Catchy title, eh?

Back at the start of 2012 I started making note of all the link building posts that I thought were of the highest standard, with the intention of using them in an end of year round up. Little did I know that by the end of December I would have around 500 collected up!

What follows are the 121 that I have whittled it down to – the 121 link building posts that have proved to be the most useful, enlightening or entertaining (IMHO). Rather than just give you list I have dug up a little data around the posts that I have chosen (although that is more for fun – don’t think there is anything serious behind it!!).

So go and fetch what are left of your Christmas chocolates, fire up your favourite bookmarking tool and enjoy.

Outreach

You Can get Links from Cold Outreach  Chris Dyson

Link Building Through Blogger Outreach  Paddy Moogan

Using Images for Better “Oscar the Grouch” Outreach  Anthony Pensabene

Scale Outreach Using Pareto’s Law  Ryan O’Connor

Using Blog Subscriber Metrics for Better Outreach Decision Making  Traian Neacsu

22 Tips for a Better Outreach Response  Laura McGreary

Get off the Schneid with Social Outreach Link Building  Megan Brown

Outreach Letters for Link Building [Real Examples]  Peter Attia

Why I Deleted Your Guest Post Pitch (With Awful Outreach Examples)  Mike Essex

Using Mail Merge to Scale Outreach  Ross Hudgens

Outreach Specialist’s Bible  Dave Snyder

Improving Link Building Response Rates With Persuasive Psychology  Matt Gratt

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Link Building Tools And How To Use Them

5 Advanced Guest Post Prospecting Tips for the Link Prospector  James Agate

Experimenting with Custom Reports in Citation Labs’ Link Prospector Michael Smith

Linkbuilding Outreach…Setting yourself up for success with the right toolset  James Agate

Using Link Prospector & Buzzstream To Find Valuable Guest Blogging Opportunities In Minutes  Er, me

15 Best Link Building Tools  Sujan Patel

Link Building Tools We Use at Distilled  Will Critchlow

16 Chrome Extensions for Link Builders  Jon Cooper

Identifying Link Patterns With Seo Tools  John Doherty

20+ Resources For Prospecting, Organising & Researching Link Opportunities  James Agate

The 7 Coolest Link Building Tools You’ve Never Heard Of  Gary Magnone

Scrapebox’s Hidden Treasures For Seo  Dan Bochichio

The Only Tool You’ll Need to Find Mountains of Link Prospects  Eric Siu

Visualize Your Backlinks with Google Fusion Tables  Mark Cianfrani

Find (Almost) Anybody’s Email Address  Rob Ousbey

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Link Building Tips

5 Ways to Increase your Link Building Efficiency  Paddy Moogan

Stop Building Links and Start Attracting Them  Ryan Clark

Crazy Link building Ideas That Work  Jason Acidre

Using The Google Ad Planner to Find Link Sources  Ricahrd Baxter

Which Link Opportunities are Worth My Time?  Matt Gratt

Future Proof SEO Strategy: Real Life Link Building  Tad Chef

How to target link prospects when they’re most receptive  James Agate

The Link Prospector’s Guide to the Tilde  Garrett French

How to Build Share-Worthy, Link-Worthy ‘Complete’ Content the Search Algorithms Will Love  Nathan Safran

Keyword Research for Link Building: Lateral Thinking  Matt Gratt

Quick Queries For Link Wins  Adam Melson

Building Links with Twitter: Collection of Best-Working Tips  Ann Smarty

Building Awesome Relationships For Links, Likes, and Love  Ed Fry

Stop Paying for Terrible Links [& How to Check for Low Quality Links]  Richard Baxter

Links You Can Get With Zero Outreach  Anthony D Nelson

Link Building: Anchor Text Optimisation Best Practices In 2012  Tad Chef

9 Tangible Linkable Asset Ideas And How To Build Links To Them  Jason Acidre

Improve Your Link Prospecting With Reductive Queries  Ross Hudgens

Smart Linkbuilding Queries For Any Industry  Adam Melson

How to Turn Your Blog Into a Link Generation Machine  Selena Narayanasamy

Guest Blog Where You Don’t Belong: Find Links From Outside Your Niche  Anthony D Nelson

The Ethics of Link Building Through Content  Michelle Lowery

How to Use Personas for Link Building and Social Media  Jason Acidre

How to systemise your link building process (without compromising quality)  James Agate

Identify quality domains for SEO link building  James Gurd

Using Copyscape for Easy Link Wins  John-Henry Scherck

10 Ways to Use Images for Link Building  Jason Acidre

5 Ways to Increase your Link Building Efficiency  Paddy Moogan

WANT LINKS? REDUCE FRICTION AND DESTROY INERTIA!  AJ Kohn

Non-Intuitive Search Queries & Resources For Link Building  Rand Fishkin

18 ESSENTIAL RESOURCES FOR LINK BUILDING – CAJUN STYLE  Todd McDonald

50+ Things Every Link Builder Needs To Know  Julie Joyce

8 Link Building Tips – Whiteboard Friday  Paddy Moogan

UNICORN MEAT AND MONSTER FEET. 9 EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLES OF LINKBAIT PRODUCTS  Mark Porter

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Link Building Strategies, Blueprints and Tactics

Forum Participation Rubric for Ecommerce Link Building  Don Rhoades

Infographic Submission Sites – The Good, Mediocre and Ones To Avoid  Adam Melson

Link Building with Auto Embed Code Script Matt Green

Link Equity Salvage: 7 Steps for Finding Your Long-Lost Links  Garrett French

How to get high quality links from university and academic websites  Kelvin Newman

The Most Creative Link Building Post Ever  Jon Cooper

Link Building Strategies – The Complete List  Jon Cooper

33 Links & How To Get Them  Justin Briggs

The Broken Link Building Bible  Russ Jones

THE DEFINITIVE OUTREACH LINK BUILDING STUDY  Mike King

Broken Link Building Guide: From Noob to Novice  Anthony Nelson

Creative Link Building for Ecommerce Sites  Stephanie Chang

The Noob Guide to Link Building  Mike King

The 6 Month Link Building Plan for an Established Website James Agate

Building Links With Brand Evagelists  Jon Cooper

9 Link Questions I Double Dare You To Ask Your Presidents  Adam Melson

A Link Development Strategy for Large Websites  Jason Acidre

Link Building Strategies Spreadsheet  Rhea Drysdale

Link Building A-Z Guide – Definitions & Terms  Julie Joyce

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Local Link Building

Unmissable Local Link Building Opportunities  James Agate

Linkbait Ideas For Small Business Owners  Patrick Hathaway

Culture Building: 8 Local Link Building Tactics Beyond Listings  Scott Dodge

The Complete Guide to Link Building with Local Events  Kane Jamison

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Link Building Thoughts, Rants and Discussions

The New Google Link Algorithm  Patrick Altoft

How To Panic-Proof Your Link Campaign  Julie Joyce

Eric Ward Answers 10 Questions on BizDev Link Building  Eric Ward

The Unbearable Torture Of Linking  Eric Ward

Adapt Your Link Building Strategy…Or Get Left Behind  Brad Kuenn

Not All Anchor Text is Equal and other Co-Citation Observations  Bill Slawski

An Open Discussion on the Current State of Link Building  Chris Dyson and friends

Dark Side of the Links: It’s All Fun & Games ‘Til Google Catches On  Eric Ward

Why A Diverse Link Profile Is More Critical Than Ever  Julie Joyce

12 Google Link Analysis Methods That Might Have Changed  Bill Slawski

Google Goes After Links In WordPress Themes  Barry Schwartz

Remove The Link Building Quota Handcuffs  Todd Mcdonald

7 Ways Links Cause Search Rank Changes  Eric Ward

Seo Tramp Stamp: Not Quality Link Building  Joe Schaefer

An Open Letter From A Frustrated Outsourced Link Building Author  Carter Bowles

The future of SEO in 2013  Gaz Copeland

Paying For Links (But Not Buying Them)  Gaz Copeland

Google: Links Cannot Currently Hurt Rankings  Robert Deans

5 Fundamentals Of Large Scale Link Prospecting  Garrett French

Summary: Fundamentals Of Large Scale Linkbuilding On #Seochat  Garrett French

Interview With Link Building Expert Wil Reynolds  Jon cooper

Linkpreneurs: The New School Of Link Building  Shelli Walsh

Why you F*%$ing Suck at Link Building   Chris Dyson

Five Questions A Good Link Builder Should Be Able To Answer  Eric Ward

Link Building Experts talk about Google Penguin  Razvan Gavrilas

The Impact of Authoritative Links, Mentions, and Shares on Rankings  Philip Petrescu

Link Building With The Experts – 2012 Edition  Rae Hoffman-Dolan

The Domino Effect Of Links & Relationships  Julie Joyce

Link Building Means Earning “Hard Links” Not “Easy Links”  Danny Sullivan

10 Reasons Why Your Content Doesn’t Attract Links  Joe Hall

The First 500 Links  Rand Fishkin

Link Building Presentations

Link Building Reporting  Justin Briggs

Let go of the link building wire: My presentation  Ian Lurie-

Miscellaneous-

The 3 Best Link Building Books That Aren’t About Link Building  Michael Smith

Breaking The Link Building Tedium  Julie Joyce

The Psychology of Link Building  Annabel Hodges

Er, Don’t Do These——-

9 Evil Ways to Build Links  Peter Attia

9 More Evil Ways to Build Links  Peter Attia

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And breathe…If you notice any broken links or any glaring omissions from the list (or just want to chip in) let me know in the comments. Roll on 2013…

Edit: There have been a number of suggestions by readers so I will include some of the best below. Thanks to everyone who got in contact!

Crowdfunding – The Overlooked SEO Link Building Strategy by Chris Gilchrist

7 Uncommon and Powerful Link Building Techniques by Pratik Dholakiya

5 Excellent Linkbait Examples and Why They Worked by Matthew Powers

Can There Really Be 85 Types Of Unnatural Links? by Eric Ward

How To Creatively & Effectively Build Links Using Public Data by David de Souza

Hard Truths on Scalability in Link Building by Jon Cooper

Link Building Strategies That Actually Work by Michelle Lowery

(Link)Build a Relationship in 15 Minutes a Day by Amanda King

Search Query Generator for Guest Blogging via Google Spreadsheet by Jayson Bagio