Just so you don’t think I am misleading you, I should tell you this before hand:
I am not going to talk about the latest and greatest software tool that would help you mass submit (or rather say, "mass spam" thousands of sites).
With that said, I am going to tell you of a few methods you can use to find sites that allow backlinks Note that to use this method you must be:
- Enterprising and willing to work hard
- Willing to move on in case you encounter bad sites. Remember, no matter how smart you are, you WILL encounter a few sites that are averse to backlinks, just about any kind of backlinks, regardless of whether you believe they are "bad" or "good" links. There is no point in arguing with the webmasters of such sites; I prefer to move on!
- Have a little knowledge in HTML, BBCode, etc. ;)
- Lastly, I would also like to add that if this method fails to work at anytime in future I won’t be responsible for it (but I would certainly appreciate it if you let me know of the same :D)
That said, I am sure if you follow my instructions you should be able to find enough sites where you can drop links. :)
There are numerous ways to find sites where you can drop backlinks. Let us discover them…. ;)
IMPORTANT: You MUST acquaint yourself with the Google search operators before proceeding with the rest of the article. These are the typical operators you would use to make a search query in Google. Call it math or science, but unless you understand these queries properly you won’t be able to make some of the "techy" search queries that are required to find good backlink sites. :D
For reference purposes:
HTML Code to use for Backlinks:
BBCode to use for Backlinks:
Textile markup to use for Backlinks:
1. Vbulletin forums:
a) Where to drop backlinks:
A Vbulletin™ forum usually offers you 3 places to drop backlinks:
i) The profile page: Usually, you can access this page by logging into your forum account and then visiting: "Your Profile=>Edit Your Details". The URL to this section usually takes the form of:
http://domain.com/profile.php?do=editprofile OR http://domain.com/forum/profile.php?do=editprofile (depending on where the forum is installed).
On this page, you will find a section called "Home Page URL". You can add a link here in this format:
NOTE: Here you won’t get the benefit of ‘anchor text backlink’; instead, you will be able to add only 1 hard link.
ii) Visitor Messages: Yet another place to add your link is the "Visitor Messages" section of a Vbulletin forum. Here, you can add one or more anchor text backlinks in BBCode format. I would not suggest going beyond 1-2 backlinks as it maybe considered spammy. To access the "Visitor messages" section, click on your username; this would normally lead to your public profile under which, you will find a section called "Visitors messages".
NOTE: If you have already disabled visitor messages from your profile options (Settings & Options=>Edit Options) then you won’t be able to see this section unless you re-enable this option again!
Also, NOT all forums have this option enabled in their installation; there is nothing you can do about it! :)
iii) Signature: Third place to drop links is of course, your forum signature. Again, you should format your link in BBCode format. You can access your signature section by clicking on: "Settings & Options=>Edit Signature". I kept it for the last because I don’t recommend adding links to your forum signature unless there is no other option.
As you might know, most (if not all) non-Internet marketing forums don’t like signature links, and even the internet marketing forums which do allow signature links are very strict about its use (see Warriorforum’s rules for a refresher). So, use this option only as a last resort. Some cases where you may need to add links to your forum signature are:
a) If your forum profile is not visible to the public (in this case Google won’t be able to see your profile either)
b) If you cannot add links either in your profile or the "visitor messages" section. Usually this happens with very few forums and where it happens, it usually means that the forum has been heavily spammed, prompting the admin to shut off all places where one could drop links! :)
The URL to this section usually takes the form of:
http://domain.com/profile.php?do= editsignature OR
http://domain.com/forum/profile.php?do= editsignature (depending on where the forum is installed).
b) How to find Vbulletin forums: Vbulletin may offer you only 3 places to drop backlinks, but the number of queries you can use to find Vbulletin forums are certainly more than 3! :D Let us just explore some of them (because I am not sure if I know all the queries, hee hee ;) )
Queries you can use to find such sites (note that for each query, you can customize your options by clicking on "Show options" on the left to show you only forums, and "Advanced search" on the right of the to show you only English sites; I have done it all for the sample queries):
Query yielded: 34,400 results
Query#2 (Use this only IF query#1 fails for some reason):
Query yielded: 23,400 results
Verdict: Query#1 is better! ;)
Note that I have deliberately avoided using title tags or footer texts as search parameters, since forums opting for the branding free service of Vbulletin won’t show up for these search queries. However, if you want you can certainly find these sites using either of the following queries:
intitle:powered by vbulletin (sample query)
intext:"powered by vbulletin" (sample query)
intext:powered by vbulletin (sample query)
As a matter of fact, I got a lot of false positives (a.k.a. duplicate sites) with these search parameters! ;)
Similarly, I have also avoided using specific URL patterns as search parameters because SEO-ed forums such as the Warriorforum won’t show up for these queries! Note also that in Vbulletin style sheets can be renamed just as easily as meta tags can removed! ;)
For Finding Niche forums ONLY (that is, forums related to a particular niche or topic). I have found that the following search queries are working decently:
intext:vBulletin "intitle:weight loss" (replace "weight loss" with your niche; check sample query)
intext:vBulletin "intitle:acne" (replace "acne" with your niche; check sample query)
Now go and spam all the vbulletin forums you can find while I write the next part of the article. :D ;) (only kidding)
I cannot give an ETA on when the next part of this article would be available, as I am busier than usual this month (and of course, a lot depends on the number of nice comments I receive for this article ;) )
So there you go – amongst some of the best gifts you might have received form Xmas, you also get a long and boring gift from the Nuttie Guru. :D Talk about having variety! ;)
Now, if you liked this article, would you mind posting a nice comment below? ;)