Creating Your Own Quality Backlinks – Humiliating But Necessary
A couple months ago I stated that I was not going to create my own backlinks. That I would wait till others backlink to me. I was not going to shame myself by tooting my own horn, by begging for backlinks. I was going to wait patiently until others backlink to me – let the website speak for itself. But guess what – nobody has backlinked to me. Four months have passed since this website went live and in that time no backlinks. Nobody has been impressed enough to link to this site. Surprised? So am I.
So with a paper bag on my head I must admit defeat. If I want backlinks then I will have to create them myself. Climb to the rooftop of the tallest building and shout, “look at me!”. How humiliating.
How to Create Backlinks – Article Submission
Article submission is the easiest way to create quality one way backlinks. I signed up on ezinearticles.com and wrote 3 articles. In each article I summarize one of the pages on this website.
My method is simple. I read a page from this website and then close the window. Then I open my word processor and rewrite what I just read. Same main points but new words. The article version is shorter and more to the point. The articles need to be at least 250 words. My articles tend to be around 400 words and take about 30 minutes to write. It is easy to do because it is not new material. Just a summary of key points from this website. At the end of the article I place one link to this site and one link specifically to the page being summarized.
The backlinks from this method are great because they are one way backlinks. They link to you with out you having to link back to them – Google loves that. Also, when you create the backlink you can use the keywords of your choosing for the anchor text. This is good because Google uses the anchor text of a backlink to figure out what your page is about.
Get Your New Webpages Indexed Faster
Besides backlinks, another advantage of articles submission is that you can get your own webpages indexed faster by Google. Normally for this website it takes up to a week before a new page is indexed by Google. But if I create an article and backlink to the new page then the page gets indexed in under a day. Here is how it works:
- I create a new page on my website
- I write an article summarizing the new page
- At the bottom of the article I link to the new page
- My article gets published. Since ezinearticles.com is a popular site Google indexes the article within a hour.
- While indexing the article Google notices the link to my new page. Google discovers that the page is not indexed yet.
- My new page gets flagged by Google for immediate indexing
Besides getting backlinks creating articles is a great way to get new pages indexed. For an example of one of the articles and the backlink have a look at my article Do Guest Posts on Other Blogs Really Bring Traffic.
How to Create Backlinks – Guest Posts
Guest posts are harder then article posts. Creating articles is easy because unless you really screw up and do not follow the rules your article will be published. Guest posts are much more difficult because they have a very selective gatekeeper – the blog owner. It is up to their discretion whether your post gets published. If he stubbed his toe just before reading your email requesting a guest post and therefore in a bad mood you could be denied just because his toe hurts.
You spend a few hours creating the perfect guest post specifically designed for a specific blog. You send it to the blog owner and wait. A few days later you get a rejection email. ‘Sorry, but at this time I am not taking guest posts’, translation: your post was denied. Now you need to decide what to do with the post. Do you put it on your own blog or do you alter it and submit to another blog? Either way time is wasted and the post is tainted by the stench of rejection.
Fortunately this did not happen to me. I created a guest post and submitted it. Within a few days it was approved and published.
What a great backlink. A one way backlink from a popular blog back to my website. Does not get better then that. It was a great success – a perfect backlink. The only problem was that nobody agreed with my post. Not a single comment agreed, even the blog owner stepped in and stated that he does not agree. But that is just a technicality, not really important. Nobody agrees, I am wrong, I do not know what I am talking about etc…but I got my backlink. By the way, I still think I am right, everybody else is wrong. If you want to disagree with me then see my guest post Put Time Into Your Guest Posts.
Organic Search Traffic Is Improving
The first couple months this website had backlinks, but they were all natural backlinks. I frequented forums and made comments on blogs. I did this not to create backlinks but simply because I wanted to be involved in the forums and blogs. The backlinks came naturally, they came as a result of me simply participating in my niche.
For the last month I have been actively generating backlinks via articles and guest posts. Again I can only assume that this is why my organic search traffic is continuing to improve. It is still a small number but improving. It seams that backlinks do work. It is humiliating and pride must be swallowed but creating backlinks is a must to improve your organic traffic.
Forget your pride, ignore your shame, humiliate yourself – create your own backlinks. Go out there and brag about how great your are. Because if you don’t then who, besides your mother, will?