5 Steps To Build Quality Backlinks When You’ve No Clue

Let’s do it – how to build quality backlinks when you’ve no clue.

Link building is important to your blogging success. It goes beyond improving your ranking on search engines.

The number of links you generate legitimately will affect your Alexa ranking and authority.

This in turn can command higher advertising fee, for those who want to make money displaying ads on your blogs.

You don’t need to be a professional before you can make a success online. In fact, being a beginner makes you humble enough to learn.

Most experts don’t want to listen to others.

They feel they know it all. But when you’re a beginner (or assume to be one), you’ll grow your blog through the deep insights you’ve gained from reading, contesting and listening.

So, when you’ve no clue about link building and how to get started, here are 5 of my favorites:

1.    Prepare your blog

Is your blog ready to receive off-page links? Have you adjusted your WordPress blog settings? The permalink, the all-in-one SEO pack if that’s what you’ve installed. The Meta Description, Meta Keywords and landing pages must be prepared.

Don’t go about looking for links when the in-house blog elements are fallow. Also, work on your navigation. Make sure the inner posts are interlinked with new posts.

What about your blog theme – is it appealing to readers and can it encourage people to share it?

2.    No backlink clue, no problem

I’m assuming you don’t know where to start in your link building activity. Believe me, it’s not a bad thing to lack clue or an idea. At this point, what you must do is to get ready to attack. It’s time to write down your goals and map out plans.

Relax your mind and have some sleep. You’re going to come out with a BANG and earn several backlinks when you start. You’ve got to braze up for the challenge. Quality links are hard to find. But if you explore well, you’ll find the gold mine.

You need discipline to build quality links. It’s hard work actually. Don’t rush into it if you’re not set. If people must link to you, and share your contents, you’ve to give them a reason why they should do it.

3.    Write guest posts

The best way to build backlinks to your website and blog is through guest posting. If you write quality guest posts consistently, nothing can stop you from building quality off-page links.

Your blog might be 2 months and you’re wondering how to get it past the teething stage, worry no more. Use guest posting to build links quickly.

But you need speed. You need creativity so that your guest articles can reach thousands of readers within a short time. The guest posts you’d write will educate and entertain the reader. If you can do that, you’ll indirectly build links without asking for it.

4.    Write cornerstone contents

This is a two-way system. You can write cornerstone contents on your blog or submit it to other people’s blog as a guest post.

But I would recommend you start with your blog. Cornerstone content will form the foundation of every other content you write. Cornerstone contents usually consist of resource links. The goal is to solve a particular problem in a lively manner.

I wrote cornerstone contents at my blog and hundreds of people shared it, without asking for my permission. That’s what this kind of content will do for you. Spend eons of time listening to your target audience.

You’ll discover what they need and how they want it delivered. Now, sit down, write extensively on that topic and use the data extracted during research to dazzle your readers.

They’d be forced to share the post, thereby sending hundreds of links to your blog.

5.    Ask! Ask!! Ask!!!

There is no harm in asking. Provided you ask politely, blog readers are considerate and would definitely share and link to your quality pages. When asking for such kindness, make sure you’ve a real-time benefit for readers.

Send your cornerstone content to your subscribers. Add “share with a friend” link below the content to start the love spree.

No backlink clue yet?

There you’ve it, the 5 simple ways to generate links to your blog when you’re stuck to the wall. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed this post. If yes, leave a comment below. See you next week!

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39 thoughts on “5 Steps To Build Quality Backlinks When You’ve No Clue”

  1. Paul M says:

    It very important to learn how to develop good backlinks. Some things you can do right away is contribute to blogs and forums. You will be surpirised how many folks will click on your links.

    Here are some other ideas:

    Launch an RSS Feed – this increases your websites exposure and can result in backlinks when people share your articles.

    Share videos on YouTube – get indexed by the world’s largest platform for videos. This is one of the best ways to get backlinks.

    Submit to high ranking directories – Don’t waste your time on the small ones. Go to the mega-directories such as DMOZ, Business.com and the Yahoo Site Directory.

    Give away Free Ebooks – write an Ebook at least 1500 words long and submit it to a document sharing site like Scribd.com. In your Ebook provide links back to your site.

    1. It’s great for new bloggers to be at this time when other bloggers share a lot of information to their readers and fellow bloggers.

      Thanks for sharing the post and for Paul to share more on his comments.

    2. Ben Troy says:

      This is wonderful information. It looks like I have some work ahead of me, but I’ve also been able to quickly confirm that I’ve been doing some of the suggested things correctly already,especially blog commenting Thanks again for another great post.

      1. There is general of lack of decent link building tutorials around the web which led me to create my own video series http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/tutorials/the-ultimate-guide-to-tiered-link-building-part-1/ which you might enjoy.

        1. Toddjir says:


          I visited your site and watched your videos. I have to say I am impressed. You do really know your stuff when it comes to link building.

          1. Hi,

            Thanks for your kind words.

            I have just uploaded part 4 here http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/tutorials/the-ultimate-guide-to-tiered-link-building-part-4/

            The tutorial series is now over 90 minutes long in total and theres still 2 more videos to come :S

  2. Eric Luson says:

    Thanks for the guestposting tips. But do we have to wait 2 months before we start building links to a new site? Some people say 2 weeks, but is that too soon?

    1. Abhik says:

      Any time is a good time.. Start from day 1.

    2. I think you should give a new site time before building links. Just concentrate on quality contents and every other thing would follow. 3 weeks to 1 month is ideal. Afterwards, start building relevant links through guest posting.

      I hope this helps, Eric?

    3. Personally I think waiting 2 months is too long. I’d start building links closer to 2 weeks rather than months.

      1. Have to agree with that, sometimes I dont even wait for a few days to pass.

        As long as you start small and maintain a steady and growing velocity of links you won’t have a problem.

        New sites do go through whats called a honeymoon period so will probably peak in the first week or so and then drop like stones, this is normal though 🙂

  3. John Chow should re-name this blog to JohnChowDoesntBlogAnymore.com

    1. John Chow says:

      Of the five posts on the front page, three are written by me. Maybe I should re-name it BenjaminCommentsOnceInaBlueMoon.com? 🙂

      1. ouch someone just got de-linked:)

        But anyways kind of wondered the same thing myself:) as it seemed that I was only reading stuff by Micheal, will now look more closer.

    2. Hahahahaha, not so fast Benjamin. John Chow is still a blogger. But he can’t do everything, okay?

  4. Richard Ng says:

    Just curious, does backlinks from social media like Pinterest, Slideshare play a part in your scope too? If yes, it think it would be another great avenue for backlinks.


  5. Glynne says:

    I’m always searching for ways to get more links to our website. Must say I appreciate your very detailed post. Just not sure that there are too many places for me to guest post. We have a website raising awareness of the many atrocities going on around the globe. We’re endeavouring in our own small way to help people who are unable to speak up for themselves. Any suggestions regarding guest posting?

  6. Startcoupon says:

    Content of Blog is important, if your blog has been abandoned, the backlink building is useless, especially since Google has smarter a lot of times .

  7. Henk says:

    Yes backlinking is a very tricky subject. I have only recently been introduced to this strange consent.

  8. Jacob says:

    The hardest part of creating backlinks is to ask for them.. I think its strange to contact someone and ask them to put a link somewhere… Feels strange

  9. Vendingmatic says:

    Get quality backlinks is one of the toughest challenges for those who do not understand SEO. There are many services that can build backlinks if you want to focus on othe aspects of your site. I have used gigs on fiverr.com and http://www.pandapingseo.com and had some great results. Doing some research online about backlinks and SEO can also uncove some tricks of the trade. Good post John and I see you did write alot of the posts on the front page.

  10. Aliku Ivan says:

    Hey John and Ben! This s no avenue to play some naughty stuffs lease. Let’s get straight to the business and appreciate this post. It’s natural for people to be a guest blogger on blogs that get high traffic so it is for readers who have so much to follow and we don’t expect them to comment all the time.

    As regards this post, i think on-page and off-page optimization are very crucial to the success of any blog or website. Adding optimized page titles, meta tags, and providing unique quality contents is the best thing any site owner can do for his/her blog.

    Blog commenting, putting up articles and press releases, as well as bookmarking your site would convert the best in terms of search engine optimization. Everyone needs to work smart but with caution to avoid being hurt by Google’s penguin.

    I recommend this post and am sure sharing it.

    1. Thank you so much Ivan for your detailed comment. I truly appreciate that.

  11. Whitney says:

    I think the absolute best way to get backlinks is the cornerstone “pillar articles”…learned that one from Yaro. If you can create linkbait that goes viral then you are GOLDEN. Great post 🙂

  12. Wow you’re amazing JC!!

  13. faisal says:

    Takes time, best is to write unique articles.

  14. Any plans for offering printer friendly posts? I spend a lot of time on a football practice field, and would love to print your articles and read them when sitting in my chair away from the internet. Yes, I’m old school. I like paper!

    Other than that, great article, as always!

  15. I wholeheartedly agree that the fastest/most simple way to get backlinks is to write guest blogs. However it’s really difficult to keep coming up with genuinely unique content. Would you recommend using Fiverr gigs for people to write (say) 400 word articles? Are the articles just spun rubbish or unique? is there anyway to check this? thanks, great post btw 🙂

    1. I don’t recommend $5 fiverr writers. Don’t forget, you get what you pay for.

      1. Ivan says:

        I agree with Michael. Most of the stuff out there on Fiverr are low quality. I have seen people complain of so called unique writers spinning so popular articles on top directories and selling them to you. Although, there some good sellers out there but most of them are crap.

      2. thanks for the tip. can/would you recommend any article writing sites? or is it a question of rolling up one’s sleeves and getting our hands (fingers) dirty?

  16. Donna Denil says:

    Thanks for the interesting and, for me, timely post. I reblogged a post from ProBlogger on comment marketing and this post came up in the related posts on WP. Guess that proves your point!.

  17. Kent says:

    Linkedin is a good way to build backlink. I don’t mean to put a link on Linkedin and let people click and back to your website. I am talking about building relationship, ask interview the person you connected and get backlink. For example, I connected few world Social Media Top author via Linkedin, then I Interviewed them and put on my blog. Then all links are coming in.

    1. that’s a brilliant idea! thanks for sharing this great tip 🙂

  18. Good strategy you’ve there. Thanks for your comment.

  19. LinkedIn is a good way to build backlinks.

    1. Ivan says:

      Sure! Linkedin helps. I’ve also heard from many bloggers that reddit also helps them pull a lot of traffic. But the simple truth is that you must have unique quality contents or else, you may risk your site in danger by increasing its bounce rate.

  20. great post and thank you for sharing it with us. Its a good insight for seo beginners. keep it up!

  21. Steven says:

    Thanks for the 5 tips on back linking, I will try them out

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