Search Engine Optimization is a major buzz these days. One of the most vital part of search engine optimization is to generate large number of quality backlinks. The term quality refers to many factors like do follow links,the blog/website which is linking back and the anchor text used for the backlink etc.
Though we should keep in mind backlinks are not only meant for improving your search ranks but it also serves a greater purpose of bringing new readers to your blog. This is why in this post we will also focus on creating backlinks that may not be dofollow but is potential enough to bring traffic.
Those are the following techniques that I had figured out,in order to create backlinks to your blog
1. Guest Posts
Guest posts are perhaps the most common way,that all bloggers adopt to gain genuine backlinks. These guest posts also serve as a doorway to our blogs. Concentrate on writing good informative articles for guest posts. If the visitor like’s your post then they will surely land on your blog for more good content. There are certain points that should be taken care of while writing a guest post.
- Make sure you write something related to your blog content,this is because,if people visit your blog following the link they will look for content relevant to the topic of the guest post. And if they don’t find any,all your effort will go in vain & you will loose a potential visitor.
- Try to deeplink your guest post with links in your domain & use proper anchor texts to do that. But please maintain relevance, just do not put them only for the purpose of deeplinking.
Well we also know about this technique to achieve backlinks. This process on the other hand helps us create relationship with other commenter as well as the blogger who wrote the article. This is far more easier way to scatter your blog url everywhere. But just do not end up commenting “Great Post” or “It was worth reading” type comments. Because this may please the admin to publish the comment(thereby giving you a backlink),but none other future viewers will be impressed enough to visit your blog for more.
And there is yet another concern that most of the blogs do not provide dofollow links in comments. So the url in the comment just do not serve any purpose. So make sure you are commenting on a blog that do not assign a nofollow link & if they does then make your comment useful(adding value to the post) so that at least it serves as a gateway to your blog.
3. Related commenting
This is about commenting too. But as the name suggests it is a little bit different. I personally experimented this technique to get genuine visitors & not do follow backlinks. Let me explain. Take any of your post that you consider is really great to be talked about. Now using Google search,look out for posts that also writes about the same topic as that of your post. Open the 20 top ranked articles in the search results in tabs. Now for each of them, gallop through the article & post a comment talking something on it. Something means if it had missed something or you think some part needs more explanation.
Finally add these words, “you all could also refer to this post on your-selected-post-title” & put the link of the selected post on your-selected-post-title. These comments really works in bringing visitors. But I must remind you that, please do not spam as it hurts back in the long run.
4. Social Networking
This is the best part for any blogger. Doing work & making friends on the same time. I bet that we(bloggers) all are to some extent addicted to these social networking sites like,Twitter,Facebook,Friendfeed etc. But while we enjoy these we could spend a little insight to these in order to extend our blog. Look out for people who are equally interested. Join discussion boards related to your blog. Help people there & make friends. Suggest them with some informative links on your blog. If your post solves the problem then it is sure to get praised by someone making any other future reader to follow your link. Well importing feeds is a common way to talk about your posts as soon it gets published.
But this does not generate buzz for new bloggers as they do not own large reader base neither do they have the trust of too many readers. So as it infers, personal interaction always works better than automation. So import your feeds as well as interact with people & build your brand.
5. Bookmarking Sites
As like social networking,bookmarking sites like Digg,Stumbleupon,del.icio.us,Technorati plays a vital role in bringing lots of traffic to our blogs. We are mostly familiar with the pinging services that pings those bookmarking servers whenever we hit the publish button. I am not going to say much on that. Instead I believe in personal interaction. Participate in the bookmarking sites personally thereby building your authority there. This may not help immediately,but if consistent can bring immense traffic after a couple of months effort.
6. Article Submission
This is a not-so-old technique adopted these days. There are lots of websites that has a article trading system. For the sake of this article I will not talk about the money factor. This is similar to writing guest post. But it has a multiplied effect. You write an article & then submit it to the article directories. If it is selected it will get featured in their pages. Now you get a backlink from them. The multiplied effect comes into act when someone else is interested in your post. These article directories lets others re-publish your articles depending on some condition i.e. they have to give the author(which is you) proper credits(your name, your blog name & a link to your blog). So you write once & it gets scattered without any more further effort. Here is a detailed guide on article marketing and answers to commonly asked questions.
7. Forum Activity
Forums are real places with real people. I mean to say this is a place where you can earn visitors that will follow you for long time. This is just because, in forums you get to help people & people really stay addicted to those who solves their problem. But how does it(forum) earn backlinks ?? There are two ways to do that
- Simply look out for problems that people who are looking for a solution for and which you have already covered in any of your earlier articles. Just tell them in a nutshell there & put a link to that article of yours as a detailed discussion.
- But if you face a problem that you haven’t covered up earlier in your posts but you know how to solve it. I suggest create a blog post with the solution first & then do as said in the earlier step. So you hit two target simultaneously.Create a post as well as earn visitors for it.
Try to help others and solve problems. If you create a good resource and provide free support to people in the forums,they are bound to visit your blog and eventually they will become your fan. For further reading read 17 ways forums help you becoming a better blogger.
8. Conditional Re-publishing
This is an extension of the article submission(point 6) concept. Let others contact you if they want to re-publish your content. Give them conditions as in step 6. This will not harm you regarding content duplicity. As your url will be first indexed as the legal one. If there is an issue, it will be with him who has copied it. So forget about it.
9. Blog Networks
Though this is a very minor factor in increasing backlinks still I feel like mentioning this here. Join blog networks with high PR. This may not give you large amount of visitors but still the backlinking goal for SEO is fulfilled.
10. Plugin Development
This is strictly for those who have knowledge in coding. This works really well to get large amount of dofollow backlinks. This is achieved by putting a dofollow link to your blog in the plugin setup page. So whenever somebody downloads & uses this plugin the plugin resides within their domain & the backlink also resides there. So you get tons of backlinks in very short time(if your plugin is worth using). But this is bad in one way. Sometimes the search engines penalize you for sudden surge in backlinks which is of course not acceptable.
11. Conditional Link Love
“Sharing is Caring”. This technique is not something I really rely upon & hence it is ranked as the last. Communicate with other bloggers in your niche & personally request them to put you in their blogroll & in return,you also do the same. This not only creates dofollow backlinks but it also lets you spread your brand as well as making relations in your niche.
Well I’m sure that this is not all but all I tried here is to give you a idea of what earns the most backlinks for you. I am sure you could find out many such ways yourself if you give it a try. I will be greatly thankful if you could share your ideas here which you think has earned loads of backlinks for you.
4 Ways to Become More Detached from Blogging Outcomes
See that throwback featured image of me in Phuket, Thailand?
I became a globe trotting pro blogger in part through the power of detachment.
Blogging outcomes weigh you down and slow your blogging growth, if you are not careful.
Many bloggers mean well but are so obsessed with every view, Like, comment, share and dollar that they either struggle horribly or hold back stunning blogging success. How could I write over 100 eBooks if I obsessed with sales from my first eBook? How could I write 600 posts on Blogging Tips alone if I obsessed over metrics?
Eye-popping success finds largely detached, generous bloggers.
Follow these tips to become more detached from blogging outcomes.
1: Help More Ask Less
If you want blog comments, comment on other blogs.
Want blog traffic? Promote other bloggers.
Help bloggers to detach from your needs and to see greater success. Ask less and less for shares, comments and views, to detach from outcomes. Success finds generous bloggers.
2: Mention 2-5 Successful Bloggers Via All Posts
I recall focusing heavily on blogging profits early during my career. I linked to an ad or affiliate product once per post and linked to nothing else, obsessing over sales, attaching to outcomes. I gradually promoted other bloggers over years. Now I promote 2 to 5 bloggers virtually every post. I think more of helping them and less of helping me.
3: Manage Your Energy
Attachment is fear. Managing your energy helps you:
- face fear
- feel fear
- release fear
- dissolve attachments
I do 80 minutes of deep yin yoga daily. Plus I jog or walk for 45-60 minutes daily. Meditating helps too.
Managing your energy rocks because so many bloggers cling deeply to fear-attachments, to stats and money and to clients and blogging buddies, and need a daily ritual to unearth and release these attachments. I strongly suggest deep yin yoga because it helps you become comfortable. Big time quality developed by all generous, pretty darn detached, bloggers.
4: BE with Your Fear
I vividly recall sitting and BEING with my fear each time I checked my blogging inbox. I felt a general not enough energy pervade my being. Panic then ran through my body. Anger. Pain. Grief, at time lost. All fears reflected heavy attachments to:
- list subscribers
I totally believed I should have been further along at these points during my blogging career. Turns out, I was at the perfect place and time to feel deep fears, to dissolve attachments and to proceed from a generous, genuine, pretty detached, patient and persistent space.
Fighting fear only makes attachments grow. Not checking email for weeks because you feel terrified to check email makes the fear and attachment grow. But checking email hourly because you feel terrified that you:
- will miss out on clients
- are not making enough money, and need to check and see if you are making any aka enough money, yet
reflects your attachment to you. Ya know; “How am I doing-itis.” Check stats, check email, all the time, because you fear to see how you are doing.
Feel fear behind any strategy driven by fear. Let the fear go. Dissolve the attachment.
I check email here and there, never being attached to it. Email is not the source of my blogging success.
Treat blogging outcomes like mile markers on a highway, when you whiz by at 80 MPH. Note the stat for a few seconds and either move in a different direction or charge forward, based on how you feel about the stat, and what the feeling suggests to you.
Quick Tips to Easily Find People and Other Bloggers Online
Unlike Las Vegas — where ‘what happens there, stays there’ — once something is on the internet, it’s pretty much there forever. This is something bloggers, content creators and businesses know all too well. Whether it’s a WordPress article, social media updates, of photos making their way into the Google index, it’s likely going to be online forever.
It’s not just about posting and uploading content on the internet that you need to worry. It’s also all of the massive and easily accessible information that can be found online as well. With more data leaks taking place than ever before, and pretty much having privacy being a thing in the past, it’s easy to find information on anything and anyone with just a few clicks of a button.
For example, have you ever met someone at a blogging conference or event, but forgot to grab their business card? A lot of times we want to meet such people again but have no clue how to find them or their contact details. Through social media and using online tools like a people search, finding exactly what you need is now easier than ever before. Thankfully, we have this amazing platform called the internet – where we are able to find people around us ourselves.
There are plenty of other ways to find information or direct contacts for people online. In addition to using a People Search, social media is also a great method for finding whatever you are looking for. This is especially true if you can find someone on LinkedIn.
To start off, simply grab a notepad and write down the name of the person you want to search. Once you do that, branch out names of people you think are associated to them or at least the name of the person who introduced them to you if you were meeting them for the first time. Next, try and connect businesses, offices, college, university or any piece of information you think is or can be relevant to them. By now, you must have a web looking piece of information already giving you a clue.
How Do People Search Engines Work?
Making the best use of the amazing platform that we discussed – the internet, we need to find online people search engines which will process all the information we know and share possible match results for people we are looking for. To help you understand what a people search engine is and how do people search engines work, just imagine a library or a music record store. People search engines have a huge pool of database with information that is allowed to be displayed publicly. Such information contains phone numbers, education, employment history and sometimes criminal history as well. However, the information uploaded with any people search engine must be approved or must be in accordance with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Once you have the maximum information with you uploaded in a people search engine, it will run a match and show most relevant list of result for people associated with that information. You may further screen the results by looking at each option individually to figure if that’s the same person you are searching for.
Meanwhile, there are other sources to track someone apart from people search engines. Finding people through social media platforms has also been observed to take a troll. Many youngsters put up millions of searches every day through social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. to find people they just met or to know more about them.
In all, finding someone in today’s world is no longer a rocket science. With multiple online people search engines and various social media platforms, tracking someone down has become as easy as finding a book in a library or a record in a music store.
How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media
Alonzo Pichardo says it best.
“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”
He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:
I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:
- had no blog to speak of
- linked to YouTube
- linked to Facebook
For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.
Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.
Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:
- can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
- WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
- forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand
Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.
Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.
Use social media for a little bit daily to:
- tag bloggers you mention on your blog
- help bloggers in groups related to your niche
- share your blog posts
- share other blogger’s blog posts
You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.
Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.
Pay Up to Play Up
I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.
I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.
But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.
I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!
Pay up to play up.
Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.
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