One of the most important factors that decides your search result position is the number of backlinks that point towards your blog.
Normally, Google assumes that you work hard and grow backlinks on your way to success. But this now how stuff casually works. Most of the time bloggers don’t link out to competition, which obviously makes it hard to grow backlinks. Especially if you have a fresh blog.
Not only search engines but advertisers also judge a blog by its backlinks. The simple logic behind this is, if a blog or website is providing quality content, people will link to it.
Growing backlinks is important for two bloggers. One who wants traffic and second who wants advertisers.
How I understood the Importance of Backlinks ?
When I was growing my first blog : Hacknovations dot org, I went under the 100k mark on Alexa soon enough. But to my surprise , nothing happened.
After this I started working to improve my search results position for some specific keywords. For this, I needed to grow backlinks. As usual, I did research and started working. Before starting my blog had 23 Backlinks and other a month I achieved 50 new backlinks.
I used a lot of tactics that I grabbed from other blogs. With the increase in Backlinks, I saw a dramatic increase in backlinks as well as Emails from advertisers willing to advertise on my blog.
My Alexa was still dropping, but it made no impact on my profits or SERP.
As I said, You need backlinks either if you want traffic or advertisers. In this post , I am sharing the tricks I used to manually grow backlinks to my blog.
How to Get Do-follow Backlinks Easily ?
Before moving on, let me make it clear that I am not going to reveal any software or endorse an online tool that grows your backlinks, because there is no such tool. If you find any such tool, I’ll suggest to avoid using it. Also the tips I am posting do require manual work !
The tricks I used have been listed as per their effectiveness.
Get Do-follow Backlinks via Blog commenting
If you do listen to my podcasts, you’d know that in a talk show with Neil patel, I discussed about Blog commenting. Neil revealed that how beneficial is blog commenting.
A lot of bloggers ( Including Neil and also me ) always say that you should comment for relationship building not for the sake of growing backlinks.
Mashable grew its traffic with blog commenting in its early phase. You should indeed comment for building relationship, but if there is a benefit stick to it, there is no harm utilizing it.
If you do want to get along using Blog commenting as tool for generating backlinks, you should be careful about three things.
- Getting backlinked from similar blogs
- Not getting backlinked from blacklisted websites and blogs
- Commenting more often on commentluv enabled blogs
Getting backlinked from similar niche blogs – Often people get carried away while commenting. To rank on search results, you need to grow backlinks from blogs in your niche.
It goes likes this, If you have a technology blog, getting backlink from food blog won’t be as effective as getting a backlink from another technology blog.
Not Getting linked from blacklisted websites and blogs – Not only you should work on linked from similar niche blogs, you should also work on not getting backlinked from blacklisted website.
If you want to know whether a domain is blacklisted or not, Enter site:www.examplesite.com and search. If a website hasn’t been yet blocked, it would surely be indexed and show the number of pages in search results. If your search results end Zero, than the website has been blacklisted.
You can also enter the domain name on blacklis to know if it has been blocked or not.
Commenting more often on Commentluv enabled blogs – Not only you should comment on blogs and websites under your niche ; but you should also prefer commenting more on blogs that have commentluv enabled blogs.
What is Commentluv ?
Commentluv is a free plugin that encourages user to comment by promoting one of his up to last 10 posts under his comment. A lot of blogs in the industry ( including mine ) have commentluv enabled.
Once you check the box beside commentluv, you can select from up to 10 of your latest posts. Your selected post would then be promoted below your comment.
There is another twist in commentluv. Due to SEO norms, a lot of blogs only give nofollow links. But still a lot of blogs provide Dofollow links in comments. Some choose the middle way and provide Do-follow backlinks to those who are an active reader of their blog. In this case, you will start getting dofollow backlinks once you have commented a specific times ( mostly 10 ).
Before beginning, I’d like to tell you that I allow dofollow links for comments.
How to find Commentluv Enabled Blogs in Your Niche ?
Before setting further, you’d need NoDoFollow Add on for Firefox to make things easier. This add-on helps you differentiate between nofollow links and dofollow links. According to their nature, addon highlights dofollow links in blue and nofollow in pink.
The above screenshot shows how links are highlighted on my blog. ( Above is an excerpt from my homepage ).
Now, using Google you can dig out Commentluv enabled blogs in your niche.
You just have to search for the right keyword. Suppose you need backlinks from “food” niche. In that case your keyword is “food”.
The desired keyword can be short or long tail keyword as per your need.
Using the operators, you can sort google results as per your choice. The operators are mentioned below, You have to search using them as a query. So, Go to www.google.com and type the following in search query :-
- Keyword+”This blog uses Premium commentLuv”
- “Long tail Keyword”+”This blog uses Premium commentLuv”
You should note that I am using Double quotes in long tail keywords. This is done to avoid garbage results. An example of such search is given below.
By doing a clever search like this, you’d narrow down to blogs that are in your niche and have commentluv as well. Next you need to open these blogs and analyze if they provide dofollow baclinks with the NoDofollow Add-on.
Using the Add-on is quite simple, open any webpage, right click and select “NoDoFollow” . The Add on will quickly show dofollow links in blue and nofollow in pink. Sort out blogs that allow dofollow comments and leave your comments on those blogs.
How to Comment – the right way !
Like most of the professional things, commenting too needs manners. You can’t just go on commenting random shit with hope of getting approved. I know this because I have rejected more than 350 comments that were commented for generating backlinks instead of joining the discussion.
Below are some suggestions using which you can get your comment approved easily.
- Do not put keywords instead of your name. Blogs don’t like comments from random keyword on their website. Not only it makes their comment section fake, it also troubles their keyword density.
- Write comments that really add up to the conversation. A Blogger or moderator can easily differentiate between legit and spam comment.
- Further more, don’t spam ! Plugins easily catch spam. My Blog has even been configured to block an IP after bot spam is received from it. Also, I manually block an IP if it is human spam.
- Have an Gravatar image. It helps bloggers let know you are real. 99% of spam is from people without Avtar image.
Getting Backlinks for desired Anchor text
The problem with generating backlinks from commenting is that you most often get backlinks from the same anchor text. Google considers this as an spam and can hurt your rankings as well.
To solve this problem, you can generate backlinks with forum submission.
Forums are place where people discuss their problems on various topics. As a blogger you can use Forum submission to get dofollow backlinks.
You can submit your website and get high quality backlinks. Additionally you also have freedom of selecting Anchor text. Below are few websites where you can submit your websites and get backlinks.
Generate Backlinks the Ideal way
If you don’t so much manual work, you can generate backlinks the ideal way ( Like I do now ). Going the ideal way means focusing on the content quality and letting others naturally link back to you.
This method takes time and results are seen after quite a good time.
This is indeed the path search engines want you to take.
How do you Generate Backlinks ?
If you feel this post isn’t complete, let me know more methods of Backlink generation in the comments below. You can tell which method you are currently using too.
Before leaving, please drop down your favorite method of backlink generation in comments section.