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If something has remained constant in the ranking algorithm of search engines all throughout these years, it’s the number and quality of backlinks.
It goes without saying that the higher the number of backlinks you get from reputed sites, the higher the chances of getting in the top 10 rankings of Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs).
5 Top Ways to Build Quality Backlinks to Start With
It is as essential to build good backlinks as it is to publish great content on your blog in order to make it a huge hit, if not more. Hence, today we will have a look at some awesome ways to build quality backlinks for your website.
1. Answers on Yahoo Answers and Quora
These sites are a hub of targeted traffic. People who come to these sites are looking for some specific answer which they did not get from the search engines. Not only will you build links, but you will also get organic traffic.
While there are many sites where people post their queries and experts resolve them, Yahoo Answers and Quora the most popular ones. Find questions in categories relevant to your skills or services. For questions whose answers you know, post a short description with a link to your blog.
2. Questions on Yahoo Answers and Quora
This can really prove to be an innovative way to build backlinks. Place a link to your blog and ask a question such that it will tempt or necessitate others to go through your blog.
On Quora, you can request veterans to answer your question. Many users have a huge fan following and if you request them to answer, the chances are high that your question will get higher visibility. If you posted original content, then people might like it and cite it as a reference, giving you backlinks further still.
With this tactic, you are bound to get high-quality backlinks and visitors who will tend to spend a longer amount of time on your website, thus reducing bounce rates.
3. Utilize Social Media
No marketing campaign is complete without social media. Post links to your blog or websites on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest etc. However, you should work on building communities on these sites so that apart from a backlink, you also get a great amount of traffic.
4. Influencer Marketing
Create an awesome article with a genuine intent to serve your readers while sharing the knowledge that you gain as you grow in your career. Request influencers in your industry to go through it and place a link to your blog on their site in case they find it useful and would like to share it with their readers. You too can offer a link back to their blog in return.
5. Guest Post
Grab an opportunity to guest post on reputed sites like Search Engine Journal and KissMetrics, etc. Link juice from these sites will flow to your blog and also add credibility to your brand.
16 More Common Ways to Build Quality Backlinks
Below are some of the more commonly used link building methods. Most of them are conventional and represent the “low-hanging fruit” of link building. Thus, they are used by a large section of the SEO fraternity and Bloggers.
Provide answers in relevant threads of DoFollow forums and embed a link to your blog in your replies and in your profile signature.
7. Comment Posting
Post your feedback, advice, appreciation or opinion in the form of comments on blogs in your niche with a link to your site. If you post an honest review, not only will people appreciate your effort, but also you will see a spike in your website traffic.
8. Blog Directories
Submit your blog to the top blog directories. Dmoz is one of the most reputed ones. Most directories use this directory and it should give you plenty of backlinks.
9. RSS Directories
Simply submit your RSS feed to RSS directories.
10. Business Directories
Submit your site to local business directories, like the Yellow Pages. Also, try to get a link from various Chambers of Commerce.
Submit your images to image directories and keep a link to you blog in the copyright text. In this way, you can use Flickr to drive traffic to your website, for example.
12. Interlink Your Articles
While reading an article, visitors might want to know more about related topics. Hence, embed links to your other articles. This is also regarded as a good SEO practice. You may notice that this has been done throughout this article. 😉
13. Provide Freebies
Give away free resources, like eBooks, plugins, coupon codes, HTML templates or free downloads of an app for a trial period.
14. Interview Influencers
Interview industry leaders in your niche. Request that they share the link in their social networks. It is highly probable that their fans and others will also share your link. This can give a huge boost to your traffic and reinforce your brand as well.
15. Use Squidoo and Stumbleupon
Use these sites to promote your blog or website.
16. Links from Authority sites.
Whenever possible, try to get links from .edu and .gov sites. Google highly regards links from these sites.
Create a Wikipedia page of your website and provide detailed information about products or services you provide.
18. Media Websites
Network on sites like Help a Reporter Out. Try to get featured on media websites like The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times.
19. Share your Story
Share your journey or success story with sites like My Startup Story or Entrepreneur.
20. Press Release
Send out press releases about important updates to your blog.
Ask your clients to put a referral link to your site on their websites.
Building backlinks using outdated, conventional methods may sometimes jeopardize your ranking because if Google finds a lot of links coming from sites that are irrelevant to your niche, you may get penalized.
If you want to get the maximum organic traffic without taking up too much of your time and resources, you should try something that will look natural to the search engines that’s not much used in practice.
There are number of ways to build quality backlinks for your website. However, I have tried to keep it short and sweet so you can digest it and take action right away.
Do you have some interesting, innovative ways to build high quality backlinks to your website that are not mentioned in this list?
Please feel free to let us all know in the comments section below. 🙂
About the Author
Adam Ostopowich is a small business consultant with more than a decade of experience in the Calgary Web Design industry. He has also a great knowledge on the online business strategy and the role of the consumers in the success of any business.
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