In previous posts we have discussed about the importance of keyword research, blog loading time, blog bounce rate in Blogging and SEO. In this post I would explain about Link Building (Backlinks) and some safe ways to build backlinks for your blog/website. Backlinks play an important role in SERP's. Quality backlinks from high page rank sites can increase organic traffic from search engines like Google,Yahoo, Bing to your blog/website.
Before proceeding further, let's understand what is a backlink and types of backlinks.
What is a Backlink?
Backlinks are the links that are present in other blogs/websites and they point to your blog. Advantage of getting backlinks is that, when Google detects your blog URL in some other website or blog, it will pass the juice to your blog (i.e link juice) and as a result your blog traffic increases.
Note:Not all backlinks will the pass the Link juice. To understand more about Backlinks read this post completely.
Types of Backlinks
1. Dofollow: These are the links that carry link juice to your blog/website.
2. Nofollow: These are the links that do not carry link juice to your blog/website, but it is recommended to get the nofollow links from high PR(Page rank) websites.
How to Identify Dofollow links and Nofollow links?
It is very easy to know which backlink is dofollow and which is nofollow.All that you need to do is, download NoDoFollow (Firefox add-on). Once installation of this add-on is completed, go to any webpage, right click and then click on No-Follow, all the red color links are nofollow links and the blue color links are dofollow links.
How to get Quality Backlinks for your Blog?
Here are some methods that can provide high quality backlinks to your blog/website.
1. Guest Blogging.
Guest Blogging is the best and safe method to get backlinks to your blog.Find out the websites that provide guest posting opportunities, try to offer them a post and demand 1-2 backlinks from their website/blog.Added advantage with this method is that, you not only get the backlinks to your blog, but also you can create a blogging network with all the best bloggers in the world and can help out each other.
2. Links from Social Media.
You can create backlinks easily from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit etc but all these links are nofollow links.Even though these links are nofollow, it is better to gain links from these sites as they pass on the traffic to your blog and you can reach out to large audience.
Note: You can get dofollow links from some Social Media sites like Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn etc and the best part is, these links are useful to increase the of domain authority your blog.
3. Social Bookmarking sites.
Another method to get backlinks to your blog is by using Social Bookmarking sites. Whenever you bookmark your blog on these sites you'l get a backlink from these sites but they are not of high quality.
Here are some popular bookmarking sites:
You can find out more social bookmarking sites by Googling.
Note: Your Link building process should be natural and should be steady.One useful tip to all the bloggers is, do not bookmark your own content only,try to bookmark content from other sites as well so that the process of link building looks natural. Do not bookmark the same URL more than twice in the same day.
4. Blog Commenting.
Commenting on others website or blog can fetch you backlinks. Unfortunately most of the backlinks that you get by commenting are nofollow links, but backlinks from CommentLuv websites are dofollow backlinks. To keep the linkbuidling process to be natural, I would recommend you to build links in 7:3 ratio (i.e. 7 nofollow links and 3 dofollow links).
To find out dofollow blogs under your niche for commenting, you can use DropMyLink.com
5. Backlinks by Asking Questions and Answering.
You can get backlinks from high pr websites just by asking questions and answering the questions that you know.Yahoo Answers is the best example for this method. You can see a sample screenshot below.
Some best sites under this category are:
Hope this article is useful for all the bloggers. If you have any queries you can contact me or you can leave them in the comments below.