How can a brand-new website get back links?



  • How can I get relevant sites to link back to me?

    I know everything not to do but I don’t know where to start.


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    DO you have a physical location? Or a location that you do not mind being published?



  • @lesley I don’t have a physical location but I do have a local business address.


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    Ok, the easiest way to build back links if you have an address that can be published is to build what are called local citations. The best search engine for finding local citations I have found is whitespark.ca. Basically you go there and search with your area and your business type and it gives you links to local businesses that have citation type sites where you can create profiles. Think of sites like citysearch, yelp, mechantscircle, ect. Whitespark is a search engine that finds sites like that so you can create profiles for your company. Those are the absolute safest types of links to create.



  • @lesley Thank you for this terrific advice. I just visited that website and really like it. I never heard of it before so I’m glad that you mentioned it.



  • Nice!
    @alwayspaws the only downside if you are web only is be prepared for people contacting you to come “visit your store” or the “can they save shipping” by picking up types.



  • It’s not really a downside because I do have a business office on site where I can meet them in public basically or I’ll just say we don’t do that.



  • @alwayspaws If you’ve got a physical store then promote the hell out of the ‘pick up at store’ option. It saves you & them the hassle of shipping fees / delivery issues / packing costs / returns costs and most importantly distance selling regulations. If they can buy from your local store it saves you a massive headache in potential issues as those distance regulations can be a nightmare!

    I’d also recommend trying to find a Google local guides person, them people who wander round taking pictures and writing reviews of places from the local Tesco to a petrol station. They’re out to earn badges and will review anything to get them closer to the next rank. It’s also good publicity for you.



  • @DavidP I don’t have a physical store or I’d do that. What the conversation meant was if I had a “real” address I can do what @lesley said: “finding local citations with whitespark.ca.”

    I have limited myself to only selling in the contiguous US, because I know the nightmares. Been there, done that. Not doing it again. This was on a previous website.

    I’m open for more suggestions!



  • @lesley said in How can a brand-new website get back links?:

    Ok, the easiest way to build back links if you have an address that can be published is to build what are called local citations. The best search engine for finding local citations I have found is whitespark.ca. Basically you go there and search with your area and your business type and it gives you links to local businesses that have citation type sites where you can create profiles. Think of sites like citysearch, yelp, mechantscircle, ect. Whitespark is a search engine that finds sites like that so you can create profiles for your company. Those are the absolute safest types of links to create.

    Sorry to repeat quote but I want it together. I’m waiting for Google’s postcard so I can verify my site with them. Then I can try to build relationships / create profiles.

    My question now is: Is this old-timey stuff or do I create a “partners”, “friends” or some other name for a page and keep all new links on one page?

    Or where would I put backlinks when I get them?



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    A google business page is the listing on google for your business. Go here to create one, https://www.google.com/business/ I am not familiar with a personal page. Just create a google business listing if you can publish your address, it helps with SEO.



  • @lesley I created this and verified it, but how can I not show the street address so I don’t get people asking to come in person, as @vzex said?



  • @lesley I think there is some confusion on my part. I only have an online store and if the only way to get links is to have a GMB page with my address on it, I think it’s better for me to remove it and just get links. I know a couple of online businesses I may be able to exchange links with.

    I looked at this article and I don’t need a map. I’d like to keep the GMB listing but not show my address.

    Google+ VS Google Business & Map
    https://www.mediapillars.com/2017/03/10/google-vs-google-business-map/


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    I think you might need to read some articles on SEO. Moz has some pretty good articles. Link exchanges do not work any more, you will get penalized for doing them in some cases.

    GMB only really works if you have a physical location and show your address. The option to hide the map hides the listing.



  • @lesley I don’t have a physical store, so should I delete the GMB? I’ve been reading a slew of articles and I don’t mean a link exchange software or site just for link exchanges. "Backlinks are still very important according to Brian Dean: “If you want more search engine traffic, link building is a must.” http://backlinko.com/link-building and he explains a lot.



  • @alwayspaws you only need the GMB if you’ve a physical location you serve from OR you provide service in an area whereby you go visit your customers. Neither of these is true so in your case it’s not needed.

    A good way to get links is to be active on a forum as a support user & advertiser, don’t hide behind an alter ego as you’ll get found out. Another way is to write fantastic blogs and share them around to try get links that way. If it’s a good blog then it’ll get the links. One good article can get you a lot of continuous traffic.



  • @DavidP Hi, David. The blog articles idea seems best for me. Thank you.


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    If you are interested in the “blog thing”. You should google about “Content Marketing”. I believe a lot in it. If you are been able to write reasonable content, you can also start to ask for blog post. This is a secure way to get backlinks. But of course you have to invest a lot of time ;)



  • @wakabayashi thank you for your reply. I’m going to continue adding products. I have a lot of work to do. When you have a new site, it’s too overwhelming to do everything at once.


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