Affiliate Marketing for Beginners
How to Get Backlinks
Backlink Advice from an Angel
The other evening, I was visited by one of my favorite angels and, after we'd both downed two, or possibly even three margaritas each, she gave me some valuable advice regarding backlinks that I thought I should share with you.
How Google Became #1
Back in the day (and my angelic friend was already old then), Google quickly became the dominant search engine with two strategies:
- You didn't have to list your website with them. They had software that "crawled" the web and found websites all by itself. All other search engines used a directory model like the Yellow Pages.
- A website's "rank" was determined by how popular it was and this was determined by how many other websites pointed to it. This use of "backlinks" was revolutionary.
Of course, Google has evolved spectacularly since then and now places great emphasis on quality contact, with ever-improving algorithms to make that judgement.
But the effect of backlinks is built into the DNA of the original code and remains more important than most people realize.
Forums (Online Discussion Boards)
Online discussion boards can be a treasure trove for acquiring valuable backlinks. When a participant links to your article, it not only secures a backlink from a credible domain within your industry but also amplifies your visibility.
Nonetheless, proceed with caution. Certain discussion boards have policies that restrict the use of follow links to external content, so it's wise to familiarize yourself with their rules before you post.
You can find forums devoted to your niche simply by Googling "[niche] forums". Spend some time examining some of them. Find out their posting rules and check existing posts to decide if their values align with yours.
If so, try writing a guest post with some valuable content that would help other members.
You could always take an existing post from your website and get an AI like ChatGPT to rephrase it.
Remember, avoid over-posting. Bombarding forums with your links can damage your website's credibility. Search engines, like Google, are adept at identifying spammy behavior that doesn't contribute any real value.
Discussion boards are also a wellspring of creative ideas. They shed light on the topics that resonate with your audience, allowing you to craft content that aligns with these interests, and share your expertise.
Prior to hitting the publish button, ensure that your link is pertinent, offers value, and enriches the experience of other forum members.
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