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5 Killer SEO Tips to Get Backlinks

Anyone who pays attention to SEO techniques knows that getting high quality, “do follow,” and diverse backlinks is the key to search engine optimization. The challenge, of course, is where to find places to get powerful backlinks.

Most people build their link building strategies around blog and forum postings. This makes sense and is certainly part of our plans as well. However, it stands to reason that Google also knows that most marketers who are using SEO tactics to rank their sites are doing this, and it makes sense that they will be looking for a much more diverse backlink pattern to award the highest rankings to.

With that in mind, I’m going to share the top 5 non-forum/blog backlink sources that we teach in Commission Blueprint 2.0.

1. Squidoo Lists is a great place to get links back to your site. Type the following into a Google search:


You will be presented with a huge list of Squidoo lenses where you can add your site, with custom anchor text. Many of these have very high PageRank as well!

For extra credit, append +”keyword phrase” onto the end of this query, and you can target your links for relevance. For example, if you were trying to rank a fitness site you could type:


2. Web 2.0 Profiles

Many Web 2.0 sites that allow you to create profiles and interact with others provide high PageRank, “do follow” links to the website listed in your profile. Some examples, and

When creating profiles on these sites (which you could do for every niche you’re in) you’re able to list your website, which becomes a high quality backlink to your site.

3. Article Marketing for Links

Most marketers are familiar with writing articles to get traffic, but we write most of our articles for backlinks. If you’ve put a link to your site within the article (and let’s certainly hope you’re doing that!), every article that gets posted becomes a backlink (or even 2 or 3). The more articles that get posted, the more links you can build.

To get started, you simply have to write the article and submit it to a few article directories. I recommend:, and

There is absolutely no problem or penalty with submitting the same article to all three places (submit to Ezinearticles first, though, as they are the strictest with regard to unique content), and if you are accepted by all three and have 2 links in each article, your article will result in 6 high quality backlinks!

4. Relevant Lists and Resource Directories

There are many websites that function as a resource for people interested in a particular topic. For example, one site may maintain a list of top weight loss sites to visit. A backlink from pages like these can provide high quality, highly relevant backlinks. The relevance of backlinks is being talked about much more by Google lately, and it is assumed that relevance will play a larger role in site ranking in the near future.

The trick is to find these sites quickly and efficiently. We’ve found the following Google search queries to work very well:

“Keyword phrase” + “add url”

“Keyword phrase” + “add site”

“Keyword phrase” +  “add website”

For example, if you’re looking to build backlinks to a fitness-related site, you can search for:

“fitness” + “add url”

Google will return a huge list of sites that will allow you to add your web site, creating a backlink to your site.

One thing to watch out for is that many of the sites you’ll come across will ask for a reciprocal link (i.e., we’ll link to you if you link to us). These should be avoided. It’s worth the effort to sift through these sites to find ones where you can add your link without having to place a reciprocal link on your site, because these links are less valuable for SEO purposes.

Make sure to keep a list or database of all of these great link building sites/resources that you find, so you don’t have to search for them again the next time!

5. Easy EDU Links

I’ve saved my favorite and most unique tip for last. It’s commonly accepted knowledge that .EDU and .GOV backlinks are valued very highly when Google decides on your search rank position. Some people also know the “trick” to finding blogs and forums on .EDU domains, where they can leave useful comments that link back to their sites. If you don’t, here’s a great Google query to find .EDU blogs: inurl:blog “post a comment” -”you must be logged in”

We’re after something more valuable, though. How about a whole page on an .EDU domain where you can put an article or a whole blog post, as opposed to just a comment? All you need is a willing college student!

At many schools, college students are given web space they can use for anything they like. Of course, this web space is hosted on the .EDU domain. All we need to do is to get this college student to allow us to post our material if they like it. But how do you go about finding these students?

If you really think about it, you can’t possibly be many degrees of separation away from knowing someone who’s in college right now. Think about your circle of friends and family, and branch out from there. For example, even though I’m “older” (I have teenage children… sigh), I still have 3 cousins that are attending college right now. If I expand my reach further, friends of my parents have children in college. I’m also getting to the age where my friends are starting to have kids in college. In short, I can’t throw a rock into my personal network without hitting a college student!

All you have to do is approach these students in your network and ask for their help, or give them something in exchange, for the privilege of putting some content on their site. It’s as simple as that.

I hope these tips help you improve your search engine rankings and make you a more successful Internet Marketer!

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Posted by on September 18, 2013 in SEO


25 Ways to Learn SEO for Free

Search engine optimisation, albeit often rumoured to be dead or about to die, is getting more and more popular as a career path. It’s hardly taught anywhere formally, one of the reasons being its ever-changing nature (by the time you get a University course prepared and approved it’s already largely outdated). The bars to entry into the industry are ridiculously low – or insanely high, depending on how you look at it. There is no formal certification but there are plenty sources of information and too many of them are either outdated or complete garbage. There is no lack of SEO conferences and workshops – but many of them are quite expensive, speakers sometimes pitch their services rather than provide useful information, and travel costs do add up as well. So how do you learn SEO without making costly mistakes and spending a fortune?

Believe it or not, there are ways to do it completely free or almost free. The ways listed below range from easily doable by anyone to ones requiring certain skills/knowledge, but it all depends on your character and how willing you are to learn. Majority of these ways also require serious social skills – so while our industry is known for stories about making millions from home in your pyjamas never having to meet other people, you probably cannot afford not having social skills at all.

So let’s see how SEO education costs can be cut down to 0 or close.


1. Start by reading a good introductory guide – SEOMoz’s Beginner’s Guide to SEO would do. However, this is just the very beginning – don’t stop there. This is just an introduction to help you learn the lingo and be able to understand what it’s all about further on. I find it bewildering with the increasing complexity of our trade how an increasing number of people claim they know SEO after sitting in a two-week course or attending a basic conference. Don’t be like that, keep learning.

2. Read worthy industry blogs. Right, this begs the question which ones are worthy. Use the same judgement you would use evaluating any other information online – what do experienced people in the industry consider reliable sources of information?

3. Follow reputable SEOs on Twitter and read what they share. Look at lists of Twitter users by topic some people are putting together – whoever is included in most of the lists is typically the SEOPs most worth following.

4. Follow reputable SEOs on Facebook and read what they share there.

5. Follow reputable SEOs on Google+ and read what they share there.

6. Read what comes from the search engines – update announcements, interviews with engineers, help articles. But don’t just take their word for it.

7. Get a site. Some hobby site you wouldn’t be afraid to lose. Experiment with it. Track your results. Read the server logs. They make the best read once you’ve got the hang of it and provide plenty of insight.

8. Read SEO forums. Not the kind that are built around promoting a product/series of products but neutral ones where advertising is limited. Take what you read with a pinch of salt. A couple of forums to get you started:, and (as you get more experienced and better connected in the community you might even end up getting invited to “secret” forums, too – but unfortunately I cannot share those)

9. Participate in Google+ Hangouts, including those run by Google reps. Ask questions – not just fluffy ones but uncomfortable ones too. You may never get a reply but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

10. Regularly check SEO-related Quora discussions. Ask questions yourself.

11. LinkedIn groups and questions – many of them are spammed to death but sometimes interesting things can be spotted as well.

12. Places like AnyAsq – people including those from the search engines run “ask me anything” sessions there sometimes. Read what they say and ask questions.

13. Whenever there is a conference going on anywhere, read the tweets with the conference hashtag – you’ll be amazed how well some conferences are covered by live tweeting. However, be careful so as not to take things out of context.

14. Conference speakers usually share their slide decks – watch those. Combined with live tweets, they are almost as good as sitting in at the session.

15. Some blogs, State of Search included, publish conference recaps – read these.


16. Not all conferences are paid – there are a few free ones. There is BrightonSEO in the UK and I’m pretty sure there are some in the US as well. The tickets are limited so you have to be really quick to get them when they go on offer but if you go to one of these conferences, you are sure to learn quite a bit.

17. Apart from major conferences, there are also less formal events out there that are also free. These tend to be more local (such as Search London or OMN London) but will typically have quality speakers, often even the same people that speak at the big expensive events. Make sure you go to these events.

18. There are even less informal meetups organised spontaneously with no regular schedule or place by SEOs here and there – listen closely on Twitter and Facebook when people you follow start talking about such meetups and try to get in.

19. They don’t say for no reason that the most value of any conference is in the networking – a lot of good stuff is getting shared and discussed not at the formal conference sessions but over a beer afterwards. If you hang out in the “official” conference bar/restaurant/hotel and know a few faces you may just as well end up catching these juicy bits.

20. If you are social enough or have been around long enough to be friends with somebody speaking at a conference, many conferences let speakers bring somebody with them (known as +1). If you are cheeky enough to ask a speaker for a +1 and they happen to have it available, you can make it to a conference for free.

21. Exhibitors/sponsors at conferences often get n free tickets. Many companies would just distribute them between people they know and some will run all sorts of competitions where you can win a free pass to the conference.

22. Apply to be a speaker at a conference! Speakers usually get a free pass and can attend other sessions, and who’s to say if you’re qualified enough to speak on one topic there is nothing you can learn about other topics from other speakers?

23. Some conferences will give you a discount (if not a free ticket) if you are a blogger and going to cover the conference. In some cases, you have to refer x people to buy conference tickets to get a free ticket for yourself.

24. Offer some industry blog/news site to blog/live tweet an event for them if they cover the cost of your ticket.

25. Persuade your employer the conference is good for your professional development and will help you achieve better results for the company so that the employer covers the ticket cost for you.

As you see, nothing is impossible for those who want to learn. In an industry as intensive as SEO, it is vital to stay abreast of all current developments so we all learn something new every day. Both newcomers and seasoned professionals should never stop learning, and hopefully using these tips you can make learning SEO a fun and pleasant experience and not that much of a burden on your pocket.


Posted by on September 13, 2013 in SEO


20+ Effective Steps To Boost Your Website SEO

I have almost 8 years of experience in maintaining several websites and blogs. Today I am noting down few important Search Engine Optimization(SEO) tips. It will help you to boost your site traffic. Obviously more traffic is all what any site owner wish for.

I do not want to drag you through. Lets go through the points one by one.

  • Most important point, love what you do. Love what you write. Ensure that you would love reading such an article which you write. Before writing for cube3x, I had tried several blogs in blogger, wordpress etc just to make money using ads. I stopped it after few months, as It was not motivating me anymore. The reason was I was maintaining those blogs for money. But now I am not much bothered about money. I just simply love each post when I write and in 6 months time after setting up cube3x blog, I can see the slow and natural increase in traffic through Google Analytics.
  • Write a Descriptive Title for the page in h1 tag, preferably less than 70 characters. Its all about providing more details. When users search for a specific query in Google, Your title appears first due to its more suitable match.
  • Express your content in short sentences. Make it readable even for young children. Not all your readers are high english scholars or yo yo guys.
  • I am not a person who says, you have to write content for money. Just free your mind and keep writing. Money will follow
  • An article with minimum 300 words is best. But it is ok if 1 out of 5 articles which is less than 300 words.
  • Write a meta description tag with maximum of 156 characters. Mention your keyword in meta description once. Do not spam it with multiple keywords.
  • Add appropriate sub headings in the page. It can be inside an h2 tag. One of the sub heading should contain the key word
  • Make sure that the url of page is readable. is better than
  • Add proper social meta tags for facebook, twitter and linkedin. We dont know which site takes your page viral.
  • Write proper alt description for site images
  • Make link text descriptive. Example, if you wish to provide a link to your page: The hyperlink text can be “Best SEO Tips” rather than “Click Here for Extras”
  • Highlight important phrases or keywords using bold or italics. It will retain visitor attention and reduces bounce rate of the site
  • Add relevant rel=”nofollow” to anchor tags to preserve link and PageRank Credibility
  • Ensure that your keyword density is less than 4.5 after completing your article. Sometimes we go on writing about our passion and forget that we are crowding the article with our keyword. Use Yoast SEO plugin for wordpress to calculate keyword density
  • Add Google xml sitemap to your site. You can find more about writing xml sitemaps here.
  • Add proper robots.txt file to site root folder
  • Verify your site using google site verification methods. You can do this by visiting Google Webmaster Tools. Verifying a site in google helps in many occasions. One advantage is in Google Analytics. You can find more metrics if site is verified.Setting author pages in google plus is easy if the site is verified. Google automatically finds that the google plus profile given is the author of the verified site.
  • Check site traffic trends using Google Analytics. Always check the reason for unusual drop or hike in web traffic. Drop can be because of server down, corrupt .htaccess file, invalid permalink etc. Hike can be because of a DDOS attack.
  • Write a guest article in a popular blog. A backlink from a high ranked site is like a nitro booster in SEO. I was not much bothered about backlinks. But the importance of backlinks was understood through my experience. I wrote a jQuery plugin last year. It was listed in major sites and around 5 other major sites. I found after around 2 weeks that my jQuery plugin page is on the first page of Google Search for certain queries.
  • If you are writing a blog, avoid bulk addition of tags. Excessive tagging degrades SEO performance.
  • Try to make your site responsive. Creating different site for mobiles or tablets generates multiple page for same content. This divides your PR juice unnecessarily between various links.
  • Try to be an author who is in many Google plus circles. This is a measure for google search to analyze the credibility of author

Please share your SEO tips from your experience. I can update this post to help other developers.


Posted by on September 13, 2013 in SEO