Getting backlinks naturally through blogging doesn't work. What is your experience?

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Hi Guys
We have been running a few sites and we write really in-depth (about 2,500 words per post), engaging blog posts.

Here is our process:
1. We research the most popular topics
2. We look at the top 3 guys in Google for that topic. Then we try to write an even better blog post and optimize that topic for SEO (we focus on the user first).
3. Next we post on our social media accounts.

So now we are just sitting back and waiting to get others to "naturally" link to these. But when checking tools like ahrefs we can see that nobody links back to our blog posts (not even one although we have posted over 30 so far over the year).

Some blog posts generates 2,000-3000 organic visitors per month. But without any backlinks and social shares. However most post get just 10 visitors per month....

What are the gurus doing that we are missing? Most sites just say write great content and ppl link to you. It looks good on the paper but in reality that propaganda doesnt seem to work.

So what are we missing? How can we get more backlinks naturally to our blog posts?

Cheers
Chloe
#backlinks #blogging #experience #naturally #work
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  • Profile picture of the author Deniafebake
    Originally Posted by Chloe Brooks View Post

    Hi Guys
    We have been running a few sites and we write really in-depth (about 2,500 words per post), engaging blog posts.

    Here is our process:
    1. We research the most popular topics
    2. We look at the top 3 guys in Google for that topic. Then we try to write an even better blog post and optimize that topic for SEO (we focus on the user first).
    3. Next we post on our social media accounts.

    So now we are just sitting back and waiting to get others to "naturally" link to these. But when checking tools like ahrefs we can see that nobody links back to our blog posts (not even one although we have posted over 30 so far over the year).

    Some blog posts generates 2,000-3000 organic visitors per month. But without any backlinks and social shares. However most post get just 10 visitors per month....

    What are the gurus doing that we are missing? Most sites just say write great content and ppl link to you. It looks good on the paper but in reality that propaganda doesnt seem to work.

    So what are we missing? How can we get more backlinks naturally to our blog posts?

    Cheers
    Chloe
    In my opinion, you need to have grown your website to a certain stage, to have gotten your own audience, before really expecting any backlinks. Then other sites can link to your site because you have started building your authority in your niche.

    To get a backlink fast, then do a guest blog on an authority site, since you said you do really in-depth engaging content, getting a guest blog shouldn't be too difficult.

    So getting backlinks through blogging still works, but you need to have made your place some to get those.

    If you use social meia properly though, especially Twitter, you should be able to get some retweets for your post on your social media accounts, especially if you do the same for other non-competitor accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    People don't just link to your content magically. In most niches, 99% of your traffic doesn't even own a website to link back to you even if they wanted to.

    The whole idea of just writing great content and you will get links "naturally" is total BS, as you are seeing.

    You have to beg, barter, or buy links from people.
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    • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      You have to beg, barter, or buy links from people.
      Agree, because people genuinely don't like to link to others seeing that as bad karma.

      Look at reciprocal links. Some Directories would offer free listing and yet people would
      go away or delete links immediately after inclusion in Directory index.



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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by fastreplies View Post

        Agree, because people genuinely don't like to link to others seeing that as bad karma.

        Look at reciprocal links. Some Directories would offer free listing and yet people would
        go away or delete links immediately after inclusion in Directory index.
        Using a directory like one of those was a stupid idea in the first place. All of them were filled with spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Just being genuine Chloe. You are trying to GET backlinks and folks sense your desperation; I feel your frustration via this post.

    Chill a bit. Be generous and genuine. Help folks. Expect nothing. Backlinks will flow to you.

    Just check my Seen At page to figure if organic backlinking works. Be patiently generous and links will flow to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author expmrb
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Just being genuine Chloe. You are trying to GET backlinks and folks sense your desperation; I feel your frustration via this post.

      Chill a bit. Be generous and genuine. Help folks. Expect nothing. Backlinks will flow to you.

      Just check my Seen At page to figure if organic backlinking works. Be patiently generous and links will flow to you.

      I agree with Mike here. Backlinks doesn't really flow to you. You have to get them at some point.
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    • Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Just being genuine Chloe. You are trying to GET backlinks and folks sense your desperation; I feel your frustration via this post.

      Chill a bit. Be generous and genuine. Help folks. Expect nothing. Backlinks will flow to you.

      Just check my Seen At page to figure if organic backlinking works. Be patiently generous and links will flow to you.
      I agree with Ryan here. Being generous can mean asking people that you genuinely like and admire to write a post for you. Or you feature then on your blog. You can even feature comments from your readers. When you make the first move, people often reciprocate.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mia Sophia
        You need to write 100% unique and 800+ effective Content. Also, in Content use 2/3 keywords and link too your website pages. After publishing you need to Socialize and bookmark the post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justseo
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Just being genuine Chloe. You are trying to GET backlinks and folks sense your desperation; I feel your frustration via this post.

      Chill a bit. Be generous and genuine. Help folks. Expect nothing. Backlinks will flow to you.

      Just check my Seen At page to figure if organic backlinking works. Be patiently generous and links will flow to you.

      Exactly keep working and have patience, you will soon see the efforts payback.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chloe Brooks
    Thanks for the feedback guys. Can you give me examples of your generosity and how and what kind of back links you got for it?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mia Sophia
      Chloe Brooks,
      There are many ways you'll get backlinks
      1) Guest posting
      2) Forum posting
      3)Business directories
      4)Comment posting
      5)Infographic
      So, there are many ways where you get backlinks. I personally recommended you Forum posting and Directories
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    • Profile picture of the author Elena Gibert
      Hello,
      There are so many ways in which you can get good backlinks for your blog:
      Do target the Forums related to your country, Guest posting, Business Directory, Link Directory, Profiling, Blog Commenting posts, Info-graphics, Social Bookmarking and many more. All these ways can be helpful for your blog. I am also Digital Marketing Expert and I would suggest you that do so many forums as you can.
      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author TuanQLe
    Hi guys, recently, google is going prioritise mobile version than desktop. So, what influences our website. Anyone can share your idea please ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nehaaggarwal
    I agreed with your some interesting points but some facts are like Google take little to Boost a website as Link also take time to show their credibility.

    So Getting backlinks naturally through blogging works but it takes little time.
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  • Profile picture of the author steverobert
    Hello...

    I think for backlinks you just need to continue the blog writing and along with follow the On-page and Off-page strategies on relevant sites..do it for a long time and keep patience.

    The genuine content take time to get rank but you will get the best results.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author affmarketer101
    You should focus more on social media. Google at this time highly values social signal as an SEO factor.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by affmarketer101 View Post

      You should focus more on social media. Google at this time highly values social signal as an SEO factor.
      That is 100% untrue.
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    • Profile picture of the author expmrb
      Originally Posted by affmarketer101 View Post

      You should focus more on social media. Google at this time highly values social signal as an SEO factor.

      That is absolutely nonsense. How come you people get this type of gibberish information?
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    • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
      Originally Posted by affmarketer101 View Post

      You should focus more on social media. Google at this time highly values social signal as an SEO factor.
      Compare to @MikeFriedman @expmrb I will believe you but...
      you have to tell me: how do you know that G. is highly value SS?



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  • Profile picture of the author jtndbs
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    What you're doing is not wrong and is basic stuff. you need to start doing more guest blogging and outreach. Write good quality lengthy content and create an outreach campaign to reach out to good authority sites and ask them for a link back. Again, make sure that your content is top-notch in quality.
    Also, reach out to niche-related websites and ask them if you can Guest blog for them. This process will provide you with good organic backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashwinsd
    You need to connect with people online in your niche and ask them to add backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author amit3302
    First make your website popular up to some extent. Contact people of your niche and engage with them to promote your brand. Make the social presence of your website. Then automatically you'll get what you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian5
    Nobody want to post the articles on their social pages. Perhaps, users consider your information aren't enough good to post. Did you try to promote your articles using linkbuiliding? It's easy to leave the link somewhere, when you link is infomartive, If it's not a promotional link.
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  • Profile picture of the author marax
    A lot of it comes down to the topic.

    For example some niches like curling just don't have an audience with many webmasters. Some niches like copywriting have a host of people with websites but they will absolutely not link to anyone who they perceive as a direct or indirect competitor. While some topics like tech will usually only link out to big name authority sites.

    One particular type of content that gets links is research and studies. The problem is that these take up a lot of time and effort to put together. And there is no guarantee the research will get enough reach to people who would potentially link back.

    Almost everyone is facing the same challenge you are facing. Even with good content.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I've never intentionally tried to build links and I get over 100k page views monthly on my blog. I just write engaging content and let everything else work itself out. That strategy has worked for me. If I was going to build links, I would do guest posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rank Watch
    Seems like you're writing good enough articles. the length seems good too. but the strategy seems lacking. You need to sit and wait less, and go ahead and do outreaching more. Outreach to good authority sites in your niche, and ask them to link back to you. Plus, you also need to strategise and come up with a good Guest Blogging routine too.
    As far as your current plan is concerned, you'll get fruits too. Just have to be patient.
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenchong
    What is your website authority rank? People will not link your blog until you have a brand name and really good authorty. Those things work for moz and backlinko because these websites have certain Authority and are publishing research blogs. They are sharing unique content which is the result of Experimentation they are doing on their network to increase traffic. So before going for this Link Bait Technique you need to have a authority website so that people will Recommend othere.
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  • Profile picture of the author crackhouse
    What is your social media strategy? It's no good just posting to social media if you don't have an effective strategy (this means networking with influencers and gaining a following of ENGAGED users).

    The fact that you are searching pre-written articles in your niche and then just rehashing them gives me pause for concern.

    Why would anyone link to content that is already out there?

    You need to look to create original content - ahead of your ocmpetiotn. Content no one has created before. You can only come up with that if you have geniuine knowledge in your niche and you have gotten to know your audience thoroughly.

    Make sure what you are posting is entertaining and spikes emotions - make the title polarising and make the content polarising (and original!). People love to argue, especially online, and it will increase the possibility of getting shares if you ahve UNIQUE polarising content.
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  • Profile picture of the author translationmarket
    What your niche is?
    When you google the keywords of your articles, do you appear in the first page already?, otherwise you need more backlinks, I think here in Warrior Forum (Im new) you can buy backlinks building services.
    As others said social networks are imperative too, you need to automatize the publication to avoid wasting time, I mean things like Buffer or WordPress plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nortus Fitness
    Dont Know the exact reason but facing the same issues too. But as far as i dig to find the alternate is people dont consider that much of word count if the blog is not popular, true you are making a good engaging content but did optimized it so that it look eye catching with some main points high lighted. Think like a user what you'll love and what not? I am not the expert but hope it'll help.
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  • Profile picture of the author buzzinteractive
    unless you don't have some authority no buddy will link back to you instead post some guest posts on other authority sites so that you will start getting some authority and the other site will link back to you. also your ranking will improve by time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leo Green
    Natural posting still works, but you need to be accurate while choosing the donor. Use some specific tools for it. You can check one here https://leo-green.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Digvijay Singh
    Try to wrtie article of more than 1000 words and start posting something on social media and gain some popularity your keywords will rank automatically.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnissamcGary
    My advise for you is to concentrate more on the social media. By doing this surly you will get some result.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Get that guest posting campaign in overdrive too; fab way to get backlinks in natural, organic fashion.
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    • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Get that guest posting campaign in overdrive too
      This is what I'm having problems with.
      What makes you to believe that blogs would keep content of post including link intact?
      Granted BFS (Build For Spam) blogs would let any piece of crap to be added unedited
      but self-respectable blogs would remove link or turn it to text making post virtually useless.

      How much time does it take to make 1 post? 5 - 10 minutes?
      Does it pays to invest all that time to get maybe 5 links of 50 maybe questionable blogs
      and how long it will take to build enough backlinks to affect your SERP standing?

      Inquiry mind wants to know.



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  • Profile picture of the author robertmeyer
    Don't just sit back and wait for backlinks! It's total stupidity this competitive era. No one is going to link you if you aren't a Big name in the industry. Create backlinks, do social advertising, offer guest posts, do competitor research and find out their backlinks and try to get links from those sites. When you will be able to make your website popular in the industry, make a big name and fame for your business, people would love to link you. You have to work hard to grow up first, there is no one to pull you up, you have to try yourself first.

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