Link Reclamation – Turn Brand Mentions Into Juice Passing Links

Link reclamation is a process of searching the internet for all the mentions of your company that do not link out to your website and asking whoever is responsible for the relevant page if they will link out to you in their mention of your brand.

The reason behind doing this is that mentions of your company on the internet that link to your company’s website deliver far more SEO value than ones that do not.

Link reclamation can therefore see you maximize your return on investment on any marketing or PR effort that has left a digital footprint.

It is, in essence, a very straightforward link-building tactic that a link-building services company use.


Link Reclamation: How to Turn Brand Mentions Into Juice Passing Links

Link reclamation has 5 stages & here is how to do each of these steps:


Finding Web Pages that Mention Your Company but Do Not Link Out

Finding Not Linking Mentions | Link Reclamation

The best way to find pages that mention your company but do not link out is with a Google search.

To do this you need to put together a list of keywords that uniquely identify your business (or as near to this as possible). This means that if that keyword is on a page, chances are it will be in reference to your business.

These keywords will vary from business to business, but common ones include:

  • Your brand name
  • The full name of key members of your business
  • Your domain name
  • Any unique products or services that you offer
  • The name of any case studies or research that you have published, or events that you have put on

Once you have a list of these keywords, you then need to put them in this format:

“[keyword]” -site:yourdomain

So for example, a search around the keyword ‘Webnus' would be:


This search would pull up in Google any webpage that had ‘Webnus’ somewhere on the page, but was not the website itself.

Not pages that mention your brand are worth reaching out to. This brings us to the second stage: qualifying out targets.


Qualifying Your Targets and Seeing if They Are Worth Asking for A Link

Qualifying Targets | Link Reclamation

Once Google has shown you all the websites that reference your company, it’s now time to see if these websites are actually worth approaching for a link.

You can tell whether a website is worth asking for a link from bases on the following criteria:

  • Do they currently link out? You can find this out by clicking ctrl-F and searching for your keyword. Does their mention of your company already link back to you? If so then there is no point asking for a link.
  • Are they a social media platform, forum, or other kind of website where content is generated by users rather than a website owner? Are links on these sites are no-followed and therefore not worth pursuing?
  • Does the article mention your company among a load of other companies, all of whom are unlinked? If so then they are unlikely to make an exception and link to your site.
  • Does the article in question actually reference your business, or does it just mention your keyword incidentally? If this is the case then you have no grounds for asking for a link.

If the web page in question does not meet any of these criteria then it is worth reaching out to.

Mentions of your company in the press, on blogs, on websites of non-competing companies and on websites of non-commercial organizations such as charities and local government websites are all worth targeting.


Finding the Contact Details of The People Responsible for The Content of These Pages

Contact Details | Link Reclamation

Finding the contact details of the people responsible for managing the content on your target page is probably the most time-consuming part of the whole reclamation process.

There are two steps to finding the right contact details for these people. You first need to identify the correct decision-makers, and then find their email address (and phone number if you can).


Identifying Decision-Makers

The person responsible for the content on a webpage, and therefore the person most likely to respond positively to a link reclamation request, differs between different types of websites.

Generally, when you perform link reclamation, you can categorize your target websites into three broad types.

These are:

  • Media and Editorial Websites: these include newspapers, magazines, and industry publications
  • Websites of Other Businesses: often these are businesses that have some sort of connection to you, either having worked with you in the past or local to you.
  • Smaller, Personal Blogs: These are less common, however if you have done some work within your industry or local community, you may receive some coverage from smaller editorial websites in these areas.


For each of these website types, the decision-makers are different as the organizations behind them are structured differently. Here is a quick breakdown of the most likely decision maker for each type of website.


Media and Editorial Websites

These can be tricky to work out due to the fragmented nature of the journalism industry.

Many journalists and writers are freelancers, meaning that even if they are the author of the piece that mentions your company, they may not have access to the backend of your target website.

If the author of the article is a permanent staff member, then they are the best person to reach out to.

It is worth cross-referencing the name of the writer in question with the target site’s “about us” or LinkedIn page to see if they are a permanent member of staff.

Many journalists have active Twitter accounts, so if you search their name in Twitter you can often see if they are a permanent writer for a specific publication or a freelancer.

If it is the former then you should reach out to them.

If you are in doubt whether the article in question was written by a permanent writer or a freelancer, then it is worth reaching out to the editor of the section of the publication where your target article is featured.

For smaller teams, the digital editor may also be a good option.


You can usually find the editors' names and email addresses on the “about us” or “contact us” pages of larger editorial websites.


Websites of Other Businesses

For larger businesses you want to contact someone in the marketing team. Ideally the digital marketing team or content team. They are most likely to understand what you are asking, and to have access to the back end of their website.

For smaller businesses that do not have a dedicated marketing team, it is worth reaching out to whoever’s name is listed as being the author of the post. If no name is listed then contact the most senior person in the company that you can find.

Smaller Personal Blogs

Smaller blogs often have just one person in charge of their content. They are the decision-maker in this scenario


Finding Email Addresses

The first places to look for email addresses are in the about and contact pages of websites.

If you can only find generic company emails in these parts of the website then it's worth using an email finding tool, with being a personal recommendation. Email Address Finder

These email finding tools may not give you the exact email of the person that you are looking for, but they often give you the email structure that an organization uses ([email protected] for example).

Once you have the email structure, and a decision-makers name, then just plug the relevant name into the structure, wrap your speculated email in quotes, and enter it into Google.

If there are any instances of this specific email on the internet then this search will force Google to reveal it. If Google does not show any such email then it is not present on the internet. In these instances just use the generic company email and FAO it to the relevant person in your subject line.

If you can get the decision-makers personal phone number then this is worth doing. However, if you can only find general company phone numbers then ignore these as it is not worth your time trying to get through to the right people just to ask for a link.

Be sure to keep all the details of your target sites, decision makers, and their contact details in a Google sheet or Excel spreadsheet.


Reaching out To Decision-Makers and Asking if They Could Link to You

Reaching Out | Link Reclamation

Once you have a list of sites with decision makers and their email, it's time to start outreach.

Link reclamation outreach has the following elements:

  • An eye catching subject line that indicates your intention
  • An introduction to who you are
  • A link to the page that mentions your company
  • A thank you for the mention
  • A request for a link
  • A “thanks in advance” for adding your link.

Here is the email template that we use to get a 30% conversion rate on properly qualified reclamation targets:

Subject line: Thank you and a quick request
Hi {first name}
{Introduce yourself by name and position}
I’m emailing to thank you about your recent mention of us in your article about {what the article is about}: {link to article URL}.
I noticed that you mentioned our company in your line about {what the line with the mention is about}.
The line is in {say which section of the article it is, give the subheading where possible}.
Could you please make your mention of us clickable to our website: {your URL}.
I know it’s a bit of a cheeky request, but it really helps us in organic search.
Either way, thanks for the coverage :)
{Your name}

Following up With Your Prospects

You will want to follow up with your prospects twice. Once 3-5 days after the initial contact, and again two weeks after the second contact.

Do not follow up more than this as it can harm your brands image as well as any future relationship you might have with the target in question.


Extra Points to Think About

It is worth mentioning that link reclamation using this methodology has between a 25-50% success rate. You therefore should not attempt it unless you have 10 or more good targets to work with.

The more time you spend finding the correct decision maker and their email, and personalizing your outreach, the more better your conversion rate will be.

Link reclamation, especially with larger media sites, tends to work better when you leave a gap between the initial publishing the mention of your brand and your request for a link.

This is because there are lots of SEOs who actively monitor the internet for unlinked mentions and outreach straight away. This annoys publishers, who are in turn less likely to link out. It's therefore worth intentionally leaving a bit of time between the initial mention and your link request.


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