10 Biggest Master Baiters in Search Called Out

April 9th, 2007
by Dustin Woodard

Okay, I took the bait and entered Andy Beal’s SEM scholarship contest. I decided to have fun with it and wrote this entry:

The 10 Biggest Master Baiters in the Search Industry

Inside you will find who in the search industry I find to be the master link baiters. These are the people who are so good at this craft, even expert link baiters themselves can’t help but link to them. It was difficult to pick just ten, especially when there are more prominent figures that attract links by the thousands. Those who break news (think Danny Sullivan and Barry Schwartz) or are in prominent positions (think Matt Cutts or Jeremy Zawodny) are at an unfair advantage. I’m sure they would admit linkbaiting isn’t their primary skill (though I bet they are still experts in this area) and are probably happy to escape the list of having their name attached with “master baiter.”

So, please visit my entry and join the conversation. Who are the biggest master baiters? Also feel free to link to my entry and give the guys on the list a bad time:

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6 Responses to “10 Biggest Master Baiters in Search Called Out”

  1. dustin Says:

    One more thing. If you are at SES NY this week (wish I was there), bonus points to you if you call one of these guys (on or off stage) and say something like “Do you realize you’ve just been named one of the 10 Biggest Masterbaiters in our industry?”


  2. Jason Z Says:

    Dustin you are really funny! Between that article and the SEO Cake piece, I’m gonna have to add you 2 my blog reader. Don’t stop!

  3. Emma Baiter Says:

    Love baiting. Love your story. Good luck in the contest!

  4. Matt Keegan Says:

    Nice list! Guess I’ll have to visit each sit to see what is going on with them and what their linking (I mean, talking) about. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Unknowlingly Published in SEO eBook Says:

    [...] Just found out Andy Beal has created a free SEO eBook based off two years of scholarship entries. There were some educational entries and some funny entries. My entry was all about humor and was shoved near the bottom of the book, despite its popularity because it probably embarassed Andy a bit – heck, I called him a “Master Baiter”. Kudos to Andy for working hard to make the scholarship contest more valuable. [...]

  6. Idetrorce Says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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