Posted by Geoff Kenyon

While link bait is frequently seen as more "fun", and it’s definitely more creative, than doing things like guest blogging or emailing people asking for links, it has its challenges. I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about creating link bait from my experiences. If you have other insights, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
 

Keep a Tight Scope

In most cases you will want to keep your content extremely focused around your target, or the person that you are going to get to link to you (Justin wrote more about this process here). While it’s tempting to try and cast as wide of a net possible, typically you will be more successful focusing on targeting one or two targets (and shaping the content around these demographics) rather than trying to create content that targets everyone.
 
While this is really important for a lot of link bait content, there will obviously be exceptions to this rule. A couple examples come to mind (if you can think of others, feel free to leave a note in the comments):