29 Great Backlink Sources To Consider

chain linksFor the last few weeks I’ve been working on a huge master Excel document with most of the satisfactory to high-value backlink sources I can think of. A checklist if you will. Needless to say the list is extremely long and I’ve gotten a little burnt out now. I’m sure I’ve overlooked some very obvious ones and could really use your help identifying them. In no particular order, here is how I have the link sources categorized right now:

  1. Free General Directories
  2. Paid General Directories
  3. Location Specific Directories
  4. Industry Specific Directories
  5. Blog Directories
  6. Business Profiles
  7. Misc. Profile Pages
  8. Certifications
  9. Associations
  10. Donations
  11. Sponsorships
  12. Testimonials
  13. Case Studies
  14. Portfolios
  15. DoFollow Blog Comments
  16. Third-Party Blog
  17. Business Partnerships
  18. Relevant Link Exchanges
  19. Forums
  20. Social Bookmarking
  21. Third Party Web Stat Tools
  22. Article Submissions
  23. Press Releases
  24. Guest Posting
  25. Guest Books
  26. Client Websites
  27. Banner Ads
  28. Classified Ads
  29. Employee Profiles

This list doesn’t include getting back links from social media or link-baiting such as high-value blog posts, badges, widgets etc. Just backlinks that are acquired more manually. Link baiting and social media will be on my next list.

I’m sure this list of possible backlink sources is far from perfect, and would appreciate it if you shared some of your ideas here too. Would love to know what I’m forgetting, or haven’t even thought of yet.

Do you have any to add? Feel free to leave your comments below.

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  • June 16th, 2010 at 1:40 am SEO Services India said:

    Great advice,

    thanks sir,
    Actually i was really not so much aware about back link in SEO services. here i have noticed that we should get more back link of our site using article submission,directory submission,social bookmarking,press release,forums,relevant link exchange . its very
    interesting and tricky for a SEO person :)

    Thanks again for sharing it.

  • June 21st, 2010 at 10:47 pm SEOP said:

    Great list. However, I won’t rely too much on directories because it takes time before you get listed. I say you can submit your website to them, but move on to other techniques.

  • June 22nd, 2010 at 8:06 pm Wesley LeFebvre said:

    Very true! A few can be helpful though.

  • July 20th, 2010 at 4:09 pm Backlinks said:

    You pretty much got the list of things you can possibly do online down pack, Very good! Some things I never knew about.

  • September 19th, 2011 at 10:22 am Anish said:

    Nice list. Web 2.0 directories can be very beneficial too. I use Squidoo, Hubpages, WordPress, LiveJournal, etc. extensively in my link building campaigns, and they work great. Just my 2 cents.

  • July 10th, 2012 at 10:56 pm Jiayu said:

    Very comprehensive, the next is to find the right place to do above.

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