I sort of feel bad for Klout these days, you know with Pinterest being the site du jour for ego stroking and whatnot.
And while Klout is probably one of those sites you love to hate and hate to love, according to TechCrunch, the four-year-old Klout has over 100,000,000 users. So, the EgoNetwork does indeed have some clout.
One time Klout sent me a brand of pencil I think they said Ernest Hemingway used to gnaw on for inspiration. Other than that, Klout’s not done much for me, but I may have found the most redeeming, worthwhile thing about Klout—getting a followed link to my blog.
How to get a followed link from Klout in one simple step
This is not a hack. I don’t know anything about hacking or gaming systems, it’s just a random discovery.
To get a followed link from Klout, all I did was drop a link to this blog in my publically displayed Klout profile.
At first I didn’t believe Klout actually gave me a followed link, but sure enough the link to my blog is followed. And I have to thank John Doherty, a NYC-based SEO, for doing the technical research to validate my discovery that the link in the Klout profile is followed.
So if you already have a link to your blog or site in your public Klout profile, congrats, you’ve got yourself a followed link from a site with a Domain Authority of 87. If not, you know what to do next.
At some point in the future I expect Klout to either eliminate the ability for you to drop a link in your profile or they will add a no-follow attribute. But hey, get in on the fun while it lasts.
Oh, in case you’re not sure what a followed link is—a followed link to your site, in the eyes of Google, it's about as good as it gets.