September 3, 2010

How to Get Good Backlinks for Your Blog or Website to Increase Traffic

Today we talk Backlinks. Now, I'm going to make a stretch today, in that I'm posting some info for my readers before I get to fully test it and post quantifiable results, but I think this will help many of the fellow bloggers following me. I will be following my own advice here, and will let you follow my steps and the results, but for now, a list of my plans will sufficiently help you out.

In order to begin a discussion on Backlinks, let me explain what they are. 'Backlinks' is an internet term for active links on other pages that lead back to your article, website, or blog. Good Backlinks from reputable sites are a major factor in determining your placement in search results, and can be the greatest tool in your bag for increasing your traffic. Proper focus on these tips will have your search rankings increasing in no time, and will beat a path for traffic to your "door" - so to speak.

The first option, and the easiest for blog followers, is to post comments on the many blogs you follow. Not only does this integrate you into a community and encourage other blog posters, but posts in comment boxes give you a way to direct people your way. Also of use are placing comments on newspaper articles, How-To websites, and webzines. By posting comments, you not only get to "introduce" yourself, but use that intro to essentially pass off your blog address for them to follow back. This is a really informal option that allows you to quickly fire off lots of links, but be careful not to seem too informal, lest you alienate your potential audience. Doing a simple Google search for the info your blog or site covers will give you an almost infinite list of sites, but this simple command can narrow that search to just sites that allow commenting. Just add this string after you search term:

"post OR add * comment OR comments"
Example: money "post OR add * comment OR comments"

One piece of advice here is to make sure not to Backlink yourself into a ton of link farms which spam tons of sites, as that could, itself, cause your search ranking to drop, and limit your traffic. Sites promising you traffic through Backlinks often are a barrier to the very thing you are using them for.

The next option for Backlinking is the more formal Forum Posting. There exists literally millions of forums out there asking for you to utilize them. Not only can you use these to place Backlinks, but the quality of your participation there can be invaluable in selling the link itself. Because forums are generally well-moderated communities, not only can you expect to find captive-but-active audiences, but also ones joined for the sole purpose of discussing the very content you wish to link them to. While forums generally require registration and are seldom anonomous, unlike many comment boxes, the extra effort pays off in greater visibility. Be sure to stay on topic and follow all forum rules if you and your link wish to be embraced. Also, the use of a signature for your account is an ideal place to house Backlinks for your content.

Another great option is product reviews at sites that sell products within your expertise. Showing your expertise is a great way to whet the appetite of your readers for a greater dose of your knowledge. While many sites do not allow links in their reviews (for obvious reasons), you can find some that do. Also, for the others, a little creativity goes a long way... be it generalities about your blog, links in your profile page, or other methods of sharing the info you wish to get out, the ability to target eyes of potential shoppers is a prize worth exerting yourself for.

The final method I will discuss here is one that seems so simple that it is genius. I admit when I first came across it, I was floored by the simplicity of it, especially in light of its success. I am talking about sites like Yahoo Answers. Finding questions worthy of your time can be tough in the idiocy there, but a good quality answer can be a life-long signpost to your door. Simply use the info from your blog to provide an answer, give the appropriate link, and viola! You've hired your own taxi to drive readers to your blog. Once you register to answer, remember to answer other questions not related to your work (plenty of simple choices, trust me) so that all your answers are not links to you. That would be a good way to have the privilege removed.

So, there are four new ways to get your Backlink network up and running. I'm off to start mine, and will follow up with my experiences and some hard data. Be sure to let me know what you are doing as well. That way, we can share success stories. Best of luck!




18 comments:

  1. This is pretty good advice. I should start implementing it soon as I don't think many of my followers are actually "following" me.

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  2. Genius. I'll have to try the yahoo answers approach, I like that. Good advice!

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  3. Interesting stuff
    How much money do you generate a month? (pm me or something if you don't want it publicized.

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  4. Very interesting. Thanks for the tips!

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  6. awesome, will keep those tips in mind

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  7. Thanks for the great advice once again

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  9. I'll try it out now!


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  10. Dat backlinking.

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  11. DAT LINKINGBLACKS?


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  12. sounds interesting, i wonder if i'll be able to apply it to my crap blog

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  13. I still don't know what a backlink is xfd
    I'm so ignorant

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  14. that's a wicked google search technique you got there :D

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