How to Build Backlinks the Smart Way
Posted on 03. Sep, 2010 by Julius.
Many people use link building to improve their search engine rankings because that’s what search engines look at. They look at how many links you have pointing to your website to decide whether your website is an authority website.
In this article I want to show you a different method through which you can increase your traffic and build backlinks at the same time.
I have personally used many strategies to build links to sites but I never liked using most of them. Even though some of them worked they required a lot of work and it also didn’t feel natural using these methods. Recently I read a link building strategy method that Kathy mention on her blog. The whole strategy revolves around one WordPress plugin: KeywordLuv.
How Does KeywordLuv Work?
This plugin basically let’s you optimize your comment for SEO purposes. That means that if you comment on a blog that instead of only using your name you can add an @ and include your keywords behind it. Remember that this strategy only works on dofollow blogs. There is no point in using this strategy on nofollow blogs as you will not get a link back to your website.
With this in mind you search for a page you want to promote on your blog. A page which you think could rank well in search engines with some backlinks. You can of course also choose your homepage. It doesn’t really matter.
Let’s say your blog is about Internet marketing and you want to target that specific keyword. You would then create comments with the name as follows: Your Name @ Internet Marketing Blog. Then you add the URL. If you want to promote a subpage then do so just copy and paste the URL of the subpage.
The Best Way to Comment Fast
There is one simply problem with this strategy, it can be time consuming. Typing all of these things in the comment forms can be tedious especially if you comment on a lot of websites. That’s why I use a Firefox plugin which automatically does that for me. It’s called easyComment. Once you install it in Firefox all you really need to do is to enter your information in it, such as URL, name, email address and you can even post a comment. Once you have set that up whenever you visit a blog just simply click on the easyComment button and it will automatically insert all of that into the comment form.
In order to find out whether a blog is a dofollow or nofollow blog you can install the NoDoFollow plugin. I personally use the SEO for Firefox plugin which also highlights your nofollow links. The problem with both plugins is also that they can only highlight whether it’s nofollow or dofollow if there are already comments on the page itself. So that’s definitely something you should keep in mind.
If you really want to only post comments on dofollow blogs then use the plugins above. I simply comment on every blog I come across because it takes so much more time for me to find out whether it’s dofollow or nofollow that it doesn’t make sense to me.
Finding KeywordLuv Enabled Blogs
After setting up this plugin you then need to go and find WordPress blogs that use the KeywordLuv plugin. Everyone knows Google and thus it’s the place we turn to in order to find our blogs. I’ve tried several methods to find blogs that have KeywordLuv installed and I will just tell you about the strategy that worked best for me.
To find our blogs with KeywordLuv enabled we will simply go over to Google’s Blog Search. There you simply enter “YourName@YourKeywords” Your Niche and then hit search. Now there will be a lot of pages popping up and some will be more relevant then others. Sometimes there will also be false-negative blogs which don’t have KeywordLuv enabled but not often.
Click on the single blogs listed there. Once you arrive on the page go ahead and comment on it. Click on the easyComment button in the bottom of the browser in order for the plugin to fill in all of your comment information. It will also automatically jump to the comment section.
Kathy also mentioned that you can use SEO Quake to then sort websites in Google according to their PR. I have tried it but it didn’t work for me (I probably did something wrong).
Set Aside Time to Build Backlinks
In order to effectively build these links set aside some time every day and comment on KeywordLuv enabled blogs. The reason why I like the strategy so much is because it works so well and it also incorporates what I do anyway. I go to visit blogs and comment on them the whole time so being able to build backlinks through them is a great plus.
Now if you keep on doing this for several weeks then you will definitely come across a lot of blogs. I simply bookmark each blog I like and add it to my KeywordLuv folder. That way when I want to build targeted backlinks again, all I have to do is go to all of my bookmarked pages.
If you don’t like to bookmark websites you can also go ahead and create a spreadsheet.
My Link Building Experience
I have now used this technique maybe for around 3-4 days. And I must say that I am extremely happy with the results I’ve seen so far.
Before using this strategy I took a screen shot of the page to which I wanted to build some additional backlinks. Down below you can see the results.
Within a few days I have been able to go from 54 backlinks to 73. And in that time I didn’t even use the technique too actively. I just checked the backlinks again and they were at around 140.
I think my search engine traffic for the targeted page has gone up. And also of course I have seen lots of people visiting my site because of me leaving comments on their blogs.
There are of course other alternatives for building backlinks such as software that automatically builds backlinks to your site. Try out this link building strategy and afterwards share your experience with me.
What do you think? Did you know about this strategy already?