Finding quality backlinks is extremely confusing - How can I find them?
How does everyone do it? I need to build quality back links for my t-shirt business. The site is new, and I am doing optimization, image compression and everything right but not getting backlinks? I am not willing to pay thousands of dollars. Is there some type of exchange for white hat that can be used? How do you guys network to do this?
Start with your foundation of high quality, trusted backlinks. You can do this by creating a company profile on all the top social media platforms and link back to your website. Not just Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, sites like Reddit, Youtube, Vimeo, Pinterest, Tumblr, and more.
You will also want to make sure you have a Google My Business local listing as well as a local listing on Bing, Angie's List, and Yelp.
Next, you should try and do/announce something newsworthy. Even if it is just announcing some new website features or launch of a new series of T-shirts that will work as well. Submit a press release about your news and contact any journalists who may be interested in writing about your news.
In terms of finding additional quality backlinks you will need to do your research. The most valuable will be from reputable websites that are relevant to your industry. In your case, t-shirts, garments, screen printing, digital printing, textiles, fashion, etc.
Once you identify your hit list, start reaching out to the owners, webmasters, marketing managers, or anyone connected to the site that might entertain the idea of adding a backlink or writing about your company/brand.
Hope this helps. Good Luck!
Hi Steve, you might find these links useful"
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQK1Vbgb-RY - Guest posting at scale (start at 2:15)
2. ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPjPjNK-bDM&t=61s - Getting backlins from bad content pages with good links
3. https://ahrefs.com/blog/find-backlinks/ — Backlinks from competitors
I agree with everything Akshay mentioned. The pattern you should see here is that in order to extract value from the internet - in the form of backlinks, organic search, and ultimately sales - you'll need to contribute something to the internet, i.e. content.
This is the catch 22 so many new businesses face. Also, quality over quantity is king if you want to build a lasting & meaningful brand. So be sure you always keep an eye towards the quality of backlinks you pursue.
Essentially, you'll want to have content creation, article submission, guest post outreach, and social activity be a key part of your every-day workflow. If you don't have the manpower or bandwidth for this, many new brands turn to smaller agencies or freelancers to accomplish this for them.
However you choose to pursue it, expect that you will extract out of it what you put into it. Don't make it a minor priority and get upset when progress is slow. Have realistic expectations and you'll find success.
Best of luck