This is the second in a series of three guest posts from SEO expert Susanne Myers.
Earlier we talked about backlinks and why you should build them. The reason of course was to get more traffic, and thus more subscribers, customers and in the end make more money. Today I want to share a few strategies with you to build high value backlinks in just a few minutes a day. These are simple tasks you should get in the habit of doing anytime you publish a new piece of content.
Social bookmarking allows you to bookmark a page on a website. You are then able to share those bookmarks with your network. Bookmarking is a great way to get your new content indexed with the search engines right away and it builds a link for you at the same time. Here’s a short list of the bookmarking and social media sites I like to use.
There are quite a few other ones out there as well. Just use a few of your favorite and rotate through them, bookmarking new content in 2 or 3 of them each time you publish something new.
Tweet It and Stick It On Facebook, Too
After you write your blog post or article, tweet about it and include the link in your tweet. While most twitter links are no-followed, they do occasionally count (via rss feeds and such), but more importantly, you are driving traffic and spreading the word about your content. This alone will get you some links as others link to your blog post from their blogs or various web properties.
For the same reason you should link to your new content from facebook as well. I do this by integrating my twitter account into my facebook account.
Another quick link building task that you can tackle even if you just have a few minutes here and there to work on your site is blog commenting. Find a few of the bigger blogs in your market and then make it a goal to comment on them on a regular basis. Make sure you are contributing to the conversation, not just adding a comment for a link’s sake and you will quickly notice an increase in traffic and “link juice” to your site.
Forums work for the same reason blog comments do. A lot of people read them and as long as you are posting something of value, people will gladly check out the link in your post or in your signature for the forum. Find one or two forums in your market and make it a habit to participate for a few minutes each day linking to your content as it applies. Just be sure to read the forum rules before posting.
If you have just a little bit more time, say 20 minutes or so, write a short little article or a guest blog post and submit it. Just be sure to include a link back to a page on your site that includes a good keyword-rich anchor text link.
P.S. If you have any questions about these link building strategies, please feel free to ask in the comments section. I’ll be glad to answer them.
P.P.S If you’d like to read more of what I have to share about link building, affiliate marketing and such, take a look at my affiliate marketing blog