Some of the most popular ways to get free backlinks to your website have been discussed over and over. Join all of the social media sites, use the URL link in your email signature and list your site on all of the directories to gain more traffic who will in turn want to link up to you. But there are also a few more less common ways to get backlinks to your site that will help you to improve your page ranking.
What are some of these methods?
- Image Sharing Sites
- Q & A Sites
- QR Codes
- Amazon Profile
Utilize Image Sharing Sites
There are sites where you can upload and share videos and podcasts, so why not still images? There are several sites where you can create a profile and upload pictures to share with the general public or a restricted group of people. You can always add a picture to Twitter and Facebook, but what about Flickr, Linkedin or even Photobucket? They take pictures too and you can create a profile that is rich in keywords about your business to draw people in to visit it. The keywords might direct more people to your webpage when they are carefully placed than you had imagined! People love to look at images, so make yours fun as well as relevant to your business.
Be Interactive on Q & A Sites
This might not seem like an obvious way at all to get free backlinks, but it does work. Go to the sites that offer Q & A (questions and answers) for their readers. Create your account and remember to add your URL link somewhere on the bottom of the page or in the about me section. When you go around and answer questions, do it in a professional and courteous manner, no matter how silly the question might be. You want to appear as an expert, especially in your industry, so answer as best you can and don’t make up answers just to see your name and link in print. Answer questions that pertain to your business line, do so with facts and figures, yet in an interesting way so people will want to follow your links and see what else you have to offer them.
This is kind of link bait and switch, only legal. You write an interesting article, create a funny video or record a great podcast and do a publicity blitz on it. Promote, promote, promote your URL on whichever method you choose to drive up the traffic to your website. Once they get to your website, then you can present them with other information about your products and services. The great video, podcast or message got them to your site, now you need to make sure the information there keeps them looking, shopping and being interested enough in your site to use it frequently. You really aren’t switching anything on them, just giving them more information than what they were given before. Drive them to your site with a great offer and retain them with superior information, funny videos or something equally spectacular about your business.
Add QR Codes to Your Site
QR codes are something very new in the world. Some people don’t even truly understand what they are. A QR code is a picture that can identify a location with a smartphone. Just like a UPC code can identify a product that is being scanned at the checkout, a QR code can be read by a smartphone app or even when you take a picture of it or check in with a place with the QR codes. When you place one on your site or have one available for people to connect to, it will create a backlink on your page that attracts a lot of people in. Even if they are only looking at your site for a minute, they are looking at it and there is a great chance that it will come up again for them in the near future. QR codes can easily be made on the Internet and posted to your webpage, a Facebook page or printed off to hang up on the window outside of your store so people can take pictures and backlink to you.
Create an Amazon Profile
Another awesome way to get exposure is to create a profile on Amazon. It is, after all, one of the, if not THE biggest seller on the Internet. Who doesn’t want to associate with them? When you use keywords in your profile then there is a greater chance for people to find you through their site. They have top ranking on all of the search engines for many categories and when you have a profile on one of those categories; it will bring you up on the search list as well. Make the profile have your URL link and explain your expertise and what your business focuses on. You could get a lot of hits to your page and in turn to your website when you utilize the keywords and display the URL where people can easily see it.
Post Comments on Blogs
One of the common ways to attract people to your URL is to write a blog. But did you think of being a blog commenter? When you comment to other blogs it creates a backlink to your site when you use your URL in your profile. People can see your comment and that you are a valuable poster and then go to your URL. They might like the page so much they link it up to their own, just for free because you have contributed to their site and given it high quality content.
Don’t be a spammer commenter though. Once you have the account created where you can comment, then do so with caution, just like how you would reply to the Q & As on other sites. Everything you say will represent you and your company. You don’t want to say something that will offend another person, make you seem ignorant or appear as a jerk. Be professional and treat other posts as you would want to be treated yourself.
No matter if you use the most common methods or if you choose to go with a less common plan to get free backlinks in to your site, do it to the best of your abilities. Always use the correct keywords or phrases to draw visitors to your site. Update your META information or your keywords as your business changes and grows so you can always attract the right audience to your business. People will search for local businesses with the keywords that match your industry, so always include your city in the keywords as well. Link to quality sites that are relevant to your industry and before you know it, your page will be at the top of the search engines and you will get more traffic to your site and more customers simply because you have been raised higher. Keep adding relevant content with keywords and using quality backlinks and you will remain high on the rankings for as long as you stay in business!
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