Incoming links are an essential component of building a successful blog. Links give your blog more authority on Technorati and a higher Google Page Rank. Together, those ratings can make your blog more attractive to advertisers, which allows you to charge higher advertising rates. Additionally, as your blog grows in authority and your number of incoming links grows, your Google search engine rankings will rise, which equates to more traffic to your blog. With more traffic comes more ad impressions, greater potential for pay-per-click ads to actually be clicked on and ultimately, more money for you.

So the question is, should you participate in link building for your blog?

The answer, yes you should.

Your blog will only become more successful if you put out your best effort in link building. The more links you have then the stronger your blog will be.

In this post I will give you tips on 11 free link building tips.

11 Free Link Building Tips

  • 1. Write Content People Want To Read
  • The easiest way to get people to link to your blog from their own blogs and websites is to publish great content. Naturally, if you write posts that are interesting, useful and helpful, people will want to talk about those posts on their own blogs and share them with other people. That means more links to your blog!

  • 2. Submit To Blog Directories
  • There are a number of blog directories where you can add a link to your blog such as BlogHer. Some even include a social aspect such as BlogCatalog and MyBlogLog, which provide multiple ways to increase the number of incoming links to your blog simply through your registration.

  • 3. Get On Blogrolls
  • Once you have a good amount of compelling content published on your blog, approach other bloggers with equal or more authority than your blog (as demonstrated through their Technorati rankings and Google Page Rank) and suggest a blogroll reciprocal link. This is most successful when both blogs are related to the same subject and you develop a relationship with the other blogger by leaving comments on his or her blog prior to suggesting a blogroll link exchange.

  • 4. Write Guest Posts
  • Guest blogging is a great way to not only drive new traffic to your blog and promote your blog but also to increase the number of incoming links to your blog. This is particularly helpful when you are able to write a guest post on a blog that has a higher Technorati authority and Google Page Rank than your blog has.

    You can write a guest post for to start with your link building.

  • 5. Hold Blog Contests
  • Blog contests are a great way to drive traffic to your blog and increase the number of incoming links to it. First, you can promote your blog contest on a variety of blog contest promotion sites to add incoming links. Additionally, you can include a contest rule that tells entrants they can earn an additional entry into your contest by writing about the contest on their own blogs with a link back to the original contest post.

    I also like to participate in guest blogging contests. Because I also get to generate traffic to my blog and at the same time building backlinks.

  • 6. Join Blog Carnivals
  • Blog carnivals are a simple way to increase the number of links to your blog. Simply find a blog carnival related to your blog’s topic (or start your own), write a post for the carnival and submit your post link to the main blog carnival site. Your post link will be published as part of the blog carnival bringing in another free link that can also drive a significant amount of traffic.

  • 7. Write Articles For Other Sites
  • There are many websites that accept submissions from just about anyone such as eHow and Associated Content. Additionally, pursue opportuntities to write for online magazines and publications related to your blog topic that accept freelance submissions. Be sure to include a link to your blog with your article and bio.

  • 8. Create Other Blogs And Websites
  • Create additional blogs, websites, Squidoo lenses, HubPages hubs and more, and interlink all of them to increase your links exponentially.

  • 9. Comment On Other Blogs
  • When you leave a comment on another blog, always be certain to include your blog’s URL in the URL field of the comment form. While some blogs use the “NoFollow” HTML tag in their blog template (meaning the link back to your blog won’t count by Google’s standards) it’s a good habit to always include your URL, so the opportunity always exists for an incoming link with every comment you submit.

  • 10. Include Your Blog URL In Your Online Forum Signatures
  • Join online forums and message boards related to your blog topic and actively participate. Ensure your blog URL is included in your forum signature, so it appears as a live link each time you submit a message in the forum.

  • 11. Participate In Social Networking Sites
  • Social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace provide areas where you can include your blog’s URL in your profile. Use your social networking accounts to further promote your blog and drive additional traffic to it.

    Group Discussion

    Share with us, what form of link building strategy do you use?

    Please leave your comments 🙂


    1. Reply

      Hi kharim, I completely agree with your points and if implemented properly these are really effective.Content plays a vital role as the visitors expect quality content.Participating in the social media can bring some decent traffic to site as it is powerful communication tool.

      • Reply

        Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading as well. Yes social media sites are filled with tons of online users and this is why we should use these sites to drive traffic.

    2. Reply

      These are some really legit ways to drive traffic and link building strategies, but I believe commenting is still the easy way for link building.

    3. Ram Singh


      Dear Sir, I followed all the spteps mentioned above and i have seen really increasing in traffic and reputation of my site

      Thanks for this article

    4. Alden


      Article marketing is also an effective way to build backlinks on high authority websites. It really works.

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    7. Reply

      I’ve always wanted to try out a blog carnival, but never have. By the way, I like the new slider on your site’s home page!

    8. Mike


      Hello Kharim!

      You made a great post as always. I do link building on my blog by doing blog commenting and it really works and soon I will do more link building strategies. Great tips here and thank you so much for sharing this.

    9. Floyd Andrews


      When you’re making guest posts in other blogs, make sure to add content that people will trust and accept. If you’re going to participate in forums, post stuff like a real person would and value the on-going conversation. That way, you can build a good relationship with the community.

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      Thanks Kharim Tomlinson for sharing vital tips to build blog..and all tips are awesome and It is right way to make honest and information blog and After apply all thing, definitely we will get good response from user

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      Yahoo services I’m started to be more skeptical as each service is going shut down time and again. I could not go to MyBlogLog and suspect if it is already withdrawn?

    12. Dave Cain


      Another excellent blog, Kharim.

      I am just looking into doing Social Media and RSS feed backlink building to my website. I have also applued for a free link audit from this site:

      Now you have mentioned creating other blogs and websites that is a good idea. I will look into setting up a blogspot account for our company and sending backllinks to our company website. I see my competitors are getting on blogrolls so I need to do that also.

      Thanks for the advice

    13. Marketing Philosophy


      Any blogger should use these tips in order to get more traffic on his/her blog, another tip that many bloggers overlook is to not just writing guest posts on other blogs but accepting guest posts from others too, because it is very likely that authors will promote their post as much as they can and you will get all the benefits from this

      Regards Kostas

    14. Megan Brown


      Awesome tips.

      All are very much effective and useful as I personally doing all this from last many months and get lots of benefits from it.

      Most I like is linkwheel which is fastest way to create backlink.

      Thanks a lot for this important sharing.

    15. Abhi


      Hey friends,m not a blogger expert,and i want to start guest blogging in my blog,can anyone share your ideas ,suggestion ,advices,with me plzzzzzz…..
      @ Kharim : Plz suggest…

      comment on my blog’s post with your suggestions
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    16. ella


      Idea about blog carnaval seems to me original and interesting. I have heard about all those methods, but about this one i have heard for the first time here.

    17. Brian Bordenkircher


      I think that guest blogging on other blogs is one great source of traffic. Also holding your own blog helps. I have recently started on my new blog inviting guest writers and offering incentives for quality content and writers that get the most recommendations to their articles get incentives hoping that incentives will help create some viral traffic. Content overall is most important by far.

    18. Ecommerce


      I’ve done few of them. I never knew that there are lots of ways to build up blogs. Great information!

      • Kharim Tomlinson


        Yep there are lots of ways to building backlinks. Just try to apply the most effective ones.

    19. Reply

      i crawled your website,there are so many new tips i got.really helpfull to all new bloggers like me.thanks a lot for your sharings.i ‘m constantly writing on my blog even i got comments i m writing very good.but still i’m really sad for my visitors i mean my daily pageviews.i hope your tips will help me to grow more.once again a big will be nice if you suggest me something about my blog,or appreciate hehe….bookmarking you..

    20. amber


      All right!!! Driving traffic or doing link building is really a hard stuff! It needs strategies and skills to be on the top. But this I know, if you get on the first page or even in top 5 pages, I believe we will gain a lot from it and increase your $! haha!

    21. Terje Sannarnes


      From my own blogging experience I can say that that the most effective link building techniques for bloggers are article marketing, blog commenting and guest blog posting. Also, it makes sense to submit a website to numerous web link directories.

      • Reply

        Thanks for the comment Terje. I have been doing some of those except article marketing. And that is what I am gonna focus on right now .:)

    22. Thiru


      Really wonderful tips for link building mate, Especially guest blogging will bring us quality link and good relationship with other blogger too.

      • Reply

        Guest blogging is great and after that you start replying to comments left on your article, that will also help in building backlinks.

        Thanks for the comment 🙂

    23. Rob


      These are good ideas. I wasn’t aware of some them, such as the blog carnival. There are more ways out there to drive traffic than it would appear on the surface.

      • Reply

        I hope you make good use of these tips, Rob. Thanks for the comment as well.

        Please I am also asking you to make one more comment on my other article:
        5 Important Questions Every Blogger Should Be Asking Themselves

    24. Reply

      You can also join forums related to your niche and help other use by sharing knowledge and your blog post related to asked queries . By this you will get back link but also good readers too .

      • Reply

        Yes, forums are great places to build up backlinks and to also get free traffic. But you have to be an active member of the forum for it to work well for you. Thanks for the comment.

        Please I am also asking you to make one more comment on my other article:
        5 Important Questions Every Blogger Should Be Asking Themselves

    25. mike


      gonna have to give that contest stuff a try, wonder if i can try it with premium filesharing accounts

      • Reply

        Contests are really great to host on your blog especially if you have prizes that your visitors crave. Thanks for the comment.

        Please I am also asking you to make one more comment on my other article:
        5 Important Questions Every Blogger Should Be Asking Themselves

    26. Megan Brown


      All are very effective and will work defiantely if it is implemented properly. Theses are the most simple way to build traffic for blog. I am going to NOTE this. Thanks for sharing this and continue doing this in near future also.

      • Reply

        Building backlinks will also help you to rank higher in search engine results. Thanks for the comment.

        Please I am also asking you to make one more comment on my other article:
        5 Important Questions Every Blogger Should Be Asking Themselves

    27. Music Diva


      YES! Absolutely take the time to build traffic..

      I probably receive the most traffic and backlinks when I Twitter about something free. And it needs to be really something good that’s free. Like, I’m from TX where everyone loves Willie Nelson, so just when my site was brand new, I had a Willie ticket giveaway. I think the tickets cost me about $150. but I got tons of exposure from that contest.

      I remember the first time I did a presale ticket post. It took me about an hour to put together and the only reason I did it was for a service to my community. I didn’t expect to make any commissions because we aren’t paid on presale tickets. Then I noticed an increase in traffic and sales when I posted the presale codes. I didn’t make one penny when people bought the presale tickets but what happened was that a lot of people didn’t wait for the presale but went ahead and bought through my site.

      Honestly, I can’t tell you what a huge boast to my site by offering free, valuable info to visitors.

      • Reply

        That is awesome Music Diva. I love Twitter as well and I am always tweeting my blog posts so that I can get some traffic. Keep up the good work and thanks for the comment.

        Please I am asking you to also leave a comment on the article link below… Thanks 🙂
        5 Important Questions Every Blogger Should Be Asking Themselves

    28. nazimwarriach


      Hi Kharim,
      I mainly use following techniques to build links to my blog.
      Submission to directories
      Valued comment to other blogs
      Link Exchange
      and Social Media

      and I am thinking about write guest posts on other blogs.

      • Reply

        Thats nice. I have not really implemented the directory submission to the fullest as yet. I need to work on that. Thanks for sharing your comment.

        Please I am asking you to also leave a comment on the article link below… Thanks 🙂
        5 Important Questions Every Blogger Should Be Asking Themselves

        • hiren


          Hi Kharim
          nice article and very helpful free link building tips. high pr link building is very important for any website it will increase your website popularity and traffic also. guest blogging and comment on other blog is nice way. thanks for sharing.

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