After attending the recent Search Engine Strategies conference and listening to a number of panels discuss the relationship between content and links, I couldn't help but notice similarities between what was being said and the principles highlighted in Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey's work suggests people can be successful in business and life when they're effective at doing things that bring about desired results. He wrote the book long before the internet became part of our daily life, but the principles are timeless and certainly apply to people developing links.

We all know there are various types of link building tactics available. They have names like "directory submissions," "link bait" or "article writing" and follow a fairly cookie-cutter process that does little to lay a foundation for building a business reputation. Used independently, these tactics can certainly produce results, but if you want to get incremental, quality business to come to you instead of having to spend time and money drumming it up, consider turbocharging your link tactics with these seven "habits" of effective link builders.

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