3 Ways to Build Backlinks

  August 29, 2021 blogging tips 🕑 4 minutes read
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Mountain, High Peaks Wilderness, New York.



Have you grabbed any of my eBooks recently?




Every blogger want’s ’em.


I nabbed quite a few over the years. Mainly because I built tons of friendships and also shipped aka created oodles of helpful content. People get it twisted; searching for backlinks left and right without spending time and energy creating useful content and connecting with leaders in their blogging niche.


Backlinks carry delicious SEO benefits. I prefer to focus on the trust factor of getting links from top bloggers. If a respected blog or world renowned site like Forbes links to you, like here:


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you gain exposure and branding gold. Forbes tends not to hand out links to any blogging bum on the street.


I want to discuss 3 ways I build backlinks to help you build backlinks.


Before we dive into the methods I intend to alert you; I updated this post a few years after the initial publish date. Since then, my friend Jan has passed on. I will keep her name fixed below because you and I live well beyond our bodies and we also generate good-love karma forever. Offering her some mention love makes her chuckle from the great beyond, guaranteed. She knew the fleeting nature of human life and lived accordingly.


However, on a deeper level, Jan cannot pay me back for a name drop. Do you see how mentioning a human who has since passed on literally makes it impossible to expect anything in return from the individual? This is link-building 101; give without any expectation of anything in return. I linked to Jan’s blog but the blog has since been taken down. But even her mention moves me into quite a detached energy about it all. Giving without expecting sets a rock solid foundation for your backlink-building campaign.


At last note, Blogging From Paradise goaded 50,000 plus links to point to the blog.


1: Promote Other Bloggers on Your Blog


Check out my friend Mark Newsome:


Word of Mouth Advertising


He mentioned me generously, giving me a sweet backlink. I link to him, giving him a sweet backlink. One hand washes the other via blog post mentions. Easy peasy guys. But few bloggers do this. Bloggers tend to go lone wolf. But if you think only of yourself you’ll have a tough time gaining links.


Generous links out inspire links in. Generous links out lead to friendships. Friend dole out sugary sweet backlinks.


2: Comment Genuinely on Blogs


Exhibit A:


Ryan Biddulph on Blog CD


I have written and published 700 plus blog posts on Blogging Tips. That’s a lotta backlinks, My Blogging Sweet Robbins. Guess how? I commented genuinely on BT for a few times. Zac Johnson graciously invited me to guest post on his blog. I seized the opportunity. I scored a sick number of backlinks.


Comment genuinely on blogs. Make buddies. Buddies link to you via features or may even invite you to guest post on blogs.


3: Invite Bloggers to Guest Post on Your Blog


I invited Jan Verhoeff to guest post on Blogging From Paradise a while back.


She generously linked to me more than a few times on her blog.


More lovely backlink juice. All I did was invite a skilled, established, pro blogger to guest post on my blog. Win-win, eh?


Open up your blog to guest posting. Build bonds. All types of backlinks flow to your blog from guest bloggers who appreciate you handing ’em the keys to your blog. Every single person guest posting on BFP has given me backlinks at one time or another. Give freely. Receive easily.


Notice a Pattern Here?


People try to GET backlinks without GIVING generously. Instant fail. Long term fail. Being generous is the easiest way to score backlinks. Instead of using bullshit manipulative tactics to get things to give you links you just build friendships by being generous and friends link to you.


Simple process, but it requires you to be:


  • patient
  • persistent
  • generous
  • detached


to build powerful friendships with influential bloggers. Big dawg bloggers progressively link to you. Backlink juice is yours.


Never leave humans out of the process. Or you will be toast. The simple way to get links is to make friends. The simple way to make friends is to be generous. Shine the spotlight on other bloggers. Ask for nothing. Expect noting.


Observe the oodles of links flowing your way through the generosity of your blogging buddies.


The challenge; letting go expectations. Bloggers hellbent on building links focus heavily on the outcome of building links. Getting lost in the process of helping people shifts focus away from getting links to giving value. Plus you actually enjoy sharing value when you are not so darn busy trying to get backlinks!

  1. Israel Olatunji says:
    at 7:25 am

    Thanks for this helpful post, Ryan! I agreed with you that linking out can help generate lots of backlinks in record time. I’ve practically seen this myself. Recently, I started linking my blog posts to some external related blogs, and when I checked my link records after 2 months, I noticed a significant increase in my external backlinks and a boost in organic rankings. This is wow…

    Israel Olatunji

  2. Brianna Stryker says:
    at 11:52 am

    I hardly know anything about building backlinks, even though I have heard that could be helpful for my blog. I am happy I came across this post since I feel much more educated now. I love commenting on other blogs to show support, but I never realize how it could lead to me building backlinks as well. Thanks for sharing, Ryan!

  3. Donna Merrill says:
    at 1:53 pm

    Hi Ryan

    People get scared by the “backlink” techie mumbo jumbo.

    You did a perfect job of explaining it here.

    Just network with other bloggers, “shine the light” on them and not yourself.

    Make the process the heart of your business, meaning keep doing it every day.

    The backlinks take care of themselves.


  4. Chris Desatoff says:
    at 11:44 pm

    Hi Ryan, I didn’t follow Jan’s blog, but I recognize her name from the times you’ve mentioned her and also from a blogging course you guys recently did together? (I think? Correct me if I’m mixing her up with someone else)

    Anyway, not sure how long ago she passed, but I’m sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a good friend.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:50 am

      She was a really good egg Chris. I genuinely believe she is still following blogging now from the other dimension; she knew death was a door.

  5. Yash Patel says:
    at 2:20 am

    I have been blogging since quite a good time jow. Till now I’ve only focused on posting content without trying much to get backlinks. But now such articles are really helpful for me to take baby steps in the backlink journey.

    Thanks Ryan for sharing this. This one is really helpful.

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