Edit: Since this is becoming a popular post about backlink building I want to include some talk about other ways to get backlinks. I’ll leave the original post below.
The absolute best way to gain backlinks is to get them based on merit. Editorial backlinks are links you get when a webmaster links to your site in their content (usually as some sort of reference). The search engines want to give the most weight to these types of links because these are the links that deserve to pass link juice. There isn’t really a trick to getting editorial links from webmasters and bloggers; you just have to write awesome content and hope someone reads it and loves it.
Another wise way to think about backlink building is to think about this quote.
Build trust, not links.
That phrase is trying to tell that if you try to forget everything about search engines and links and simply build a trusted name for yuor site you will do great with link building. I love the phrase because it’s true advice. Forget about nofollow and dofollow, forget that search engines look for links, forget about pagerank and all that. When you go to a site just focus on making a good reputation. When you do that, you’ll naturally get high quality links.
Below is the original post.
Let’s talk about building backlinks. How can you build them more efficiently? I want to discuss two methods of building backlinks and why each method is efficient. These two methods are blog commenting and forum posting.
If you post at a forum, you will get lots of backlinks very quickly. Forum posting for backlinks is also efficient because you can find a nice forum which allows dofollow links in signatures and gets indexed frequently (what a perfect example of TechGeeks Forums ;)) and all you have to post in the discussions. If the forum’s niche interests you you can find yourself making hundreds of posts every day. Now that;s quick backlink building :). Another reason forum posting is great is because you can change your signature at any time and the change will be reflected on all your posts.
Commenting on blogs is also a great way to build backlinks, but don’t expect big numbers like you would with forum posting. Finding a nice blog and checking for dofollow will take some time. Reading the entire article will generally take longer than reading a forum thread. You’ll also have to write a nice, specific comment for blogs where comment moderation is enabled. Here at TechGeeks, don’t expect a short thank you comment with a link to get approved on the blog, even though it could be acceptable at the forum. The good news about blog commenting is that while it takes longer it is still efficient. Many blog posts (where your comments will appear) have some pagerank on the page. Remember that pagerank is assigned per page and not per domain, and very few forum threads have the amount of PR that blog posts will have. A backlink is much better off on a page with PR2 than a page with PR 0.15.
You see that both methods of building backlinks are efficient in their own way. Finding a balance between the two is up to you. We invite you to try out both at TechGeeks, where everything is dofollow. We have a reputation of being a site where backlinks are picked up very quickly ;).