How To Trick Bloggers Into Linking To You
How do you get someone to link to you AND apologize for not doing it sooner?
I have some thoughts on that…
A while back I published a post on Blog World about building a community of fanatics. I used Harley Davidson as a model community, and the post featured a photo of a bike rally.
I sourced the image by searching Google Images, found one with some bikers in it, and used it.
Turns out, the person who took the photo happened upon it and said something. Here’s the exchange.
So far, this is a pretty normal exchange, assuming Bruce (the person who took the photo) did in fact take the photo.
I have no reason to doubt that Bruce did in fact snap the picture I used for the post. And since we’re talking so much about it, here’s the picture in question.
Here’s the Idea
Since it’s pretty much impossible to verify and prove who took what picture. And since Google certainly doesn’t make any bones about using pictures without accreditation, you could trick people into linking to you AND get them to apologize for not doing it sooner.
It would look something like this:
- Find a blog related to your topic
- Make sure the image they used in a blog post is ambiguous in origin
- Use the same image in your post that’s similar in subject
- Contact the blogger and tell them you are the rightful author of the image
- Wait for the blogger to do the right thing (link back to you)
- Repeat over and over again
- Enjoy your new found high ranking in search results
What Kinda Hat You’re Wearing?
This is totally black hat. But would it work?
This is fairly labor intensive, but it could result in some really high quality, relevant linkbacks.
I would never do this of course, because I’m a nice boy. But it will make me check twice if someone contacts me asking me to link to their image because they’re the “rightful owner”.
Of course, this drudges up issues of “copyright”, and IP, and god knows what else.