Another reason for Linking, much more important than the first one, is to build links for search engine purposes. So, if you want to attract visitors from the search engines you must build as many links as possible. However, not every link has search engine value.
Another important thing - If your site is not Indexed by the search engines, do not try to submit it! It doesn’t help! Just build several links, and the job is done.
There are many forums that allow links to your site in the member list, signature and/or profile. Find forums that match the topic of your business/site. Check if they allow links, sign in, embed your link, and start posting comments, questions, or answers. Do not spam, it is not polite :) and you can get banned. Focus on a few forums and post regularly.
Here is a trick how to find related forums that have member lists. In the search engine box type: “Log in to check your private messages” “your keywords” memberlist.php .(Don’t type exactly “your keywords” but words related to the topic of your site :) ) Check if they allow links in the member list, if not find another forum.
Forum links will not help you much with the search engine rankings but they do have some value. At least you will get indexed and also they can bring some visitors.
Open an account at Blogger, WorldPress, or both. Start posting. If you can write something related to your original site great, if not, write a journal. (Or some crap :) ) Embed the link of your site in the template. Comment or ask questions at other blogs that you are interested in or are related to yours. Try to include links in the signature and also be sure that your blog’s profile is public. Do not spam!
Trick: Type in Google: blogspot.com/index “your keywords” -2006 -2007.
With this trick, you can find blogs with high PageRank that are not updated since 2005. Post comments with embedded links to your site (If allowed). You don’t have to register a blog. Don’t overdo this technique.
The value of blog links is not very high, especially the ones embedded in the comments. If you are a beginner they could be helpful.
Friends that own or edit websites will be happy to help you. Just ask them to put your link at their web pages. If you don’t have friends online, then make them! Register an account at MySpace (You don’t have to use your real name). Make your profile rich (see other examples) contact other people and make friends. Don’t forget to put your link at the front page.
Link exchange is relatively easy way to build links but nowadays it doesn’t have much importance for the search engines. You can send e-mail to sites and ask them to include your link but, if they are willing to do it, most likely they will ask you to link back to them. Some sites practice this and have ready links to embed in your site before you ask them for a reciprocal link.
Reciprocal links may not have much value for Search Engines but they could be useful. Exchange links only with related sites and link to 20 or 30 partners. Place the links of the partners on a separate page in your site.
To find link exchange partners type in the search box: “your keywords” + “add url”.
Since reciprocal links have lesser value, it’s more practical to focus on one-way links. I found a website that offers a one-way link exchange program for free. There are about 10 different categories you can join in. The concept is simple. You place 5 + 1 links on your index page (copy paste given code) and you wait other site owners to join the program. For a certain period of time you should gain 5 links from other related sites (in the same category). I have tried this program and in about seven months I gained the 5 promised links from sites with Page Rank from 3 to 5. Not bad!
This strategy seems very easy. You copy paste code, you register and wait. But there are some buts. There are only 10 categories you can join. You have to wait too long for the first links to come. The process is fully automated so there is possibility for abuse from some users. You have to be careful to whom you link, otherwise you can get penalized from the Search Engines. (Outgoing links are important, Incoming links can’t hurt you) If you are lucky you could get high quality links in about 6 months. If you are not, leave the program.
6. Review Products and Sites
If you buy a product from Amazon.com review it there. Write something like: "I liked it very much" or something like that. Don’t forget to include your link in the review. See how others are doing that.
You could review any products you bought (or not) at ePinions.com
Review related sites on Alexa.
Don’t rely only on these sites because reviews carry quality one-way links valuable for search engines. These links can also bring targeted visitors.
This is the easiest way to gain free, high quality links. If you think you can’t write an article just see what and how other people did it. I bet you can do it better.
Write an article related to your topic and submit it to Article sites like : Ezinearticles, GoArticles and iSnare. At the beginning submit your articles manually at as many as possible Article submission sites. Later, you can learn to use automated submission.
At ArticleBlast and Ezine-Writer you can post articles right away, no approval is needed. Just don’t forget to include your link in the signature according to the policy.
Writing and syndicating articles is not only great for a Search Engine purposes but also will bring in targeted visitors.
(Do not do this, Google penalizes the sites that buy links ... if you still decide to do it be extremely couscous. First make an online research and work only with reliable partners)
There are many sites that provide free Subdomain Hosting. You could create one or several sites for linking purposes. This activity is similar to blog building. The difference is that you have much more control over the site appearance, its structure, and the links themselves. In addition, the links are a little more trusted than those in blog posts.
After you build subdomain site do some or all of the tips above to get indexed by the search engines. (I especially suggest the One-Way Links in Tip No5.) If you manage to raise the Page Rank of the pages you would have an excellent linking resource in your hands. Some WhiteHat webmasters would argue that this technique could be abused or considered as spamming, but don’t worry, you can’t harm your original web site. The worst thing you could do is to get the Subdomain banned but only if you exaggerate.
You can try Atspace.com, Awardspace.com or Googlepages.com, but MSN doesn’t index them. Another option is Tripod.com but it is stuffed with Ads. At the moment the best choice is 50webs.com. Ads free, 60MB free, unlimited number of subdomains.
Be careful, link building is not harmless. If you make mistakes you could be penalized or completely thrown out of the search index. You certainly don’t want that. Search Engines could bring you good traffic if you practice Search Engine Optimization.
-Don’t get involved in linking farms. Linking farms are automated link exchange programs. They generate a huge amount of links for a short period of time. In order to participate, you should add a linking page to your site.
-Do not link to bad neighborhood, sites that spam, are penalized or banned by the search engines. Regularly check every outgoing link at your site. If the site you link to is not in the search engine’s index (type in the search box: “site: domainname.com” to check) or/and the Google toolbar PageRank Indicator is grey, the site could be penalized or banned. Immediately remove those links from your pages.
-Do not spam at blogs and forums also, it’s easily detectable.
If you don’t want to get penalized or banned by search engines follow the simple rule: only things you do at your site can get you banned, like linking farms or bad link neighbors. Anything your competitors can do to harm you can not be penalized by the search engines.