Back links are vital to the health and success of your blog and without them it will be very difficult for a blog to strive. Due to the importance that back links have, bloggers and webmasters have been using various ways and methods to get backlinks to their websites in other for them to get high Google PageRank and good rankings in search engine result pages (SERPS).
Many of the methods that are employed by bloggers and internet marketers in building back links are often unethical (black-hat SEO) and this is a major concern for search engines, especially Google.
Early this year, Google released an update to their search algorithm that demoted those websites that are involved in various link schemes and some of those sites even disappeared in SERPs. Google is constantly updating their algorithm and one of the hardest hitting changes that took place is known as the Penguin Update.
Building back links the right way is not that difficult, it’s just that most people lack patience; they want fast result and less hard work but on the contrary building safe back links require time and hard work. If you want to build back links the safe way without fear of being penalized by Google or other search engines, here are 3 safe ways to build back links to your blog.
1. Back links from Guest Blogging
Guest blogging is the first and foremost method of building safe back links. With guest blogging, you will get a natural one way back link to your site and also some free traffic will surely come with it. Usually, when you are guest posting on a blog, you will be allowed to place a link or two pointing back to your blog with appropriate keywords as anchor text in your author bio that appears beneath your article.
The back links from your author bio are one of the easiest and safest links you can ever get.
Guest posting is not that difficult, though I will admit that it requires some work which can be termed as writing a quality article that you know another blogger will be glad to share with his audience.
After writing your post, the next thing is to find a suitable blog in your niche, a blog that you know will be willing to publish your post and send the blog owner a mail or check out the blog guest posting page (if they have one) for more information about guest blogging on that particular blog. Look for blogs that feature the author bio box, which can give you a chance to earn additional back links to your site.
If you are having problem with guest blogging, and you need more help, I will recommend that you check out this Guest blogging guide at youngprepro.
2. Back Links from Blog Commenting
Blog commenting is my favorite technique for building safe back links to my blogs. I have always been recommending blog commenting to bloggers who are looking to build back links because it has worked for me and it is FREE!!!
When I started my blog in March 2011, my major link building technique was blog commenting and with it I was able to get Google Page Rank of 2 without using any other form of Link Building. Comments left on CommentLuv blogs like this one offer a big advantage because the CommentLuv link will end up sending targeted traffic to your blog as well.
I have discovered blog commenting to be an effective strategy to build back links though it will require time and your patience. Time in the sense that you will have to be visiting blogs in your niche on a daily basis to drop a comment or two and patience in the sense that you will need to read the article on those blogs before you drop your comments.
As you know reading these blog will also help your knowledge, so it’s more like killing two birds with one stone when it comes to blog commenting.
If you are using blog commenting for link building, you should avoid the usual SPAMMY LIKE comments such as: “GREAT POST“, “NICE ARTICLE“, and “NICE BLOG“. Most of the time, these type of comments end up in the trash folder and it will just be like a waste of time and energy on your part.
To know more about getting back link from blog commenting, I recommend that you read this post – The Benefits and Power of Blog commenting
3. Back Links from Forums
Forum boards are also a great place to build safe back links and traffic to your blog. Virtually all forum boards have a forum signature box under the users profile section where you can enter a short bio and back links pointing to your blog.
You should take advantage of this forum board’s signature feature for link building because most forums have high Page Rank and high daily traffic. So you have the tendency to get a high PR backlinks and more link juice value and some traffic along the way.
Apart from the forum signature box, you can also drop links to posts on your blog that can be of assistance or solve a fellow forum member's problem but don’t turn this into a habit so that you won’t look like a spammer and eventually get banned from the forum.
There are lots of forum boards online; a simple way to find them is to use a search engine like Google. You can get them by using keywords in your niche in the search parameter. For example, I will use something like “Weight loss + Forum” as a search parameter on Google if am in the weight loss niche. So it’s just “your-niche+forum” and hit the search button.
So far, we have discussed three (3) safe ways you can use to build safe back links to your blog. If you are using any of these methods, you don’t need to be afraid of any Google or search engine algorithm updates because you are 100% safe.
Do you have any other White hat techniques for building back links that you find effective? Kindly share them with us in the comment section.
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