101 Ways to Get Quality Backlinks To Your Blog in 2015

When ever we talk about SEO, we divide it into on site and off site SEO. Off site SEO mainly contains backlinks and social signals. Specially, to boost your ranking in SERP’s you need to get quality links from other authority sites. We all know the importance of search engine traffic and that getting high quality backlinks to your blog is one of the best ways to improve your blogs rankings and get better search engine traffic and results, this post will be listing 101 ways by which you can get quality backlinks to your blog.

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Though before we move ahead, here are things that you need to keep in mind. In 2012, Google launched Penguin update, which is targeted to get rid of sites using spammy or paid ways to build links. Also, many ways which I mentioned in the article are not so good ways to get quality backlinks, so I will strikethrough such ways and you can ignore them.

Also, when you are building backlinks, you need to keep quality of links and anchor text variation in your mind. Also, instead of creating lots of backlinks to your homepage only, start working on building links to internal pages. You can start working on resource pages like “WordPress guide” and build links to them. This way, you can also target Single or double word Keywords easily.

Some of the link building methods, which you should ignore:

Before, I start with my 101 list, here are some of the link building methods that you should ignore:

  • Avoid site wide link from footer (WordPress themes or plugins)
  • Avoid buying exact anchor text link (Keep a proportion of 40%-20%–20%-10%-10% for anchor text variation)
  • Avoid buying bulk links from sites like Fiverr
  • Don’t opt for link networks (Build my rank was one of such private link network, which got penalized)
  • Avoid BlogRoll links
  • Article directory links are not that effective anymore

So, these are something which you should keep in mind when starting with quality backlink building campaign. Out of all the existing method, guest posting is the best way to get quality link and more over, it will help you to drive traffic to your web page.

Smart Blogger guide to build quality Links to your Site:

Highly recommended trick:

Broken link building:

This method will help you to earn quick backlinks from high-quality pages. Broken link building technique is to find broken links on a website (related to your niche) and email the content owner and notify them about broken link. Along with that, give them a similar link from your website (Similar content which you already have to create one), and ask them to update their post.

1.  Submit Guest Post to Other Blogs (List of Blogs to guest post)

2. Comment on do follow blogs and make sure these blogs are relevant to your own blogs. They might not carry too-much of link value, but it will  still be beneficial for overall link-profile of your blog.

3.  Start Relevant Threads in Forums and Link to Your Blog Posts

4. Link to Your Blog in Your Forum Signatures (Only high quality forums)

5. Social bookmarking is also considered as backlinks and you should target following network: Google plus, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest to name a few.

6. Make Use of Discussion Boards by Linking to Your Blog in threads. Quora is one such HQ discussion board.

7. Make Use of Blogging Communities by Submitting Your Blog Posts to Them, some great places to start are Blog Engage, Inbound

8. Ask Questions related to your blog in Answer Sites like Yahoo Answers and Link to Your Blog in your questions

9. Answer Questions in Yahoo Answers and Cite Your Blog as the Source

10. Interlink to your blog and other posts on your blog when writing on your blog.

11. Exchange links with other bloggers in your niche. Make sure to form link pyramid and keep it natural.

12. Submit Your Blog to Top Blogging directories (Again quality mattes here) (Find a list of Blog directories here)

13. Write a mail to influencer who write on the same topic and encourage them to share it on social-network. You never know how much one sweet email can make a huge-difference.

14. Submit your blog to top niche directories

15. Network with other bloggers in your niche (Online and offline) and links will automatically follow you.

16. Submit your blog posts to all social bookmarking sites you know

17. Submit your blog to your top social networking sites

18. Submit your articles to stumbleupon

19. Submit your blog to digg, it is dofollow and Google crawls most of its submissions

20. Work on making your blog go viral on top social bookmarking sites, this alone can bring you tons of quality backlinks from authority sites.

21. Submit your rss feed to feeder sites

22. Make use of press releases, and send press-release about important updates from your blog. You can also compare best product in your niche and send a press-release on the same.

23. Submit your rss feed to rss directories, here is a list of rss directories to get started.

24. Most forums have a website review forum, review your blog on this forums.

25. Release a free theme and include a link to your blog in its footer. (Not recommended)

26. Release a free wordpres plugin and include a link to your blog in it. But don’t keep it sitewide, as sitewide anchor text links are bad.

27. Release a software or compile your ebooks to .exe and submit them to top software sites like brothersoft

28. Convert your blog posts to pdf and submit it to document sharing sites, here is a list of document sharing sites for you to get started.

29. Review top companies and products and they might link back to you

30. Do a weekly link love post and link to many bloggers, they will most likely return the favor. Take advantage of outbound link SEO.

31. Interview top bloggers and ask them to help you share it on their favorite social networks and their fans will link to your interview.

32. Provide testimonials for marketers and also provide your link when doing so, they will most likely link back to you.

33. Make use of web 2.0 sites like squidoo to promote your blog

34. Submit your blog posts to blog carnivals.

35. Write high quality content and you will get strong backlinks

36. Write controversial posts

37. Write news posts and try to be one of the first people to write it.

38. Submit your blog to css directories.

39. Ask other bloggers to interview you.

40. Write linkbait posts.

41. Write top list posts because they can go viral easily.

42. Write a post comparing some top gurus in your niche.

43. Write a post featuring some upcoming bloggers and why you like them, they will most likely link to it.

44. Trade articles with other bloggers in your niche.

45. Submit your site to Dmoz, many other directories use this directory and that alone is enough qaulity backlinks for you.

46. Submit your blog to .edu and .gov forums and blogs, Google so much loves backlinks fom this sites and regards them as authority.

47. Make use of groups like Google Groups and Yahoo Groups

48. Create a Wikipedia Page For Yourself and include your link in the resource section.

50. Write posts that have “the ultimate” in the title, each of these type of post I wrote got over 20 backlinks each.

51. Start a blogging contest and make linking to your blog one of the requirements.

52. Sponsor blogging contest and you will get a lot of backlinks from this.

53. Donate to charity sites, many of them will link back to your site.

54. Build a great tool and many people will link to your tool and your blog.

55. Do a big product launch.

56. Make the news at any cost.

57. Release your own firefox extension and have a page dedicated to it, many people will link to it!

58. Blog about celebrities.

59. Render your services to top people in your niche, for example, the fellow who designed Darren Rowse’s theme was credited at the footer.

60. Write 101 posts, they tend to get more social and natural link love.

61.  Design a top bloggers award and give it to as many bloggers as you can in your niche, they will link back to you.

62. Contact your theme designer and tell them to use your website as an example in their portfolio, they will most likely include a link back to your blog.

63. Creat manuals and long tutorial posts on your blog, this type of post do recieve lots of backlinks.

64. Create a great ebook or membership site and make linking to your blog the requirement to get it.

65. Submit your resume to resume directories while linking to your blog in your resume.

66. Write how to posts, they also tend to get more backlinks.

67. Write posts that starts with numbers e.g. “7 ways to…”, these type of posts do tend to get backlinks.

68. Submit your images to image directories and include a link to your blog in its copyright notice and as a requirement to use it. Ex: How to use Flickr to drive traffic

69. Join blogging contest and you will most probably get backlinks if you win.

70. Have a “link to us” or “spread the word” page on your blog while asking your readers to link to you – it is important to make it easy for them by putting your direct html code there using your desired anchor text.

71. Submit your website to local business directories, backlinks from these sites are regarded by Google as authority.

72. Write on about.com and link to your blog in it, this will likely be crawled and used by a lot of websites thereby increasing backlinks to your blog.

73. Make effective use of april fool.

74. Do very costly jokes on your blog but indicate it is a joke underneath the post (tricky? ahah!), e.g., “Apple has bought Google for $260Billion”, something like this will get tons of links and retweets before people even know that it is a joke.

75. Create niche specific tutorials, which are not only unique but help the community. Such tutorial articles get lots of backlinks.

76. Create viral youtube videos and inlude links to your blog in the video and its description.

77. Create Lots of Websites and Interlink Them to each other. (Avoid private blog network)

78. Offer lots of free downloads on your blogs.

79. Update your blog regularly because this will make more people trust your website and it will also make you rank for more keywords which means more traffic and eventaully more backlinks.

80. Write a great post with a lot of pictures in it – let the post be pictures only.

81. Write a post comparing various companies and services and which is the best, the best comapny will most likely link to it.

82. Compare different top products and link to them, people will most likely link to it e.g. You can comapre a mac with a PC.

83. Get a collection of high quality paid things and make them available for free (make sure you are not violating the copyright of the owner in any way!)

84. Create a directory for your blog and make it important to reciprocate links with you by giving those who link to you higher placement and giving them free featuring on your homepage.

85. Beta test a lot of products and give your review and tips on improving the product, the owner might just link to you.

86. Run surveys on your blog and publish the results for everybody to see, if the survey is good and helpful you will definitely get a lot of backlinks to your blog.

87. Write a list of the “top 10 myths” or “top 10 mistakes” about something.

88. Position yourself as an authority in your niche and try to get attention from the media.

89. Offer to speak at events and seminars related to your niche, don’t forget to mention your blog while introducing yourself, this will most likely help you get some backlinks.

90. Have a special writing style that attracts people.

91. Be transparent on your blog.

92. Get listed in top padi Directories like the Yahoo Directory and the BOTW directory

93. List your product on Ebay or Amazon and include a link back to your blog.

94. Create a podcast and submit it to Itunes, link back to your blog from it.

95. Create web apps and submit them to app directories such as Go2Web20

96. Write a great and very useful whitepaper and ask your blogging friends to help you distribute it around the web, make sure you inlcude a link to your blog in the whitepaper.

97. Run a contest giving people physical products for free, make linking to your blog a requirement to join.

98. Try to know whcih stories are hot at the moment and make sure you blog about them.

99. Blog about very important events such as the independence day and the likes.

100. Start your affiliate programme.

101. Create a news section on your blog with regularly update news in your niche and you will begin to get links fast.


102. Take note of newspapers and magazines that are willing to feature experts in many fields and try to write about your niche while linking back to your blog.

You don’t necessarily have to practice unethical marketing to make it online, the above are 101 (+2) ways to get quality backlinks to your blog

Do share your tips to get sure shot quality backlinks?

This is a guest post by Onibalusi. If you like to Write for ShoutMeloud, do read: Shoutmeloud revenue sharing program.

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Onibalusi Bamidele is a young entrepreneur living the internet lifestyle. Visit his young entrepreneur blog for more great tips like this and get his free ULTIMATE TRAFFIC FORMULA ebook. He also writes about the best wordpress themes at wpkube.com

COMMENTs ( 63 )

  1. says

    If you have blog or website, you should try to get backlinks without thinking too much. For example, if I open my laptop for 15 minutes, I start searching blog or forums and start contributing in it. If you work every day 15-30 minutes and get 5-10 real backlinks from your targeted audience using your hand and brain, it is one of the best seo.

  2. says

    I did not go through the entire post. So many tips. It would take years for me to apply all these tips.
    Thanks Great Quality Post..

    • says

      You don’t need to apply all 100+ tips, pick the one that is doable, and use it to create quality links. Do remember, to earn quality links, it takes a lot of efforts, and it pays well.

      • says

        Exactly…prior to put any link..must make sure that-
        1. Either it is re-putative
        2. Or Relevant

        And also use Moz Explorer to check the authority domains. Any thing above DA=40 is considered good.

        Happy Link Hunting..
        Keep sharing Harsh..marvelous blog you have

  3. says

    Some great tips in this list and certainly something that should be gone through and tried.

    I like Number 27. Very important that you learn how to create your own information products at some stage and an eBook is probably the easiest to produce using a free software such as openofficewriter. Formatting it for submission for backlinks is a great idea and also your eBook should also obviously contain links back to your site/blog and possibly some affiliate products you may have. Giving that eBook away and allowing it to be shared can also increase your traffic.

  4. says

    Superb Article Man. It’s a really amazingly great comprehensive list on how to get quality backlinks. But if I ask you to compare the backlink you get from commenting versus the backlink you get from blog submission. What would be the quality ratio? (just came to my mind)

  5. says

    A superb article. I just started my blog and I’m about to start backlink hunt. This list will surely help me, since some of the methods are really clever and I wouldn’t come up with them myself.
    Thanks a lot.

  6. Matt LaClear says

    Solid information. Blogging on a regular basis is one of my favorite tips on the list. I’d say that somewhere on the list there should be a tip for writing about your passion! If you had a blog and weren’t even up to speed on how or where to promote it, you’d likely have people willing to read and share it with their friends and networks. People respond to passion! They’ll keep showing up on your blog because you keep showing up. I’d rather have a passion to share with no marketing plan, than a marketing plan with no passion to share.

  7. says

    Sometime ago i read that the expiration date of a domain is one of google ranking factors. That domain regitered for longer periods gets more rankings. i never believed but you just recommended the same thing in this post.

    I guess i will have to extend the period of expiry of my domain .

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post .

  8. says

    I just bookmarked this page and its the 92nd page of shoutmeloud have bookmaked ever since i started reading this blog.

    All tips are cool but i agree mostly with 18, 22, 28.

    Writing about well known figures in your niche works all the time. Its one technique have always used and it always yielded good result.

    Then sharing to pdf sites is another good way to get quality backlinks as many of this sites are have high pageranks and domain authority.

    Great Post Harsh

  9. Allan says

    Very Very Usefull. Thanks a lot. I was searching a lot to improvise my backlinks but your post provides me everything that i was searching in more than 10 websites. I have bookmarked your website eespecially this post. Thanks a lot again.!

  10. Judith Pierce says

    The best way to get quality backlinks is to have great content. It’s the most effective way to get backlinks.

    • Phil Andrews says

      Really successful SEO begins with quality. Cramming and spamming may produce temporary results but as a long-term strategy it is never sustainable.

  11. Famastudio says

    Good post, this is a good way to make good backlink but i remember the queality of post.
    Remember to insert H1 H2 and H3 tag with many subtitles and bold word
    Remember to insert main image and minimum two image in post
    This in this way you will have a post like more to google and ranking will be better.

  12. says

    Helo dear admin ! Please tell e that how much backlinks I can make per day ?In other words google not allowed too much much backlinks at once so tell me how much I will need to mack per day..?

  13. Rahul says

    Almost half of the method i have used and they gave me a quiet better result. The best method i have used are guest posts and dofollow blogs till yet, thanks for these ways will work on them soon to get quality backlinks.

  14. Florin D. says

    Thank you for this article. It’s exactly what I was looking for in order to begin my Off Page SEO campain. Really helped me a lot. Continue the good work.

  15. Shahnawaz says

    What a post man!!! Hats of to you.I like the one advice most which is to convert the most popular post into pdf and then submit to document sharing website,This is a really out of box thinking.

  16. Nagul Meera says

    Awesome,i found this article when i am searching for back link tips. This article is definitely helpful for new bloggers like me. But i didnot understand the term “linkbait posts”. Can you explain?……..Thanks in advance

  17. lavnya sharma says

    Really awesome tips for new web masters and i will use these all tips to create backlinks for my blog

  18. Lawrence Abiodun says

    This is one lengthy but very distinct article that really touch the most important aspect of blog or website trafficking in a very simple and easy way. This is one blog post that needs to be share with my social network followers.
    This is nice and very wonderful

  19. says

    Wow what an extensive list to get backlinks. I think that point no. 73 is an excellent way of getting backlinks. Humour is always appreciated by people and one can definitely drive traffic through an April Fool post.
    All in all a great post although I missed some points.

  20. Adam says

    Thanks for this extensive list.

    “Submit Your Blog to Top Blogging directories (Again quality mattes here)”

    What blog directories do you consider the most authoritative?


  21. Dhruv says

    If you have blog or website, you should try to get backlinks without thinking too much. For example, if I open my laptop for 15 minutes, I start searching blog or forums and start contributing in it. If you work every day 15-30 minutes and get 5-10 real backlinks from your targeted audience using your hand and brain, it is one of the best seo.

    • says

      Totally agree. The best way to get backlinks is to contribute to other sites by providing meaningful information. Try to help others.

      If your goal is simply to direct people to your site, make sure you have something good to offer.

      Here’s an analogy to the real world. Small store off the beaten track has signs claiming how awesome the store is. If you get there and it is just so-so. That really bothers people. If you want visitors, make the place worth visiting.

  22. James Marley says

    Thanks for the read.. I’ve been finding all this really hard work.. One of my competitors is always on yahoo, I know it don’t give backlinks but I’m sure google still values this effort!
    Do you offer seo services ?

  23. Basith Abdul says

    I have bookmarked this! But I agree with Karo on yahoo and forums. They have strict no follow policy. It can help by if someone searched for your company or brand and google can pull out the answers from Yahoo Answers

  24. Gilly says

    Ya it is veryful But it is very long to read, you should make people to understan from just 5points no need of these points…anyway it is useful for me

  25. Flexus says

    Thanks for the link list. These all links are great. I really like it. After Google Algo updates quality backlinks plays a vital role in ranking. Thanks for the list. There are some plugins also in wordpress tells the quality backlink check facility.

  26. Akash says

    WOw, Great list of SEO Points- useful info for Bloggers, Adsense users, I want to mention one Point here , Article Directories submission are one of the best way to get quality and Pernanent back link- i follow that-good indexing of my site achieved- thank u

  27. jigar doshi says

    such a huge list !!
    but not all do-able ones for the new bloggers or not-so-famous bloggers. will take a long long long time to connect with other bloggers and make friends with them if you have just started blogging.
    plus, contests, gifts, sponsoring quizzes and stuff require a lot of money and not viable for everybody, eespecially for students.

    but, most of them were very useful and can be easily implemented.
    thanx for the list :)

  28. Wally Bee says

    All solid advice, some easier to follow than others. Interlinking multiple sites could be a tad dangerous but blog writing suggestions are right on.

  29. Ryan Critchett says

    Monster List! I agree with most of this stuff -I’m totally for being legit! Great list, I haven’t used all of these, got some pretty cool ideas.

    Totally aligned with using Web 2.0 sites – Squidoo is HOT!

    Great post.

  30. Mukund says

    Huh!!! I did not go through the entire post. So many tips. It would take years for me to apply all these tips!!! I apply few on my blog now, but I will consider the other ideas on this post as well. Try them out!!!

  31. Karo says

    I must also add that while it is interesting and rewarding to write a 101 article because it would get digged by several readers we must make sure that the information we circulate is accurate.

    I couldn’t go through all the list but from the few I went through here are some corrections.

    Most forums are no-follow if you’re posting to forum do it for branding and building credibility not for linking. You can always confirm through ‘view source’ to see if the forum is do follow.

    I am positive that Yahoo Answers is no follow. Answering questions there should be to build credibility not for link back

    And be careful how you use Yahoo Answers else you could get banned. Do not add a link back to your site within your answer in Yahoo Answers even if it relates with an article on your site.

    Just add your link in the space for source.

    And keep in mind that you really don’t need 101 links. Few relevant links from authority sites will make a huge difference on your ranking than 101 inrelevant links.

  32. Paul says

    Great list but are you sure Digg is Do-Follow ? As far as i knew Digg, Stumble, Facebook etc.. were no-follow and the highest ranked Do-Follow was Slashdot followed by Mixx…

  33. Sagar Gholap says

    Hey Oni, that’s a very good list.

    You’ve researched very well before writing this post. I could not even get to 50 if I would have written such article.

    This post deserves a RT and bookmark :)

    Sagar Gholap

  34. josevi@internet marketing courses says

    i have been reading about how to have an effective do follow blog. to add, links coming from Blog are an excellent source to boost your website’s PageRank and also to attain domain authority because any link which is made out of a content rich webpage is a link builder’s delight.

  35. George Serradinho says

    I was thinking about a few ways and could not even come close to 101 ways, but you did. The list is huge and will take some time for me to go through.

    BTW, thanks for listing my downloads page. I do my best to help others out where I can.

  36. Lee Ka Hoong says

    Wow that’s a huge list! If anyone could follow all the 101 ways to build backlinks, then they should be able to rank well for their keywords easily. I’ve only followed just a few of them, will be trying to follow other ways and see how it works.Great list Onibalusi!

  37. Jens P. Berget says

    Awesome list. I eespecially like #75, adding tutorials to tutorialized.com – but too bad this site is only for photoshop tutorials and flash tutorials. It would be awesome for a similar site for marketing tutorials.

  38. Dean Saliba says

    I absolute ton of helpful tips here, I have bookmarked this post and will ork my way through it. I think I only do blog commenting out of the entire list.

  39. Imran Shariff says

    Whooooo! what a list Onibalusi…

    This is the only longest that I have read. Every open will earn all Blog owner 100 runs.

    Keep going Onibalusi.

  40. Karan Batra says

    when i started reading this post, i doubted whether there are 101 ways to get backlinks but I actually ended up reading them all… good yar… and the best one being controversial posts… they are the most read, most commented as well as the most shared posts… :-)
    But I doubt whether April Fools Day wld be a good idea…

  41. Anthony Lloyd says

    I will Stumble this post up. Follow you on Twitter. I’ve bookmarked it.

    This is a great list. Every serious blogger should read this.

    QUALITY backlinks WILL increase your search engine rank and traffic.

  42. Cebu says

    Onibalusi, you’re a genius man! I’ve been reading some of your articles at YPP. It’s great to read another article from you here in SML. Keep it up, dude!

  43. Kunal says

    This guy is amazing!!
    Onibalusi I liked all your post, a great quality post I must say.
    Great one friend. You always give us something to learn.

  44. Arif Nezami says

    Lessons of a whole life time for a blogger is here… No words to say thanks…. Keep it up….. BTW, how many days you take to make that list ! ;)

  45. Melvin says

    This is such a huge list. I really recommend for anyone to bookmark this as this can be a good guide when anyone starts doing link building 101.

    Great stuff

  46. kaspersky key says

    Onibalusi This is superb list, i leaned a lot of new ways. Guest Blogging, Forum Posting and Article Submission are every effective for me.

  47. Basant | Techno-Pulse says

    #48> Create a Wikipedia Page: IMO it’s not that easy to create a Wiki page for a blog or for a person who is not so well know. It’ll be manually deleted in a few days.
    What other SML readers think about this? Any suggestions on this?

  48. sidduz says

    This is a mighty article. Such a huge list of probabilities for getting backlinks. Book marked it. Thnx a lot for sharing.

  49. Nabeel says

    Whoa Onibalusi!
    What a huge list! Man you always write epic posts!This will have to be bookmarked, so that any time I need a backlink, I will refer to this guide.