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Testimonial link building is a great way to score authoritative links from the homepages of your favorite products and services.
You probably already have all of the tools you need to start using this method.
With a bit of time and some elbow grease, you can win these links easily.
So I am going to show you how, step by step-
What Will I Learn?
What Is Testimonial Link Building?
Testimonial link building is the process of getting your positive comments about a product or service, featured on the provider’s website.
At its essence, the testimonial link building technique is about providing a lot of value to the owner in exchange for a link from their site.
This Is How It Works
I recently created a video testimonial for MyThemeShop.
I’m incredibly happy with the service they provided when creating my Authority theme, and I wanted to share my thoughts about it.
I pitched them and asked if they’d like a testimonial from me.
They wanted one. And now it’s featured on their homepage:
The link beneath the video is active and users can click through to my website from it.
Not only that:
But this is a DR90 homepage dofollow link-
It’s free advertising for them, and a great way to build my brand and build a link to my site.
I’ve done this in numerous other places, too. Like this written testimonial as part of my Surfer SEO review–
That resulted in a DR61 homepage dofolliow link-
As you can see:
It’s a simple, effective and great for link building and generating authority for your brand.
All you have to do is identify products and services in your industry that match up to what you offer, pitch them and then create a testimonial.
I highly suggest you only do this for products/services you actually love and use!
With that said, I am going to show you how to build testimonial links step by step.
PRO TIP: Before starting any link building campaign, it’s best to determine how many backlinks you need to rank.
How To Build Testimonial Links
Building testimonial links really boils down to a simple 5 step process that anyone can follow-
- Create a target list of products/services
- Find the contact information for each of them
- Send an email pitching your testimonial offer
- Write the testimonial itself
- Bonus step – back it up with video
That really is all there is to it and you can do this in just about every niche you can think of.
Step #1: Create A Target List Of Products And Services
The first step in this process is to identify a list of target products and services you could provide testimonials for.
Your ideal target will:
- Be relevant to your website
- Provide a solution for your readers
- Have a medium-to-high-traffic website (or sales page)
- Be a product or service you actually use (like these link building packages)
If your an Amazon affiliate – you might want to make a list of the products you are recommending across your site.
But a safe bet here is to start with the tools you use regularly. This can offer great insight into where you can leave your first testimonials.
Another way to do it is to look through the resource pages of bloggers/influencers in your niche-
Finally, you can look at people in your network who are creating or launching products.
They often need testimonials to help the sales of their product and you could help them.
Regardless of how you collect your products, you need to add them into a spreadsheet:
Step #2: Find The Person To Contact
I like to use FindThatLead to find contact details quickly and easily.
The free account will give you 50 free credits a month which should be more than enough to get your started.
Just enter the domain you want to find the contact details for-
Or if you want to be super speedy – you can install their Google Chrome extension-
Any email address that are marketed with a tick or “correct” are verified emails that will respond.
If you run out of credits with FindThatLead, you can also use the free trials of-
Step #3: Pitch Them On Your Testimonial
This is an important step lots of people miss.
Don’t create your testimonial up front and send it to them.
Instead, pitch them on the idea of having your testimonial on their site. This can save you a lot of time and effort and wasted work.
Your email can be simple and set you to add a lot of value.
Here’s a script you could use-
My name’s [your name] and I’m the owner of [your website]. I’ve been using [their product] for the last few [weeks/months] and it’s helped me achieve some great results!
I especially like [specific feature] that has helped me get [desired outcome], it’s amazing how simple and effective it was.
I was wondering if you’d like me to put together a testimonial for the product?
I’d be more than happy to put something together you could feature on your site (maybe even a video if that’d be more helpful). More people need to know about [their product] and I’d love to help you convert even more people into customers :)
Have a great day,
Step #4: Write Your Testimonial
There’s an art to crafting a good testimonial for a website.
You’re here to help them sell new customers on their service. So your job is to identify a problem and explain how this service solved it for you.
Take a look at my testimonial over at FixMySite.com:
I mentioned the problem that other users might have. I positioned their service as the solution to that problem.
I also used some emotional words like:
But its important to state that the testimonial you provide does need to be honest and truthful. If the service genuinely sucked, don’t pitch a testimonial!
Step #5: Go The Extra Mile With Video
If you want to add extra value to someone and increase your chances of having your testimonials accepted, you could explore the video route.
Video testimonials add an insane amount of value to the site owner AND customer.
Here’s an example of a video I created for AlphaInvestors:
Wrapping This Up…
Testimonial link building is a great way to build relationships and free backlinks.
By finding products that a relevant to your website and audience you can get high-value links back to your site that are meaningful in the eyes of Google.
You can do this by:
- Identifying products in your niche
- Creating a list of them
- Gathering their contact information
- Pitching them on your testimonial
- Writing a value adding testimonial
- [Bonus] Creating a video testimonial
Now it’s time to take a look at another type of link building, crowd funding link building.
This is a seriously underrated link building strategy but it’s just as easy to execute as this one!