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.
Here’s my Top SEO Facts Business Owners Overlook. Many business owners need to know these SEO facts that will set the record straight.
It’s 2020 and a LOT has changed in SEO.
There’s no way to expect business owners to keep up with Google’s updates.
Business owners are busy running their businesses.
The majority I meet do not know much about SEO or have been burned in the past. So here are my personal favorite 8 SEO tips I discuss with business owners:
1. SEO is NOT a One-Time Purchase
SEO is like playing a game of chess but it’s a game that never ends!
To play chess, one must learn the rules and how each chess piece moves across the board. Your first time playing chess will be difficult because it takes a long time to master. Just like SEO, there are rules and strategies. You know chess is NEVER a fast game. SEO is not a fast process and requires a lot of skills, work, and strategy. There are novice chess players and seasoned experts. I hope this analogy helps. (I like to play chess can you tell)
Overall, SEO is a long term strategy. If you quit updating your website, building domain authority, building quality backlinks, and optimizing your website – Your competition will outrank you.
2. SEO is NOT a Luxury Service – it’s a Requirement for Success
If your website is not working on its SEO, it will fail. Your competitors most likely have an SEO expert working on their website. You, on the other hand, do not and therefore can expect to never have your blog articles discovered.
3. You Cannot Simply Publish a Blog Post and Expect it to Rank
Post and pray simply does not work anymore.
You have to promote your content. Your website needs to be shared on social media and it needs backlinks from quality websites. In fact, if your website does not have domain authority, your content will most likely not appear in first page results. This is where SEO comes in strong, you need to optimize your site and earn Google’s trust. You should put as much time into promoting your content as you did to create your content. Over time, your content will rank once the page has strong authority. It’s not an overnight process. If you blog, make sure you’re promoting – otherwise it can be a waste of time. When you’re ready to make some updates to your SEO, I have also written some SEO Tips that Work on ALL Websites.
For example, this post:
I will place it on related SEO tip blog posts as related content
Email it to subscribers
Share it in social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
Make a YouTube video (I made one and embedded it into this post / share the video / do YouTube SEO)
Could make an infographic (see mine below) – share it on Pinterest – other social media
Include it in your email signature
Update this blog post with new information
Respond to blog comments
4. Blogging needs to Be Lengthy – No weak 300-word Blog Posts
Think about the last time you Googled how to do something – or a product review. Most likely the post has over 1200 words and goes in-depth. Meaning it will rank for multiple keywords about the topic. Let’s say I look up a review for a Tesla Model S, I want to know what it’s like owning one – features I’ll love – photos – etc.
5. Your Keywords Need to Be on Your Website
Many business websites do not have enough text on their pages.
My favorite of the SEO Facts Business Owners Overlook! This is something I always have to educate my SEO clients about. People will want me to optimize a website, but they might not like the text I add to the website. You can’t just have an image and a tiny paragraph. It might look pretty but Google needs more info if you want to compete with other websites. Check out your competition.
You simply can’t just have a page that says you are a surfboard shop in San Diego. You need to point out what makes your surfboards the best – how you’re different – show the process of how your boards are handmade, have testimonials from local surfers – video of your boards in action! – go in-depth, more content is needed! The perfect landing page must entice the user and convert them. Google needs text to understand what the page is about. And your keywords along with related keywords need to be there. I can’t rank a page if your keywords are never there. Also, it’s important not to keywords stuff your articles. That being said, only an SEO expert will know how to properly optimize your website.
6. Speed-Up Your Site
There are over 200 ranking factors and website speed is high on the list! Think about it from a user’s perspective. If the site is slow, they’re hitting the back button faster than you can say “bananas”. So, please be sure to optimize your images, use a CDN, and the W3 WordPress plug-in. Here’s how to speed up your site.
7. Get an SSL Certificate
Many web browsers will show frightening caution screens before entering an unsecured website. NOT a good impression for your readers and potential customers! There are free SSL certificates from Cloudflare. Many hosting companies will talk you into spending a TON of money on their SSL certificates and will call you about them often.
8. SEO is Not Cheap
As mentioned, SEO takes a LOT of work. You have an entire chessboard game in action. You can hire a novice or an expert. Just like playing a game of chess, it’s usually the expert that wins the game! I’m transparent in the industry, providing my SEO pricing here.
BONUS SEO Facts below the info graphic!
Thanks for reading: My TOP SEO Facts Business Owners Need to Know
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This ensures your website is coming up with the SSL certificate and helps rewrite any http urls to https. This way you don’t end up with mixed content and a broken lock on your url.
Not ready to make the switch to a “https” website?
I wish you’d make the switch, but hey I got ya. There’s some nifty (who uses the word nifty anymore?) WordPress plugins that can speed up your WordPress website.
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Fun fact: Speeding up your website will make it rank higher in Google
This is the quickest method how to speed up your wordpress blog using free WP plug-ins. This will only take you under ten minutes and you will see improvements in speed of your wordpress website.
First of all, congrats on making an effort to fix your slow website. There’s so many slow websites out there that drive people crazy. If your blog is using the WordPress platform, it’s not uncommon to experience a gradual slow down in page load time and responsiveness. The bigger your website becomes and your bad habit of constantly installing new plug-ins, WordPress can get cray sluggish.
However, every WordPress website needs a little maintenance for page load time. Here’s how to get your slow blog back up to speed. Ideally, you want to have a WordPress site that loads fast under 2 seconds. Let’s make it happen. 😉
There’s lots of posts that claim to speed up your WordPress website, however you only need to install these four to see a big difference. Remember, overall the less plug-ins you have, the faster your page load time.