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I previously wrote a blog post where I featured over 30 web 2.0 sites to drive traffic to your blog. It focused on traffic generation using social media and web 2.0 sites. So today I’m going to focus on link building using web 2.0 sites. As you probably know, if content is King then links are Queen. Link building post penguin is all about quality so the traditional link building methods like article submission, directory submission, press releases, RSS submission, etc. rarely works today.
So I’m featuring over 50 quality websites where you can list your blog/website. These websites may not drive huge traffic to your blog but they increase the backlinks to your blog in several ways. Most of these websites allow you to enter your URL as a bio link and it means you get a backlink in less than 5 minutes (Tip: Use your Facebook/Twitter/Google+ account to sign up). And you can multiply the number of backlinks from these websites by becoming an active user. For example, when you create your YouTube profile you can add a link to your website from your profile page and also from your uploaded videos. Likewise, you can join community-driven websites like Digital Point, Microsoft Community, Yahoo Answers, etc. and can link to your website from profile pages and also from discussions by adding your link in a relevant topic.
Of course, there are hundreds of other blog posts that feature 100 ways to get backlinks. But the problem is…they all require a lot of effort as it involves some real work. They simply highlight random ideas like – start a forum, write an e-book, start an affiliate program, giveaway free WordPress themes, etc. It’s not easy!
And that exactly is the reason why I created this list. If you have launched your website recently then this is the best way to build some backlinks in almost no time. I have linked some of the following websites to my own profiles whenever I can for demo purpose so that you will know where exactly your link would appear.
- About.me – makes it easy for people to learn about you and find your content. Create a free page in minutes with no coding required.
- Alexa – provides information about websites including Top Sites, Internet Traffic Stats and Metrics, Related Links.
- Ask.fm – is a social networking website where users can ask other users questions, with the option of anonymity.
- BizSugar – share small business news, tips, blog posts and information with BizSugar’s community.
- Blogger (Blogspot) – is a free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video.
- CrunchBase – is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.
- Dailymotion – upload, share, and embed your videos.
- Delicious – dave, organize, and remember the links you find interesting or useful around the web.
- Diigo – is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.
- Disqus – is a blog comment hosting service for websites and online communities that uses a networked platform.
- EzineArticles – is an article directory that accepts unpaid submissions from authors, in exchange for links to the authors’ websites and visibility for their work.
- Facebook – is the largest social network that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
- Facebook Notes – is a blogging feature that allows you to write notes, add links, embed images, and tag friends in them.
- Facebook Page – fan pages are for businesses, organizations and brands to share their stories and connect with people.
- Flickr – helps you organize that huge mass of photos you have and offers a way for you and your friends and family to tell stories about them.
- Flipboard Magazine – is a place to discover, collect and share the news you care about.
- FriendFeed – is a service that makes it easy to share with friends online.
- Google+ – is a social networking and identity service by Google.
- Google+ Business – Google+ pages provides businesses, products, brands, and organizations with a public identity and presence on Google+.
- Google Groups & Product Forums – allows you to create and participate in online forums and email-based groups with a rich experience for community conversations.
- Gravatar – is a Globally Recognized Avatar. It’s an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.
- GrowthHackers – is a community (like Inbound.org) for marketers to share growth hacking resources and tips.
- HubPages – is your online space to share your advice, reviews, useful tips, opinions and insights with hundreds of other authors.
- Inbound.org – enables anyone with a Twitter account to register for the site, submit content and participate in conversations through comments.
- Instagram – is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family.
- Klout – is a website and mobile app that uses social media analytics to rank its users according to online social influence via the “Klout Score”, which is a numerical value between 1 and 100.
- Last.fm – is a music discovery service that gives you personalized recommendations based on the music you listen to.
- List.ly – helps bloggers & brands curate, crowdsource, and engage readers via live embedded list content inside blog posts.
- LinkedIn – is the world’s largest professional network.
- LiveJournal – is a social network where users can keep a blog, journal or a diary.
- Medium – is a publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founders.
- Microsoft Community – is an online community by Microsoft where you can ask questions, share tips and find solutions.
- Myfav.es – is a free, elegant, & customizable start page for your favorite web browser, tablet or smartphone.
- MySpace – is a social network that offers email, a forum, communities, videos and weblog space.
- Paper.li – is a content curation service that enables you to publish your own online newspapers.
- Photobucket – is an image hosting and video hosting website.
- Pinterest – is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.
- Quora – is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users.
- RebelMouse – is a digital publishing platform that is fully wired for social.
- Reddit – is a social news and entertainment website where registered users submit content in the form of links or text posts.
- Scoop.it – build engaged audiences through publishing by curation.
- Scribd – is your personal digital library, where you have unlimited access to the world’s largest collection of e-books and written works.
- Sett – is a Medium.com like publishing platform because your posts are read by other Sett users even if you never blogged before.
- Slashdot – source for technology related news with a heavy slant towards Linux and Open Source issues.
- SlideShare – is the world’s largest community for sharing PowerPoint, OpenOffice presentations, Keynote, PDF and infographics.
- SoundCloud – an audio platform that enables sound creators to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds.
- Squidoo – is a a community website for creating single webpages on your interests and recommendations.
- Stack Exchange – is a community powered question and answer website.
- Stockvault – is a stock photo sharing website where photographers, designers and students can share their photographs and images with each other.
- StumbleUpon – is the easiest way to find cool new websites, videos, photos and images from across the web.
- Svbtle – is a simple place to blog.
- Technorati – is a real-time search for user-generated media (including weblogs) by tag or keyword.
- Tumblr – is a micro-blogging platform and social networking website by Yahoo.
- Twitter – is the most popular and largest micro-blogging platform.
- Vimeo – is a video sharing website where users can upload, share and view videos.
- Visual.ly – is the world’s largest community of infographics and data visualization.
- Wikia – is a community site that anyone can contribute to.
- Wikipedia – is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia.
- WordPress.com – is a free blogging platform powered by the open source WordPress software.
- WordPress.org – a support forum to help you get the most out of WordPress.
- Yahoo Answers – is a community-driven question-and-answer (Q&A) site or a knowledge market by Yahoo.
- Yahoo Contributor Network – is a platform that publishes all your content (text, video, audio, images) on any topic and then distributes that content through its website and content partners.
- Yahoo Profile – represents who you are and serves as a hub for your identity on Yahoo. You can post information about yourself and allow others to learn more about you.
- YouTube – is the largest video-sharing website allowing billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos.
If you are looking for ‘real’ link building tactics…
Since these are literally the easiest ways to build backlinks to your website they don’t have much value and it’s worth to mention that most of the links are nofollow. So don’t expect your website’s ranking to skyrocket by building few backlinks like this. But the good thing is… backlinks won’t hurt as long as they’re created naturally. Now if you’re looking for real link building ideas then I recommend PointBlankSEO’s comprehensive list of link building tactics.
Have I missed your favorite website where we can register for free and add our profile link? If so, feel free to mention the same as a comment below!
Happy Link Building! :)
First Published: March 2014; Last Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2014