Backlinks: 21 Free Powerful (Authority Backlink) Sources
Let’s face it blackhat SEO link building isn’t for everyone, it can be confusing and time consuming.
I want to show you my list of easy authority backlinks that only take a few minutes to get. Links that I’m using all the time right now.
I use these for website branding however, you can use some of them for keyword anchors if it’s needed. They are best for keyword diversity.
So what am I talking about?
This isn’t going to be your typical talk about guest posting, reaching out to people or roundups as they are called. I’m talking about easy links for our niche websites.
On a serious note…. who really wants to link out to our little Clickbank or niche websites?
No one does.
This leaves all the typical outreach methods out of the equation. Unless you’re good at it of course then go for it.
Let’s get down to business
Oh… and by the way, I’ve added a huge list of 280+ sources under number 4!
1. Im FacePlate
Right now I would consider Imfaceplate.com one of my favorite sites to get a branded or generic backlink from.
Although this only has a DA of 35 my articles usually index within a few hours giving me a nice branded link.
So what’s the process?
Simply sign up create a profile then write a quick article with a link back to your website…. That’s it.
A 300 word article will do fine for this. You could even just put a link in the website section on the profile if you like.
2. Event Links
Getting connected to event sites is super white hat and a great way to get some authority.
Splashthat is one I’m using right now and it has a DA of 67.
Just how powerful are these?
Put it this way… with a link from this site and a few others I’m going to mention in this list, I have a keyword sitting in position 5.
For this backlink, I used my exact keyword since I did branding with other sites.
Very straightforward, just sign up create an event and write a few words about it then drop a link. They key is to not over think it, quickly create an event do what you need to do then move on.
I used around 200 words on my event. I just talked about a meetup to discuss Facebook marketing strategies.
3. Photo Sharing Sites
There are TONS of sites like this all over the place and right now I’m using Dropshots.
With a DA of 50 there is no reason why you wouldn’t want to quickly pop a link on it.
These sites are a little different, usually, you just put the naked URL in your profile or website section when you sign up.
So no articles and that makes it super easy!
With Drop shots, I just uploaded an image with a little snippet of text and the target URL under it. You can also place a link by placing a comment after you post the picture.
4. Profile Links
Once again probably some of the easiest backlinks you will ever create. Some say links like this are spammy
Not if you do them correctly!
The ones who say this are the ones who go and buy 500 for $5……… Makes sense right? No
I find quality sites to do this on. Although these are not super powerful, once again they are great for diversity and branding.
Off the top of my head, I can think of so many sites you can do this on. I will list some in the list you find on this page.
Not so long ago I used livefyre.com and this beast has a DA of 86!
5. The BitBucket Backlinks
What in the hell is BitBucket?
This is a website where you can create coding projects.
How does this help you?
In the description of the project, you can drop a sneaky little backlink. Considering it’s got a DA of 85 then doing this is worth it, it doesn’t take very long to do it all.
6. Artwork links
Wait.. what Artwork?
In this one, you can use deviantart to upload a bit of Art then do what you need to do to get that power.
So this is site is 92 DA!… BOOM
Super easy to do this one. Find a picture or infographic that you can use then put a link in the image description.
This is the only place I have done this so far, I’m sure there will be more out there.
7. Creating Slideshows
This one is a neat trick.
Over at Photopeach.com you can create a slideshow that has a clickable link in it, sending the juice to your website.
The domain had a DA of 65.
Sign up then create a slideshow with some text overlaying it. Within the text add your hyperlink or anchor as most of us call it.
Did you know about this sneaky little trick?
I didn’t until recently.
8. Dirty Coupon Code
I call this dirty because I actually get a bit of traffic from it, but there is really no Coupon…. Opps.
We need to do what we need to do to get that juice!
Alright, so this is another cool trick to throw juice your way.
I use cheaperseeker.com for this, there are a TON of others you can use as well.
Sign up then create a small description explaining the coupon. This will then create a backlink from the coupon itself to your website.
With a DA of 37 it’s not as high as I would like however, I do it on other sites I find to make up for it.
9. Creating A Presentation
Over at Iissuu.com you can create a presentation then place a link going back to you.
Making the presentation is quick and easy.
I did 3 pages then put my link on the last one. All you need for this is a few words and some images and it’s all done.
Submit then BOOM, you now have juice from a DA 95 site…. glorious.
Keep the work nice and simple. It shouldn’t take very long to get these backlinks done.
10. Create A List
Over at list.ly you can create a list of interest from links.
Another easy one, Who am I kidding these are all easy!
Sign up and simply create a list of your “interest” then link pages from your website.
I would do 3 or 4 just to make it look legit.
This is the only site I have used for this and it has a DA of 68. I’m not aware of any others, I’m sure there will be some around.
11. Getting A Chess Backlink
What Am I talking about?
Well, you can get a link from Chess.com
…Franklin, Why would I want a link from that site?
There is no particular reason however, it’s easy to do and has a DA of 63 so why not?
When you sign up you can write a blog post…. you guessed it then you can sneak a link in there.
I just wrote some information about playing chess. Nothing special here and once again nice and simple. Don’t over think it.
Not only will you get some juice you can tell your mates you have a backlink from Chess.com.
Pretty badass right?
12. Document Sharing
Very similar to the presentation method but with PDFs.
Did you know it’s SUPER easy to make a PDF…. in like 20 seconds.
All you need to do is choose a page from your website, go to printfriendly.com place the page URL in the bar then hit “print preview”
Then click PDF and Download…. How easy was that?
Before you do this make sure you have a backlink on the page you copy to your website. You can always delete this after if you like. (it will be in the downloaded PDF)
Sign up to any of the document sharing websites in my list below. Once signed up just upload the file.
13. The Super Easy Pen.io
This is basically a web 2.o however it’s on of my favourites since it’s so much easier to do than others.
Pen.io is another site with some killer DA stats, racking in a total of 72.
With most web 2.o blogs it’s recommended you actually take some time with them by posting 2 or 3 articles and making them looks like a real site.
With Pen.io, A picture and a link will do just fine here with a few words. That’s all you can do anyway.
If you want to use more context you can add a full article, I sometimes do this if I have an extra article somewhere.
I usually use an infographic I got made up a long time ago.
14. Get A Website Review
There are places all over the internet where you can get a website review. When creating these, you get a nice backlink.
I’ve used Criticue.com a few times and it works well.
Get a URL from your site and place it in the submission bar on the homepage and it will take a screenshot.
Write some information. I wrote “do you like my theme? Should I change it”?
Now hit submit and you will be asked to sign up.
After this is done the link will be live…. takes me about 30 seconds to do this.
15. Selling A Piece Of Art
No we won’t actually sell art but we are going to list some artwork for sale.
As weird as this sounds you still get a link from it and that’s all that matters.
What if someone actually buys the art?
No idea, that hasn’t happened to me yet. Just put a super high price on it.
Using Artid.com make a new account.
Before doing the next step, you need to find or make some artwork. Any type of picture will do as long as it’s royalty free.
When it comes time to add the image just upload it then add a short description and the backlink.
As for the price just put the highest you can.
16. Submit A Logo
If you can, get into photoshop and make a basic logo. Any other design software will do if you don’t have photoshop
Recently I used Freelogohub.com and submitted my one.
With a DA of 16, it might not really be worth it. I used it for diversity so it worked fine for me.
I have included some stronger websites in my list.
When you do the submission, add the backlink to the website URL section. It will require approval but that doesn’t take long.
17. Forum Links
I’ve talked about these before and a lot of people have forgotten about them.
… or think they are spam.
Let me put this myth to sleep.
So forum links don’t exactly hold much ranking power or push great authority. We know this but they are great for diversity.
You might remember my post last month about making money online with Shopify. It sort of went viral on a few forums.
From those forums and the few social signals it got, I’m now ranking in the 2nd position for my main keyword and on the first page for about 6 others.
(I’m coming for you feedster)
Forum links are no joke and niche related ones do the trick. The article mentioned above has a nice do follow forum backlink so that would of pushed a little power.
Most of them will be no follow, these are still good. Good for diversity and niche related backlinks.
I only use naked URLs in forums, no point in trying to use exact keywords with anchors, save those for the strong links.
Getting these links to stick is very easy. This video explains how it’s done correctly.
These links are no-follow but with a DA of 95 why not grab one.
You can pay someone to do this for you or do it yourself for free.
If you want to try this out, there is a post at Affiliate Hustle that can help.
When it comes to SEO some say these links are not worth it and some say they are.
In my opinion, anything on your profile from Wikipedia looks good.
Soup.io is another one of those super easy web 2.0 blogs that doesn’t need much attention.
Sometimes I like to add 2 or 3 articles for more context, When I’m lazy I don’t.
In one I did recently I put up an image then a small snippet of text with the backlink.
With web 2.0s you can boost them for more authority, more on that soon.
With a domain authority of 68 and only a few minutes to complete this one is worth it.
20. Press Release
Another good one for branding. I only use URLs or brand keywords for anchors when doing these.
I don’t usually submit them myself but it’s very easy to do. If you don’t want to pay for it like I do to save time, this is what you can do.
Go to Google and type in something like “top free press release websites”
Sign up then submit an article you have written with your media information.
You will need longer articles for this, you can either outsource them or to do it for free and write it yourself.
21. Video Sharing
This one is well known and another good one for branding.
Share your links on websites like Youtube.
You will need to find a place where you can make free slideshows. Photodex.com has a free trial, I just use that.
Make the video related to your niche then upload it to whatever video sharing site you can find. I do it 2-4 times.
When doing the video descriptions, place the backlink somewhere in there. Just the URL will work fine.
You never know, if you optimize the video right it might even start ranking in the search engines.
We must respect what the Google wants.
Do These Really work?
Google wants to see authority backlinks.
On this blog, I don’t do much dark backlinking apart from a little. I’ve done the exact methods mentioned above on some pages from this blog.
I’ve combined it with what I do on the discussion on Fivver ink building article.
For “Copyscape” I rank 2nd and for “how to make money on Facebook” I’m 5th. All from the methods above.
I outsourced most of it, I didn’t have time. Over a 2 month period, I’ve used these myself with my outsourcer for great results.
87 backlinks in total in 2 months spread between 3 pages.
When working with micro niche and affiliate websites, blackhat is really the only way to go.
Of course, you could do this…
Slave away begging other people for links.
Send out e-mail after e-mail hoping for that outreach.
Go guest posting….
The links in this article are examples of other links you can and should use. There is nothing wrong with all that guest posting and trying to get on link resource pages, I do it sometimes.
But…. it will be hard.
Adding Extra Juice To the Mix
This brings us back to the dark side of search engine optimization. Juicing up the web 2s.
If you want even more power you can turn your web 2.0 blogs into buffer sites.
How the buffer site actually works.
You have a link from the web 2 going back to your main site. If you want, it’s a good idea to send even more power by pointing links to the web 2.0 blog.
This then funnels that juice over to you.
You can spam them (with good spam).
You can beef these up yourself with GSA Search Engine Ranker. This isn’t for a novice so maybe you would be more comfortable buying a GSA service.
Another way to build extra authority to them is with things like blog comments and social bookmark blasting.
When building most of these web 2.0 blogs make them look real. Some of them you can only do basic stuff like I mentioned above.
When I first start I’ll post an article first with a picture then leave it for a week or 2.
Then I’ll post another article with that one linking back to my main website. I might even do more articles if I have time.
If you’re new to search engine optimisation and want to know how to get backlinks to your website then this is a great start!
Google wants to see quality links, these are great to add to any mixture of link building you are doing.
After months of testing, that’s what it came down to. Sure I still use private blog networks for my niche websites but it’s getting harder and harder to find good domains.
These links won’t be as powerful as having your own network, but they do help.
If you did this 2 or 3 times a day everything will start adding up real quick. I did over 80 in 2 months. Some done by me and some outsourced.
Stay frosty and keep building until you reach the top!