Search engine optimization (SEO) is based on the notion of placing the most popular and relevant websites first on a user's search engine results page. While keywords are one way to indicate relevancy to search engine crawlers, website backlinks are also a vital component in this algorithm. However, building website backlinks has traditionally been a painstaking and drawn-out process. The following tools and tips are designed to help your build website backlinks to your site. Read this blog post to learn great ways to find backlinks to your website and help your SEO.
Get Listed in Search Directories
Each day millions of users turn to online directories for referrals to businesses. Anyone who is serious about SEO, musty get listed in directories. Directories like Yelp, Yahoo, Angie's List, and several others are vital for getting noticed by potential visitors. In most cases, it's free to list your website or business in these directories. However, you may have to wait a month or two before you are actually listed because the directory may have to verify the legitimacy of your business. In either case, directories are one of the easiest and most effective ways to build backlinks. In addition to directories like Yelp, use the following free directories to quickly build links back to your site:
In most cases, forums and message boards are an excellent way to build high quality website backlinks. However, it's important to make sure the forum or message board is respected, so the website backlink can add value. It's also vital to follow the rules of the forum because the administrator could remove your post. Best of all, posting to forums and message boards is relatively quick.
Submitting Articles to Directories
Similar to posting in forums, submitting articles to directories are very effective ways of building website backlinks. However, submitting articles can be much more time-consuming because they are usually longer and require more thought.
Contrary to popular belief, some social media sites do offer value for building backlinks. Although Facebook and Twitter utilize "do-not follow" tags to prevent backlink building, the following social media networks to offer value for building website backlinks.
It's vital for your business to have a Google Places page. In the description and profile fields, make sure you use a heavy dose of keywords.
In addition to creating profiles for the business, you should also create profiles for key founders and employees in Google+. Make sure you add custom links back to the website with anchor text. Make sure this text is the text you wish to be ranked for in a search engine.
Start by creating a company profile page and a page for the key employees. Then make sure there are links from each page back to your website. However, LinkedIn doesn't allow you to use anchor text.
Although Digg isn't as popular as it has been in the past, it's still an excellent way to generate traffic and build quality website backlinks. Use Digg to submit the articles you wish to promote, which will be indexed and followed by search engine crawlers.
Stumbleupon is an excellent article discovery site that is very popular and extremely busy. By submitting links to Stumbleupon, you will catch the eyes of viewers and search engine crawlers.
We use these tools and many more for our clients to make their websites as effective as possible.
Written By Mike Tungate
Hello! I am the Web Services Manager @ EnvisionIT Solutions. I create beautiful websites, branding and marketing systems for businesses. Let me know if you have any questions. I am an avid photographer and a lover of musical instruments.