2 High Authoriy Easy Free Backlinks Every Marketer Must Grab!

In the world of SEO, no factor has as much impact on your ability to rank as backlinks. Pages with poor on-page optimization can still rank well with a strong backlink profile, while well-optimized pages without links can’t rank in any but the lowest competition niches (which is often where there is little traffic to monetize).

Link acquisition is often a difficult and never ending task, and you never want to pass up any opportunity for a link, especially high quality links. Today we’re going to go over two fantastic high quality and free dofollow backlink sources that everyone should have — but that strangely far too few people pursue.

Google+ PR 8 Dofollow Link

Google+ is Google’s new and rapidly growing social network, and Google+ gives you the ability to instantly grab an incredibly high quality dofollow backlink (or even several of them). All you have to do is create a Google+ profile.

Google+ profiles, in the About tab, include an area where you can list “Recommended Sites.” You can add whatever you want there, and those links only are dofollow links.

Note that these links are only available to the Google search engine if you have your profile set to public — if it’s private, Google cannot index it. If you’re worried about privacy, just don’t put a lot of personal information in your profile. Keep in mind with the way Google+ sharing works, every single post you make you decide whether or not to make that post public, or whether to share it only with certain circles (or all circles, but not public).

So it’s very easy to have a public profile but still keep all of your conversations private, and this is an incredibly easy way to grab a high quality backlink from a source that you know Google is going to trust.

YouTube Dofollow Link

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Let me quickly stress that you do not need to even upload a video to take advantage of the YouTube backlink. That said, if you have the ability to create relevant videos (they don’t have to be professional quality) you should do so. YouTube is the second largest search engine, after all, with more searches than Bing or Yahoo.

In your YouTube profile, the “Website” link is a dofollow backlink. You can put links elsewhere — in the about section or in the video descriptions (and you should) — but all the other links are nofollow. YouTube gives you that one opportunity to great a dofollow link out.

Of course when you create your YouTube profile it’s going to have very low authority. Posting popular videos will boost it, but for those without videos we can take advantage of another interesting factor in YouTube’s link structure to boost the authority of your profile page.

Every time you make a comment on YouTube it will automatically include your name as a link back to your YouTube channel: those links back to your channel are also dofollow links, meaning they pass PageRank.

All you need to do is spend 20 minutes or so looking for good places to toss up a bunch of comments (make sure they’re not spammy — make a comment about the video) and you’ll immediately collect a lot of links to your profile, which will boost its PageRank and authority for the dofollow link pointing back to your site.

Grab Every Link You Can

The quest for backlinks is long and hard and every single link acquisition helps. There’s no reason to let these easy gems pass you buy — spend an hour to get two great quality links back to your sites and add a couple high authority domains to your backlink profile.

Brian Wood works in internet marketing and SEO and runs the Awesome Dice Online web store. Brian maintains several blogs about a variety of subjects, and is a lifelong geek who loves tabletop board games and RPGs as well as the World of Warcraft MMO.

About Rohan

Rohan Pawale is a professional internet marketer by day and an ace programmer by night and runs the show around here and an array of his client's business sites that he manages. (Damn! writing an introduction of yourself in the third person feels so corny, isn't it?)

Comments

  1. Seriously? I never knew about this before (didn’t even bother checking whether the href is a nofollow or dofollow :D). Cool to know

  2. Sourav says:

    Had no clue about the youtube and Google+ linkbacks. Thanks for the tips :)

  3. Ileane says:

    Hi Rohan, I see the Google + as one of my highest PR backlinks when I look in Market Samurai. But I never see YouTube show up there and I had my YouTube channel for over a year now. Maybe one day, it will come through.

    Thanks for sharing this tip, it’s a good one!

    • Rohan says:

      Absolutely!

      These are some obvious backlinks that most marketers miss out. The Google + is still not my highest PR backlink though, I have a PR 9 backlink from somewhere else.

      The youtube backlink takes some time to index, the best way to build link juice to it is to treat it as an individual website and actually build some high quality links to your Youtube profile like you would do for your blog. When a good backlink points a trusted source and both of them point to your site in return, then Google passes on immense authority to the site from the links. Web 2.0 links must never be left as standalone links. they always need second tier links for them to show their magic.

    • Brian says:

      Keep in mind the easiest way to build the strength of your YouTube channel page is by commenting on other videos, and *especially* commenting on other high PR YouTube channel pages. All of those comments are dofollow links back to your YouTube profile.

      You can literally build up a couple levels of pagerank to your YouTube channel in just a half hour of commenting. You’ll also usually see that YouTube backlink show up in your Webmaster Tools backlink report pretty quickly.

  4. Carol says:

    This is really cool – I had no idea! Rohan, I am so glad we met – you’ve got a lot of valuable content. Thanks!

  5. Thank you, every days a learning day for me. Finding good backlinks is an art and your an artist thanks again

  6. Great tips- might as well go after these easy links right? Since they are coming from sites that Google favors (obviously) they can really help your link portfolio.

  7. Marks says:

    This is really nice stuff. Should try youtube. Thanks!

  8. Todd says:

    Great stuff here. These should be the first 2 links made for any website

  9. Arthur says:

    Thanks for offering up these tips! I wasn’t aware of how powerful Youtube links could be.

  10. Ava says:

    This is really cool – I had no idea! Rohan, I am so glad we met – you’ve got a lot of valuable content. Thanks!

  11. Chadrack says:

    It’s really wonderful that Google has “deliberately” opened a hole in two of their sites for us to get some juice and many of us never knew it! Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Saifulbd says:

    This is really nice stuff. Should try not only youtube but also others video sharing sites. Thanks!

    • Rohan says:

      I agree!

      Video sharing sites have been a marketer’s delight since a long time now. Not only for the link juice but also for the trust that they build with the audience. Videos can actually rack up quite some sales if taken seriously.

  13. Hmerologio says:

    Great tips thank you for sharing Rohan. Not ready to use the Google+ option but i can use the one on youtube.

    • Rohan says:

      I would recommend you give G+ a try, not because of the backlink, but over the time, I have come to like a lot of things about the site. Precise sharing and privacy controls make it a really nice place to be.

  14. This is really spectacular. Two high quality one way Free back-links and its so easy to do it. I am going to create my Google + profile now.

  15. Andy says:

    With YouTube, the new profile layout allows multiple backlinks with anchor text. SeoQuake shows them as dofollow but checking the source code they are nofollow.
    If SeoQuake does not recognise them, will they count as backlinks at all?

  16. Hey Rohan,
    I am regularly upload videos on YouTube based on the topic from my website,so this way I am getting backlink from YouTube.I didn’t know about getting backlink from Google+.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Ulvi says:

    Hey Rohan, I immediatelly added my links to Google+ with your instructions. Recommended sites section is just like YouTube’s. However it looks it’s not so easy to create a PR5-6 Google+ Profile as there is not an opportunity to go and comment on a PR6 video like in YouTube. I think Google+’s low PR do follow links are more valuable than YouTube’s high PR no follow links though.

  18. Joseph says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips, I never knew of the Youtube Backlink but I already added my site on G+.

  19. John says:

    Well this article is pretty cool. Very useful tips about authority links from big G department. I am going to create some of them…

  20. knev says:

    Thanks for the tip, which will enhance my blog to good search engine traffic

  21. JC says:

    Nice post, interesting concept. That could even work, however keep in mind that the profile backlink even though is do-follow may not hold any weight. If it’s in context then it may well prove valuable. One more thing, how do you know that the site hasn;t stopped the crawler accessing that area of the site? Like a robot.txt? could be worth a test ;)

  22. JC says:

    I do apologise I noticed you mentioned the authority and explained a solution that’s kind of cool. This concept will work on many sites, however I’m still not 100% convinced that do-follow and no-follow back links are any different other than or passing link juice.

  23. awesome!, thanks for the info. My site is less than a month old and I’m just starting to discover the importance of back links. This info is very helpful to me. Thanks for the post.

  24. Sanjeev says:

    Hello, I am unable to find any option under Youtube profile setting for adding website?

  25. The easiest way to obtain high authority backlinks is to look through ranking sites such as Alexa to find them. Then see if they have a company blog and comment on their blog entries with a backlink to your site.

  26. Zahid Ali says:

    Thank you dude!!! now I’m waiting when I get 1st google page rank. because you’re backlinks are very usful and powerful. hope they help me to raise ranking.!!!!! thanks

  27. Bryan says:

    Maybe this is something that changed since this post was written, but website links from your profile are nofollow, though links to your profile ARE dofollow.

  28. A lot has changed since this article was written. Google is now a nofollow (including g+) although I understand that nofollows are also important. Guest posting will help too

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