The Ultimate Link Building Guide for Niche Websites

The most common question that anyone building a niche website asks is how to go about link building. I mean let’s face it, despite all the constant Google Algorithm updates, links still hold a lot of value.

Link building has evolved, no doubt, but it still continues to be a very important ranking factor in 200 or so Google ranking factors. And for the foreseeable future, it is going to continue existing as an equally important ranking factor.
link building guide

Complete Link Building Guide For Niche Websites

In my last SEO related post, I talked about the Basics of SEO.

Even though it is important that everyone should be aware of these basic SEO strategies, it is still good to read specific techniques and how to implement them.

And link building being one of the most important and effective techniques to boost your organic ranking, it is a good idea to educate yourself about this.

There is no lack of blogs which have link building guides for Niche Websites, but almost all of them fail to satisfy me for one reason or another:

  • Either they are not complete, lacking information or they are not specific.
  • The author has some vested interest in one particular link building method because he is an affiliate of some service and using that post to promote that service. Hence, the obvious bias.

So, today I decided to list out all the link building strategies that you can implement to rank your niche website high in Google search results.

I have put a lot of research in making sure that this guide is the most complete link building guide for niche website that you read today. Here is what makes it stand out:

  • The strategies mentioned in this post are based not only on my own personal experience building niche websites, but also from various other Internet Marketers who have successfully used these techniques to build successful niche brands for themselves.
  • Along with writing about all the link building methods, I have also tried to include the value, difficulty and risk involved with each specific technique.
  • This post contains no affiliate links!

With that being said, let’s start listing the link building techniques that works in 2017 and beyond:

#1. Interlinking

  • Risk Factor: Risk Free
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Link Value: High

Wtf???……. might be the response of an average newbie when the best linking method that I recommend is not even a proper link building method. But believe me, this is the “only” ethical link building strategy that you can get away with!

For those new to this, interlinking simply means linking to your own related content in the post.

If you scroll a little upwards, you will find a link to my basic SEO Strategies post, which is a perfect example of this link building technique.

internal linking pyramid

Photo by: Moz.com

Interlinking has many benefits:

  • It helps your website visitors find new and related content on your website hence increasing user engagement.
  • It let’s you distribute page authority and ranking power to other pages of the site.
  • It aids Google in crawling by providing a clear path for their spiders.

I am personally a big fan of this strategy because of it’s nonexistent downsides. Due to the nature of this strategy, you can start doing it as soon as 2nd post of your niche website.

Still I would like to add a few tips to help you do it better:

  • Having a lot of content really helps while implementing this strategy, the more the better.
  • Link content which is highly related to the content it is being linked from.
  • It is better to link post pages than, say, the Homepage or Contact page of your niche website.
  • Keep the links dofollow and use it naturally like you can see in the example above, where I just linked it within the sentence instead of creating a whole new sentence/paragraph for it.

#2. Outreach Link Building

  • Risk Factor: Risk Free
  • Difficulty: Medium to High
  • Link Value: High

Email outreach is a very old but effective method of building links. Email outreach simply means reaching out to other webmasters who have a website similar to yours and asking for links.

These links can be from anywhere, their resource page, a related page/post or a page with broken links.

Finding outreach opportunities

Let’s say I want to build links to this very post that you are reading. The first thing I would do is perform a basic Google search with a keyword related to this post. Here is an example:

Google returns a list of high quality sites and blogs which are ranking on 1st page for my search term.

While reviewing the websites I figured getting a link from the page at Backlinko will be easiest for me because of a number of reasons:

  • Brian Dean at Backlinko has created a great guide on link building and lists a lot of valuable posts which are related.
  • Since, my post is also related to link building and if Brian finds it valuable enough, he might include this post as well in his guide earning me a cool high authority link.

Once, it is clear that this link is worth having, it is time to reach Brian.

Luckily, I have Brian’s email because I am on his list, but even if I didn’t, Brian has a contact page which can be used to reach him.

Here is a sample email that could be used to reach Brian:

Hey Brian,

I am an avid reader of your blog and love reading every single blog post that you write. In fact, I have read all of your posts more than once, and I can’t begin to explain how valuable your content has been for me.

Along with all other awesome posts at your blog, I really loved reading and implementing the link building guide that you put here: http://backlinko.com/link-building

I also recently wrote a related article at my own blog which I think can be a great addition to the list if you find it valuable. My blog post can be found here: {my link link}

Please review my post at your own convenience and let me know if it is a fit.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks.

Regards,

Qaiser

Resource Pages Link building

Same strategy can be used to build links from resource pages or other related pages.

Use the power of Google to find link building opportunities. Here are some custom search terms which can be used to find opportunities for your outreach campaign:

  • For backlink from Links/Resource pages:

intitle:”keyword” inurl:”links”

intitle:”keyword” inurl:”resources”

“useful links” + “keyword”

“helpful links” + “keyword”

Once you find a page which lists links similar to that of yours, you can reach out to them asking to be included in the list.

Broken Link Building

Broken link building is another great form of link building.

This method can bring you a lot of quality links from high authority websites and blogs.

Use the above mentioned Google search terms to find related websites and blogs which list external links.

Now, instead of just simply contacting the webmaster with your link, put in a little effort and analyze links of that page. If you use Google Chrome, this extension could come handy.

If you find some broken external links, note it down. Then email the website owner with a template similar to below:

Hey {webmaster},

I was just browsing through your resource page today. While your list of resources is great, I found a few broken links among them which give a 404.

Here are the links:

{Link1}

{Link2}

{Link3}

Oh, and I also manage a blog where I write high quality posts on related stuff. Do check out my blog at {myblogurl} and I think this post {myblogposturl} can be a great fit for replacing that broken link. If you think so too, feel free to list it on your resource page.

Hope it helps.

Thanks & Regards,

Qaiser

Outreach is a great method of link building and could do wonders for your niche website if done right. Here are a few tips to do it right:

  • Connect: Accepting link request from a complete stranger is lot harder than accepting a link request from someone you know. So, connect with blogs and websites from your niche by commenting, sharing and reaching out by email. The stronger your connection is, the better chances you have of getting that link.
  • Create Value: Tell me something, why am I more likely to link to Brian Dean’s guide than anyone else’? For one simple reason, Brian’s content is a lot more valuable to readers of this post than any other, making it easier for me to link to him. So, create content which provides value, and you will find amazing links coming your way.

#3. Guest Posting

  • Risk Factor: Risk Free
  • Difficulty: Medium to High
  • Link Value: High

The highly debated, yet the most widely used method of link building.

Guest Posting has been around for years and has it’s own haters and takers. But one thing is for sure, nothing builds high authority and related links better than Guest Posting.

Guest posting is an advanced level of Outreach link building. The main difference being, you are offering to write a quality post in return, instead of just offering your related link.

Guest Posting

Guest Posting

There are many benefits of doing guest posting:

  • It helps get you authority links that otherwise might be hard to get.
  • It brings in a flood of targeted traffic to your website, especially helpful for newer sites to gain some traction.
  • Establish yourself as an authority in your niche.
  • Build some really good and long lasting connections.

Finding Guest Posting Opportunities

There isn’t shortage in number of Guest Posting opportunities. Almost every blog allows guest post, given your approach is right.

Below are some customized Google search terms which can be used to find relevant guest posting opportunities.

Your Keyword “guest post”

Your Keyword “write for us”

Your Keyword “guest article”

Your Keyword “submit news”

Your Keyword “become a guest blogger”

Your Keyword “guest blogger”

guest post link building opportunities

Relevant Guest Posting Opportunities

Once you find some relevant blogs to guest post, make a list, and reach out to them using their preferred method of contact.

You can use an email template similar to the one above for contacting the blog owner.

Here are a few quick tips to make sure your guest post gets published:

  • Connection: Connection plays a very important part in a successful guest blogging campaign. So, once you make a target list, start engaging with the blog owners by commenting and connecting on socials. The more they know you, the easier for them to trust you.
  • Research: Before you reach out to the blog owner asking for guest posting, do your homework. Read previously published guest posts and recent posts etc. to get an idea.
  • Follow Guidelines: The guidelines are up there for a reason, it needs to be followed. Nothing puts people off more than someone who is not following guidelines. So, make sure you read thoroughly, the guidelines for each individual blog.
  • Content: Depending on the authority of the blog you are reaching, the content requirements could be really strict. So, make sure that the content you are offering for review is of high quality and well researched.

Brian Dean has got a really great guide on guest blogging, which includes some advanced methods of finding guest posting opportunities and getting them published.

#4. Guestographics

  • Risk Factor: Risk Free
  • Difficulty: Medium to High
  • Link Value: High

Guestographics is an advanced method of guest blogging, where instead of the conventional guest article, you offer the publishers an irresistible infographic to link/publish on their blog.

You must have heard this phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, in this case, it is worth a backlink.

guestographic link building

Why Guestographics work?

There is one simple thing that makes Guestographics so successful, and that is: Value

You see, a lot of times, your outreach link request or guest blogging request may not prove fruitful, because most of the websites which are worth having links from are overwhelmed from the high number of link requests that they get.

So, when reaching out someone for a Guestographic, what you are doing different than the conventional method of offering your existing article or writing a guest post is that you are offering added value to the blog owner.

Brian Dean used Guestographics to get over 150 contextual links to one of his SEO related post.

And you can too, given you do it right.

Here is a quick guide for a successful Guestographic campaign:

Create and publish your infographic

The most important part in your Guestographic campaign is creating an awesome shareable infographic.

Here are few quick tips to do it right:

  • Look for fresh trends in your niche, on which you can produce unique shareable data.
  • Make sure the infographic contains information, which is really related to the trend and end users are likely to find interesting.
  • Make sure the design is interesting as well.
  • Keep things simple and short.

Once you have created your infographic, publish it at your blog with a detailed post.

Finding Guestographic opportunities

Finding Guestographic opportunities is really easy.

Just perform a simple Google search with your related keyword.

Finding Guestographic opportunitiesThese type of searches return best result for your Guestographic campaign:

“Keyword” + year

“Keyword” + checklist

“Keyword” + guide

Also look for blog posts which have already included an infographic but the existing one seems outdated, either in design or information.

Make a list of all the blogs to reach, with their contact details if possible.

Getting that link

Once you have a list of possible link prospects, reach out to them to let them know about your infographic.

Along with your infographic, offer to write a guest post explaining the infographic.

Keep your email simple and don’t oversell.

Quick tip: You can also submit the infographic to infographic directories to score a few more links this way!

Caution:

  • If you want to stay risk free and “White Hat”, you should limit your campaign to above mentioned link building strategies only.
  • All the strategies mentioned below, though are great link building techniques, there is always some risk associated with them.
  • If you want your niche website to always stay risk free, use the above mentioned strategies only.

#5. Private Blog Networks

  • Risk FactorLow to Medium
  • DifficultyMedium to High
  • Link Value: High

A Private Blog Network, PBN, is a network of blogs created to fine tune your Niche Website SEO Strategy.

You might have knowingly or unknowingly bought a link from some form of blog network.

private blog networks

Image Copyright: Traffic Diesel

What makes PBNs different is that they are built for the sole purpose of improving SERP of your one particular money site. You won’t be selling links or linking to your other websites.

Why PBNs?

As I have stressed many times before, SEO has evolved and it isn’t anymore what it used to be. So has Link Building, one of the most important factor in your SEO Campaign.

Nowadays, getting a backlink alone is not enough. In fact, it might affect your website negatively in some cases.

What matters is the relevancy of that backlink, the way they started to pop, anchor text distribution and the authority of the linking domain etc.

Acquiring a link with all these factors could be a really daunting task.

There could be a lot of reasons for that:

  • The relevant blogs in your niche just don’t accept link request.
  • Your outreach campaign is not proving fruitful.
  • Your niche is highly saturated and the existing blog owners are overwhelmed with link requests.
  • There aren’t enough link opportunities available.

So, in any of these cases, you would be left to explore other options. This is where PBNs come in play.

PBNs give you all the control you need for every single link that you build this way.

Are Private Blog Networks Risk Free?

Short answer, NO. There have been more than one incident where someone received a penalty from Google because they were using PBNs, or someone’s entire PBN got de-indexed.

There is a big divide in Niche Marketing community about this, with some pretty big names in the industry, taking sides in favor of it or against it.

So, is it worth building PBNs?

Like I pointed out above, there would be times when PBNs would be the best option you are left with.

Other times when you just want to build relevant links quicker than you would with your other campaigns.

PBNs are risky, no doubt, but they work!

But you have to be very careful building PBNs. A simple mishap could end up ruining your entire SEO strategy.

How to Build a Private Blog Network?

Building a PBN in general is same as building any other niche website/blog.

However, since there is a really thin line between building a successful PBN and building a PBN which could bring negative results, you have to be very careful.

Here is a quick step-by step guide on building a PBN.

Domain Selection

Normally, you can set up your PBN on a new domain name, and it will work just fine.

But since, the prime purpose is passing as much link juice possible to your Money site, expired authoritative domains work excellent.

Here are a few advantages of expired domains for PBN:

  • Age: Google values age and it is one of the ranking factor in 200 or so they use for their algo.
  • Existing Backlink Profile: We are going to choose expired domains which have a solid existing link profile.
  • Faster Indexing: Expired domains, with a clean history, index faster in Google than normal, so you can start seeing results sooner.

You can head over to expireddomains.net and register for a free account to get access to the drop list. There are many filters available which can help you shortlist domains to buy.

There are several paid service such Domcop which makes it easy for you to find expired domains with good metrics.

I have mostly used expireddomains.net only, because it works just fine for me.

Once you have found some good expired domains, analyze it’s backlink profile and Wayback history by Archive.org to check possible spam associated with the domain.

If it seems clean, you can register it at any one of the registrars out there. I prefer Nampal.com for my PBN domains because the price is really competitive and includes free privacy protection.

Make sure you either privacy protect your domains or use different persona for each of them. Though Namepal.com is a good option, you might want to use multiple registrars to avoid footprints.

Setting Up the Site

This is the most tricky part!

When you are setting up a PBN blog, remember to host each one of them on different C class IP. Why? Because too many links from the same C class IP can raise red flags for your PBN.

So, to do that, you can either use some PBN hosting service provider such as Bulk Buy Hosting or visit this section of Web Hosting Talk forum to find some good small host with low pricing. I would recommend latter.

Once you have finalized your web host, it is time to set-up you PBN.

You have 2 options here:

Restore using Wayback Machine

You can restore an earlier version of the website using a service like this to save cost on creating content. Recommended only if the earlier version of the website was highly related to your niche.

Set-up a completely new website

In most cases, I would recommend this option because it gives you more control over the content.

  • Install WordPress.
  • Add some basic plugins.
  • Choose a unique theme from the theme database.
  • Add important pages such as privacy policy, about and contact etc.

Adding Content to PBN

I see a lot of services and people building PBNs using spun low quality content which defies all the logic of building PBNs.

I mean you want your PBN to pass as much link juice as possible and to your money site. But how much weight do you think it will pass if all your links come from websites which have low quality, spun content?

Don’t spend a fortune, but don’t cheap out either.

You can easily find some writers from countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines willing to work at throwaway prices. Freelancer.com and Upwork are very useful marketplaces for these contents.

With a little review and edit you can have good enough content to be used in your PBN.

Start with 4-5 pages of unique content for each of your niche website.

Linking to your money website

Here is a simple strategy that I follow for Outbound links from my PBNs:

  • Once, the articles are ready, draft them to be posted with 2 days interval between other articles.
  • Each article contains 1-2 outbound link to authoritative sites.
  • Finally add my link in 4th or 5th post along with 1-2 other authoritative sites.
  • Make sure that the full post is shown at the homepage, instead of just the post excerpt.
  • Run a link building campaign for my PBNs to boost their authority.

Here is what I don’t do:

  • Add more than 1 outbound link to my Money site, unless I am looking for some trouble.
  • Add site-wide links, such as in widgets, footer or header.
  • Link only to my money site and no other authority sites.

Private Blog Networks, though a great link building strategy requires a lot of hard work and effort to do it right.

Unless you are really committed to do it yourself or willing to spend a small fortune on buying this service from someone, it will be best if you don’t explore it. Otherwise, half-assed PBNs might earn you a penalty instead of improving your SERP.

#6. Web 2.0 Links

  • Risk FactorLow to Medium
  • DifficultyLow to Medium
  • Link ValueMedium

Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of websites which emphasize user generated content.

Unlike earlier day, when websites were created, owned, operated and updated only by corporations, organizations and universities, web 2.0 transitioned the focus in building websites with user generated content.

 

Web 2.0 blog networkFacebook for instance, is a perfect example of a Web 2.0 website.

But when talking about Web 2.0 for link building, we are generally talking about publishing platforms such as WordPress, Blogger, Weebly and Wix etc.

Why should you build Web 2.0 links?

Though, there is a big debate in SEO community about the effectiveness of Web 2.0 links, I personally believe Web 2.0 links are a great idea!

There are many reasons Web 2.0 for SEO makes sense:

Available Opportunities

The best thing about Web 2.0 publishing platforms are that there is no shortage of them. I was just looking at a list of 100+ high authority Web 2.0 platforms for link building.

Control Over Your Links

Web 2.0, like your Private Blog Networks, give you a great control over the content and links that point to your website.

Good for Link Diversity

When you build a PBN on an authoritative domain, the best idea is to make a dofollow link to your website to pass as authority to your website. But it could raise red flags if all the links pointing to your website are dofollow.

So, along with building PBN on expired domain, you can also create a network of Web 2.0 links with mixture of nofollow/dofollow and mixed title tag for diversification.

Can be Used as Tier-1 Links

If you follow my roundups, you must have read about the 10 beasts case study, where Luqman Khan built an Amazon affiliate website, which hit $80k in earnings in just 10 months.

And you know one cool fact? Luqman used Web 2.0 links along with a few other types of backlink to outrank huge brands.

So, Web 2.0 links work and are even a strong contender to be included in your primary link building strategy.

Building Web 2.0 Links

Building Web 2.0 network is somewhat similar to building Private Blog Networks, with some basic differences.

Create a list of Web 2.0s

Start by creating a list of 5-10 authoritative Web 2.0 platforms. Try to keep the numbers lower in start, so that you can easily fulfill the content requirements.

Below is a list of Web 2.0 platforms from which you can choose for starting:

  • WordPress.com
  • Blogger.com
  • Tumblr.com
  • Weebly.com
  • Wix.com
  • Livejournal.com
  • Webs.com
  • Sites.google.com
  • Yolasite.com
  • Typepad.com
  • Bravesites.com
  • Jimdo.com
  • Yola.com
  • SnackWebsites.com
  • Beep.com
  • Jigsy.com
  • Edublogs.org
  • tripod.lycos.com
  • Wikidot.com
  • Us.webnode.com
  • Jimdo.com
  • Blogsome.com
  • Ucoz.com

Choose a sub-domain

The best practice for choosing a sub-domain for building a Web 2.0 is choosing a sub-domain with keyword in it.

For example, choosing something like keywordblog.wordpress.com, of course you are going to have to be a little more creative than that.

Set-up the Web 2.0

Set up the blog with your selected url for the Web 2.0.

Make sure to add important pages like About, Privacy Policy and Contact page etc.

Choose a unique theme/design and customize accordingly.

Adding content and links

You should build each Web 2.0 with minimum 4-5 pages of unique content.

Use the scheduling feature of these platforms, if available, and schedule the posts to be posted with an interval of 3-4 days between each post.

Add link to your Money site in the last or 2nd last article, so that your web 2.0 is indexed already and the link juice starts passing sooner.

That is almost what you need to do while building web 2.0 links.

Here are few tips to help you do it better:.

  • Avoid footprints and use different aliases for each web 2.0 site.
  • Link to authority sites in each of your post.
  • Don’t add more than 1 link to your money site.
  • Try to keep the article which contains link to your money site around 1000 words and niche specific.
  • It is a good idea to schedule 1 post for each upcoming month to make sure that the website doesn’t gets de-indexed.

#7. Scholarship Link Building

  • Risk FactorLow
  • DifficultyLow to Medium
  • Link ValueMedium

This is a well know fact in the SEO community that Googles values .edu links really well.

Even though they recently stated that, there in nothing like that, it still doesn’t makes .edu links any less valuable.

But what an average newbie will think is that, why would any university link to my website? Well fortunately they will, given that you produce something which they find valuable enough to link.

Which is where Scholarships come in.

You see, almost all universities and educational institutions have Scholarship pages dedicated for helping students find scholarship opportunities.

These pages list external organizations offering scholarship with a link to their website. And the best part is that most of these links are dofollow, which makes it even better.

Here are a few tips to help you to execute successful Scholarship link building campaign.

Create your scholarship page

The first and most important part of this strategy is creating a Scholarship page which Universities find valuable enough to link.

List out all the details of Scholarship, how and who can apply, terms and conditions of the scholarship.

scholarship page example

Scholarship Page Example

Find Universities with Scholarship page

Finding universities with scholarship pages is really easy!

Just perform a simple search using this search string: inurl:.edu “scholarships”

Make a list of all the opportunities available with the way to contact them. Once you have a considerable number of contacts, start reaching out to them using below email format.

Hello there,

I am excited to let you know that our company {companyname}, has just announced a scholarship opportunity, designed to help {description}

Here is a list of requirements for students who want to participate:

{requirementsbrief}

More details about the scholarship can be found here: {scholarshippage}

It would be an honor to be included in your scholarship page.

Thanks.

Regards,

{yourname}

Luqman Khan used this technique to build over 50 .edu links for his website 10beasts.com, which made over $80k last month.

Here are a few tips to do it right:

  • Make sure that your Scholarship page looks authentic and everything is listed in details.
  • Nowadays, universities are overwhelmed with scholarship link request, so make sure everything looks genuine.
  • Budget your Scholarship appropriately, anything below $500 could be hard to get listed at some of the university websites.

#8. Forum and Blog Commenting

  • Risk FactorLow
  • DifficultyLow to Medium
  • Link Value: Low to Medium

The old age link building technique, Forum and Blog Comments, have been declared dead many times by SEO Gurus. Yet, they still work great to give your niche website some initial traction.

blog commenting seo

There are many benefits of building links from Forum and Comments:

  • They work great for giving some initial traction to your brand new niche website.
  • It helps diversify your link profile especially when you are using PBNs.
  • Since blogs are going to give you both, dofollow and nofollow links, it mixes your backlink profile.
  • Blog commenting also helps build relationship earning mentions and guest posting opportunities.
  • You have option to choose which blogs to comment on and which Forums to build links from, which is really good considering relevancy and all.

There are certain don’t also for building links from Forums and Blog Commenting:

  • Don’t build links from High OBL Blogs.
  • Don’t use automated software, as they can only build spammy backlinks.
  • Don’t build links from sources which are not relevant to your niche.
  • Don’t go for Forums which have a history of Spam.
  • Don’t choose irrelevant Forums for Link Building.
  • Don’t use Fiverr for this one.

Blog Commenting

The trick to building links from blog comments is finding relevant blogs to comment on.

Use one of these simple search strings to find niche relevant blog posts:

“keyword” + “leave a comment”

“keyword” + inurl:blog

blog commenting

Blog Commenting Opportunities

Once you find these relevant blogs to comment on, start opening and commenting on it one by one.

Here are few tips to do it right:

  • Use a genuine alias to comment, make sure to set a profile pic at Gravatar.
  • Read the blog post completely before starting to write your comment.
  • Compile a good comment adding some genuine value to the existing post.
  • Be personal, ask a question, give a suggestion! These small things build real relationships.

NicheHacks has great guide on building your blog traffic through blog commenting.

Forum Links

Niche relevant Forums are another good places to build relevant links from.

Prominent SEO figures generally do not recommend Forums because of their history of being one of the most spammed mediums.

But believe me, if you do your homework right, Forum links can add some value to your SEO campaign.

Here are few quick tips on building Forum Links:

  • Choose only top Forums with an active community in your niche.
  • Participate in discussions and establish yourself as an expert in your niche.
  • Help users in your niche by answering their queries, hence building trust.

You can use some of these Search strings to find relevant Forums:

“keyword” + “Powered by vBulletin”

“keyword” + “Powered by Phbb”

“keyword” + “Powered by SMF”

“keyword” + “powered by IPB”

“keyword” + “powered by PunBB”

#9. Social Signals

  • Risk FactorLow
  • Difficulty: Easy to Low
  • Link Value: Low to Medium

This link building technique might seem a bit old school, but they work pretty well to kickstart your SEO campaign.

Social promotion is another way of putting your niche website in front of right audience.

Building Social Signals

The air is not clear on, if social signals really boost organic rankings or not.

Many experts and studies suggest that social signals do influence organic ranking while Google has openly, time and again, contradicted this point.

If Social signals have any real impact is discussion for another day, but just to be on a safer side and kickstart our SEO campaign, we will use Social Signals.

Now, the fastest way of sending social signals to your website is use some service like addmefast.com

You can also purchase this from third party service providers at Forums or Fiverr if they are providing unique accounts.

Apart from the few popular networks such as FB, Twitter and G+, you can also use Social bookmarking sites like reddit, StumbleUpon to send some social love to your websites.

Here is a list of top Social Bookmarking sites:

www.reddit.com

www.pinterest.com

www.stumbleupon.com

slashdot.org

www.scoop.it

www.newsvine.com

www.plurk.com

www.fark.com

www.storify.com

www.diigo.com

www.folkd.com

www.citeulike.org

The list of social bookmarking sites is really long. But I keep my initial bookmarking limited to these top bookmarking sites only, give or take a few.

#10. Submission Based

  • Risk FactorLow
  • Difficulty: Easy to Low
  • Link Value: Low to Medium

Submission based link building has been there since the conception of link building itself.

Earlier it used to be website directory submission then article submission and from there it just escalated.

Though, nowadays, conventional submission doesn’t seems to be a really popular link building method, because of the low impact on ranking and associated risk factor.

But there still are some creative ways of submission which carry little to no risk and pass link juice also.

The first one is blog aggregators. Even though there are a lot of blog aggregators out there, I stay only with the top ones.

Here is quick list of best blog aggregators:

Alltop.com

Blograma.com

Blogrific.com

Blogcatalog.com

Blokube.com (paid)

BlogEngage.com (paid)

EatOnWeb.com (paid)

BlogSearchEngine.com (paid)

There are few more good blog aggregators as well, but I haven’t included them because they are niche specific and might not be suitable for the niches that we generally build affiliate websites in.

Video Submissions

Do you know one cool fact? An average user is exposed to over 30 videos per month.

Now multiply that number by thousands of users in your niche and what you get is an opportunity to reach masses!

And how do you do that?

Simple, Video Marketing!

Video Marketing is too big to be listed at the bottom of this list.

But the reason we are discussing Video Marketing today is for using Video Submissions for Link Building.

Here is how to build links using video submission:

  • Create a video related to your niche. You can hire some someone from Freelancer or Upwork to do it for you. In fact, even Fiverr will be fine, because the goal is to build links.
  • Create a list of Video Submission sites. I have included a list of recommended sites, below.
  • Start submitting your videos one by one in these sites with a link back to your niche website/page in the description.

Here goes the list of some popular video submission sites:

Youtube.com

Vimeo.com

Blip.tv

UStream.tv

Ning.com

Metacafe.com

DailyMotion.com

TV.com

Videojug.com

Vine.co

Review/Feedback Sites

Apart from submitting your website to Social Bookmarking and Blog directories. You can also submit it to review and feedback sites which provide a link to your website.

A few quick names that come to mind are:

www.criticue.com/

https://usabilla.com/

https://www.sitejabber.com/

Bottom Line

So, here goes the complete guide to link building for niche websites.

Link building is a very important ranking factor in a long list of Google ranking factors.

But you have to be very careful doing it, because unlike days of article marketing and web directories, SEO has evolved.

Nowadays, half-assed SEO not only not works, but it could also bring negative results and penalty.

So, try to stay as risk free as you can because it works in the long run.

Risky SEO, might bring quick results in a few cases, but mostly they are doomed to fail.

So, stay White-Hat and stay Risk Free.

Use the comment form below, if you have any questions, suggestion or would just like to say hi.

Thanks for reading,

Qaiser

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Qaiser

Hey there,
I am Qaiser, an Internet Marketer and Blogger from India. I have started this blog to share my passive income journey with others and help them start and grow their own business!

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  • This is very good and thorough research work. I like the flow and how comfortable it is to read. I am picking up quit a lot tips from here already and i know lots of folks will do the same.

    Thanks for making this happen as always.

    • Hey Rahul, thanks for the positive words. It feels great to know that it was helpful. And I apologize I couldn’t reply earlier, somehow slipped my mind.

      Anyway, if you enjoyed reading this post, you are going to love my keyword research guide which just went online.

      Thanks

  • Hi Qaiser
    Actually, You working well for External SEO, I like your effort and kind info. One thing came to mind about blog commenting that it helps no more in ranking but helps in to make natural link profile.
    Thanx

    • Hey Mike, Thanks for the kind words. Blog commenting alone can’t boost your rankings but it sure can help in diversifying your link profile. Keep in touch and don’t forget to read my guide on Keyword Research, which just went online. Thanks.

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