Build backlinks

So you are here because you need to know the ways to build backlinks to your awesome blog. I think I need not stress on how important backlinks are for a blog. But still…

As you may know that links are the only way in which search engines can crawl the entire web. So it’s important to have blogs that point to your blog via backlinks.
Backlinks are nothing but links from other blogs in your niche pointing to your blog with some relevant anchor text.

The more backlinks means, you have better ranking and search traffic. Therefore, it is important to build backlinks to get credibility and rankings in your niche.

Here’s the huge list

  1. Build quality content, remember content is king.
  2. Create evergreen content.
  3. Never include date-based parameters in your permalink.
  4. Come up top on Search Engines targeting long tail keywords initially, so that other bloggers easily link to you.
  5. Do not neglect image backlinks. Google also takes account of image backlinks.
  6. Use related posts exchange plug-ins like Zemanta.
  7. Comment on other blog posts more often.
  8. Comment on blogs with CommentsLuv installed which showcases your recent blog post.
  9. Comment on .edu, .gov sites, and get authoritative backlinks.
  10. Write guest posts, preferably on .edu sites and get backlinks.
  11. Check for broken links on your site or blog, in case if there are several backlinks to that broken link, you miss those backlinks.
  12. Post case studies on your blog or site, people usually love and link to case studies.
  13. Cover any breaking news first and make your site the only site that first published the fresh news.
  14. Implement News Jacking with catchy titles.
  15. Get links by your college website’s resource section.
  16. Ask the readers to share your Blog Post, if they like it.
  17. Ask friends to link back to your site.
  18. Create WordPress plugins and get high PR backlink from WordPress plugin directory.
  19. Publish EBooks at Amazon. Establish yourself as an expert in your niche
  20. Create Chrome and Firefox plugins.
  21. Create Android Apps and release them on Google Playstore.
  22. Create Android and iPhone app for your blog.
  23. Create free WordPress, Blogger themes using Software like Artisteer or your own coding skills and include a link to your blog in the theme footer.
  24. Build two blogs in your niche and interconnect them (Not recommended unless WHOIS and IP address is different)
  25. Submit your blog to various blog directories and article submission directories.
  26. Submit your blog or site to Craigslist
  27. Submit logo to Logos directory and get backlinks from them.
  28. Submit widgets to widgets directory and get backlinks.
  29. Submit HTML or CSS code to respective directories and get easy backlinks.
  30. Upload images to Flickr with Creative Common 2.0 attribution license.
  31. Buy expired domains, which already have a huge number of backlinks pointing at them.
  32. Share your blog post on various social media sites like Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
  33. Bookmark your blog posts on various bookmarking sites like Reddit, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Digg, etc.
  34. Participate in communities like Yahoo answers, Warrior forums, Google communities and cite your blog as the source.
  35. Use Google Groups to answer users’ questions and link back.
  36. Build a relationship with other top bloggers in your niche, so that they may link to you.
  37. Submit your site to website feedback sites and get high PR backlinks.
  38. Get your own Wikipedia site (If your blog is popular enough)
  39. Conduct an interview with other top bloggers in your niche via Google Hangouts or Skype.
  40. Make blog reviews, and ask others to review your blog.
  41. Write controversial blog posts, that gives rise to comments and questions, and go viral.
  42. Write list posts like 101 ways, 7 ways, top 7, etc. Readers love list posts, and they like to share them.
  43. Submit your blog to DMOZ, to get high-quality backlinks. Make sure to submit your blog under the proper matching topic.
  44. Offer giveaways and offers for commenters and readers of your blog.
  45. Offer free downloads on your blog. People love the word “FREE”.
  46. Start your own affiliate programs, so that your blog will be promoted virally with the help of visitors.
  47. Submit your blog to Google news. Make sure to read their guidelines and TC. Because all blogs are not eligible for Google News.
  48. Create a piece of audio, submit it to audio sharing sites, and get backlinks.
  49. Give testimonials.
  50. Scoop your blog in magazine style at Scoop-it and get high PR backlinks.
  51. Offer infographics with your credit at the footer to other bloggers.
  52. Advertisements using AdWords and Facebook Ads.
  53. Make use of broken links in Wikipedia and other sites and fix them with your high-quality content. – Backlinko.
  54. Find sites linking to the old resource and carry out the Moving Man Method.
  55. Submit your blog to RSS directories.
  56. Submit your blog to E-zine Directories.
  57. Write linkbait posts.
  58. Upload YouTube videos and place text tutorial link in the description.
  59. Upload slides related to your blog post in Slideshare and include a backlink to your blog post.
  60. Create How-To guides and PDFs on your niche.
  61. Create Squidoo Lenses and link back to your blog, and earn money.
  62. Start a forum. Ask forum members to introduce them and interact. People love if you ask them to introduce them, even I do.
  63. Start your blog’s or site’s Wiki page.
  64. Start a newsletter.
  65. Conduct webinars and promote them.
  66. Link to other bloggers in your niche so that they may link to you.
  67. Regularly Email people who link to you, your commenters and subscriber on your updates.
  68. Claim your site and get high Alexa rank.
  69. If your website or blog is an organization or company then list it in Google Places and maps.
  70. Include your website or blog URL in very profile of yours.
  71. Submit coupons to coupon directories.
  72. Turn your blog posts into podcasts using Odiogo and submit it to iTunes.
  73. Ask readers to link back.
  74. Conduct quizzes and declare winners in your blog or website.
  75. Offer a free EBook and ask them to link back to your site.
  76. Check your competitors’ backlinks using Ahrefs or OpenSiteExplorer and analyze it.
  77. Create hubs in Hub Pages and link back to your site, and earn money.
  78. Create Bubbles at BubbleWS and link back to your blog, and as a bonus earn money.
  79. Content Exchange and Affiliate marketing.
  80. Crowdsourcing from a group of people.
  81. Host your own events.
  82. Participate to Blog carnivals.
  83. Create free online tools like Backlink Checker, Sitemap Generator, Cache Retriever, and Broken Link Checker.
  84. Donate to charity and non-profits and get authoritative backlinks from them.
  85. Include your site URL in an Email signature.
  86. Participate in Blog Communities.
  87. Build microblogs based on your macro blog.
  88. Offer translation for your blog or site.
  89. Use English as your blogging language.
  90. Get listed in the Yellow pages.
  91. Submit a Whitepaper.
  92. Come up with an insider story.
  93. Highlight your website Page Rank and authority so that other bloggers like to link to you.
  94. Make your site or blog look professional.
  95. Grow your personal relationship.
  96. Build contact with Journalists.
  97. Identify hacked sites and fix them.
  98. Identify top Amazon products and post reviews on them.
  99. Coin a new term in your niche and rank for that keyword.
  100. Avoid dumb grammatical mistakes.
  101. Don’t forget to thank for the existing people who linked to your site so that they continue to do it and if possible start linking to them.

Akshay strongly recommends:
1. Blogger Outreach Tips – How to Get Backlinks The Epic Way?
2. The Unbeatable Guide To Get Natural Backlinks To Your Blog

Final Words

This is the huge list of effective strategies to build backlinks. Reading the above list is easy, but make sure that you go through every point clearly and implement them.

Building backlinks is highly important to render your site as legitimate and useful to Google and other search engines. Backlinks are like votes for the quality of your site’s content. More the backlinks, more the rankings.

If you have, any other strategies comment out them or if I have missed any point, feel free to scold me. If this post has helped you, do share.