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44 Ways To Gain Free Backlinks

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This article provides marketing strategies you can implement to get free backlinks. There are many creative ways to gain backlinks to your site with out having to pay or go out of your way. In this post, you will learn one of the best link building strategies. Here are my 44 ways to gain free backlinks.

44 Ways To Gain Free Backlinks

1. Join The Chamber of Commerce: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interest of more than 3 million businesses. Join The Chamber of Commerce and add your business.


2. Join The BBB: Membership in the Better Business Bureau tells your customers about your companies excellent reputation. The process of applying is simple.


3. Sponsorship Partnerships: Search for sponsorship opportunities with non-profit organization.

4. Create A List of Your Suppliers: Make a list of all the businesses you currently buy services and products from. Take a few minutes to contact each supplier and try to create a joint venture together. You can create relationships were the supplier and you exchanges backlinks. This is a win situation for both parties.

5. Set Up Social Media Profiles: Make sure to fill out your social media profiles to gain backlinks. There are vast of social media sites out there, make sure to concentrate only on sites that allow do follow links.

Here are the top social media sites that do follow:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube

6. Create Accounts On Bookmarking Sites: Set up your own personal profile to gain backlinks from reputable sites.

Here are some of my favorite bookmarking sites:

  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Scoopit
  • Delicious
  • BizSugar
  • Hubpages

Check out my post with over 300 high page ranking social bookmarking sites

7. Press Release: Writing a press release helps sites drive more traffic and increase backlinks. The press release will increase exposure on Google, Bing, and Yahoo Search Engines.

Check out my article on how to submit a press release.

8. Local Directories: Another great way to gain backlinks and traffic is listing your business in your local directories.

Here are my top list of local directories: 

  • White Pages
  • Manta
  • Local
  • Merchant Circle
  • City Search
  • MapQuest
  • Super Pages
  • Topix
  • FourSquare
  • Bing
  • Yellow Pages
  • Dex Knows

9. Blog Directories: Gaining exposure for your blog is critical to building a following and backlinks. Join these blog directories to not only gain backlinks but exposure for your site.

Here are 10 blog directories:


You can also view my article on  119 High Page Rank Search Engine Directories

10. Web 2.0 Blogs: Another effective way in gaining  backlinks is using Web 2.0 blogs.

Some of my favorite platforms for Web 2.0 are:

  • Tumblr
  • Up
  • Blogger
  • WordPress

11. Video Submission Sites: Video sharing sites will help improve your SEO and build backlinks. You can create short videos and submit them at any of the following video submission sites.

List of video submission sites: 

  • YouTube
  • Google+
  • Metacafe
  • Vimeo
  • UStreamTV
  • Blip.TV
  • DailyMotion
  • Facebook
  • Break
  • GrindTV
  • Photobucket
  • MySpace
  • LiveLeak

12. Create A Slide Share Account: You can create a slide share presentation and gain backlinks.

Top list of sites to create a slide presentation:

  • Kizoa
  • Photosnack
  • Photopeach
  • RoxioPhotoShow
  • Animoto
  • PicoVico
  • 123-Slideshow
  • FlixTime

13. Publish Blog Post On LinkedIn: LinkedIn is remarkable tool that allows you to publish blog post.

14. Directory Submissions: Directory submissions is a great way to get your blog indexed fast and get do follow backlinks.

Check out my post with over 200 free directory submissions.

15. Forum Sites: The most common sources to gain links are blog commenting, video sites, web 2.0’s, and social media but many people forget that they can create a back link using a forum site.

Check out my post with over 60 forum posting sites.


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  1. sargio says:

    Thank you so much for providing this kind of help again and again thank you so much

  2. Kulwant Nagi says:

    wow.. Such a big list.

    It would be nice if you can add links as well.

    For me web 2.0 are working far better than any other backlinks.

    • Hi Kulwant,

      Yeah, the web 2.0 do link a lot quicker. I still recommend the other sites because for the most part majority of business will need to open social media sites for their business. There are tons of way to gain backlinks just making sure they are naturally and not from spammy websites.

  3. Amit Kumar says:

    Getting Backlinks is quite tough job and everyone try hard to get appropriate and natural backlinks. You shared really some great ways and huge collection of sites to gain free Backlinks.

    I am going to follow your advice and hope it will help me a lot. Thanks for sharing this amazing list.

    • Hello Amit,

      Your right getting backlinks is quite tough job! I hope this list helps you to gain new additional backlinks. The nice thing about the list they all from reputable sites. You want to make sure to get backlinks from authority sites and not spammy ones. Over time your backlinks will start growing naturally which is the proper way!

  4. Scott says:

    Social media profiles are important, and using those social medias is even more important. But none of them (as far as I know) offer a do follow backlink.

  5. Radwan says:

    Hi Nancy

    You got here some excellent way to get back links. I always look for a way to have more back links and spend days looking for websites to do so. Now with your lists i think you really made things easy for me.

    I appreciate it. Thanks

  6. Theo Goodman says:

    Some good tips here. Is there anyway to submit a video to a lot of those sites at one time? It is a lot of work to upload to 10 different video hosting sites.

  7. Nilan says:

    That is certainly an interesting way to get recognized and indexed by Google.

    Websites with .edu domains typically have high authority as they have been around for a long time and have many trusted and quality sites linking to them.

  8. Kadambari says:

    Thanks for the great list NANCY. What do you think about the PBN Links? Will that back link destroy the SEO

  9. Misty says:

    Absolutely Loving this article. I’m actually going to back link to this post (if you don’t mind) in an article coming soon.) I’ve actually got a new site launch that I’m working on so, it’ll be a couple weeks yet.

  10. Wow, I’m just coming across this for the first time… I’ll try and improve on my backlinks then… Thanks for this beautiful piece…

  11. harshad says:

    Very useful post, thanks for sharing .

  12. Robin Rawat says:

    Hello, I was looking for the list to create some free backlinks to boost it ranking in SERP and boom your article provide same. thank you for making this list and sharing with us.

  13. Alisha says:

    Very informative and helpful for my website and to gain a list of backlinks. Thanks for sharing a list of backlinks.

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