50 Ways to Get Quality ‘White Hat’ Backlinks

Obtaining “white hat” SEO links is really only in part about the link itself. It’s also about serving the audience and community of the site that links to you … and real relationships.

People should link to you because you have earned the link, not because you bought or bartered for it.

It is our opinion that link building is less about the number of links and more about the number of linking domains from within your industry. Quality over quantity always.

Our list of 50 ways to get quality SEO backlinks is different from other link-building-idea lists in one important way. We stay focused on how you can add value for your ultimate audience through your website.

Then, with a little extra effort, you can get a link from other sites serving that same audience.

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The List: 50 Ways to Get Quality Links to Your Site

1. Ask — It Sometimes Works

When it boils down to it, links are about relationships. The business you run may be of service to another business and its audience.

Think about link building first in terms of building a library of helpful content resources to link to.

Then think about people in your network that could use the resources you have to offer. It can be as simple as asking another business if a link on their site to yours might benefit their audience.

Example: A music website might have a great collection of music and articles on a particular singer or band. Form relationships with the artist’s fan clubs. Some may accept articles, and some will simply link to your great content. This would be a relevant link, and a win-win. Fan clubs love free information for their audience.

As another note here, if they just mention your site, maybe asking for a link to be added to that mention will make it more useful for you both.
Think about link building first in terms of building a library of helpful content resources to link to. Click To Tweet

2. Do Some Blogger Outreach

Since a big part of links is relationships, think about who you know.

Who in your industry would benefit from knowing about your website content and sharing it with their readers?

Some bloggers like to link out and some do not. Some will gladly curate and some need to write for themselves. Some are influencers and some are not.

Choose what is most appropriate for your content, and work with the bloggers as best fits your industry and content.

Forge relationships with those people. Face time could be an important part of this.

Do you attend the same industry events? Send a note ahead of time and plan to meet there. A few minutes over a drink or coffee could pay dividends for your content and link-building efforts.

3. Approach Colleagues Gently

Think of your current business network as a gold mine for getting links. However, depending on the industry you’re in, you want to tread lightly when asking for a link. A mere mention of the content you’re working on that might be a fit for their audience could work.

Example: If you publish a research report, even a competitor’s audience would appreciate reading it. This type of content is almost always attractive to others in your space.

And remember, never compensate anyone in your industry — even if they are influencers and you’d really like the link. This is against Google’s guidelines.

Hear Bruce explain why businesses need a “white hat” linking guide:

4. Write for Your Audience’s Audience

Your audience will be more likely to share your content if it helps expand their audience reach.

What would make your audience want to share your content with their audience?

An example is a newspaper journalist. When trying to get in front of the journalist, your content should be less about what things they (the journalists) like and more about what their readers like. This approach (what their readers like to read) is very powerful.

5. When You Have a Link, Stay Engaged

You might be surprised at which sites are linking to your site.

Do the research. Find the relevant domains that link to your site, and forge a relationship. If they have a quality site that’s relevant to your industry, stay in touch with them.

This is especially important if they are well connected and/or the site’s owner is an influencer within your industry. They might need guest bloggers, and you could potentially offer useful content to their audience. In your author biography, you can also include a link to your site.

6. Host a Contest

Recently I visited our Bruce Clay India office. The team took the opportunity to run a contest in which private consulting time with me was the prize. The content generated a lot of mentions and shares, drawing attention to Bruce Clay India and the contest page itself.

If you do something like this, your website might receive links from your social media followers (see No. 28 for why social links/mentions matter) and from your colleagues’ blogs and websites.

7. Host an Event

Think of ways you can enrich your local community with an event.

Example: You might host a business luncheon in the community to divulge some of your business-success secrets.

Then, tell people about your “mini-conference” through an events page. You will get some links to the page (and maybe some clients as well). Once the event has passed, consider doing a 301 redirect from that event’s page to your main events landing page.

8. Join Local-Focused Organizations

Your business is part of a local community. Being listed in directories, like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Chamber of Commerce, secures a link. Local listings also help your potential customers find and learn more about you.

And if you’re in good standing with organizations like the BBB, it can lend credibility as well. Also, is there a significant attraction in your area (such as a local kids camp) that gets a lot of links? Sponsor them and get a link on their website (see No. 10 for more).

9. Speak at Events and Have Something for the Audience

If you speak at community or industry events, offer something useful for your audience to download after the talk. Provide a link to the resource and encourage them to share.

Example: You may have the results of an informal survey, an ebook, or some other content on your website that would be helpful to the audience in some way. Create a shortened link that they can remember (for example, a Bit.ly link) and drive traffic to the page. They may, in turn, share it with others.

10. Do a Sponsorship

Do you want to make an impact on your community?

Sponsorships can do that and get your name out. Moreover, you can obtain links to your website from the organization you’re sponsoring, as well.

Think local softball teams, not-for-profit activities (like a beach cleanup), school scholarship funds and so on.

Sponsor a community event to build links

11. Reference an Industry Leader

Write content that references an opinion of someone in the Top 10 in your industry.

You may not even need to interview them. You can draw upon previous statements they made elsewhere (with attribution).

Identify the influencers in your industry who tend to either link to articles mentioning them on their site or share such posts on social media. These are the ideal targets.

12. Create/Review Case Studies

Write case studies that your audience can learn from.

You could identify major blunders that were turned around. Or hot breaking news stories (that involve terrible losses or even massive wins). This idea ties well into the “unicorn” approach we will discuss in No. 14.

Example: In the digital marketing community, a popular journalist who wrote a lot about Google for many years ended up joining Google as an employee.

Also remember that, similar to the nightly news, “dirty laundry” types of headlines are always read and quoted with links (narrative on society omitted).

13. Start a Blog

Having a blog is one of the basic tenets of attracting links. After all, the content you’re blogging about focuses on your business and brand. While a blog is essential to your SEO, it doesn’t stop there.

Blogs that tend to do best express strong opinions about matters in their industry, things that their clients care about and so on. That doesn’t mean every post is controversial. Every now and then, plan to tackle a topic that matters to your industry or business with gusto.

Example: Say you have a casino in Las Vegas. Every so often, you might tackle the topic of gambling safely, or express an opinion on the changing regulations you face.

14. Create Great “Unicorn” Content

“Unicorn” content is any article that strikes a community’s chord. You’ll know a unicorn article by the high level of traffic, comments, shares and backlinks it generates.

You’ll want to latch on to a unicorn. For example, take note of what your competitor’s unicorns are, and write your own unique content on that same topic.

A unicorn article stands out from the competition, meaning it’s better than other articles on the topic.

Take best advantage of each of your unicorns. Publicize them well within the community.

This content should ideally be published on your website. If you publish this type of content on a third-party website, include embedded links to your site. This includes useful “find-out-more-on-the-topic”-type content (in moderation).

One approach similar to this is creating “skyscraper content.” This is similar to unicorn work, except it’s on the level of an entire website. Find a great website, mimic it, do it better, add engagement, then see if links to that other site can be switched to links to your site instead (see No. 34 for more on this).

15. Consolidate Landing Pages

Do you have a handful of similar landing pages on your website that garner a lot of traffic and links?

Assume you have two great pages, one page on how to choose the right microscope for your job, and the other page on how to choose a microscope for your specific needs. You should consider combining the content from those two landing pages and 301 redirecting the page(s) to the chosen URL.

The popularity of those landing pages now combined gives you one powerful webpage that reaps the benefit of aggregate traffic and links. See: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+do+a+301+redirect.

Consolidate quality landing pages

16. Help a Reporter Out

If you’re short on money for public relations, you can take matters into your own hands.

HARO (Help a Reporter Out) connects you with reporters who are looking for subject matter experts in your field. If you get interviewed for a story that will run on the web, it’s likely you’ll get a link to your website when you are cited.

17. Be Interviewed by Bloggers

Creating quality content these days means citing credible sources. One way that bloggers like to cite sources is through interviews.

Find out who the writers and bloggers are in your industry, and become top of mind for them.

Engage with their content online. Add value by commenting or resharing, and you’ll start to build a relationship.

Ask them what they’re working on, and let them know you’re available to offer quotes or interviews on “X” topics whenever they might need it. This will almost always guarantee a link to your website when you’re cited in the article.

18. Interview Experts

A great way to attract links and traffic to an article is to interview experts yourself.

People like to be recognized for their expertise, and every expert has their own audience. The people you interview will usually share and link to the article on your website.

Try an in-depth article interviewing just one or two experts, or a “roundup” that features quotes from many. The more experts you can pull together in a roundup post, the better! For example, you might write an article on “What the Top 10 Digital Marketers Predict Will Be Most Successful in [X Year].”

19. Educate, Educate, Educate

Part of building your business into a brand involves thought leadership. You do indeed have a specialization and unique insights. Share those with your audience on your website to help them do something or understand a topic better.

This act of creating unique, quality, educational content benefits your website’s search engine optimization, too. Google wants to feature high quality webpages in its search results, and its ranking algorithm is designed to find them.
You do indeed have a specialization and unique insights. Share those on your website to build your brand. Click To Tweet

20. Offer a Webinar

As part of a low-key, educational approach to sales, webinars are great. People love free training.

You can embed the recorded webinar on a webpage with the transcript. This engaging content can drive traffic and links.

Consider partnering with someone in your industry who has a large audience. You can tackle different aspects of a topic together, and you’ll benefit from the partner’s wide reach.

21. Do Original Research on a Topic

Creating standout content that people want to link to and share takes time. Put your journalist hat on and take a deep dive into a topic to create a long-form webpage. Consider topics that have burning questions in your industry, or timely topics as well.

22. Create a Whitepaper

A whitepaper is a great way to demonstrate your expertise. Use them to show you’re aware of the challenges facing your clients and can offer solutions.

Example: Maybe you are selling a revolutionary new cleaning system. In a whitepaper, you could show how it is more cost-effective and friendlier to the environment than other systems. You can use this content asset to gather emails in exchange for the download.

Aside from gathering email addresses for drip email campaigns, whitepapers can rank on their own merit. A useful whitepaper also gathers links.

23. Create a Graphic

Graphics are big wins in the link world.

People like easy-to-digest visuals, and if you do it right, these can spread like wildfire.

One example is an infographic that shows trends in an industry, like the types of jobs available, their salaries, employment rates and so on.

To facilitate a link, make it easy for people to share by offering a link for attribution, and add your logo or company name to the image. Make sure that you take the same care creating visuals as you would with text content. That means everything is fact-checked and quality.

24. Create Videos

YouTube is the second largest search engine, aside from Google’s web search engine. In all cases, the power of a video link is massive and it must be a priority.

You can create a video, host it on YouTube, for example, and then offer a link for more information from the video that leads viewers to a page on your website.

Example: Let’s say you have a style-focused YouTube channel. You might create a video reviewing a new beauty product and include a link to a full review on your site within the video. That would let people learn more (and even buy the product with your affiliate link attached).

25. Be Mentioned in a Podcast

Consider putting your useful content in front of podcast creators. They, in turn, may mention that content in one of their episodes as a resource on the topic.

Example: Say there’s a podcast that tackles psychology issues, and you have an ebook on overcoming anxiety. A mention of the tips in your ebook on a podcast is like a verbal testimonial. It could carry a lot of weight with listeners and lead to people visiting your site and linking to your content.

26. Create and Promote Web Tools

Create useful tools that people can access on your site.

Example: Here on BruceClay.com, we offer some of our popular tools for free, integrated into our SEO Guide.

Use the tool’s name as the anchor text for the link when you link to the tools yourself.

27. Get a Mention in Wikipedia

Obtaining a link from Wikipedia does not pass link juice since all their links are nofollow. However, it CAN give your site a huge boost in traffic, and probably expert status.

Since the community at large maintains Wikipedia, obtaining a link may not be too difficult if you are truly worthy.

Example: Say you are a thought leader when it comes to software development. You might identify Wikipedia articles that talk about your involvement in software development. Or your thought leadership content could be a reference.

But be aware that Wikipedia frowns on self-promotion. Editors will likely reject any links that you try to insert on behalf of you or your business. Worse yet, if you are too persistent about adding links to your site, your website can be added to a spam list.

The key is in your approach. Focus on adding value with content, not links. For more information, read Wikipedia’s general guidelines for links.

28. Get Mentions in General

Online mentions (such as in social media or reviews) are important, too. They help search engines determine that people have an interest in what a brand is about.

Social mentions may not generate valuable links to a site. However, social mentions signal to the search engine how people are talking about a brand.

Example: Pizza Franchise-A may be mentioned more often and more favorably than Pizza Franchise-B.

29. Create Quizzes and Puzzles

People just love to take quizzes, and that engagement is an important step. Create a quiz that you can run on social media, where a click to the webpage for the right answer gains traffic. And as they finish your quiz, be sure to give them social icons to easily share your quiz with others.

If it is fun, then word may spread and links can be generated.

Example: If you run a dating website, you might create a quiz on “Your Perfect Soul Mate.”

30. Attract Links from the Right Neighborhood

Links from spammy sites can harm your website. Keep this in mind as you’re link building.

If your link profile has a fair amount of these types of links (think “Viagra”), it’s risky business. Google devalues these types of links in general (so no value to your site) and in some cases, penalizes them.

31. Get Listed in Online Directories

For getting listed online, think geography-specific directories that would be relevant to your business. Add your business link there.

Examples: YellowPages.com or Angie’s List, to name just a couple. In many cases, this may also include the BBB (remember No. 8 on this list), but there are many others you should consider.

32. Get a Link Audit

An SEO vendor or a consultant that is savvy in link building will have all the tools and data needed to decide if your backlink profile needs cleaning up. This will point you in the right direction on what to do next.

These audits can typically cover things like:

  • Link analysis from Google Search Console link reports.
  • Link analysis utilizing our proprietary tools.
  • Anchor text analysis.
  • Identification of links that need to be pruned, general link-pruning guidelines, and recommendations for how to submit for reconsideration.
  • Checking for any other possible “Penguin”-related problems, such as the “cupcake effect” or over-optimization

33. Buy a Competitor

A merger or acquisition has the potential to give you some great (or bad) links.

Suppose there’s an opportunity to purchase a competing and popular website in your same industry. If you buy it, then you will have the option to either consolidate the sites, thus combining links, or generate new link prospects from having an additional site.

Tip: We highly advise SEO services such as a link audit as part of your due diligence when acquiring a new domain (see No. 32).

34. Perform a Competitor Backlink Analysis

Find out the quality sites that are linking to your competition and try to hijack those links.

This is not as nefarious as it sounds, especially if your resource on a given topic surpasses the competitor’s page.

Contact the webmaster and ask them to consider your page as a more relevant source for their readers. Hijacking links is fair competition.

35. Reanimate Links on a Competitor’s Site

When your competitor has websites linking to them but the competitor’s page returns a 404 error, it creates an opportunity for you.

Example: Let’s say your competitor had an article on how to create a custom wood table, step-by-step, but it has been moved. Now that page looks broken to visitors. You are a furniture maker who has a great article on this (or you can whip one up).

Contact the webmaster and offer them a better link — to your relevant webpage — instead. Also remember to keep your links updated so that this doesn’t happen to you.

Find broken link opportunities

36. Evergreen Your URLs

Without changing your URLs, you can replace old content with newer, more relevant content. That way, any links to the existing page still benefit the site.

Example: If you have a page on Ford Mustangs with data from 2017, you might replace the content with the current year’s data. Do this each year.

37. Fix All 404s

A 404 “not found” error occurs when a user reaches a page URL that doesn’t exist. As we mentioned in No. 35 on this list, this creates a bad user experience.

A 404 error is especially problematic if the broken page has a lot of inbound links.

Just as you can find dead links to competitors and “hijack” them, your competitors can do the same to you.

Routinely run reports to identify any 404s. Then 301 redirect each 404 URL to its most relevant equivalent live page (if the page returning a 404 truly no longer exists).

In the interim, create a custom 404 page that can direct users to helpful content. This is recommended in Google’s guidelines.

38. Fix Your Site’s Quality

Another reason to address 404s and have good content is to raise the quality of your site. This is an indirect link-building technique.

The publishers of quality websites and the people in charge of building links for those websites will not link to a site that is not maintained. A low-quality website cannot be considered a link-worthy subject matter expert.

Again, the reason is user experience.

39. Link Prune

If your website has been hit with a penalty, sometimes the best option is to cut the junk.

See our backlink evaluation flowchart and link removal recommendations for more:

Backlink evaluation flowchart

We call this link pruning, and it’s something we offer with our penalty assessment services at Bruce Clay, Inc.

40. Perform Site Migrations with Care

PageRank cannot transfer from an old site to a new site until you can get the old pages re-crawled by the engines. To facilitate that, submit the old URLs to Google and Bing via an XML Sitemap file (see Google’s recommendations on this). The PageRank will transfer in a matter of days instead of months.

41. No Site-Wide Links

Sometimes a link to your website appears on every page of a site. For example, your website development company might put a footer link on your site such as “Created by XYZ” that points to their homepage. These links might seem helpful, but they do not send much traffic — and search engines may view them as spam.

Run-of-site links can look like an ad. If the links pass PageRank (i.e., they are followed), they may look like paid links. It’s not natural to link from every page to some third-party site.

There is no reason to have an excessive number of links from a third-party site unless it is an actual ad (and nofollowed).

We believe that it is the number of linking domains and not the number of links that has a high correlation to ranking. Choose wisely and get very few “right” links, so you do not look like spam.

42. Have One Redirect Jump Only

In recent years, Google representatives have said that no PageRank is lost for any 3XX redirects (301, 302, etc.). However, all redirects come with risk, and this risk can get larger if you have more than one redirect in place for a page.

Any given page may naturally experience a redirect in the case of a site redesign (or two or three) over the years. Here’s some basic information on how to properly implement a 301 redirect.

43. Silo Your Website

Once you obtain links, the next concern of link building should be to make the most of the link juice you receive.

You can magnify the PageRank flow of those incoming links by using siloing — a hierarchy structure of your URLs and content through linking.

For example, you might have a page that answers a common FAQ in your industry. But that landing page should also have a call to action that keeps that visitor engaged within your site, pointing to a relevant page on the same topic.

Here’s more information on SEO siloing:

The term siloing originated as a way to identify the concept of grouping related information into distinct sections within a website. Much like the chapters in a book, a silo represents a group of themed or subject-specific content on your site. The reason this grouping is such a high SEO priority is that search engines award “keyword” relevancy within their index based on the page and then the rest of the site with the most supporting relevant content. Well ranked websites are founded upon the concept that a website should physically be organized like a doctoral dissertation. A dissertation has a clearly identified title, abstract, table of contents, then content laid out to reinforce the overall theme of the dissertation as a whole, all with references and footnotes supporting the subject.

44. Post Answers on Question-and-Answer Sites

Quora is an example of a Q&A website that has nofollowed links. But the trust of those links is high, and you control the number of mentions based upon the number of answers you provide as the expert.

Another option is a forum. This is only good for industry credibility, and certainly not for links for search engines. Unfortunately, a forum is generally a place where someone that does not know the answer gets answers from others that do not know the answer.

Therefore, carefully look at the audience and the quality of the answers before joining a forum.

45. Rank in Search Engines

One of the best ways to become an expert in Google’s eyes is to create content that demonstrates your expertise and authority (Google PDF).

The better you do this, the more you become perceived as an expert. Once you start ranking for search queries time and time again, you will naturally be the site that people reference in their links.

46. Get Ratings and Reviews

While you may not have much control over what ratings and reviews say, they do send links to your site.

Expanding on that thought, think about industry review sites that you can get to review your site or business. Are there local award contests? Does your local newspaper do a “top places to work” or a fastest-growing list?

All of these reviews can generate business and possibly links, especially if they come from a trusted resource.

47. Get Testimonials

What is your strategy for gathering testimonial reviews from your audience? Reach out to happy connections on a regular basis and ask for a testimonial on their website with a link to your home page.

48. Use Reciprocal Links with Care

There is much debate about reciprocal links (aka I link to you and you link to me back). The bottom line is that if you are linking between similar and relevant websites, it may not be a bad thing. Think of it as adding value to one another’s website.

Example: If you are a real estate agent, you might have a community resources page of helpful businesses in the area, such as local lawyers. By extension, one of those lawyers may also have a resource page or a blog article about helpful resources for their audience, like real estate agents.

49. Expand the Relationship with Existing Links

Websites that have linked to your website previously might link again. Is there another page on your website they might also be interested in linking to? Reach out and propose something.

50. On the “Do Not Do” List: Buying Links

White Hat means never buying links, never hiding links in widgets, and avoiding anything that would violate Google’s guidelines. See Google’s Link Schemes page for more:

Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site’s ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.

Remember, there is not really an “under the radar” approach that works for link building, certainly not for long. Google has years of fighting link spam; there’s likely nothing they haven’t seen before.

Can you do it and Google won’t catch you?

Maybe. But if a competitor catches you and reports you to Google, then you are toast.

Additional Notes and a Plan of Action for Link Building

Notice that we did not include some common myths about links such as commenting on others’ posts or even guest posts. These tactics make the other website the expert while giving you less fame and traffic than if you ranked yourself for that content.

Always avoid thin content sites (e.g., short pages) or sites where each page has many outbound links, especially if the linked-to sites are of poor quality. Assume that this rule applies to each of the techniques in this list.

So now what?

The recommended link-building process is obviously far more difficult than just reading a list. In general, there are a handful of things that need to happen:

  1. Invest in what we refer to as a “strategic link analysis report” that talks about the linking opportunities, the risks and the estimated implementation costs. As part of your link building, these insights should balance the links’ SEO value with the traffic value with the contribution to expertise, authority and trust (refer to No. 45).
  2. Finalize SEO campaign keywords. Variety is absolutely needed since building too many links with the same anchor text may be seen as spam. Select the keyword, select the landing page (new or updated) and then select the top-linking sites that you want a link from.
  3. Research and finalize SEO campaign content. It could be a blog post, an image, an infographic, a video or something else, but it needs to be created before you embark on link building. Be sure to publicize the new content as appropriate.
  4. Manage your existing link inventory and link prune the bad links while retaining the best links.
  5. Go slowly, make sure links are relevant and on topic, and prefer respected sites as link acquisition targets.

For even more help regarding quality link building strategies, see our list of 35 Creative White Hat Link Earning Ideas.

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Bruce Clay is founder and president of Bruce Clay Inc., a global digital marketing firm providing search engine optimization, pay-per-click, social media marketing, SEO-friendly web architecture, and SEO tools and education. Connect with him on LinkedIn or through the BruceClay.com website.

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113 Replies to “50 Ways to Get Quality ‘White Hat’ Backlinks”

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Simple link-building tips
Ask for backlinks.
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Give a testimonial.
Start a blog.
List your site in trustworthy directories.
Write a good guest post.

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Robert Stefanski

Hi Amenee,

Thanks for your comment! We have included a section in our free SEO Guide on how to remove unwanted links. Check it out here: https://www.bruceclay.com/seo/link-pruning/

Hope this helps!

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Getting SEO links is not a difficult task but searching for quality links is a headache and this guide helped me in making a clear perspective about how can I make quality links for my website.

Great article to get high quality backlinks. Go ahead. Some very valid points you have mentioned here.

I like the idea you shared with us about creating skyscraper content, it’s an interesting topic and it tells us that content is everything, and high-quality content can take you higher! Thanks, Bruce!

Hello Bruce,
Great article to get high-quality backlinks. Way cool! Some very valid points! about quality SEO links.
Thanks for sharing this awesome post with us. I really appreciate your efforts. keep up the good work….


All my confusions about Backlinks are cleared after reading this post
Thanks for sharing this information with us!

thanks, Great resource and guide page. This has become our month’s go-to article on what strategy to implement in our projects

Paula Allen

Veerandar: Glad to hear it!

Thanks for sharing this awesome post with us. I really appreciate your efforts. As I am new in this SEO field this blog is really helpful for me. keep up the good work….

Great blog once again. From the list, I personally tried many of the methods and they did work well for me. Also, I didn’t know exactly about the silo structure but I’ll try it out for sure in my blogs. You are doing just a great job that saved much of my time and I got all the stuff related to SEO-links in one place.

Thanks for good quality content right here! I think this is a perfect guide to White Hat SEO with great ideas. Happy to read!

Great posts about White Hat’ Backlinks keep posting!! Great Help thank you

For the White hat SEO, there are various types of activities that you need to perform on a daily basis so that you get genuine backlinks from the same.

The tasks like Article submission, Directory submission, Business listing, Press release submission, etc. that you can do on regular basis activities to get good backlinks.

Above mentioned activities are just an e.g. there are many more other activities that you can perform depending upon the business niche or website requirements.

Amazing article, I was struggling for getting back-links, your guide really helped me in getting a clear idea. Thanks for sharing such great information with us.

BRUCE! What about Internal linking? All you provided cool methods to build banking in white hat ways. And which method is good for internal linking …?

Paula Allen

Hi Dania: While this article is just about getting links from external sites, you’re right to focus on internal linking — which is entirely within your control. Bruce advocates siloing your site to maximize the flow of link equity to your important pages and create a hierarchy that search engines understand. We have lots of how-to articles on this, so feel free to search our site for siloing!

Hi I just admire you for the effort you put to craft this informative and lengthy post. It needs some considerable time to write something like this. Actually you have almost mentioned each and every minor details here. I just want to add my opinion about guest blogging. These days its really hard to get quality site to guest post to. Even, you get a quality site, the website owner still ask for money in the name of admin fee. So, this technique is not as effective as it was few year back. This is my personal experience, what do you say about that.


As the quality backlink is one of the most challenging aspects of SEO. But building a proper SEO strategy will always help to boost the website traffic, also improve your search rankings. If you follow the guidelines given in this article will really help you. Thanks, for sharing the post with us.

Hi,nice article to teach beginers to get quality backlinks and idea to comments on good websites. I really liked it, thanks for sharing it here with us

White hat SEO is the set of approved search engine optimization tactics and techniques designed to improve a website’s ranking on a search engine results page. It focuses on a human audience opposed to search engines and it strictly follows search engine rules and terms of services.

For a long time, guest blogging was considered the best way to get quality backlinks. It’s still an effective method, but it’s losing popularity. Publishers are becoming wary of the many requests to write on certain sites, and they’re becoming more strict on their publishing guidelines, as a result.

Thanks for this. Link building and outreach is still the backbone of SEO,PPC

Paula Allen

Ppc Papa – A strong link profile is one component of a successful site. I’d say on-page optimization and great content are more important, but that’s my bias. ;) Thanks for reading!

Thanks Bruce. How do you balance things like “evergreen content” with up to date news/ research?

Thanks for this. Reading this got me thinking again to be more active as ‘a brand’ and offline to get positive online results. Like sponsoring. We seem to forget the offline part sometimes

I love this post.. Straightforward on the topic of white hat SEO. Now days there is lot of confusion among seo professionals how to execute off-page activity ? You have made simple with hard work

Awesome article, Bruce. I like your idea of Evergreen URLs. I’ve also found that to be effective when developing content strategies.

Sebastian Wagner

This is an eyeopener. a lot of valid pints about SEO. And these are really effective tips. Which will help people into avoiding black hats and choose white hats instead.

The backlink is one of the most challenging aspects of SEO. Off-page SEO, specifically Backlinks is one of the best ways to improve your search rankings. If you want to rank your website then you can follow this article. Thanks, admin for sharing with us.

Great collection of white hat link building methods – thanks Bruce!

Wow! Thanks for the article, Bruce! This has been an insightful read. I’ve seen some points that sound so simple yet when I think about it people rarely do it. It seems that the familiar isn’t necessarily known. It’s really an eye-opener. People sometimes don’t even try the most obvious solutions and I’m one of those.

All points are explained very well. Thanks for the sharing this article.

Keep sharing your posts.

It is better to use a white hat strategy for SEO as black hat hurt your site when time comes to worst…great lists of ways to get quality backlinks!

This is something very important for every SEO expert, According to my analysis of all 50 ways mentioned in the blog post above is 100% working and efficient strategy to get backlinks on high authority websites through activities like blogger outreach and
post answers on Q/A websites.

Thanks, Bruce for this write-up.

Hello Bruce,

Backlinks are the backbone of SEO. It is very important to get high-quality backlinks rather than a low-quality one. All the 50 methods you have mentioned are worth trying.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week ahead!

I just love the way you have put all the link building tips here in the article. As gone are those days, when we used to perform activities like the directory, bookmarking and article submissions and spamming all over the internet. These days an SEO expert or a link builder has to be smart enough to get a backlink naturally.

And each and every link building strategy discussed above are the only ways to get links naturally.

Thanks, Bruce for sharing this blog.

WoW Amazing link building information, Thanks bruce

thanks for sharing such an informative and worthy info.
Rating and Reviews are very helpful in local SEO and so many people just ignore it. These tips will increase the growth of your work in the form of results

This is very useful since we know that a white hat is a kind of seo service tactic that can help promote a site. We wouldn’t want to enter and do the black hat that would be harmful to the risk of your client and you yourself.

This is indeed very helpful for obtaining high quality backlinks. Thanks for posting this!

very nice ideas you shared here. This is very important also for ranking factor. I really appreciate your level of knowledge.always I find something new when I come back on this website
thanks a lot to all bruceley.com members who are working hard for their reader

yes link building is very effective for seo i agree with you.i like your ideas..that all are interesting and useful ideas… thanks for sharing this post..!!!!
keep it up!!!!

It seems that a lot of people lump purchased links into “Blackhat” without accessing the link quality. I don’t think this is the best approach to take. If a link provides a value it may be useful to acquire it… even if it costs money… after all, isn’t that exactly what an advertisement is.

Paula Allen

Desmond: You said, “If a link provides a value it may be useful to acquire it… even if it costs money…” but you left out the important part — that the purchased link must be identified as such. At the very least, you would need to apply a rel=”nofollow” attribute to communicate to search engines that this link should not pass link juice.

It is a great idea that you’ve shared this important information regarding quality backlink. I will share this blog on my website. It has helped me in ranking my website, as I am an SEO Executive, I am liable to work for the rankings of the website thus it is on us that we work for the website. I am thankful for your blog as it provided me the useful piece of knowledge, it is like a step upwards on a ladder.

Hello, Team bruceclay
This is the real and proper way to get a quality backlink. Every way you describe here is very useful for all of us. This is your hard work to make such a good post about backlink. Many ideas even I don’t know before I reading this post.
Thanks for sharing this useful article.

Awesome rundown! I love the point about “writing for your audience’s audience”. Most underrated hot tip in here.

This is a very detailed guide, thanks!

I found very interesting and useful getting links through Wikipedia, I´ll try that option

I´ve heard about HARO, I´d better check it out

Greetings from Caracas, Venezuela

Thanks a lot for sharing this post. Building high quality links is very important for SEO. This list shows the ways by which you can get high quality links.

How about blog commenting? Still work?

Thanks for the article. A great resource which I’ll share with the team and our clients.

This is the best article I have come across for white hat SEO link building.
Highly appreciated.

Your business is part of a local community. Being listed in directories, like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Chamber of Commerce, secures a link. Local listings also help your potential customers find and learn more about you.

Thanks for providing an article about important link building techniques. It will surely help me to improve strategy for link building.I think this is the best list I’ve ever read. Things like “Approach Colleagues Gently” and ““Do Not Do” List: Buying Links”

I totally agree with you. You said that “quality over quantity” is always matters. The list is very informative. Thank you.

Wonderful collection of commenting sites. I really like it. It will be very helpful for me. Thanks for sharing such insights. Great work. Much appreciated.

We use many of these at Damteq. Very helpful article indeed!

Definitely sharing :)


Thanks for providing an article about important link building techniques. It will surely help me to improve strategy for link building. I am always confused about a thing, Can you please clear it? “How many times a well written quality Article can be published to other blogging or article sites?”

Thanks in advance!

That’s a massive, actionable list. Too many people look for shortcuts. They forget that you can get quality links with white hat approach.

Thanks for this summary!

Helpful article you posted, I would appreciate for this valuable post. Thanks for sharing informative article with us.

I don’t know how I landed here but honestly, I just want to thank you bruceclay for sharing these tips. The quality of backlinks is really important for building the trust of your website. I have been applying few of these tips but I will definitely try the rest of them and will let you know how it worked.

Paula Allen

Shefali, that’s great to hear. Thanks for reading and letting us know!

Bruce! Thank You so much for this indispensable blog, Its worth reading. Requesting you to share your valuable views.

Wow! I didn’t know there are so many white hat methods of creating backlinks to improve your SEO rankings. Thanks for sharing. I have bookmarked this article and now will apply all the ways of getting different types of backlinks for my SEO client.

Great resource and guide page. This has become our month’s go-to article on what strategy to implement in our projects.

Thanks for this relevant information!! I truly appreciate this. Link building and outreach is still the backbone of SEO, A research by Moz shows that there is a very direct relationship between quality backlinks and Google search rankings. Thanks for reading this…

Without a doubt, white hat backlinks can be big difference makers thought it would take you some time to see the outcome. And now that I’m here, I feel like I have come to the right place. Those who are aware of the importance of quality over quality understand the risk of black hat SEO.

Some good quality content right here! A perfect guide to White Hat SEO with great ideas. Keep posting more!

Hi Bruce. This is by far, the most comprehensive list out there. White Hat techniques require extra effort, but they are a surefire way for a successful campaign. Thanks for the amazing post.

I love the skyscraper way. It’s funny how it all comes down to quality content (no matter the format..)

I just think that’s it’s hard to do in some niches, especially those which aren’t informational.
Thanks for the great article, love your practical approach!

Rating and Reviews are very helpful in local SEO and so many people just ignore it. A very helpful article, Bruce! The tips you have provided are really good for Beginners as well as experts.

Great article to get high quality backlinks.
Thanks for sharing with us, keep posting.

Hey Bruce…love the article! Lots of great ideas to add to my repertoire. It takes more of an effort and a little ingenuity to gather Google trusted back links, and every little idea helps.

You have a great site and I will be back, and I look forward to sharing some of your resources with my users.

Paula Allen

Brad: Thanks! We’ve always considered “knowledge sharing” to be part of our mission. We’re glad you found our site and are sharing it, too.

Very useful guidelines on how to get quality backlinks. Thanks for sharing it.

Thanks for this. What about contextual guest posting, non paid way, will that be fine in the eyes of Google ?

Nice post !!

As in the startup journey of my business i was struggling for getting back-links, your guide really helped me in getting clear idea about how to get quality backlinks for my website.

Thank you so much for helping !!

Thanks Bruce :-) *the Z06 of link building guides ;-)

Hi Bruce
Great post and well detailed!

Yes, I totally agree with you that Link building is the backbone of SEO, and without having high-quality backlinks, you won’t be getting organic traffic.

So, if you want organic traffic with high-quality backlinks, then you have to generate white hat backlinks which are very effective and helpful to you.

As there are so many techniques to generate white hat backlinks, but according to me, guest blogging is the most important and effective technique of white hat backlinks.

Thanks for sharing this awesome post with us. I really appreciate your efforts. keep up the good work….


I love the idea of creating a unicorn/ skyscraper content, it’s an interesting perspective and backs up the fact that content is everything and that the quality content has great chances of taking you far! Thanks Bruce!

Bruce, I think this is the best list I’ve ever read. Things like “Approach Colleagues Gently” and ““Do Not Do” List: Buying Links” work so great in the long run. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Great article to get high quality backlinks. Way cool! Some very valid points! about quality SEO links I appreciate you penning this article and also the rest of the site is really good.

Yes staying away from that black hat seo junk, yes using reciprocal links with care is another way to not overdo it


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