59 Places to Get High Quality Backlinks


Getting traffic to your website or blog is perhaps the most important step in making sales or making money through Adsense. A great way to get the traffic you need is by employing the age-old techniques of search engine optimization by getting backlinks.

Backlinks tell search engines that your site is popular. Search engines, in turn, kick your site up higher in the search results (which means more traffic for your site.)

Fortunately, there are tons of places on the web that are willing to link out to you making the backlink process a cinch.

Each site is different and offers its own appeal to both marketers & writers like you and search engines. Each of these places offers their own perks (some of which even pay you for using their services for a nice added bonus.) So without further ado: where to get backlinks for your site!

Article Directories

Article directories are amazing places to get backlinks. Unlike quick bookmarking sites like RedGage and Delicious, submitting content to article directories take a considerable amount of work. SheToldMe and EzineArticles are some great examples of article directories and are mentioned in their own sections in this article because of their uniqueness.

There are a huge number of article directories on the Internet; some pay users to submit content and allow for backlinks and some just allow backlinks (but are still great.)

The best way to take advantage of an article directory is to write a unique article related to your backlink and submit it to only one site. For more tips on getting the most from article directories, check out my article on writing for article marketing.


EzineArticles is a classic example of an article directory and, besides HubPages and Squidoo, is one of the BEST places to get backlinks! Check out their site, yeah, it's ugly, but Google loves it. Therefore, it should be your new best friend for getting backlinks.

There are a few things that make using EzineArticles not so fun. The first thing is that they don't pay you for the content you submit. Also, each article you submit must go through their editorial process so they can make sure it meets their guidelines. That said, it's like yucky medicine -- it's not fun to do, but pays out in the long run.

The best way to get a backlink from them is the write an article that is relevant to the keyword you'll be using as your back link. They allow you two links per article, but your links should be 100% relevant to the article's topic.

It is better to get just one back link than to put a link in the article that doesn't really fit with the article topic. DO NOT use the extra link to link elsewhere UNLESS the the site you are linking to is relevant to your article.

Social Bookmarking Sites

There are a huge number of social bookmarking and social networking sites and each is unique. Not all social bookmarking sites and social networking sites offer do-follow backlinks, but even so, the ones with no-follow links are still extremely important and should not be ignored.

Reddit and Delicious are decent social bookmarking sites to use, but they aren't great unless your article becomes popular on those sites. Digg is helpful for SEO, but you have to be very careful as to not submit too much of your own work as it's considered a no-no in the Digg community.

Stumbleupon is great for getting traffic, but they can drive down how much you earn from ad clicks. Also, Stumbleupon users are highly unlikely to click an ad. I wouldn't consider it a backlink since the link from Stumbleupon to the article is scrambled and not the actual URL of the site/article.

Twitter can be very useful, but is known for making all their links no-follow. That said, many sites aggregate what people write on Twitter and make links do-follow. Tons of RSS feeds, many also do-follow, are taken from Twitter. Furthermore, many reader services like Google Reader make links do-follow.

You'll want to post things on Twitter that others would be interested in and make sure you participate in retweeting things others say and give kind thoughts and words to others. This way, there's a higher chance that the stuff you post ends up somewhere with do-follow links.

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RedGage pays users to submit teeny tiny bits of content. All users have to do is submit a URL, some descriptive keywords, a small description of the content, and you're done! The catch? Nobody will ever make an income off of RedGage and the the links don't weigh very much. That said, it's an easy way to get some backlinks to your content.

Technically, RedGage is not an article directory. However, they don't mind if you have a long-winded description of your link. Also, since your link is likely an article, for all intents and purposes, RedGage is listed here as an article directory.

RSS Feed Aggregators

RSS feeds allow readers to be the first to know when their favorite blogs get a new post. The purpose of RSS feed aggregators is to give readers one place to read all their favorite blogs (and to help them find new blogs to follow.)

Many of these sites give do-follow links to the blogs in their directories, which is why it's great for getting backlinks to your blog. These aren't the strongest backlinks in the world, but they automatically update as you create new blog posts. You don't have to keep coming back to the aggregator site to add more backlinks as you write more content.

It's extremely important to note that the term "blog" here is meant to mean "anything with an RSS feed." If you're a HubPages user, just add your HubPages RSS feed url to each RSS feed aggregator site!

If you don't know your HubPages RSS url, you can find it in your profile under your picture. Most HubPages users' RSS feed url is: http://YOUR_USERNAME.hubpages.com/hubs/latest?rss

Just replace YOUR_USERNAME with your username here on HubPages.

Posting in Forums

Forums are a phenomenal place to get backlinks, if you do it correctly. If you spam your hub in a post, the mods will just delete your post. If you find yourself a forum where the mods don't care and let everyone link out to anything, then your link won't help you.

You have two real options when it comes to getting backlinks on forums, you can use your signature line which is perfect since moderators usually don't throw a fit about the links people have in their signatures.

Your other option is to find a forum that is related to your hub. You'll want to make a few posts that aren't related to your hub -- just being friendly and replying to things people say. Then after you've at least made a small presence on the forum mention that "this article kind of describes how I feel BACKLINK_HERE." Just be respectful, no-one likes a spammer.

Looking for a forum? There are a huge number of forums all over the Internet. If you need help in finding a forum, I highly recommend making a quick Google search like "your_interest forum." All sorts of results will show up and you'll quickly find the perfect forum for your needs.

There are some things you have to look out for when selecting a forum. First, you'll want to make sure that the search engines can access the posts. This is easy. Just check and see if you can access posts on the forums without being logged in. If not, then the chances that a search engine has access the posts are slim.

You'll want to make sure the links in the forums are do-follow. There is a really handy free tool that will let you know whether or not a link is do-follow. You can find out about this tool (and other awesome SEO Tools) in my hub, Top 7 Free SEO Tools. <-- See that plug there, that's how you'll want to do it in the forums... nice and natural. :P

Do-Follow Blog Commenting

Commenting on do-follow blogs is a great way to get backlinks. While these backlinks are generally light-weight, you can rack up a ton of them as blog commenting is quick and painless.

There are many directories that have tons and tons of "do-follow" blogs on them. I use the term "do-follow" loosely as many of the directory owners either don't regularly check the list to make sure the blogs remain do-follow or don't know how to check to see if a blog is, in fact, do-follow.

This is why I highly, highly recommend using the link checker add-on I mention in my 7 Must-Have SEO Tools article. This way you can quickly check to see if comments for each blog in these directories really are do-follow. Build up a list of the blogs that pass your do-follow inspection as they are a golden resource if they accept your comments, which brings me to the last bit.

Make sure your comments are on topic and thoughtful. I manage a number of blogs and I delete a TON of comments where I can tell the reader didn't even stop for a second and browse through my post. Comments like "Great post, totally agree" are going to be deleted. Be thoughtful, offer a point or and idea and you should be fine.

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Link Baiting

Link baiting isn't, by any means, a direct way of getting backlinks. Essentially it's writing content that so good that people will share it with their friends, family, or post around the net. 'Link baiting' was poorly named because it sounds like something scary and blackhat, but it is seriously one of the best ways to get backlinks -- by writing great content so that other people will get backlinks for you! It's perhaps the most organic way of doing SEO.

You can learn more about linkbaiting in the linkbaiting section of How to Write Effective Content for Article Marketing.


It takes just a few seconds to set up a Blogger blog and it's a great way to get backlinks. I recommend having at least three articles on your blog for any backlink you get to be a good one. That being said, they don't have to be works of art. Just stick up a few posts full of blah blah stuff that is related to your website or hub and you've got yourself a really nice backlink. I also do not recommend linking to more than one hub with each blog.

The fewer places you link out to, the more worthwhile the links are -- if that makes sense. Think of your blogger blog as the Nobel Peace Prize, it's special because it's really hard to get (few people win this award), if they start giving the award to everyone, it wouldn't be as special. Okay, that's a strange analogy, I admit, but you get the point.

Guest Posting

Is there a particular blog you enjoy reading? Many blogs allow writers to submit content as a "guest post." It's essentially like being a guest star on a television show, you just submit one article to the blog and your commitment is done!

Make sure your post is well-written and original. A guest post on a popular blog not only gives you a backlink, but gets you a bit of fame. You'll want a great article attached to your name, so you'll perhaps get asked back or have other blog owners contacting you for guest post opportunities!

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SunCitySean 2 months ago from San Diego

Great resource! Thank you for the research.

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writer_villa 3 months ago from Sagar, India

An excellent post that provides tons of useful information. This article is a must for blog developers who are trying to generate useful back links.

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Glenn Stok 4 months ago from Long Island, NY

The latest many of us are using for back links with mixed success is Flipboard. We create magazines on various topics and then 'flip' our hubs to the appropriate magazine.

Melbel, you need to remove Squidoo, no longer an option.

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beaddve1800 7 months ago from Toronto

I think Squidoo is now under hubpage?

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melbel 2 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Yes, these are still current. I update these regularly.

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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Do you know if this information is still current?

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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

In my prior comment below (2 months ago) I mentioned that I use EzineArticles. I now have to update that. I just deleted all my articles from Ezine because Google's Matt Cutts recently stated that Google does not like sites, such as EzineArticles, that are article directories.

After hearing that, I did some research and discovered that the links from Ezine seem to be hurting my pages on my site that they were linking to. Those pages were not getting Google traffic as well as the others. So I'm curious now if I'll see an improvement after eliminating my Ezine articles.

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SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

When I saw the title I thought this Hub was going to be a bunch of outdated linkfarms but all the information is GOLD!!!!!

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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

I use EzineArticles to write additional information about my products. Then at the end of each article is a back link to my business site. I don't really get much traffic from it. I guess I give away too much in the article. So the reader does not need to follow the link for more. Problem is that we need to make the EzineArticle worthwhile. If it's not, then it's ranking is hurt, and the entire effort becomes useless.

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Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

Good advice there, thanks. Ezinearticles gave me a few good back links in the past. I think I need to update the URLs there.

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rtburroughs2 3 years ago

Great article, I am reading it in sections, I already signed up for ezinearticles and submitted my first article. I am going to read this slow that I can take in all your advice. When I am done I usually like to read the comments to see what others have to say. I have found additional information in comments, that is why I read them. I am going to share this on my Facebook Writing page.

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Jtstretch1217 3 years ago from Virginia

Be careful with putting backlinks to your website. The new updates have shocked the system, and the wrong low quality and unrelated backlinks will kill your rankings, hopes, and dreams..especially if you are an affiliate marketer.

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mecheshier 3 years ago

Great post. Very informative. Voted up!

Henlus 3 years ago

Thanks for the long list. However, I'll advice readers not to be jack of all trade. Select a few sources and concentrate on them until you get result. That is when you start expanding your reach to other sources.

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Hikapo 3 years ago from California

Buzzle no longer accept links in their articles. Just a heads up.

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melbel 3 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

It's not okay to submit the same article to multiple sites. That could potentially cause trouble.

Matt 3 years ago

Is it ok or recommended to submit the same article to numerous websites?

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scraw 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

Hello fellow hubber, Im trying to determine what method offers the highest quality links between guest posting and article directories. I was also confused as to the difference between linkbaiting and article submission.

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Michael Lucy 3 years ago from Wyandotte, MI

Great article, thanks to the author for compiling this list. We (3V) are always looking for quality backlinking resources, this article is very helpful.

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directorslounge 3 years ago

There's a ton of information that still doesn't quite make 'perfect' sense to me as I continue to grasp the concept, but this article made it all a little more understandable. You've definitely made more sense than many other articles I have read on this subject. Thanks for the info.

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Little Grandmommy 3 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

I am really thrilled I found this hub! You have taught me so much! Thank you!

David 4 years ago

I think this hub could help me create a lot more backlinks to www ... ;-) ha ha. Thanks Mel. This is some really good stuff. I like how prescriptive you are - actual sites not categories.

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Useray 4 years ago from South Africa

Very comprehensive hub on backlinks! Just wished I had more time to focus on them.

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ryokowaren 4 years ago from USA

Great Hub! Voted up. You've given me some new perspective here on backlinking.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

This information is great and continues to be relevant. This should be required reading for anyone who wants success.

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Fantastic information which is helpful to us all. Thanks!

Vikram Malik 4 years ago

Superb hub Melanie, found it incredibly useful and informative...I've always been on the lookout for quality sources of back links, and you've literally opened my eyes to so many of them...quite a few of which I'd never even heard of! Thanks again Melanie! :)

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eloquentlunacy 4 years ago from Louth

Good work! This is possibly the most comprehensive back link article I've ever found. Very impressed!

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maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

Amazing Hub with very valuable information about backlinking. Voted up & Sharing....

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AMFredenburg 4 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

This is amazing; who knew there was so much to backlinking? Thank you for you generosity in sharing this information.

I am hovering over what is so far my one and only hub, and it just jumped from having earned 17 cents (lol) to 28 cents in about an hour, and I think it's because someone shared it on her Facebook page.

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MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

Great tips and helpful information, thanks for sharing!

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Joseph Muendo 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks for info Just recently started my blog and been looking for ways in getting awesome traffic to my blog. Thanks a bunch

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Matt G. 4 years ago

Very informative article. I like the ease of submitting links on Redgage, but I'm not sure how effective it actually is for backlinks. Redgage definitely sucks for making money. Some people do win the $25 debit card they offer.

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rumintasari 4 years ago from Sleman

interesting and helpful tips you share here, thanks a lot. I will start explore the RSS sites soon.

wpdeveloper 4 years ago

Great info about backlinks & site lists. Forum posting , commenting, quality articles submission make a difference in backlink process.

tollywood 4 years ago

Great hub! You answered a lot of questions that have been running around in my mind!

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil

This is one of the clearest articles I have read on the subject of backlinks. Great stuff. Thanks

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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Melbel... You are a true gem! I found many sites here I have never heard of here. Thanks for sharing!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Well this is quite helpful! Thank you!

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Shrikrishnap 4 years ago from Bangalore

Melbel Thanks for sharing this this a helpful list :)

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Technopsisblog 4 years ago from The Netherlands

Thank you for this great list of places to get some backlinks. I added my RSS feed to pretty much all those RSS aggregators and used several other links to promote my own blog. Thanks!

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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks

Excerptz closed yesterday. People who have articles published on that site have sixty days to move their content before it is deleted.

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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

This is such a wonderfully extensive list. I could get overwhelmed! Thanks for the reminders to do our best to connect with all of these backlink directories, somehow!

Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Very interesting. I have so much to learn. Voted up.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Mel, this is a great resource! I have saved it, via Pinterest, for myself to refer to again. I have used quite a few of these but it's so nice to have them all in one place. Thanks for writing this helpful hub.

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Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

This is one of the most informative Hubs that I have read so far. Really great work on this Hub. I am definitely going to come back to this Hub in the future and use it as a reference.

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ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

Nice share..i have tried some of these methods.these are the best ways to get backlinks.thanks for sharing.

wayne stubbs 4 years ago

great ideas will give them ago

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very useful Mel! No wonder you are so successful! You have given me much food for thought and I am grateful.

Shoaib Bin Aslam 4 years ago

great article

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I said I'll learn something and I've learnt a lot from this wonderful hub. A lot to take in and assimilate - very well organised and written. Thanks.

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LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

Thank you. You have provided a great deal of food for thought. Very helpful

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nmdonders 4 years ago

There is a lot of great information packed into this Hub. Great work and thank you for taking the time to put this together :)

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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Great hub! You answered a lot of questions that have been running around in my mind!

wbapartner 4 years ago

Forum posting has helped me a lot personally, not only for backlinks but also traffic from the forums, particularly if the forums are related to the backlinks.

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Fullerman5000 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

Great advice and thanks for the ideas and sharing these easy ways to get backlinks. Great job. Voted useful and up.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This is great. So much information! I think I've read this before but it's worth looking at again and again. Going to save this hub and work on these things from time to time. Thanks!

lisa 4 years ago

Thanks for this, easy to understand and straight to the point, im going to be busy for a while!

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Wied 4 years ago from Indonesia

Glad that I found this super wonderful hub. The information here is clear, very helpful for a beginner like myself. I would welcome a fresh advice from an expert like you to help me improve my hubs. Thanks for the GREAT article, I will refer to this hub again and again...

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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Thanks for this very useful information. Still learning how to set up an RSS feed. Thanks to articles like yours, I am getting better at back links too.

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adomcruze 4 years ago

As you have mention Do follow blog commenting work. I think i some one get backlink from no follow sites, it will give better impact than do follow if nofollow site carry a good authority and worth.

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ronakbhatia 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

Excellent! All these work after the Panda as well. Social Bookmarks and Article submission are the safest optimization techniques.

ctbrown7 4 years ago

Speaking of the Nobel Peace Price, you may deserve one for this great hub!

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adomcruze 4 years ago


Can you please help me to know the difference between Trackback and pingback. And How one can get backlink using this.

Thank you

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Tanya YpsiGirl 4 years ago from Ann Arbor

I've spent a ton of time researching back links, and I think your back link Hub is one of the best tutorials I've found. Thank you for taking the time and energy to explain the business of back links to us. ;)

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Doc Sonic 4 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A great hub, one every hubber should read! Voted up and useful.

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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

You've done a brilliant job here, I have to say. I'm buckling down for the next few hours in front of my laptop so I can set up accounts on all the sites you've mentioned.

Consider your hub bookmarked, voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. :3

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aidensdada 4 years ago

Ya know, you can really tell when someone enjoys what they are writing about, it truly shows through in their articles. Thank you for all of the great information. So much information in fact that I'm dumbfounded and don't even know where to start. Can you make a suggestion?

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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

A very interesting and helpful hub thanks for the help and information :D voting up interesting and useful

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I just now found this hub - it's amazing! Very thorough and helpful guide for those of us learning the ropes here. Voted up, useful and awesome. Also bookmarked and shared with some writer friends.

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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thanks a lot, this was big help. Up, and I just had to bookmark it.

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satviki 4 years ago from India

Felt Nice to reach to your hub.Trying to get backlinks for a few days.I think, your informations will suffice my requirements and increase traffic to my hub

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sunasia22 4 years ago from Philippines

Got to try some of this back linking sites. Glad I found your hub! Thank you so much! Very useful and awesome. Voted up!

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asherruth 4 years ago

I'm trying some of these, thank you for this very helpful hub. Time constraints don't allow me to do a whole lot of back linking but if I get results with just the few I am able to do it will be great! Thanks again.

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hinazille 4 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

oh alright...thanks for the info! voted up :)

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Florida Guy 4 years ago

Thanks for the great info.

Can you link from articles you write on squidoo, infobarrel,suite101,gather and excerptz to hubpages

and are the links are do follow?

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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Yes, however, you can remove the token as soon as your hubpages account is approved. The token is just used to prove that you are you! :)

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hinazille 4 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

this is a very informative, detailed hub. i am currently going through the lists you have above and signing up for the various sites to create some productive backlinks to my hubs...

so far, i have been focusing on writing quality articles to build a good foundation for my portfolio, but recently i have been trying to get back links to my hubs, with little luck.

one question i wanted to ask though - when submitting my Rss url to sites like technorati, they are asking me to post a random collection of digits and numbers on my post - isn't that likely to make my hub look like it is below par?

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CookiesNoCrumbs 4 years ago from New Jersey

Melbel thanks for doing your due diligence; awesome wealth of knowledge. As a newcomer, this information will be quite useful; I am voting up and sharing.

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smartnet 5 years ago

Great hub,

you have really did your homework. It's nice to see a fellow marketer who really gets into their work. You're doing a great job. You really stay on top of things. Best of luck to all your adventures. :)

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suzzycue 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hi Melbel. I am tring to grasp all this information and think bookmarking and coming back will help me out. Thanks a lot. Great Hub.

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Cardozo7 5 years ago from Portugal

Wow amazing hub!So much priceless information for new guys like me. will come and check this hub lots of times for sure.

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Amazingly informative,with so much information to digest. I have a blog that is germane to several hubs. Will immediately back link to my favorite. Thanks so much.

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Ten10bellevue 5 years ago from Bellevue, WA (Seattle)

Awesome stuff! Thanks a ton. I didn't know about the big forum list site. I'll use it tomorrow!

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shin_rocka04 5 years ago from Maryland

These are some really valuable ways of getting backlinks. My favorite so far of the year has to be guest posts. I'm really starting to see the value of guest posting and commenting on the right kinds of blogs.

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smiileyfacexo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Wow this is interesting. I didn't even know what backlinks were until now. Great post. I find this useful.

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kingmaxler 5 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

Great information. Too much to retain. I will be going over this for a while. Thank you.

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GoGreenTips 5 years ago from Indianapolis

Thanks for sharing the information, have started a red gage account because of your advice. One more step in my internet writing career.

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adomcruze 5 years ago

Hi Melbel

Thanks for sharing this nice point. Actually i was aware of article marketing, contextual blog posting and commenting, forum discussion but got one new that is Link Baiting.

Thank You. Keep it Up.

Thumbs UP.

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akumar46 5 years ago from Kolkata,India

I am very much thankful to you for this very useful hub.It will really help me find greater heights.

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina


You have NO idea what a blessing you have been to me as a newbie. This is a great service to those of us who have never heard of a SEO.. I have taken your advice and I can already see results. You are one of the nicest Hubbers here and I appreciate the time you have taken to help me with my tech issues!

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kgala0405 5 years ago from Michigan

Useful hub, thanks for summing up all this information and putting it in one place. I haven't used Red Gage, but I think I'm going to check it out.

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Healthy Pursuits 5 years ago from Oregon

I signed up 11 months ago, but actually started writing only about a month ago. My head is spinning with all of the extra information about linking, SEO, etc. Thank you for putting so much good info into one place, and for explaining it with such clarity.

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savingkathy 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks for writing this hub - I learned a lot from it!

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sgbrown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Thanks for some very useful information. I have been struggling with backlinks, I think this will help! Voted up and useful!

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Mage-It 5 years ago from Canada

This hub is as good as gold and will be helpful for a long time. Thank you so much!

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Melbel - what about social monkee? Is that something that is good to use? I have seen several people talk about and had a lot of good things to say about using it to get backlinks.

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Rain Defence 5 years ago from UK

I don't have much to say other than thanks for the info, I've bookmarked it and voted up.


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lobobrandon 5 years ago

Hi Melbel as you know HomeSteadBound advertised for you in the forums :D Thanks to her I found this great hub, voted up and bookmarked to read later. I just breezed through it for now :)

Thanks to both of you

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BRIAN SLATER 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Very useful information Melanie, voted up:)

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CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

What an excellent hub about alot of the best places on the web to get backlinks for a hubpage or a blog in general. This list of websites is very extensive and I will be bookmarking this page for future reference. Thanks for putting this one together!

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The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

Wow, some of these I didn't think were as important as they are and some I've never heard of. Thanks so much for the tremendous list of backlinks to bookmark.

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Bhanu LP 5 years ago from Jaipur, Rajasthan


This is my fist comment as i just joined the hub page. [Not much aware of the rules here]

Well, i must say this is the best information i have ever collected related to SEO. Vote up and useful

But i need to ask that there are other methods too like image and video submission and URL submission are these methods also beneficial in getting traffic?

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crockpotcooking 5 years ago

Apart from being full of information, this is a great hub because of at least one more thing.

That is, as far as I know about recent updates in google search and ranking algos, It perfectly fits inside the new SEO ranking practices.

Thank you for url lists. Did not know about half of it.

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cclitgirl 5 years ago from Western NC

Thank you for these suggestions. They were really, Really, REALLY helpful. :) Voted up, and awesome!

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Annette R. Smith 5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

I've got to bookmark this one, melbel. Lots of great information here. Voted up!

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serendipitypalace 5 years ago

I know who to ask for help on being successful with backlinks. Will definitely go to you for questions.

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

@serendipitypalace - Thank you! That means a lot to me. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

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serendipitypalace 5 years ago

Lots of great tips, as you usually do! This will be my best tip guide without having to pay a fee! Thank you, melbel!

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Melissa McClain 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks for this hub. You answered a lot of questions I had about backlinks!

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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi melbel very useful and informative hub! gets my vote up


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ehsan121 5 years ago from Karachi

Interesting hub, Thanks for sharing this. I also have some hub related to this

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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Interesting. I will definitely use from Squidoo account for backlinking since I don't really like the game over there.

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kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

A bunch of good ideas in one hub :)

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RuthHindsAvon 5 years ago from UK

So helpful, thanks!

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AllieRambles 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

Wow! What an amazingly concise, well written and informative post! It reminds me that I need to sit down and get some backlinking done today for my hubs and my blog.

Everything here is so relevant. I just want to add one more: Tumblr. Like Blogger it helps with backlinking. I have had a Tumblr blog for over a year now and it has an awesome PR which helps.

Again, amazing article!


mark 5 years ago

i love this site so much. Very useful information. I learn a lot with this site.

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JasonHunt 5 years ago from South Florida

Yep, out of all of these, I'd say guest posting works the best for both traffic and quality of links. Good article. Voted up.

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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Thanks for adding even more content and explaing a little more about the backlinks. This is all super info.

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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK

I just wrote an article for a client about backlinks and included the url to this hub because it's so awesome. I've never seen so many wonderful comments on a hub, congratulations :D :D

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dungeonraider 5 years ago from United States

Outstanding backlinking guide. Voted up and useful.

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Auntie D 5 years ago from California

Nice hub with good and clear information. Thanks for explaining Squidoo! Backlinks take time to learn which I'm still working on.

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smithg123 5 years ago from Newyork

Really useful hub. I have been using this new one www.newsopera.com that's the new one for giving backlinks

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vexez 5 years ago

This is really an informative and useful hub! And I salute to your title, it's really catchy. I got attracted simply seeing the "72" in the title thinking how the hell to get such a huge list.

A very good hub to learn from and follow. :)

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Subdomain mom 5 years ago from Tinternet

Bookmarked and I think you will be one of my most visited Hubbers with the advice you offer.

I use a few sites that you have listed, but have not heard of some. So will check them out.

Tweeted also.

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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Wow.. My mouse got tired scrolling down, down, down and finally I see where "Submit Commit" is! Congratulations on a great response! Flag up!

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greenshellmussel 5 years ago

Thank You MelBel, for the informative and useful Hub. I will definitely take advantage of this valuable information.

Take Care

deadlyking 5 years ago

Amazing work .... excellent hub.....

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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

great hub...i have bookmarked it so i can go back and try some of it...thank you very much for the information.

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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA

Thanks a lot for this, Melbel. It is a well written and comprehensive list and guide, for sure! I will try some of things that you suggest, for sure!

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dmcgaw 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Wow! That is a great list! I'm going to bookmark this for later!

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rhiamby 5 years ago from Philippines

thank you for the info... it truly helps :)

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gailalovesbijou 5 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

So much necessary information. Thank you! I'm new at this and trying to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. Loving hubpages!

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patco 5 years ago from Bulgaria

Excellent list of useful websites. Thank you for sharing them :)

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Rob Jundt 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Many of these sites I have known about for a while, but others I have not. Thanks for posting such an informative hub that is sure to pay dividends for many.


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andrewwilliams63 5 years ago

Great article, thanks very much!

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SusieW 5 years ago

Thanks, this is really helpful.

summertime8 5 years ago

Congratulations on having 100 hubs.

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SportsAgencyblog 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

This could be a very helpful list for everyone who do back linking. Thank you for sharing your ideas for better website promotion.

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georgescifo 5 years ago from India

Thanks for the list..very sad to read that none of the social media and bookmarking sites give direct do follow backlinks :(

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spokaneseo 5 years ago from Spokane

solid comprehensive list, thumbs up here.

seotips101 5 years ago

Great content. I was not aware of RedGage. I am curious to learn more about it.

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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

Dear Melbel,

I had bookmarked it as it is wrth bookmarking. I should admit that this is really a detailed & insightfull hub for all the hubber community in total.

I had really got some new ideas apart from whatever I had gathereed reading hubs like this

voted this up , ver very useful for many

with warm regards

Dinesh Nair

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gamercameo 5 years ago

Good backlink sources. I'm learning about SEO.

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satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

Sometimes I think fate puts u where u ought to be and none to soon. I'd read a post last night concerning the work it takes to earn money here on HubPages. I just woke from a much needed nap and found this Hub by you. I never knew what backlinking was but now I have a better understanding. I will definitely add this page to my bookmarks. Well written and explained thoroughly. Voted this gem up~!

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vinnz21 5 years ago from Philippines now in California

OMG, this hub is really amazing...I am in the process of building links for my sites and this hub is really great. Big help for me...thank you so much Melbel.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I have been searching hubs looking for something like this. I have been trying to find the right online tools for traffic and here you are. Thanks for this very comprehensive list.

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pinkish 5 years ago

This is nice.. I'm trying to get backlinks from squidoo too, but hubpages is much easier to create articles.

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PaulPd0 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Not sure when this happened, but it appears Buzzle no longer allows external links in their article submissions.

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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK

I signed up for SheToldMe about half an hour ago. I received an email saying that I would be 'considered' and that they would let me know.

If they are going to make charges, I won't be using the website. And I don't really want my work to be associated with so much junk, if they are not going to discriminate between good, quality work and a pile of rubbish.

Thank you for updating this Hub so timely ;), it's much appreciated. I dislike wasting time and you have probably saved me from wasting a lot of valuable time.

I'll follow some of the other recommendations in your above Hub, I'm sure that I'll have success with some of them.

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

I have removed SheToldMe from the list for a number of reasons. First, they now charge to post scoops.

Second, since users get 100% of AdSense revenue, the site has no reason to cull junk content as they don't profit from AdSense on the site.

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JerryJupiter 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Really great Hub - some fantastic information, sadly I knew the majority already, but I know how good they are. :)

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ClaireHaley 5 years ago from UK

Some good information and some new stuff for me to try out being new to all this seo stuff. The do follow blog directories I will be trying out today. Thanks

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dabneylewis 5 years ago from Boston

@Melbel... Great effort :)

I've heard about SheToldMe first time and I'd love to work on it..

Thanks for sharing

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bjornborgboxers 5 years ago from The Netherlands

Very true! Get rid of spammers, and follow the organic link building way. Add content with at least a bit of value and you'll see your traffic increase.

Thanks for the hub! Very nicely and written in in a clear and understandable language.

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techmagnate11 5 years ago from Delhi

This is good effort by You!i am trying more with help of this blog to get more backlinks.

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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Thailand

Voted up and useful. Some very good sites there!

I really liked the idea of using RSS Aggregator websites, something I had not considered.

Cheers for sharing, will bookmark this one :-).

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noering 5 years ago from Indonesia

I like this, very nice, Thanks.

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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

what great information! I am so thankful for this! voted up and more

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AnitaClarkRealtor 5 years ago from Warner Robins GA

Good informative hub that can help in the building of quality backlinks. Hopefully sites like EzineArticles, and even HubPages, will rebound from the Panda update. When not sure about a site, look for quality content and whether the site does a good job of policing spammers and duplicate content (especially cut/paste) efforts from other sites such as blogger, WP, and BiggerPockets.

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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Excellent hub! Very informative and well put together. Vote up.

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bryteyedgemini 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Thanks so much, this was very helpful

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vinner 5 years ago from India

Very nice hub. I have not ever thought there are so many ways to get back links.

Drjacki 5 years ago

This hub was the best I have read on how to improve traffic and I intend to follow your great advice.

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Ania L 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I feel like a kid in a toy shop - so many godo things so I don't even know where to start! But two things stand out for me - no follow checker and RSS Feeds - pure gems. Thanks a lot!

mkidf678 5 years ago

Awesome job ! Your web blog has presented me most of the answers I wanted .

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katrinasui 5 years ago

A great hub with useful resources and ideas.

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phanisoft18 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

Really an excellent source of information :)

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rajanrayhan 5 years ago from Bangladesh

This is one of the best hubs I have found in hub-pages. Very useful description of back-linking tips, and some large list of bookmarking and blogging websites will help the visitors to get what they are looking for. A website which gives the facility of free backlinks is http://addurl.yn.lt . You can take the opportunity to submit your website to 40 search engines here.

Thank you very much for this excellent hub.

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whoisbid 5 years ago

It seems that you have done a lot of research. Well done!

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Fotographer 5 years ago

Amazing amazing hub Mel!

I wanted to add that RitePad is a quickly growing revenue sharing article directory.

And thanks for the useful hub!!

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Noemi Beres 5 years ago from Cyprus

Great hub, melbel. You put great effort in it. I tried alomost every technique. I noticed that the originality of your article and your writings are extremely important. Because of the Google changes it will become even more important.

Arslan haider 5 years ago

I love the fact that you wanted something and you couldn't find it, so you made it. That's sweet!

dodol321 5 years ago

I think what you have written about backlinking is more than enough. I believe there are a lot of good resources of building backlinks out there. And I saw that your article explains most of them.

nikashi_designs 5 years ago

Thanks for the list of back link sites. Lots of new ones I have never heard of before, busy day today. Excellent hub...

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John Janiszewski 5 years ago from Flushing, Michigan

Thanks, great post

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John B Badd 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

This is the most comprehensive back link hub I have ever read. I am going to come back here until my arsenal is full of back link generators.

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alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

Wow! fantastic info for hubbers. Thanks so much! It is so tricky getting back links.

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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

This certainly makes sense, melbel. Thanks for this example :)

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Thank you so much everyone for the thoughtful comments!

Quality backlinks is a strange concept at first, and even years down the road, I get can get confused as to whether or not a particular link is quality... it depends on the source.

Here's how Google looks at links: Let's say two websites (yours) and your competitors and all things are equal (to Google) for you and your competitor. Let's say a website like the New York Times links to your content and melanies-awesome-blog.blogspot.com links to your competitor. Which is Google going to take seriously? Definitely the New York Times and, because of that, the backlink the New York TImes gives you will mean a lot more than the backlink that melanies-awesome-blog.blogspot.com gave your competitor!

You can get a rough idea of how much a backlink is worth by checking out the PageRank of the page it's on. The higher the better.

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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

What an education you've given me! Bookmarking. You've motivated me to go post on Ezine, for starters. I can't say I understand what you are talking about with the quality of backlinks, but I will go read some more of your hubs. :)

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satuiku 5 years ago

very interesting article

thanks for the information

BB 5 years ago

Thanks for th einfo.

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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

I've started practicing backlinking this year, and my traffic and earnings have really increased. It works - it just takes time. Good hub.

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kamran210 5 years ago from Pakistan

Thankyou @melbel your hubs are always useful..submited my blog's feeds to all your listed rss directories ..and i was happy to know they are highly ranked directories that you listed..Thank you again

El Ray 5 years ago

Excellent information and resources here on getting backlinks. I rely on manual and automated methods to get backlinks to my sites. I see many people using automated tools/services to generate backlinks, but not seeing results. You really need to have a strategy in place BEFORE you start ANY backlinking campaign (otherwise it will be a waste of time - not to mention a waste of money).

joekreydt 5 years ago

helpful. thank you!

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Not only backlinks are important, the niche of the site and the pagerank that the backlinks are getting is also quite relevant. Wonderful post.

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UniqueVanities 5 years ago from Ohio

Great Hub! Just getting started myself, so I've been training on a lot of the stuff you mentioned. But there was definitely stuff there I haven't heard about too! Thanks!

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all200 5 years ago

Great Hub! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Backlinks are a must, but sometimes we just don't know where to look for them. This Hub is very informative.

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Chris Crow 5 years ago

Thanks for the information. This is useful. I've exhausted all my current linking options. Man, building links is the hardest part of the internet marketing game.

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andur92 5 years ago from India

Very helpful! Thanks a lot!

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TAW Global 5 years ago

Great advice, thanks.

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art-max 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thank you for the information, Backlinks are important. One should rad informative hubs more than once.

rich cederberg 5 years ago

Nicely written post, it's been awhile since I've been to Hubpages, I'm glad I found some good content. I picked up a few nice tips in your articles, I'm going to subscribe.

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

I believe they ALL require exclusive publishing rights.

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serendipitypalace 5 years ago

Thank you for the site information. A few of the links I've heard of but you've opened our eyes to new ones. I get so many annoying emails from people wanting to give information on making money on sites only if you pay them. You've been generous and helpful. Looks like your generosity has paid off with your high score. Hope you're making a bundle of moola, too! Thank you.

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smartnet 5 years ago

Very Informative Hub I see why you got a 99 on your hub this is great. :)

I am in the process of building links to my website your information is very helpful-- Thanks"

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InterSpace Design 5 years ago from Silicon Valley, California

It's a great article, since I'm new to this.

I'm still confused about back links. So it's permissible in Ezine, Squidoo & HubPages to mention interior design in my article and have a hot link it back to my website? I thought it is considered self-promotion and is not allowed.

Second question - can I submit same article to multiple article directories or which ones require exclusive publishing rights? Thanks a lot!

Rajiv  5 years ago

I am seriously very impressed with your article. I am impressed because, you had explained each point in a proper manner. Thanks.

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dkyforever 5 years ago

Wow. Thank you for this. I'm still really new to hubpages and squidoo and article marketing in general and your tips are exactly what I needed. My main pages on hubpages are about photography. If you could, let me know what you think, I always appreciate feedback. http://hubpages.com/@dkyforever

Again, thank you.

I did want to mention that articlecat.com and usfreeads.com are two of my favorite article directories.

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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

You have put a lot of work into this article, and I'm so grateful. I'm a newbie and everything is quite bewildering! But by looking at the amount of comments,it seems to me that I'm not alone, so I don't feel so bad. Thanks a lot for enlighten me. Learned a lot!

You sure got my vote up!

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BrantleyFoster 5 years ago from Southeastern United States

Terrific. I don't why, but I never even considered the RSS aggregators.

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Magdelene 5 years ago from Okotoks

Excellent Hub on things I should be doing to get Backlinks. This is a bookmark I need to make and refer back to when I forget what I should be doing to get those valuable backlinks.

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invitationwrite 5 years ago

Thanks so much for all the info it would have taken me months to gather!!

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Added a poll! I would LOVE to see what everyone's favorite backlinking method is!

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kd4rvb 5 years ago from Titusville, FL

I look forward to trying out some of these techniques, being new to this I need all the help I can get. Thanks!

Michelle 5 years ago

This has been so helpful! I am new to the world of posting articles and getting backlinks. I had dreams but now idea how to make them happen. I have bookmarked your article and am reading, applying, rereading, adding, editing, etc.. daily. Thanks so much for all the info it would have taken me months to gather!!

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Added more resources to make the hub more well-rounded, giving more options than just article directories. I know writing articles isn't everyone's favorite activity and there are more ways to get backlinks than just by article marketing. Because of this, I added a large number of ways (and then resources for each way) to obtain backlinks.

kamran 5 years ago

great hub thankyou for the lists

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Jimmy Evola 5 years ago from Australia

Great Hub. It wasn't something that I knew a lot about but was really well written and informative.

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Cassidella 5 years ago

This hub is packed with info! I have read it twice. Since I need to learn more about the business side of things here at HubPages, I will be following you too! Thanks for sharing.

BestAbsWorkouts 5 years ago

Thanks - a great round up of backlink sources. In fact, I had never heard of 'shetoldme' before!

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.josh. 5 years ago

Great hub, definitely some useful info here. Thanks!

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Jagodka 5 years ago

I've heard of Digg but I wasn't sure what the purpose of it was. Thank you for this Hub! :)

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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for the great hub!

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lejonkung 5 years ago

very useful thanks

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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Hi there. Great info. This is the sort of stuff I'll be reviewing everyday. Thanks a bunch.

heusser87 5 years ago

Thanks melbel i was wondering about this too

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author


From what I've heard, the admin of SheToldMe is on vacation and he/she hand-approves each new member. Because of this enormous task, they decided to shut down applications for right now. The site will accept new members when that admin gets back. :)

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chasemillis 5 years ago

First of all, this is awesome! I literally look at it every day. But I've got a question, I tried to sign up for SheToldMe, but I cannot for the life of me find out where to sign up. Do you need a recommendation or something? Or maybe I'm just a little slow idk. I looked online and saw other people who struggled with no avail. Do you have any advise?

u01dtj6 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing these with us! I'll definitely try them out.

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cangetthere 5 years ago from New Zealand

I started out today to find out more about backlinking.I was quick to check out you very useful hub and in turn some of your other hubs.We need experts like you to help us newbies onto the write path.I have a blogger blog and I will say I have learnt more about SEO through blogger than anywhere.Mainly because you have to if you want traffic.A great place for those starting out.Thanks for the help and your great hubs.

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Avamum 5 years ago from Canada

Well-written and thoroughly researched hub full of useful information. While I use shetoldme, Redgage and Twitter to promote my websites and hubs, I find that Twitter is by far the most valuable in terms of backlinks and increasing traffic. Thanks for the hub - voted up and bookmarked!

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sacredlilac 5 years ago from Canada via England

You've cleared up a lot of questions for me too, melbel. Thank you for the excellent info. And thank you to all the great commenters who added more. :)

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askjanbrass 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I myself have also recently become interested in SEO... Awesome Hub!

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martycraigs 5 years ago

I recently got into the SEO business and I can't agree more with all of this, great hub!

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Bravo. Great reference hub. So appreciate that you update it. Generates helpful comments. Voted up and bookmarked.

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jetta17 5 years ago

Rock_nj - I was still able to register through this "extended vacation". The process took me near a month to get completely registered, but you still can.

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Rock_nj 5 years ago from New Jersey

SheToldMe's registration page is not available. I heard from another Hubber that the owner of SheToldMe is on an extended vacation and since the owner reviews all new applicants, they removed the registration for now.

Thanks for writing this very useful and informative Hub!

ninorich 5 years ago

Very interesting hub....

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author


No, unfortunately content that you write on HubPages has to be unique. Same with Squidoo and the other sites. That said, if you write unique content here and then write something unique over there, you can earn money on both HubPages AND Squidoo!

Best of luck on getting backlinks! Let me know if you have any other questions! :P

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luckysevens 5 years ago

The sites like Squidoo, can you publish your article here and on them? Great article by the way.

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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

I have a Blogger blog...yipee! The forum advice is new to me and I thank you. I will be looking for niche-related forums to visit. Voted up and useful.

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bwright 5 years ago from Alabaster, Alabama

This is a very good resource of information. Thanks!!

Kieran Gracie 5 years ago

Really interesting and useful hub. I have bookmarked it because I will need to re-visit often. A small comment about Ezines - they only allow "self-serving" links in the author bio box, not in the article content, and they are very picky about the affiliate products you might be promoting on your site.

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NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

Hi melbel,

I enjoyed your Hub . . . it is very informative and I believe I'll be investigating the areas that you have touched upon ~ thanks!


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Paul Raisbeck 5 years ago

Nicely written and some useful ideas that have stood the test of time. Thanks.

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railway-sleepers 5 years ago from UK

Excellent post. Very handy.

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kasthlin 5 years ago

nice post as a newbie here

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jetta17 5 years ago

Thank you for posting. This is great information that will help me greatly.

heavenrooms 5 years ago

very nice hub! it's so useful

thanks :)

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timonweller 5 years ago

Nice list of backlink sources, many i have not heard of..

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Florida Guy 5 years ago

Very informative hub!

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Thank you so much, everyone for the kind words -- and also for the amazing suggestions! Keep 'em coming!

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hollyhock 5 years ago from HeavenGarden

good suggestion ...

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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Great information you have here! Thank you! take care..

I will try and use some of the back links you have suggested. I will keep you posted! Have a blessed day!

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femmeandglam 5 years ago

This is really helpful. With these tips that you gave us, I think the most preferable that I'll use is posting in forums and adding comments in different sites related to my own topic. Thanks! :)

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gamerkaka022 5 years ago from U.K

really useful

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Zubair Ahmed 5 years ago

Nice hub, many thanks for sharing. I have been following a similar strategy myself.

All the best

daneastside 5 years ago

wow melbel you are awesome, thank you very much for the info, i am bookmarking this page and adding it to my favorites bar so please don't delete this blog.

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greatlove 5 years ago from Beaufort, NC

Excellent info, thanks for sharing.

jansplace 5 years ago


You have put so much info into your article. Thanks so much will be printing it off to use.

You have written it well and obviously a bit hit by the amount of comments.

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Stone Gifts 5 years ago from London

Useful hub, thanks.

Are all these directories "do-follow"?

thehacker101 5 years ago

Thanks for the info!

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thesizz 5 years ago

Awesome hub. Got lots of useful info!!

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Joe Bricky 5 years ago from Modesto CA

Excellent. Thanks.

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AgesMGMT 5 years ago from New York

yeah this was a great hub

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MrHunter 5 years ago from Highway 24

thanx for taking the time up front to tell me the "Why" instead of just giving dictation as to the "How." This makes sense to me. 'Preciate it.

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writer_villa 5 years ago from Sagar, India


An excellent article that gives a very good insight on how traffic works for a web site. Thanks a lot!



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alexglo 5 years ago from England

Thanks for the tips there are a couple of great sites I hadn't come across before.

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Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago from USA

Fantastic hub ...great job.got a lot of necessary information...keep it up

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yogaexpertsonline 5 years ago from California, USA

Useful List Buddy I would say it may take a great time and research to list such sites. Great work keep it up :)

mobilefuse 5 years ago

Excellent post but if there is more information like list of social bookmarking sites,or sites which allows to submit links to socialbookmarking,auto bookmarking sites.

they wll be useful.

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lindsaybuffer 5 years ago from Tasmania, Australia

Great hub lots of good info really found it helpful. You can never learn to much when it comes to SEO particularly backlinking.

heusser87 5 years ago

shetoldme sounds like a good one, except i can't seem to find a register page? Anyone else?

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AgesMGMT 5 years ago from New York

thanks for telling us about SheToldMe.. I have never heard of it but it looks like another good alternative to getting some more links.

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BabyGearGalore 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

You have SheToldMe on this list, but not Best-Reviewer.com, which is their sister-site. It's great for backlinks too!

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Anthea Carson 5 years ago from Colorado Springs

So much useful information and helpful tips in this hub, thank you very much for writing it, and of course, voted up. One question...how much is too much in terms of posting your own hubs on Reddit.com? I have tried to reframe from too much posting, but am perhaps not posting enough of other people's stuff there. Any thoughts on this?

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rockinmagic 5 years ago from Sacramento

Great Hub. I really enjoyed the way you explained everything in simple terms.

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Carolyn Moe 5 years ago

thumbs up... useful... thanks

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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

This is great information, thanks for sharing with us!

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BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

This is a really helpful hub. I tried signing up for Shetoldme just the other day and was notifed that they are not accepting new users at this time. Boohoo :(

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chasemillis 5 years ago

Holy Cow, how long does it take for you to do all your backlinks!?!?! Like 5 hours?! I'm assuming you don't use all 39 ways but still, that's a lot X/

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alexglo 5 years ago from England

Great tips!

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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Thanks - why did you use ' @MarloByDesign ' by the way? You must be a Twitterer...

marcelitohb 5 years ago from Bremen, Germany

excellent, tell me how I can impove

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author


You can get backlinks from forums. Also, some of the sites only require a tiny article of perhaps 50-100 words. Blog commenting is also another way to get backlinks, but they tend to not be as strong in the link juce area. :) Great question, by the way.

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ecogreen4us 5 years ago

This is a really good guide.

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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Do you know if there is anyway to post a back link without having to write another article on another site? I would prefer to only write for HubPages, but am looking for other ways to post back links for my main blog site? Thanks so very much!

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Brent Stone 5 years ago

Great Hub. Good strategies, especially the blogger blog. Thanks for sharing.

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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

AWESOME! very helpful especially to us beginners.

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camsolivia 5 years ago from Planet Earth

WOW! You just answered YEARS of questions! No kidding. I've been trying to figure this stuff out FOREVER...so thank you very much for making it so easy to understand. BRAVO!

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CondoLux Rentals 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina

Nice one! I like articles like this that make it easy for the beginner SEOs. It should be noted though that since the Panda update, Ezine and article directories took a major hit. I am not say do not USE them, but the days of writing numerous articles for SEO use are over. Now, we have to write GOOD content like this article in order to be "appreciated" by google. :)

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Don Ship 5 years ago

Great Hub! Thanks for sharing. =)

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cordbailey 5 years ago

Thanks for the article; I'm new to hubpages & blogging for that matter. These tips are helpful.

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scott33thomas 5 years ago from Germany, Colombia, USA, Panama, Mexico, Spain

I have currently account ezine articles and so far seems pretty good to me. good Hub!!

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Alex Simring 5 years ago from Australia

Thanks Melbel,

lots of great advice,particularly about Ezine Articles. They get indexed quickly and give backlinks that count.

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

JohnCW, I agree -- a forum signature is really the best way to get a backlink from a forum -- having a link in your profile is fine, but the real link juice come from having that backlink on several pages on the forum -- a signature does just that! Great point!

ctbrown7 5 years ago

Really well written instructions and advise. Thanks.

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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania

I love the way you explain instructions ,simply and in plain language!

I am what I call a table writer -comfortable at that kitchen table lol ,so its quite a jump from there to the technical side-PC.

I have successfully just backlinked from another site, oh tomorrow the worlds my oyster -hehe

Thanks a bunch!

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JohnCW 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for great resources provided here. But, one things is not so powerful that you wrote. Forum links are not so powerful if they came are only from profile pages. If you put couple of posts with signature included - that I call real forum backlink.

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clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

I am searching for the good white hat techniques for my website SEO's. This is a great article about valid process for getting back links. Thank you very much for the great ideas.

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alexpanait 5 years ago from Constanta

Good hub, I appreciate the effort you put into this.

Thanks for offering so much detailed information for link building ideas.

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Delaneymae 5 years ago from Ontario

Great Hub Mebel, I am going to give it a try. I am new here to hugpages but find it exciting and great to write, so now this makes backlinks my next step. Thank you for the very helpful article!

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setoelkahfi 5 years ago

You're exactly right!!!

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bella_xia 5 years ago from China

It is my first time to this website.Thanks, it's really helpful.

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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

great hub melbel - do you feel that "nofollow" links are just as important as "dofollow" links? i know that this is a grey area but you seem to have much experience with seo..

heusser87 5 years ago

im pretty new at this, you did a great job of explainig this topic so that it was easy to follow, thanks!!

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HAexpressions 5 years ago

There is a lot of great information here! Thank you

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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

Hi Melbel,

Wow this hub is extremely helpful, with much thought into it. Great work, I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Thanks so much.

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DRG Da Real Grinc 5 years ago from All over the USA

Very useful information, thanks for the insight.

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MithunBD 5 years ago from Bangladesh

It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

Find me on hubpages


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clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

Thank You. That was very helpful.

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BabyCheetah 5 years ago from Melbourne

Great hub full of information. I use a few of the sites mentioned, I'm not very good at it yet though but I'm trying :)

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

@Hound Cat

A GREAT way to get "up to par" with your online skills is by using HubPages... and you're doing just that! If the stuff I'm talking about seems a bit over your head, go to the HubPages learning center. There you can learn about different things you can do to your hubs to tweak them to make them perform well in the search engines and bring YOU more money. You can get to the learning center by clicking "learning center" at the very, very bottom of any page on HubPages. Alternatively, you can just go here:


There's a ton of information, there, but it's all bite-sized which makes it a great way to get up to speed. :P

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Hound Cat 5 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

My online skills are still not to par to take advantage of all the generous information you provided in your hub. This article is still awesome, and hopefully I can utilize some of your suggestions. Thanks.

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jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Thank you. I was still going over all this information you've provided. Awesome job!

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

If you right click you can select from the menu to open them in a new tab. Alternatively, you can set your browser to open all links in a new tab.

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jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

This is awesome. Theres so much information here I don't know where to start. I wish the links that you offer would open in a new tab so I could keep your article open.

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Southern Muse 5 years ago from USA

Wonderful hub, voted you up. FYI - your link to the Top Free SEO hub is mistyped - it places an extra "http//" in the link. ;)

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maicolchang 5 years ago

Super helpful - Thanks!

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Runway 5 years ago from New York

Thanks! Great hub!

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Avory Shell 5 years ago

Great points! Really helpful!

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Jenny Calender 5 years ago

Good places and tips. Note on forums, especially: don't spam with your links. Rules & regs are #1 priority there, or you'll be banned.

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RishiKS 5 years ago from India

Nice hub. Keep it up :)

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bengraham 5 years ago

A great Hub with some advice that is actually useful- didn't know about She Told Me so thanks for the tip!

ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Good info!

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Chaos Controlled 5 years ago

Very informative! I will give this a whirl... High Five

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arunii 5 years ago from Delhi

I love the sites which pay as well as provide link guice but sadly they are few !

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AnkushKohli 5 years ago from India

Nice information already using some of them really helpful.

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Thank you! Also, any more sources for backlinks will be added in the next update, so feel free to comment if I've left out something awesome!

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Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Excellent Hub! I have been using many of these sites and find them good.

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Wow, @GrannyGreenie! You're right! Yahoo pulse is a really awesome service, I'll have to include it in my next update! Thanks!

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JP993 5 years ago from England

Top,top hub, gave the awesome button a click.

Granny Greenie 5 years ago

This is PRECISELY the topic I've been hoping to locate. Thanks for saving me MANY hours of searching. Also appreciate CJ ANDREWS - update on "Yahoo! Pulse as a service for you to see all your social updates from your favorite networks in one place." New to reading / commenting on HubPages.

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Yeah, MyBlogLog was awesome. Made a huge update to this hub in light of the sad news that MyBlogLog is gone. Instead of 7 places to get backlinks, I kicked up the list a few notches! Enjoy!

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workingmomwm 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Nice information. I'm kind of bummed that MyBlogLog doesn't exist anymore. I guess I'll just have to really start with the article marketing.

belindasantos 5 years ago

I am new to the hub pages, but thanks for the info. I am going to check it out.

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CJ Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

Just an fyi:

"MyBlogLog will no longer be in service from 24 May 2011. We recommend Yahoo! Pulse as a service for you to see all your social updates from your favorite networks in one place."

Thanks for the info though. I just wanted to let you know in case you wanted to update it the hub.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Thanks. There are some sites that you've listed that I've not tried to use yet. Great advice!

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Melbel, this is great information. I especially like the step by step information on how to post on Yahoo. I'm a bit slow so the easier you make it the better.

On facebook there are a few blog groups. You've inspired me to write a blog about them.

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viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

great information! thanks for the share!

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LoopyGem 5 years ago from Canada

thank you! thank you! thank you!

Bobby1231 5 years ago

Very amazing, I have made a HUB today about getting 25 free high PR instant backlinks. It's great to see others are posting amazing sites too, thanks for the great sites mate.

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Delaney Knows 5 years ago from Midwest

I'm excited to try this. However, I've been looking all over Yahoo and can't find "Add a Blog/Site"

Is it possible this has changed, or am I just blind?

Help would be appreciated.

Thanks for the other excellent ideas! Voted up :)

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jadugan 5 years ago from Radford, Virginia

This is wonderful! I am so glad to have found this and I will definitely be employing these ideas! You're the best!!

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Peter Owen 5 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

very good hub. You give more detail than the normal advice article. I will try the first one you mention - I already use the others.

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AthulExe-ae 5 years ago from India

will we get backlinks from twitter ?

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Sunshyne1975 5 years ago from California, US

Thanks so much for this hub. It is so full of useful information. I really have never tried back linking, but maybe now I won't be as scared to try it. Thanks!

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deyani 5 years ago

Great info about backlinks, I have learned a lot from this hub and have bookmarked it for future reference. Voted up.

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gypsumgirl 5 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

Thanks for writing a very useful hub! I really learned a lot and will come back to reference it in the near future. Voted up and useful!

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emilybee 5 years ago

Great hub. Very helpful.

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Lady Blah Blah 5 years ago from South Carolina

Good info here. I bookmarked it for future reference. I'm not quite ready for backlinking yet, but appreciate that you put all this out here and explained everything so well!

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Jhangora 5 years ago from Dehradun

Really cool Hub. Thanx a lot for the expert tips on backlinks.

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gourownway 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Great info. Had no idea how to use MyBlogLog, now that's the frist thing I'm gonna do. Have been using Ezine for awhile now, great site. Thanks!

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saintodd 5 years ago from Snohomish, WA

melbel - great article. I've been doing some side research trying to begin my hubpages journey the right way. You know setting up affiliates, backlinks etc. Tonight I was researching backlinks and I discovered your hub. You brought so much clarity to some of the major issues I've been reading and thinking about. Thanks for boiling this down. Its given me a lot to run with. saintodd

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Die'Dre' 5 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

Wow, what a hub. You answered my questions and more. I'm going to start out with Squidoo and MyBlogLog. Thank you

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ross670daw 5 years ago

Nice resource here melbel, I hadn't heard of Helium before and Redgage sounds like a good place to be, I like the idea of adding my Hub RSS to Mybloglog too, I'll do that now.I have also bookmarked this hub for future reference.

Thanks for the ideas.

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melbel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

I'm glad that this hub could be of help to you all! I'll keep adding more to the hub as I find useful resources for backlinks.

jblogys 6 years ago

Great and very useful information. Back links are my next step, I'll be referring to this hub a lot!

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amybradley77 6 years ago

Couldn't thank you more for this, very useful and good detail so one can decide the best route for ones self to go. Great work here!! Voted up. A.B.

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tenordj 6 years ago from Jamestown TN

Thanks for the info on back links. It is exactly what I have been looking for.

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melbel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

I just updated the article and added another place that gives out some great backlinks.

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Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

Great information.. it is a huge tips for me, thank you for share

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Miss Hellen 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hi Melbel, thank you for this hub. I am new to hubpages and your advice is helpful and very much appreciated.

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iamalegend 6 years ago from EARTH

These are very high page ranked sites and the backlinks from these sites will be a great benefit.And we can improve our search engine ranking.

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melbel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

Yeah, Yahoo is a GREAT place to get a backlink. Definitely worth a look!

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Winterfate 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

Great guide! :D

I hadn't heard about your first backlink place before today. I think I'm going to have to use it.

Just as soon as I get motivated enough to do so. :P

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melbel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

I'm really astounded by the number of comments so soon after I've published this hub. Thank you! I'm glad you all have enjoyed it!

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webpremotion 6 years ago from India

Very knowledgeable hub,i really like this.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Great helpful hub. Thank you.

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melbel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

You're welcome! I'm happy you've found this hub useful!

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vickymom64 6 years ago from Westmorland Ca

Excellent hub on backlinks thank you for all the details of each site.

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