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How to get more back links?

Updated on May 6, 2011

A back link is a link from another website to your web page or web article that you wish to promote. There are numerous ways to get back links. Below are just a few.

1. Ask someone to link to you

You can always as the webmaster of another site to link to you from their articles. This includes asking other HubPages member. However many will either ignore you or refuse, especially if you offer them nothing in return.

You can pay them. There are bloggers that will do what is known as "pay per post". However most search engine experts will not recommend paid links. This is because Google search engine do not look highly on paid links.

How do they know that it is a paid link? The blogger whom you paid to add your link may need to disclose per certain regulations that it is an advertisement posts or a sponsored link. And if the search engine sees a whole bunch of unrelated links in box labeled sponsored links, it does not take a very sophisticated software algorithm to figure out that these are paid links.

2. Link to it yourself.

Okay, so it is very time inefficient to be asking people for links (especially when most refuse). Why not link to your articles yourself in another blog somewhere else. You can create a free blog on,, and others. In addition, there are self-publishing websites were you can sign-up and post articles for free. For example,,,,,, and others sites listed here.

But of course, when you blog about it and link to your article you have to write something substantial. And many self-publishing websites require a certain minimum length for each article. So you actually have to write quite a lot just to get one link to your self.

Better yet, you can link to your own articles even if they are on the same domain name. If you write on HubPages, you can embed link in one Hub article to link to another article and vice versa. This inter-linking of your Hubs articles is highly recommended for building backlinks. Not only does it build valuable backlinks from one article to the next in terms of search engine ranking, but it also drives visitors from one article to the next.

3. Micro-blogging

How about micro-blogging? That way you don't have to write a lot. You can post a tweet on twitter, which limits you to 140 characters.,, and does not have a minimum word limit because they are your own blog and you can write as long or as short as you like. So you can post short blogs with links to your articles. is a self-publishing site that lets you make short posts (of at least three sentences).

You can also post a quick link on and is like, except that it lets you promote your own links.

Keep in mind that a link from a small short article will not be given as much weight as a link from within a longer article. It is a trade-off. You save time by writing a short article, but the link you gain does not have as much weight in the eyes of the search engine.

4. Providing Relevant Information

You can post something relevant on You don't have to write a lot here either because there is a post limit. But you cannot embed links until you have exceeded a certain credibility.

You can answer a question on WebAnswers. And if you have an article that provides relevant information to your answer, then perhaps you can include the link to your article.

You can also participate in various web forums related to your topic of interest. Usually users of the forum will be asking questions. You can answer the question by posting in the forum threads. And if your link is relevant and if the forum permits it, then you can include a link in your forum discussions.

Keep in mind however that you do not spam. The links you post here must be relevant. Otherwise people will "flag" your posts and you might get banned. Also check the rules for each of the sites. The rules can change and some may not allow self-serving links.

For those who are technical, you may want to check if the links that you have posted are "do follow" or "no follow". The link will have no weight in the eyes of a search engine if the "rel=nofollow" attribute was coded into the link HTML code. See what Google says about it.

Different sites will have different requirements for allowing do-follow links or you might have to reach a certain level of credibility before they grant you links, and so on.

5. Forum Signatures

Some forums allow you to have a forum signature which could include a link to your website. This signature would appear at the bottom of each of your forum posts. However many forums marked those links as "no follow" so that the link does not have any value in the eyes of the search engines. But nevertheless your visitor who sees that link might click on it.

6. HubPages specific

If you want to promote your hub pages article, lets you post a link to your Hub article on their tumblr blog. They only require a two sentence description for each post.

You can also post a link to your Hub in this forum thread if it is for the "30 Hubs in 30 Days" contest.


This article is written May 2011 and is opinion at the time of writing. By the time you are reading this, the information may have been outdated. Author may receive revenues from the ads and affiliate links within article.


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