Finally, a list of SEO friendly directory websites for instant backlinks!
Got ZERO Backlinks? This List of Backlink Opportunities is for You!
This list of directories is perfect for new websites to start building trust with Google. Especially if you have a small local business. Don’t worry, this is a safe white hat link building strategy for your websites.
If you have a new website that’s still in the “Google sandbox” (not indexed yet) you don’t want to be aggressive with building anchor rich backlinks.
That could flag your website as spammy! I recommend you wait a few months before slowly getting “money keywords” as anchor text. Be patient when adding new links, quality backlinks pointing towards your “money site” is far better than low quality / spammy links.
You want natural, high authoritative (high DA), quality backlinks for your website’s SEO foundation as all SEO experts want for their back-link building strategies.
More High DA business citations = more quality backlinks pointing to your website
More QUALITY backlinks pointing to your website means a higher domain authority
You need Domain Authority
Yes, you do need great backlinks from a diverse and high number of domains. Don’t believe me? Go to google search and check out the top-ranking websites’ backlink profile. The top search results usually have the highest amount of quality backlinks and domain authority.
That being said, if you’re trying to rank for keywords while you have low domain authority, chances are simply put – you most likely have a low probability for ranking on the first page of Google search results.
When you add your “NAP” to the directories, you want to make sure you select the right city and business category. Some directories may not have your specific industry available but that’s OK. Just select as close as you can. As long as you have your “NAP”, you’re OK.
Ideally, you want to make sure you’re getting directories for your niche business AND the City your business is located. (BIG thanks to https://chrispalmermarketing.com I learned this tip from this SEO guru)
Here’s how you can search for specific directories in Google: “allintext: directory plumbing San Diego”
Yes, they will give you a small and very specific list of directories.
Are you ready for the BIG list of SEO friendly directory websites?
Have this list of things ready in a text document and folder labeled “Directory Backlink Campaign” It just helps because you won’t be making all these backlinks in a day. You’ll most likely want to spread out gaining these new backlinks dripped to your website through a few months.
Make sure you keep a record of the username and password you use to set up these directories because if your business moves or changes the website, etc, you need to update it everywhere! Below is a list of items you need in order for your directory submissions. Some directories don’t need all these items, but it’ good to be prepared because some give you these opportunities.
Most of all, you want to keep your information consistent!
Here’s what you’ll need for your directory citations:
A high-quality image of your logo
A few images of your business or service images/products/menu items
Short business description
Make sure you have a consistent URL such as “https://www.yoursite.com or yoursite.com”
Consistent wording for your business “Buckboards BBQ & Brew or Buckboards Barbecue and Brew”
Any social media account usernames/addresses
Access to your business phone/email if some listings need verification
I hope this massive list of backlink directories does not intimidate you. Take your time and grow your citations slowly aka drip them. If you have SEO clients. These links may take a while for Google to crawl and discover. It’s best to let Google naturally discover them.
If you’re looking for an SEO expert that can submit your “NAP” across the web, contact me!
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An Alt tag (Alternative text) is a descriptive label given to each image. Since Google can’t see the text on images or understand what the image is about, you need to describe the image in text. Alt tags help the Google bots “see” your image.
You’d be surprised how many websites do not give every image on their website an Alt tag. You can gain a competitive edge! It takes 3 seconds to type in an image label. Just as it helps to add supportive images to your blog post and service pages, it makes sense to label them so Google understands them too!
You can also be rewarded by Google since many people search in Google’s image search!
People may discover your content by clicking on photos from Google images.
Adding Alt tags is also helpful to users that use text-only web browsers. These are usually people that are visually imaged.
Since we’re talking about adding alt tags, might as well tell you how to add them!
It’s so EASY!
Here’s how to add an Alt tag to an image in WordPress:
Go to “Media” > “Library” > Click on the image you want to add the Alt tag to > Add the descriptive text in the text box field labeled “Alt Text”
Add Properly Named Internal Links
The days of adding links on your such as “click here” are long gone!
There are zero SEO benefits when you add a link that does not describe the content of the linked page.
Here’s an example how to properly add an internal link:
You can simply post your infographics on various submission sites to gain a backlink to your blog post / website.
Best of all, the backlinks index fast and you gain domain authority for your website fast!
Even if you only have 1 infographic on your website, you can submit it and gain a backlink from many different high DA domains. Many of these websites are blog 2.0 sites where you can also benefit by registering your brand and creating a profile with a backlink to your main domain.
Each infographic you submit will gain you a backlink to your blog post! Yup this list has many DO FOLLOW backlinks that pass link juice to your website!
Some of the websites on this Infographic Submission List require you to enter 150 words of an original paragraph with your free submission, along with waiting a few days to hear back if your infographic is accepted. The first 9 websites listed below are super easy to gain a backlink for your infographic. The rest take a while to process but can be worth wait.
How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram: If you’re a business getting started on instagram, this is a quick guidehow to get your business started on instagram + creative marketing ideas. (Enjoy the photos I took) With over 100 million instagram users, (source Mashable) it’s well worth your time.
Maybe you just registered your business name under a new instagram account and you’re not sure how to get started. There’s so many benefits using instagram for you business and I’m going to show you creative ideas how to start posting great visual content on instagram.
How to Get Your Business Started on Instagram
Set up Your Instagram Account
Sign up for a free account on instagram (if you haven’t already) – Be sure to choose a username that reflects your brand ,perhaps the exact same username as your twitter account and Facebook fan page. This way your social media will be seamlessly blended and easy for people to find.
Add your profile photo or logo. In your bio, try to be specific and concise what your business does/services provided. Add your website or landing page you build just for mobile instagram users. You could change this regularly to reflect your latest update.
Connect your social media accounts to instagram. This will push all your instagram updates to your other social media page as soon as you publish to instagram. (You can connect to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Flickr)
Example below: I added my location and connected my accounts to update on Facebook and Twitter. I also used the relevant hashtages “#wedding and #weddingdress. I also tagged the company using their hashtag #Demetrios. See how I added an emoji of a brunette bride? Fun right?
Remember, you don’t want to over promote your business by just showing product shots. Get “behind the scenes” Mix it up. Ask, “What does my target market want to see?” Try using the 80/20 rule – 20% of your posts to promote your services/brand and 80% that really visually engages your audience.
The filter selected below called “Mayfair” gets the most likes. Here I am modeling my wedding dress at Brides by Demetrios, sharing my customer experience. If I was the company Brides by Demetrios, I would promote this photos. (great example) Noticed I used the instagram filter Mayfair.
Include related/trending Hashtags and Emojis
Do a little research what hashtags your competitors are using. There’s also an amazing companion app for instagram called: Hashtags. You can pick a hashtag category and copy/paste the hottest trending hashtag recommendations into your instagram post. Also be sure to include some related emojis to add some visual interest to the text description and hashtags.
Below: I was at the bridal store Demetrios and they set up a backdrop for customers to share their dress shopping. This is my “I said yes to the dress face.” Brides by Demetrios should also promote this pic 😉