The 9 Best Free Backlink Builder Secrets in 2019

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off page seo techniques

 

Off-page SEO techniques are more important than ever.

This is due to the emphasis Google places on links to a blog.

Did you know there are 3 types of links?

Inbound, outbound, and external.

This post will discuss inbound links, also known as off-page SEO techniques.

Google still judges your website’s worth by the number of links pointing to it.

Of course, you can create quality content and hope people notice and link to you.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could control your own fate (or your website’s Domain Authority) and link to your blog from other sites, sites with higher DAs, yourself?

Reasons for blogging at other websites vary. One of them is to create links from high-quality blogs back to your blog or website in order to boost your SEO.

This post will offer link building strategies effective in 2019. By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll know which off page SEO techniques work and which off page SEO techniques to avoid.

Consider this post a guide to current link building strategies. Some of these tips are more obscure methods while others are more common free backlink builder methods.

Bring on the off page SEO techniques for 2019.

Do you know how I monetize?

Selling sponsored posts with external links is one of the ways I make money blogging.

Why would people want a link from my blog? The answer is because I am considered to have a strong DA. 

How can you get links to your site so you can have a strong DA too?

It’s actually easy.

When you promote your blog, you leave your link. These are off-site optimization techniques because you’re optimizing your SEO off your blog.

It’s win-win for you. Your blog gets exposure and you get more links to your site.

Even if you don’t get website traffic initially, your SEO improves which could lead to traffic from Google and other search engines.

Off Page SEO Techniques 2019

Note: Writing at the websites on these lists will help your SEO more if a link from these sites is better than yours.

A link is considered to be a better link than yours if the Domain Authority ranking of the site is better than your Domain Authority Ranking.

Domain Authority is a metric developed by Moz. The metric is used as a way to compare websites.

How to figure out the Domain Authority of your site and the Domain Authority of these sites:

Step 1: Go to https://moz.com/researchtools/ose/ and enter your website URL where prompted. You will find out your Domain Authority.

A link from another blog is good, but a link from a blog or website with a higher Domain Authority than you have is great! For this reason, I’m including the Domain Authority of many of the websites that allow you to publish and link back to your own site.

1. Content Syndication Networks: Leave links to your already published content

These sites are similar to content curation sites, where you store, or curate, your content. They are also similar to social bookmarking websites, where you save, or bookmark, articles.

Many of the websites on this list are also social media sites. The Pure Residuals blog says social signals matter. Google notices all your links even from social media sites.

Moz agrees you should leave your links at social media sites and it will positively impact your SEO.

These sites allow you to curate or syndicate your already published content:

Medium 

Medium.com has a high DA of 94. It takes me seconds to post to Medium. I get a strong link to my site. Medium also sends me traffic.

LinkedIn.com

I post my articles in LinkedIn groups. They have groups for all kinds of interests.

Pinterest 

Pinning to Pinterest will give your site a link from Pinterest which has a high Domain Authority ranking.

Flipboard

Adding your blog post to a Flipboard magazine will help boost your blog’s SEO as well as have the potential to get your site swarms of traffic from Flipboard.

Quora

Quora has a Domain Authority Ranking of 90. Out of a possible 100, 90 is extremely high.

I have fun answering questions about topics in my niche at Quora. Many people report the same. Quora helps boost your credibility and gets you a strong link to your blog. Note: Quora will label you a spammer if you don’t leave a link relevant to your answer.

DrumUp

DrumUp has a DA of 53. In addition to being a place to curate, DrumUp has a Twitter scheduler. When you make an account, DrumUp sends you excellent blog post articles.

Scoop.it

I use DrumUp in conjunction with Scoop.it. You’ll receive a strong link when you curate at Scoop.it. Scoop.it only allows 50 links to be left there. However, I just delete my links and start over when I near 50.

GrowthHackers

I stopped promoting at GrowthHackers.com for a long time. Then, something reminded me of the quality of the link I get when I promote there, so I recently returned.

Steemit 

Do you want to make money while you promote? Steemit shares its advertising revenue with you.

Snapzu 

This site still has yet to find its momentum as far as traffic generation potential. However, I read we’ll get a strong link from Snapzu, so I promote at Snapzu.com

Reddit

You’ll get a dofollow if your link gets clicked twice from Reddit. In addition to boosting your SEO, Reddit has the potential to bring you boatloads of traffic.

BizSugar

BizSugar has all sorts of threads for various niches. For example, you can post in the Success Stories thread and others.

YouTube

YouTube has a strong DA. If you present your content in video form, in the description of the video, link to your article.

2. CMS: Content Management Systems That Require Original Content

Some of these sites are on both lists. There is a reason for this overlap: Some sites let you curate your content and also let you publish original content.

You can publish original content and leave your blog post links on these websites:

Quora 

LinkedIn

Ezine

I enjoy blogging at Ezine. They suggest the article topics so I don’t have to think of them. I claim a topic so no one else can and then write the article at my leisure. When they publish your writing, they send you a badge to put on your site.

Lifehack

Read my experiences blogging at Lifehack.

Virily

Virily is also a revenue-sharing site. Read more information about Virily blogging.

Hubpages

I have blogged on all these sites. All but Hubpages published my original writing. Hubpages wanted me to go to boot camp but I passed.

Forums  

In order to leave your link at a forum with a high Domain Authority ranking, you need to know where the forums are.

Bill Belew’s forum

FitSmallBusiness

GrowthHackers

LinkedIn

PAC

Postwaves

Snapzu

Webmaster Babble

Both the 99TechPost blog and the ShoutMeLoud blog published lists of forums with high dofollow links back to your blog.

[Read more information about forum posting.]

3. Create Link-Worthy Content 

This is the most-time consuming tip.

In order to create blog content bloggers in your niche will want to link to, you need to create quality content. In this case, quality means in-depth and helpful.

How “in-depth” is in-depth? Opinions vary. I’ve heard some bloggers recommend at least 2,000 words and other bloggers recommend higher.

These articles tend to get more comments and higher rankings.

I will offer an example. When WordPress switched its editor to Gutenberg, I predicted there were stressed bloggers. I wrote a Gutenberg tutorial many people linked to.

4. Link Reciprocation

Important off page SEO Techniques involving link swaps:

Don’t have a two-way link swap.

Only reciprocate with people with quality relevant links.

People recommend linking to authority blogs. They will discover your blog that way and possibly link back to you.

However, there is another benefit: Your content will gain credibility by linking to authority sites– both with your readers and with Google.

[Note: If you are looking for people who would be interested in link exchanges, Mostly Blogging has a Link Exchange.] 

5. Blog Comment

Blog Networking is good blogging practice even if you’re not trying to boost your SEO with link building from sites with a high DA.

The 99 Tech Blog Published 200 blogs with a high DA where you can network. If you leave comments on the blog, you’ll get a dofollow link from a site with a high DA.

6. Guest Post 

Writing on other blogs is always good blog practice. You’ll expose your writing to a whole new audience. One criterion for guest posting should be your ability to leave your link in the article. Most blogs allow at least one even if it’s only in your author bio.

The 99 Tech Blog published a list of blogs with a high Domain Authority Ranking that allow guest posting.

7. Participate in Expert Interviews

Often, people who conduct expert interviews have blogs with a decent DA rank. You’ll get a link to your blog and a possibility for traffic and new subscribers. You’ll also boost your credibility in your niche when people see you in an interview. Many expert interviews rank on Google.

Where to find opportunities? You can find them anywhere. Lately, I’ve seen more people looking for people to take part on Facebook.

8. Publish Expert Interviews

Many people publish the interview they participated in on their blog. They’ll link back to your site with the name of your article or blog as the anchor text. I should know. I link to many of the interviews I’ve been included in on my About page.

If you’d like to see my format for listing them, scroll down to Interviews (Among Others).

9. Contribute to HARO

Go to https://www.helpareporter.com/.

Click I’m a Source.

I enjoy contributing to HARO (Help a Reporter Out).

I explain why I’m qualified to offer the reporter a soundbite.

Then, I give my pitch with the answer.

Next, I give my contact information including my name, blog, phone number, and Twitter handle.

Has my pitch ever been chosen by a HARO reporter? Yes, several times!

Link Building Strategies to Avoid in 2019

Black Hat Off Page SEO Techniques

Buying Backlinks

From Robin Khokar:

“A web resource’s credibility hinges on quantity and quality of backlinks.”

Robin explains why you should never buy backlinks:

“Why is it risky to promote one’s web resource with the help of backlinks? Because a newbie can get his/her website sanctioned. The fast growth of backlinks, same-type «artificial» anchors, unnatural position, and many other peculiarities a web robot can consider as spam. At the best, a web resource will be dropped down on in the search engine results pages, and at the worst, excluded out of the list in search results.”

Black Hat SEO is always bad.

Other Black Hat Off-Page SEO Techniques: 

Do Not:

Link to spammy sites.
Give dofollow links to sites with which you have a financial connection.
Link to unrelated content.

Wrapping Up: Off Page SEO Techniques

Link Building Strategies are more important than ever. This post gave you a checklist of ways to link to your blog from a high-quality site and boost your SEO for free.

You might have seen some websites on this list and been reminded of the lackluster traffic you receive from the site. Remember: This post is about how to boost SEO with off page SEO techniques not how to generate traffic from social media sites.

Use these hacks to improve your off page SEO techniques and you’ll improve your organic traffic from search engines now and going forward.

Readers, please share so other bloggers and marketers wishing to learn more link building strategies discover this guide for off page SEO techniques.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. Have I forgotten any White Hat Off Page SEO Techniques? Can you recommend any other places to blog?

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  1. Extremely well laid out link building strategies Janice!

    And I am happy to report, thus far, my overall results, have been
    nothing but positive thus far, utilizing several of the sites you’re
    recommending here.

    And I’m glad you also pointed out, some of these back link building
    strategies, are for long term SEO purposes!

    Not just immediate to try and generate immediate traffic!

    Thanks for sharing some awesome and extremely
    practical content as usual!

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for commenting on my link-building strategies.
      I agree with what you wrote. SEO strategies are long-term strategies since what we put on Google can rank there for years. Thanks for your compliments. I’m glad you find my strategies helpful.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #210My Profile

  2. Shared this wonderfully informative article as many places I possibly could to help other struggling writers like me in their respective ongoing writing adventures. Thank you for investing the time needed to craft such a quality piece of art!

    • Hi Jeanette,
      I woke up to these wonderful compliments yesterday morning. They really brought a smile to my face. I’m glad you enjoyed my article. I appreciate the social shares. Thanks for calling my post a “piece of art.” Truly appreciated!
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #210My Profile

  3. Great list!

    I am just started using Snanpzu, however I can vouch it’s a sold DoFollow backlink. Sadley, it’s not great for traffic, however I think it has lots of untapped potential.

    Tumblr is another great place you can get quality links, best part is Viral Content Bee supports tumblr sharing. I find the problem with Tumblr and VCB is everyone is fixated on Twitter, when Tumblr, MIX and Pinterest are much better sources of traffic.

    Thanks for sharing about these platforms more users and contented produces join them will mean more traffic for everyone.

    P.S you ever have any luck getting your content shared with Scoop.it or are you just using it for links?

    • Hi Michael,
      Great to see you. Thanks for these thoughtful comments yesterday.
      1. I use Mix consistently. I have 156 followers but I don’t see much Mix traffic on my stats. I heard Mix traffic wasn’t showing up on our stats and Mix was going to try to fix it but that may have been a rumor. Do you see Mix traffic on your stats?
      2. I get more traffic from Twitter than Tumblr, Mix, or Pinterest, but I’m more active on Twitter than the other sites.
      3. Regarding Scoop.it– I’m a huge fan. I use it for links and I have gotten my content shared there. I even blogged about Scoop.it. Look: https://www.mostlyblogging.com/scoop-it/
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #210My Profile

    • Hi Michael,
      I am trying to follow you on Snapzu. How do I follow someone? I searched your name but you didn’t come up.
      Thanks,
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseMy Profile

  4. Facebook has changed its rules about groups. It used to be that you could use groups to reach more people, and that is still true. BUT, they have changed the default setting to only receive HIGHLIGHTS. If you want to take part to the full in this group and not miss any posts, go to notifications at the top and select to see ALL posts.
    Otherwise only 2-3% of members will see the posts.

  5. I’m bookmarking this one! Thanks.

    • My pleasure Davida! Thanks for bookmarking! Glad you enjoyed! Thank you for writing to tell me.
      Janice

  6. Hi Janice,

    You killed this article with super amazing and easy to apply tips for backlink purposes. I use some of the tips here, but I must confess that I never knew of some others. Your article has opened my eyes to new syndication sites with high DA, with is great for SEO.

    Thanks for sharp g, Janice.

    • Hi Moss,
      Your wonderful compliments brought a huge smile to my face. Thank you! Thank you!
      Regarding the tip about HARO– I’ve written an entire guide due to come out in a few weeks!
      If you’re not already submitting to HARO, you will love it! Easy, free, fast link-building strategy.
      I’m glad I could introduce you to some new ideas. Was HARO one of them?
      Thanks again for your glowing compliments.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseMy Profile

  7. This indeed, the best and most simplest backlink secret, Janice. I never thought of it this way and I can help but comment a second time. Thumb 👍👍👍 up !

  8. Hey

    I always have a problem with Medium article publishing. My account got suspended. Will there be any problem if I copy paste the important points from my original website and then link back? If they do not demand original content, how can I avoid from being suspended?

    Awaiting for your help!

    • Hi Namithaa,
      1. I’m sorry to hear your account got suspended. How awful! Did they say why?
      2. My answer is yes. There will be a problem. Medium is a content curation site for articles. You could even write a new article if you wanted.
      However, you’re not asking me if you can curate a post considering Medium doesn’t require new articles. You’re asking me if you can paste the important points there.
      No.
      If you’re going to copy paste the points, why not copy-paste the beginning of your article, the entire introduction and maybe the first few points.
      Then write, to continue reading the other points click… and then link to your post.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseMy Profile

  9. Nice comprehensive article! Picked up some useful info – thanks! Just a quick note – PAC is closed.

  10. Maybe I’m wrong, but I was under the impression that a Reddit link turned from a no-follow to a do-follow after the post or comment the link is in received enough upvotes, not when the link is clicked a certain amount of times. I’ll have to see if I can find any documentation on this, otherwise it could change my Reddit strategy.

  11. Hey Janice

    Great reminder of what type of backlinks Google loves. The web is full with conflicting information and you can easily destroy your site if you’re not careful.

    Question:
    You mentioned LinkedIn groups for marketing. Can you share one here? I’d like to join.
    Thanks:)

  12. Hey Janice,

    Great reminder of what type of backlinks Google loves. The web is full with conflicting information and you can easily destroy your site if you’re not careful.

    Question:
    You mentioned LinkedIn groups for marketing. Can you share one here? I’d like to join.
    Thanks:)

  13. Hi Janice,

    Thanks for another killer article. Just what I’ve come to expect from Mostly Blogging. I already use Medium and Quora to great effect. However, I need to devise a strategy to implement these amazing tips that you’ve shared.

    I also wanted to add another link building strategy. And that is developing networks, connections and relationships with the influencers in your niche.

    Here’s why I say so: Content may be king, but connection is key!

    Connection to the authorities and influencers in your space or niche. These are the most authoritative people in your space. The power brokers. Bloggers with influence, whose names ring a bell. Every niche has them.

    To fulfill your potential as a blogger, you need a leg up from one of them.

    Jon Morrow puts it this way: “Remember the old saying, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know?” Well, nothing could be truer for blogging. At its core, blogging is a popularity contest. No, it’s not as childish or spiteful as what you might’ve gone through in high school, but it’s still about having the right people like you. In fact, I’ll just go ahead and say it: ‘Your connections are far, far more important than your talent as a writer, your expertise regarding your subject, or even your persistence and dedication.’ The reason I’m able to get so much traffic is because I’m friends with dozens of extremely influential people. Just my closest friends have more than 2 million collective followers on twitter, and all of them will happily share any post for me anytime I ask.”

    Thanks again for sharing.

    Best regards,

    Pedro

    • Hi Pedro,
      Thank you very much for your compliments on my article. Your high praise means a great deal. I also appreciate your detailed, thoughtful comments.
      I totally agree with the value of networking, but for a moment had to think about the connection to link building to boost SEO.
      Of course, your connections learn of your posts.
      May I ask you a question:
      You wrote that your more than 2 million collective followers will repost your articles if you ask. Will they link to your articles if you ask?
      I don’t know about you or other people, but I feel uncomfortable asking people for links.
      I actually host a Link Exchange on my blog for people who do feel comfortable!
      https://www.mostlyblogging.com/link-exchange/
      I realize asking for relevant links is a form of link building, but I have qualms about asking first.
      By the way, I’m also a huge fan of Jon Morrow. I studied with him.
      Thanks again for your comments.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseMy Profile

  14. Some great ideas here. Will pin this to remind me and will try to use some of these techniques. Thank you for sharing! #DreamTeam

  15. Hi Janice,

    On-page and off-page optimization are the important parts of SEO strategies. Creating link worthy content is the need of the time. Publishing interviews, guest post, blog comments and quality posts plans an important role in getting high quality links.

    Keep sharing more!

    • Hi Gaurav,
      When you mentioned publishing interviews, you inspired me to conduct more expert interviews, LOL! Thanks for the inspiration! =) I usually do about one a year.
      I feel funny asking participants to link to the post. However, they usually rank on Google which is nice.
      Thanks for writing with your validation that my tips are good ones.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseMy Profile

  16. Hi Janice,

    First time commenting on your blog (I suck at blog commenting). Just wanted to say that this was a very helpful post as I’m currently trying to build authority for my blog.

    Even though guest posting and interviews take more time, I prefer those because of the relationships you build in the process.

    Like I’m finally gathering the courage to comment on your blog even though I’ve read it severally in the past because I somehow feel like I know you now. We are both friends of Ryan and Enstine and those are relationships I developed through interviews.

    Thanks for the great post, you’ll be “seeing” me more now.

    • Hi Lily!
      I would say “welcome,” but as you say, you’ve been here before =).
      Thanks for commenting. I appreciate you sharing the boost in your comfort level.
      Yes, I am a huge fan of Ryan and Enstine. They are definitely friends of mine.
      I agree with what you wrote: Guest posting and interviews get you a valuable link back to your blog especially if the blog the links comes from has a higher Domain Authority Rank than yours.
      I’ll look forward to seeing you here again.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseMy Profile

  17. Janice: Thanks for mentioning BizSugar in your post! I will check out Quora during this new year, as social media activity for my tea interest, and see if it could “spill over” to my sites related to tea.

    Are you using DrumUp on a regular basis?

    All the Best,

    Martin

  18. Thanks tons and more tons for the amazing hardwork you’ve put in! This is my 2nd time here and looks like I’ll be dropping by often!
    I am very keen to know how you conduct research for such research-intensive posts.

    Would love if you could write a post on “How to research efficiently on the internet”

    Just a small note though – I think comments in blogs like Neil Patel and ShoutMeLoud no longer include links.

    • Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for your glowing comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed my article and felt my efforts showed.
      Welcome back! I’ll welcome you back on my blog anytime!
      Regarding your question– how to conduct research for research-intensive posts, I’m truly flattered by your question.
      I don’t know if the answer is long enough for a blog post, but I’ll be happy to tell you and then leave you with a link that might help–

      I have MANY drafts. Many. Well over 100. I read a great deal about blogging, often. Daily if possible. When I read snippets of information that would match the topic of a draft, I open the draft in my WordPress dashboard and add that information to the draft.

      When I eventually see that my draft is nearing 1,000 words, I start thinking about polishing the draft for publication. In other words, adding an introduction and conclusion and so forth.
      I did write an article explaining how to write detailed, long-form content which should also give you the answer you’re looking for
      https://www.mostlyblogging.com/long-form-content/
      Thanks again for the compliments, the return visit, and the comments.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…EMP Attack: What Type of Protection Do I Need?My Profile

  19. Backlinks are as important for SEO as oxygen for humans. Backlinks can b created by using different tools and websites. Hello World Technologies se white hat SEo and rank the targeted keywords in first page of google

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