45 Link Building Tips To Help You Promote Your Blog

by Janith

In an ever changing approach by bloggers to keep up with the Google SERP algorithms, many of us get carried away with our “SEO Techniques.” It’s not a surprise nor a shame, because without this experimentation, we are bound to hit a plateau in progress.

Unquestionably, even here at Blogussion – we try many new things, in combination with the old to help build on the traffic from search engines. Whether it be validating the site using the W3C Markup or just typing a new category-description, Search Engine Optimization is a never-ending process that evolves on a regular basis and it is our duty to keep up with it.

However, in trying new things – we shouldn’t forget that some techniques will never die out and must be practiced as regularly as possible. I would just like to outline 45 tips that will help you build quality back-links to your site, with minimal to no costs!

Quality back-links serve two main purposes. Firstly, it helps crawlers find and locate your site. Once this is accomplished, the search engine crawler goes about indexing your site. The next purpose; back-links help crawlers identify how important your blog really is.

The first purpose obviously only applies to new blogs, but the second one will still be valid even 10 years down the track. These back-links also help the Google Crawler to assign your pages with a Google PageRank. Simply to put, the more authoritative websites that are linked to your site, the more important it is perceived to be.

List of 45. Starts Here.

Getting Links for Writing Content

1. Write content that is useful – Writing resourceful content will always attract links, hands down. If you write an article that is overflowing with useful and resourceful information – people will link to it.

2. Don’t forget trackbacks – This handy feature for WordPress can be great way of returning the compliment for a dedicated link.

3. Remind your readers to link to you – After each posts, just throw in a quick reminder that your article can be socially bookmarked or linked to.

4. Make a Top “X” List – Alex’s post on “100 Lists To Become A Better Blogger” is the most successful post on Blogussion, to-date. This just goes to prove how much people love “lists posts” such as your “Top X [Something]”

5. Debunk a Myth – There’s only one thing better than coming up with an idea, is to prove someone else one wrong. People love opposition and to see a debate bubble up, so don’t be afraid to challenge other people’s opinions.

6. Write with a touch of conspiracy – Just reinforcing tip #5. If you can create that atmosphere of retaliation, it will always raise a few eyebrows.

7. Spread the Love – Dedicate a post or two per week to link to other blogger’s posts that you found useful. More often than not, they will tell their readers “Mr.X linked to my post, how cool!”

8. Trade articles with webmasters – Similar to guest posting, just swap articles with a fellow webmaster.

9. Release a Press Release – This guide shows you how to write + submit a good Press Release.

Freebies/Giveaways for Link-Baiting

10. Hold a contest with an incentive. Contests are great for link-baiting because when people talk about it, there will always be “Check it out here” tagged along with it.

11. Release a free design. If you can make/buy a custom WP-Theme then release it for free to your guests, you can really kick off on a viral market. Just don’t forget the “Designed by [YOUR LINK]”

12. Release a free plugin. This serves a similar purpose as a design, but not so much with a direct back-link. Instead, if your plugin is useful, the incoming links will just grow exponentially.

13. When running a contest, reward your referees that bring the most referrals. This will encourage them to blog about your contest.

Connecting With Communities

14. Become active and post on relevant forums

15. Become active and comment on relevant blogs.

16. Try not to forget your signature on forums, otherwise the whole thing is an epic fail.

17. When commenting on blogs, try to use post URLs instead of just your Blog URL – This can help regulate your links evenly amongst your blog, and not just solely to your front page.

18. DON’T spam communities with your links to your site, offer a reason for them to visit and contribute with a purpose.

19. Submit your blog to directories – These are still helpful when it comes to getting indexed, especially these directories listed here.

20. Search up DoFollow Blogs/Forums – These will carry the most significant back-links.

21. Browse Craigslists and they can provide you with a free or cheap link.

22. Build on your Technorati Profile

23. Become a Sponsor – Whether it be a theme, whole website or a small project; the sponsors always get mentioned.

24. Run for Charity, and request others to help spread the word.

25. DON’T spam. This tip cannot be reinforced enough. A deleted comment will server no purpose.

Directories, Social Bookmarking + Discussion Groups.

26. Write content for Article directories – Publish content for directories such as eZineArticles, GoArticles or iSnare. In the “About Author’s” area, you can leave a link to your website.

27. Build a Squidoo Page – It’s easy and if you have the time to develop it, it can be very authoritative. If you don’t there’s heaps of services out there to help you out.

28. Join Discussions over at Yahoo! Answers – Providing useful answers, along with a link is an easy way to earn a back-link.

29. There’s also Google Groups – It’s almost the same as Yahoo! Answers, but owned by Google.

30. Submit your voice on Digg – First build a solid profile, where you have a network of loyal diggers. If you can hit the Digg front page, you are likely to get linked to by a lot of web-masters.

31. Build on your Twitter profile then link to your site using your “Bio Area.”

32. Tweet about your posts using Twitter, then request retweets from your followers.

33. Offer a “Tweet This Post” link on every post your write, this will make Tweeters easier to tweet about your article.

Direct Link Building

34. Contact your fellow bloggers with a personalized email – asking for an reciprocal link exchange. However, keep this to a minimal and be very selective in who you choose to trade with.

35. Post around on forums asking for reciprocal link exchanges, but yet again be warned on your selection.

36. If you are a part of organizations, clubs or schools – Ask them if they can link to you, because these types of websites are more often than not; authoritative.

37. DON’T ask Darren Rowse, ShoeMoney, Matt Cutts or Yahoo, MSN and Google for back-links. It’s just a waste of time, especially the last three “contacts”

Paid Link Building

38. Buy a Review – Most sites that offer reviews will naturally link to the reviewed product/site.

39. Many webmasters buy links on popular blogs for authority, even though it’s against the Google TOS (Use at your own risk)

40. Rent links from others website – Text-Link-Ads is most likely your best option.

Using Blogussion for Link Building

41 Leave a comment – All our comments are do-follow, so the link you chose as your URL will get link-love automatically.

42. Top Commentators  – As you can see on the sidebar, we use this awesome plugin. Every month, our most contributing members will be rewarded with a link.

43. We use CommentLuv – Every comment you post, will carry a link to your latest blog posts.

44. Link to our posts – We utilize the uses of ‘trackbacks.’ Hence any links to our posts, will automatically be rewarded with a back-link to them! So, Why not share this post with your readers and followers?

45. Buy a Paid Review – We link to our reviewed sites/products.

That’s it!

There’s many more link building techniques and tips that I haven’t mentioned in this post, but these are just some of the ways you can always rely on for Link Building.

Naturally, following these tips will reward you with a higher PageRank too!

Lastly, is there anything you want to add to this list? Please leave us a comment below :)

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Laci Morgan January 5, 2011 at 12:40 am

Excellent, I really needed something like this. I have almost NO followers, and am trying to get my blog’s readership up!

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High Definition January 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Nice tutorial. I’ll definitely try submitting articles on technology related products such as laptops, notebooks, netbooks & desktops pc. Prices of this gadgets are now on sale. Specs of brands like HP, Sony Vaio, Asus, Acer, etc are powerful. Anyways, your suggestions on this site are awesome. Thanks!

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alex @ webtistic January 17, 2011 at 5:58 am

Guest posting is a great way to build links, (I assume thats what you mean), I have done it a lot in the past and I always receive a lot of traffic, plus a little link juice to sweeten the deal.

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Rodney@Booking hotels was never easier April 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

How about looking for guest authors? I haven’t really seen many bloggers do that but it works. You go and offer a mid-level blogger the opportunity to post and they’ll naturally link to you. No need to even ask!

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Brian Rogel January 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Hi Janith, Really great list. My favorite is to Debunk a Myth. I have found that many of my best articles are either ones where I have come up with a solution to a problem or have really gone against the grain on a myth or prediction. Thanks for the helpful information!

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Tantan on Hilya Media January 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Link building is one strong ways to build a long term asset, but honestly it’s quite hard. Thanks for the nice post Janith, really great source for link-building.

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HD Guy January 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

Of course there are a thousand ways to promote a blog, but who has the time to try them all and still be able to write quality content. The hard job is to identify those that work and concentrate on them

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Chelsea apartments January 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

Link buiding tips are very helpful to promote blogs. These tips were helpful, though there is some basic idea about link building some extra knowlegde with these tips is a bonus. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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Isha Singh January 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

writing a killer article with killer title always helps and giveaways also the golden keys for link building.

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Sandra Gonzalez January 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

It looks like pretty much everything has been covered here about backlinking. I have had the most success through article marketing with ezinearticles and by submitting worthy comments on blogs. Pretty simple stuff, yet really effective so far.

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jesse February 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

This is a pretty good article on link building. Most of what is said can be implemented and others cannot, depends on what the users content or motives, if one is truly serious I think most of what is said on the list should be follow, but for the most part many will use what they fell as effective for them. I’m currently building a “list” on link building and this one will be on it. Thanks!

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skyscraper@Business and Finance Corner February 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

Interisting tutorial how to make my blog better

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Azmee@Buka-rahasia February 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Hey. thanks for the nice exceptional tips. What I wanna ask is about buying links that’s against Google;s TOS. Could you please tell further more? In a new blog post perhaps? thanks a lot. :D

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Rodney @ Hotels in Paris February 11, 2011 at 3:59 am

What I like about this post is that most of these “steps” are impleneted here at Blogussion. The article is great but without seeing it applied it wouldn’t have been as valuable. Good stuff.

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Mark@CVS Application Online February 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

For me, the best way to backlink is to take a list like this and find just one or two that work for me, and really go at it! When you’ve got the hang of the first two types of backlinks, pick another two from the list and start getting into the habit of using those as well. Little by little you will have 6-10 backlinking methods that you routinely use and the variety of links is important for search engine rankings.

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Alina Navarro February 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I Love this Article! So much to learn, since I’ve been blogging for about 5 months. I particularly Love… #41 Leave a comment – All our comments are do-follow, so the link you chose as your URL will get link-love automatically.

and… #42. Top Commentators – As you can see on the sidebar, we use this awesome plugin. Every month, our most contributing members will be rewarded with a link.

I decided to bring my knowledge online to help Network Marketers gain more of an online presence, a congruent one, where they Brand themselves and Not their Biz-opps. However, being an avid learner myself I recognize my need to expand my knowledge in order to assist them better with their new blogging efforts.

So, I should turn my comments on to “Do-follow”?? Another blogger told me that most are “No-follow” and should stay that way, but offered no reasoning behind his comment. Also, while i do not see your Top Commentators in the sidebar, I would still like to know which WP plugin I could use for this.

Thank You ever so much!
I plan to link back to this article in a future one I write at AlinaNavarro.com
I am now following you on Twitter with both of my accounts @AlinaHere & @AlinaNavarro and will take joy in giving ou some RTs.
I look forward to growing in my knowledge with “Blogussion” !!! ;)

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Shane75 February 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Nice tips and information regarding blog promotion. Interesting….

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cogitoinc.com March 16, 2011 at 1:37 am

Well, I should turn my comments on to “Do-follow”?? Another blogger told me that most are “No-follow” and should stay that way, but offered no reasoning behind his comment. Also, while i do not see your Top Commentators in the sidebar, I would still like to know which WP plugin I could use for this, anyways thanks for the share.

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Jacob@online jobs March 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Hi Janith,

I like the way you present different ways to build links to our blogs. As we all know, backlinks is one of the lifeblood of our blog. Having diversed source of backlinks will make it look more natural to search engine’s eyes. Thanks for sharing and hope to read more post from you soon.

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Content for Conversions March 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Your post touches upon a lot of great points, but ultimately I think the most important thing is that as writers we should always write for the reader and never for the search engines. If you write in a natural and authoritative way, the keywords and keyphrases will follow along by default, and you’ll be optimizing your content without overthinking it.

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Sam Orton April 1, 2011 at 6:17 am

Superb tutotial… It covers almost all the aspects.

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Linkboostup April 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hello Janith,
I’m very much impressed about your post. This is absolutely amazing. I wonder how could you arrange 45 different idea’s for blog promotion?
I guess it took a research to find out this 45 ideas and some of the tips are very new to me, I would like to say… this is very much helpful for me..because I’m still learning about blogging. :)


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Jocuri April 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Great article .Congratulations!

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Andy April 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thanks for a list on link building that is actually useful!

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Louie Sison April 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

Utilizing comment number 41 – Commenting!
Thanks for this very useful blog.

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Jocuri barbie April 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Really great post ,thanks for this useful information :)

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Jocuri cu motoare April 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

You’re the best ,thank you for this beautiful article ..

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Nasif April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

Great list.. Learned new things from this post. “Use Post URL instead of homepage” It’s actually very helpful since this will help deep linking which is good in terms of Search engine optimization

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Your Name April 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

It looks like pretty much everything has been covered here about back linking. I have had the most success through article marketing and by submitting worthy comments on blog

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mediator April 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Interesting tutorial how to make my blog better

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