Backlinks:The Definitive Guide

This is the most comprehensive guide to building backlinks on the planet.

The best part?

I’m going to show you techniques for generating backlinks that are working right now (in 2018).

In short: if you want higher Google rankings, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started.

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About the Author

Hey guys, it’s Brian Dean.

Unlike most so-called SEO “experts”, I practice what I preach.

In fact, I’ve used the strategies from this guide to get backlinks from sites like Forbes:

Forbes backlink

And Inc.com:

Inc. backlink

And in this guide I’m going to show YOU how to get links from authority sites like these.

Chapter 1:Backlinks Basics

What are Backlinks?

In this chapter we’ll cover the basics.

First, you’ll learn exactly what a backlink is.

I’ll also explain why backlinks are so important for search engine optimization (SEO).

What are Backlinks?

Backlinks (also known as “inbound links” or “external links”) are links from other websites to your website. Search engines consider backlinks “votes” for your website and content, which can improve a site’s rankings in the search results.

What are backlinks?

Fun Fact: They’re called “backlinks” because it’s when a website links back to you.

Why You Need Backlinks to Rank

Like I mentioned, backlinks are basically votes from other websites. Each of these votes tells search engines: “This content is valuable, credible and useful”.

So the more of these votes you have, the higher your site will rank in Google and other search engines.

Number of backlinks

Using links as a voting system is nothing new. In fact, backlinks formed the foundation of Google’s original algorithm (known as “PageRank”).

PageRank citation

Even though Google has made thousands of changes to its algorithm since then, backlinks remain a key ranking signal.

For example, a recent industry study that I was a part of found that links remain Google’s #1 ranking signal.

Total external backlinks

And Google has confirmed that links remain one of their three most important search engine ranking factors.

Search ranking factors

The question is:

How do you get backlinks?

And how do you get the types of backlinks that get your site to Google’s first page? Well, that’s what chapter 2 is all about…

Chapter 2:How to Build Backlinks That Actually Work

How to Build Backlinks That Actually Work

There are backlinks that can make a small difference.

There are backlinks that can make a BIG difference.

(And there are even links that can hurt your rankings)

In this chapter I’ll show you how to build the right type of backlinks.

Not all backlinks are created equal.

In other words, if you want to rank in Google, you need to focus on building quality backlinks.

Put another way:

A single quality backlink can be more powerful than 10,000 low-quality backlinks.

But how do you know if a backlink is high-quality… or low-quality?

As it turns out, high-quality backlinks all share the same 5 traits.

Trait #1: They Come From Trusted, Authoritative Websites

No surprise here.

Would you rather get a backlink from Harvard… or a random guy’s website?

As it turns out, Google feels the same way.

This concept is known as “Domain Authority”. Essentially, the more authority a site has, the more authority it can pass on to your site (via a link).

Domain authority

For example, here’s a link that I got from TechCrunch.

Techcrunch backlink

According to Ahrefs, TechCrunch is an extremely authoritative domain:

TechCrunch has a high DR in Ahrefs

(By the way, DR=Domain Rating. That’s Ahrefs’ way of sizing up a website’s authority).

Because that link comes from such a trusted website, Google puts lots of weight on it. In fact, I noticed a significant boost in my organic search engine traffic right after TechCrunch linked to me.

Are these links hard to get? Definitely.

Are they worth it? Absolutely.

In Chapter 3, I’ll show you how you can get links from authority sites like Forbes, Mashable, CNN and more.

But for now, let’s move onto our second trait.

Trait #2: They Include Your Target Keyword In The Link’s Anchor Text

In general, you want your links to have anchor text that includes your target keyword.

In fact, industry studies show a correlation between keyword-rich anchor text and higher rankings for that keyword.

Keyword rich anchor text

As a reminder, anchor text is the visible text part of a link.

What are anchor links?

And like I mentioned, whenever possible, you want your anchor text to include your target keyword.

For example, here’s a link pointing to my site:

Backlinko anchor link

See how that anchor text includes the word “E-Commerce SEO”?

Well, it just so happens that my keyword for that page is “E-Commerce SEO”.

Which means that link is SUPER powerful.

(In fact, I rank #2 in Google for that term)

Ecommerce SEO SERP

Now, a quick word of warning:

You don’t want to go overboard with keyword-rich anchor text. In fact, Google has a filter in their algorithm called “Penguin”.

Google penguin

Google Penguin filters out websites that use shady (black hat) link building strategies. And it HAMMERS sites that build lots of links with exact match anchor text.

(For example, if you write a guest post, don’t link back to your website with: “For more information on online flower delivery, visit my new website.” That looks spammy to Google.)

In short, I wouldn’t go out of your way to build links that contain your target keyword in the anchor text. It’s too risky.

But when you DO get a link that contains your target keyword, give yourself a high-five 🙂

Trait #3: The Site (and Page) Linking to You Is Topically Related To Your Site

This is a big one.

Google wants to see that your links come from websites in your niche.

This makes sense if you think about it:

Imagine you just published an article about running a marathon.

In this case, Google will put MUCH more weight on links from sites about marathons, running, fitness vs. websites that are about fishing, unicycles, and cat grooming.

Contextual backlinks

Bottom line? Aim to build links from sites in your industry… and closely-related industries.

Trait #4: The Link Is a “Dofollow” Link

Google and other search engines ignore links with the “nofollow” tag attached to it.

(In other words, they don’t count those links in their ranking algorithm)

Nofollow links

Fortunately, the vast majority of links on the web are “dofollow” links.

And most of the links that have the nofollow tag aren’t that valuable to begin with. For example, links from these sources tend to be nofollow:

  • Blog comments
  • Press releases
  • Paid advertisements
  • Profile links

These links aren’t super helpful for SEO anyway, so it’s not a big loss that they’re nofollow.

To summarize:

If you’re using white hat SEO, you don’t need to worry about nofollow links. That said, considering that dofollow links are the only links that “count”, you want as many dofollow links as you can get.

Trait #5: The Link Is From a Domain That Hasn’t Linked to You Before

Let’s say you get a link from Website A.

Great.

Well, let’s say Website A links to you again. And again. And again.

Are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th links as powerful as the first one?

No.

As it turns out, links from the same website have diminishing returns.

Ranking power

Or put another way:

It’s better to get 100 links from 100 different websites than 1,000 links from the same website.

In fact, our search engine ranking correlation study discovered that the number of sites linking to you (not the total number of backlinks) correlated with Google rankings more than any other factor.

Number of referring domains

OK so those are the 5 traits that make up powerful backlinks.

And in the next chapter I’m going to show you how to get links to your site using a “Link Magnet”.

Chapter 3:How to Create a "Link Magnet"

How to Create a

If you want people to link to your website, you need something on your site worth linking to.

(I call these “Link Magnets”)

A “Link Magnet” can be a blog post, a video, a piece of software, a quiz, a survey… basically anything people link to.

In most cases, your Link Magnet will be a piece of content. And in this chapter I’m going to show you how to create Link Magnet content.

Specifically, I’m going to reveal three of my most successful link building campaigns (and the specific Link Magnet I used to get a bunch of powerful backlinks from authority sites).

#1: Google Ranking Factors: The Complete List

The Link Magnet:

A post that listed all 200 of Google’s potential ranking signals.

Google's 200 ranking factors

How I Made It:

One day I read that Google uses 200 ranking signals. Which made me curious: “What ARE these 200 signals?”.

Of course, Google wasn’t about to announce them to the world. So I started digging. A statement from a Google engineer here. A patent there.

Compiling these 200 factors was extremely time-consuming (it took me over 2 weeks). But in the end, I FINALLY compiled a list of 200 ranking factors that Google might use in their algorithm.

How It Performed:

To date, this single piece of content has generated over 18,000 backlinks from 3,190 domains.

Google Ranking Factors – High number of backlinks

Crazy.

Like I mentioned earlier, backlink quality > backlink quantity.

So you’ll be happy to know that many of the links to this page are from authoritative websites, like Forbes:

Forbes backlink

#2: The Skyscraper Technique

The Link Magnet:

A case study where I outlined a new backlinking strategy called “The Skyscraper Technique”.

Skyscraper technique

How I Made It:

I was doing some research on productivity when I came across this post by Merlin Mann.

Merlin Mann

In this post, Merlin outlines something called “Inbox Zero”, a productivity hack using your inbox.

But that wasn’t what grabbed my attention. What shocked me was that this simple idea generated over 5,000 backlinks!

Inbox Zero

And when I perused some of those links, I noticed a pattern:

Most people linked to the page BECAUSE it contained a specific, strategy with a unique name (“Inbox Zero”).

That’s when I decided that I would start naming my strategies too. So the next time I talked about a strategy, I called it “The Skyscraper Technique”.

How It Performed:

In a word: great.

My page now has around 11k incoming links:

Skyscraper Techniques – High number of backlinks

In fact, people don’t just casually link to it… hundreds of posts have been written about this technique. And people love to share my post on social media.

Social media shares

Pretty cool.

#3: The Definitive Guide to YouTube SEO

The Link Magnet:

A very thorough guide to ranking videos in YouTube.

YouTube SEO

How I Made It:

I was just starting to have some success with YouTube marketing. So I decided to compile and share what I learned in the form of an ultimate guide.

I ALSO realized that most of the content out there about video SEO lacked real life examples. So I decided to include A LOT of examples in my guide:

Real life examples

How It Performed:

Even though this post hasn’t generated nearly the same amount of links as my Google Ranking Factors post, it’s no slouch:

How To Rank YouTube Videos – High number of backlinks

More important than that, I published this guide when my blog was brand spankin’ new. And this piece of content helped me get some links that made a BIG dent in my rankings in the early days of Backlinko.

Now it’s time to turn the Link Magnet you just created into dozens of high-quality backlinks.

Chapter 4:How to Turn Content Into Backlinks

How to Turn Content Into Backlinks

To build white hat backlinks, you need amazing content on your site.

Period.

In fact, that’s why I dedicated Chapter 3 of this guide to creating Link Magnets.

And in this chapter, I’ll show you 6 proven strategies that you can use to turn those Link Magnets into high-quality backlinks.

Link Roundups

Imagine if people published blog posts with the sole purpose of linking out to quality content.

(The type of quality content that you already publish on your site)

It’d be pretty great, right?

Fortunately for us, that’s a real thing. And they’re called link roundups.

Here’s an example:

Link roundups

So: what are link roundups?

Link roundups are daily, weekly or monthly blog posts that link to outstanding content.

Here’s an example of a link I recently built from a roundup:

Roundup

Now let’s breakdown the exact process I used to get this link.

1

Find Link Roundups In Your Niche

Here are a few search strings that work really well.

“Keyword” + “link roundup”
“Keyword” + roundup
“Keyword” + “best of”
“Keyword” + this week

2

Pitch Your Resource

Here’s the email script that I personally use.

And if your post is a good fit for that person’s roundup, you’ll get a sweet link.

Backlink email

(They may also share your content on social media)

That’s all there is to it.

Moving Man Method

The Moving Man Method is simple:

1

First, you find web pages, resources or businesses that are outdated, rebranded or recently changed names.

2

Then, you find the sites that are still linking to these outdated resources.

3

Finally, you email people to let them know that they’re linking to something that’s out of date.

Let me show you how this works with a real-life example…

A while back I read that a website for a big SEO agency website suddenly shut down.

Moving man method

This meant that they had TONS of pages on their site that weren’t working anymore…

…pages that lots of people were still linking to.

Specifically, I noticed that an infographic about SEO on their site wasn’t working anymore. Which was PERFECT, because I had just published my own SEO-focused infographic:

Perfect on page SEO

So that was the first step.

Next, I had to see who actually linked to that infographic.

So I fired up Ahrefs and pulled all of their links:

Ahrefs

Finally, I emailed everyone that linked to the infographic to let them know the image wasn’t working anymore. I also let them know that my infographic would make a great replacement for the BlueGlass one.

Here’s the script I used:

As you can see, people were more than happy to link to me:

Backlink email

Broken Link Building

This strategy is similar to the Moving Man Method you just learned about.

The difference is that with broken link building, you’re only looking for pages that are 404ing.

Businesses that moved, companies that changed names, or outdated resources won’t show up with this approach.

To find these 404 links, you want to focus on resource pages in your niche. So if you’re in the fitness niche you’d search in Google using these search strings:

“fitness” + “resource page”
“fitness” + “resources”
“fitness” + “recommended sites”
“fitness” + “links”

And find pages like this:

Broken link building

Now you COULD email the site owner and straight up ask for a link. But I’ve found that begging doesn’t work very well.

Instead, give the site owner a hand by letting him know about any broken links that you happen to find.

You can easily find the broken links on any page. Just use the nifty Chrome Extension Check My Links.

This program quickly finds any broken links the page happens to have. It also highlights them in red to make them easy to find:

Broken links

The last thing you need to do is send the site owner this tested email script:

“Best of” Blog Posts

Click “Play” to see how it works:

 

.Edu Resource Backlinks

It’s no secret that links from .edu websites are SUPER powerful.

In a minute I’ll show you how to get .edu backlinks from scholarships.

But for now, let’s focus on a strategy you can use to get .edu sites to link to you:
.Edu resource pages.

Here’s how it works…

Most universities have resource pages where they link to web pages that are helpful to students and faculty. Here’s an example:

EDU resource backlinks

Let’s say you had a website about nutrition. You have a decent chance of getting a link from the example above by emailing them and showing them your helpful nutrition-related resource.

Use these search strings to find these .edu goldmines:

site:.edu “your keyword”
site:.edu “your keyword” + “resources”
site:.edu “your keyword” + inurl:links
site:.edu “your keyword” + “other sites”

Only 5-10% of the .edu sites that you reach out to will actually post your link. But keep in mind that a handful of these links can make a HUGE difference in the SERPs.

In fact, I recently used this strategy to get a link from the University of Michigan website:

Link from a university

And I noticed a significant increase in organic traffic from that single link.

Guest Posting

Is guest posting dead?

Not really.

In fact, when you’re first starting out, guest blogging is one of the BEST ways to get links.

I remember when I first started Backlinko…

I guest posted like a madman. Actually, I wrote over 50 guest posts and interviews in 12 months!

Guest posts

And the links I got from guest posting definitely gave my organic traffic a boost.

That said, I was VERY strategic about things. I made sure to ONLY write guest posts for quality sites in my niche.

So if you run a site about the Paleo Diet, and write a guest post on a site about iPhones, that’s going to look spammy to Google.

But when you write mind-blowing guest posts for quality websites in your industry, those links DO help.

Infographic Link Building

Almost everyone knows about infographics…

But I’m flabbergasted at how few take advantage of this incredibly easy link building strategy.

That’s because many people assume that infographics are really hard to make.

They also assume that if your infographic doesn’t go viral… it’s a complete failure.

Fortunately for us, both of these assumptions are DEAD WRONG.

In fact, one of the first infographics I ever made took me a few hours to put together (I also hired a professional designer for about $500 to make it look pretty).

On page SEO

Even though this infographic didn’t go viral, it led to some amazing links:

Infographic backlink

To be clear: I didn’t just publish my infographic and hope for the best.

Like any piece of content that you publish, you need to strategically promote your infographic. And to do that, I recommend using a strategy called “Guestographics”.

I’ve used this strategy to build (literally) hundreds of links from infographics, like this:

Infographic

I outline exactly how Guestographics work in this post.

Chapter 5:My Favorite Backlink Building Strategies

My Favorite Backlink Building Strategies

In this chapter I’ll reveal some of my favorite “quick & dirty” link building strategies.

The best part? None of these strategies require you to write a single word of content.

Let’s dive right in…

Testimonials

Companies big and small LOVE to show off their customer testimonials.

If you’re using a product or service that you love (or at least like), consider sending them a testimonial.

When you do, make sure to tell them that they can put it on their homepage or a testimonial page.

To show that you’re a real person they’ll often put a link to your site for you…without you even having to ask.

Make no mistake, you can get some baller backlinks from testimonials (here’s one on a DA89 website):

DA89

And here’s another example of a testimonial page from a DA86 site:

DA89 testimonials

When I see an authority site with testimonial links I sometimes buy their product just to give a testimonial and get a link.

(That’s how powerful this is)

Blogger Reviews

If you have a piece of software, physical product, consulting service or ANYTHING of value that you sell, you can easily turn that into handfuls of high-quality backlinks.

How?

By offering it to bloggers for free.

Here’s how:

1

Find bloggers in your niche that might be interested in what you have to offer. If you sell an information product that teaches people how to make their own soaps, you’d Google things like “soap making”, “make soap at home” etc.

Blogger reviews
2

Your results will be a mixed bag of blogs, news websites and “how to” websites like eHow.
Filter out any how-to sites or news sites. You’ll be left with a solid list bloggers that might be interested in your offer, like this one:

Blogger reviews
3

Reach out to them with this email script:

You want to be VERY careful about the language you use for this strategy.

Note how you don’t offer your product in exchange for a link or review… which would violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

Instead, send them the product and let them decide if it’s worth a mention on their blog.

Link Reclamation

Link reclamation is simple:

First, you find mentions of your company and products that don’t link back to you.

Here’s an example:

Link reclamation

Then you email the person with a friendly reminder to add your link.

Very simple… but very, very powerful.

See how the author of that article above mentioned backlinko.com….but didn’t link to it?

That’s where link reclamation comes into play.

Instead of saying “aww shucks, I wish they linked to me”, you proactively reach out and ask them to link.

You see, when people mention you in an article, they (usually) like you.

(That’s true even if they didn’t add a backlink to your site)

And a friendly reminder is usually enough for them to log into WordPress and add your link.

Here’s the step-by-step process:

1

Find Unlinked Mentions

Use a tool like BuzzSumo and Mention.com to find mentions of your brand.

When you do, you’ll get a heads up whenever someone writes about you:

Unlinked mentions
2

See whether or not the person that mentioned you linked back to your site

If they linked to your site, you’re set.

If not, move onto step #3…

3

Reach out and get your link

Finally, send them this script:

I can tell you from experience that these are some of the easiest links you’ll ever get.

Chapter 6:Bonus Tips, Strategies and Real-Life Examples

Bonus Tips, Strategies and Real-Life Examples

Let’s cap things off with a bonus chapter of actionable tips, tactics, strategies and case studies.

Get Links From News Sites Using HARO

HARO (short for Help a Reporter Out) is one of best ways to get high authority backlinks from news sites.

Here’s how HARO works:

1

Sign Up To HARO as a source here.

2

You’ll get three emails per day from reporters looking for sources, like this one:

Using HARO
3

Respond with your credentials and some helpful tips.

Easy right? You give a reporter a tailored response and they’ll hook you up with a link. That’s all there is to it.

Don’t sleep on HARO.

I recently got a sweet link from Entrepreneur.com simply by replying to a HARO request:

HARO request

Reverse Engineer Your Competitor’s Best Links

Yes, the strategies in this guide are great.

That said, there are COUNTLESS backlinks sources that I didn’t cover here.

Why didn’t I cover them?

It’s simple: every industry has its own set of link building opportunities.

That’s why you should set aside some time to reverse engineer your competition. That way, you can find link opportunities that only exist in your niche.

How about an example?

Let’s say you run a health and fitness blog.

And one of your competitors is Nerd Fitness.

Competitor links

Well, when I check out that site’s link profile in a backlinks checker, I notice that A LOT of their links come from podcasts:

Podcasts

Specifically, people from that company (especially the founder, Steve Kamb) appear on other people’s podcasts as guests.

Just like that you have a huge LIST of places that you can go to get links. #goldmine

(Obviously, all you need to do is reach out to the people that run those podcasts and pitch yourself as a guest)

And I found those 50+ link opportunities from a 10-minute search of ONE site. Imagine how many you can find if you reverse engineer 15-20 of your competitors.

Create Content That Generates Links in 2018 (and Beyond)

BuzzSumo recently analyzed 100 million posts. And they discovered that the vast majority of content online is completely ignored.

Generating content

Yes, you read that right: 70% of all online content gets ZERO links.

So, how do you create content that actually gets linked to in 2018?

  • According to that same study, content that gets linked to right now:
  • Is authoritative (in other words, written by experts)
  • Is evergreen (the content provides value for YEARS)
  • Contains something unique that makes it stand out
  • Provides actionable information
  • Isn’t clickbait (which, according to the study, doesn’t work like it used to)

For example, here’s a guide/study that I recently published:

YouTube ranking study

This guide generated over 1.8k new backlinks.

Number of backlinks

Was this piece of content easy to create? Heck no. It was one of the hardest things our team has ever worked on.

But in the end, because it checks all of the boxes above, it stood out, grabbed attention, and got linked to like crazy.

Find Guest Posting Opportunities With Reverse Image Search

Finding places to guest post can be a HUGE pain in the butt.

But there’s an easier way…

Here’s how it works:

First, find someone in your industry that writes a lot of guest posts.

Next, go to one of their published guest posts. And grab the headshot they use in their author bio:

Guest posting

Finally, pop the URL of that screenshot into Google reverse image search.

Google reverse image search

Boom! You just got a list of URLs that they’ve written guest posts for:

Guest post URLs

Very cool.

Now It’s Your Turn

Conclusion

I hope this guide showed you how to build backlinks in 2018.

And now I’d like to turn it over to you:

Did you learn something new from this
guide?

Or maybe you have a question.

Either way, leave a comment below right now.

597 Comments

  1. Hey Brian, this is an absolutely fabulous post! It caused me to come out of lurking mode on the Warrior Forum and post a response there as well. Only my second post in 4 years, it was that kickass… I’ve signed to your newsletter on the strength of this. You have a new follower on Twitter as well! I mean what I said on the Warrior Forum… Since 2001 I’ve worked in an SEO commercially, freelance and now from the comfort of my own home – I have bought IM ebooks with less useful information in them than covered by any one of your 17. You might not please everyone in our industry giving some of those secrets away for free though! All power to you my friend, you deserve success and lots of it!

  2. hi whats the etiquette for infographics do the sites you guest post these on supply a source link after?
    do you stipulate you want linking back to or is it general practise the same as normal guest posting

    1. Good question. It’s an unwritten rule that you get a link from the site that posts the infographic. In other words, you usually don’t need to even ask.

      But if you find a site that’s posted it without a link you can always reach out and ask them for a link.

  3. Hey – I love this article. One thing I’ve done with a little bit of success is interview “experts” in whatever niche. In my case this is a mattress site and I sent questions to small business owners with the information I was looking for. Some were happy to help and I would send them a link to the article once it was live. I didn’t ask for a link, but in some cases they would feature the link on their own website.

  4. This is a great article, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thanks for sharing. I followed your link through your post on LinkAssistant just to let you know.
    Definitely will be using some of the ideas shared in your post.
    thanks again.

  5. Awesome work as usual Brian. I’m going to feature your site on SundaySEO this week so hopefully will push some extra traffic over here. Keep it up dude!

    1. Thanks Stuart. I just checked and the images seem to be loading fine now. Must have been a hiccup with my CDN.

  6. Hi Brian,
    Another great post and some great source of quality links. Do you find these links boost your rankings even though most are brand or raw url links? Or can you use anchor text at these sites?
    What do you think about this link? about.me/pierukblog Is that a good find?
    Cheers
    Robert

  7. Hi Brian,
    Awesome list there with a few things I never considered. Backlinking is not my favourite thing to do so I tend to spread my efforts to make it seem less laborious. For example, I will try to create one new backlink every day for each of my sites, that keeps it to 30 minutes work a day, no sweat!
    Thanks,
    Josh

  8. Wow, this is the best SEO post I have been reading in YEARS! What a great source and yes, I must admit, while I knew of many of them, I am not using them enough, for the simple reason nobody every really clearly explained what to do with them… Until today! Thanks Brian!

  9. Hi Brian, thanks for all the great ideas! Today I will try a couple of them and share the results with the community asap.

  10. After 5 years in the IM circles, there’s not a lot of SEO articles that get my attention and get me to stop and read. This was brilliant. Subscribed and will be hibernating on your site for a while. Thanks!

  11. Brian, that’s cool!
    I came across your site from a backlink of yours on AuthorityLabs blog. Living proof your tactics work. Keep up your good work. We all need you.

  12. Hi Brian.
    Thank you the awesome post’ you do. They are truly inspiring. What is your opinion on making .com/net/org links to a .dk domain? Is it something i should be careful doing? It’s just that i now got a great list of link ideas from english sites, so it would be a shame not to test them on one of my sites.

    1. Good question, Kim. I’d definitely include some .com/.net/org domains in your link building. But for your Danish site to look super-natural you definitely want to get as many links as you can from .dk domains.

  13. Awesome SEO article Brian, some great tips on here. Probably the best unique SEO methods I have seen. Huge fan of yours,follow you on twitter and love backlinko, going to use most of these methods. Usually say which one on the list I liked the most, but liked all of them and probably will use most of them in future promotions. Cheers, Tom.

  14. Wow Brian…I’ve been making and promoting websites full-time since 2006 and just when I thought I’ve seen it all, here you are introducing me to all these innovative ways of getting backlinks that I wasn’t aware of before. I never subscribe to newsletters, but yours is just too good to say no to! Thanks very much for this information. Off to read your other posts now…

    1. Glad to hear that I could teach you something new, Amy. Thanks for signing up for the newsletter and let me know if you ever have any questions about the strategies in the post.

  15. Hey Brian, awesome stuffs! I cannot imagine how much effort you put into this article. You’ve got a new follower, looking forward to learn more from you. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jerry. This post took around 12-hours to complete (including a number of updates). Let me know if you have any questions.

  16. Hi Brian, This is a goldmine of information. Thanks for the great resource which I will Bookmark and gladly refer to. I love your approach. Thank you.

  17. Brian, Four Words.
    I Freaking Love You.

    But this blog and quality info is freakin AWESOME! this is all I needed to help rank my vids. I’m an seo but primarily focus on video SEO. And this is all I needed. My secret ingredient is now complete.

  18. Brian I’m quickly starting to think you are one of the best SEO bloggers I have seen online. I am yet to read a single post of yours which is anything less than fantastic. Congratulations man , I’m going to share this on twitter if you don’t mind.

    Every idea in this article is solid gold and super actionable for just about anyone. I have been in the SEO game for a while and reading this article makes me smile.

    Someone that knows their stuff and is absolutely not afraid to share the love.

    Thanks Brian!

    Paul Back

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Michael. Yes, that’s something I’ve never really seen anywhere else either (that’s why I included it!).

  19. Hi Brian,
    As you’ve seen from Tweeting you a few times, I’m an avid follower of your work.
    Of course I’ve tapped into these – why wouldn’t any SEO’er?
    Keep up the top work.
    Gareth

  20. I can’t express my words about your post Brian. It’s really worth reading. I will follow and re-read this post again and again as well as your Skyscraper Technique post. Wow! Amazing work Brian

  21. Great list, I have been having trouble figuring out how to get any links at all. I am not sure that I will do them all, but it is a great start for me. Thanks!

  22. One of if not THE best article I’ve ever seen written on SEO and back links. THANK YOU for the outstanding suggestions. This post had to have taken some time to write and really appreciate your expertise. It really takes a lot of work to do well online.

  23. Thank you so much for the great info. I just started exploring niche sites and have struggled with strategies for developing back links, but your ideas have given me some great direction! Thanks again!

  24. Hey Brian,
    Awesome post, keep up the good work, I am really keen in trying out some of these tactics, it’s good to see you regularly update this post too, you are now my number one source for out of the box linking building methods!
    Soon I will be creating a blog post on my website about SEO and link building and I will be sure to include this article!

    Thanks for all your effort.

    -Rhys

  25. Damn, you hit it out of the park! This isn’t exactly the topic I was searching for but I got so engrossed in the post I actually forgot what i came for. SOLID and useable info. Thanks so much. I gotta get back to searching for what i was looking for but bookmarking and subscribing.

  26. Just stumbled on this site and am very glad I did. Very frustrated with my link building progress lately and am anxious to try a couple of new things. Thank you…
    Joel

  27. Man you are a backlinking ninja for sure, this stuff I have never read anywhere else on the internet. I am going to use these links for my website now. Thanks for sharing this.

  28. Incredibly insightful really glad I found this post, as it happens by searching “backlinks” so it works . I look forward to your emails and reading your newest posts. Thanks Brian!

  29. Wow…you don’t know how long i’ve been looking for a great backlinking strategy. Finally, I come across this article and it has heaps and heaps of great ways to get backlinks. Thanks for the awesome resource!

  30. Absolutely great amount of info on this page – thanks so much it has saved me so much time and opened my eyes at the same time!

  31. I have only one question – You said find expired domain and in the attached image you have selected a limited time period in Google search. How do I do that? I am not getting that option when I am making the search. Otherwise a really great post. Thanks

  32. Great content! I have a blog in Brazil about fragrances and things seems harder here! It’s hard to find othes sources about fragrances (to get links) that aren’t e-commerces! Congratulations!

  33. I rarely stop by and comment on a blog post but this has been one of the most useful articles I’ve read in a long time! Thanks a lot! I’ve already put some of these tips in action, let’s see how it goes.

  34. I really appreciate the ‘meat and potatoes’ that you build into your articles. You have obviously done most of what you recommend and speak from experience. I so appreciate that. I am very new to blogging, I quite appreciate your specific detail method of sharing your methods..

  35. Man, I was just going through a ton of SEO posts and yours truly stands out. It gave me a completely new perspective. Absolutely fabulous.

  36. Fantastic read! This is truly the best article I’ve read for accumulating quality backlinks. So many cool and diverse idea’s. I’ll definitely be using some of these, thanks!

  37. Well well well…I thought I had a good handle on a lot of seo techniques, but you sir have opened my eyes to some gems. Love this article. Can’t wait to read more of your stuff.

  38. Thanks for this, I will be putting it into action and hope to see some great results and definite improvements to my site’s rankings. I loved the fact that the information was different to the usual stale and somewhat obvious routines given elsewhere on SEO. Thank you again!

  39. I spent all day Friday trying to get links from the sites that my competitors are connected to and I appreciate your fresh look because this a very time intensive business. Thanks.

  40. Hi Brian
    Great piece right here. One for the books 🙂
    I actually find you on the recent backlinks post done on linkbuilding at Wordtracker.
    Keep it up.
    Dave

  41. Brian, Thanks a ton for these great links. I’ve started a blog and recently have been more dedicated to it. I keep reading content is king and I’ve been focusing on it big time but the only traffic i see is mine! since I haven’t started the
    “marketing” so these links will really help out.
    Thanks again,
    Vik

  42. Love your work Brian. I have subscribed to you about 6 months ago, thinking to myself, lets see what this “SEO Expert” has to say. But honestly mate, I really love your work and most importantly your overall mindset to building links. Content roadshow technique is awesome. ***Thumbs Up***

  43. This post offers hope that it IS possible to get backlinks without resorting to shady tactics. Sometimes even great content needs a little push to get the ball rolling. 😉

  44. I am so pumped right now to start backlinking. LOL!! Who knew I’d be inspired by…BACKLINKING?!

    Thank you again Brian.

  45. Another good one is contact any universities or schools you’ve attended with newsworthy stories about your business or you as an indvividual.

    with a bit of luck they will write a profile on you and place a banklink in a .edu site (or .ac in the UK)

  46. Hello Brian , fantastic post!

    I’m trying to apply some of these techniques in my Fitness Blog .

    The problem is that I ‘m from Brazil and we do not have the same resources or websites with similar Portuguese -facing functions which makes it difficult to apply these techniques to build links

    Anyway , I’ll try to adapt these techniques , maybe I’ll become a pioneer who knows hahaha

    Thanks for this great article

  47. Hi Brian, great article on outside the box SEO techniques. I immediately started following your directions and started taking 1 step at a time. This is full of great advice and I have some SEO homework to keep me busy for awhile now.
    Thank you!

  48. Brian,
    Thanks a lot for all of those great tips you handed out here. I immediately went to work applying the strategies that you mentioned. I will keep you posted on my results. I have been offering free SEO services to all of my small business bookkeeping clients as a way of helping them to grow their businesses. Many of them just don’t have the resources required to hire an SEO guru to help them but they need SEO bad. I appreciate the fact that you share your knowledge and don’t try to make it seem like it’s nuclear science in order to pounce on the innocent. All the best to you my friend!

  49. Well this has been a magnificent resource!
    I started reading the items one-by-one, and before long, I had spent almost 3-4 hours stuck in the first 2-3, working things in bits and pieces! Great work. Thank you!

  50. Hi Brian,
    The “Moving Man Method” looks very promising. Will certainly try that out. All the other tips are pretty good as well. Thanks for sharing this amazing post 🙂

  51. Hey Brian, many thanks for this plethora of link building strategies, most of them are new to me. Will definitely come back to this site!

  52. Hello Brian. Fantastic blogpost! It inspired me to dedicate the rest of my day to building new back-links to my company’s website after reading it. And I implemented a lot of the tactics you suggested and sites you recommended for links.

    Look forward to reading your future posts!

  53. Wow! This list is great! I really did not think of these backlink sources! Every time I visit your website I read something new about SEO and link building! Honestly! You are doing a great job! Congrats!

  54. Concerning broken link building, it can also sometimes be relevant to scan the whole domain (e.g. if the website is a blog within a specific niche as these often feature multiple articles closely related to the same) for broken external links using e.g. XENU, A1 Website Analyzer or similar. (Just be sure to enable checking of external links before crawling the website.)

  55. Some methods that you listed are really creative 🙂 It is that you show that linkbuilding does not necessarily mean only blog posts, articles and comments.

  56. Hey thanks Brian, I just stumbled across this article reading up on new SEO strategies and have read quite a bit on this over the past years but wow, there’s some interesting stuff in here that I will definitely take a look at, very impressed. Definitely getting your newsletter from now on!

  57. Brian every time I read your articles I learn something new about SEO. I usually see Backlinko as one of the top sites on the search engines, you guys are doing great! Thanks for sharing this man.

  58. Brian,

    This is by far the best post I’ve read on back linking. Everyone else just includes useless lists of junk or spam sites using old techniques.
    Funny enough, saw one of our competitors killing it with inforgraphics. So you can imagine what my next step is 🙂

    Keep it coming Brian!

  59. Hello,

    I have to thank you for this SEO post. It really helped me with some things. I especially liked the directory listing as I have never thought of it.

    I hope that in the future the post will help me climb in ranking.

    Once again thanks!

  60. Thank you so much for all the posts you make about link building. I was 100% clueless about it before this site but it’s safe to say i’m maybe only 50% clueless and improving.

    Cheers!

  61. This is great stuff Brian. As someone who specialises in link building but with limited budgets, some of the things you mentioned are really helpful.

    One thing that has worked well for me lately that can work well (and may help with the infographic promotion) is surveys. Google Forms allow you to create a survey for free. Think of interesting questions to your niche and start promoting the survey (ask well known influencers in your niche to share the survey with their social followers to help with responses. Offer them a link as a contributor once the survey is complete). Once you have a few hundred responses, you can create a commentary about your findings (Google also puts the data into graphs). If you have enough responses and the information is interesting, get in touch with the same bloggers who helped push it out there to see if they would be happy to share the results. The beauty of this method is that if the results are interesting enough, you might end up getting a link back from a huge news site.

    Anyway, keep up the good work!

  62. Good comprehensive list of high quality efforts that still work. Also when acquiring back-links to want to think about the possible value of referral traffic to the targeted site and not only the link itself.

    1. Thanks Krystian. As Tad says, anything that gets popular will get played out. But there are exceptions…including many strategies on this list.

  63. Killer list of link building techniques, I especially like the “Finding unlinked mentions”….I am going to check this out.
    Cheers!

  64. Thanks for posting this about backlinks! As a school photographer, I don’t really know all there is about SEO and backlinks but your strategies seem pretty straight forward and awesome! Thanks for helping us common schmucks out!

  65. Some brilliant tips and advice here, I am curious you mention the directory sites to submit to and I notice a lot of my competitors are on such sites but a lot of these sites want links back which would mean I would need pages of links on my site and that is something I don’t see on competitors sites – how do they manage that would it be all paid for or is there a trick

  66. I always like hearing a new idea for beefing up the number of backlinks to a website. The fact is, creating backlinks is hard work. There’s always that urge to look for a better way to do things. Just keep in mind that Google is always on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to “game” the system. Google’s algorithm, especially, looks closely at how relative the content on both sites appears to be. If there’s a close match, it’s a good link. If not, the backlink may appear to be a little suspect!

  67. Hey Brian!

    I found your page while doing my routine basic SEO setup for my new website i just launch and i got to sya WOW. This has been one of the most helpful articles I have read in the past two years about backlinks. I have already utilized the free directories you suggested and will go through the entire article soon.

    Thank you so much man, keep up the good work and please feel free to link me to other articles of this nature, i would love to educate myself further.

    Best,

    ~M

  68. Hi Brian thank you for sharing this awesome backlinking techniques. My site is currently not ranking well. It used to be, sometime mid last year, but it suddenly got de-ranked. Not really sure why. I haven’t been participating in any blackhat techniques or anything at all. I’ll try a few of your tips and hopefully it will help my site back to its shape.

  69. Hello Brian, thanks for your article about backlinking. What do you think of the classic link trade with relevent websites. That is what I always go for but I find it hard to find sites that have an actual links page going. It seems like that has become an outdated thing for some sites.
    Any tips?
    Thanks,
    Erik

  70. Brian – I have to say this is the best post I’ve read on link building. It took me like 3 hours to read it all, because I was implementing each one of the techniques while I was reading.

    Thank you for putting together this great resource.

    Ricky

  71. Hi Brian,
    Just a quick comment to say how great i thought this post was. A bit of early morning reading turned into a great eye opener. I’ve looked into alternative methods of generating backlinks before but this is quite an extensive list. I’ve subscribed to your newsletter and Twitter. Keep up the good work!

  72. I love this post Brian. I bookmarked it months ago for my website and I will follow it step by step for new websites. Thanks for giving always great content so well organized.

  73. Hey Brian,
    You have a lot of great ideas here! Have you ever used IFTTT.com? I’m trying to figure out if using IFTTT can be used for link building, but the only person that has ever talked about it is Matthew Woodward. What is your take on IFTTT?

  74. Hi Brian,

    Awesome list you got here! I love that visuals you’ve put it and for a newbie like me, this is very helpful as most of the linkbuilding 101’s I’ve seen were difficult to follow. This should keep me busy in the next few days.
    Thanks man!

  75. What a fantastic article! So excited to put these suggestions to “work”! Just a quick observation about #3 “Blogger Review”. As a blogger myself who often charges for reviews, I’d opt out of writing “I usually charge $X, but I’d be more than happy to send it over to you on the house.” No blogger with any klout would pay “you” to review “your” product, little less jump for joy in response to your “incredible” generosity. If someone sent me an email like this, I wouldn’t like it! Instead, I’d offer it up for free right off the bat, mentioning its value. Something like “We’d love to send you our new floor sanitizing kit worth $50.” Then add “All I’d ask is that you consider mentioning it on your blog or writing a review,” which, by the way, is a brilliant sentence to add. It’s a great way not to pressure or expect anything from the blogger (you’re not paying them after all!) + come across as humble & likeable at the same time. You’d be surprised at how many reviews & mentions we bloggers will happily give without compensation, to friendly folks with relevant products we like (even more so if they are local businesses!). Anyhow, those are my two cents! -Cristina

  76. Hi Brian. I too am a long time IM expert and your post made me feel like finding gold at the end of the rainbow. A superb post (though I wish I could find better words) I’d used a few techniques over the years, but some of the other ones were really a 1-2 Mayweather/Pacquiao punch. 🙂 Superb!

  77. Brian, this is the web page that everybody over the entire Internet was searching for. This page answers the million dollar question! I was particularly interested in the food blogs untapped market, who doesn’t love food. I have been recently sent backwards in the SERP and this page will help immensely. I will subscribe to comments and will be back again for more reference.

  78. Hello Brian,
    Thank you so much for sharing these useful resources to get backlinks. You just made it very easy to make backlinks to site, one can comprehend them easily and apply them. Once again I appreciate you for this helpful post! Regards!

  79. Great post Brian. I’m currently trying out the Blogger Reviews method and have had amazing results so far. It’s actually quite simple when you learn and use the right strategy. Cheers!

  80. Great article, that’s what I was looking for. I know a lot more popular ways to get backlinks but about methods mentioned in this post, I have never heard. I wonder if links to our pages contained in PDF documents and power point presentations are taken into account by Google?

  81. Thanks Brian I loved the moving man method, its fantastic, you have provided us complete set of sources and opportunities, thanks again.

  82. Great thanks Brian!

    I’ve been looking for SEO back link guides and I’m glad I found this piece of brilliance. Some SEO back link guides even promote spamming surprisingly. I have never considered doing black hat SEO as its just not worth the hassle.

    Thank you so much.

    Regards,
    Kevin

  83. Brian,

    A great post, and very, very informative for me (a total SEO NOOB) as I try to drag my site up Google’s rankings. I appreciate all the information that you’re sharing. It’s people like me who are benefitting, and I am grateful.

    Thanks
    Colin

  84. Just wanted to let you know Brian that we’ve now built time into our new starter induction process to let them read your website as well as the Moz guide to SEO. I first commented on one of your blogs in March 2014 and still am drawn back to your articles every time you write one.

    Common sense advice, practical actions people can take and fundamentally the right platform for anyone looking to develop good SEO practice. Thanks!

  85. Wow Brian, i have never in my entire life seen such a detailed yet elaborate link building strategy like this one! As you have said, people have concentrated on other means of link building that are not even promising. Also other people usually confuse spamming from legit link building strategies especially through blog commenting.

  86. Brian, thank you for your great done work. How do you think what must be the distribution of dofollow, nofollow links or it doesn’t care at all.
    Thank you

  87. I needed direction and a plan for growing quality backlinks. Your article gave me direction and a plan. It was certainly different from other stuff that I have read. Continue to go above and beyond with the honesty. That goes a long way.

  88. My website is pretty new in the web, I have been looking for a way to give it a kick by backlinks and now I found this article. Thank you so much, this is very helpful.

  89. I usually don’t leave comments, but you have earned it. I got an awesome back link using HARO and wouldn’t have even known about this gem if it wasn’t for you. You are truly giving valuable ways of link building here and I just wanted to say I appreciate you.

  90. Great tips! Most of them are easy but require work. Even if you’re giving them away it’s the percentage of people that actually implement that matters. I have already been doing a few of these since first reading. Like submitting my site to the various places you mentioned, that’s a great one. Thanks again.

  91. Super backlink article advice! Thanks for sharing. I followed your link through your post on LinkAssistant and your ideas have definitely helped.
    Thanks again.

  92. Thanks for sharing this information. The content for link building is truly valuable. I have been trying to build my site organically, but it seems that with the amount of work it takes, some outsourcing may be useful. Thanks for all the ideas!

  93. Brian, just wanted to start off by saying great informative article, you had a lot of great of insight. I see it was mentioned a bit in the above comments, about the infographic, but I thought it is a great idea to include a textbox under the infographic with the coding that could be copied to be pasted on blogs (thus, earning additional backlinks from other websites). I’ve also noticed many infographics that have “resources” or “references” included in the image. My understanding is currently it is not recognized by google, because of the image format, but I foresee one day Google may be able to update their algorithm to recognize written text inside of an image, and thus potentially adding value to the written text in the image. What are your thoughts on that idea?

  94. Hi Brian,
    Thanks a lot for this awesome article. I am new in web domain and was really struggling to get the backlinks. You have provided very good insight and it is really going to help me to get some quality backlinks.

    Thanks,
    Kayvee

  95. Hey Brian!
    What a AMAZING guide.
    Thanks a lot for this.
    I have a question that i do not find the answer.
    When we are going to build high quality backlinks, it is better to point them to our main domain or to a more related page or post?
    Best wishes from Brazil.

  96. Hi Brian,
    Great post, it is very valuable info indeed. I just want to ask, I am trying to market a business to business website, I find it quite hard to market the website in the appropriate categories as it is specialized. Many of the websites I am designing are FCA regulated so when it comes to advertising or giving advise, I am limited as to what I can and can’t do/say. What business to business websites do you recommend for backlinking specialist websites? I find that I am also limited in the social media area and its just LinkedIn that helps

  97. I’ve had to read this all over again, a second time. I can’t get enough of your SEO tips Brian, great job! Transformational for me I must say. Keep posting.

  98. Brian,

    You always talk about creating WOW content and all. but not everyone is good at writing. While yes one can perhaps write 1 or 2 or 3 WOW contents, but when it comes to blogging long term, this might not be sustainable. Yes I read your “blog less” post. but my point remains.

    What is the solution to this? curated content? and more specifically, will automatically curating content to ones blog work? eg using paper.li (pro version).

    I’d love to show you my blog, and get your opinion if it will work as I just said. And how I am intending to get fresh content.

    How can I reach you privately please?

  99. Amazing post Brian! Thanks, you always deliver valuable info.

    Just a question, do you have an idea how to outreach .edu sites like you mentioned for best success?

  100. Hi Brian,
    Excellent post! I’m reasonably savvy up to a certain point and have managed to get some of my health content organically ranking higher than WebMD. It’s taken a long time building strong backlinks from very powerful sites (HuffingtonPost being one of them), but I am going to take some time, plow through a few beers, and then get stuck into implementing some of these suggestions. Keep up the great work amigo. Cheers, Bill

  101. I like this list because it is 10x more natural than a lot of other strategies that are out there. I just gave a testimonial last week for a tool that got me a great link.

  102. Can you talk a little more about HARO? Do we need to signup for one of the subscription plans for this to be effective? I just created our free account, but if they just send three emails a day that could be on anything, I’m not sure what the chances are we would get something we could comment on.

    Thanks

    Ruben

  103. Such an enlightening post! Thanks for revealing those sources, Brian. This really has opened up my mind to the new ideas. I have read many articles about SEO, especially the ones in my country, most of them don’t really tell how to increase your presence in search engines. But today I found this page, which gave me much more valuable insights. Definitely going to try your tips..

  104. Hey Brian,

    Great fan as you know.

    It has taken sometime but I am pumped.

    Following your guides I have decided on my blog niche, found my writing style and posted my first article which I believe is quality content that will provide value.

    Also hugely better than what is out there which is getting ranked – a bonus!

    So my blog is setup, albeit might be a little crude, and having read your guides on link building, which are fantastic by the way, it’s now time to start getting links.

    But here is the thing – with link building one size does not fit all.

    In the clothing / fashion industry my competitors link profiles are not helping and my initial results from outreach are getting a blank as the “glossies” are not willing to accept links.

    So to be honest I have no clue where to go from here.

  105. Thanks Brian this was another great post. I am just starting out with website building and building backlinks to my websites is important for me. It’s amazing how many different ways there are out there to get links from that most people never even notice.

    My question is, will these types of strategies work for a new, still small niche site or are these for more established sites?

    Thanks again for a great post!

    Robert Valcourt

  106. Great tips, Brian, thanks.
    To that I’m adding 2 more tips – job search websites and coupons/deals websites. If a business is hiring, they can use the various job ads websites, and post their wanted ad with a link to their website. The same goes for a business which offer special deals or coupons, which they can post to coupon websites with link or brand mention.

  107. Brian,

    Thanks for the ideas. I’ve seen a few of these in other places, but most of them are completely unique.

    I think the scholarship is really awesome. It’s also something that can really help the community, which is huge!

    Thanks again,
    Al

  108. Hi

    Something confuses me, you write

    All I’d ask is that you’d consider mentioning it on your blog or writing a review.

    And one sentence later

    Note how I don’t ask for a link or review

    But you ARE asking for both actually. Or do I not get something? I love the post none the less, just confused 🙂

  109. Hi Brian,

    I was wondering if Youtube description links worth anything?

    Youtube DA is 99, so they look pretty good. What’s your opinion?

  110. Brian, THANK YOU. I followed your Scholarships page idea and its working AMAZINGLY. I just scored a .edu in page link on a university website, PA 45 DA 81. Thank you so much for this article, it’s gold!

  111. Awesome list Brian. Just wrote a testimonial to a product that helped me and I see testimonials could really help! Thanks for coming up with real good articles!

  112. Amazing article Brian! thanks so much for putting it out. For the scholarship .EDU link tactic, do you think those are still highly valuable even if not “relevant” to the particular niche of a website?

  113. I love your post this is very interesting.The infograhic idea is very interesting. I also tried using video marketing to create links but some reason I can’t find any video distribution sites that will allow me put a link in that is do follow and also allow anchor text. If you know of any you can let me know.

  114. Great post as usual Brian. I’ve been using the Broken Link method and discovered that if you use search string “your keyword” + “blogroll”, it also comes up with a load of sites that you find broken links on.

  115. Great information. Some really good techniques here. Have you thought about mentioning Wikipedia dead link techniques, as well? I can’t remember if it was here or another site where I saw this.

    Thanks!

  116. Superb strategies Brian.
    the first one is really unexpected for me and easy too and i just love the infographic technique because it works for me all the way.

    Thumbs Up!

  117. I’ve been in SEO for a while – but I just keep finding myself coming back to this post.

    I gotta give you a bit thank you Brian, as it helped me hit #2 for one of my main terms “Paid Traffic”. Hoping to hit #1 soon 😉

  118. Amazing post Brian. I love your original approaches of getting backlinks.

    I really need to get more into infographics. These can become a gold mine if they become viral on sites like Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit etc.

  119. Great post Brian. I have a question. Which one is the most reliable resource to track back links of a website. Arefs.com does not track all the back links of a site I believe.

  120. I tried the get .edu resource links but no success, is it because they are highly authoritative sites and they don’t give much importance to small blogs? Any other way to get .edu links in a safe manner will be appreciated.

    Thankyou
    Regards,
    Hammad Rafique

  121. Hi Brian,
    This is a great list about 17 resources backlink.
    I had try broken link method and had earn some nice backlink.
    But it’s hard to get .edu backlink. They don’t want to link back a blog or e-com site, they just want to link .edu or .gov link.
    Thank for this great post, whenever I building backlink for my blog I always open your post and read again.

  122. Just to say thank you for all the information I am new to this and just starting out with my new website Wow there is so much to do on a website and seo but your blog will help me a lot again thank you
    Martin

  123. Nice post that you have here Brian. My question is this what is the best way to build links. Should I build links to my posts or to my home page. And what have more authority so to speak my home page or my blog posts.

  124. Brian, you have deep and devious mind and all in the mind of positive site promotion. I love your advice, and I think it is among the most valuable out there there in helping any person or site to intelligently promote their site or post.

    Keep it up for sure.

  125. Hey Brian,
    I just reread this and all I can say is: Jaw…Meet Floor!!!
    I had never thought of using scholarships to generate .edu links. But now that I have read this method, it makes perfect sense…similar to using a contest giveaway to drive traffic/boost sales.
    Between this post and your “21 Actionable SEO Tips”, anyone with a pulse could very quickly get up and running. I have seen programs charge as much as $10K to teach things that are not nearly as useful as this information. There is a reason that guys like Neil Patel and Noah Kagan sing your praises.
    Please don’t ever stop creating awesome stuff like this.
    Thank You
    Sean

  126. Hey, thanks for this great blog post it’s been very useful and informative. We’re always on the look out for ways to improve our SEO strategies and this has really helped. Many thanks again and keep up the good work!

  127. Hello Brian,

    Great post as per usual. I was wondering how good forum backlinks are. I have read people recommending Quora and Yahoo answers. What about backlinks in forum threads and discussions? Are these good backlinks at all?

    Thanks,

    Scott

  128. Brian – I started doing “Link Roundups” (per your post!) in a rather nichey space. I really didn’t expect to find much but was pleasantly surprised! Not a lot, but really quality sites, which is really more important.

    Thanks for the great idea – very very useful!

  129. Brian, Great article. i have been working on backlinks and its been slow. I haven’t wanted to use a backlink service for fear of getting bad links. Your article has given me many new ideas as well as explained a few I was not entirely sure about. Thanks

  130. Thank you Brian. The content was good and helpful. I am going to use it for my site. Your content was interspersed with short videos. Good technique. Thank you again. I will write back to you. Let me do my home work.
    Cheers,
    Ramkumar

  131. Hey Brian,
    This is an awesome post, that’s why most of the bloggers think you’re the best in backlink business.
    I’ve a question, I started my new blog 10 days ago and posted 5 articles , 600-2500 words. Now, when to start link building? Now or wait for 1-2 months?

  132. Hello, great article. I have bookmarked it so I can continue to refer to it. I am a DIY blogger on my firm website. I am wondering if something like Rebel Discovery (from RebelMouse) can be used to develop backlinks and if so, is it effective or are there easier/better platforms for distributing my blog content? TIA.

  133. Awesome post Brian! There are a lot of strategies that I would never have thought of without reading this such as the Moving Man Method.

    I have a question. My site is in download/free resources niche, and I’m having some troubles figuring out link building opportunities. Most of the webmasters from other websites in this niche don’t really actively respond to my email. I guess it’s because this is a niche that people often build a high traffic website and leave it there as a passive income. Do you have any suggestion?

    Thanks again for the wonderful article. Keep up the great work!

  134. Great article and yes excellent strategies.
    I started taking action right away on the “Best Of” Blog Posts” approach… I found some great blogs and left a relevant and useful comment. The first impression, sins a lot of the blogs see my as the competition it is not easy to get past the moderator. I made 6 or 7 comments the first day and will update this comment after I have a good number of post to measure results…
    in the meantime thank you and looking forward to more tips like these.

  135. Hey Brain,

    You can use this template too for link broken email.

    this is an excellent template and I guess people would love to copy this.

    Brain you can replace your template with mine and don’t forget to link back me.

    I’m publishing excellent articles on my blog 🙂

    Email Template :-

    Subject: there’s something wrong with your site

    [insert their first name], I was browsing your website and noticed you have a broken link. ???? You can find it on [insert webpage with broken link], and it’s the [insert anchor text of the broken link] link.

    As an avid reader of [insert their site name], I love reading anything you write about, such as [insert article on their website], and anything you link out to. Sadly, I couldn’t find the article you were trying to link to, but I did happen to find another good webpage on the same topic: [insert url to webpage that you are building links to]. You should check it out, and if you like it, you probably want to switch the links.

    I know you are busy and probably get millions of emails a day, but I hope this one was helpful. I just wanted to help you out for once as [insert their site name] has changed my life.

    Cheers,
    [random persons name]

  136. Great tips. I love the .edu ones. One thing about HARO, is that reporters get a lot of responses. Don’t expect to be mentioned right away, and it you are, it’s likely that you won’t get a link.

  137. Great content Brian…
    I have put this step by step as a plan to do for my website.
    These are some really smart and fairly simple strategies…
    Looking forward to some results… I also subscribed to your mailing list and hoping to get some new ideas to compliment the ones on this post.
    Again, Thank you

  138. Hi brian

    Thanks for this awesome resource. Just a question?

    I know that to get relevant backlinks is probably the key to awesome rankings, although it’s difficult to get them now a days, depending on industry of course. There’s a couple of site’s that allows you to leave a testimonial with a dofollow backlink. The one i’m looking at has a DA 65.

    Here’s the thing is not related to my niche, it’s in the being frugal niche.

    Will it still be worthwhile to target that link. Will it still have benefits for my site, or am i opening myself up for THE BIG G Penalties.

    Thanks again Brian. Your site helps me a lot. Much appreciated

  139. Thank you for your list ! I’ve been spending a few hours to figure out how to build the best backlinks. I found a lot of mass backlinks sites but nothing really solid until i found your blog.

  140. So basically it took me around 15 minutes ( including videos ) to go through your post to find out much more useful stuff that I did in the 2 months since I’ve started my website.
    Looking forward to your next tips/webinars/courses.

    Keep writing awesome stuff,
    Vic

  141. Hi Brian, great stuff!
    I just have one question, maybe a silly one.

    In regards to the blogger reviews, how would Google know I’m asking for a review and a link to my website, or if I’m actually not and then it’s considered black hat SEO? I would love to know. Thank you!

  142. Brian – these are awesome tips. Feeling like we just stumbled across secrets no one else has been sharing. I assume these approaches can be used for local and regional SEO too? Going to reread the article again and see how we can apply it here in Florida for our business. Thx!

  143. Hey Brian,

    Just wanted to send my shout out to you for these excellent tips about link opportunities. I myself have been attracted to blogging for the last few months and definitely appreciate getting this kind of information from you. I have had interest into Infographics but just like you said, I thought it was expensive for me. Anywhere, I am going to apply this technic and hopefully it will work out for me. A

  144. This is really useful info which helps me apply to my blogs. I’m currently using facebook, twitter, pinterest to promote sites, so I’m going to come up with more methodologies as you mentioned. Thank you very much!

  145. Thank you Brian. I have already took action by signing up for HARO and critique. I will definitely using these suggestions for my own business and for my clients. I do have experience with scholarship pages and it is huge especially for Law Offices. I look forward to getting your emails in the future.

  146. Nice word is not enough for this. You show that Blogging is like Apple vs Samsung. You can create lot of post and drive traffic (which is Samsung like lot of phone every year) or you can create high quality post like apple (which is you) and force higher rank site to make content like you copy content from you blog. Now i will work hard on already publish post until they will not get traffic.

  147. Hey Brian, thanks for the post! I’m hoping you can clarify something though.
    – In #3, you write “Note how I don’t ask for a link or review…which would violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.”
    – Then in #5, you write “I’m reaching out today to ask if you could add a link back to our site.”

    Aren’t these contradictory?

    1. Seth, good question. In #3 I’m referring specifically to product reviews. As long as you’re NOT giving the person something in return there’s nothing wrong
      with asking for a link.

  148. Excellent tips, some of them I did not know, and it really makes sense to get backlinks in this way. Thank you very much! You already part of the success of my site, I will be committed to by their tips into practice!

  149. Brian,
    Thanks a million for taking the time to put this together. You are truly filling a spot where there is a huge gap. Your white hat link building posts and techniques are epic! Please keep them coming.

  150. Thanks for the great article! I might be trying the Testimonial idea. I realized the “Clicky” example uses nofollow links. However, follow links for a testimonial would be too good to be true 😀 And you mentioned there is still some juice in nofollow links. Great work 🙂

  151. Hi Brian,
    Thank you so much for this very helpful post. I actually have a question on the .Edu resource backlinks as this is something I have tried before and was hoping you could give me advice on this one:
    Most schools / universities have just an info@… or admin@…. email address, which goes to the reception. I don’t really know who to address this email to, as I believe a lot of the time the admin person receiving it ignore and delete it without passing it on to someone relevant, e.g. the school’s or universities’ communications manager. Hope you can help me on this one! Thanks so much in advance!

    Carina

  152. Link roundup sites are crap sites which do nothing but scrape content from other sites. No wonder I have not come across a single link roundup site with Google Adsense displayed on it. I wouldn’t want to spoil the reputation of my site by linking to such crap sites. I am shocked that Brian Dean is suggesting that we get back links from such sites.

  153. I just stumbled on your site and I am awestruck by the quality of information you are giving out for free.
    Your link building techniques are some of the best out there.
    Will get to work with these info immediately.
    Thanks a million.

  154. Hey Brian, every DAY that I search for somethig SEO related I end up on your website. By far the most valuable tips and the best content around.
    I will try the twitter guest posting strategy and scoop.it.
    Thanks

  155. Thanks for pointing out the 1-2 punch on infographics. We use them quite a lot, but never thought of offering unique descriptions. Nice move, works like a charm.

  156. Brian, thanks for the great info. Just printed it out to use as my guide as I drive traffic to my paint business website. I did sign up, but am not seeing the confirmation email come through. Hopefully it’s just delayed. Have a great day and thanks again!

  157. Wow. That’s just brilliant piece of information. Much better than going and buying those 5$ gigs on fiverr which may harm the rankings in long term!

  158. Thank you for the information. Link building is a tedious process to say the least. I am just looking for alternative ways to build these, instead of just submitting to directory services.

  159. Excellent post! Definitely gave me some strategies for backlinking. Unfortunately, my niche, hypnotherapy, is so small that many of these strategies don’t work (can’t find enough resource pages, for instance). BUT the ones that do are going to be excellent additions. Thanks!! 🙂

  160. Thanks a lot Brian for all the information.
    I had no idea how to do online marketing until I found your blog. This post and others made me realize the complexity and how much more we can do to promote our business.

    Please keep up the good work!

  161. This article is very informative. I will start putting all these methods to use and let you know how it goes in a couple months or so

  162. Hi Brian,
    Thanks for the great content. Can you please suggest some tool which can help me to identify the website linking to my website.

  163. Shared! Amazing tips and definitely looking to try out infographics which is one method I’ve never used. I have done the scholarship for a website and it’s definitely tried and tested. I’ve gotten over 100 .edu backlinks from remember they are only temporary.

  164. This is a great resource as I’m just starting out and looking for a solid way to build backlinks to help increase my page rank. Thank you for putting this together!

  165. Hey,

    I understand that creating multiple websites or blogs, all of them pointing to my website, is a black hat practice.

    My business is translation and in Brazil there is not many oportunities to get niche related backlinks.

    Is there a way of creating websites/blogs pointing to my site (and to each other) without it being a black hat?

    Thanks a million!

    I allways read your posts by the way!

  166. Hey Brian, great actionable post here! It took a long time for me to finish reading the post because I kept opening new tabs to try out some of these strategies. Love all you content, thanks and keep up the great work!

  167. Hi there,
    Great article very useful!
    Backlinks are absolutely key for ranking in Google, and as a digital marketing company we are always finding ways to keep up to date with the newest and latest SEO techniques.

  168. This post is all you need to know about building links. Don’t listen to other SEO “gurus” out there, because you will get yourself confused. Stick to this and follow tips fro Brian, he is the man.

  169. Hello Brian, I’ve been reading yours and Pat Flynn’s blogs for a long time and decided to try an entertainment website. I’ve just started to post contents and was looking for link building strategies. These look pretty cool. I’ve got a question though. Will these methods work for my site? I’d be grateful if you’d reply.

  170. Hi Brian.
    I really loved this post.
    Finding new sources for backlinks is a constant struggle, so i would like a updated post some time with additional strategies, but this post was really helpfull for what i needed.
    Keep up the good work. Best regards.

  171. Hello Brian, I must say I am so so glad to come across this post. I’ve spent hours researching for a well detailed explanation and here you’ve made it, not only well-detailed but very simple for newbies like me. I really appreciate, Thanks.

  172. Brian, you are such an inspiration. I wonder how do you get all these hacks and then publish them for all of us. I have been reading your stuff from quite a time now, but I have a problem. Every time I read something you post I feel overwhelmed but I haven’t been really able to generate any fruitful results on any of my sites. I just don’t know where to start. Imagine I don’t even have an email list.

    I know you are pretty busy but I’d be really really obliged if you could point out one thing where I should start.

    I am really trying but I am not sure how this works. I am a blogger so I keep writing quglity content on my sites, but its not getting what it deserves as compared to other average posts that I see having tons of readers

  173. Good LORD! I’ve put together a few “Ultimate Guide” style posts like this in my time but this is a fat dense treasure trove. You win the internet today! Thanks!

  174. Hey Brain,

    Thanks for an other absolutely rich and useful post. I’m tweeting it away.

    About the Tip 6 & 8. there’s a lot of buzz on internet for whether .edu backlinks are a bomb or not.

    I even found an statement from John Mueller from google that “Backlinks from .EDU domains generally do not get additional credibility from Google.” would love to know your take on it?

    Either way, keep up the good work.

      1. Yup, I saw that too. John is right that they have to discount a lot of .edu links because they get spammed. But they don’t wholesale ignore every single link from every single .edu site. That wouldn’t make sense either.

  175. Hi Brian, as usual solid and helpful content so thank you. I have a question which the internet doesn’t seem to be able to answer. i thought perhaps you could. I have worked hard on building back links and with success. However, they are just not showing up regardless of what tool I use to check (Ahrefs, etc). it has been about 60 days and there are 10 quality back links not showing. Any ideas? thanks!

  176. I cannot believe I haven’t come across this amazing information on getting quality links the right way. You totally blessed my socks off! I’ve started to implement on my own site and will be utilizing with my clients. Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

  177. Hey Brain,
    I have been following your posts for last couple of days. Everything you explain are super detailed with tons of examples and the best part, all are actual working stuff used by you.

    Thank you so much for the awesome posts, looking forward to more cool ones.

    Cheers

  178. Your whole site is a goldmine of informations. Your techniques are a mile ahead of everything else that can be found elsewhere. You are now my official SEO Guru ! Just Wow !

    P.S. Feel free to use this as testimonial.

    Tony

  179. Absolutely brilliant, Brian. I’m going to pick out one technique each week and focus all my spare time on it.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge,
    Justin

  180. Brian, literally every blog you write helps us out. I love the way you include videos and photos to break up the content of a long post.

    The testimonials tactic is a great way for us to get backlinks.

    Much appreciated

    Jack

  181. There are some absolutely fantastic ideas on this post. Leaving testimonials is such a simple but obvious one. I think today will mostly be spent working through some of these ideas.

  182. Thanks for the Article, Brian. Just a question: are Pintrest links counted as something valuable by Google? I see lot’s of them in my Webmaster tools but hadn’t came to the conclusion yet.

  183. great post. But how can I utilise this for a very difficult niche. Im a wedding photographer and as im the business owner and photographer its really hard to get links from anything other than photography blogs. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps you can use me as a case study for the more difficult types of business 😉

  184. Great article! I liked the infographic part, definately worth trying. I am on my way to building it. BTW for infographics you can use Infogram tool – just check it out.

    Cheers

  185. Hey brian, it is extremely fantastic stuff, i am not getting words to appreciate your work..brilliant. No one dares to share their business secrets with others but you are awesome and thank you so much. Iam a beginner in digital marketing, iam learning consistently by following your posts, tips and tricks. eventually i became an intermediate person thanks for your help.

  186. Hey Brian, 1st let me say you’re name is almost as cool as mine, so you get positive points already.

    Anyway in one of the niches I’m in I was ranking on page one of google and all of a sudden out of nowhere about 4 guys came in and took over my rankings…

    After analyzing their sites all 4 primarily focused on just one of the tips in your article, which is scholarship promotion on edu sites.

    I was unaware at the time of seeing it, if any real seo’s viewed this not as spam links, however after following your article and seeing that if you legitimately setup a scholarship, the return on investment will be well worth it in this particular vertical, where our transaction size is huge.

    Going off to go putting together a list of universities to begin outreach.

    Thanks

  187. As always, excellent information. Been a fan for awhile now and you never fail to impress me. I’m working with a couple of clients now on the Scholarship offering. At first I thought “damn, how self serving” but it’s surprising when you find clients that get it…understand it…and are excited about doing good by doing good. Thanks Brian!!

  188. Hey there Brian!

    Thanks for putting out this really comprehensive resource. I’ve had a few friends ask me about how to build links, and this article is the first place I refer them to.

    Quick question: do you know if Google has devalued scholarship backlinks? I’ve read a couple of reputable bloggers say that Google has done so, but I can’t find anyone who has given actual supporting evidence.

    Thanks!
    James

  189. Thank you for a great article once again!

    Your guides are full of useful tips, which is saying a lot in the world full of self-proclaimed SEO gurus

    I found HARO to be really useful: came into contact with some great bloggers and news portals that featured our project on their websites and even got invited to a radio show!

    Keep up the great work!

  190. Brian, I love the idea about a scholarship and am planning on creating one for my niche site.

    I do have a question though – since the page that will be backlinked by .edu sites will be something like example.com/scholarship, would it be logical to set up a rel=canonical that points from the scholarship page to my home page?

    I want to know if that makes any impact on SEO pagerank for my home page by transferring the backlink “juice” away from the scholarships page (which I do not want to show up in search engine results).

  191. Hi Brian,
    Great Article, First Up. Probably learn more from you than I learn from the marketing experts at my firm 🙂
    I wanted to ask, is it possible to create a scholarship for a niche like offbeat travel, and the product offered in that?

  192. You post about 200 ranking factors is the best one for me till now. That makes me expect a post like ### ways to get backlinks. I am waiting for this. I have bookmarked your ranking factor resource on the bookmark bar on chrome. You have another space left to grab in my bar.

    I am organizing your content on my browser, so that I can explore and inspire myself while I am working.

    Keep up the good work man.

  193. Hi Brian! This article is on point!! I’d also add another suggestion… using Quora or Forums to answer questions. Similar to the Testimonials tactic you have, so maybe it could be mentioned there. Also the video for #16 is going to the wrong video (Moving Man), so you may want to fix that… and no, no pitch for a backlink, just paying it forward! 🙂

  194. Brian, I just found a few of your YouTube videos this week along with this post. Thanks so much for the helpful information! Yours is by far one of the clearest guides I’ve found.

  195. Hi Brian , this is a very great post. Thanks for sharing. All the techniques are great and i personally like the moving man method and the skyscraper technique the most 🙂

  196. I was wondering, as an ecommerce site, which pages should I most focus on promoting? I have about 40 optimized product pages and 40 blog articles, but what about my homepage. Should I try to get backlinks to my homepage or focus on the more content-rich pages? Does getting backlinks for other pages help my homepage rank at all?
    Thanks, Marissa

  197. Great article Brian, I found the broken link extension to be EXTREMELY useful for managing one of my websites with hundreds of products on it. Thanks a lot! I’ve had that project on the back burner for a while and now this makes it ten times easier 🙂

  198. Tried the HARO idea, I got someone calling me at 3 AM to offer me their paid services. Concept Feedback is no longer online, we’ll need to look into others. I have started getting a lot of emails to link to various blogs that re-hash some of my articles and they are so lazy that I recognize your email script there 😀

    Other than that … an awesome list of resources. Have tried ALLtop already, will keep you posted on it and am researching for some guest post opportunities starting from your example Twitter search. Am making a note of all link building strategies and trying them all.

    Thank you for your hard work, these articles are by far the most useful resources I found in at least 2 years 🙂

  199. Hi Dean! Thanks for the ideas! They are awesome! However, I have a serious doubt about the Scholarship link. I’ve checked a few of those .edu sites.. and now that so many people have followed your tips… those .edu sites have TONS of links to niche sites… even if the link comes from a high DA site.. don’t you think it might be weird in the eyes of google? I don’t know if it might be dangerous to have a link from the same page with hundreds of low quality sites (not all of them, but some for sure).. what do you think? Thanks!

  200. What an amazing and informative post! One other option you left out was wikkigrabber. and how not many people use this option! Google wikki grabber, type in keywords and find articles missing links etc on Wikipedia, edit a post with what was missing (make sure it is relevant to the article or post otherwise it will be removed) and them boom! Quality, powerful backlink!

  201. Hey Brian! Ive read this post 20+ times lol

    In an echo chamber of same advices being beaten to death, reading your blog is so freaking refreshing!

    Your website is like an encyclopedia that I keep coming back to again and again for insights & actionable tips.

    I would jump right on a course about link building from you!

    Please launch it soon! And also tell me where can I join a waiting list if there is one!

    Wish you success, pal!

  202. I particularly like the broken link strategy. Win-win situation really, they fix their broken link and you get a backlink.

    Quick question actually, I’ve noticed a couple of my competitors ranking number 1 for a particular keyword but their web pages aren’t great, have a maximum of 5 pages and it’s not particularly good content either.

    What is the reason they are ranking so well, have they got some backlinks from high authority sites, or do you think there is a PBN behind those sites?

    Thanks for the great content on your site by the way, really helpful.

  203. That’s was a useful list Brian! Thanks for sharing. Btw, how powerful are links coming from slideshare? How has your experience been with this? Would love to know your opinion.

  204. Hey, Brain thanks for such a great content 🙂

    I am new in SEO and it’s been almost 3 months. I read almost all of your posts.
    Well, my question here is about edu backlinks.
    Is this safe (nowadays) to create “Scholarship” backlinks?

    Waiting for your response.

    🙂

  205. I enjoyed the review Brian, but what I have yet to find in any of the ideas is the way to turn these and other efforts into actual sales.

    We are building relationships, and I mention this because too many business owners get the wrong idea about online marketing and building the support for their products and services. Perhaps the sales topics should be emphasized going forward?

  206. Hi Brian, I just wanted to say thank you for all your insights on all this backlink techniques, you and your website it such a life saver for a newbie like me. Hoping for more great content in the future!

  207. Hi Brian,
    Thank you for this amazing post (as usual) !
    I would like to ask you a favor :
    Could I translate your post in French and publish it to my blog ? (with a backlink to your original article of course)
    BTW, Translation is a variant of the Guest Posting technique that works pretty well 😉

  208. Hi Brian thanks for the great article, some of the ideas have been very useful, although our industry is so niche I am finding it hard to locate many resources.

    One question I do have is what do you do when one of your links is from one of your main suppliers but it is listed as a ‘bad’ link? Its to a credible website but for what ever reason the rating for it is poor, will google then pass on this poor rating to our site credibility?

  209. Hey Brian, loved your post. But I always wonder what do you mean by this line:
    ” I m just reaching out because I recently published a content marketing case study that might be a good fit:”

    What does it mean?
    Does this mean you have already published an article on your website and then asking others to republish that on their website?

    But that will be duplicate content, right?
    Why would anyone republish the already published content on their website?

    P.S: Please clear my doubts, I am your big fan and follower of your tips.

  210. Hi
    No doubt, it’s a great guide.
    I have a question about worthiness of backlink from authority site. Websites like Selfgrowth or blogher where anybody can create an account and published the post linking back to his own site. Are these backlinks worth in the eyes of google.
    The question comes up in my mind as you mentioned in your guide:
    “This concept is known as “Domain Authority”. Essentially, the more authority a site has, the more authority it can pass on to your site (via a link).”
    AND
    “Because that link comes from such a trusted website, Google puts lots of weight on it. In fact, I noticed a significant boost in my organic search engine traffic right after TechCrunch linked to me.”

    Once again thank you so much for the detailed guide.

  211. We built a plugin that is a quiz. Our customers competitors website can put the quiz on their website using the code and it links back to ours. The quiz is free to post. I thought this article was well put together and I am going to use it.

  212. Thanks for the info, Brian. I’m trying to do seo right for my new site and have found your posts really helpful!

    I noticed you use some png images over jpeg even through jpeg is faster. What are your thoughts on png over jpeg for page speed without compromising the design?

  213. Hi Brian,
    I just loved the way you explain things. I am keen reader of your blog.
    I have a question for a very long time:
    If I redirect all the deleted pages of my website (nearly 200+ pages) having reasonable amount of backlinks form high authority domains to my website homepage. Will it negatively affect my site and is it considered a spam or it will be good for site seo.

  214. Hi, Brian
    I have read your entire guide, and I must admit that these are the best strategies you have shared. I really learned lots of things, I like the way you explain things in such intuitive and engaging way.

    Keep up the great job buddy!!

  215. Hey Brian,

    It takes so much time to find and build quality backlinks. Do you have any techniques that help me to find and create quality backlink quicker to give rank up my site.

  216. I don’t know how you do it without having a strong team of employees building backlinks for you. I love your blog and all the guidance you provide. I have found trying to build backlinks on your own is one of the most time consuming activities there is. Obviously if you have a specific product or service you are wishing to share getting more customers and visitors to your business is essential. You make it look easy. Thanks again for all your guidance.

  217. Hey, Brian,
    I went through each line of this article thoroughly and I fall in love with your writing style and how you explained each part in details.
    Before reading this I was too much afraid of the word ” BackLink”, But after reading this now I am fully confident on this topic. Its only Because of you. Thank you so so so much.

  218. I have to take my hat off to your content – not just for the tips you’ve given that have helped me with my websites, but for how clearly you can write. May I ask, what books or resources have inspired and influenced your writing and content creation the most? The two best books I’ve read so far to improve my writing are On Writing Well and Letting Go of the Words.

    Thank you and keep up the great work!

  219. Hi Brian, absolutely love this post! Have started using HARO and the opportunities are fantastic. Have now subscribed to your newsletter and can’t wait for the new posts 🙂

  220. I have read this post a few times. Great list and it is going to help me create an awesome action plan to get more links and visitors for the content we’re working on. Thanks.

  221. Thanks for open-heartedly sharing SEO tips!

    Beginning to change career from the database world to Digital Marketing.

    Wanted to know if it is okay to link my existing database site (vitalsofttech.com) to the new marketing site, without being penalized?

    If there is, can I work around that?

  222. Hey Brian, love your posts, they are super thorough. I was wondering what is your success rate when using e-mail outreach for the sake of informing them about your new blog posts coming out soon? I know that you are using 2-step approach, but I am curious in terms of percentage how many of em’ actually reply to the first one?

  223. Hi Brian

    These are some superb tactics a little to advanced for me at the moment so I was hoping you could answer a quick question about building basic links.

    Do directory listings and citations provide any real SEO value or do yet just influence results for google maps? If so I’d there benefit for a purely online business?

    Thanks Jon

  224. Great article Brian, although I don’t agree on some concepts. Maybe sometimes will make a little review about it. But all is come down to experience. The more experience you have the more you will realize the data how flow by you and what you will see it.

    1. Thanks Ryan. I worked super hard on this one. Even though some of the content was based on an existing post, it’s 75%+ all-new content.

  225. I was looking for a comprehensive guide on Backlinks to improve mine and your email came. Right on time Brian. Will definitely implement what you recommend and gain some authority, hopefully! 🙂 Again, thanks for all your hard work.

  226. Thank you Brian for your unending efforts to keep me up to date with back links and the very simple strategic ways to go about it.

    Thanks once again Brian.
    keep it up

  227. Hello Brian, That’s really awesome.

    I sometimes find difficulties to create link with HARO. Please try to make a detailed tutorial on “How to build backlinks using HARO?”

    Regards
    Abhishek

  228. As ever, a goldmine of ideas from one of the industry’s best. Cheers Brian.
    Do you think that what used to be described as ‘normal linkbuilding’ is dead? ie just reaching out with a request, with no hook or bait?

    1. Cheers Nick. I definitely think that you need some sort of hook or something REALLY compelling. Just asking/begging for links doesn’t work like it used to.

  229. Brian Dean! You are one of THE most valuable resources for a newbie SEO cooywriter. Cannot thank you enough! Absolutely LOVE when you are a guest on Webinars… except it’s always info overload for me and I get writing cramp! Thank you very mich!

  230. Hi,
    That’s an awesome piece of information. Thank you Brian. Fantastic article. Your stuff is always informative and helpful. I appreciate you.

  231. Fantastic article Brian!

    Great news for you Brian! Your article about “E-Commerce SEO” is now #1 from my search location in Calgary. Screenshot: https://cl.ly/e0ee2a57ad9e

    I have a small service business called Eco Star Painting in Calgary and I do all of my own SEO. I’m having trouble getting good backlinks. How do you suggest a painting company get quality backlinks other than the typical local citation sites and social media platforms? I don’t know what I can offer another high domain site in terms of content. Do you have any suggestions?
    You’re the best,
    Sincerely,
    Ted R.

    1. Thanks Ted.

      Good question. In my opinion, your best bet is to create ONE awesome resource about painting. It could be the ultimate paint showdown where you compare different types of paint. Or a tutorial on painting a particular room. Basically, something cool that DIY bloggers would want to link to.

  232. I particularly like the broken link strategy. Win-win situation really, they fix their broken link and you get a backlink.

    Quick question actually, I’ve noticed a couple of my competitors ranking number 1 for a particular keyword but their web pages aren’t great, have a maximum of 5 pages and it’s not particularly good content either.

  233. Thanks Brian! I have been struggling to create quality backlinks for quite a time. Then I found your blog and now I am becoming aware of quality link building strategies. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  234. Thanks for the article Brian! I do SEO for a company that is in a very, very competitive industry, but that is lacking any real good content (Disaster Cleanup, water damage restoration). Do you have any suggestions for me as to what I can do to get some good backlinks?

  235. Outstandind guide!

    Regarding guest posts: most of the author backlinks nowadays are no-follow and thus without real SEO-value…

    Regarding scholarships: It looks like outside of the US there aren’t that “popular” and not that many universities actually have such lists where it would be be possible to add your link to. (But there are a couple of big general scholarships site where this is possible.)