list for 6 months you still don't get anywhere, consider another vocation such as selling cheese door to door.
You can find Lyndon Antcliff on his blog at Cornwallseo.com
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