How to Get Backlinks To Your Website

Many of you have been asking me how to get backlinks to your website, so instead of answering everyone separately I thought it be better to just write a blog post on it and you all can learn how to do it.

This is going to be the quick and easy version, if you need more advanced strategies you’ll have to wait for the next post, or just ask me 🙂

First of all there’s a saying that not all links are made equal. They may look the same, but for the purpose of SEO, different links can have vastly different value to the search engines.

So when you consider a link always think about the quality of the link, and if the quality good enough to warrant the money or time you are going to spend getting the link.

Here’s what to look for in a high quality link:

  • Make sure it’s a dofollow link. (read more about what is a dofollow link)
  • Make sure the page is indexed by Google (type info:URL in Google)
  • Make sure the page has a PageRank of 1 or better (use Quirk SearchStatus)
  • Make sure the link has the right keywords in the anchor text
  • One way links are better than reciprocal links
  • Don’t buy links from link brokers (quality directories are ok)
  • Get links from pages that have few other links
  • Get links from pages with a lot of content related to your site

That was a long list. A link doesn’t have to have all those properties to be valuable, but as a minimum requirement it should be indexed by Google and not on a junk page (say cheap web directory or autoposted blog networks)

Now where do you get those links?

First, list your site on the major directories: The Yahoo Directory, BOTW,,

If you have a blog you have additional options. Submit your blog to Technorati, the BOTW blog directory and other blog directories. Start commenting on other peoples blogs and make appropriate, non spammy references (=link) to your own blog, link to other relevant blog posts to get trackback links. Use the Commentluv plugin (Update: Commentluv site has been down for some time now, better to not use the plugin while the site is not operational) to get better keyword rich links from your comments.

You will find that some of the services changes a considerable amount of money for their services, but I can assure you that if you run a real business and you want to show up in the Google search results it’s well spent money.

On your website and blog, use a social bookmarking button, like AddThis, to let your visitors share your content with friends. A good place to put the AddThis button is close to a form submit button, or close to often used site navigation links. This is because the AddThis button will pop-up a small dialogue when the mouse moves over it, and if it’s close to another button often clicked people will naturally move the mouse over it, see the dialogue, and get interested. I have used this to increase shares by 2000% on my websites.

Another good way to get links is to write and submit articles that you submit to the big article directories: Ezine Articles, GoArticles, iSnare etc. When you distribute an article for free, you have the privilege of including two or more links in a resource box (about the author) at the bottom of the article. If you have good, interesting articles, people will publish them on their own website, including the links, and you get free links to your website. The better the article, the better the links you get.

If you have a good website you can also approach website owners directly and suggest that they link to your website. This might be a blog, a top 100 websites in your niche website, a info site etc. Only do this if you really think the visitors of the website will find your website useful or you will just be wasting everyones time.

Feel free to comment and ask questions using the comment box below 🙂

(I personally use most of the websites mentioned above and some of them even support this website by sharing part of the sales price with us when you purchase their products)

Do You Recognize a Nofollow Link?

By now you have probably heard that you need to get dofollow links and avoid nofollow links. If not you can read my other post on What is a Nofollow Link.

Anyway it may sound easy to avoid nofollow links but how do you know if a link is nofollow in the first place??

Ok, here’s the standard way of checking a link for nofollow: Use the “view source” function of your web-browser and look at the HTML code for the link to see if it’s nofollow or not. Here’s how to do it:

Right-Click Menu in Firefox
Select View Page Source from the menu

First point your web browser to the page where the link is. Second click the “view source” button on your browser. In Firefox you just right-click on any empty spot on the page and select “View Page Source” from the menu. In Internet Explorer 8 it’s pretty much the same. You right click on any empty spot on the page and select “View Source” from the menu.

You now have a page full of cryptic HTML source code in front of you. To find the link to your page in all this code you search for the url of the link. If your link points to then search for that text in the HTML source code. You open the search dialogue by pressing Ctrl-F, like in most text editors.

Now when you find the link it should look something like this:

<a href=””>Add URL</a>

Or if it’s a nofollow link it should look like this

<a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>Add URL</a>

See how you recognize the nofollow link by the attribute rel=”nofollow” in the link tag!

In the real world there may be a lot more attributes in the link tag so you may need to look carefully to see of the nofollow is there or not.

Now how was that? Easy? Yes easy, but too much work in my oppinion!

Here’s how to do it quickly if you have a lot of links to check:

Download and install the Firefox plugin called Quirk SearchStatus (You’ll need Firefox for this)

Now the plugin will show up as a blue button down to the right in the status bar of your browser. Right click that button and make sure “Highlight Nofollow Links” is checked in the menu. If not click it to make it checked.

Now you have the ultimate nofollow link tool at your disposal. SearchStatus will now highlight all nofollow links with a red background color.

To see what it looks like you can take a look at the Secret Search Engine Labs profile at Webotopia. You’ll see that some of the links in the topmost meny have a light red background and that the “contact us” and “RSS feed” links at the bottom also have  a light red background. This means those links are nofollow.

You can also see that the links pointing back to Secret Search Engine Labs does not have the light red background. This means they are dofollow links and that this is a good place to get links from. Links from this directory passes link juice.

When I work with SEO I always have the SearchStatus plugin running. This means that anytime I’m thinking about getting a link from somewhere, from a blog, from a directory or from a wiki, I will instantly see if links are nofollow so I don’t have to waste more time getting links that have little effect on the search engine rankings.

What is Dofollow and Nofollow Links?

If you have been trying to learn SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for some time chances are you have heard about dofollow and nofollow links. But what are they anyway, and how do you find out if a link is dofollow or nofollow? And how does this affect your sites search engine rankings?

Lets start with the background.

The original idea with nofollow was to reduce comment spam on blogs. In 2005 Google’s Mat Cutts and Blogger’s Jason Shellen proposed a way to address the problem with spam comments and the result was the nofollow attribute that can be added to links in a webpage.

This makes no sense to you if you don’t know what a link looks like in HTML, so lets look at what a simple link looks like in the HTML source code of a webpage.

<a href=””>Simon’s SEO Blog</a>

That’s the link HTML for a simple link pointing to this blog’s homepage with the anchor text “Simon’s SEO Blog”. This is what it will look like in a webpage:

Simon’s SEO Blog

Ok, so what about the nofollow and dofollow stuff you were talking about?

So what about it?

Here’s what the same link will look like when it has the nofollow tag added:

<a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>Simon’s SEO Blog</a>

Look at that! I added the text rel=”nofollow” to the link. That’s what a  nofollow link looks like. Learn to recognize and stay away from these kind of links, they are of little value for SEO.

What the nofollow tag does, is it tells Google to disregard the link and to not give any link juice to the target page. Specifically nofollow links does not pass PageRank to the target page! This means you should not pay for links from directories or other sources if they carry the nofollow tag.

So what about dofollow, what’s that? I hear you asking.

Dofollow is the opposite of nofollow. It’s a standard link with no “nofollow” tag added. A link that will pass link juice and that is good for your search engine rankings if it points your way. It’s just easier to call it a “dofollow link” than to say “a link with no nofollow tag”, don’t you agree?