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Building high quality links involves grueling efforts most of the time, may it be through search and mainly in building it. The most effective ones are usually content based (tedious) and sometimes need approval from the owner of the site you’re trying to get a link from, such as guest blogging, article marketing, resource request, blog commenting and the list moves on.Link Stream

But the good news is, particularly to those who are just starting their link building campaign, is that there are many high quality and authoritative sites/pages out there that you can get links from for free and instantly. And here are the nominees for the best “easy free backlinks” you can get for your website.

Site Profiles

o    PR – 6

o    After making your site’s profile you can email them to request for dofollow links to be allowed on your page.

o    Anchor text for your keywords are allowed

o    Fast crawl rates

o    Gains Pagerank when backlinks are built to link to it.

o    The page can be done in just 5 minutes.

o    PR – 8

o    Dofollow link of the URL of your website

o    No need to build a page, just search your domain name through Alexa and once you find it, build 1 backlink to direct crawlers to your site’s info page in Alexa, then eventually reach your website to pass through trust.

o    PR – 8

o    Nofollow link but passes massive amount of trust and authority to your site

o    Fast crawl rates

o    Making a company profile page through Wikipedia may only take you 10 – 20 minutes. Just sign up there and write something unique, professional and concise about your website.

Web 2.0 Profiles

o    PR – 9

o    Dofollow link of the URL of your website

o    Fast crawl rates

o    Passes through high volume of Pagerank juice when it gains PR

o    If links are built to your Youtube page, it’s possible to reach PR 5 – 7

o    Profile page can be done in just 3 minutes, you can also choose to upload some videos to make it livelier.

o    PR – 8

o    Dofollow Anchor text link pointing to your site

o    Fast crawl rates

o    Lensmaster page ranks easily on SERPs (very advantageous for branding)

o    Passes through Pagerank, authority and trust rank.

o    You can make a Squidoo Lensmaster page in just 2 minutes, just fill up the necessary details and you can then include an anchor text link to your site (using your preferred keyword) through the bio section.

o    PR – 9

o    Nofollow link of the URL of your site that’s capable of passing trust.

o    Can easily rank for your brand’s name on search engine results’ top page.

o    Gains high Pagerank if external links are built for it.

o    Has fast crawl rates and is good for your site’s page indexation.

o    Sign up for a Twitter account and include your site’s URL on your profile, then that’s it.

o    PR – 10

o    Nofollow URL link of your website.

o    Can quickly rank on SERPs for your brand name.

o    Fast crawl rates and good for page indexing.

o    Easily gains PR along the process, as long as the page is active and has external links pointing to it, however it’s not capable of passing through Pagerank but do pass trust and authority to your site.

o    It’s easy to build one and will only take you a few minutes to complete all the necessary details for your Facebook Fanpage.

o    PR – 8

o    Allows nofollow anchor text link on your profile (you can choose your desired keyword)

o    Fast crawl rates and can help boost your targeted keyword to rank on SERPs.

o    Highly trusted by search engines and can help increase traffic to your website.

o    Signing up and making your Stumbleupon profile can only take 2 – 3 minutes of your time.

Web 2.0 and RSS Feed Submissions

o    PR – 8

o    Fast crawl rates and can help your site get indexed fast.

o    Nofollow link to your submitted article/page, but helps in generating traffic, especially if it gets aggregated by interested users. Note: it’s best to submit high quality contents to make this really work.

o    Submitting your site/blog entry to Digg only takes less than 2 minutes.

o    PR – 8

o    Find a relevant question to the niche of your site and answer it. Include your website’s URL along the answer as the reference.

o    Have super fast crawl rates, that the link you’ve built can be crawled in just hours.

o    Nofollow attributed URL hyperlink, but passes through large amount of trust to your site.

o    Finding a question and answering one will only take 3 – 5 minutes.

o    PR – 7

o    Allows dofollow links to your site (URL and/or Anchor text).

o    Has fast crawl rates and automatically syndicates your blog’s feed.

o    Setting up for an account is easy and only takes a few minutes, which will include making your profile and submitting your RSS feed.

Social Bookmarking Profiles

o    PR – 8

o    Allows dofollow anchor text links pointing to your site, and also allows as many backlinks as you want to be saved using your preferred key phrases.

o    Links you submit can be viewed publicly, which means it’s accessible to search engine crawlers.

o    Moderate crawl rates, so you need to build at least one link to it.

o    Signing up and adding of links can be done within 2 – 3 minutes.

o    PR – 7

o    Have fast crawl rates and can fetch up your bookmarked pages within 24 hours.

o    Dofollow links and usage of targeted keywords as anchor texts are allowed.

o    Overall task only takes 2 – 3 minutes to finish.

o    PR – 5

o    Anchor texts for your keywords are allowed, and links built through your profile page are also dofollow.

o    Gives do 2 dofollow links instantly, where one is the anchor text version of the bookmarked page, and the other one is the site’s domain name.

o    Crawl rate is average, so links pointing to it are needed to ensure that they get indexed by crawlers. *Note: Pinging your social bookmarking profiles is also a good way to let search engines know and visit them.

o    This task takes 2 – 3 minutes to finish, including signing up and URL submission.

o    PR – 5

o    Dofollow link attribute and use of anchor text of your targeted keyword are enabled.

o    Links you submit are viewed publicly, so search engines are able to reach them, however you need to build links to them to make sure crawlers can reach and have your main site indexed.

o    Creating an account and building your site’s backlink through Mylinkvault.com only takes 2 – 3 minutes.

o    PR – 5

o    Dofollow attributed links.

o    Allows keywords as anchor texts.

o    Can place as many links as you like.

o    Moderate crawl rate, but doesn’t necessarily need backlinks to have it indexed, since mine was automatically crawled by search crawlers and got indexed on its own.

o    Overall task takes 2 -3 minutes.

o    PR – 4

o    Dofollow links and can use your targeted keyword as anchor text.

o    Gives 2 dofollow backlinks instantly (the anchor text link and the domain name)

o    Slow crawl rate and it’s advisable to build links through it to get indexed.

o    Overall task takes 2 -3 minutes.

o    PR – 4

o    Allows usage of keywords as anchor texts, and they are dofollow as well.

o    You can also place a dofollow link (only URL) on your profile’s main website section.

o    You can add as many anchor text links as you like.

o    Fast crawl rate, but I suggest that you still build links to it.

o    Signing up and submitting your URLs will only take 2 – 3 minutes on this task.

Final Blow

Once you have built all these pages from high quality and authoritative websites, you can then interlink them, instead of building artificial links through other networks just to have them indexed. You can also make a page/post (like what I’m doing now) that will contain all of those external links, to make certain that your links from these sites will be counted by search engines.

One day is enough to build and invest on high quality – but free links – through all of the given websites. But the important thing is that you do make your links look valuable not just to search engines, but to real people as well. Guarantee that the description that you’ll be using for your site’s links are powerful and confident; always remember that “quality always wins the search engine game”.

Taking actions for your own SEO strategies should start with something, so begin with those that can help you further along the way. Link building is a business investment, be wise on it.

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104 Comments

  1. George@SEO Lair

    February 28, 2011

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    Thanks for the analysis of each site and whether or not it passes page rank. This is one of the more comprehensive lists of this kind I’ve seen. I’m going to test this out and see what happens.

    -George

  2. Thank you for the having taken the time to compile such a thorough list of high-quality back link sources – a time-saver! It is interesting to know that in spite of the “no-follow” applied to some links, they still have the ability to lend Trust and Authority. It all adds-up 😉

  3. Spells

    March 5, 2011

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    This is really helpful for a newbie like me. I’m still trying to understand all of this backlinking stuff. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and insight. @__J_o_y__ on Twitter ღ(◠‿◠)ღ

  4. Chotrul SEO

    March 18, 2011

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    Hi there …. this was a really useful post. I have to say that these types of post rarely are – they tend to make suggestions for spammy link sources. The Alexa profile is a very clever idea. Many thanks for sharing that one!

  5. Matteo

    March 19, 2011

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    This is really helpful! Thanks for putting the dofollow info in too. Now to work and see if the theory works for me! Cheers,
    Matteo

  6. Chandan

    April 1, 2011

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    It’s a common trend amongst SEO’s that they do not want to reveal anything they learn out of their own research. Kaiserthesage is probably trying to break the rules. Thank you so very much.

  7. Foster

    April 5, 2011

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    So would you recommend to build all of these links quickly within a sites existence? or wait and spread them out?

  8. amit

    April 18, 2011

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    I have used all these ways in my link building work.Really all are very important and helpful sites to get quality backlinks.

  9. JasonB

    April 25, 2011

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    Great list, I think I’ll use it to promote my new site.
    FYI on MyBlogLog, Yahoo is shutting it down.

  10. Darius

    April 28, 2011

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    Great article Kaiserthesage!
    I have just one question. What do you mean by:
    “build 1 backlink to direct crawlers to your site’s info page in Alexa, then eventually reach your website to pass through trust.”
    Where should I build that 1 backlink? On my website?

    • Kaiserthesage

      April 29, 2011

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      I mean link to your Alexa site info, like what I’ve done above, where I linked to my site’s Alexa siteinfo page, so search engines can crawl that page.

  11. Wikipedia is one of my favorites place for link building but yuo must be carefull with spamming.

    After making 1o links they will email you about spam.

  12. james

    June 2, 2011

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    Great article, thank you!

    I notice oyax does say in terms/conditions: it is personal, non commercial use only. ?

  13. Michael

    June 8, 2011

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    I am going to give the Alexa idea a shot tonight and give it some time to see if there is any truth to it… I thought the links were actually “nofollow.” Worth a shot. Still trying to decide what would be the quickest means of creating a backlink for the Alexa site info page.

  14. Mo You

    June 9, 2011

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    I agree ! This is a very effective list and Youtube is actually the best way of gaining quality traffic to your website fast and free.

  15. steve

    June 15, 2011

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    Thanks for the list of sites. I had to review this post to get the list. I really enjoyed the information you provided.

  16. Janelle Jacobs

    June 15, 2011

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    I am going to Squidoo and StumbleUpon and having trouble finding where you say they allow for a anchor text by choosing a keyword. There is no where that I can find where you can choose a keyword. ???

  17. Janelle Jacobs

    June 15, 2011

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    Also, there’s no where to leave a link in Yahoo — you can post a URL, but it’s not hyperlinked. Same goes for Folkd.

    MyBlogLog no longer exists. neither does SpotBack. http://wagg.it/ also seems to be out of commission.

    Other stuff is helpful, thanks.

  18. I’ve used about a third of these sites in the past so with an extra 10 or so listed this a really useful list. I’m glad you stressed interlinking the sites as this is what can take the time so I’m glad you think its worth it!

  19. Amanda Gordon

    June 18, 2011

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    Nice list to jumpstart linkbuilding for a new site. Though I am not sure if profile links whole so much weight – esp. after the panda update. What has been your experience with this type of links post panda?

  20. Thanks Jason. I tested all the links. Most of them are useful.:)

    I suggest leading firm’s forums as they all are PR9/PR8. I mean forums of MySQL, Cisco etc. We can have profile links. But, our contribution must be meaningful.

  21. Vivika

    July 3, 2011

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    This is a great list. Great information about all of the do follow and no follow links. I will be using this for my SEO work on my website.

  22. Ron

    July 12, 2011

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    The information in this article is totally useful and rare! Thanks Kaiserthesage, surely I’ll add to my quality list

  23. I think the some advices are a little bit outdated. For example, the links from YouTube are now with the redirect posted, without any SEO value. The Folkd has the same strategy, with the redirect in the link. Bad news for SEO…

  24. Another great resource from your website/blog. These are fantastic ways to get links and at the same time, promote your content. With this article, you made it very easy to read and follow. I have already implemented the missing links from your mentioned websites! I will always read your blog and learn new things.

    I had never heard of the Wagg site either, so thank you. Another day, another SEO lesson learned!

  25. Max the Dog

    July 26, 2011

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    Just stumbled upon this article and signed up for most of the sites you mentioned. Thanks very much for this – in a sea of blah blah blah seo articles… this one is tops! Thanks again :) Woof!!

  26. Brent

    August 1, 2011

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    I never knew that you could get a Alexa back-link that easily. Thanks for the info this will help me in my day to day tasks! =)

  27. Vélo Elliptique

    August 18, 2011

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    Thanks Kaiser, especially for the Alexa tip.
    Probably best to spread these links out over a period of 2-3 months to avoid Googler getting too suspicious. By the way, it seems that mylinkvault.com is brojen – it just wont let me add a new link.
    Regards, Paul

  28. This is pure gold Jason, I’ve just actioned the tip about Alexa.

    Wikipedia is a great one, but difficult to crack it seems, I did set up a brand profile for one of my projects on Wikipedia, but another Wiki user voted for removal, then it disappeared, apparently due to nothing note worthy, yet it featured content that was more note worthy than a huge amount of pages I’ve come across, yet they remain there :s

    Going to go through the rest of these links as soon as I can, great stuff cheers.

  29. Anthony

    August 24, 2011

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    I use bookmarking for generation of buzz and possibly to get my stuff indexed, little more. My favorite form of linkbuilding comes from getting links on pages that already exist, are indexed, and carry PR as opposed to creating new, bare pages that you’ll need to build up as well. In large I’m referring to link-exchanges and blog posts. Youtube might be the only exception, but that’s because A, it’s massive and B, I’m on it regularly so it seems easy to watch something, leave a comment after, and build some authority to your page.

  30. Jess

    September 2, 2011

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    Great list. I was pretty doubtful about Squidoo for a long time. I made like 3-4 lenses and forgot about them for a few months. I ran across them while looking at my backlinks, and noticed the three of them were PR2, and the fourth was PR1. Now I wish I put more time into making them.

  31. dan@web design

    September 11, 2011

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    Hi Jason this is a cool list thanks. Just one thing, if you are also linking to these pages would the fact that it becomes a reciprocal link be an issue? I’ve always wondered about that because I know there is much less value in reciprocal links than there used to be.

    Thanks

    Dan

  32. Quentin Aisbett

    September 19, 2011

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    Just wanted to thank you for the content. I’ve subscribed to your RSS Feed and have been loving all the SEO talk. In particular, this post is a great read and a terrific resource. Cheers

  33. Aj

    September 23, 2011

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    Great list. The only issue I have is that you say the no follow sites offer trust rank without any proof. It’s better to say we think they offer trust even though they are nofollow unless you can prove they do. I do agree though they can be great pages to rank to control your brand or reputation.

  34. sansar

    September 28, 2011

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    Really a nice Post man, Actually i was searching for online submission tool and came across your blog. But found it really intresting and tried to create links on all you explored here.
    Thanks…
    n please tell me in anyone knows any Online submission tools for free like socialmonkee, textlinks etc.

  35. Mark J

    October 6, 2011

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    Massive thanks for posting these sites, Most of them are DoFollow links but its still a great way to start of a new blog by passing some trust. Cheers

  36. Sakthi Ganesh

    October 11, 2011

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    Really nice list. But kaiser,but not all of the sites are offering the dofollow links E.g Aboutus.org ( Nofollow link),youtube( Redirect the links) …

    You can also consider to add lookuppage.com,bbpress.org to the list

    But getting the links will increase the d

  37. Talha

    November 19, 2011

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    Many of these are No-Follow indeed but as stated by Kaiser, the authority by them is adequate.

    Unfortunately good link-building opportunities are becoming difficult to come around.

  38. David Do

    November 30, 2011

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    I created some links from your list; however, after reading your article, I learn something good and understand more clearly about back links

  39. Kristen B.

    December 16, 2011

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    I am so glad that I have found this post, which is very useful to me. I didn’t like yahoo answers since they became strict with attaching my links to the answers. But I am going to try out other options so that it could benefit my page rank without affecting link juice. Thanks for the great list of websites.

  40. Joanna Han

    December 29, 2011

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    Hi Jason,
    Thanks for the useful tips. I had spent a few hours to sign up to these sites by following your instruction but only on the half way. Would you please tell me how I can add my link to wikipedia? Because I can’t find anywhere to do so.
    Looking forward to your reply.

  41. Falkner

    December 29, 2011

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    Good list. Interesting that some many are discontinued though. Think i spotted some 3-4 that are gone.

  42. Jeremy

    January 9, 2012

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    Love the list…Love Squidoo more. Never heard of it until your post and now I’m kind of addicted…thanks! :)

  43. Hi Jason,

    Thanks for the useful tips. I hadn’t seen some of these so i’ll have to use a few hours to sign up to them.

    I’ve been using A1-webmarks.com and have managed to harness a fair bit of PR with a few backlinks to it.

  44. Martin

    March 12, 2012

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    Wow very nice list especially for us that are just getting into the game of SEO. I commend you on your great Blog. Bookmarked. Keep up the good work. If there is one question I had for you it is about the frequency of creating the backlinks on these profile sites? I’m guessing creating all at once in a days work is probably not such a good idea. What kind of “drip” frequency do you recommend from your experience?

  45. Mateo

    March 13, 2012

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    Wow. That’s my evening planned out! I’m gonna go through each of these steps one by one :) Amazing useful information Kaiser – thanks!

    Mateo

  46. Val Adams

    March 16, 2012

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    WOW! Great post you have here Kaiser. Looking forward to an update on this with more sites. @Kane, yeah I think LinkedIn is also great to start in promoting your site.

  47. Hi Kaiser,

    thanks a lot for share these nice resources !

    I already know some of these sites, some others not…

    May I add another one?

    For istance, “About.me” : PageRank 7.
    Make easily your profile, with your link, that will be DoFollow.

    :-)

  48. Hi Jason! Great post. I added the items here to my linkbuilding spreadsheet for use with my clients.

    I have a question though. I’ve been using social bookmarking inconsistently for years. However, I did notice that out of these sites, StumbleUpon is the one that brings significant traffic. Do you think I should still continue submitting my blog posts to the social bookmarking sites you mentioned?

    Thanks!

  49. Thanks for a great resource. With these links, instead of the spammy ones that are mostly floating around, I’m sure that the sites I’ve created for my affiliate business will rank higher and can be of value to internet users,

  50. Thanks Kaiser,

    This was some great info on how to build quality backlinks 😉
    I have bookmarked this so I can come back and read up.

    You are a great writer in my book and hope to see more from
    you.

  51. Adam

    June 5, 2012

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    Thank you for the free links kaiserthesage! I will do this as soon as possible. It may be time consuming but I bet it’s worth it when the day is over. Thanks!

  52. Alexis Trinidad

    August 11, 2012

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    Hello Jason!

    Are these links still safe to use post-Penguin mayhem? I suggested this to my client, and he went nuts; saying he was penalized by Google before and I should just stick to the usual game plan. Honestly, I think sticking to his plan wouldn’t get us anywhere.

  53. Alex

    October 27, 2012

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    Hey,
    Great list,
    Just wen through all of them. Hopefully those backlinks will give a boost in my SERPS.
    Thanks!

  54. ajay

    August 27, 2013

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    Thanks Jason for sharing this post, this will help me a lot for building backlinks to my site.

  55. Pam

    August 29, 2013

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    This is the best guide on free links that I’ve been able to find. Not exactly sure how to get approved on Wikipedia yet. I do remember DMOZ.org but I’m not sure there’s a way to get a link there any more without becoming an editor and there’s probably a long line for that as well. Would be very interested in an article continuing with even more high page rank sites that are easy to get links from.

  56. Jay Soriano

    September 7, 2013

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    Hey Jason,

    First – thanks for this resource! Secondly, can you, or can anyone tell me what WordPress plugin you’re using for social sharing?

    Thanks!

    • Jason Acidre

      September 7, 2013

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      The ones placed above the fold are hardcoded, and the ones on the bottom (every end of post) is from Digg Digg (wp-plugin). Thanks for dropping by Jay.

  57. Muriba

    September 14, 2013

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    This is one of the best guides I’ve seen about how to get easy and free hight quality backlinks. Thank you Jason.

  58. falakistan

    September 28, 2013

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    Thanks buddy for this useful blog.
    I want quality back links for my websites and definitely gonna use all the instructions given above.

    Thanks and regards

  59. cristina

    October 3, 2013

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    Hello Jason Acidre,

    some advise are old . For example, YouTube link are now with the redirect posted.
    Also for the Folkd has the same thing, with the redirect in the link. Is this Bad news ?
    and
    what about panda update & Pintrest ?

    Thanks for the list of sites, These sites gives me good and trustable links!

    Thanks,
    Cristina Emerson.

  60. Mike@Easy IM Biz

    October 3, 2013

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    Thanks for the great list. I copied and pasted it in my excel spreadsheet for when I’m setting up new clients site. It will definitely come in handy. Thanks again.

  61. Froutakia

    October 24, 2013

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    Thanks for sharing Jason

    As some others have mentioned already the list probably needs some updating but it is very useful and will help a lot. The no-follow sites are also a very good way to drive some traffic to your site.

    As always, a very helpful post. Keep up the good work

  62. WCI

    October 25, 2013

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    I just love your tips Jason. Thank you for making it so easy to understand and I love the step by step. I work along as I read and just see for myself how easy it can be by following your SEO “recipes”. 😀

  63. Thanks for this Jason. I’m going to get my SEO guy to do this. Allow he should be doing it and aware of these quality link opportunities already. Aboutus.org seems like a place if you can put the time in will be a useful place for lots of dofollow links.

  64. Shiv Saroya

    December 9, 2013

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    Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

  65. bailey

    December 18, 2013

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    Good post Jason, my doubt is after getting the links from above sites how can i interlinking them, please help me put from this

  66. Nitin

    February 1, 2015

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    Good job Jason ! you helped a lot from your article however above link take some time for newbies to get links back..Thanks buddy

  67. todd maxwell

    June 15, 2015

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    hello, all great tips and advice!

    question: how do you exactly build a backlink to Alexa? I was able to find my page as expected but now i’m stumped.

    thanks,

    todd

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