Understanding SEO Backlink Building For High Google Ranking (SEO Guide For Beginner Bloggers)

Want to learn what link building is all about and easy link building strategies to increase search engine ranking, get more SEO traffic and increase your website authority? This link building for beginners post will answer all your back-link building questions and also show you the simple yet effective, free link building techniques you can start using today.

I’ve heard some of my readers say they want their company/ small business website to rank on Page 1 for a certain keyword in their industry/ niche but they seem never to get close to the page 1 Google position. Get more backlinks and you’ll see the rankings significantly improve, assuming that you’ve did a good On-Page SEO (good keywords in the right places).

What Is Link Building?

Many beginners ask ‘what is link building’? seo link building strategiesLink building is a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) process of increasing a website’s popularity and authority, in the eyes of the search engines (and humans) by deliberately placing links to pages/ posts in your website from as many external websites as possible. However, natural link building processes happen, whereby other people, at will “talk about” your website and also link to it, from their own websites and through social sharing.

What Is a Backlink?

Simply put, backlinks or links (for short) are in-bound/ incoming links to your website from an external website. The search engines generally regard a backlink as votes by one website for another. Thus, the more “votes” you get, the more popular your website is and the more authority it has.

You have a backlink when another website mentions your site and also links to a page or post on your website. You can go to another website and personally place your website link there, OR someone else may do that (if they like your post).

What’s Link Building Got To Do With SEO?

SEO is the “conscious act or practice” of getting your website to become more visible and easy to find (than your competitors’) on the search engines. That is, SEO influences your chances of getting better search engine rankings for any particular keyword.

SEO is two-pronged: the On-Page SEO and the Off-page SEO. On-Page SEO is “playing” with what’s on your website pages and posts in order to get better search engine (Google) rankings WHILE Off-Page SEO is about other website linking to pages and posts on your website.

While you do not have total control over who links to (mentions) your website from their articles or pages, website owners try to “help themselves” by creating articles and web pages from external sites purposely to create links that will point back to pages and posts in their own websites. That is what link building is all about.

This post is the first in the series for blogging beginners to better understand what backlinks are and explore simple steps for any beginner to build backlinks, in order to taking control of their Off-page SEO.

Note that a step by step On-Page SEO for beginners has been covered in details, in previous posts, where we discussed the concepts of keyword research, how to conduct keyword research and finally where and how to place keywords in your articles. In case you missed those posts, you can read them here:

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Why Do You Need to Build Links?

The four reasons for building links, below, also answer the questions “does link building work, and how”, ‘why should I build a link’ and “how is link building beneficial to a site”?

Link Building Reason #1: Every external (in-bound) link is regarded as a vote for that page/ post that is linked to. The more in-bound link you get is a sign of increasing popularity of your web page (post or page on your site) as well as your web site.

Reason #2: To influence positioning on the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs); the higher your search ranking, the more traffic (and buyers) you’re likely to get. So, your On-Page SEO+Off-Page SEO contribute to your search engine ranking and if you’ve done your On-Page SEO and want to move up to the top search ranking position, get more backlinks – that’s the secret.

Reason #3: Every back link contributes to your page’s rank (PR) number, which starts from PR0 to PR10, with 10 PR being the highest. Websites with high PR are regarded as having higher authority, in the eyes of the search engines (and humans too) because it’s believed that they earned the votes (and trust too) of many other websites.

Link Building Reason #4: You’ll get more traffic because you’ll be putting your blog right in front of a diverse audience (of other people) and their readers are likely to click to see what you’ve got on your website. And more visitors = lower (good) Alexa rank which indicates increasing web authority.

*What is Page Rank (PR)? Page Rank is a measure of a web page’s importance. Every web page on a website (including the home page) has a PR rating. You can check your website’s PR, as well as each page and post PR by installing the free SeoQuake (for Firefox or Chrome browsers).

CAVEAT: Backlinks plus the right keywords placed in the right places on your web pages are only 2 out of hundreds of the factors that search engines use to rank websites on the search pages. However, the secret is in taking charge of those that you can control (and influence), as it eally do work.

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How Can You Build Links Effectively, For Free?

Here is 16 good and effective sources of free backlinks. In the follow-up post, you will discover, step by step, exactly how to go about each method.

  1. Social bookmarking: That is sharing your posts on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon etc
  2. Commenting on related blogs: You already know this, start by leaving me a comment below:)
  3. Forum signature and posting: Create your signature (containing your blog URL) on all the forums you’re a member.
  4. Q & A sites: Answer questions and link your post as a source
  5. Press Release submission: Write press releases, from time to time, and include your blog links
  6. Article submission on article directories: Write articles and add your blog links
  7. Guest blogging on related (or competitors’) sites
  8. Write articles on Web 2.0 sites (such as Squidoo and Hubpages)
  9. Website Listings and Directory Submissions: Add your blog to website directories you find, including DMOZ, Yahoo
  10. Profile links: Add your blog links on all your Social Media profiles – this is easy to forget (I made that mistake in the past). Kristi Hines of Kikolani.Com wrote a detailed tutorial here on how to build SEO links from your social media profiles.
  11. RSS submission: Submit your blog feed URL to RSS Directories like Feedage.com
  12. Submit articles on Blog Carnivals in your niche
  13. Blogroll / Link Exchange: Have another blogger add your blog on their blog sidebar (blogroll)
  14. Website Reviews: Have your site reviewed by another blogger
  15. Get Interviewed: If you get someone to interview you, they’ll add your site link on the post page
  16. Search engine submissions: Submit your website URL to the top 3 – Google, Bing and Yahoo

Now, here’s a little secret: On-Page SEO + Off-Page SEO = Google Page 1 Ranking

  • On-Page SEO = keyword research and keyword placement
  • Off-Page SEO = link building

There are only 10 spots on page 1 of any search engine, and websites on page 1 get over 70% of the traffic searching (and sales from browsers) for their competing search terms. If your competitors have all done good On-Page SEO, you may find your web page or post hanging on a spot. When this happens, get more backlinks.

*NOTE: In follow-up posts, we’ll learn how to build backlinks, step by step, with each of the above methods.

How to Build BackLinks When You Don’t Have The Time

What if you’re busy and run an offline (or online) business that does not have the time or a blogging or SEO staff to do your link building in-house?

Next Steps: Action Items For You

That’s it on today’s topic “Understanding SEO Link Building“.  Subscribe to my announcement list to stay tuned for the part 2 to discover the steps to start building back links to your website using the above methods and some others.

In the mean time, I’ll want you to go out there and practice link building, using at least 3 of the above methods that are quick to do:

1.) Write one post each on HubPages.com and Squidoo.com, with a link back to your website
2.) Find 2 Forums on your website’s theme and setup a profile and signature. Find 2 topics to contribute to, two or three times a week.
3.) Sign up with these Blog-Bookmarking sites: Blogengage.com, BizSugar.com, BlogInteract.com and Blokube.Com AND start submitting your new and old posts there.

5.) COMMENT: Leave me a feedback on this post, let me know which of the above 3 action item tasks you have completed and don’t be shy to ask, if you ever get stuck while practicing:)

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Coming Next – More On Link Building

  • Step by step tutorial on how to build backlinks easily (many methods)
  • Best Link Building Practices
  • Simple and Free Time Saving Tools For Building Backlinks
  • Indepth tutorial on each of the above link building methods
  • Quality vs quality link building – which one is more effective?
  • Manual vs automated link building
  • Link building tools – would you need them?
  • Examining top free and paid link building tools
  • Should you outsource link building – why, how and where?
  • What are the top affordable link building services for businesses on budget?

As usual, thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the comment side. Don’t forget to help me share this post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+1, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn – it’s easy with the one-click buttons above left and down below:)

 

Yours in mastering link building,

Stella

78 thoughts on “Understanding SEO Backlink Building For High Google Ranking (SEO Guide For Beginner Bloggers)”

  1. Your backlinking strategies are excellent. they work well as a reference and reminder for old-timers, too.Here are two things that I am doing to get more backlinks. One is our commenting tribe. I love the comments I get because I am finally hearing some feedback from someone besides the people I work with.

    1. Thanks, Rash.

      I used comment tribe quite a bit in the beginning, and now do sometimes – I found it very helpful especially to build popularity of a new website. I’m glad you’re seeing results from participating.

  2. Thanks Stella for words of wisdom for the bloggers, website owners and even for SEO professionals. All said in one single post, that’s brilliant.

  3. Hi stella.

    It is really super body posts that can be used. I am only unhappy that I now have many hours of work after I read this.

    So many good places to build links that I had not thought of.

  4. Hi Stella,

    Great post! SEOMoz recently had a great post titled “How Google Makes Liars Out of the Good Guys”. It’s all about the tough crossroads the SEO industry is facing, relative to the fact that optimized anchor text still works extremely well during link building campaigns. While building out quality content and establishing a community is important in SEO, links are still an incredibly important factor in the entire SEO picture.

    – Tommy

    1. Thanks Tommy, for the thumbs up.

      I’m gonna check out SEOMoz for that post you mentioned. I’m a huge fan of their blog.

      You;re right – optimized anchor text still works but one thing I noticed, since the onset of Google Panda, is that it pays better to significantly vary your anchor texts. So, literally, over-optimization gives someone away as clearly focused more on SEO than on the user experience.

      Thanks for your contribution and that SEOMoz post (me like it).

  5. Hi Stella, I just found your Site from blokube. Just want to say i am newbie in Blogging Arena.
    It will really help me to get good PR and Exposer also By This Tutorial .
    Thanks for this Wow Post.

    1. Welcome to my blog, Amit. I am sure you’ll find tons of helpful tutorials for beginner bloggers here.

      Do let me know if you ever have any questions as you read the posts.

      Cheers!

  6. Stella-

    Thanks for the great overview. I am just starting to build links and do some real SEO. This article cleared up a lot of questions I have. I noticed you didn’t speak about directories. Are they still relevant and how can I utilize them?

    thanks!

    1. I’m glad that this post helped you, Sean.

      In number 9, I mentioned “Website Listings and Directory Submission” – so you see, I didn’t omit building links via blog / sites directories. Yes, they’re still relevant today.

  7. A great post Stella. I have been trying to increase my traffic and have read other articles on backlinking, but your post makes more sense to me as a beginner. I am bookmarking this and will refer to it often as a valued resource. Thanks again.

    1. Welcome here, Steve, and thanks for reading.

      I’m glad to hear that this link building tutorial was helpful to you. Makes my day!

      I’m sure you’ll also enjoy the other SEO beginner posts I wrote, also made easy to understand like this one. You can find them by clicking here: SEO articles for beginners.

  8. Hi Stella – I came to your site while making a Do Follow CommentLuv blog list to publish on my site (you’ll be on it – great blog!).
    You rocked the 15 backlink sources but I question the social bookmarking. Are you talking about Twitter and Facebook or sites like Folkd? I ask because I recently discontinued using OnlyWire after finding that after hundreds of submissions I didn’t gain a single backlink, even after pinging each link manually.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Michael, and welcome here:)

      Yes, I meant social media sites like the ones you mentioned.

      The question you asked is really on point, and one of the topics I plan to write in follow-up to this link building tutorial series.

      The fact is that not all backlinks that we spent time to build get noticed/ counted by search engines. The reason is that some do not get indexed – this happens with any kind of backlinking – comment backlinks, article backlinks etc – not only social bookmarking.

      That’s why some marketers are using indexing tools that promise to help you get your backlinks indexed. However, you can do those manually too, by copying the links to every backlink you create and pinging them. If you have time, you can mash them all up and create a single RSS feed url out of those backlink pages html links. Then you submit the single RSS feed URL to RSS directories.

      Pinging alone is okay. I must tell you that even I, sometimes forget to do that, but when I remember, I enter my backlink URL into a notepad and at the end of the day/ week, I ping them all in one batch.

      Let me know if this answer helps. And thanks for including me in your DoFollow CommentLuv List – I hope you’ll give me a shoutout when it’s done.

  9. well written article, thanks for sharing this valuable information.
    Keep on posting.

    Thanks,
    Leema.

  10. I just want to say I’m beginner to blogging and site-
    building and really savored your web site. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your website . You actually have
    tremendous posts. Appreciate it for sharing your website.

  11. Stella,

    You always do an excellent job in everything you do. This is a great post explaining clearly why people should work hard to get backlinks. I am going to make it a effort to come here as much a possible.

    Keep up the good work here!

    Mike Cleveland

    1. Hey Mike, good to see you around. Happy new year!

      I’m glad you liked this post, and thanks for your compliment there. Much appreciated.

      I’ll be looking forward to seeing you around more.

  12. I really to find more on this subject I have subscribe to check. Also, splendid article. I want to read more of the columns on this wonderful website. more power and good luck

  13. I was not sure about which website to confirm and then I saw your blog and it really proved to be helpful to me. The content is great and easy to apply. Please post some more topics related to it.

  14. You mentioned here all the methods of link building.I am also using Onlywire free version but it is limited.But the results from it is
    quite good.

    1. Good to know that you’ve been on top of your game:) Onlywire is an automated tool for building links through social bookmarking (listed as number one in this post. I agree, even the free version helps you to social-bookmark over 20 social media sites in a few minutes.

  15. This is a great post, Stella, especially for people who are just starting out in the blogging world, as well people who are seasoned vets in the blogging world. I’ve learned a ton from this post. I wasn’t familiar with the whole page rank thing. I heard people talk about it but didn’t know what it meant or even how to find out my site’s PR. After reading this post, I was able to learn about it and discover my blog’s PR.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome, Etieno.

      You got the point – this post was written as a startup guide for people who are just starting to blog. It was like I wrote it for me-back-then, recognizing that many others may be trying to figure out what backlinks are and why should you build links. There are lots of posts on how to build links but then it helps when people know the whats and whys.

      I’m glad that this post helped put some SEO things straight for you – thanks for the feedback, and double thanks for sharing this post with your blog readers – much appreciated:)

      You’ve got an impressive Page Rank (PR) of 3 – good job, man.

      1. Thanks Stella. I’ve worked very hard to be at that page rank and of course it has been through the tips & tricks that I learn from people like yourself who continue to give fantastic and unbelievable value for free.

        Thanks again!

        1. Hard work pays, doesn’t it? I’m so happy for your progress. I’ve been following your blog and you seem to be one of the best MLM bloggers that are providing genuine value to their readers. Keep up the good work:)

  16. Hey Stella,

    Excellent post! I was just curious as to your take these days on RSS backlinks? I have been using them not really as a main backlinking tool but in order to get my other backlinks and sites indexed. Just wondering about your take on things! How about you?

    Ryan

    1. Hi Ryan:

      Good that you’re using RSS; it’s widely under-used by many. I love it because it serves multiple purposes – backlinks, traffic, repeat visitors (who subscribe to your feed) and fast indexing. The best part of it all is that you only submit your RSS Feed URl once and it will auto-update at those sites whenever you publish a new post. Since those RSS directories are indexed by the minute, it helps get one’s blog indexed fast.

      To answer your question, Ryan – I use RSS for ALL those goodness it offers – backlinks, traffic and fast indexing:). I don’t repeatedly often since it’s a set-it-and-forget-it process. When I first started this blog, I noticed my posts were not being indexed fast, sometimes even days after I published a new post. So, I used RSS to help get my posts indexed and now my new posts get indexed fast without me submitting my feed to new RSS directories. I guess those I did in the past are still working.

  17. Thank you for sharing this informative post. I really learned so much from you. I,m a newbie in this business and your tips really helped me a lot to understand more the importance of back linking… Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome, Cherry:) I have a passion for beginners, because I hard a hard time finding good stuff in one place, in my beginner days; and so I wanted to be abridge for a couple of newbies.

  18. hi stella, great post, as always. i love how clear and step by step you are in helping me to understand exactly what I can do to improve my link building. makes life easier. thanks, jessa

  19. Hi Stella,
    You’ve done a great job explaining how to build links. It’s a little bit hard to figure out what methods work better than others. It’s a very time consuming process, so the techniques you recommend helps streamline the process. Thanks!

    1. I know, Joseph. That’s why I thought to start the backlink building series, by answering the beginner’s fecundation questions. All backlink methods work but the best thing is to have a backlinking plan and dedicate one method for a period, after which you take another method.

  20. Hi Stella,

    I just discovered your blog. Great post you got! You completely explained the basics of back link building and whats its relation to SEO. A very good thing that i like are the 4 main reasons you mentioned in building back links. With all those, every website/blogsite owners should need to work on their back links building to have a good PR and high traffic.

    Truly very informative and so useful!

    Thanks,

    -Gary-

    1. Welcome to my blog, Gary. This blog is beginner friendly. I try to start every topic with the idea that my ideal reader may want to understand the basics first, as well as the whys and whats.

      I’m glad you got something from reading this post.

      Come around some more:)

  21. Hello, I came upon this article by chance, and I must say I am delighted it happened. A few weeks back I tried to find some information about what back-linking was, but the explanations I found were not as clear as yours. This one is clear and concise enough so I can link to this page when someone asks me about back-links and SEO. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome. I’, glad that you could get to learn more about backlinks and how they work.

      Sure, go ahead and link to this post and share it with others. I look forward to seeing you read the follow up posts on different ways to build good links to your website.

  22. Hi Stella. its first time i am visiting your blog and found it very nice. The tips you have included in the post are just Woww..!!
    You have described completely and thats very good thing of any blog post. completeness always pays. You got one more regular reader because I am gonna visit your site daily from now to get interesting tips from here. Thanks for the super nice share.
    I think we should do link- building very carefully. most of the time people missed to consider Internal link building and that is also a big mistake. we should consider internal link building too.

    1. Hi Atish:

      Welcome to my blog, and thanks for your awesome remark about this ‘link building’ post. You rock!

      You’re right about internal linking not quite emphasized and practiced as much as external link building. It’s that important, and if done right, with a few external links, you can spread the Page Rank (PR) juice to many internal pages without directly linking (every single internal page) to external backlinks.

      Once again, thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing you around some more:) Enjoy your day!

  23. I’ve used almost all of your bookmarking methods. I think the most efficient methods are article marketing, social bookmarking and blog commenting. You do have to take the time to write good content for each of these methods, but the time is well spent.

    1. Thanks Richard – article marketing is great because you get contextual (in-line) backlinks, which is good quality links. Sure, writing good articles will help one get other people sharing your posts – hence, free backlinks.

  24. I have understood more on search engine optimization and back links thanks to this post. I have actually also learned how to get back links to a site using various methods. SEO is a popular way to get more visitors to your site and if used wisely can generate a lot of traffic. Wonderful post.

  25. Very nice overview of the most effective practices. I’ve found that squidoo, in particular, has been quite effective for SEO purposes. Of course, putting together a popular squidoo lens takes a lot more effort than forum posting, but, in my experience, it’s well worth the effort. Thanks, again, for what’s a pretty comprehensive list all in one place.

    1. You’re right – backlinks from Squidoo and HubPages are effective, from my personal tests.

      I know what you mean about Squidoo lens – it has a small learning curve and getting used for a beginner but after a few lenses, you’ll get used to it.

  26. Stella ,there is lot of information in this blog post , you explained very clearly how to get backlinks and offpage optimization methods in SEO,it helps a lot for new webmasters and bloggers

  27. Stella, there’s lot of info for free in this post. I like the way you’ve presented it. One of the most common link building mistakes people make is building links for one keyword only (usually their own name or their blog’s name or any one major keyword). This is bad in Google’s eyes!

    1. Wow – what brings a problogger to my little corner of the WWW. Good to see you around, Jane:)

      Thanks for your feedback – that means a lot to me.

      You’re right about backlinks without keywords as anchor text. I think that is very common among beginners. I made that mistake as a new blogger, especially with blog commenting backlinks. I also made the mistake of using one keyword to link back from articles I wrote. Having learnt from those mistakes, I hope to cover those in the follow-up to this link building post.

      I appreciate your rich contribution to this topic. Again, thanks for taking the time to visit me.

      I’ve never had a chance to tell you that I liked what you recently did on your blog – the renaming and un-bundling the niches to separate websites. Awesome! However, your method of starting off by housing all of them in one place is not bad, for any new blogger who wants to build contents first.

  28. Thanks again Stella. We are just launching our web site and plan to use some of the methods listed here to gain some popularity and gather a following. I’m interested in blog carnivals, so that would be a great topic to blog more about and maybe even have a user-provided list of carnival opportunities.

    1. You’re welcome, Tanya.

      I’m glad you already have plans to use link building strategies to gain popularity to your new blog – well said:) Since you are interested in participating in blog carnivals, you can find a list of many upcoming carnivals on a variety of topics and industry here “blogcarnival.com”.

      By the way, I just checked out your blog – it looks great. I left you a comment on your commentluv post:)

  29. Stella, you’ve given us lots of useful information. I’ve been blogging for awhile, but I never really cared about SEO, except for the odd tutorial. I’ll “play” around with it, though, because it’s actually FUN.

    LOL. I need to get out more.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    1. Hi Mitchell:

      Thanks, thanks for coming around. Much appreciated.

      I’m glad you found this link building tutorial useful:) I suggest you start paying attention to SEO; it’s well worth it. By the way, it’s not as hard as they (some SEO experts) make it seem – I was so scared of it, until I took a shot – for the sake of getting hands-free traffic. You can get significant results, even with basic SEO.

      Hey bro, you are so good at crafting dem “funky headlines” _ I’m curious to know about “the teen-aged mutant emailer”. Off to read it.

      1. Thank you, Stella! I will start paying more attention to SEO. But I will always prefer to raise the CQ – Curiosity Quotient – of the casual reader.

        I made that up by the way. LOL.

        Cheers,

        Mitch

        1. Hey Mitch – good to see you:)

          If you play a balance between SEO and CQ, it will be in the interest of those prospective readers who are really “searching” for you.

          Personally, I try to do a bit of both, not really into competitive (research) SEO when it comes to blog posts – I tend to stop at finding a cluster of (LSI) keywords and using them to replace some of my own phrases. It’s only in some review content cases that I do competitive research, which is the tedious part of SEO.

          When I saw that CQ, I remembered that you have a knack for generating “funky phrases” and headlines. Enjoy your weekend!

  30. Hi Stella!
    You always make me feel like I still have so much to know about blogging. Fortunately, you have a gift to put all this tech stuff in layman’s terms so I know it won’t be such a difficult task to catch up.

    1. Thanks Gustavo:)

      I appreciate your feedback and that means a lot to me, coming from you.

      I always feel that there are people just starting to use blogging to drive their business and keeping it at layman’s terms will help them get ahead fast, although I know some of the simple things would be too elementary for experienced bloggers.

      You’re doing fine at your blog – we all have one or two things to learn and implement. Every blogger’s blog is a work-in-progress, even veteran bloggers. So take your time:)

    1. You’re welcome Ikenna. I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

      That’s why we blog – to “demystify” online marketing for small and home business owners. I bet you remembered how long and hard you searched for simple steps to get started with your blog and business online. There are lots of offline businesses now taking their businesses online and simplifying how to get backlinks will help them get to the next steps, you know.

      I’m happy about the progress you have made at your blog – awesome. I’ve been following some of your cool posts and must say – you’re doing pretty good. BTW, I like your new blog design.

      Thanks for coming around, reading and commenting:)

  31. Thanks for the descriptive and easy to understand explanation of how linking and SEO works.
    I am currently spending alot of time on backlinking and would love to find an easier ( right ) way.

    1. You’re welcome, Brenda. I’m glad that this “Link building for beginners” post was useful to you.

      Good to know that you’ve already started building backlinks. The follow-up posts in the “link building tutorials” series will cover different ways of building backlinks and I will try my best to make it easy to understand and practical too. I hope you’ll stay tuned for part 2:)

      Thanks for coming by to read. See you in part 2:)

  32. Hi Stella,

    Your backlinking strategies are excellent for beginners; they work well as a reference and reminder for old-timers, too.

    One strategy I had slacked off on is writing for article directories. EzineArticles.com was annoying earlier this year with sending one specific article back time and time again, so I turned my attention to other things. (I never did figure out what their problem was with the article. I’ve had various others approved and in circulation.)

    At any rate, you’ve certainly reminded me to do s bit more article marketing.

    While I do participate in forums, again your tips serve as a reminder to be more active. Generally, I’m more likely to participate in those associated with a product or service I use. I can think of a few that I should join pronto.

    Good stuff, Coach Stella!

    1. Hey Vernessa – good to see you around:)

      Thanks for your feedback and I’m glad that this post served to remind ProBloggers like you to build more backlinks:)

      On EzineArticles, I remember I read that your post where you shared your saga with a particular article approvals there. I know how that can feel – demoralizing especially not knowing the reasons for the article not getting approved. Are you using other top article directories too? Perhaps submit that particular article elsewhere and do new ones at ezinearticles. My “beef” with ezinearticles is just that I get lower traffic than the other article sites. However, I also need to write some more there – Marlon Sanders left me a comment on one of my article writing posts, saying that he did an experiment and ezinearticles continues to send more traffic many years after and that other article sites decline in traffic.

      I’m glad to know that you participate in forums – hope you got your profile and signature setup with your back-links?

      Again, thanks for taking the time to visit my little corner of the WWW – you are the coach, you know.

  33. Stella – you have such a gift for laying out these topics in a simple and digestible way.

    I agree that backlinks are a super important area to get a grasp of. Coupled with leverage from some careful keyword research and basic on-page SEO, a simple backlink building campaign can yield awesome results (page 1 or #1 rankings, for example!)

    I’ve done all the three starting methods you mention, though I have to confess I haven’t touched hub pages or Squidoo for a long time. Once I’ve gotten the changes and foundation sorted on my blog, I may well have to put a little time into building links on those sites (thanks for the reminder!)

    1. Hey, Good to see you around, Jym:) Thanks for your feedback – that means a lot to me, coming from you:) THANK YOU!

      You know as bloggers, we learn how to do a task and can easily forget that there are a lot of newbies starting to use blogging to drive an existing or new businesses AND it’s easy to assume many already know how to. I have a section of readers who are beginners and posts like these are for them:)

      I know you’re good with your SEO especially since your blog restructuring. That’s great. I’m glad that this post is a reminder to probloggers like you, to start building more diverse links.

      I just read your batching method for productivity – I’m a huge fan. Left you a comment:)

  34. Stella,

    You have done a magnificent job of explaining things that I am still struggling with.

    Here are two things that I am doing to get more backlinks. One is our commenting tribe. I love the comments I get because I am finally hearing some feedback from someone besides the people I work with.

    The other thing can be done for free or by paying. It’s OnlyWire. We still haven’t gotten it to work correctly, but many people have liked it and we are going to get training one of these days.

    Thanks again for the great information. Please keep submitting more.–Annie

    1. Thanks, Ann – I’m glad you found this Link Building tips post useful for you. I’m sure you’ll find the follow-up post also helpful.

      1.) Cool – you’ve already started with the method of building backlinks through blog commenting. The comment tribe helps a great deal to find interesting blogs to enjoy and also get backlinks from (as a bonus).

      2.) Onlywire is great – you can start with the free version. If you let me know exactly where you are at, with Onlywire, it would help me to suggest what you should do to get ahead with it. However, it’s simple – once you setup an account free at OnlyWire, next thing is to click on “Services” and then enter your username and password under each of the social bookmarking sites. Once you do that, you’re done – then you can click on “post” any time you want to share a post on those sites.

      The only thing is that it may take a few days to setup account all all the social media sites supported by Onlywire. However, even if you setup 3 today, you can start posting while you setup others from time to time.

      Hope that helps?

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