08 Jun 2006

Suzi gets a lot of edu’s for me.

Suzi’s my EDU Queen

About 7 months ago I took Suzi on a new link ninja in training. Her first day was a bit buzy for me and the link people so she got only a tiny bit of training from me before she started sending emails (FYI, new link ninjas can’t send email requests for links until they’ve been with us for 3 months). But anyways, at the end of her first day she came to me and said she was able to send out a lot of emails, but only 1 was live so far. I asked her how much it cost, to which she replied "Free". I asked to see the url and was suprised to see it was a .edu! I was amazed and I wanted to hug her (if it wasn’t her first day!).

I then told her that we usually skip the .edu’s when requesting advertising because I thought it would be too hard to get .edu’s…. in fact….all searches we normally do are something like:
"computer advice" -site:.edu -site:.gov

She hadn’t received that trainng yet, but remembered how during the interview I impressed upon her that backlinks from .edu is a "trust" factor to ranking…..so she had zoomed right in to writing to .edu’s requesting backlinks.

But I told her to skip the .edu’s in the future (still thinking they were too hard to get)…at the end of the second day she came to me and said that 2 other .edu’s were live from emails she had sent yesterday. I was floored….3 .edu links in 2 days….the first 2 days of a new employee!

I told her, "If you can keep getting .edu’s, don’t stop looking!"

She’s continued to kick ass and we call her the "EDU Queen" around here. Today she scored another 2 .edu backinks ….  I won’t give away her "secrets"…but I can say that we don’t pay a penny for any of these, yet all get a human review and placement – no "scams".

It’s amazing what can be done when someone thinks it’s possible.


  1. Robert Paulson June 8, 2006 at 9:10 PM

    …and is smart enough to know when to ignore the boss.

    Kudos to Suzi for both.

  2. Nickie June 8, 2006 at 9:10 PM

    Way to go Suzi!

    I think we all need to remember that success comes from believing it will happen from the get-go. If we start out doubting we can make it happen, then we probably won’t.

    Keep it up Suzi!

  3. Abhilash June 8, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    That’s funny, Jim, I can imagine why you’d skip the .gov links, but don’t know why you’d skip the .edu’s. I’ve found the most success when specifying .edu or .org for the hunting…

  4. Sander June 9, 2006 at 3:08 AM

    Way to go!

    The most interesting part is your last line! This should be an inspiration for everybody. That’s karma!

  5. Robert Mirabito June 9, 2006 at 3:33 AM

    If we all thought like a beginner, we might be more successful.

  6. Kiddy June 9, 2006 at 10:16 AM

    yeap, Robert, you are right…

    Karma ? O_o

  7. Tim Cohn June 9, 2006 at 12:44 PM

    Seek and ye shall find all of the .edu and .gov segmented sites you can handle.

  8. gzlatin June 9, 2006 at 2:18 PM

    give that girl a raise!

  9. Jim June 9, 2006 at 5:31 PM

    FYI, all my employees got a raise yesterday 😉

  10. Sohaib June 11, 2006 at 10:05 AM

    Woooha, I need to hire someone like her! lol, .edu arent that east to get, I usually skip them as well, seems like I am going to start considering outsourcing you guys for some link building 😀

  11. Nick Wilsdon June 14, 2006 at 5:16 AM

    Way to go Suzi (and a credit to you Jim). I’m looking for two new trainees here with me in Russia now, I hope I am as lucky in my search.

  12. Mike Mackin June 14, 2006 at 12:05 PM

    Way to go Suzi and looks like Jim has found a way to monetize your efforts.

  13. Peter Davis June 17, 2006 at 5:17 PM

    How much are you paying her? I’d like to know that for when I send her out my job offer. :p

    /just kidding 🙂

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