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Ultimate Secret to Getting Tons of Backlinks at NO Cost-Part 3

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:

- Motivated

- 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:

<a href="http://www.yourdomain.com">Keyword</a>

BBCode to use for Backlinks:

[url=http://www.yourdomain.com]Keyword[/url]

Textile markup to use for Backlinks:

"Keyword":http://www.yourdomain.com

This is the third part of the "Ultimate Secret to Getting Tons of Backlinks at NO Cost" series. If you have not already, you should also read Part 1 and Part 2. These tips, together with Angela’s backlinks and Paul’s backlinks, should effectively push you to the top of Google™, regardless of the size of your niche’s competition. :D

3. YaBB forums:

a) Where to drop backlinks:

A Yabb™ forum usually offers you 2 places to drop backlinks:

i) The profile page: You can access this page by logging into your forum account and then clicking on: "Profile=>Contact Information".  

On this page, you will find two boxes:

=> "Website title"

=> "Website URL"

In the first box, you can put in your preferred keyword. In the second box, you can put your website URL in this format:

http://domain.com

OR

http://domain.com/aboutme.html

NOTE: Thus, unlike Vbulletin forums and Punbb forums, Yabb offers you the benefit of an "anchor text link" right in the profile page. I wonder why more people do not switch to Yabb! :D (kidding)

ii) Signature: The second place to drop links is of course, your forum signature. You should format your link in BBCode format. You can access your signature section by clicking on: "Profile=>Options=>Signature". 

I kept it for the last because I don’t recommend adding links to your forum signature unless you have 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 your forum profile is visible to the public but NOT your website (again in this case Google won’t be able to see your link so your profile’s visibility does not really matter)

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! :)

If at all you have to use the signature, don’t put links in the signature right away! Instead, put your own name or some famous quote (depending on the topic of the forum, but NO LINKS should be there) in the signature box! Next, make an innocuous post and wait for the post to get buried. Afterwards you can go back into your forum account and add the links in your signature.

To view your public profile, just click on the "View my Profile" link on the top left. You will be able to see how the link on your profile page as well as those on your forum signature look like!

Tips: When you are new to a forum, it is usually much better to reply to an existing post (the one with lots of replies) than start off a new thread, and making a substantial, intelligent post is better than a "me-too" post (it is another matter if you don’t consider yourself "intelligent" enough, in which case your only resort would be the "me-too" post; I would acknowledge myself guilty enough of it. ;) ).

Usually, the good sections to post are the "General discussion", "Off-topic", "Chat", or "Introduce Yourself" sections of a forum, as they are not as strictly moderated as the main sections of the forum

Also, there are some forums which may not automatically approve your post; but even with such forums, as long as you don’t add the signature links right away, your post will usually get approved.  :)

b) How to find YaBB forums: Yabb may offer you only 2 places to drop backlinks, but the number of queries you can use to find YaBB forums are certainly more than 2! :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 search results page to show you only English sites; I have done it all for the sample queries):

Query#1:

"Powered by YaBB" (sample query)
Query yielded: 2,690,000 results

Query#2 (Use this only IF query#1 fails for some reason):

Powered by YaBB (sample query)
Query yielded: 1,690,000 results

Query#3 (Use this only IF query#1 and 2 fail for some reason):

Websites containing the word "http://www.yabbforum.com/" within the site’s text (sample query)
Query yielded: 320 results

Query#4 (Use this only IF query#1, 2 and 3 fail for some reason):

YaBB Backlinks (sample query)
Query yielded: 6,007,039 results (you might get more backlink sites with this query but chances of false positives are equally high)

I deliberately chose Yahoo™ site explorer here as Google™ is not too honest about showing all external backlinks of a website to anyone other than the website owner. After all, their motto is "Do no evil" (and spying on another person’s website is probably as much "evil" in Google’s eyes as are "artificial link building" and "pagerank selling".) ;)

Query#5 (Use this only IF query#1, 2, 3 and 4 fail for some reason):

Sites related to http://www.yabbforum.com/community (sample query)
Query yielded: 190 results (you may get a lot of false positives with this query)

Verdict: Query#1 is best! ;)

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:

"Powered by YaBB"+"intitle:weight loss" (replace "weight loss" with your niche; check sample query)

OR

Powered by YaBB+acne (replace "acne" with your niche; check sample query)

FYI: Either query should work fine for any niche; however,  I got more results with the first query than the second one. :)

Now go and spam all the YaBB 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 ;) )

Now, if you liked this article, would you mind posting a nice comment below? ;)

Disclosure: ArindamChakraborty.com is affiliated to Angela’s backlinks and Paul’s backlinks

12 Comments

  1. Lee at Horse Training Tips

    Thank you Arindam
    This series of post on backlinking have been very educational. I have learned a few new techniques I did not knew aboout before. Thank you for giving us your knowledge for free, keep ‘em coming

    Lee @ horse training tips

  2. Kevin

    I loved your article. I signed up for your newsletter a while back and got this link in it today.

  3. Yufinats

    Hi Nuttie Guru, thanks for this post.I’ve been doing backlinking thru blog commenting and forum profil, but only a handful of link show up in my blog. Even after a month or two. How long such links usually recognized by SE?

    1. Arindam

      @Yufinats

      Backlinks, I mean, any backlinks for that matter, do take time to show up in Google. You should give the links at least a month to show up, though sometimes they may take longer. :)

      Also, some sites deliberately block the profile pages by robots.txt to shoo away spammers. You need to check for these things too. If the profile page you are putting links on is blocked by robots.txt then Google will never index it and your work would be wasted. I use the search status plugin to check the site’s robots.txt file :)

      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/321

      Another thing to note is that: are you able to view your profile as a “guest” (that is, by being logged out)? I have two browsers installed on my PC: I use Firefox to actually build backlinks and Internet explorer to check the public visibility of the profile page. If the profile page is not visible to guests then you may need to post on the forum and add signatures, etc (be very careful of the way you add sigs, I have given some tips on that in this article)

      Good luck! :)

  4. Lee|Horse Training Tips

    Hey Man
    Thanks to you post I just realised that anyone can read robots.txt and see your server files. from there you can browse the blocked folders and download all manner of files, this is certainly has been an eye opener.

    1. Arindam

      Right Lee, so don’t ever try to hide your “secret stuff” using robots.txt file (rather, password-protect it). ;)

  5. greg cryns

    Arindam,

    I found this one on Warrior Forum about how to find good places to post at.

    SEARCH EXACTLY (but put in your KEWORD) -

    inurl:KEYWORD “This site uses KeywordLuv. Enter YourName@YourKeywords in the Name field to take advantage”

    How to use this?

    #1. Search and find anywhere between 50-200 posts targeting your little, non-IM niches.

    #2. Select the top 3-4 blogs on each search and make sure to post a relevant, non-spammy comment. Very important: your first comment will very likely be held for moderation. Don’t spam the comment box, or else your comment gets deleted.

    1. Arindam

      Right Greg. Another being those blogs which support “commentluv”. Mostly the links are nofollow but to me a nofollow link is fine as well esp. if the blog has a high PR) :)

      Unfortunately, these plugins attract seo spammers more than genuine readers. At least that has been my experience. I had those plugins on my blog once upon a time but I found out that I had to delete more nonsense comments than usual. I found out the culprits and removed the plugins. :D

      But yeah, the blogs which support them are good for backlink builders. ;)

      BTW, it maybe just a stray thought, but I believe that if you do image searches in Google you would find several commentluv blogs (commentluv comes with a specific icon image, you need to do an intext search based on that image). I don’t know if keywordluv comes with a similar icon; it has been a year since I use these plugins. ;)

      Great tip btw and thanks for sharing. :)

      If you look into some of Angela’s older packets you would find some such blogs. Unfortunately she stopped offering such links due to high rate of spam. :(

  6. Suni

    Another great article. Thanks for sharing the great tips. I think people will stop buying backlink packages after reading your article :-)(kidding)

    Looking forward for the next part..

  7. wade lorio

    Thanks for sharing a lot of great information. you’ve got a lot of information to look through.

  8. Hendra

    Hi Arindam,

    Very nice post here!
    Do you have any suggestion for paid backlink service or tools?

    Thanks man!

    Hendra

    1. Arindam

      Hi Hendra,

      Apart from what is suggested here, I don’t use any paid tool for seo. :)

      Also take a look at:

      http://flexiblewriter.com/getting-real-about-backlinks-part-1