A Thirty-Day Plan for Gaining 100 Authoritative and Relevant Backlinks to Your New Website

30 day

Link building. It’s the backbone of SEO.

The way we build links has changed quite a lot over the past decade, but links themselves are no less valuable.

Like me, you may remember the early days of online marketing, when generating backlinks to a website was as simple as requesting links from link farms and other sketchy sources.

Google put a stop to that, so generating backlinks for a brand-new website is a bit trickier these days.

That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, though. The sooner your site has a decent number of backlinks from authoritative, high-quality websites, the sooner its performance on the major search engines will improve.

Although this is largely a waiting game, there are things you can do right now to generate first-rate backlinks to your new site.

Follow the advice here, and you can easily generate upwards of 100 authoritative and relevant backlinks to your new site in just 30 days. 

Forget the old way of doing things

First, don’t even think about employing black-hat techniques to generate backlinks to your site. Google’s algorithms are far too savvy to be fooled, so such efforts are bound to backfire.

As frustrating as it may be, quality trumps quantity every time when it comes to building a top-notch link profile.

Link building has long been the most volatile field in SEO. There has been much misinformation and rancor over the best way to build links, how quickly to build links, which links to build, and even whether or not to attempt link building at all.

Google’s algorithm changes are less frequent and impactful than they once were. However, we’re still discussing algorithm changes around the subject of links.

The latest of these was the September 2016 update to the Penguin algorithm:


The most substantial change of the algorithm was that “Penguin doesn’t penalize for bad links.” The conversation among the SEOs suggested as much:


What does this mean for link building?

Link building today: What matters most

First, don’t be afraid of link building. No, you shouldn’t be pulling any old-school link wheels, but neither should you be afraid of creating and unleashing a link-building strategy.

Unlike in the past, when a link was a link was a link, effective backlinks today share a few key characteristics.

First, they occur naturally. Rather than being compelled to add a link to your site for whatever reason, website owners link to yours because your content is too terrific to pass up on.

Effective backlinks come from authority sites relevant to yours. I’ll delve more deeply into what constitutes an authority site later, but suffice it to say that your links shouldn’t come from just anyone.

As for relevance, a hundred links from sites that have nothing to do with yours pale in comparison with a single link from a highly relevant site.

What constitutes an authority site?

Authority sites usually share the following traits:

  • They’re credible
  • They enjoy a high ranking on major search engines such as Google
  • They receive huge amounts of traffic and lots of shares on social media
  • They’re influential

Additionally, they lack the characteristics of a bad website, which include blatant keyword stuffing, high link-to-content ratios, excessive numbers of ads, and low-quality content and website design in general.

How to find relevant authority sites

The first step in your 30-day plan is to identify authority websites relevant to yours.

You can easily use Google for this. Use search operators to zero in on suitable sites more quickly. For example, use site:.gov, .edu, or .org to limit your search to such sites.

Search for the keyword of your choice to find sites that rank highly for it, and go from there.

Another option is to use the Moz SEO toolbar, which is offered as a free extension for Firefox and Chrome.

It displays useful metrics and information about the site you are currently visiting, including its page authority, domain authority, links, and a general analysis of the page itself.

What to offer

Okay…so far, so good.

Here’s the rub, though: You can’t approach these authority sites without offering anything in return.

Since your website is brand new, what can you possibly offer?

I hate to break it to you, but you should ideally build up a decent content library before attempting to solicit backlinks from authority sites.

Luckily, the content doesn’t have to rank well. It just has to be top-tier in terms of the quality of the information it provides.

Prior to launching your site, devote a few weeks to developing a small arsenal of content. When the time comes to work on your link-building strategy, you’ll have stuff to offer other website owners.

After all, why would they link back to you if you have nothing for them to link to in the first place?

Making contact

When it comes to approaching website owners for backlinks, you already know what to do. Navigate the site in question to track down contact information.

If you can’t snag an email address, use a contact form.

Don’t be blatantly promotional. In fact, you might even hold off broaching the subject until you’ve had a few exchanges.

Flattery will get you somewhere, so try breaking the ice by complimenting the site owner on a piece of content.

Later, show them some of your stuff, and suggest swapping links.

10 tips for getting quality authoritative backlinks to your site this month

Okay, now that you got the gist of tracking down and soliciting relevant authoritative sites for backlinks, it’s time to get down to brass tacks regarding effective link-building strategies.

I have all sorts of tricks up my sleeve, and I’m sharing the very best ones right here.

1. Blog – A LOT

According to HubSpot, companies that blog on a consistent basis have up to 97% more backlinks than those that don’t. From day one, commit yourself to posting new posts consistently.

Quality still counts, though; so, create a schedule that allows you to post regularly while offering readers real value.

2. Offer free resources

You’ve got something to offer free, right?


Like you, other website owners are always looking for useful, credible sources of information. There’s no reason why you can’t provide it.

Create a library of white papers, e-books, and other pieces of content that provide detailed, useful, and well-researched information.

Offer these resources free, but make one small request: credit in the form of a link back to your website.

Alternatively, offer the content free as long as it’s directly linked to from your site.

3. Become a PR whiz

When they’re done properly, press releases can effectively plant seeds for new backlinks to your site.

By “properly,” I mean that they provide newsworthy information and that they include a non-promotional link back to your site.

Reserve press releases for truly newsworthy events.

You should have plenty to go on with a new site since so many things are in the hopper.

4. Create and share infographics

Breaking up text with high-quality images is smart.

Not surprisingly, there’s a strong demand for top-notch images online, and infographics are especially popular. Build a library of infographics that relate to your industry or niche.

Whenever possible, create an infographic for an important trending topic that affects your industry or business. Readers love to share newsworthy graphics and use them as a form of social currency on social media.


Source: youthnoise.com

Sprinkle in a bit of SEO to ensure your infographics are easily found through the search engines.

People will want to share and use your infographics. When they do, organic, high-quality backlinks to your site will ensue.

5. Develop charts and tables

Humans are visual by nature, so charts, tables, and other visual representations of data tend to go over very well.

Load your site with tables and charts pertaining to your niche to plant the seeds for more backlinks.

You don’t have to be a data scientist to make this happen. Find reliable sources of information, and put their data into graph or table form.

Use a site such as OnlineChartTool.com to quickly and easily create eye-catching charts and graphs others will gladly link to.

6. Build an image library

Website owners are always looking for images in general—especially if they are offered free.

Make sure the images are of high quality. If you don’t possess the skills to take excellent photos yourself, you need to be willing to hire someone who does.

Post each image on its own page. Include a detailed description, and use SEO best practices to increase the odds of it ranking well in Google Image Search.

Include a form for quickly grabbing the file and link code to ensure you get your links.

7. Repurpose effective content

A quick note: never, ever copy content from the Internet.

I’m not just saying this because plagiarism is wrong; I’m saying it because Google will penalize you so hard that your site may never recover.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with identifying useful pieces of high-ranking content from other sites and repurposing them to suit your needs. But make them truly your own by optimizing them to be relevant to your website.

And don’t just repurpose text-based content as text-based content.

Take a text-based piece and turn it into an e-book, an infographic, a video, or some other form of media.

8. Fill a gap

Yes, the Internet is jam-packed with content.

Chances are, much of what needs to be said regarding your niche or industry has been said. Still, others have surely overlooked important topics. Identify those gaps, and fill them with high-quality content of your own.

Similarly, look for gaps in the types of available content. For example, perhaps there’s an overload of posts and articles about a subject but no in-depth pieces or e-books.

Be the first to provide them, and you will reap all kinds of great link karma.

9. Interview influencers

Seek out influencers within your niche, and create a roundup post.

Such a post essentially includes several links to several different influencers while covering a specific subject.

A great way to round out this type of content is by interviewing the influencers in question. After finding key influencers, follow them on social media. Interact with them to establish a relationship, and then approach them about interviewing them.

Even very busy influencers can usually take time to answer a question or two via Twitter or another social media site, so this is a worthwhile option to consider.

10. Scope out the competition

What kinds of backlinks do your competitors have?

Chances are, you could benefit from receiving links from similar sources too. Do a little sleuthing to discover who’s giving them link love.

Use a site like SEMrush.com to track down your top competitors based on relevant keywords. Next, input each competitor’s URL into a site like OpenLinkProfiler.org.

You’ll get a list of links to your competitors’ sites, and you can follow them to see where you might want to concentrate your efforts.

11. Try broken link building

This technique is especially valuable for new websites.

Put simply, you seek out broken links on relevant websites and approach site owners with replacement content they can link to instead.

Since 404 pages can negatively impact a site’s ranking, website owners usually appreciate being alerted to the issue. Use something like the iWebTool Broken Link Checker to search a specific URL for dead links.

Contact the owner, but make sure you have something for them to link to instead.

12. Make useful comments

In the old days, conventional wisdom said to post links back to your site in comments sections to boost your link profile.

These days, that comes across as spam, so you need to take a subtler approach.

You need to keep up on industry news anyway, so get into the habit of regularly reading relevant blogs and websites. When you have a useful comment to contribute, do so.

When someone comments on your site, acknowledge the comment!


Chances are, they’ll remember the gesture and reciprocate in the future. Even if they don’t, it’s good karma.

13. Write guest posts

As you already know, generating enough content for a business isn’t easy.

Site owners are often happy to be offered free content for their sites, and you can do so by offering to create guest posts and articles for them.

Get to know a website or blog before approaching the owner. Make sure your content complements theirs. Have a unique angle or insight to offer, and then make your pitch.

One more thing: reciprocate by offering to let them guest-post on your site too.

14. Solicit backlinks in person

If it’s feasible, attend trade shows and other events within your niche to meet influencers in person. Face-to-face interactions go a long way.

When interacting with an influencer in person, make sure you know who they are and why you want a link from them. If the opportunity presents itself, ask about getting a link.

At the very least, you can forge a new connection that could pay off well in the future.

15. Harness the power of social media

Your site is new, so your social media game has to be strong.

Whenever you create new content, promote it across all social media channels. Even if each post generates only a few shares, the odds of backlinks being generated increase.

Later, don’t be afraid to promote old content on social media again. You may have new followers now, so it certainly doesn’t hurt.


The trick to getting backlinks from the tips provided above is putting them to work right away.

Again, before doing anything else, get a decent stockpile of quality content.

If necessary, pay good money for it. It will be worth it in the long run.

Which of the suggestions above are you likely to try first?


  1. Moinuddin Gholam :

    Very straight and effective blog post on gaining backlinks the right way.

  2. It’s like you’re reading my mind Neil. I’ve been researching this for the past few days and your blog post really succinctly sums it up.

    Quick question for you or any other commenters who happen to read this – I was recently reached out to by a gentleman who wants to copy my content and post it on his website while linking to me and giving me credit.

    Should I accept, to get the free backlinks or would that hurt my original content SEO?

    Many thanks.

    • That is actually a very good question George.
      Normally i ask them not to scrape the entire article, just put an excerpt and link back .. liek continue reading here.. but i want to hear Neil’s view on this as well..

    • In my experience, the person who copies your content could easily outrank your original content with better backlinks. I wouldn’t go for it.

    • Take a look at this post George https://www.quicksprout.com/2014/11/03/should-you-repost-your-blog-content-on-other-websites/

      • Hi Neil, I read the article you linked to here. I remember when I wrote for KissMetrics (maybe circa 2013-2014) and my article showed up on Entrepreneur, I was perplexed there was no Canonical. Sean told me he hadn’t thought of using cross-domain canonical. Anyway, long time ago, so don’t quote me on the details. But later I noticed Entrepreneur started using it.

        Without knowing you wrote this post, honestly (I’m not trying to spam here), I did other research into this, and I found different results. Of course, I looked at this from a different perspective though, and used one keyword query as my base point for research, to help with an example:


        I’d love your feedback on this because clearly you had data suggesting otherwise, and plenty more links to account for it. I am curious to know what the case differences may be in these scenarios. I used to be a die-hard canonical rel advocator too, but now I’m not so sure it’s that damaging on sites like LinkedIn or Medium.

        Also it’s worth noting that Yoast released a video letting users know that reposting on sites like Tumblr is ok, because search engines know how these sites are supposed to operate. That’s mentioned in my article as well.

        Hopefully this provides more insight.

        • It has changed a lot… it used to be where you shouldn’t do this… and you would get penalized just like we did at KISSmetrics when Entrepreneur didn’t use a canonical. Times have changed now and you won’t get penalized even if a site doesn’t use a canonical.

          • Interesting. I really do wonder how this will affect plagiarism, and finding the original source of content without a date tag, or even a false date tag. I guess time will tell.

  3. uthman Saheed :

    Thanks so much for these tips on how to build authoritative backlinks. Though, I think its still very diffcult to get your post published on authority sites as a newbe through guest post. Inforgraph and free resources will surely work out fine.

  4. Edvin Lofgren :

    Awesome information. I guess smaller websites can benefit from backlinking each other? Within the same niche of course.


  5. Ashish Sharma :

    Wonderful article , Quality Back links are key of success of every website.

  6. Donna Merrill :

    Hi Neil,

    This is a lot to put into motion. Yes, the trick is “putting them to work right away.”

    I think to just put at least one thing into motion…I’ve been “thinking” of starting to ask people in my niche if I can write a guest post for them… and vice versa. You’ve inspired me to stop thinking so much, and start doing 🙂


  7. Bandela Mgoqi :

    Hi Neil,

    Thank you for sharing such incredible information. Link building is a herculean task for many (including me), but still remains the backbone of SEO.

    For anyone who wants more strategies on link bulding (on top of the advance guide by neil), checkout this article by Joshua Hardwick –> http://www.theseoproject.org/link-building-strategies/

  8. Another great post Neil. Couple of those are really actionable for even relatively small or low-budget websites. Blogging regularly is one of the most important things a blogger or website owner can do and at the same time competitor inbound link analysis is another effective technique which pays off. Strategy is one thing blog or site owners must have for consistent link acquiring. Really good post, and I believe that this post is going to help many.

  9. It’s a nice post Neil. I found a person in Fiverr, www.fiverr.com/veerakm who create backlinks from high authority sites. From one high authority blog, I got 88 views for that submission in just 1 hour. I again hired him and believe my site would rank soon. Will let you know if I have any doubts and please help me if I have any clarifications.

  10. I asked for your little assistance in the previous article comment section but might be you didn’t see.
    I intend to start ecommerce store, I’m stuck in one place and that’s traffic. I’d do seo later but I also want to run some paid ad campaigns for email optin page in exchange of free ebook in order to capture lead for future selling. I don’t care for sale conversion at this point.
    I heard about networks like 7search, ppcmate and some more that are cheaper than facebook ads or google ads. Can you guide me please?

    • For an eCommerce site, Facebook ads are the best from my experience, even if you intend to build a list from such efforts.

      I also think you shouldn’t be bothered about the cost of ads but the effectiveness and conversions you get from running such campaigns and Facebook rewards you with cheaper clicks in form of CPM when you target the right audience for your campaigns.

      If I were in your shoes, I will run a Facebook Ad Campaign to my eCommerce site targeting sales and to build my list. All this is possible but depends on how you design your campaign.

    • How often are you blogging Ambra?

      Whats your monthly ad spend? I haven’t had much experience with those networks, so I can’t tell you what the quality is like.

  11. This is a valuable post for everybody who have just launched their websites . Link -Building is still the backbone of SEO . Hence , new website owners often falls into the trap of link builders who promises authority links within a short span of time in order to rank their websites ASAP in Google’s first page . Would love to know what ‘s your view on this ?

    • Unfortunately it happens to most people who enter the industry. Building links isn’t easy so if you come across a too good to be true opportunity, it could be

  12. Paskolos internetu :

    I recently got deranked on google. Well i’m not suprised by that, because i know i messed up on link building. All positions dropped where anchors of the links was exact keywords to article’s url or backlinks was pointed to main domain. But… i got higher ranks on the long tail keywords which is very simillar to the main keywords. Does any have experience in disavow’ing links in google? I noticed i got spammy links recently (i have no idea how…) so i tried to disavow them, but nothing changed…

    Any thoughts?

    P.S. Sorry for bad English, Greetings from Lithuania 😉

    • Take a look at this https://www.quicksprout.com/2014/05/28/when-and-how-to-use-the-google-disavow-tool/

      hope it helps!

  13. Ahsan tariq Awan :

    It’s a nice post Neil but one question if i got nofollow backlink from revelant blog so this backlink is strong for rank a sites

  14. Neil, I would suggest – after creating a good blog post, just boost(paid ads $5 or $10) that post with Reddit on proper sub-reddit. If the content is good, there is a good chance of getting back links from high authority websites. Am I right?

    • It’s definitely possible Bibin, depends on how good your content is. The better it is, the more effective you will be

  15. Allan Mantaring :

    Helpful and amazing post. It is very good for the new website like mine. Thank you NEIL for this new knowlegde and learning.

  16. Hi Neil,

    I have been spending quite a lot of time these days reading and trying on all possible ways of link building strategies. So from this post few more to the list to try, key takeaways like OpenLinkProfiler, iWebTool Broken Link Checker, OnlineChartTool etc. Thanks sharing this knowledge.


  17. Hey Neil,
    I have been experimenting with the MAKING USEFUL COMMENTS for the past couple of weeks. It is very effective, for some comments, I noticed immediate traffic back to my website. The key is to write a comment that adds to the conversation, rather than spamming (as you have alluded).

  18. Hi Neil,

    This was a great read.

    I wanted to ask you, do you believe there is a sandbox period for backlinks?

    I have a page on my site which has extremely in depth and useful content; the content on the page beats anything out there at the moment.

    I have also been slowly building links to it, over a period of 6 months. At the moment the page has approximately 40 do follow links from relatively high authority websites, with some no follow and social links in the mix as well.

    The page has been live for 11 months now and has been bouncing up and down between pages 3 and 6. It is also targeting a keyword that gets 100K+ searches per month.

    I have run the URL’s on page 1 and 2 through ahrefs and noticed that many of them only have 10 or fewer links from low quality sites pointing to them. The content on their pages is also quite mediocre. Their domains do however have high authority.

    So my question is, do you think I just need to wait a little longer to see improvements in rankings? I have read on some blogs and forums that it can take up to a year or more to rank for super competitive keywords, even if you have a good number of backlinks pointing to the page, simply because Google puts you in a “backlink sandbox”. From your experience, how true do you think this is?


    • When you’re going after highly competitive keywords it could take a year or longer, depending on where you, the market, and many other dynamics. It just requires a commitment to consistently creating high quality content.

      I think you need more high authority back links

  19. Really great post Neil and good timing. I always struggle helping my clients come up with backlink strategies so I’ll definitely be referring to this in the future. Thanks!

  20. Well written.

    A lot learned as usual.

    And since I’ve another site that’s new, you’ve “NEILED” content creation into my skill so I’m going to do that first.

    And as it is, no reasonable blogger wants to do without creating a content that’s “linkworthy”.

    Thanks once again.

  21. Elif Xhezairi :

    Learning a lot from you man, but really broken link building is very hard most of the time people don’t even email back you and its frustrating how much time you spend on working without results on broken link building, anyways every time you post my brain is updated so thank you Neil.

  22. Rajeev Bhushan :

    Great Information for a new website. This article will really help me to get better ranking. Thank you very much, Neil, for sharing a beautiful article!

  23. Amazing article ….. Thanks for sharing this … very trustworthy!! 🙂

  24. Finally, my long desperate quest to build quality backlinks has found its way!

    Thanks for teaching how to have authority backlinks, Neil.

    I really liked your point #9, to get influencer (such as you being one) in your domain interviewed. So, when can i expect you for a face-to-face interview or a Facebook interview, at least? 🙂

  25. Neil,

    This is perfect timing. I noticed a plateau in my SEO traffic and I think I need to spend more time building links to my site. I am going to take your 30 day challenge and see if this works. Thanks again for the timely content. I will report back in 30 days to see if these tips worked.

  26. Sir Neil,

    Thanks so much for this blog I was looking for such a post that help me in doing authority link building.

    I planned the same as you tell us through this post with my team lets hope we will get good links ..

    thanks a lot !!

  27. Caroline Middlebrook :

    Building links sure does take a lot more work these days! Thanks for the tips Neil.

  28. Do you know you have 2 versions of your website? You’re at the risk of being penalized by Google for duplicate content!

    Sort out your www and non-www version of your website.

  29. Neil,
    Agree with the points you shared, can we also try with image backlinks?

  30. Very well written, as always, but unfortunately the majority of us lack consistency when it comes to relevant link building.

    • Consistency is a challenge for all of us Donna. When you can create a routine, it will come easier and the results will follow

  31. That’s huge! How will anyone accomplish all of those?

  32. Hey Neil, Your article has cover almost everything that already happening around, even though your effort always remarkable. Thanks

  33. Hello

    Quality Back links are key of success . If you have 1 Quality =1000 bad link


  34. Nice Post!
    Patience is the key. I will try the inforgraphics method

  35. Since I’ve recently started focusing more blogging for my own site, this is really perfect timing. I’ve got a bunch of posts in there, and now it’s time to get those backlinks. Already putting some of your strategies in place.

  36. Really helpful strategy in doing effective linkbuilding and relevant back links…
    Glad to read this article…..
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful plan
    Thumbs up to you

  37. Thanks…some of the techniques are unique for me.

  38. Great article, as usual, Sir Neil. I had been following you for years now. Gonna try this technique and implement this on my blog as well. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful inputs.


  39. As always, simple, succint and to the point. Neil never misses. Highly recommend his Marketing Programs as well!

  40. Thanks Neil for sharing this insightful article. I will start with creating Infographics.

  41. Thank you so much for this portion of great tips how to move further. I can’t stop admiring your willing to share your knowledge with the world. THANKS!

  42. Shaheen Adibi :

    Hey Neil, thanks for introducing me to the online chart tool! As always great piece.

  43. Hi Neil, you started with how to build backlinks effectively and ended up with how to rank a website in google!!

    People pretend they know everything about start and end of penguin algorithm!!!

    You could have consider writing this article ( sorry every article) in a equation which is


  44. Riju Ravindran :

    Thanks for the great guide, as always! Could you, or some of the readers help me understand what exactly is creating a library of white papers etc:

    “Create a library of white papers, e-books, and other pieces of content that provide detailed, useful, and well-researched information.”

    Do we develop content (or) collect other online and offline available resources to create a library of reference? And how would that enable us to ask for a link credit?

  45. Vatsala Shukla :

    Excellent tips, Neil, thanks! The tip on image libraries is one that seemed to have been quite popular last year especially where images were being copied off websites and Facebook for free download. A particular website which managed to rank less than 200,000 used this tactic and then disappeared into the clouds after tons of DMCA notices were issued.

    Authentic links are the best from a long term reputation perspective.

  46. Cavakia Therlonge :

    Thanks for publishing this very insightful and practical article just in time of need. Will definitely bookmark this post to help me build links to my brand new blog effectively.

  47. Thanks Neil. Usually I follow your good articles, and were very helpful. I have to be honest, this particular post doesn’t tell me something new or suits the title.

  48. I didn’t find the ‘thirty-day plan’. Also, I counted 15 tips for getting quality authoritative backlinks (it says 10) 🙂 Great post as usual!

  49. Hey neil, thanks for the wonderfull share. But one question really always bug my mind, how is seo done for a new tech blog? Still havnt found an answer to that yet. Will be glad if a blog post is dedicated to teaching this..

  50. 3 full-screen popups before I can even see the article? If I didn’t already trust the source & know the material would be fantastic I would have bounced . : . bounced : . : bounced . : .

  51. Thanks for all the link building tips. I guess I always get stuck looking for link pages on relevant sites but they usually seem like they are outdated and no longer being updated. I always mean to write more blog articles but never get around to it. Thanks again for the article I will definitely try to put a few of your tips into effect

  52. I strongly believe that creating good images and infographics help increase the number of back-links. Also, interviewing people and reviewing products relevant to your nice!

  53. Do you know where to outsource people to collect data and make infographics? Thanks

  54. Great post neil. Just launched a new site and this has come as a great help.

    Wanted to check what is more valuable – single links from different sites (similar ranking) or same number of backlinks from a slightly higher ranked site?

    • Getting links from sites that have higher authority will provide you better results, even if you don’t have as many

  55. Victor Beresford :

    Hi Neil,

    I love your teaching by example with links throughout your blog.

    An offer to replace a 404 broken link a good link from you interests me.

    Where would I learn to mechanics of how to make that easy for both parties to implement.

    Thank in advance ,Victor

    • Check out this post Victor http://neilpatel.com/2015/11/07/how-to-create-a-spectacular-404-error-page-with-12-examples/

  56. Same old bulshit which neil repost after some days in a new post. Totattly bullshit

  57. Ajax control toolkit :

    Awesome man, Thanks. I have already started building links the way you have suggested.

  58. Gyanendra Kumar :

    Everything is quite nice as you said above. But my concern is when i use to approach someone for guest posting they use to post my content on their website but do not provide any link to my site. So i just want to know that, is it giving any benefit to my site or not.
    One more point, I use to update my blog very frequently but not getting much audience. so what to do..? please suggest something….

    • Hi Gyanendra,

      When guest blogging, it’s very wise to try and acquire those links back to your site. It’s one of the reasons so many people guest blog. You may receive some traffic without a link (if you mention your website) through people searching for you themselves, but generally, you should acquire the link to get the most out of guest blogging.

      • You definitely want to have a link on your guest post Matt. It’s the same as when you leave comments on someone’s blog, your a guest. If you provide good value and insight, then you’ll attract more people coming into your direction

    • If there’s no link back to your site, then you aren’t really benefiting from it

  59. Hi Neal,

    I would love to see a step by step / day by day guide on what to do each day. I mean really get into actionable steps. I love the 15 tips on how to gain authoritative backlinks for my site. Just wish it provided that depth that I’m looking for. Love the content and expertise you provide. Looking forward to the next post.

  60. Helpful Article, quality of back links new trend for SEO .

  61. Useful as always, Neil.

    Broken link building is something I’m trying. Do you have a specific blog or resource with tips on this?

  62. Speaking of authoritative site, quicksprout is absolutely one. Very well said and direct. I have a new blog and really need to gain back links. I am so thankful I have subscribed to your blog!

  63. Shah Jahan Labar :

    Hello Neil,

    Great Post, i am gonna try blog commenting, broken links and guest posts for my new blog.


  64. Moazzam Malik :

    Hi ….

    A very nice and detailed post. Thumbs up!

    A quick question is how to get backlinks from .org sites . I mean they are not offering guest post and won’t allow us to do comments.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • You can find some that do, but it doesn’t mean all of them will. .Org isn’t much different from .net or .com. I would just look for more .coms that allow guest posting

  65. Hi Neil ,

    Backling has been and will be a main part of SEO for long time to come. Some say link building is dead but results says a different story. Thank you for this nice article on link building .

  66. Sudipta Sarkar :

    Thanks for sharing such useful guide here.

  67. Menaka Bharathi :

    A very useful post Neil! I in fact have clicked on all the links and signed in to those which would be useful. I have learnt a lot from this post and am going to implement everything possible.

  68. AS always, insightful and full of action. Thanks for verifying some techniques I was previously wary of using. The more you share the more I learn. Thanks again.

  69. Some great tips, as it is had for those of us without an established reputation to gain traction with successful bloggers. For example, guest posting sounds simple enough, but there are few legit sites that accept them, and even fewer that accept them from strangers, with new blogs. Not that we should stop trying, but it’s not easy.

  70. MacKenzie from Great Whyte :

    The scouting out dead backlinks trick looks pretty good Neil.

    Nice one!

  71. This is a powerful Article Neil, I’m gonna use it as a reference over the next 30 days as I’m ramping up the amount of content I create & put out on my blog.

    Great Article, I’m glad I’m still on your list & get your emails. This is a well put together post, clearly displaying the power of created quality backlinks & building for the long term.

  72. Jack Hutchinson :

    Hi Neil,

    You recommend press releases – do you have any preferred press release services that you use? A lot of Press Release sites have been burnt by Google penalties so I’ve always been wary about using them…

  73. Neil I hope you will give an extended answer to my question! I have been following your blog for a long time and love it. I am just very confused bc you have suggested reciprocal links. I have *LONG* wondered whether reciprocation is the key to getting more links. So my question: are reciprocal links helpful?! Or do you need them to be one way? Please give some extended insight if you have time. I would greatly appreciate. I’m just really confused bc that is what your article promotes, and I thought that was a no-no. Thank you!!

  74. Your guides are amazing!!!

  75. Back link is not dead but now it’s not easy to build. You have to check page level relevancy or domain level relevancy to your business after that you also need to check PA and DA of the site where you are going to make a back link…

  76. First of all thank you for your valuable information this information useful for one who improve the ranking and traffic of his website keep update the valuable information like this.

  77. Digital marketing - Teddy Tech Kerala :

    Thanks Niel for giving some new information about link building. I am sure that this will be helpful for all digital marketers & Seo analysts

  78. Kaushal Patel :

    As usual the post is fantastic, I become a regular reader of your blog Neil. What I like about your blogs is you always write in depth of subject with detailed information and with images and screenshots. Those make it easy to understand the topic and content.

  79. So, the title of this article mentions a plan. You don’t actually provide a plan. It mentions how you can gain 100 authoritative links in 30 days, but your blog post simply lists pretty basic tactics that most any webmaster and certainly all SEO and digital marketers would know. What gives?

    At one point you write “you can easily generate upwards of 100 authoritative and relevant backlinks to your new site in just 30 days,” but it isn’t EASY. If it was, everyone would simply make good content and wait for backlinks, because you write later in the article that backlinks will occur “naturally.” Well, then WHY DO ANYTHING other than create good content? And why “link build” at all? You don’t explain that.

    I’m not a hater, but we can do better than this. Ask yourself a question Neil — was this article even worth writing? Did you write it to get SEO or to help people? It reads like you wrote it for SEO. It reads like you found a title you thought would get clicks and work for SEO and then wrote an article sort of about SEO and backlinks. It’s content like this that make it very hard for earnest digital marketers to get the message across about SEO.

    Frankly, I’m shocked and suspicious of many of the comments too, which say “Great article,” when if they know anything about the subject I can’y see how they think this article provides anything new or anything that matches the title.

    • The comments are all real. But you are right the quality of my articles have been dropping… and it is because I’ve been writing too many posts. I need to focus on writing higher quality articles again, which I will. You’ll first start seeing this on NeilPatel.com after 10 days. In which I am switching to writing 1 post a week that is super high quality. Then I will do the same on Quick Sprout. I appreciate the honest feedback 🙂

  80. Santosh Kanekar :


    this is really helpful. I am a subscriber to the Quicksprout blog and also to Kissmetrics and I always find value reading your stuff. In fact, way back I saw you emphasizing guest posts and that is what I am focusing on.

    Quick question?

    I have some posts on entrepreneur.com and the website icon below my name, when clicked, comes to my website. Is this a backlink? However, when I see in Google search console, I don’t see entrepreneur.com linked. Am I missing something?

  81. Doing “reprints” is a respected tradition in journalism, and if you reprint online, you link back to the original article you got permission to reprint. I’m curious why Google penalizes for this. Are there parameters for a respectable format for this, as far as Google is concerned?

  82. Good bunch of tips. I think blog commenting, guest posting and interviews are the most effective and interesting ways of backlinking. All three options help to build a network around you, and share or discussing a valuable information. I definitely agree that humans are visual by nature, look at Pinterest, it brings a lot of traffic. On the other side, Reddit is a great source of powerful backlinks too but made in absolutely old-school way (btw, look at the mobile version of Reddit, it is different).

  83. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for sharing complete plan to gain backlinks. So far I have tried commenting on blogs and social media only. I should definitely think about giving free resources, infographics, repurposing content, researching competitor’s backlinks, etc.

    How do you normally identify your competitor for a blog that’s about 6 months old?


  84. Awesome post.

  85. This is WEW!!!

  86. Hey Neil,
    Really a great plan. Thanks for posting. will try working on this right now.

  87. Valuable info. Lucky me I discovered your site accidentally, and I am stunned why this twist of fate didn’t happened earlier!
    I bookmarked it.

  88. I’m catching up on my learning and going through emails. New to blogging and backlinks, this was really helpful. Thank you. I need to optimise my site…. had a few problems over the past three weeks so missed some blogs. When I’m on top of it again I’ll be taking this post into consideration…..

  89. Hi Neil I love reading your tips and articles. I do follow these tips on my tech blog CuriousPost.com. I find the results are good and getting better. Thanks for your contributions.
    I’m glad if you could pay a glance at my and give some suggestions.
    Thank You.

  90. Jason Smith :

    It’s really had to find relavent backlink for website.. Thank you for sharing this article and I will follow your method..

  91. Kevin Bryce :

    A well put together article Neil! The challenge of course is to put these strategies to work – which involves quite a bit of time and effort. Many of those who have gained notoriety for their business use YouTube videos to promote their product or service. But this audience can be fickle and leave in search of the next shiny video idea. So for most businesses the task is to build the quality content you mention and drive website traffic using reputable links. I have looked into Linkedin and this Social site has the ability to get your website and content in front of audiences who are eager to learn and to purchase products which fit their needs. Linkedin is sometimes overlooked as a way to accomplish this.

  92. Everything is quite nice as you said above. But my concern is when i use to approach someone for guest posting they use to post my content on their website but do not provide any link to my site. So i just want to know that, is it giving any benefit to my site or not.

    • Create an agreement first. Preferably in writing. You’ll supply an article for their approval, and if it’s published, you get credit. If someone has published your content without permission, ask them to take it down. That’s not right.

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