Effective White Hat Methods for Building Backlinks

Some time back we here at ShoutMeLoud explained to our readers in detail what backlinks are and why they are important. As a follow-up we published how to get free backlinks for your website, and I explained how commenting can help create backlinks.

I was watching a video from the Google webmaster team, and Google engineer Matt spoke about how you can create backlinks in a white hat and effective way. For now, watch this video and I will elaborate on a few of the ways Matt has explained for creating backlinks to your website :

One thing Matt really emphasizes in this video is the importance of writing quality articles, tutorials and research posts.

In addition, he mentions a variety of other important tips which you can benefit from if you spend some time understanding and implementing them.  Let me elaborate on some of the tips he offers in the video, in hopes of offering you the ability to better understand the details so that you can apply them to your own site if you choose:

Forums and Yahoo Answers are good and very useful places for creating backlinks and driving traffic. When people come to your post from such forums, you are targeting a new set of readers and exposing your articles to a different audience. In addition to this manner of obtaining quality backlinks, you can take advantage of my list of dofollow forums where you can get free backlinks.

Social media sites like Reddit and Delicious help you to build backlinks and thus drive more traffic to your blog. If you are lucky enough to hit a front page of any of the social bookmarking sites, you might be rewarded with lots of backlinks and traffic.

This is very useful for corporate websites or web service oriented sites. You can create a blog and use it to post articles and drive backlinks and traffic to your website. Personally, my blog helps significantly in driving traffic to my web services. You can read more about creating a professional blog here : How to create a professional blog

Free products and services are among the best methods that work best to create a buzz about your services, thus creating backlinks and driving traffic. You can create a free WordPress theme, free WordPress plugin, Facebook application, and so on.

As you know if you watched the video, Matt personally recommends creating good quality videos, noting that if your video is good enough people will embed it into their blog or websites and you can use it to drive free backlinks.  For creating professional videos you can use Camtasia’s  professional video software, and this tutorial will help you to create video using Camtasia’s software.

If you are into video marketing, you will love our previous post on 50 Ways to Drive Huge Traffic from YouTube.

I feel for a new blogger having been there myself, and am happy to provide any helpful information I can toward the education of new bloggers, and even for established bloggers who can benefit from very useful tips like the ones in today’s post.

Personally, I believe commenting is the best way to build backlinks to your blog, but I would love to know your viewpoint as well as your effective ideas on building backlinks for your blog.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 22 )

  1. Dinesh Kumar says

    Thanks Harsh for the useful information. But I have a question about blog commenting. We know that if we do blog commenting on other websites we get links. But are they useful to that website on which people are commenting.
    If people do comment on my site will it help me to get backlinks or it will improve my site rankings??

  2. Kerri Ponder says

    Thank you for the great information. I have a question for you though. You say that commenting is one of the best ways to create backlinks. Does the URL of my blog have to be visible to count as a backlink? For example, when I added this comment, it asked for my website url. Will that be considered a backlink?
    Also, you mentioned Yahoo Answers as another method. Can’t this method also be considered Black Hat SEO and get sites into trouble? Sorry for the questions but I am new at this and trying to build my site’s backlinks.
    Thanks for any help.

  3. Ivan Luther says

    Regarding the forum posting, I have came across your list of dofollow forums but what if none of them are within my niche? I cannot post a Weight Loss link at a webmaster forum like v7n or warriorforum.

  4. Jaydee says

    Fantastic information. I watched the video twice. Once to get the overall message, and the second time to take individual notes on things I need to do. I am thinking of making a video myself, which Matt suggested last in the video, but I think this is a great way to gain recognition. Thanks OP for the info.

  5. Curtis says

    I would agree that blog post commenting is among the best methods of getting decent quality backlinks. Personally I’m also a fan of article marketing for syndication.

  6. Lasse Häggman says

    I agree that building organic backlinks is a really hard things about seo.It takes a lot of time and a lot of techniques and strategy.Thanks for the video i learned some techniques.

  7. Matthew Lord says

    Glad to see that someone is actually preaching white hat link building tactics as opposed to black hat link building blasts. Those are a joke.

    Whitehat is the way to go!

  8. Michelle Tee says

    Excellent post.. very helpful. I have not done much forum posting.. but I think I will start now. Thanks again!!

  9. vijaygupta says

    Thanks for providing nice list of dofollow forums. I really found your posts very informative but always take something useful from it. thanks.

  10. Ricky says

    Good ways to increase backlinks. Video feature is not possible for all to create but it is one of the best way to get backlink and traffic.

  11. Basant Singh says

    Perhaps forums are better way than social media in terms of quality of backlinks for PR. But social media helps in driving traffic.

  12. Kothapally Arun says

    Thank god he dint day commenting on blogs!! Any ways.
    A good press release could be a good way to launch new products online.

    The list is a nice one.

  13. All Is Well says

    I hope this will help me in building some quick links…Because this is main work behind any successful blog.

  14. chartered club says

    Mat is very clever…. he not only told us how to do SEO but infact got a whole lot of backlinks by creating this video which has been imbeded here..
    Very Impressive Work by Mat

  15. FREEHELP1014u says

    That video is really informative! By the way why do we care about backlinks just for PR improvement? Anyway, even if your PR is low you can get traffic if you update your blog/website regularly with unique content. Moreover, backlinks would be more useful when they drive actual visitors! I receive a great deal of traffic by leaving comments+links on blogs/sites with popular newsletters like ask-leo.

  16. contacthello says


    What do you mean by dofollow will make pageranks down. It is dofollow links only that increase your pagerank.

  17. NavaPavan says

    Great points. As you said I prefer forums to expose my site. Thanks for sharing other points.

    • chandan says

      Where from you listen about it bro? For get rank on search engine we have to get dofollow backlinks, nofollow links have no any value in case of search engine ranking.