Tips on How to Increase Backlinks

Many bloggers are not aware that BACKLINKS are essential in order to rank high in Google. To know the basics, I strongly suggest that you read this article – What is a Backlink?

It’s easy to increase your backlinks BUT you have to do some leg work. It’s not something that you can do in just a day or two and then leave it all up to chance. You have to work on it and must do it regularly. If you want to have a successful site or blog that can also make you some money, continue reading below.

These are some tips on how you can increase your Backlinks:

  • Commenting on other blogs –   for me this deserves the top spot.  It’s easy if you know how exactly to do it. I have read many articles related to this one and most of them agrees that this is the easiest but most effective way to build inbound links.

One comment is already considered a backlink to your site. Search for sites with high Pagerank and is related to your niche. Read some of the author’s posts and then comment. Now, try to be more creative. Give your honest opinion or views about the post, give suggestions or recommendations, all in a polite manner. There’s no use in using foul language or irrelevant comments, or the usual “great post” and “nice info” practice. Instead give it quality and related to the topic. Choose your words wisely because other bloggers may read it too. If they see an “intelligent ” commentator, they might be interested in what you do and click your link. Do not spam. Putting links all over your comment is a no-no. It’s just a waste of your time because the author will delete it or it will go directly to their spam box.

Aside from commenting on sites with high Pageranks, do not forget to check if the sites are DoFollow. Most often than not, DoFollow sites have an icon or small banner on their sidebar (look at my sidebar) which says “DoFollow Blog” or “U Comment I Follow”. These are sites that could give you link love when you comment on their posts. Another way to know if a site is a DoFollow or NoFollow, you can install Search Status for free.

This blog is a DoFollow, so you can comment on this post later and I will share with you some link juice.

  • Submit Articles to Directories –  This is another great way to get backlinks. You can submit your articles to different directories like Ezine Articles, Articles Base or Go Articles, provided you write unique and quality articles related to your niche. These sites have high Pageranks. Submit regularly, to establish your presence. Submit to as many directories as you can. You can leave your website url and some information about what you do or what you can offer. Make it appealing and interesting so that the reader will want to click your link to know more about you.
  • Post in Forums –  Look for Forums that are related to your niche. Establish your presence by helping other posters with their queries. Of course, you have to know what you are talking about. Give sound advices or opinions. Some forums allow posters to attach their signatures after each post. Make sure you include your website link.
  • Exchanging Links –  though some probloggers do not practice this, it’s also a way to get backlinks.  This tip is not as easy as you think, unless of course you’re a close friend of a blog owner who has a high Pagerank.  Some would even think that it’s like you’re begging for a backlink. If you’re dead set on creating inbound links, you may contact the site owner and ask if they could place your link on their site and you will do the same. Do not concentrate on just doing this, because Google doesn’t like too much exchanging of links.
  • Social Bookmarking and Social Networking sites –  it’s best to have the Top Social Bookmarking icons after each posts. Like the one I have down below. If a reader likes your post, they might want to share it with other people they know by clicking their desired social bookmark.

The same with Social Networking sites. It’s free advertising for your site. People will click the link that was shared and instant traffic to your site.

I use these tips too, well most of it. I’m hoping that in the next Google update, there will be an increase in my PR.

Just a few more reminders though. I keep on repeating, “related to your niche”, because building links that are irrelevant to your site is pointless. People interested in pets may not be that responsive in placing your link on their site if you differ in niche. So try to stay clear of sites that are not relevant to yours. Do not associate with the bad neighborhood or spammy sites or link farms. These sites will get you nowhere.

What is a Backlink?

Every serious blogger knows that backlinking is one important aspect that search engines like Google look for when ranking a site. If you want to increase your site’s popularity and page rank, then read on and be informed.

First, you need to know a few things before you start building backlinks. It must be done naturally if you don’t want Google to penalize you. As always, I’m making this post as simple to understand as possible, so even newbies could easily pick up and implement.

What Is A Backlink?

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A Backlink is an inbound link from another site to your site. It is a link  that could lead other people to your site or blog thus creating traffic or probable sales.  Let’s say your niche is all about “making money online”, you should build backlinks of the same niche as yours. It would be pointless to have a link from a “blog design” site as this is irrelevant to your site. Remember that relevant sites will somehow drive traffic to your site when your link is clicked. People would be more interested to check you out if you share the same interests. One quality backlink is already one vote for you site. The more the better ranking you will receive.

But it isn’t just about quality. The QUANTITY of backlinks that you have will determine your site’s popularity and importance on the web. The PageRank number rates your site’s popularity. The higher PR you get, the more popular your site will be. So you need to work on getting a lot of backlinks if you want to rank high next update.

Google refreshes page rankings every three months. The first quarter update was done last April.  New sites will have to wait 3 months to get the rankings they deserve. If  after the update you  are still ranked N/A or Zero (0),  it’s either your backlinks are not enough to get you a rank or you have linked to irrelevant or bad sites. You have another 3 months to build links the right way. Try and accumulate more backlinks as you can before the next release of Google’s quarterly update.

Backlink building is free and easy to do but you have to constantly work on it. I say again, do it NATURALLY. That means you don’t get involved with sites that promises you a thousand backlinks for a price. This can hurt your site’s rankings. It can’t be done overnight and you have to do some leg work if you want to make it right.

Create high quality contents as this is also important in order to rank high. As much as possible, build links with sites with high PageRank numbers but keep in mind that it has to be related or closely matching your niche or else you just wasted your time.

Remember, backlinks will drive traffic to your site. Make sure you are linked with the good  sites and not related to “bad neighborhood” sites.