Ultimate Secret to Getting Tons of Backlinks at NO Cost-Part 4

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="">Keyword</a>

BBCode to use for Backlinks:


Textile markup to use for Backlinks:


This is the fourth 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 , Part 2 and Part 3. These tips should effectively push you to the top of Google™, regardless of the size of your niche’s competition. :D

3. PHPBB forums:

a) Where to drop backlinks:

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

i) The profile page: You can access this page in the following ways:

OLDER PHPBB Forums: Log into your forum account and then click on: "Profile". In the "Website" box, you can put in your website URL in this format:


NEWER PHPBB Forums: Log into your forum account and then click on: "User Control Panel=>Profile=>Edit Profile". In the "Website" box, you can put in your website URL in this format:


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 in the following ways:

OLDER PHPBB Forums: Log into your forum account and then click on: "Profile". There you would find a box called "Signature". 

NEWER PHPBB Forums: Log into your forum account and then click on: "User Control Panel=>Profile=>Edit 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 your username from either the "Board Index=>WHO IS ONLINE" section or the "profile" button on your forum posts (on forums running the newer PHPBB version, click on your username to visit your forum profile).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 PHPBB forums: PHPBB may offer you only 2 places to drop backlinks, but the number of queries you can use to find PHPBB 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):


"Powered by phpBB" (sample query)
Query yielded: 80,000,000 results

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

Powered by phpBB (sample query)
Query yielded: 97,000,000 results

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

Websites containing the word "" within the site’s text (sample query)
Query yielded: 281,000 results

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

PHPBB Backlinks (sample query)
Query yielded: 206,496,218 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 (sample query)
Query yielded: 198 results (you may get a lot of false positives with this query)

Verdict: Query#2 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 phpBB"+"intitle:weight loss" (replace "weight loss" with your niche; check sample query)


Powered by phpBB+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 PHPBB 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 ;) )

If you like this article, please click here to post a nice comment, thanks. :D


  1. Renee

    Excellent advice, as usual. This 4-part series is invaluable and should be printed out by everyone and placed next to their computer! Thank you, Arindam.

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  3. Roy

    Thank’s for the tips. You have alot of interesting backlink points that i never heard of but i’m going to put them to use.

  4. Edgar Allen

    Thank you so much for this article. I have learned so much from your publication. I will now go back and read the first 3 installments. (I also think the “printing out and keeping by your computer” suggestion is excellent and should be mandatory.) Best regards – Edgar

  5. Kirby Rooks


    Great post.I have been working on back links and think of myself as a techie, but I learned several things I didn’t already know.

    Thanks and keep the wonderful post coming!

  6. Spencer

    Thanks for the posts, I didn’t have a chance to read the other 3 lessons but I’m sure it should be as good as this one. Thanks again for another “boring” lesson.


  7. wai


    I had been wondering how to make a anchor text in the warrior forum.
    Thanks for showing me how.

  8. Chef Brian

    My biggest takeaway from this is the format for Textile markup to use for Backlinks: “Keyword”:, I was just in a forum the other day and could not for the life of me figure out how to place a link with anchor text.

    Thanks, even an old dog can learn new tricks!

    Chef Brian

  9. Loyd Tuerk

    Where is the other three parts of this article? I tried changing URL but the only thing I get is 404.

    And please, try to bore us more frequently :) (referred to this sentence from your mail. “…It has been a while since I last bored you, so I thought – why
    not bore you again today!…”)

    1. Arindam


      Try these:

  10. Manie @ SEO Services

    Hi Arinandam, this is very helpful and with tons of info! I haven’t seen the first 3 part but will look it up and work through it. I have paid for less info than you offer here!

  11. John

    Very helpful, thanks for explaining where and how to get backlinks.

  12. Manie @ SEO Services

    Outstanding article series, I printed it out and added it to my back link bible!

  13. Linda

    This is really a great post. Now instead of purchasing backlinks packets, we can create our own packets. However it will take time to filter good sources. I feel reveres engineering is the great way to find backlinks source and I usually do that. Thanks for the tips.