How to Build Backlinks

seo links

As you probably already know, the more websites you have linking to your website, the higher you’ll rank in search engines. Now, there are a lot of shady ways to get backward links such as buying text links from brokers or website owners. Or even worse, hacking old WordPress blogs and sneaking in links to your website.

I do NOT recommend that you do anything shady as it only results in short-term gains. In the long run, you’ll have a good chance of getting caught and potentially banned from one of the major search engines.

Instead of going with the short-term route, here are some legitimate ways you can build links so that you can boost your search engine traffic.

Link building tactic #1: Infographics is known for creating good infographics. If you aren’t sure what they are, infographics represent data in a visual format. For example, I created an infographic that represented the complexity of the US tax system, which made the Digg homepage and sent around 20,000 visitors to Quick Sprout within two days.

As long as you put in a lot of time and effort into creating these graphics, you’ll have a good chance of them going viral on the social web, resulting in thousands, if not millions, of new visitors to your site. More importantly, you will get backlinks from authoritative sites.

If you are like me and can’t create these visual pieces of content, you can always hire firms like Column Five and Infographic World to help you with your task.

Link building tactic #2: Quizzes

Mingle2 was the first site that really leveraged the power of quizzes. Within a few months, it ranked number one on Google for “online dating” and “free online dating.”

The way Mingle2 did this was by creating viral quizzes such as “Would you eat your buddies in a blizzard?” At the end of the quiz, there was a little badge that you could place on your website, which then linked back to with the keyword “free online dating” or “online dating.”

Link building tactic #3: Comics

Comics may seem a bit geeky to you, but they do very well on the social web. A site called The Oatmeal builds comics like “Why I’d rather be punched in the testicles than call tech support.” These comics aren’t filled with any factual or useful data, but they are really funny.

According to Yahoo Site Explorer, that comic naturally pulled in over 3,000 links. And if that doesn’t impress you, the site was also able to get over twenty million pageviews a month according to Google Analytics.

Link building tactic #4: Reviews

Just because creating good content isn’t sexy doesn’t mean it won’t build links. For example, I wrote a review of the American Express Black Card a few years ago, and it naturally built hundreds of links.

I didn’t solicit the links, but I created the most extensive review of that card on the Internet. Since then, sites like Mahalo and Wikipedia naturally started to link to it.

This not only caused that page to get a lot of backward links and rank high in Google, but it is still to this day the most popular blog post on Quick Sprout according to Google Analytics.

The key with writing reviews is to create in-depth analysis of an issue and provide information that doesn’t exist in other places. If you aren’t covering every aspect of the product or service you are reviewing, don’t bother creating reviews.

Link building tactic #5: Trends

Who doesn’t want to know what’s going to be hot? I know, I do.

Smashing Magazine is known for writing very detailed blog posts, which is why it is one of the most popular sites on the web. One thing it has been doing year after year is breaking down up-and-coming trends.

For example, its blog post on “Web design trends for 2009” is rich in content, has tons of images, and, most importantly, is broken down into sections so that it is easy to read. This caused that blog post to receive over 200 comments and close to 5,000 backlinks. Not bad for a single piece of content.

Link building tactic #6: Lists

I know lists are old, but they still work. If you don’t believe me, just look at all of the “top 10 lists” that have made the Digg homepage. According to Digg, over 1,300 top 10 lists have received over 500 diggs, which isn’t too shabby.

If you are going to create a list-type post, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • A picture should be included with each list element.
  • Who says they have to stop at 10? Spice it up, and create odd numbered lists such as 11 or 51.
  • Just like everything else, the post needs to be detailed and contain little to no fluff.
  • Get to the point, and go into the list. The biggest mistake most websites make with list posts is that they write big introductory paragraphs instead of just going into the meat of the post.

Link building tactic #7: How-To guides

How-To guides are so successful in building backlinks that companies have been built around just that one content type. Just look at sites like eHow, which has over eleven million backward links and is considered to be the 43rd most popular site in the US according to Alexa.

If you’re creating a How-To guide, make sure you:

  • Include pictures that show each step.
  • Write detailed content that breaks down each step (not everyone is as smart as you are).
  • And if possible, create a video showing the final product.


There are a lot of ways in which you can naturally increase your backward link count. You just have to be a bit creative. Sure, you can take the easy route of just buying text links, but going with the natural route is a long-term strategy that truly provides better results.

Whatever method you use, make sure the content you are creating is related to your website. For example, if you are going to go with the quiz method, make sure the quiz is 100% relevant to your website unlike the Mingle2 example I used above.

On a final note, here is a video with 5 more tips on building links from Google engineer Matt Cutts.

P.S. If you want help building backlinks to increase your website’s rankings click here.


  1. Mingle2 & The Oatmeal are the same guy, right? That guy appears to have backlinks down to a science…

    • Yep, it is the same guy. He doesn’t work with Mingle2 anymore.

    • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

      Yea, dudes is pretty sick with linking and building buzz. Those are some hard markets to crack online.

      • That market in particular is very difficult so they have definitely done an amazing job.

      • Online dating is a truly tough nut, and to get to #1 for those keywords really says a lot for the inherent link building potential in quizzes. A properly thought out campaign leveraging this inherent power can be extremely successful.

    • How do you make it a science? Can you point me to some resources?

      • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

        I think the science is in”making it interesting” and making it easy to pass on (viral). People like to be entertained, and if you do that with a quiz or anything that you need someone to read or take action on it will hold their interest and attention long enough to take what ever action you want them to take. That’s what we call making it sticky.

        Interesting + Reason why + Easy to pass on = Successful Campaign

        But like everything you will have to test it.

        • Yes exactly. Not everything will work for everyone. Sometimes having 1 of the techniques laid above will work better than you doing all of them.

      • Look at other blogs successful in your niche and have your quiz content related.

        • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

          This is something that so many “more” people need to do that they just overlook. Look at what the competition is ALREADY having success doing and do something similar.

  2. :

    Nice summary Neil.

    I did a Cartoon on my blog about how a website gets onto Google. Explains a pretty boring and technical concept like SEO in a comical way via SouthPark cartoons. Worked well for a boost of traffic via the viral element of it as well as a good start for some backlinks. Let me know what you think of it…it’s a quick read.

    Will also be doing more of the lists, as those are definitely popular although a bit played out these days.

    Awesome summary

    • I did not know that making cartoons help in more traffic. Sound exciting and cool!

    • That’s a very clever idea! I think doing stuff like that is very unique and will lead to a lot of backlinks for your site.

    • Nice one Jon! I went to your blog page and must say that I like your South Park’ish take on what Google is all about. Keep up the good work!

      • I agree its funny. If you spruced up the way you presented it, it would probably have a good shot on digg.

  3. Column 5 is exactly the type of design firm I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

    If somebody mentions ‘content’, the first thing I think about is words on a page, but that kind of content has been done to death. Time to get creative I feel!

  4. Neil,
    You have done it again. What a great list of tactics for link building. I really enjoyed seeing your examples and the impact that they have made. Those sure sparked some ideas for me to try. I thought the cartoons were hilarious and quite a technique for gaining viewers and popularity. Thanks for delivering as you always do.

    • I’m glad I was able to stimulate your mind! It’s ideas like these which will drastically help you grow your site.

  5. Great tips! I never really thought about the impact that infographics have as far as linkbuilding goes, but you’re right on.

    This article is now posted to Sphinn:

  6. Realtime RSS Feeds :

    Great Post Neil, just in time for my linkbuilding strategy, great list. Thanks,

  7. Best tips about link building.
    It is different and based on proof rather than theory.
    Liked on Neil, You are good as always.

    • It is different because we constantly need to grow and evolve in order to attract more and more traffic in this saturated industry.

  8. Nice summary Neil. At SearchFest in Portland, John Andrews went into detail on some of these methods, there’s really still plenty of opportunity for building links, may just require more work than before.

    • It does require more work, especially since so many people out there are doing things… creativity is a must!

  9. Jack - Online Marketing Blog :

    Man, I was looking for a firm to create infographics for my blog! Been using some of your strategies on your list like how-to guides and list posts and it seems to work really well.

    • I think infographics are going to get popular VERY fast so I’d suggest you take advantage of it quickly.

  10. Jarie Bolander :

    The infograph is a great idea. Nothing captures the complexity of something like a well done picture. I need to look into those two firms you recommended.

    Keep up the great posts

    • Yes you definitely should! Infographs are VERY powerful right now. Take a look at digg and you’ll see many of the front page posts with those in place.

      • Handicapped Shower :

        Yes, every day I see atleast 1 infographic in technology section of digg…It would be very tough to attract people with infographics in near future..!

        • Yes… exactly why you should jump on it quickly. The good news is that there are many types of infographs and it just comes down to you coming up with something unique.

  11. Justin Beegel :

    Thanks for the shout out Neil; greatly appreciated.

    If anyone has any questions what so ever about getting infographics created for their site, don’t hesitate to contact me; even if it’s just to get some info for yourself and go with someone else. I love finding ways to help people create the types of visualizations that will help their brand get out there.

    Looking forward to talking with you guys. Take care.


  12. whitehatninja :

    Did you mention blog commenting?

  13. How about commenting on blogs (as stated in the post above) and using a signature in forums in your niche?

    Its funny how people just jump to say great post without adding their own tidbits.

    • Signature forum links work, but they aren’t too effective these days. Creating link bait is far more effective and it scales a lot better.

    • @Kevin, this article is about natural links. Posting with signature or commenting on other blogs (even if they are dofollow) isn’t a “natural” way of getting backlinks.

      @Neil, another great article 🙂

  14. Matt Cuts is so fun to listen. He explains very well all his tutorials. Thank you for your tips. These are very important tactics if you want to build your rank.

  15. Thanks for the great stuff. I like the trend ideal and might write some articles about industry trends.

  16. Handicapped Shower :

    Great post as always! All these tactics works only when we are able to perform great with social media ! Neil, do we need to have big number of friends on Digg or some thing to hit the first page?

  17. Matt Burgess :

    Would suggest people be careful with tactic #2, especially in light of the post by Matt here:

    “This was the first communication we’d heard from Google that adding a keyword-rich link from a widget to our own site was an ultra-mega-Google-NO-NO.

    We promptly changed the links in our widget code from this:
    Created by OnePlusYou – Free Online Dating

    To this
    Created by OnePlusYou”

  18. Matt Burgess :

    Yep… I suppose my point was more “don’t only make sure it’s relevant” though, more a “be careful of using anchor text that might be considered manipulative”. Like OnePlusYou changing their anchor text from “Free Online dating” to “OnePlusYou”.

  19. Stew Langille :

    Hey Neil,

    Why are you giving away all my tricks??….


  20. great writeup Neil. I never made the front page of Digg but I have a question. Isnt it that you need to have close contacts there with the top users to have higher chances of getting into the front page? I mean, if Im just like starting today (with digg) and trying to digg my best posts, it wouldnt make sense right?

    • It takes a lot of time, effort, and energy to be able to have “digg power” I suggest you connect with other digg members to see what they do.

      • Handicapped Shower :

        Neil, can you please write a post on How to be successful on Digg ?

        • Rid Of Cellulite :

          Actually, I would be quite interested in that too. I have some things in mind, like find already popular stories and try to mimic something similar, that related to your niche, but you the man when it comes to this so I’d like to hear what you have to say 😉

        • Take a look at what shoemoney wrote:

          • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

            Thanks for the link. Just read the article… Clever. Just like running other marketing campaign that you have to adjust the landing page for users or for Google relevancy. Like it.

            • Yes because it’ll determine how long someone stays on your site.

              • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

                Exactly… if they will get interested or involved at all. It’s funny how we make such quick decisions about whether or not we are going to stay on a web site or not. In this case two pictures got them to stay and then got them to take action by digging the story. Like it.

  21. David Siteman Garland :

    Neil –

    Great stuff as usual.

    For me, interestingly, the three things that have pulled the most traffic and backlinks fall into many of the categories above (and each got well over 100 retweets):

    1. Video Interview with Seth Godin

    2. 10 Big Marketing Predictions For 2010 (Guy Kawasaki liked it passed it on)

    3. Various lists including 35 Unique Entrepreneurs Changing The Business World & The Top 20 Entrepreneur Blogs You Must Subscribe To (Quicksprout was on there)

    Great advice as usual. Looking forward to chatting Friday.

    • It’s really a combination of all of that which will result in more traffic. Keep track of what works and then focus in taking it to the next level.

  22. Jason Lankow :

    Thank you very much for mentioning Column Five. We really appreciate it. It has been really interesting to see how linkbaiting has evolved over the past few years. I remember the first time we wrote a post that hit big on Digg and it was so addicting to try to replicate that effect, but for a long time not much we wrote could quite match the success of our Top Ten Stephen Hawking Quotes with a picture of LEGO Stephen Hawking. It is really exciting to see content creators and companies pushing the envelope and utilizing old formats in new ways ie infographics. It is interesting to look back on how rarely ‘infographic’ was used in Digg submissions back in 2007 and most of 2008 yet of course they were regularly implemented in newspapers and magazines for decades and in other formats dating back centuries. The big challenge as some of the fascination with the ‘novelty’ of the medium itself fades as certain approaches become saturated will be to continuously generate new ideas and to be fast enough to be journalistic and break news in a visually pleasing way. You just need a robot to automate creativity, and you’re all set!

    • You need to be constantly thinking of new and unique ideas in order to survive in this market. ABC… always be changing 😉

  23. Jet AIrways India :

    Hi Neil,

    Thanks for that Infographics tip. I always liked reading information in these infographics and I have seen many of such stories with infographics on front page of Digg and Reddit.

    • You’ll begin to see a lot more, especially after this post so I suggest you get in on the band wagon asap!

  24. Email Delivery :

    Hi Neil, thanks for sharing this new linkbuilding techniques! They’re really look effective.

    • They are… it’s proven. Just get on it as soon as possible since more and more people are going to jump on these ideas.

  25. top beauty products :

    The purpose of having backlinks as an element of page rank algorithm is that people will want to link to pages that have quality content.

    • Exactly, thanks for sharing that! People will naturally link to you thereby creating more and more pagerank power.

  26. New Car India :

    Thanks for sharing such great information. Will definitely try them one by one.

    • Try as many of these techniques as you can as they all work. Then test like crazy! Amplify the techniques that you find most effective.

      • All these techniques combined will help you a lot. It is always better to try more than only one way in order to succeed so that you can what works best for you.

  27. rattan furniture :

    Have quality content. If you can provide something legitimately useful or outclass the others in your field, it WILL get noticed and it WILL get spread across the internet like wildfire. Useful content is priceless.

    • In a world where content is abundant, unique content, like you said, will go viral almost all the time.

  28. Yesterday I was wondering when I would see a new post and VOILA a new post. Now I’m wondering when J.Lo is gonna come to my house…..Stay Tuned!!! Great Post!!!

    • lol… that would be great wouldn’t it!?

    • Rid Of Cellulite :

      lol…lmao… yes, yes, that would be great 😉 i would start to wonder about that, but then my wife would slap me upside the head 😉

      • Everyone’s wife would slap them in the head lol

        • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

          Yeah right I know. That’s ok she know that I think she’s hot, and my little college sweetheart. I am only 30, but I am having my 11th anniversary on July 22 this year. That’s crazy. Time flies.

          • Wow, good for you!! Congrats on going as long as you have.

            • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

              Thanks. It’s been a fun time. Ups… Downs… And lots of Love to make it. Can’t wait to see how the next 10 years go. Hopefully we can take a lot more vacations 😉

              …It’s the cooking Neil lol… she can cook like a champ. The best!!!

  29. This is a great piece. Very out of the box and not your usual link building tactics. Thanks for sharing.

    All the best,

    Ricky Ahuja

  30. Manish Ahuja :

    I hardly come across a list post wherein I agree with ALL the points mentioned. This is one of them. All the points mentioned here are flawless. Great post like most others on Quick Sprout.

  31. Awesome post, to be frank I was expecting such a post from you since sometime. Infographic and many others are entirely new to me and really spend lot of time in creating backlinks.

    • It was a blog in the making 😉 You’ll begin to see many more infographs after this post to so get on it!!!

      • I am surely waiting for it. I was thinking of making one but could you suggest me the software that would be the good for creating infographs I have few ideas but I want an easy to learn software to create it.

  32. Could you please suggest the cheapest way to create more backlinks? One more suggestion, is it good to go after cheaper way or one should spend money and see the result in some time.

    • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

      As Neil said, you can buy links, but that would be shady and could probably get you caught and banned. But if you do the stuff above, then you will get natural links. Links that money could never buy you anyway. If you need quick links, for non competitive niches articles still work great. Just put your anchor text in the about me.

      • I wouldn’t ever recommend you take on the shady approaches as everyone eventually gets caught

      • Thanks for the suggestions. Probably I would have to read more about the backlinks and understand its concept, because only then I would be able to give someone the task of doing so and so thing to creak more backlinks. If I do it myself, I think I would take infinite time.

        • It’s a difficult task to take on, but not complicated. Ultimately it’s where you want to spend most of your time.

    • The ways I suggest are the cheapest way to do…. you can either do it yourself or pay someone to do it. Remember, it takes time…

  33. Good article, even though the post image has stolen part of my logo!

    A lot of link building tactics sound easy, until you try putting them into practice. Time and dedication is required.

  34. Thanks for this information Neil. I’m going to make a list of the top 11 dating comics that have featured Matt Cuts right now! Or maybe I’ll just stare at Analytics for a few more hours. Great job!

  35. Jason Bartholme :

    Great post as always, Neil. I have had the most success with list posts. I’ve also tried the “how-to” route many times with no real success.

  36. Great tips. I enjoyed the video.

    I have to say #2 sounded spammy, and I almost didn’t keep reading. If I were you, I wouldn’t have waited until the conclusion to discourage the off topic links.

    Thanks @Matt Burgess – your link was very informative.

    • It’s not spammy unless you create it to be spammy. They are powerful so long as you use high quality and useful content.

  37. James | Employee Scheduling Software :

    Thanks for the post Neil; very great timing as I was browsing the internet and gathering/researching a SEO game plan for my startup. I love your SEO posts; most are better than the ones found at seobook, seomoz, etc.

    – James F.

  38. Neil, this is an excellent article. I have read tons of these types of articles that really do not provide creative ways of creating “link bait.”

    These are very creative and I can see how they would cause people to link, almost subconsciously.

    Good job. THIS is the type of stuff I subscribe for.

    • I would like to think that these are the most up to date techniques… although during these times, I would jump on these tactics asap as everyone will take them to make them outdated. Keep being creative…it’s necessary.

  39. Adult Affiliate :

    Nice read and I agree with getting a viral one-way back link bait created…

    read mine coming next, create Energy from Air
    Create back links from google, yahoo, msn and the top page rank websites…
    do your research and target keywords that have people searching for them…

  40. Hey Neil! Thanks for generating this list. Link-building is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. I have three quick questions:

    1. What about press releases to generate backlinks?
    2. Is submitting articles to article directories a bad idea?
    3. Do you consider link exchanges to be grey/black hat SEO?

    I’m curious to hear your answers. Maybe you could make a follow-up post with “7’ish Methods for Generating Backlinks that are Illegitimate”.

    • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

      @Nick: Press releases are great. You can get targeted anchor links from tons of different “authority” sources. Articles are still bread-n-butter. Especially for deep linking and non-competitive niches. Sometimes they need a boost though so that the articles that are linking to you have solid PR.

    • 1. Press releases build links, but it isn’t an effective tactic.
      2. This isn’t bad either, but it doesn’t work as well as it used to.
      3. I consider them grey.

      • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

        It’s interesting that you consider them grey Neil. I guess I never thought of it that way if you really are finding a great angle & hook (or news story) about your site or product. Hmmmm, will have to have a thinky now that you say that.

        But you are right in saying that they don’t work as great as they use to for SEO anyhow. They still work to help to provide some ok base links. I would not use this as my only traffic method or way of getting links though.

  41. These link bait methods are hard but achievable. I will try the “comics” one and post a comment once i see how good it does.
    Wish me luck please.
    Thanks for posting.

    • They are hard, but nothing is easy in this industry. A creative idea is what it takes to get a lot of traffic during these times.

  42. Hey Neil,

    Great post! I have a question for you though. What if your site isn’t necessarily a blog, but a web application? This applicaiton is great, but there aren’t regular posts, and because it is ajax based, there is really only one page, the home page. Any suggestions for getting something like that to go viral?

    • I would suggest you create a blog for the web application and start writing relevant blog posts to the app.

  43. Luke Moulton :

    It really does come back to the basic whitehat SEO principal – create good content.

    • That’s one thing that’s always necessary. Mix good content with a creative idea and you’re on your way to the top.

  44. Thanks Neil. I find this incredibly useful. Thanks 🙂

  45. I know the white hat but what is black hat? please help me

  46. Those are all great ways to get links. Getting the best links takes time and effort into the blog post… I sure it does not hurt that you have so many readers…. A normal guy off the street with 3-10 readers will get nowhere in social networking websites… So I guess to doing all those things building friendships and networking out your stuff can make it really viral.

    • It takes many many many months in order to achieve a significant amount of backlinks…remember… it takes time

  47. Really helpful tips Neil

    I like to apply for my customers.

  48. I gotta say, I never ever post comments on blogs but this one deserved a comment. Most link building articles out there focus on the information you know already and is kinda repetitive. This article offered a fresh look and different ideas. Good job, Neil.

    • In an ever changing industry, creative marketing is key. A combination of good content and creative ideas will take you to the top.

    • Rid Of Cellulite :

      that’s how Neil does it. this is one of only three blogs that i ever check out regularly and really the only one i comment on because he always responds and there is a cool community here. you can actually have a convo. and his info is always off the hook. and different than what i am working on. allows me to branch out in knowledge without having to go to a ton of other places. Neil is well connected so when you learn from him you are learning and picking up tips that would generally cost you a lot of money…. a lot. look at the cost of those seminars… $1,000-$25,000 plus.

      • very true, thanks for the plug. What I teach on quicksprout is exactly what I use to teach my clients…. no difference.

  49. Couldn’t agree more with you. I have already tasted success with lists and how-to posts. Looks like its time try infographics! Great post Neil! 🙂

    • Perfect… let us know how it works out for you. Be on your toes and you’ll be on the right track. Creative ideas are necessary.

  50. Get Rid Of Cellulite :

    Waaazzupp Neil, it’s Kenney. I know it’s been forever since I have been around, but I am back…lol. Hope you’re doing good. This was a heck of a great post. Honestly there are only about 3 blogs that I like to read and you’re is one. The rest are a waste of time. (at least to me). Anyway, it just so happens that I was just doing some more research on getting links and decide to pop in and you just did a post on SEO. Perfect. I like all of your suggestions and points. Some are harder than, others and unpredictable, but great tips none the less. I thought your infographic was amazing. Guess I missed that post. Really freakin cool.

    • I love it how the timing is just right 😉 Even though some of the tactics are hard, they can yield you a ton of traffic.

      • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

        Yea, but I am working on a project that I should finish by the beginning of next month, then I am going to pick one of these tactics above and test it.

        If I only had to choose one, for a fitness type site for women, which one should I test first?

  51. Get Rid Of Cellulite :

    Oh yeah, one last thing, the I like the trends blogging. It’s been a pretty cool type of blogging that I have been playing with and it works like crazy with the right title. I also try (obviously) to tie in the trend with my the topic of my site.

    • Good for you! Keep practicing these techniques and you’ll be on the right track. Implement, test, and then amplify the techniques that work.

    • Handicapped Shower :

      May I know , what is trend blogging? Never heard of it!


      • You go to sites like Google Trends, look up what’s hot, and you blog on it. If you do this, you should start getting more traffic and some of those visitors will link to your site.

      • Get Rid Of Cellulite :

        And you can even expand that to blogging about any hot trend… Yahoo News, Yahoo Buzz, Lycos top 50 or Seasonal Trends and “Future Trends” like Neil mentioned above… stuff like that.

  52. Oh I see, so in the day of dog-eat-dog what is the best way to do, black hat or white hat? or I can combine the two?

  53. Handicapped Shower :

    Making a tool also results in some great links…like Shoemoney tools for webmasters etc..So , I think making a really useful tool attracts natural links.

    • Yes most definitely. If you can provide the public with something useful like Shoemoney tools, you’ll easily be able to create back links.

  54. I love shoemoney tools, but now I try to look a new method, what about info links? in making money?

  55. Creative One :

    First visit to your site … don’t recall how I stumbled upon it.

    Are you thesis1.6 based? That could well be it, if you are.

    Reads like you really know your stuff, judging from your SEO Backlinks article and the comments below.

    I’m wanting to morph into the online world, primarily so I can roam and work from anywhere; and decide for myself when to work–whether that’s for 2 hrs a day or a week or two of 10 -12 hr days.

    Ad Agency/Publishing/Printing background, and I’m so done with it after 20+ years and little to show for it.

    Willing to spend a lot of time–need to determine niche before leaping in– art gallery.print production.minimalism. ?? Time will tell.
    Making the leap in Mid-April … expect a few scraped knees like when I first learned to ride a two wheeler, but sure I’ll get past that …especially if I take note of ‘how to’ from people like you.
    Thanks so much for your sharing attitude.
    All good things

    • Good for you in taking the leap into something new. Just know that it’ll take a lot of hard work and dedication to see something even remotely close to success. Good luck!

  56. Pete@PaydayLoner :

    Good suggestions. I’m curious how such things typically begin to go viral. Does one need a critical mass of regular readers already, to read it and start spreading it, or can a good piece of link bait go viral on its own through search engine hits and then being spread by those who found it via a search engine?

    • No…. you don’t need critical mass of readers. All it takes is one reader who sends it out to their group and so on and so forth. Having a mass of readers does help this process.

  57. My kind of post – Stumbled! Backlinks are what drive the internet, and diversifying your link building efforts as far as possible is key to ultimate online succes.

    • Since search engines rank sites on back links, naturally it only makes sense for bloggers to learn how they work.

  58. Joe @ Small Business Ideas :

    Another great post Neil!

    I liked that info graphic you had a while back on the complexity of the US tax sytems and saw another a bit after that on a sort of mind map for building a successful web presence with an authority site.

    It does seem to work for natural linking building.


  59. Poker Marketer :

    Thinking outside of the box is one place I struggle when building links to my sites. Great post Neil, I added 3 of those ideas to my “To Do” list for April.

    • Fortunately, you’re not alone. Thinking outside of your box is a difficult thing to do. Keep pushing and you’ll make it happen.

  60. Oh I see now I know why I’m so down in link building

  61. I love the idea of infographics … thanks!
    Link baiting confuses me. If I create a neat info-graphic on the “history of plumbing and plumbers,” that page may very well rank number one on the SERPS. But that page doesn’t make me money! I want to rank number one for “New York emergency plumber.” So how does the “great content” page help my sales page rank higher?
    My sales page is not link worthy – it’s simply information you need when you are searching for a local plumber.
    So, how does link-bait page A help sales-page B?
    Do I look to gain PR with A and transfer that PR via internal links?
    Or, does getting links to a variety of pages increase your trust & authority?
    PS. I’m not really a plumber.

    • Handicapped Shower :

      Great question Brian! It really made me to think, waiting for Neil to answer this question. If I get tons of links to one page via link bait does google share its love to the whole site or it only cares that page?


    • If you create a unique infographic on plumbing and it gets a ton of links, the overall authority of your site increases. And as it keeps on increasing, your rankings for “page B” will go up.

      One way to do this is to link “page A”, the infographic page, to “page B”.

      • Thanks Neil! So by earning lots of legit links to an informational / entertaining / engaging internal page it can boost site authority which can help increase the PR of the home / sales page – if I internal link from the bait page to the money page?

  62. Irma Solakovic :

    Hey Neil,I think you did a very good job posting this.I must admit this was my first infographic touch.I see it all the time all over the sites I visit,but never pay attention.Of course,that will change now:)

  63. Email Delivery :

    Hi Neil, do you think adding polls and ratings to website can increase user activities, thus will come back again? thank you

  64. Tallinn Flight Hotel Booking :

    Great content is a problem if you don’t know how to write in English. For me it’s a serious case, i would write a blog but i’m lacking the skills to write. My mother language is Estonian and i speak english pretty well, but not that well that i could write a blog.

    Basically what i understand is that i have to start taking some literature classes in English 🙂


  65. An Excellent, no non-sense post that goes beyond the usual. This article proves how doing some research and providing real value is the no. 1 reason why people will link to you. Add to the above list a “directory of resources”and you’ve covered the gamut. Like they say “link-build it and they’ll come!” Thanks Neil.

    • Hey… it always comes back to the …. creative, unique, and compelling content.

      Glad you found it useful.

  66. Rob Burns Brain :

    Video content is also a great way to build back links. Think Blendtec’s “will it blend” campaign or Vincent Ferrari trying to cancel his AOL account YouTube video. These folks got TONs of back links to videos embedded on their sites. Also other people can embed your videos on their site and promote your content!

    • It’s a really great way to do it. You just need to have the right type of video that would help create the effect you’re looking for.

  67. Its a great list i think and will help most of us bloggers. Thanks for the great post and have a great reader ship…

  68. Ballet Moves :

    An incredible resource anybody looking at link-building. I was completely unaware of the quizes tip: it’s totally awesome, and a great way to get some viral link-juice.

    Thanks for the list.

  69. Chris Peterson :

    Hi Neil, always you are giving something different information, this time also. Your post is really amazing. Few of your points need to remind while build link structure.

  70. Nice tips. Though applying all of them on a single website is very tough but can be applied to different set of website.
    Content/blog website can go for Infographics, Quizzes, How to guide
    E-commerce – reviews, Lists

    • Don’t worry about applying everything, because it can be overwhelming. Apply and test. Then use what works for you.

  71. Insta Solutions :

    I agree with you Neil. Now a days many people go in wrong way to get backlinks. Ultimately they get banned from google, and get negative pr.

    Your 7 ways of building backlinks is really good. I always read your article for this kind of information.

    • Thanks Insta Solutions. The black hat techniques are easier to catch now than they were before. Go with what works and over time you’ll have a powerful PR’d site.

  72. harvestwages :

    Great post,
    The list tactic, works best for my blog. i also implement the infograpics and comic tactics. You’ve also given me new solutions, like the – how to and review tactics. You are an inspiration.

    • Good! You’ll definitely see an impact of traffic on your site. Remember, it takes time so don’t expect something overnight.

  73. First timer to your blog and I love how clean and how easy it is to navigate through it. I may be new here, but I’ve seen you on guest posts before on other authoritative blogs. I wish I had checked out your blog sooner however, because you have some killer SEO content and your style of writing is great.

    This and many other posts I’ve read here, are excellent. You gave many references and methods that I’ve not heard about or explained so well, as on this post. Thanks for the very helpful posts! 🙂

    • Thanks, it took me several designs before I came up with something people found extremely user friendly. Good luck on applying those techniques.

  74. Email Delivery :

    Hi Neil, I just want to ask how many percent does your visitor increase after using top commentator plugin? 🙂 thank you

  75. Neil this is only way to come on first page, is there any other way. because sometime backlink get really on your nerve. i am find it very difficult to do that.

  76. Latest Technology :

    Finally I found this site. This information are very useful to me. Thanks for the information are really learned a lot in your article.

  77. Nintendo Wii Clasicc Controller :

    @neil patel yep you are right building links is the way to do it, and the fastest you get it done the better

  78. Ryan Michael :

    I’ve been trying to find an article like this for quite some time. My employer has me researching SEO, and I’ve been most uninformed on back links. I gained a lot of great advice from this article (most gratefully about what NOT to do), and most of all learned that there really are no shortcuts to building back links. I can move forward in the right direction. Thanks!

  79. Latest Technology :

    Neil is it okay if you will elaborate more about link bait? It really confuse me..:(

    • Here is the definition: Any content or feature within a website that somehow baits viewers to place links to it from other websites.

  80. Legitimate Work From Home Jobs :

    I have found that “how-to” articles work best for me – and my information site. I have never considered infographs, so thanks for sharing that bit of info.

  81. I found this site while trying to build backlinks, but I can honestly say that it’s a great site and I will be coming back regularly. Your point about infographics is so true. My company has started incorporating them and we have done extremely well on a number of SM sites.

  82. Scott@ Forex Robot :

    These are some tactics that I haven’t read before. Def. some “out of the box” thinking. I really like your first one about infographics, and that’s something I may try in the near future.

    • It’s very creative and looking like what’s working with the mass crowd. Take action on it asap!

  83. Stupidly Simple SEO :

    The infographics information is genius. Going to use that one myself for an upcoming project…Heck, I link to those when I find ’em!

    Thanks for that.

  84. I optimizer, and therefore your article I had on the soul
    particularly liked the fifth tactic … I had successfully applied in practice, although it requires a certain dexterity

  85. Keith Davis :

    Hi Neil
    237 comments! guess you practice what you preach.
    I’m not doing so badly for backlinks, I comment on lots of blogs and try to take part in the blogging community.

    I notice that Matt Cutts mentions starting a blog, so most of us are at least partly there.

  86. Vimax Pills Review :

    Thank you for your backlink article. I am trying to get backlinks to my website, this will help a lot.

  87. Which one do you think is most important out of these Neil? I know all 7 are important but which ones works best for you?

  88. I have come across other posts on this topic, and I have to say yours is the most informative and helpful. Thanks, Neil.

  89. Great content is a problem if you don’t know how to write in English. For me it’s a serious case, i would write a blog but i’m lacking the skills to write. My mother language is Estonian and i speak english pretty well, but not that well that i could write a blog.

  90. Washable Dog Beds :

    Some ideas I have never thought. Thanks for sharing. Link building takes more creative ideas these days than it used to a few years ago. Buzz always makes a lot of good links, but it is not always so easy to create a buzz in all markets.

    • Yes it definitely required a lot more work on your part, but the good news is that most people won’t do it.

  91. Washable Dog Beds :

    Neil, if you only had to choose one link building method, which one would you choose? I`m just curious 🙂

    • To be honest, all of them are important. If you really are serious about building a successful website, you would just follow this plan verbatim.

  92. You’ll be amazed by the answer, provide quality unique rich content on your site. The main reason people “naturally” link to your site is because your providing valuable, useful or entertaining information that they want to share on their website or web page.

    • Exactly… if you can bring powerful value and content, people will naturally be compelled to come back and promote you.

  93. Debt Management :

    Hi Neil,

    I am totally newbie in SEO field. Debt-Management is my first site. I always try to get some tips & guidance from the experts like you.I had bookmark this post & following the tips one by one.

    Waiting for more tips or guidance from you for the newbie like me.

  94. This post is really superb!

    Thanks to Matt, he really opened few of the untouched doors which are important to consider and follow while we plan SEO for websites & specially building – back links. Thanks.

    • Thanks Swarup! These are methods that are currently working for many people so it just makes sense to do what works.

  95. Watch True Blood Online :

    Backlinks are so important in these days doing SEO. Building backlinks steady over a period of time will lead to success with serp ranking. I really liked your tip on doing graphs for traffic. That was a great share.

  96. Maybe I can add 1 more way i.e create unique and creative images… It works well if your images is really interesting.

    • Unique content and interesting images is always the most important thing you can do to build successful website.

  97. Building backlinks is a pain in the you know what, i just pay a company 20$ for 1000 directory submissions and over half get aproved in 1 day. Have you done this neil. I know you dont buy backlinks but i mean come on this is a steal lol.

    • It maybe a “good deal” but the quality of those backlinks may be so terrible that it works as a disadvantage. Think about it… $20 for 1,000… wouldn’t everyone do it?

  98. Leave comments on other people’s blogs. Just make sure you pick high pagerank blogs and blogs that are similar to your blog’s content.

  99. These are excellent tips on getting organic links. One of our blog’s most popular posts was a list like you suggested, “10 Link Building Ideas To Improve Your Web Presence” ( in addition to giving people link building ideas … it got us a lot of back links.

    Thanks for the great tips, once again …

  100. Email Deliverability :

    I’ve already tried quizzes and yes it turned out effective. I’m planning to start my how to guide in my site I’m just thinking of stuff that I will post.


    • Getting Ranked on Google Guide :

      Congrats on the quiz getting you results. That’s something I’ll be implementing too. I’m thinking about doing a link building quiz.

  101. Wow this is great especially for newbies like me. It sound’s difficult but I think its worth trying. I hope I cant get lots of backlinks and get good rank from google. Thanks for sharing!

  102. Sell Textbooks :

    Both Google and people love lists, They are a great way to make things easier for not only your visitors but the search engines as well.

  103. skin brightening cream :

    Quizzes is a funny site. Usually I will skip this kind of boaring quiz but this website grab my attention and I think it is creative. There are a lot of build links tactic that I never hear it before, for example like use tactic 3: comic or the infographics. I am using ehow to build link, image in the article is a good idea for me, I think I should try it. Well done!

  104. I’m the one who try to build up my back link as much as possible. Try harder to build up those link in clean way to promote my website in the long run. This article is very useful. Thank you for great info.

  105. Housing Crisis :

    I had no idea that the type of content on your site would bring it up or down. I guess this is obvious, but what if you have an article directory? There could be content on just about anything. Does this hurt your URL ranking?

  106. Tried most of those and I can’t wait to try the cartoon angle. Thanks for posting and clearly this well written piece shows that good content will bring a lot of link love.

  107. Michael Fiske DC -- Vacaville Chiropractor :

    This is really excellent. Many of these may not work that well for small businesses like myself, but the lists and how to guides are a great idea that I will have to try.

  108. Thank you for this great post. I have been struggling with google rankings for a while and am going to give this a try.

  109. Thanks for the insights. My blog “business-fundas” is a pretty new one and I was wondering how to create backlinks. Thanks

    • Well, start writing great and amazing articles and you’ll naturally be able to do so. Also, follow the guide I wrote above.

  110. btw does having backlinks to home page help more than backlinks to specific articles?

  111. Baby England Kit :

    hmmm what about sponsoring blogs?

  112. The arka teks lyrics :

    building backlinks is a pain if you know what im talking about. It would be alot easier if it could be automatic if you know what im talking about. Just work hard hopefuly it works out

    • It can be a paid which is why it’s smart of you to do it… most people won’t go through the trouble of doing it so you’ll be that much ahead of the competition.

  113. Traffic Schools :

    What about getting links from local library or the chamber of commerce?

  114. free forex demo account :

    thanks for your effforts to give information to the bloggers, but i couldn’t understand how we can build baclinks with the use of quizzes.

    • People will see the interesting quizzes than post it on their site…. again it’s difficult to do unless you come up with something unique and different.

  115. Venetian Mirrors :

    These are quite good unconventional ways of building backlinks. It’s nice to learn new creative and legit ways. I like these ideas.

    • Yes, there are many ways to do it, I just decided to give some people some options on different things you can do.

  116. kyra@forex cfd :

    You’ve got great ideas there. I never thought that “infographics” is such a wonderful one. I will probably kind of try it in the future. I was just caught with it. Excellent!

    • Infographs have been working really for many people, so you need to be careful because they are just so many out there.

  117. sell textbooks :

    Great article and I know how difficult it was to get good links from Free Online Dating, I had to work with those guys too except one of my main keywords was “Singles” and that was nightmare of a task.

  118. forex demo account :

    Do you think article websites work well to build backlinks?

  119. best real estate :

    No. It may actually be beneficial if your posts get indexed. So make good posts with relevant keywords. However, avoid spamming the discussions with your links. Keep them in your profile.

    • Neil Patel :

      Anything you do in excess can potentially hurt your blog. My best piece of advice is to test a few techniques out.

  120. This is what I want. Any other ideas to increase backlinks?

  121. lol lots of comments to read. I guess it’s always good to know people listen to you. Quiz idea looks promising, you just have to figure it out on yourself before giving up.

  122. Printer Ink :

    The infographics idea is one that I hadn’t heard of before. That one has my mind wandering in a few different directions with possibilities.

  123. Psychic Readings :

    When it really comes down to it, it boils down to honest, hard work; giving visitors to your site something that is engaging and build your site and reputation the slow old-fashioned way.

    • Yes, slow and steady wins the race. The illegal techniques may help you rank faster now, but it’ll screw you up in the long run.

  124. Accrete Web Solutions :

    The infographics idea is great! Very good idea for those who need to see things visually.

    • Yes, exactly! However, it’s becoming more and more common… so if you were to do it, it would have to be pretty unique

  125. webfeuer | Social Media Marketing :

    another great one. too bad i can’t draw comics ;-))

  126. Every time I sit down to write a post I ask myself:

    “What can I write about that people will love and feel compelled to share?”

    Once I found my answer, it all seems to be easy from there. The search engine optimization seems to flow naturally as I type with my own voice – not overloading the post with keywords.

    I listen to my blog readers and give them posts they love to read and share with others. This pulls in the all important backlinks.

    You’re doing a fantastic job here on the blog, plenty of comments coming and and backlinks all around. Keep up the great work (love the design btw – very sleek).

    • Thanks Murlu, the blog was basically voted and fine tuned by my readers over 4 separate redesigns.

  127. Dailymissed :

    this post just changed my way of thinking about building link..learned a lot from it..surely going to follow the steps

  128. Ali-Buy Toshiba Laptops :

    Nice post Neil! it give me some new ideas about building backlinks. I just see backlinks for your site in backlinkwatch[dot]com, i can’t believe it is about 78793. By the way for which keyword you’r optimizing ur site? Because most of them links ur site with anchor link “QuickSprout”!

  129. My backlink strategy is commenting. Your tips are upscale and on a higher level. It seems difficult to achieve but possible

  130. ProbusinessGuy :

    The big thing right now is xrummer. My friend had it run all day and commented on 3000 blogs. 4 backlinks! Weak Stuff lol

  131. People like to be entertained, and if you do that with a quiz or anything that you need someone to read or take action on it will hold their interest and attention long enough to take what ever action you want them to take

  132. Peter Haller :

    Nice list, thanks, i decided to write a blog exactly about this topic, its in german but actually everyone should get what its about: backlinks for free. Visit me.

  133. Great post, you have some good examples hier to follow. Thanks!

  134. Julian Reynolds :

    Hi Neil
    Very informative as always, however one thing bothers me. We are always told (and to be fair, this was my understanding as well) that short term link boosting strategies are not good and that the engines will find out what you are up to and take action.

    Yet, I see major sites do this all the time and nothing is done about it. It’s like Google has one rule for them and one rule for everybody else and it’s about time that there was a level playing field.

  135. Web Design LA :

    I think gaining backlinks is not only important but getting high PR is important and it should be ethical and should not be considered as black hat technique.

  136. Everyday What :

    Okay.. I am a newbie for this SEO, and this is one of the best way to earn money online. Now, my master told me to build a better link building.. So now, I start to serf in the internet to gather information’s regarding for this. But, there were a lot of them to be follow. So, I ask my master if what is the best way to have it right.. He said that “it is better to learn that asking”. So, I drop here and the post is explaining briefly. So, I really think that this post will going to complete and to fulfill what I need to do.. Thank you for this, and I really hope that this is it…

  137. How To Increase Sales :

    You have done it again Neil…

    Top post, I’ll have to bookmark it and follow the links when I have more time.

    You do this to me all the time, top value information 🙂

  138. Plumber Sydney :

    I especially liked the part about ‘top lists’ im glad you went into a little extra detail on how to write a good ‘top lists’ blog post. Your tips are absolutely going to help me. cheers.

  139. Another great post 🙂

  140. Kerry Fowler :

    I’m glad the linkbuilding tips were all ethical and you are right, this is something that anyone can do. At long last it also appears that Google has finally woken up to the fact that paid text links are bad and that really levels the playing field out for everyone.

    • iPhone covers :

      They have to a certain extent, but I’ve seen lots of my competitors with obvious paid backlinks and top rankings.

    • You never want to be in a position where you come across negatively to something that can be such a great source to your business.

  141. Nima Heydarian :

    Comics and lists have been the most successful for me.

  142. Thanks for this awesome information, this is really helpful for me as a beginner. I keep on experimenting but still there’s nothing happened, I will try this tips of yours.

  143. Neil, your SEO articles are awesome. Simple and effective. Thanks for the content and the way you put out the content more importantly.

  144. Hi neil, Your articles are very simple to read and understand. Where do you get this data from?Do you browse internet?Can you share the source like you talked about the comic part.How do you know that they got more than 20 million page views a month?

    thanks in advance

  145. Hi neil, Your articles are very simple to read and understand. Where do you get this data from?Do you browse internet?Can you share the source like you talked about the comic part.How do you know that they got more than 20 million page views a month?

  146. Your articles are very simple to read and understand. Where do you get this data from?Do you browse internet?

  147. Chetan Patel :

    you should put some more ways that say how can we get links for our site. promoting a list is best one i think.


  148. mechanical engineer :

    you are great this info is the most value info about seo i read about seo and no one say nothing in practical way thank you for this information u will try to make it in my blog as i have 5-15 visit per day and I’m confused i struggle in seo and my blof not stable in search engines like yahoo for example keyword “solidworks tutorial ” some time being in the first page of yahoo SE and after week i disappear then i back i don’t know why that happen for the same key world at google SE I’m not exist if you have any seo tips for me i wait for it
    thank you again

  149. lists is definetely the best.. i know of… its just the way people think about things in real world… its so unbelievable

  150. Hi,

    I was wondering how to use your techniques to build backlinks to pages other than the home page?


  151. Thanks a lot for sharing this useful information. I have recently started a shopping website and do not know anything about link building. I will use all your techniques for getting quick back links

  152. I already try some of what you mention on your 7 Ways to Legitimately Build Backlinks and it works. Though the faith of the blogger are still in Google hands..

  153. Hi Neil,

    What happens when back links disappear?

    2880 – July 27th
    1980 – Aug 26th

    My Google page rank is dropping as well, so I am assuming its due to the back links disappearing.

    Whats your take on this?

    • Don’t worry about boosting your pagerank. Just build good content and links and your rankings will go up.

      As for links dropping, there isn’t much you can do on that end.

  154. What a lovely article. I spend days on the internet reading blogs, about tons of different subjects. I have to first of all give kudos to whoever created your website and second of all to you for writing what i can only describe as an amazing post. I honestly believe there is a skill to writing articles that only a few posses and frankly you have it.

  155. Best Ski Resorts :

    An important aspect of strengthening the link is where you get your backlinks. To ensure that you do not get backlinks a bad neighborhood is a very important element of strengthening ties. You do not want to hurt efforts to build your link. Collection of links from sites such as link farms or those who normally read spam or scam to avoid. Not all links are good for your website.

  156. HDTV plasma 1080p :

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  157. I did a Cartoon on my blog about how a website gets onto Google. 😉

  158. Excellent read. I observed your internet site from a google search, and was glad i did. The details has helped me immensely.

  159. Web Hosting Chic :

    Again, awesome 7 ways to build backlinks! I like the infographics idea! 🙂

  160. Larry J @ Child Power Ranger Costume :

    I am new to the back links process. I have a number of WordPress sites that I am building links to through leaving comments on blogs such as your and writing articles and posting them on a paid blogging system. You have presented a number of back linking ideas that are new to me. They read like they are better for experience Internet Marketing people not new people like me.

  161. Since you’ve used both Column Five Media and Infographic World, how would you compare their strengths/weaknesses and pricing?

    • Infographic World is cheaper, but Column Five produces better infographics. Column Five is also better with idea generation and coming up with the data for the graphic.

  162. Chris Brisson :

    Neil, great article. This is basically the formula for getting backlinks. Love it…

    How much does an infographic typically cost to have created?

    – Chris

  163. Great ideas! Of course I have heard them before, but of course I Have never acted on them!!

    Are there any companies out there that will create link bait type content for you?

  164. eBook Cover Maker :

    I love the comic idea like ‘Oatmeal’. Great way to get something to go viral as people love to share something funny.

    • He’s done an amazing job doing the viral thing. He’s one of those guys that everything he touches turns into gold.

  165. I really like the exclusive ideas you’ve mentioned.

    I believe idea for preparing appealing comic would gather a huge amount of links, apparently at later stage if we redirect that webpage to important page will be worthy move from SEO point of view. Does that make sense?

    • It does, but I wouldn’t redirect it after. You should just leave it as is. The moment you redirect that page, you are starting to get into grey area stuff.

  166. Jack | TeenBusinessForum :

    Question on #7. Say you have a really good how-to article. And you know that you could post it on sites like Sitepoint, or Mashable or you can post it on your own site. Put it on the premium sites and you’ll get a premium backlink. Put it on the site, and you may get backlinks but have to do marketing to get the word out about that specific article. How do you decide where the article should go?

  167. I really feel linkbuilding is becoming a pain in the butt. It feels the Internet has lost all the “hippie” vibe of yore, and now it is all so competitive that everyone is suspicious of everyone. So I thank you for the short interesting article… some hints on how to build links nowadays.

  168. thnkz for the tips neil… im fourteen and i want my site to be the number 1 call of duty community station

    • Good for you! I say keep working hard at it and you’ll definitely achieve your goal. Remember that success is the sum of small habits repeated day in and day out.

  169. pros and cons of solar system :

    Thank you for the feed back about building links.Iam getting a little fustrated with building links to my site.Hopefully this information will help a little.Iam new to advertising online so i am willing to take in any feed back that someone can give me. Thanks again.

    • Remember one more thing, Just building backlinks is not important. Try to Add more Unique content, because even if you get first page of google, your website. It will last for sometime, if you do not provide quality content. So, i hope you achieve your success.

    • It will take time, but just take these steps a few at a time and you’ll be on the right path.

  170. Great Article. Normally, another type is participating in same niche forums, and adding anchor in signature, and getting valuable backlinks.

    Quizzes is now a days loosing its priority. People just building backlinks by writing articles, or just reviewing a product and getting backlinks.

    Still i prefer forum participation link, is the best way to get a good backlink and traffic

  171. Magnetic Sign Guy :

    I seem to have a difficult time getting quality backlinks. My niche is in the sign industry. I’m limited to either general business or stuck with a limited number of vendors that I can get backlinks from.

  172. is there any benefit in article submissions, where it takes time to cache by search engines.

  173. Hi Neil,

    can you suggest which is best for off page manual submission or auto tool?

    • I don’t know of a good one to use, I would just google it to be honest. There are many sites out there you can use like

  174. George - AffWatch :

    Excellent post, Neil…

    Some of these ways to build links are really creative.

    The bottom line: Create value that others want to link to, instead of chasing links…

  175. chiropractor :

    Currently it seems like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  176. I love all these great tips you give on generating traffic and backlinks. I personally liked the “how to guides” and may give this a try. The lists one seems interesting too. I have bookmarked your site to study all your tips more closely. Thank you for this info.

    • How to guides are great because they are to the point, and provide a great framework. Glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading!

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  181. Hi Neil

    This is honestly the first time I have heard about the first 3 tactics. If this stuff is coming from a Guru, I suppose this stuff works. Just imagine having 11 million backward links for eHow. Thats amazing.
    Like a alot of things, natural organic links seems to be the way to go even though it may take a 1 year, 2 years, 3 years. Who knows. Just keep plugging at it.
    Time seems to be my disadvantage. I just dont have much time in a family environment to start building links, however having said that, I came across a website called by Kim Roach. I was really impressed with using RSS Feeds as a back linking strategy. The title called: ‘How To Become A Link Building Ninja’. I watched the video and she said that you could build many links using RSS Feeds.

    I need to be able to understand how to get this going on my wordpress blog. I also came across Feedburner. Some how these two are inter-related. Sorry for blabbing on Neil. You have given me some more good ideas to work on.

    I definately like the idea of writing reviews especially about the Black American Express Centurion Card. Spending $250,000 per year is a lot of money.

    I certainly am impressed with all these benefits of this card. I dont know how you do it Neil. One day I would like to obtain one of these cards. I can only see this as a loooong shot. Maybe I need to change my way of thinking and create a positive affirmation like: ‘I am amazingly, tremendously enjoying my American Express Black Centurion Card’. How do you like that as a positive affirmation?

    Apologies again for blabbing on Neil. My thoughts are running ahead of me.

    Thanks again for your excellent posts.


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    • Definitely not, thanks for bringing that up. Great points, trends are only good for immediate link juice…then they fizzle.

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    How long does it usually take to go from no traffic to a regular flow of at least 100/week?

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  195. Lists are an excellent tactic, and you’ve really used them well on your site. I think everyone likes reading something like a ‘top ten’ as it means to you get lot of good ideas in a single post. Also, by having a number of items, writers are encouraged to make each point shorter than perhaps that would have done if they were focusing on just one issue.

    • List make it possible to keep ideas simple and clear. I like that style best for when I am trying to communicate and teach.

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    Nice article, however aren’t most of these methods based on luck ? You need to create a pretty good quiz of info graphic for it to go viral. But thanks anyway , the how-to one is great and I use it a lot myself.

  197. the seven ways you mentions are really good and natural ways to build backlinks, however, as they are not that easy, i agree with you that, to build backlinks, you need to be a bit creative, thank you.

  198. I love this kind of info. Thanks for sharing! Being a visual guy, the comic and infographic techniques stood out quite a bit. Now, creating that kind of creative might be a bit trickier — definitely worth the work though, it seems.

    • Great, glad you liked it. Yep, most people such as yourself enjoy visual aids. True, it may be difficult to create but like you said it will be worth it in the end.

  199. Its very true that patience, going with the natural route is a more long term strategy that truly provides better results and more patience will get you there…nice post and tips, thanks

    • Definitely, I always prefer to work towards long term strategies. Those tend to take more time and work but are worth more in the end.

  200. A couple of things that might work for some (the first works in my niche so sorry if you’re reading my comment and finding that you can’t utilise it) are

    1. Post news. If you can be the first one to post news about something in your niche, all of the other guys are going to be forced to cite you as a source. If they don’t give you a source link they’ll look rather (and ‘scuse my language) ‘douchey’ and in any case you could just email them to include your link and hope that they oblige (if not, rant about them on say, Twitter, and use social pressure to get them to cave).

    2. Make a good product – if you make a good, useful and cheap product (though it has to be value for money), you can get other bloggers to link to you, of course by making something that is of value to them by providing an affiliate link or something and then be especially nice/offer help to those that do.

  201. Wow!!
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  202. Great information for building backlinks.
    I have built several links back to my site by writing articles on sites such as Hubpages and Ezine and linking back to my site in those articles.
    The downside to that method is while you’re writing on another site you’re also taking time away from the site you’re trying to promote.
    I guess that’s the case with just about anything you do to build links tho.

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