Steph is Fabulous & The Art of Linkbaiting


August 15, 2007 6:27 PM

Steph Shaw of Much Ado About Sumthin!

Steph of “Much Ado About Sumthin!” fame has just written her 400th post. To celebrate, she posted a mass-orgy of mutual-congratulation and back-patting, ie. a “circlejerk” and sent out massive link love to all 112 bloggers on her blogroll.

400th Post! It’s A Circlejerk Partay!!

To wit,

My blogroll is a snapshot of the people in the sphere that have affected me in some way, and made me keep coming back to visit again and again. They’re people who I would love to shag or at the very least stick my tongue so far down their throat I could lick their intestines. FACT.

This is my salute to them.

P.S I lurk on many, many other blogs, and it doesn’t mean I don’t want to violate or feel you up inappropriately if you’re not mentioned.

Let me pause for a moment to look at the picture above and fantasise a little. Be back in ten …

*wipe wipe* *flush*

So she said this about me,

Mooiness- One of the most popular Aussie blogs and for very good reason. He writes about everything and anything and always puts his own unique twist on the topic. He’ll make you laugh and make you think. I think he’s awesome.

Steph, you are way more awesome. I think her blog deserves the praise “one of the most popular Aussie blogs” more than mine. As I’ve said when I first discovered her blog,

I think hers would be Australia’s most visited blog outside of those hosted by the Sydney Morning Herald, judging by the number of comments that she gets.

Heheh. As Steph said, this has been one big circlejerk.


Steph may not realise it but her post is an excellent example of what’s called “linkbaiting” in the SEO world, or search-engine optimisation. The object of linkbaiting is to get as many incoming links to your site as possible, so that search engines would think that your site is popular and relevant, and hence rank you higher in their search results. It’s also good for advert-pricing if she ever choose to do it, and for bragging rights, like on Technorati for example.

By doing a single post linking out to over a hundred other blogs, Steph is almost guaranteed to get all those blogs linking back to her. Why? Self-satisfied wankers like myself like to point to another person’s profuse praise to validate themselves. Me love Steph long time! :mrgreen:

15 thoughts on “Steph is Fabulous & The Art of Linkbaiting

  1. TenthOfMarch

    I saw the post and it gave me a headache. How can anyone read through so many lines? However, praises should be given for her hardwork. How in the world did she come up with a list that long? I wonder how long did she take to write it up. Oh, I’m dying for some links (who doesn’t?) and I think I should start begging for them. LOL.

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  2. mooiness Post author

    sourrain: yeah like that meme you did. It would have been even better if the initial list was 10 instead of 5.

    steph: you betcha!

    mochii: thanks for dropping by!

    Indra: she’s a great read. Always funny.

    10/3: hahah I think most ppl would be like me and just scan down to look for their own name, and those others whom we know. She said it took her a few days. You should read her other posts – she’s naturally funny.

    As for links, just keep writing and improving and linking out – some of it will come back to you. Oh and comment like crazy on other blogs that you read – don’t spam, of course. πŸ™‚

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  3. mooiness Post author

    shelly: building up incoming links does take time for most of us plebs. But yeah, a show of link love never goes astray.

    Lad Litter: it IS the equivalent of hanging with the cool kids. Though I don’t think it will change our traffic all that much seeing as how we were always on her blog roll anyway. We might get a temporary spike – how we hold on to that spike is another matter.

    Though having an extra incoming link is always good. πŸ™‚

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