HARO - Help a Reporter Out - Actual Experiences?

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I joined HARO about six months ago and have responded ASAP to a lot of leads but never even got a courtesy response. Some of these took a lot of effort. It's soured me on the whole thing.

Today, as I deleted the three emails I was wondering about other people. Have you guys made this work out?

I read elsewhere that it's even better to sign up as the advertiser and network with all the people sending in requests. You're paying HARO to filter out motivated webmasters.
 

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2 things have worked for me:

1. Lie. Outright lie about who / what you are, say you represent a client that is the TOP DAWG in the industry, get a response (mr xyz is very busy, but if you're interested in having xyz offer a quote, let me know) and then pull the bait and switch and say he was not able to, but you have this other guy who can offer a very similar quote.

2. Do the reverse and ask for experts for your site (you have to be sub 100k alexa, which is a ridiculous metric, but can be gamed). Then get them to tweet / link back and you're good to go.


Edit: If you don't already know, the main lists are terrible. So many ballers there eating up the good stuff, so you need to look at profnet / haro urgent stuff on twitter and their forums. These have super tight deadlines and 1/100 of the eyballs on them.
 

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I've been thinking about using HARO as a source for one of newer my projects. I've got to do things as if I'm new again. Worse case scenario if they don't use my content I can re-purpose it as a blog post. I'm going to add this to my calendar for outreach and content creation.

so you need to look at profnet / haro urgent stuff on twitter and their forums. These have super tight deadlines and 1/100 of the eyballs on them.
^^ thanks for that tip mate.
 
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I've been using HARO sporadically for the past few months. Here's my preliminary results.

Pitches responded to: 74
Links received: 8
AHRefs DR Range: 35 - 80

For the time invested it's a pretty great return. The links would've cost me at least $2,000.

74 responses, if you guess it takes 15 minutes on average to respond to one, that's 19 hours of work. Is my time worth $100/hour? Sure.
 
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i've had similar results to @mikeb23

roughly 10% returns with a big range in DRs from 20s to the highest being some major blogs. Some nofollow features in a number of major publications/news reports. also made some friends out of it

I do a quick skim for something that's directly in my niche every day and only look for direct fits.

admittedly i think my niche is less competitive though. it's not a ton of links, but a nice supplement to other link building for little time. i know some who use VAs to filter through.
 

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HARO got me 4 backlinks from the ~35 queries I responded to in Nov/ Dec. I only spent maybe 5-6 minutes per reply since they were in my niche which I know inside out. Avg word-count per reply was less than 200 words.

I usually check the DR before replying so the links I got were from DR 65+ sites except one which was DR 18 because it was marked "anonymous" lol. Although considering my low time spent per reply, I shouldn't be picky I guess.

I stopped doing HARO after that one month though because I am getting far better backlinks simply by reaching out to people in my industry. One of the perks of starting a website in your day-job industry :smile: