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Backlink Creator Methods to Ignore : Avoid Unnatural Link Penalty

Backlink Creator Methods to Ignore : Avoid Unnatural Link Penalty

Last week Google launched most awaited Penguin2.0 to further take down on Web spam and penalized those websites which are indulge in spammy method to get higher ranking in search engine. Here at ShoutMeLoud, I have shared a lot of time about safe methods to generate backlinks, and for a webmaster, it’s very important to ensure that he doesn’t use any shortcut or backlink creator method which may lead to Google penalty for his website. Here are few articles for your reference:

There are many online web services which are selling backlinks or offering a way to generate thousands of backlink with little work, and it does work for couple of hours or days, until Google completely ban your website from web-index ( Web spam penalty). Google is getting smarter with time, and they have started notifying webmasters for unnatural links pointing to their website, and one can use Google disavow link tool to nullify the effect of such links.

Say no to following Backlink generator methods:

Do remember “Quality stuff never comes for cheap and never comes easy“, and same is with quality backlinks. Backlinks are an essential SEO element for higher ranking of a webpage, and it comes when you have a quality website/webpage with outstanding content. There are many safe methods like guest blogging, forum posting, infographic and few others, which helps in creating Penguin safe links to your site. Anyways, today we will look into some of the backlink creator methods which we should avoid at any cost.

For reference:

Paid link from a high PR page:

No paid backlinksMany webmasters offer paid links from their high PR page, and Google is very strict about paid link selling. Any link which is placed to pass the link juice, and is paid, will lead your website to Google penalty. In the past, many companies hired freelance writers to do guest post on their behalf, and later on after Penguin 1.0, they have to get rid of all such links. Also, there are many websites which are selling high PR backlinks, including .edu backlinks, which sounds very profitable, but again Paid links can instant lead to Google penalty for your website.

Backlinks from Social media profiles, Forums :

There are many automated software’s which makes hundreds of backlinks via social media profiles, or forum profiles. Such links are really low-quality links, and doesn’t help in any ways. It may increase your backlink diversity and density, but again they are low quality linkback to your site. Since it’s created using automated softwares, and thousands others are also using the same method to create backlinks, such websites and software’s are easy for Web spam to detect. Such links may not be as harmful as paid links, but again they could lead to Penguin penalty for your website. Stay away from such automated software’s which promises to create links on auto-pilot.

A good idea is to create social media profile manually on hand-picked and high quality social media and networking sites, and update the profile to get a link back. For example, you can verify your Pinterest account to get a quality dofollow backlink. Similarly, you can consider getting active on selected similar niche forums and use forum signatures to get links to your website. You can learn more about how to get back links and traffic via forums:

Private blog network:

No to Private link building networkMany webmasters create a network of blogs (Private blog networks) and use it for link building and link selling. Usually they uses the different I.P (Webhosting) to keep all blogs in the network separate and uses various other technique to ensure that Google web spam team don’t find the relevancy with each other. Such private blog networks used to be quite successful in the past, but not any more. Google is crushing down such private blog network, and usually webmasters who have bought links using these private blog network, are seeing a significant ranking and traffic drop after every penguin update or refresh. If you are getting a mouth-watering email from some SEO link-builder about link building via such private blog network, a good idea is to ignore such emails.

Links via plugin or via Free themes:

Before penguin update, free themes and plugins used to be one of the easiest and quality way to generate tons of links. But, after Penguin update this method is no more safe, and many quality websites like WPMU and QOT got penalized due to too many same anchor text links using this method. If you are an individual freelance or web-development company, who adds a credit link at the footer of a website, a good idea is to keep a variation of anchor text, and make sure your client site is relevant to your niche. If not, it’s good to not have a link, rather than having a link which can affect your website ranking.

Take away:

  • Paid links can lead to Google penalty.
  • Stay away from automated software’s and backlink tools.
  • Don’t fall for private blog network link building method.
  • Backlink to your website should come from relevant niche site, and there should be anchor text variation.

For further reading:

Here is a video published by Matt Cutts before the launch of Penguin 2.0, which will give you an idea about upcoming SEO changes from Google:

In coming days, I will talk more about safe methods of back link generation, and few other tips for penguin penalized websites. Do let me know what other methods should not be used to keep our website penguin safe? If you find this article informative, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Google plus.

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  • Alfarizi

    Hi Harsh,
    Your posting is very valuable. I need information like this for guidance to build the right backlink.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  • suresh

    thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about the backlinks. you are always my inspiration. i have improved my blogging by reading your articles. i just feel good when i read your articles. please keep sharing your ideas with us as you always do. i hope i will make best backlinks after reading such posts.
    thank you once again for this great knowledge. :)

  • Elina Jones

    Really nice post, these back link creator methods will surely helps for bloggers and business peoples like me. Thanks for this valuable post and waiting for your next guide.

  • Rohil Dev

    Really worth reading this post. i would like to thank Harsh for some hot tips. These days link building should be wise, otherwise you might fall big time. I am a victim of it. Be careful while building links.

  • Richard

    Hi Harsh, i have been working on building links for quite a while now. One of my site was penalized by having mulitple sites all interlinking to one another. I wish i had read this article before and i wouldnt have been caught out. I am now going to try some of your methods which i have read.
    Thanks for this useful info.

  • Monu Kumar

    Nice Job Harsh Agrawal Sir & this is a very amazing and knowledgeable post for new and old bloggers. Sir can you tell me the hardest way to create back links. Because today’s time everyone use simple way for create back links.

  • Swapnil Sahare

    Thanks for sharing such things. I am new to blogging and learned lot from this blog. I read all things about SEO and they are really helping me out. Please keep posting such good things on new panda and penguin update in details as you always do.

    Thank you once again.

    • Harsh Agrawal

      I’m glad you enjoyed this article, and you can subscribe to our updates for more such posts.

  • Michelline

    We have been busting our butts doing SEO and wow it seems as if my work day has become more of a 24/7 then a 9 to 5!! But its worth it in the end, thanks for the great article!!

  • macnross

    Thanks Harsh Agarwal…it is useful to me bcoz i m learning how to do seo and how to create backlinks..very useful..once again thanks

  • Tushar

    BIg companies like Argos, John Lewis and Amazon purchase site wide text links on lots of different blogs. Will these big brands get penalised? Or can they get away with it as they are ‘big brands’?

  • Jeeva

    Nice Job Harsh Agarwal, Now i learned about the good and bad backlinks. Thanks for this.

  • Rajib Kumar

    Don’t higher any cheap SEO service from anywhere to build links or anything else. They will destroy your site. Last yes my service site rank was 4; i hired a SEO guy from oDesk. Now, my site PR1. Google visits was 300/day; it’s now 30-60/day.

  • yogesh

    Hello Harsh, it a really very nice post specially a new blogger.Between i want to know if we create a backlink from a website whose alexa ranking is more than our website than is effect our optimisation in a negative way or not ??

  • Manu

    Thank You Harsh sharing this valuable information here. Please tell me but is the first thing to do in the off page optimization. As we known there are number of ways to get links under off page optimization such as article submission, directory submission, social bookmarking, blogging, social media, blog commenting. Here i am confused about, but be do first to all and what is the ratio … Now i am start form blogging, word press or blog commenting and article submission. Is this sufficient or not?

  • Josie Moyo

    Good article Harsh, In addition to what you’ve already mentioned. It may be useful to make use of the Google Disavow tool especially with Penguin 2 already on the shores

  • Alok Krishali

    Thank You harsh. I am so happy to read such a nice post. I think there is no need to make backlink through Software or any other automatic tools. It will definitly harmful to our site. Google will not leave our site if i done such mistak.

  • sai charan reddy

    Great Post ! I Experienced it in my First blog ! Thanks for sharing

    I create back links by commenting irrespective of niche and quality Finally my blog gets punished by unnatural links

  • TechStake

    Hardwork always pays off…same applies in link building too…after all quality iz better than quantity…I think Content iz the king here if you can provide really good content via your own blog, then fellow bloggers would likely to link to it, and thus it will earn reputation…other than this guest blogging (in niche blogs), forum posting, social bookmarking (natural way not automated) are safe methods too…

  • Harshil Barot

    Hi Harsh…!!
    Gr8 Article..The Backlinks are affected to website..!!
    i like your writing style..
    Thank U Harsh..!!
    this is useful information for my website..!!

  • Lakhyajyoti

    Agree with you. Guest posting is the safest way to build backlinks now a days. But what about blog commenting? You didn’t mention about it on your post. Thanks for the share.

  • Tarun Kumar

    Hello Harsh, What about backlinks from blog commenting ? I am building the same anchor text ‘ my name ‘ for all back links from commenting. How does it effects on my blog PR ?

  • Stephen Malan

    We prefer blog commenting as it accomplishes more than just garnering a backlink. It helps create traffic and authority to our blog. We don’t just say “good post” and then leave, we actually try to leave an informative comment that may be useful to others.

    Google constantly tweeks their algo, so it’s best to stay on the right side of Google all the time. No telling when the next Panda or Penguin change will come down from Google. We haven’t done anything yet with Forum commenting, will be looking your articles on that and see if it may work for us. Does anyone here care to comment on their results with Forum commenting?

    Thanks again!

  • Abdul

    Thank harsh bro ! but m in just trouble from now ? :( can you please let us know what type of methods are safe for building high quality backlinks for a website you just mentioned 1 method please show more.


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