7 Proactive Ways to Get Backlinks That’ll Actually Boost Your Traffic

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Are you tired of people telling you that if you write great content, people will naturally link back to you?

It’s actually true to some extent, but if you wait for people to “naturally” link to you, it will take you months, if not years, to hit thousands of visitors a month.

Download this vital cheat sheet of 7 proactive ways to get backlinks that’ll actually boost your traffic.

So, how do you proactively get backlinks without spending hours every day? Just follow the 10 tactics below, and you’ll start seeing an increase in traffic:

Backlink tip #1: Respond to questions on Quora

Quora is filled with people looking for help. All you have to do is search for keywords related to your industry, and you’ll see hundreds, if not thousands, of questions.

For example, let’s look at the key phrase “content marketing.” With a quick search, I was able to find this question, asking if content marketing actually works.

question

Respond to the question, and if there is a specific blog post or article within your domain that helps reinforce your answer, you can link to it.

answer

The screenshot above illustrates the idea. It has my answer with the link I provided to a blog post I wrote that covers a few data points relevant to the discussion.

When doing this, make sure you don’t link to your site just to gain a link. You don’t want to spam Quora as it will hurt your reputation. Instead, you want to focus on responding with a great answer and only add a link to your website when it makes sense.

Backlink tip #2: Help a reporter out

You’ve heard of HARO, right? Of course you have, but are you actually on it?

In case you don’t know what HARO is, it is a website where journalist go when they need help.

haro

They post questions, and if you can help them answer any of them, you can get some free press. You can get published on a news website or a magazine like Entrepreneur.com, which makes HARO a great place to pick up high quality backlinks.

You won’t get a ton of links from this site, but the links you do get will help drive traffic as this site links to authoritative sites.

To get these links, all you need to do is spend 30 minutes to an hour on HARO each week.

Backlink tip #3: Find broken links going to resources or products

Broken link building is hard unless you focus on the right type of broken links. A lot of blogs and websites have them, but very few are willing to fix them.

Your best bet is to find resource pages related to your field and to look for broken links within those pages. I’ve found that web masters are more likely to fix broken links on resource pages as they tend to generate more traffic than general blog posts.

To find these broken links and resource pages, you can use a tool called Broken Link Finder.

The tool costs money…but it is worth it.

If you end up using the tool, make sure the keywords you input contain words like “resources” as it will help you find the right type of broken links.

Backlink tip #4: Industry forums

Have you ever used forums to build links? If you haven’t, why not?

Chances are you are afraid of the Penguin penalty. Assuming you are participating only on relevant forums and aren’t spamming them, you shouldn’t have much to worry about.

For example, Warrior Forum and a few other marketing forums talk about Quick Sprout. Every time they do, I see an influx of 300 to 700 visitors. It’s not too shabby for just one link.

When responding to questions on forums, use the same principles as you do when responding to questions on Quora: respond to questions and link to your website when it makes sense.

Again, don’t spam these forums. Only respond when it makes sense, and make sure your answer is thorough.

When adding a link to your website, avoid using rich anchor text.

Backlink tip #5: Link to relevant sites

I know this may sound crazy, but linking to other relevant sites within your own content is a great way to build links.

For example, I recently published a post on competitive auditing that linked to over 20 websites.

Before I published the post, I visited each of those websites and grabbed an email address of someone who works there. If I couldn’t find an email address of a specific employee in the marketing department, I looked for an email address on the contact pages of these sites.

I then sent out a personalized email to each of those websites:

Hey [person’s name],

I just wanted to let you know that I think [insert their website] is such a great resource that I had to mention it in my latest blog post [link to your blog post].

I know you are busy, so no need to reply. But if you get a spare moment, check out the post. If you like it, feel free to tweet it out.

Thanks,

[your name]

Don’t expect people to link back to your website. Some people will do it naturally, but that number will be less than 5%. Roughly 20%-25% of the people you email will tweet out your post. This action will bring more visitors to your website, and a portion of those visitors may end up linking back to you.

Backlink tip #6: Round-up posts

Do you know what some of the most popular and linked to posts are on the Internet? It’s round-up posts.

If you aren’t familiar with round-up posts, read this one on link building, in which 50 experts share tips on how to build links.

That post generated over 383 social shares and 34 backlinks according to Ahrefs. That’s not bad for a round-up post.

How do you go about creating one of these posts? All you have to do is find a bunch of experts in your field and email them asking one question. You don’t want to ask them more than one question as it will drastically decrease your response rate.

You also want to find at least 30 experts as round-up posts that don’t contain a large number of experts don’t do very well.

I recommend making a post with at least 50 experts. When emailing these experts, make sure you give them a deadline to respond by. In addition, make sure you email at least twice the number of experts you need to complete your post as about half of them will not respond.

Once you publish your expert round-up, email each expert with an email like this one:

Hey [expert name],

I just wanted to thank you for participating in the expert round-up on [insert the topic of the round-up].

You can find the post at [insert url], and I’ve also included a link to your website.

Feel free to tweet it out and share it with your following.

Thanks for participating.

[insert your name]

Similarly to Backlink tip #5, this action will bring you more visitors from the social web. A portion of those visitors may end up linking back to you.

Backlink tip #7: Track your competitors’ links

Any backlink tool can tell you who is linking to your competition, but very few of them sort these links by freshness.

Cognitive SEO has a tool that shows you the freshness of these links. In other words, it’ll show you who recently linked to your competition. All you have to do is select “Fresh Links” within its dashboard.

fresh links

As you can see, the Cognitive SEO provides a list of the most recently found backlinks.

You can then take that list and manually hit up each of those sites with an email like this one:

Hey [insert their name],

I was just reading your blog post on [insert the post title and link to it] and noticed that you didn’t link to [insert your URL]. I’m not sure if you are familiar with it, but it can teach your readers about [insert the value their readers will get].

I just thought I would mention it to you because you linked to [insert competitor URL], but you forgot to mention [insert your URL].

Anyways, keep up the great work. I love your content.

Your fan,

[insert your name]

For every 100 such emails you send out, you’ll typically generate 7 to 10 links. It’s not a lot of links, but it adds up.

Conclusion

Creating a good product or service or writing great content doesn’t guarantee that people will link to you. If you want to build links and, more importantly, generate traffic, you have to be proactive.

If you test the tactics I mentioned above, you’ll notice that in addition to getting more backlinks (and eventually more search traffic), you’ll also see an increase in your referral traffic.

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Comments

  1. Great post Neil.

    I think to add onto #7 that it’s worth people looking to IFTTT. Simply use your favorite link explorer of choice, create a feed with Page2RSS and use that to create a IFTTT recipe that logs all new competitor backlinks into Google Docs or alerts you by e-mail.

    Hope this helps someone 🙂

    • That’s a great post Neil.. Thank you.

      • Thanks for the information, backlinking is one of my greatest challenges. Our site has only been up for 8 weeks and I really have some weak links. I will be returning a lot in order to implement what I can from your post. Again Thank You.

      • Amitabh, glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback.

        • Hello Neil,
          I feel disoppointed when you don’t reply my comments. But sometimes removes. 🙁

          • Junaid, it may have went to the spam folder. Did you have a specific question?

            • Yes, I do. As my blog’s niche isn’t specific. I am sharing my own opinions about real life and issues. My blog is too much natural. As backlinks are necessary for seo. So what kind of blogs should I choose to create backlinks? Because I don’t find any specific niche for my blog. 🙁

              • Hi Junaid,

                The Quora idea at the top is a great one for you. A great way to use it is to find questions that ask about life and issues that interest you, then before you answer go and write a blog post about it in detail.

                Then, come back to the question, add a good answer (not just a link to the post) and then link your post for more info.

                • Thanks Brad,

                  I am gonna try this now. I wish I could have a suggestion form Neil Patel as well about my blog.

                • Brad,
                  I wrote an answer on Quora. But there is no option to insert link over there. How to add link over there?

                  • Hi Junaid,

                    All you have to do in Quora is insert the link manually, but make sure to include the http:// so that it becomes a live link.

                    I answer a lot of questions on Quora and I can tell you that it is a great source of traffic, but you have to take the time to really answer questions in a hugely useful way.

                    I do see people spamming but they are booted quickly, so you don’t want any part of that.

                    • Thanks Wally,
                      So, how should I go? In what kind of answers should I insert link? And Where should I avoid? May I insert link in all answers if needed?

                    • Hey Junaid,

                      It really will depend on the question you are answering. What I do is I only add a link if it makes sense to do so, and I try to mostly only answer questions that I think I will add a link to.

                      But I have also found that if you fill out your profile people will read that even on answers you may not put a link in and still check you out.

                      If you want to cheat a bit, here is my profile — http://www.quora.com/Wally-Brown

                      I am not a power user or whatever but I have found that if I just spend a few minutes a day answering questions I get a fair amount of traffic from Quora.

                      The reason I don’t do more is because I write really long answers and don’t have time to do a ton of them most days.

                      So as far as when to put a link in, here’s what I do. I answer mostly weight loss / nutrition type questions. So if somebody asks “Will I lose weight if I don’t eat at night” I will respond to to it with some information that I think may be helpful and then at the bottom I put in a line about visiting my website if they want to learn more.

                      You can see that exact question and my answer here if I am allowed to post links here –> http://www.quora.com/Will-I-lose-weight-if-I-dont-eat-at-night

                      I hope that helps a bit,,

                      Wally

                    • Hi Wally,

                      Thank you for the great help. Found it really useful for building links on good platforms.
                      Quora is really a very helpful social platform and even you can clear so many questions by exploring on it.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for this tip!

      I’ve been using IFTTT recipes (and/or Zapier) for years and that never occurred to me.

      Thanks!

      Jason

      P.S. Neil, great post, too.

    • This is a great tip Daniel!

    • That’s actually a pretty smart tactic Daniel.

      Going to try it out today.

      I know a lot of marketers who swear by IFTTT but I’ve never really explored it beyond the usual stuff (tweeting out new blog posts, for instance)

    • Wow, amazing how much I don’t know – even being in the industry. I guess that’s why “leaders are learners,” I’m not proud, I know what I don’t know but I know where to find answers. Thanks Neil, I’m gonna pass this along to some clients~

    • Daniel, thanks for the that great tip. Anything that can be automated should be automated.

    • Daniel, I really appreciate your comment about using IFTTT along with a back link checker. Would you mind providing the specific steps to make this work, including a back link checker you use (would love to use a free one), how you set up the RSS2feed, and set up the recipe to come to an email address? I’d really like to try this, but haven’t used IFTTT before. I’ve been looking at IFTTT, but I can’t figure out how to set up a recipe that will email you whenever backlinks are coming to my competitors’ sites. Thank you.

      I posted this in the general comments below, but Neil was kind enough to suggest that I repost under your comment so you’d see it! (Thank you, Neil!)

    • Daniel thanks for the extra tip. I’m going to look into that and see how we can continue to grow our gardening blog.

    • That’s brilliant! Thanks for sharing that 🙂 Definitely need to experiment more with IFTT. I know it’s super helpful, but sometimes the sheer amount of possibilities is daunting!

  2. Wow awesome information to me. I’m going to work on it and try to improve my linkbuilding, thanks Neil!

  3. Nice post Neil. The amount of material you send out is staggering. How do you have time to work?

  4. Wonderful list, just check everything, going to try broken link way 🙂

  5. Yes. Content Marketing works as i am living proof of it. Great sites have great content links that answer questions and the best marketers continue learning and applying building their linkbuilding strategies.

  6. Thank’s for presenting another useful article for us. I like all strategy, but my most successful method are:
    “Find broken links going to resources or products
    Respond to questions on Quora
    Industry forums
    Track your competitors’ links”

  7. Hey Neil!

    This post has so many killer strategies!

    But I have a question similar to Lovepreets question above…

    I have no audience, no emails, and no traffic.
    Which of these strategies would you recommend starting with for someone in my position?

    You rock as usual!

    Be awesome!
    Keith

    • HI Keith,

      I’m on the same boat as you right now; I’m in the process of starting my own blog. My plan is, essentially, to do everything Neil has suggested. I have created a Quora and Haro account and will start to become more active on there once the blog is up. Also, commenting on other relevant blogs by giving real insight is a great option. Be sure to share all your posts on various Social Media platforms as well.

      It’s going to take a while, but it will be worth the work!

      Hope this helps!

    • Keith, all these suggestions are made to scale. It doesn’t matter the audience you’ll see results. Once your audience grows you’ll of course see greater returns. It’s like investing.

      • Hey Neil!

        Awesome! I like “Made to Scale” 🙂

        I appreciate your time! 🙂

        Be awesome!
        Keith

      • First off, awesome as usual. Neil is straight to the point and highlights several effective techniques to enhance engaement with prospects and the target ‘searchers’.

        And on that point here lies the difference between seo for the sake of building links and enhancing engagement. Two very different reasons for investing in time to a) create valuable content and b) putting it infront of the right people. This could well have been entitled How to stop Google updating its spam filters – A Lesson for spammers!

  8. Absolutely good post… It helps a lot to churn our newly built website http://www.CoachingIns.com to a good level… Thanks for the information.

  9. Hello Sir,

    Great post as usual. Just Sign Up in Quora and Drop a answer with a link 🙂

  10. Hey Neil,

    I recently just tried out “Backlink tip #7: Track your competitors’ links” to focus on what they are doing to build links and as well see the potential from where they are getting back links.

    I noticed I was able to get my article reviewing Shopify on the same page.

    Thanks,

    Christopher Pontine

  11. My favorite tips is: Backlink tip #7: Track your competitors’ links

    I like the feature on recently found backlinks.

    Q: What are some other proactive ways to gain backlinks

    A: Find Broken Link Building Opportunities on Wikipedia

    Use this search string in Google:

    site:wikipedia.org [keyword] + “dead link

    Next, visit a page in the search results that’s relevant to your site:

    Hit ctrl + f and search for “dead link”

    Take a broken link that you found and pop it into ahrefs (or your link analysis tool of choice).

    Reach out to the site owners that have the broken link on their site. Let them know about their broken link (and pitch a piece of content on your site as a replacement).

    P.s: Technique learned by Brian Dean at backlinko.com

  12. Excellent post–just wanted to add that for the expert round-up if you are reaching-out to 30, 50 or even a 100 folks use Boomerang (or Boomerang for Gmail) and it will automagically alert you in x days if there is no response.

    Beats going through 100 emails in your Sent Items to figure if you get a response or not. I’m actually using this strategy right now.

  13. Yes quora is giving good traffic 🙂 thank you big bro for all list 😀

  14. You are awesome neil, well done. I just started a blog and I’ll try to do this things by myself.

  15. Hi Neil great post.
    Is it best to answer questions on Quora and industry forums as a branded profile or as an individual?

  16. Lovepreet, how about writing 30 Guest Blog posts on different blogs?

    Each post should contain a link back to your website.

    Just my opinion, maybe it’ll work for you.

    Rob

  17. Neil, thanks for tip #3. That just sounds brilliant to me. ha! By finding a broken link you are helping the blogger fix a problem they were unaware of, and adding a link back to your own site.

    Rob

  18. Neil,

    I had never heard of Quora before, but looks like it’s similiar Yahoo Answers but more updated and more friendly for my niche.

    Thanks for this information and will be checking out Haro as well.

    Brok

  19. Neil, this is a great post. I have a question regarding Quora. I’ve become active on the site this month (posted 45 answers so far); mainly focused in the project management and careers topics.

    In the majority of cases, I do not have a specific blog post that answers the question. In every answer, I add a “email signature” with my name and homepage URL. Would you consider that an effective approach vs linking to specific pages?

    • Bruce, I think that’s definitely a good strategy in the interim. You can also draft up a quick post to answer a specific question you see often — that, I believe, would provide much more value.

  20. Is there a specific reason you prefer Quora over Yahoo Answers?

    Thanks,
    Vi

  21. Good stuff Neil, I just did a round-up last week and it drove my traffic to numbers I haven’t seen since I started it.

  22. Hey Neil great post. I hadn’t heard of round up posts before. Sounds like a much better approach to “blog carnivals”.

    For a start up site, do you think it is better to go after the one “whale” who’s link alone can bring you thousands of visitors a month or to build relationships with “dozens of minnows” that are also just starting?

  23. Yes, Really to create backlinks manually is too hard, Quora is one of the best way to get link naturally. Bookmarking is also a great way to get some links back.

  24. This is a great post Neil, I’m actually a Link Builder my self, these ideas you have shared with us have just shocked me. Some real good stuff, Thanks for sharing this with us! This will deferentially benefit me. Cheer’s Neil!

  25. Great post, Neil! These are really helpful tips.

  26. Hey Neil,

    I had heard of all these sites and this method also before, But I didn;t applied it and now I will apply as you also have shared this now so it goes Trusted.

    Otherwise Thanks for this information, Neil

    – Akshit Wadhwa

  27. This was the “Aladdin’s Lamp” I been looking for, Thanks Neil for all you do! I already started implementing the first strategy and its working great 😀

  28. Hello!
    i am new to blogging but your site has helped me a lot.
    thnks!

  29. Nice post Neil.
    very informative and productive, hopefully we will do work with these points and get some good results

  30. Neil, love your posts, mainly because they are detailed and useful. Thank you!

    Daniel, I really appreciate your comment about using IFTTT along with a back link checker. Would you mind providing the specific steps to make this work, including a back link checker you use (would love to use a free one), how you set up the RSS2feed, and set up the recipe to come to an email address? I’d really like to try this, but haven’t used IFTTT before. Thank you.

  31. Very helpful…..I have used 2 of them and actually got results. Will try others also. thanks again.

  32. Hi Neil, all these things are good to talk about, however, I just wanted to know if a person publishing 5 articles a day can put time in these? Anything else for them?

  33. As always the awesome neil patel comes with another amazing article with lots of link building techniques. Every year I expect from neil and brian that these super genius guys will bring something new to the market and my expectations were not wrong.

    Thanks neil keep sharing these kind of awesome tactics in future too.

  34. Great tips and great post as usual, thanks Neil. I always feel I’ve benefitted by reading your posts. So much to think about, and act on. I will definitely be checking ifttt out as mentioned in earlier comments, and quota, here I come!

  35. I would be careful about sending “personalized” emails in order to let people know they can tweet about your blog post, even if it’s nice to thank them for their great work. From their perspective, though, it’s too easy to recognize our motive.

    When it comes to tip #7, I doubt not many are going to believe that a random fan would send them an email advising to include a link to another website without having something at stake. It seems rather a shortcut to risk our reputation. Besides, I don’t think it’s a good and transparent practice at all to represent yourself as someone you’re not in order to gain something, and even worse to advise others to do so.

  36. Awesome article, as always, Neil!

    Pssst, your intro says “10 tactics” instead of 7 🙂

  37. Hi Neil,

    Nice post, awesome tips to get back links. Ill give try on each tip and see how far it works.

    To the 6th point: I haven’t heard about it anyways you’ve give an referral link to check this out. But email reaching to expert, I see most of the time there is no response.

    Thanks for your tips,
    Siva

  38. Finally! I’ve been writing blog posts (inspired by your previous email) and then thinking to myself… ‘Hey how are people going to even see this’ and then BAM! This turned up in my inbox. Thank you so much for all this free awesome info Neil.

    All your stuff is actually relevant things we can act on right now. Keep up the good work dude.

    James

  39. Hey Neil,

    Thanks for another great blog post. You always seem to read my mind!!

    The Quora tactic is a great tip, something I’ll definitely try out in the next few weeks.

    Keep the great content rolling.

    Cheers,

    Will

  40. Nice post as always Neil. And you are very true about waiting for people to naturally link back to you – it will surely take months or years to gain traction.

    I like the Quora tip, coz it not only helps to build backlinks but also gives us an opportunity to help people by directly answering their questions 🙂

    This way we can naturally gain authority; as well as make new connections.

    Thanks once again for the tips Neil.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

  41. Hey Neil,

    I am a big fan of your’s. You really write a great content which helps me out in every way.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  42. Nice

  43. Mind boggling tactics Neil! I have heard many of them but “Link to relevant sites” is new for me. Thanks for sharing great tips, I will definitely try this one.

  44. Great post Neil.

    I really love the idea of the round-up post as its been on my mind lately.

    I enjoy reading your posts. keep up the good work.

  45. Hi Neil, thanks for the information. My friend told me about Quora a few weeks ago but I never really thought it would help me get traffic to my website.

    Question: Did you manage to get published on Entrepreneur.com because of Haro. I saw an article written by you on the website. Was just wondering. It must be great to get an article published on Entrepreneur.com

  46. Appealing to the ego of an expert is the best way to generate a backlink. Interviews, roundup posts, top 10 X posts – all work well!

  47. Hello Neil,

    Really great and useful post. Get some new tricks to collect good backlinks.

    Thanks
    Chetan

  48. Neil,
    What an excellent article! This has to be one of the top questions that I hear from website owners. You’ve mentioned some great ideas that I will be incorporating. Thank you for sharing your expertise on building quality backlinks! Will be sharing this!

  49. Simply Awesome Boss
    You Written just superb ! Lot of things learned today. Though I have visited on your blog regularly ! Keep it Up !

  50. Thanks Neil! Great post as usually. I will definitely try the round-up post strategy and I will share the result. Cheers

  51. Some really awesome tips there.

  52. Great post – I have personally found the Quora method to be very useful provided that your answer is a quality answer and voted to the top of the post. Shall try out the expert round up tip next.

  53. thanks for these tips, now i am working on these and i am watching that my website rank is improving day by day, once again thank you

  54. Hey Neil,

    This post reached me at the correct time when I was looking for some quick link building methods.
    I am going to try the Quora method and check my competitor backlinks.

    Thanks a lot for this awesome post at the right time.

  55. Awesome post again Neil! very helpful for beginners! thumbs up!

  56. I find that infographics are a fantastic way to connect with site owners. If you link to their articles like you’ve suggested and then contact them, having a really compelling infographic helps seal the deal and they actually want to link to you again.

    I have recently done an infographic on why infographics are so powerful… http://www.manchesterwebdesignagency.co.uk/infographic-design/

  57. Hi Neil,

    What an interesting article!!! thanks for giving us tips on backlinks.

    You’re an awesome writer!

  58. I think that quality of content and backlinks most important ranking factors.

  59. Commenting is also a good way of getting backlinks 🙂

  60. Hi Neil,

    Great awesome content as usual….I always return to read your blog posts here and on your personal site at neilpatel.com again and again, for both insights and inspiration! 🙂

    I’ve heard of HARO but until your blog post mentioned them I’ve never really considered using them as a source of backlinks. Quick question – are the journalists looking for just any good useful answers to their questions, or are they focusing more on good awesome blog posts for them to mention or highlight?

    • John, thanks for your support and for reading both of my blogs.

      They are definitely looking for a mixture of both. They want answer and quality content to promote.

  61. Hey Neil !

    Mind blogging techniques to get backlinks. I’m really thankful that you shared all these with us.

    Really, these are very effective and latest ways. I do agree all these tactics are pro-active ways but I don’t think dead link strategy is so effective these days.

    Instead I’ll like to add syndication of content in this list. What about syndicating ? What do you think, what are your views about this ?

  62. Another full value added post. I’m still trying to incorporate all the all the advice you had in the ultimate SEO checklist. Thanks Neil!

  63. Hi Neil,

    Outstanding post as usual. 🙂

    We have never thought of using Quora to generate backlinks to our blog. In all honesty, we are a little scared of what Google may do to our blog’s health if we tried that, but… you are right, if answers are genuine and helpful, why should we get penalized?

    We are starting to use MyBlogU for roundup posts, and to leave our contributions to other blogs. I think that will slowly help, in that sense.

    Thanks for the brilliant advice, Neil. This post goes to our Reference folder. 😉

    – Laasya & the BloggingLogin.com Team

  64. Thanks Neil for sharing such a valuable post. GOOD LUCK!

  65. These are great points Neil and I will definitely try most of them out because as an up-and-comer, I think your post just made me realize how few my backlinks are. Will definitely give these suggestions a go!

    Thanks for sharing these very useful information again Neil!

  66. I don’t know why is kind of hard for me these days to build backlinks. Seems like a lot of methods might affect you and stuff like that

  67. I learn that info graphics are a fantastic option to connect with site owners. For those who link to their articles like you’ve suggested after which you can contact them, having a really compelling pornographic can help seal the deal and they actually want to link to you again.

    http://www.abc.com

    • I discover infographics are a fantastic route to connect with site owners. Any time you link to their articles like you’ve suggested and next contact them, having a really compelling infographic assists you to seal the deal and they really need to link to you again.

      Anchore

  68. Hi Neil!

    I was interested to know if blog commenting to related sites work or not. And does Google gives value to the links of my website’s posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus?

    Should I share same post on Social Media again and again to have better ranking?

    I mean does it harm my website’s ranking?

    Advance thanks for your answer.

    Regards

  69. How to create backlink for my coupon & deals website..

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  70. I enjoyed this article.

    Thanks Neil for this great tips. 🙂

  71. Hey Neil, you read my mind. The next post I will write, is a round-up of 25 Digital Marketers. Maybe you would like to be one of them!

  72. I learn a lot how to build a backlink by reading your article. It was a simple great 7 step..

    Thanks! 🙂

  73. Neil, this is the very informative post for driving website traffic by different tactics of link building. But some other link building is also beneficial to increase traffic on website, Like directory submission. However, it takes a more time to give link back.

  74. Neil, this is a fantastic post. I like the idea to track competitors link. Though it is involving and challenging work, the end result is fulfilling. Thanks man.

  75. You can find running click here shoes to sports equipment to print up and over.

  76. Thanks… your post information really very much effective…. I am beginner… and you gave me valuable data… thanks again dear

  77. well a great post here to understand link building easily.
    properly explained for newbies like me.

  78. Glad to see posts on Link Building, still. It seems people just keep replying with “content is king” when people ask about Link Building tactics. That answer is fine, but you still need to market your content and get traffic to it!

  79. This is a great inspirational post. Thanks for sharing Neil We all need encouragement.

  80. Great article. Too many people are debunking link building as an entire strategy because of the shady practises of old. Links will always have merit on the world wide web as it’s what the fundamental principles of the internet are built on. We just need to know how to do them in a non spammy, contextual and intelligent manner.

  81. Neil,

    Your answer on this Quora post is a nofollow link, but some of the other external links are not nofollow. Do you have any insight into how Quora determines which links will be nofollow and which are follow?

    Thanks!

  82. Good article and really useful.

    It’s great to see link building still being discussed. People are forgetting with the “content is king” statement the value of well sourced natural links, not only for ranking but for referral traffic too. A client of mine who has regular mentions in forums gets converting referral traffic from these sources!

    Thanks again.

    Lee.

  83. Great post! I honestly didn’t know about Quora. But, after reading this article I have placed a few backlinks with quality answers to my website. Hopefully, they will drive some traffic as they are quality answers.

  84. Nouman Malik :

    Neil . what is the benefit of “quora.com” comment because it provide nofollow link?

  85. Thanks for sharing this great tips, will use it the improve backlinks on my website http://www.thekillerpunch.com. keep on educating us.
    Best Regards

  86. Very helpful stuff, reminded to me to get a signature on my forums, speaking of do links in signatures help? Because by adding a signature in essence it gives me thousands of links right?

  87. Awesome post Neil. I’m using this one as my “task list” and I’m already working through it. And Quora, what nice platform. I’m all signed up. Thanks again!
    -Greg
    http://GravyGrowth.com

  88. Hi Neil,

    I’m always on the lookout for fantastic advice on Seo strategies, I’m so glad that I come across your website. I will be spending some more time going through your posts.

    I know you can gain some really good backlinks from answering questions. As you can see from the email I do my own seo for my man and van company. Is there any more niche websites you would recommend for gaining backlinks? sometimes I find that the larger forum don’t feature individuals looking for advise on niche subject areas such as mine.

    Contragulationson your fantastic blog. I will be bookmarking a lot of your content advice.

    Many thanks

    Wayne

  89. Neil – great article – some new tips in here that I have not seen before. I especially like the HARO suggestion! Will do!

    Thanks

    Brent

  90. thank you Neil this is really nice post about backlinks i read entire post it impressive and informative

  91. Thanks Neil for sharing this great tips, will use it the improve backlinks on my website http://www.technewsmob.com.

  92. I normally like to read your articles because these articles help me alot regarding blogging and backlinking stuff.

    Thanks

  93. Great Article and useful tip this blog gives people good information on way to get backlinks very inspiring.

  94. Hi Neil

    I have my own blog of all technologies and android, IOS, C#, SEO Basics Tutorials but i dont understand why my visitors are not grow up. i will uploads so many good things but still no effects to others can you tell me what to do. I love blogging but my visitor are not so good so this matter is dis-pointed me so plzz help me out if you want to check my blog “http://www.mithileshjoshi.blogspot.com/”

    plzz dont forget about it.

    • Mithilesh, have you determined your buyer personas yet?

      That’s the first step to creating compelling content that provides value to you and your website.

      Checking out your site I see that your content can be beefed up a bit and your design elements mean to be a little more refined — less is more 😉

  95. Thanks for the head start .i am new to SEO and you have written a fine article

  96. We are going to try these things and hope that they work of us. From above comments we are quite positive that ‘7 Proactive Ways to Get Backlinks That’ll Actually Boost Your Traffic’ will help others too.

    Keep writing….you are doing a great job.

  97. Hey Neil,

    I did it with Haro, like it send mails everyday, one of the mail had a topic which I could respond to and that’s what I did. That was an author who was publishing a book (kindle version also), he liked my answer and put that in his book with a link to my site. If that cannot give link juice then it can definitely give some visitors to my site and some authority also.

    Great tips indeed.

    Kind Regards,
    Karan

    • Karan, Haro is a great tool — glad you found it helpful.

      I have found some great people using it. You’ll continue to see traffic rise and come to your site if you keep using it properly and leveraging it.

  98. this is awesome article i always amaze how would you writes such a long articles

  99. Hi Neil, like always your blog posts are so informative. All of us your readers get to learn so many new techniques. We love you Neil. Thanks for the update on how we can get backlinks easily!

  100. Neil Patel.
    i have read your article if you write great.
    Link building is considered the best way to gain search rank and ways to get Back links more importantly, generate traffic.

  101. Hi Neil,

    Thanks a million for sharing the great tips. For sure, all of them will be applied to improve my website http://www.chinesecookingstudio.com . Cheers!

  102. I am a big fan of you and I have created a new blog, and the theme of my website is about videos? Can I seriously build backlinking as my website doesn’t contain much text as yours?

  103. Thanks lot for sharing these tips

  104. Hi Neil, I have been a long time reader of your blogs. (Yes, I follow them all! Lol) Thanks for always being thoroughly helpful and for writing in a way even for beginners in SEO like myself can understand. I will definitely try out these tips and hopefully, get great results. Thanks again.

  105. I was looking for something like and this and after a lot of searches I found your article. It was very helpful and very enjoyable to read. Creating Backlinks is a crucial task and no one likes to sit and write for others or comment on other blogs just to get a backlink but as we know that to rank above you need a lot of backlinks.
    Thanks for this amazing post. Looking forward for more such posts.
    Regards!

  106. Any update on this Neil? The latest version of Penguin is supposed to dramatically reduce the importance of backlinks (if rumors turn out to be true).

  107. That was really helpful
    Thank you Neil.

  108. Thanks for sharing this complete tips for the newbie like me. It valuable.

  109. Hello Neil,

    Great guide to generate some quality backlinks. I do use Quora for long and Thanks for HARO suggestion! It’s really helpful.

  110. I have a question for you please: How participating in Q&A sites like Yahoo! Answers, Answers.com, or Quora would increase my blog traffic, especially that links on most those sites are “nofollow” anyway?

  111. Hi
    Great article and i will use it for my website http://paksalespoint.com..

    Really thanks

  112. really nice post
     like the way you present it
    This is great content, specially for me as a beginner.
    keep posting it

  113. Great tips, I will make sure i use them

  114. Thanks neil for sharing the great ideas. I am in suby to build backlinks for my newly created blog.

    Thanks a lot
    shajeer

  115. This is very useful information about back links. I think, this is the best way to explain this topic because some bloggers are confused with this concept that how to generate back links. Most of blogger suffer from weak back linking, these techniques are really useful for them. Is the forum posting is also a good technique for generating traffic?

    • It would generate a ton of traffic, but you if you have enough forum links and are providing value with those conversations, then you’ll have people trickle over to your site. It depends on how many you do and how good your comments are at getting people to “click through” to your site

  116. I was recommended this website by my cousin. I am no longer sure whether this
    submit is written by way of him as no one else realize such distinctive about my trouble.
    You’re amazing! Thank you!

  117. This is a great post. I am currently paying a company $750 a month to help with SEO on my site, and they are primarily working on building backlinks. After reading your post, I am wondering if I should use your techniques to build the backlinks myself instead of paying this company all this money that I don’t have.

  118. Hi,
    I am continuously following your site. And it’s helping us alot in our project http://www.peppersmile.com

  119. Hi Neil, it’s a highly concentrated post. I especially liked the 5th point (writing to the website owner that you’ve mentioned and linked to their post). It’s a simple to follow idea. And it doesn’t take much extra time to do that once we’ve already invested the time to read their posts. Thanks!

  120. Great article. Thank’s for presenting another useful article for us. I like all strategy, but my most successful method are:
    “Find broken links going to resources or products
    Respond to questions on Quora
    Industry forums
    Track your competitors’ links”

  121. Thanks, Neil. I am the new student and want to rank my site. I hope after the reading your useful post I will get soon

  122. Thanks Neil for your information. It is very nice. Building back links is not only sufficient for getting good ranking but also finding out different issues in website and taking out the best possible solution is also very important to get good traffic and higher ranking.

  123. hello thanks for the post bro…It really help me for upgrading the ranking of my site

    Thanks

  124. hello thanks for the post bro…but I have question for you ,, is forums are helpful for increase backlinks… dont get any results from this site

  125. Always great tips to boost my site. One day i will achieve what i want.

  126. Neil, I am confused about anchor text, for example, I am commenting often and use name Sidra khan and my domain name is also Sidrakhan.info can I penalize by google? please explain

    • Comments won’t affect the SEO of your site. When you are building links that are within blog posts, don’t use exact match anchor text, vary up the keyword.

  127. Its mean Comments does not count in backlinks?

  128. Ok, Neil. Thanks for clearing my confusion.

  129. I am pretty new to blogging and SEO. I recently started working with a few partners and started a web design business. I know I cannot do this alone. Thank you for providing value to the industry. It’s very helpful and I’ll be posting this on my FB page. I would like to build even more links and thank you for the awesome tips.

    Ted

  130. Thanks for the post and useful information! Will defiantly take a look at the backlink method that you recommend using as have lots of , but you did not mention artcle submission and signature submission method.

  131. Quora is a great way to reach new unique visitors. However Quora is using NoFollow tags so those links your have pointing to your website are not doing much for you rankings at all…

  132. Thanks for the tips. The most time consuming part of building a website is building backlinks. It’s not easy to build backlinks. But I will try your strategies and see how I go 🙂

  133. Great article and It give me a new idea. I hope that I will be possible for me to do my website.
    Thank you for sharing.

  134. Great Articel, It is very helpful for me, Bcoz I m beginner in this SEO game. And I don’t know 123 about backlinks. Thanks Neil Patel for this article. I will Definitely going to apply these tips in my website i.e. http://www.trackjobsonline.com from today. Some things I didn’t Understand, but first I will try to apply then I will ask You questions Hope you will help me out.

  135. Since I’m a beginner in this domain, the information you shared will be of great help Neil. However, I’m not well versed with broken links point. Would you be kind enough to throw some light on the same.

  136. Amazing post. I like #7 the most. Glad I learned something new today 🙂

  137. Hey Neil,
    Thank you a big big time buddy! 
    I was looking for something like this for so long. How come I have not seen this post yet?? You are in my bookmark now (y) Thank a million zillion trillion times!!
    I have a question if you could give me an answer please?
    Suppose I found broken links on any blog, now I should let the webmaster of that blog know that he got broken links? Or go to the broken links resource?
    Thank you 🙂

  138. thnx its very helpful

  139. I taught that quicksprout is really a well blog to teach me any things about blogging and SEO as well. Neil patel @sir you always inspire me.

  140. Hello Mr Patel,

    I am working hard trying to get backlinks. You and backlinko.com are my go to guys for this. I have been emailing people on Social Media Examiner and messsaging other people on Facebook. I’m very determined.

    Love your work,

    Scott Davidson.

  141. Hello mate Very successful Article i learned almost every thing from you
    Thankyou

  142. hank you for this information am still beginner in seo and hope to be professional.

  143. Thanks Neil,I’ve read a lot of your articles.Can I ask you a question?How long it takes for google to scan a new backlink?Lets say i posted a link on some forum,when can I see it as my backlink?

  144. hello neil,

    this was really good information. I started posting on some sites and am trying to contribute to these sites. Adding value to the net.

  145. hey great article bro thankx for it

  146. I have opened a new website and created more than 200 backlinks.. but my backlinks are not showing when use seo tools to check my backlinks.I don’t why this is happing.Is this happening as it is aa new website ?
    Reply and Help plz

  147. hey, niel do you think social networking sites likes Facebook , twiiter , google+ etc gives back links ? I’ve left many links on these sites and I also get traffic from such sites but when I check my back links it shows no backlinks from such sites. I these these social medias are only worth for traffic but not for back links . I hope you reply.

  148. Thank you for your article.I have make a new website and created a lot of backlink.

  149. Thanks for the valuable information. I have applied these information for my website that is brsolutions.in . I have created lot of back links with the help of information your shared. Thanks agian.

  150. Thanks for the wonderful resouces Neil.

  151. Thank you. Thank you Neil!

  152. Thanks This is lovely article I will I shall Implement these steps.

  153. This is a mighty article. Such a huge list of probabilities for getting backlinks. Book marked it. Thnx a lot for sharing…

  154. Was looking for ways I could build new links, found you from Google. Thanks for this article. I’ve been an avid user (reader) of Quora. But I’ve never thought to get backlinks from it. Will do this right away.

  155. Thanks This is lovely article I will Implement these steps on my website http://www.GupShupStudy.com

  156. Thanks for such a wonderful article, I think it’s not that difficult after reading this article. I’ve already paid a big amount of money to someone just to help with SEO but I think they are following the same strategy which is mentioned above, which I believe I can implement myself !

  157. This is a Great Post Mr. Neil.
    I have learnt alot new things here today. Appreciate your time and efforts to write this.

  158. Really great tips, Neil.

  159. Fantastic Information Neil, really do appreciate you telling us.
    I noticed that many of the options do require some engagement with the webmaster/forum owners etc, so i will be putting some templates together so that i can target these.
    Also, i did manage to get my website featured within a popular facebook group and for that day, my traffic was boosted massively! So finding a facebook group talking about your particular interest/niche, and then leaving a link to something of interest is also a great way to gain traffic.
    Thanks for all you do.

  160. awesome informatica and information gracias my friend, i really adore ur experience and vision for the Market.And yeah i really Agree what u are said is completely true and awesome my dear friend, apart from links and everything i personally prefer the audience from the social Media, which massively boost the Search Apperances in the Google and to be honest all my sites are truely based on the Social Media and a maximum of 10 percentage of audience from the Search Results

  161. I am new to blogging, thanks for the information about backlinks. It will help to build backlinks to my site to grow traffic.

  162. Hi Neil,

    I am actually excited to share a good backlink strategy mentioned by you which worked for me.

    You have been regularly talking about creating shareable content. Here is a small interesting story.

    I interviewed an American lady for my segment and published it on my blog. There were 11 internal links including one to the home page.

    I shared the interview link on social media platforms and even the lady who gave interview shared the interview link on her profile.

    Guess what happened at the 1st step.

    2.71K Facebook likes in 24 hours.

    What happened next!

    The interview was copy pasted on 2 websites without removing internal links. The first website isn’t impressive and allowed 5 links.

    The second website is one of the most popular website/forum/news site ranked 99 in Pakistan (ref to similar web tool), has 516,000 indexed pages.

    They did not remove a single link. That means I got 16 backlinks. And all of them are DoFollow. And I believe this will further get reshared.

  163. wow great Idea. I like your last idea, Me should be check my competitor’s site backlinks, and I decide to link there, where my competitor has been his site already. If he was success to get backlinks from there, I can also get it. Thanks for share this valuable idea.

  164. Does, paid backlinks make difference than free backlinks ?

    can u suggest me some paid backlinks site name ?

  165. good keep posting i’m waiting or huh thanks for sharing this site.Professionelle Übersetzung very nice informamtion.

  166. Thanks for tips bro…
    this article about backlink help alot newbie to start build website like me 😀

  167. great article. Thanks for tips

  168. Hello Neil Patel,
    This is my first time that i am comment here….actually i am having one project in that i did many things for backlinks but still website did’t receive any backlinks, I am doing social media promotions also . what shout I do…..

  169. Real smart strategies to get quality backlinks. Thanks for Sharing man.

  170. First, let me appreciate you for writing this fabulous post on how to build backlinks 🙂 loved every bit of it. To my surprise, I am following few of them already like finding broken links on the sites and contacting site owners to replace the link with mine 🙂 and answering related questions on Quora and leaving my links for the suitable questions 🙂 I wanna try rest of the points which you have mentioned in this post 🙂 I am a great fan of you Neil 🙂 keep up the good work 🙂

  171. Great post Neil,
    What do you think about blog commenting backlink? Is it still relevant today?

  172. Hi neil

    thanks a lot for sharing this amazing list on off page seo. I’d like to know if replying questions’s answers in yahoo answers make any advantage as an off page activity?

  173. Great article neil. i hope it will definetly help me. if you have more suggestion please share.
    thanks once again

  174. I like your 1st method. I’ve got much traffic in my blog using quora. Be sure to answer on questions that are related to your niche. Thanks a lot neil!

  175. This article was written in 2015. But it is still very useful to me. I like the “Help a reporter out”. Thanks.

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