How To Backlink and Why Its Done

Throughout a regular week, we’ll post a quick note or ask a question or two with the hope of getting your creative juices flowing and some socialization rotating amongst our fans and fans-to-be.

A couple of days ago was no different, when we gave out a free “Quick Tip“:

How to backlink

Within 21 hours we’ve had 20 “likes” and 34 comments made to this post. While that is awesome and shows that our fans are really interested in our posts, what was really evident was how the “Quick Tip” was misunderstood by most!  This led to a conversation between Chris and I, which in turn led to this post being written!

Our tip suggested a way to gain more traffic, better SEO ranking, and more links pointing back to your own website/blog from someone elses.  However, in the following hours, we received not two or three people misconstruing this concept, but a good majority of them misunderstanding – made obvious by them leaving their direct link within the Fan Page comment section!

How to Backlink on a Blog

This was an awesome learning experience for us to find out that this was something we needed to dive deeper into, so that you could use the tip to your advantage!

So, without further ado, what exactly is Backlinking and why should you be doing it?

Backlinks, as defined by Wikipedia, are “incoming links to a website or web page (such as a blog, like this one).  They go on to say, “Inbound links were originally important (prior to the emergence of search engines) as a primary means of web navigation; today their significance lies in search engine optimization (SEO). The number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website” or web page and therefore will bring your page higher up on the search engine rankings.

It is also worthwhile knowing, that the higher the ranking of the page you are backlinking from is on the search engines, the better it will make your website or blog look to those same search engines – makes sense, right?

So for instance, if you were to leave a comment on ActiveRain, which is well ranked on the search engines, it will be seen as more reputable to the search engines than leaving your backlink on a “no-name brand” site.  However, with that said, I am all for supporting the less renowned sites out there (I mean, we’ve all got to make it to the top somehow, right?)

Ok, so here’s the important part.  How do you backlink correctly?

Oh yes, it’s both political AND scientific!  Political because there is a right way and a wrong way of backlinking, and scientific because you want to make sure you’re not leaving your backlink in places that don’t count!

Adding a backlink within a comment  should take just a minute or two of your time and more often than not is part of the initial set up as shown in the example below:How to BacklinkThe political nature of backlinking is all about relevancy.  The last thing you want to do is leave a backlink comment such as “Great post!”  That is obviously not participating in the discussion of the article you have just (supposedly) read.  Once again, this is about relationship building, getting your name (and product/services) out there, become familiar and seen as a contributor, and NOT a spammer!

How to backlinkAbove is how the comment is posted after hitting the Submit button – My name has been linked to the url of our website address I gave in the comment form.    This is the most invasive way to add a backlink, however, if it is appropriate, you could add your name and website address within the comment description box.

Now onto the scientific part of it.  Two things you must know about are “dofollow” and “nofollow”.   If you leave a comment (and a backlink) on another person’s site,  it will count as a backlink only if it is a “dofollow” site.

You can find this out simply by clicking on the “View” and then “Page Source” links on the top of your browser menu bar:

DoFollow vs NoFollow

Then, on the new window that pops up, you can search for ”nofollow” in the page source by clicking “Edit” and then “Find” and typing “nofollow” into the search bar:

Dofollow vs Nofollow

If you find a “nofollow” within the page source code, then you know that that site doesn’t support backlinks and you should move onto one that does.

SIDENOTE:  This is important to know about your own blog too.   Do you know if your site is a Nofollow or Dofollow?  If it is (or you want it to be) a dofollow site, you will have to make sure that you moderate your comments regularly.  Why?  Because otherwise you may have thousands of spam comments added to your site for moderation within just a few days!  There are also several different spam comment filters and plugins that are available – we like Akismet for spam comment filtering.

If you would like to have your site set up as a dofollow blog, you can download the plugin for your wordpress blog here: //

I hope this was helpful in understanding a) the importance of relevant commenting both for name recognition and seo, and b) how adding backlinks on a blog differs from adding comments on Facebook.   Facebook comments are great for name recognition and socialization within your market and niche communities, but when it comes to backlinks, stick to the dofollow blog sites.

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  1. Classic Coastal Homes September 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for the info. I read blogs and articles online constantly, and could have been helping my SEO all along! You guys are great!

    • Chris September 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Well done Classic Coastal!!

  2. Benjamin Bach September 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Great article, Thx!

    I’ve been doing this since 2005, and it’s earned me lots of backlinks across various blogs I own.


    • Chris September 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Well played sir. Did it surprise you to see so many agents misunderstand how it is done?

  3. Leslie Jones September 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip

  4. What I found funny from your first post, is how many people commented and linked ON FACEBOOK not even understanding what they had just read.

    Thanks for sharing how to determine follow/no follow. I know I need to comment more, I tend to read and move on. I also know I need to do it strategically, thanks for sharing the strategy 😀

    • Chris September 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      You rock Christina. It surprised us as well.

  5. So – tested the ‘no follow’ look up on your site… did you know your site has ‘no follow’ for comment links? Or is that your intention? 😀

  6. John Wojtasiak September 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info about nofollow and dofollow. I’m going check my blog and see if mine is a no or a do.

  7. Billy Wemlinger September 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I was one who missed this concept originally. Thanks for expanding on it!

    • Chris September 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      No worries we figured a few people wouldn’t get it but when the majority misunderstood we knew we needed a full post!

  8. apparently, mine is a ‘no’ as well – now, how to change that? wordpress input anyone?

  9. John Wojtasiak September 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Mine is a nofollow as well. How can I change that?

  10. Cindy Allen - DFW Moves September 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks Suzanne for the easy to understand article. I was going to ask if it’s politically/socially ok to add our business name (like I did here with DFW Moves), and I see Christina did it as well… Or I suppose it may be on a case by case basis?

    And another question, in the comments form, does adding your facebook fan page url instead of a website address work and/or is it worthwhile to gain fans?

    Thanks! Cindy

    • Suzanne September 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Cindy – I believe it is absolutely ok to add your biz name like you and others have. I’m also all for embedding a link to your FB fan page (NOT personal profile!) instead of your main site. Mix it up!

  11. Patty Mortara - Hunterdon County NJ September 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Although I “get” the concept of backlinking I thought a little obtrusive to constantly post my website — I **REALLY** like the idea of just creating it as a link to my name /company name. Its also extremely helpful to know about the “dofollow” and “nofollow”


  12. Ok – if you have wordpress, the plugin you want is “NoFollow Free”

  13. Tanya Ericksen-Troska September 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    This was some great information that at first glance, seemed like a no-brainer. However, when you factor in the nofollow/dofollow intellegence of a site, this can make a huge difference. And, of course, this is a piece of information that is NOT widely known or understood by most… including myself… until now. Thank you for deeper insight!

  14. Geordie Romer | Leavenworth WA September 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I’ve given up worrying about follow or no-follow pages. I think it’s important to comment on interesting blogs in order to build community. If I get a backlink, great. I’m happy to get more readers to my blog too, even if I don’t get the link.

    Thanks for touching on the AR commenting syndrome. In the “real world” you don’t get points for writing “great post, thanks”. Askimet won’t delete put those in the spam folder, but I might.

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  16. Suzanne Roy September 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Here’s a link to a DoFollow Plugin for your WordPress Blog: //

  17. Chris Sanderson September 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Oh man that is terrific info! I searched your source for “dofollow” and “nofollow” – Both are present. Do we only need to search “dofollow”? Does the presence of “nofollow” indicate it will not create a backlink?

    Seriously – techsavvyagent is incredibly helpful. I am so grateful for your content. THANK YOU!

  18. Candace McCoy September 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I love backlinking!!! It gives me an added benefit besides the articles themselves!!!

    Thanks for all your help!!!

  19. Suzanne Roy September 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Chris – you probably saw “dofollow” and “nofollow” cause they are written in this post :O)
    To be more specific, “rel=nofollow” is the code you are looking for on the home page of your site.
    Glad to be of help! We LOVE what we do here!

  20. Jeremy Blanton September 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    A few things regarding the backlinks:

    First with AR. ActiveRain does not allow you to leave links in the comments section. It’s against their TOS. The comments that are left are pointing links inside their network only. They did this to try & prevent the spam but even that doesn’t stop them.

    As for leaving comments here, the links here are also set to as is the case with almost any/all sites. So the example given above of Suzanne’s comment being a backlink has a nofollow attached to it & search engines skip over it.

    There are some simple add-ons you can put onto a firefox browswer that will show you whether the link is follow or not. I wrote about it long ago on my blog on ActiveRain: //

    • Suzanne September 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      What would we do without you, Jeremy!?

  21. Fort Carson Homes For Sale September 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    From a google brownie points perspective, does it help even more to provide a relevant name that correlates with the website’s content like I just did?

    If so, is it equally effective to put my name then the content info: “Kevin Kudrna – Fort Carson Homes for sale”

  22. Donna Galinsky September 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I have a wordpress site but since I get about 50 comments a day to moderate I am guessing it is a do follow site – but I am going to check it out now.

    Thanks for the information.

  23. Eric Slifkin September 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    When I check my backlinks via Google’s “Backward Links”, the results will vary from few to many. It is hard to determine where my site stands in the backlinks world!

  24. Cliff Stevenson September 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Interesting. Haven’t really looked into this much at all. My page ranks on page one for a couple of key search terms, but I haven’t spent much time on backlinks to get it there. Great information….thanks for this.

  25. Jeremy Blanton September 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Not sure Suzanne 🙂 Here’s another secret tip. Don’t just always do links to you main site page. Run some backlinks to deeper seeded pages in your site.

    Search engines like them even more 🙂

  26. Lynlee Long September 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    WOW! What great information! I’ve printed it so I can go back and follow the instructions, especially the part about dofollows. Tech Savvy is so “in the know”…

  27. Josh Nekrep September 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    That capture from Facebook made me chuckle, but it is a great reminder that, when it comes to technology, there are often a lot of knowledge gaps to be found even amongst the more “savvy” folk.

    And why wouldn’t there be? There’s just SO much to take in and get straight, and the more I know the more I realize how little I know!

  28. Jean Richer September 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    You guys at Tech Savvy are simply AMAZING! The information given out can help all of us to be more successful. You guys need to be at our KW Mega Camp next year!

    Thanks again,

    Jean Richer

  29. Aaron T. September 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Great stuff. Hope it helps all!

  30. Ben K - Seattle Condos September 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    @Chris – thank you for revisiting this topic. I cringed when people started to post their links in the FB comments…though, you did condone it somewhat.

    @Geordie – AR commenting syndrome…that’s what I immediately thought of, too.

    @Suzanne – Besides political and scientific, I’d also throw in etiquette. To me, those “good post” type comments with the backlink in the comment or in the correct URL field, is bad etiquette and I consider it comment spam (the AR syndrome). When people do that on my blog (mostly agents, go figure), I trash/delete it.

    I have dofollow (after a pre-selected # of comments are made) and I receive good number of spammy comments daily. Definitely good advice to set up comment moderation.

  31. Stacy Stateham September 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Great post! I knew about backlinking, but not about the dofollow/nofollow thing. Thanks for spelling it out so clearly!

  32. Todd Waller September 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm - Reply


    Thanks for calling my attention to this post on twitter.

    @ProfessionalOne and I certainly do pay attention to the links we use in our blog commenting. If there are certain pages on our blog that we would like a little “Google juice” for, we will drop that in our comment link.

    As for the no/dofollow tag issue, we are more concerned with having the conversation than the actual tag. I won’t deny there is a benefit to dropping comments on a dofollow blog as opposed to a nofollow blog, but the engagement with others is the driver for us.

  33. Ross Hair September 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Chris,

    As always – right on point.

    I’ve had huge problems with hackers on my WP blogs. To discourage them I’ve had to change my settings to nofollow and suspend adding comments.

    It’s a huge problem but I get an endless stream of .ru addresses registering as users, spamming the site and then exploiting WP or Plugin weaknesses to insert viruses.

    it’s a real problem.

  34. Megan Behan September 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    As a newer blogger I really appreciate all the tech tips and learning from other people’s experiences — good, bad, and ugly!
    @Ross Hair thanks for bringing up this concern I think that this is something everyone will have to be vigilant about and that’s too bad. Frustrating that for every worthy comment there are several spammy/dangerous ones. Kinda defeats the purpose of engaging in an online community. =(

  35. Chris Head September 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I’m always amazed at how generous you are with your knowledge! Thanks for this. I’ve been more of a reader/stalker and seldom comment on articles. I think that’s because I waste so much time weeding through many annoying, pointless comments on good posts at Active Rain. You have motivated and given me a reason to come out of the shadows!

    • Chris September 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Glad you did Chris!!!!

  36. John Carr September 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Great advice – I need to create an Ap so I can enter all these Very Important things to do in an Excel sheet. Otherwise I forget 90% of them.

  37. Ben K - Seattle Condos September 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    @Ross – I got hacked twice this year, once by the Russians.

    @Chris – may be a future topic for you is how to lock down a blog. I’ve learned the hard way that there are many backdoors that hackers/spammers can access.

  38. Tim Sartori September 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    The whole SEO thing is new to me and this post has helped a great deal. I had always wondered what backlinking was but never had the time to look it up or think about it’s benefits.
    It amazes me how little technology is used for real estate in my area and I’m viewing it as an opportunity. Your website is helping out a great deal. Thanks!

  39. Wow, great article. I had know idea this was so important. I’m all about free advertising. Thank you for taking the time to explain this.

  40. Kate Ball September 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    This is very useful information. It highlights a growing concern about the social media consulting industry.

    Many companies’ executives are paying marketing firms supposedly experts in using social media. I have yet to see anything from those consultants that actually results in business growth.

    All of the beneficial techniques I have learned have come from only three sources:
    1. Tech Savvy Agent!
    2. Personal experience (trial and error/success)
    3. A wise trainer from a top contact control software program.

    Managers out there: beware the consultants promising big results!

    • Chris September 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kate. It is sad that so many “gurus” are ripping people off. Agents need practical info they can digest and execute. That is our focus and seems to be appreciated.

  41. Mark Alan Adams September 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Great post, guys! What do you think about setting up 6 or 7 blogs on your own, posting to them each day or so to include back links and key words? Seems like over a 90 day period, you’d have a ton of links to your site. Too much?

    • Chris September 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Never try to cheat the search engines. Also I don’t think that you could genuinely create quality and compelling content on that many platforms. Remember its one thing to rank well, another thing to convert visitors to customers. That will always come down to the QUALITY.

    • Suzanne September 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      @Mark Alan – I agree with Chris – it’s also hard work, commitment and dedication to keep up with just one blog, let alone 6 or 7! I actually think that would be impossible unless you didn’t do anything else (maybe not even sleep)!

  42. Debbie Harris September 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Great information. I did not know about checking for the nofollow and dofollow. I have had the experience on my own personal site of massive amounts of comments, many of which were Spam so shut that off. Appreciate the insight here.

  43. Robert Schwabe September 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks Chris, I was never sure how to get backlinks. Hopefully now I can get some backlinks to my Orange Park real estate website.

  44. Jolenta Averill September 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Wow, how interesting that so many people misunderstood. It just goes to show you how overwhelmed folks must be trying to get the basics down.

  45. Tami Esling September 18, 2010 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Suzanne such thought and well said. The pictures help too!

  46. Sandra Sims September 18, 2010 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for this Backlink article you helped me to understand it even more and I will make sure I leave more comments. Please feel free to check out my VA website and leave me a comment as well!

  47. Gwen September 18, 2010 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Fantastic explanation! I thought I understood backlinking until you explained it. Great post Suzanne 🙂

  48. Jeremy Blanton September 18, 2010 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Kate Ball- Your statement about social media consultants is really off base. Am I a guru? No, I cringe when I hear someone say that word. Do I teach people how to use social media and SEO to build their business? Daily.

    To lump all social media consultants into a group is a little unfair. I have shared more than my fair share of information here on this site as well as on my own blog. Do people benefit from the content I share? Every Day. Do I still need to pay my bills? Obviously!

    People hire me because they have seen my track record and seen my skill knowledge. I’ve never once had someone say that my sessions were a waste of time. Instead, I have clients who write entire blog posts about me and the work my company has done for them.

    To give you an example,when one of my clients hired me they were nowhere to be seen in the search engines. We searched for multiple terms they wanted to rank on and after reaching page 11 or 12 of Google we would stop and try a different one. Now, that same client is sitting on page one of Google for some rather big terms and her phone is ringing. Just this past month she sold a 300K+ home to a buyer who found her solely for searching online and her coming up first.

    What I’d love to do to hopefully change your mind about social media consultants in general is offer you a one free hour of coaching with me.

    My comment links straight over to my site, so simply go there, click the contact button and let me know what time works well for you. Hopefully then you will see that having someone like me can be beneficial to your business 🙂

  49. Michael @ Bellingham Real Estate September 18, 2010 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Thanks Chris, You gave me the impetus to comment more often, I also see how to stop some of the spam I get on a neighborhood association site I administer that gets nothing but spam comments.

  50. Deb Orth September 18, 2010 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Thanks, as always, for the great insight into how agents can make backlinking an integral and easy part of their web strategy. Like Gwen, I thought I understood it until you gave your detailed explanation.

    Looking forward to learning more and giving back!

  51. Alex Cortez September 18, 2010 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Suzanne, ‘great post’. LOL, really, good information. Many try the easy/fast way of gaining backlinks and just spam their way into comments without giving anything of value to the conversation or even going for relevant/niche sites.

  52. Allison Norman September 18, 2010 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Wow! Its so important, yet amazingly simple to do. Thanks. One thing some people forget is that blog posts, and comments are forever! We just received a call from someone who read a reply to a question we answered on Active Rain….over a year ago.

  53. Tom Blue September 18, 2010 at 2:04 am - Reply

    What a great way to get backlinks! I love all the tips I get from you guys. Thank you!

  54. Barbara Sawin September 18, 2010 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Just when you think you kinda know what you are doing with all the techie realize there is so much more to know. You’ve got to stay on top of it all..constantly learning all of the new tricks. Thanks for this “backlinking” info.,had never heard of it before.

  55. Jim Sikes September 18, 2010 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Super helpful post! Thank you so much for the tip! As always, you are on spot.

  56. Jim Sikes September 18, 2010 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the tip you are the best! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to make my site a do follow. 🙂

  57. Stephanie Kelley September 18, 2010 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Thanks so much. I had been looking for information on this very subject and you nailed it!

  58. Donna Montefusco September 18, 2010 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Thank you for your backlink tips…I will be sure to pass the information along to other agents in our office.

  59. Tucker Wannamaker September 18, 2010 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Great clarity with the backlinking tips. Much appreciated. I think if anything, this is a good way to encourage people to engage more through a little incentive. I’ve noticed many of us faithful American consumers have been so good a just that… consuming. I hope we can start to see more engagement and creativity flowing out of great discussions(with a little backlinking to go with it!)

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  61. Nina Mayberry September 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you for explaining backlinks! I’ve been trying to figure this out for the longest!!

  62. Ginger September 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Wonderful explanation of backlinking that I am going to share with my clients. Thanks!

  63. Rick Sterling September 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Chris … as usual … great information. I always learn from your post. Thanks for your contributions on FB and your blog.

  64. Tim Mattingly September 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    More great information. Thank your for sharing all of these tips. The technology gap is getting wider amoung agents and I love being in front. Your tips help me in that. Thanks Tim

  65. Runa September 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a great information, Thanks

  66. Lollie Real September 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Its becoming more and more easier for me to apply the new tips I learned from you guys, thanks for going step by step, I can use this tools everyday/

  67. Rick Billington September 20, 2010 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Suzanne, thanks so much for your explanation…don’t know what I’d do without Tech Savvy Agent.

  68. Jennie Melvin September 20, 2010 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Finally! There is someone out there that can explain things in a way I understand! Thanks for the post, it was Very helpful!

  69. Jim September 20, 2010 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Thanks! This is very informative information on backlinking. Its like this article i read stressing the importance of backlinks //

  70. George (rehabGeorge) September 20, 2010 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Thanks. That explanation was very clear. Especially the view source code part. I am going to check my blog and insure that it will have that plugin and a dofollow set up. Thanks. //

  71. John Maisel September 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I really appreciate you guys and the information you share. It’s funny how this has become a different way of thinking for me whenever I comment on something post or write something for my blog. Keep up the great work!

  72. Leah Pham September 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I learn something new from you everyday! Thanks for the valuable tips!

  73. Jodie September 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    That was an awesome article! I don’t know why backlinking wasn’t being done by me before. I’ve been so busy on working other advertising that this easy one never even came to my mind!

  74. Angela Woellmer September 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    As always, current and informative. There’s so much to learn and so many tools to utilize that I really appreciate these tips and pointers. Each day something new, thank you!

  75. Rebeca Guaty Borges September 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Great information. I never knew that and has great insight and opportunities for me.
    Thanks so much and keep the tech tips coming.

  76. Eureka Janet September 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I will admit to having struggled with explaining the importance of…and the HOW of, Back-Links…

    Thanks…now all I have to do is send folks to YOU…Ha~! 😉

  77. Pat Huthwaite September 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Great information. It iseems the more I learn about social media, the less I know. Thank you

  78. Terry Krueger September 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Very interesting and helpful article. I’m going to learn more so I can start using this ASAP.

  79. Natalie Lapointe September 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    This is incredibly useful information, I didn’t realize how powerful leaving comments is and besides that, it’s great to engage with others commenting on the post as well. I really thought backlinks were all about asking a site to exchange links with you!

  80. Cleveland RE/MAX September 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    It’s actually not a chore, it’s fun. I visit real estate related blogs for knowledge and past-time… There’s always something new to learn. Also, just because a website is nofollow, it doesn’t mean that the readers themselves of that blog/article won’t visit your website based on your comment. It’s still great traffic and a good way to connect.

  81. Andrea Wince September 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this information, it is greatly appreciated. I need to be more involved in commenting & backlinking on sites like yours and ActiveRain. Today I begin here.

  82. Kathy Cramer September 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I am going to try it. I am always learning something new. It keeps my brain active.

  83. Tonya Harper September 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great artical. Glad to know I was actually doing it right. I couldn’t look however into the dofollow status on this browser but will try on another.

  84. Andrew Rallo September 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Make sure you site overall is optimized and relevant keywords added. This is in addition to the back links- Back links is only have the recipe to driving traffic to your site.

  85. Chris Adams September 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Great post. This is incredibly useful information, it’s great to engage with others commenting on the post as well. Thanks

  86. Matt September 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Excellent post, this is truly valuable. //

  87. Elizabeth Bouchard September 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    So glad to get this information as I have just moved my site from to a self-hosted site and am trying to rebuild traffic and google juice. And it was particularly interesting to know that a backlink from a well-known respected site has more impact than from an unknown site. Thanks for the tips.

  88. Matt Konlande September 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the tips on backlinks. Great information.

  89. Chad Pederson September 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Using Google Alerts to work on your backlinking was outstanding advice today Chris. You are spot on!

  90. Gayla Leathers September 21, 2010 at 12:25 am - Reply

    I love this information. I can’t wait to try it know that I understand how it works!

  91. Maria Haun September 21, 2010 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Great info! I will be using this and letting others know! Thanks

  92. Robin September 21, 2010 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Great article and excellent advice on backlinking!

  93. Dotie September 21, 2010 at 3:14 am - Reply

    This is fabulous! You answered the question so simply and now I understand what I should do for a back link. Its been driving me nuts. Thanks

  94. Steven Ligon September 21, 2010 at 3:33 am - Reply

    I have to admit, I had no idea what you meant by “backlinking”, but now it makes perfect sense! Always looking for a way to move up in the search engines 🙂

  95. Dana Faircloth September 21, 2010 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Great information. I always leave comments, but never put my website link. Thats going to change.
    Thanks so much!

  96. Garreth wilcock September 21, 2010 at 4:31 am - Reply

    It’s amazing how many peeps don’t read all of a post. Of those that do, how many read all the comments and join the conversation, rather than just add there own URL to the bottom. ? One of my sites is dofollow. I have to admit that I didn’t check your source code to see if yours is. Still trying to figure out this pesky iPad…

  97. Marc Cadrot September 21, 2010 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Great advise

  98. Walt Grande September 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    I really did not have a good understanding of backlinking. Your explanation was great and using the examples helped as well.

  99. Mary Gomez September 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I am working on Search Engine Optimization for my Website and really appreciate this article! Thank You!

  100. Sheena - TampaBay Homes September 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to explain how this works.

  101. Mark Schill September 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the education! I have not heard of backlinking until I read this article. The Interent, and all of its useful tricks to be the leader in your market amaze me.

  102. Michael Sosnowski September 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    We have always tried to leave relevant comments on posts that we felt were interesting and helpful. It would also be interesting to have a better understanding of which search engines view blog backlinks as more relevant.

  103. Theresa Berrier-Pope September 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the quick education on backlinking…very useful.

  104. Carol Sawdey September 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks, again, for going the extra mile to really explain how something works… It’s all about not wasting time in a busy day and you get that!

  105. yvonne sanandres September 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Great post!


  106. Kyle Talbott September 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I have been trying to improve my search engine rankings and I will give your great advice a try! Thanks!

  107. Carol Chesser September 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for all your info. I’ve been working on seo for years and I’m embarrassed to say I have not heard of backlinking. Now I know-you are never to old to learn a new trick! //

  108. Joshua Woehl September 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info. I did not know about dofollow or nofollow until I read this. Definately worth re-reading

  109. Chris Leopizzi September 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info I been trying to learn more about search engine optimization recently and this article definately clears some questions I had about the topic up!

  110. Terence Richardson September 22, 2010 at 12:16 am - Reply

    It’s amazing to see so many people interested in this kind of stuff these days. Most agents I know don’t find the value in learning this stuff and in due time it will have an impact as the online stuff becomes more and more important. Great article, thanks for sharing such valuable information.

  111. Jean Richer September 22, 2010 at 1:52 am - Reply

    This is amazing stuff. It is a great way to add links to your own web site and make it count. Our time is money. It’s great to read all of this content and comment but you also want to make it count. Thank you!

  112. Ian Gray September 22, 2010 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Thanks for helping me understand the value of social networking.

  113. […] further their business. Some of the hot topics covered were: – Google Instant – Google Alerts and Backlinking – Google Voice and how to add “Click To Call” on your website(s) – Google Analytics – […]

  114. Carolyn Topcik September 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I love your articles and am always learning something I didn’t know before. Why doesn’t everyone read what you are saying? And…keep posting information about phones on Android.

  115. Richard Woodward September 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Wow. This is a great article. I have been working on my SEO skills and have managed a first page placement on Google. This will really help me and I intend to share the article with all me Realtor Partners in Dallas.

  116. Julie Pogue September 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Found your Web site yesterday and was very impressed. Signed up to receive your blog posts. So glad I did. I’ve already learned 4 new things from one day’s post. Will definitely be reading often.

    • Chris September 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Julie glad to have you!

  117. Brigitte Shultz September 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Excellent explanation about back linking. You explained it in a way so it finally makes sense to me. Thank you so much.

  118. Jim Mitchem September 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I remember hearing about backlinks but had no idea what they were. Your explanation was clear and to the point. I can now use them correctly.
    Thank you.

  119. mark September 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    what a great place to learn about backlinking and about dofollow and nofollow sites

  120. VHT September 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Great article. And there are additional ways in which ‘Nofollow’ links affect real estate agents. In case anyone has wondered why they don’t get much search engine attention from all their listings all over the Internet, it’s because all the major aggregators like Zillow, Trulia and put ‘nofollow’ tags on your listings. So even though there is a link back to your site, the search engines never see it. We posted an illustration and some additional information regarding the subject on our blog: //

  121. Bob Tanski September 23, 2010 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Great Blog Post!
    Finally someone explained in simplistic terms exactly what backlinks are and what value they have.

  122. Brooks - The Southern Investor September 23, 2010 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I had never heard of this before. I recently checked out the ”top” blogs in my niche (or ones that I thought that were) and sent them through the test — I stopped following blogs that were below a set amount of traffic and found some others that I had never followed before but had good traffic. Now I know how to choose which blogs to leave the most comments on!!

  123. Raya Sella September 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Great article! I need to start following your advise. Thanks!

  124. Real Estate Polls September 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I Follow! Took some time to get around to setting it up but thanks for the side note about the WP Plugin to change from nofollow.

  125. Cy Phillips September 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this clarification. We’re always looking for ways to increase traffic to our site. We would have applied this suggestion incorrectly. Really appreciate so many great tips making us all better!

  126. Brooks - The Southern Investor September 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    2 More Thoughts:
    1) If you keep up with a blog and consistently stay involved, does each thoughtful comment count as a backlink to your site?
    2) Are there pros and cons (besides potential spammers) to becoming a “DOfollow” site?

  127. Vicki Lloyd September 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    This is another great post for improving our SEO. Thanks!

  128. Deb Jones September 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am struggling with so much information overload on all the social media. It is nice to read your posts that are easy for a novice to understand!

  129. Dave Lambrechts September 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    thank god for a real explanation of backlinks. I’ve been busting my head trying to figure this out on my own and have just gotten confused.

  130. Nancy Stephenson September 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Wow! Ifo that is free! I do that on my site also.

  131. Suzanne Hinton September 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Once again, tremendous information explained brillantly. Suzanne, I learn something so helpful every time I ready your information. I am very thankful that you and Chris are so unselfish about your expertise and information.

  132. […] was inspired to create this post because of TechSavvyAgent’s blog posting on Backlinking. I overlooked the fact that there are many real estate agents still looking to understand the […]

  133. Ken Tharp September 25, 2010 at 3:17 am - Reply

    This is a better explanation of backlinking than I’ve ever heard before. Thank you!

  134. Keith Oleniacz September 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    What an excellent idea, wish I had known about this earlier.


  135. Danielle Barone September 27, 2010 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I think this is really great information and wonderful explanation of how to backlink. I love how it ends with an opportunity to practice the new skill.

  136. Neil Ferree October 4, 2010 at 3:32 am - Reply

    With the Google Caffeine algorithm and the new Google Instant, finding and acquiring quality backlinks and (when avail) an “anchor text coded” backlink is becoming more important than ever.

    I wrote an article and did a YT video edntitled: Google Pagerank is Directly Related to the Quality of Your Backlinks //

    Luckily, there are some pretty good tool avail to help do this.

  137. Hector Aguilar October 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I truly thank you for clarifying what and how backlinks work. I understand it better now, however execution may be a bit harder to accomplish when your an infant to the social media marketing conceptt. Although a bit clearer now, I’m still in need of help to deply our SMM strategy.

  138. Bewrh Sentner October 7, 2010 at 1:44 am - Reply

    I am new to this social networking and I love it. Yhank you for explaining Backlinking. I especially liked the tip about choosing high traffic sites to backlink too when trying to improve one’s own site listing on Google.

  139. Peter Fletcher October 7, 2010 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Excellent, thanks. I wonder if there’s any evidence that Google’s algorithms discount the value of links found within blog comments.

    What we know is anchor text counts for a lot, so whatever a commenter inserts in the comment name field becomes the anchor text. If that’s the phrase you’re attempting to rank for then the link becomes valuable. But if you wanted to rank for, let’s say, “real estate Perth”, then you’d want to take your back linking efforts to reaching out to other bloggers with the aim of getting a link to your site with that phrase as the anchor text.

  140. Ron Henderson October 7, 2010 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Wow! I knew how to backlink but didn’t realize there were “nofollow” blogs. That’s interesting and I’ll have to go check that out on several blogs that I watch. Thanks for the detailed information to show me how to check that.

  141. Ray Nellum October 7, 2010 at 3:01 am - Reply

    I am starting to understand backlinking more, but for real estate agents that post a comment on an activerain site doesn’t have an area for adding a website. Does the comment still work the same in backlinking?

  142. Marie October 7, 2010 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Thanks for this great post. I had no idea how important backlinking was. In fact, I have been guilty of leaving out my web address. Thanks for your terrific explanation.

  143. Teri Shaughnessy October 7, 2010 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Wow. There is just so much to all of this, it can be a bit overwhelming. But your explanations and screen shots really help. Had NO idea about “dofollow” and no follow. Thankyou!

  144. Vickie Griffith October 9, 2010 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Thank you for the post and for clarifying backlinks. Now that you mentioned no-follow, I need to change my own blog and add the referenced plug-in. Boy, was I confused.

    Thanks again.

  145. Dennis Brando, PA October 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Excellent information and easy to understand.

  146. Nancy Dalebout October 13, 2010 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Thank you for clarifying about comment backlinks. I have been getting a bunch of non-relavant spammy comments on my website // and now I know why and what to do about it. I have a question – sometimes I leave my full last name, but usually I just leave a single initial or just a first name – does it always have to be my full name for it to be relavant? Thank you.

  147. Stacy Stateham October 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Thanks! It seems like the more I figure this stuff out the more I realize there’s tons I don’t know 🙂 I’ll be downloading the plug in for my wordpress sites!

  148. Mary Bremer October 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the information. If ANYONE wants to search THE MLS, copy and paste this link:


    Have a great day.

  149. Steve Olson October 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot for the post! A lot of time on this stuff, it can be like drinking water through a fire hose… It is never ending! I never knew to check a site for nofollow though, that is an awesome tip!!!

  150. Debbie Meiliken October 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    A Techie just turned me on to this site and I love it. Yesterday, I didn’t know what a backlink was, now I’m all over it. I’ll be a regular. Thanks so much

  151. Andrew Lasner October 27, 2010 at 1:35 am - Reply

    Interesting information. I didn’t know the technical aspect of backlinking.

  152. Tom Jovanovski November 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for all this great info. I have been a part of the Tech Savvy community for a short while and have learned a lot.

    • Chris November 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Glad to have you Tom.

  153. Andrew November 9, 2010 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Thanks for the information on backlinking. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it correctly these past few days while trying to promote my blog. Thank you again for clarifying my confusion.

  154. Joan Defenbaugh November 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Great information Chris. I have never seen backlinks explained in this manner. I’m not new to technology, but I am new to blogging and building my own online presence. I’m linking to my very new self-hosted WordPress blog that only has one post on it so far! Is it a bad idea to send out a link to a site that is still in progress?

  155. Stephen Smith November 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great post. I think it will only become more and more important for agents to time block to spend time on Tech Savvy Agent into there work week.

  156. Missy Caulk November 14, 2010 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Thanks for the explanation, very clear. On Activerain, the comments are nofollow, but still some slip through as I get Google Alerts on them.

    My WP site, // has dofollow links and yes I moderate, but my Akismet picks up tons of them.

  157. Elizabeth Bouchard December 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks as always for the great information. But when I view your page source and search for “nofollow” there are of course many instances where it was in your copy as well as places next to links to share this. Is yours a nofollow site, or dofollow?
    My blog site is dofollow but I agree with using akismet – otherwise I would have a lot of inappropriate spam comments!

  158. Dillon Rhodes December 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Definitely one of the best posts of 2010! If you are already going to comment on a post you might as well fill out all of the info and get the backlink to help your site. Once again, thanks for all of the info that we might not have found on our own. Happy Holidays and best of luck in 2011!

  159. Ralph Evans December 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I’ve been going through your top posts for 2010. I have followed a number of your suggestions, but I think I missed many of them too!

    Now I know the value of creating back-links for my Etobicoke ON Real Estate site.


  160. Chantal Konicek December 21, 2010 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Great info as always – especially pointing out how to find out which sites are dofollow sites. Happy Holidays.

  161. Betty Jung December 21, 2010 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Still confused a bit about dofollow and nofollow sites. Need to work on that. Never even knew that existed. Thanks.

  162. Doug Francis December 21, 2010 at 4:03 am - Reply

    Good post. Just went with DoFollow plug-in after two comments (that’s 2) at my blog.

  163. Jon Wade December 21, 2010 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Fantastic site Chris, I happend to know most of this but reading your take on it was worthwhile. I would love to see some more posts on real estate lead conversion. Thanks.

  164. Keith Shoemaker December 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Good information about backlinks. It gives a link back to your site, but it also shows that you are interested enough in your profession to be staying current with all its demands.

    Keep up the good work.

  165. Travis Parker December 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Man, the more I read, the less I know, even tho I learn more each time….One new item opens up 2-3 other previously unknown and unheard of items. This helps a lot. THANK YOU!

  166. Jen Butel December 22, 2010 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing such great information! You clearly demonstrate how simple backlinking is, I’m on board!

  167. James Fouts December 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the information! Keep the great tips coming for 2011 and beyond! You are truly helping the real estate industry move forward!

  168. Tm Davison January 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I was unaware of the “dofollow” and “nofollow” Thanks for the info!

  169. Anita Clark January 10, 2011 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Excellent tips that really do get to the meat of the Dofollow/Nofollow issue. If you use Firefox, another easy way to check for Dofollow linking is to download the SEOmoz toolbar…it has a built-in Nofollow button that will highlight any link on a site that is Nofollow.

  170. Josette Skilling January 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the clear explanation of this. Mine is a dofollow blog but I moderate and use Akismet to handle the junk!

  171. Susan Zanzonico January 31, 2011 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Thanks for this clear post on backlinking and also the wordpress plug-in. I’m off to check that now!

  172. Chris George February 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Great information and explained in a way that is easy to understand. Thanks!

  173. Taylor Masiero March 1, 2011 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Chris, thanks for the quick response… This looks like its an art. How does google rank backlinks in twitter and facebook?

  174. Real Estate Transaction Management March 13, 2011 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Tech Savy Agents:

    Have you found a good plugin for chrome that helps identify “dofollow” links on blogs? I know there is one for firefox.



  175. Stephanie Young March 31, 2011 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Awesome post Suzanne! The part about nofollow versus dofollow is invaluable. Thanks!

  176. Lulu April 10, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, Suzanne. I’m a trying hard mom-blogger learning this technology by myself thru reading and understanding. Your post is making backlinking procedure very simple thing to do.

  177. Road to Hana July 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info. It will help me choose better in the future.

  178. Isaac King October 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    This is an excellent to the point quick read on correctly backlinking. There is a lot of confusion out there for us “laypeople” when it comes to “tech-knowledge.” Thank you for the article and clarification.

  179. mottled Tah October 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Well…this is one of the most simplified explanation that I read on “HOW TO USE BACKLINKS”

    #Thnx Buddy..Hv a gr8 Day

  180. Jeff Birchmore October 31, 2011 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I have spent hours researching SEO tips related to real estate (& specifically backlinks) and yours is the first article I’ve come across that talks about Do & NoFollow. How relevant and helpful. Thank you so much!

  181. Aaron November 4, 2011 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Hi Suzanne,

    Thank you so much for the information on backlinking. I have found it to be the most difficult and tedious part of seo. I was under the impression that leaving the anchor text as the link is the best kind of link, is that true? Also does having the comments on your blog be do follow increase traffic? Thanks again!

  182. Malibu Real Estate November 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I just started using a new tool on Firefox called Search Status which will show you on any page what is a follow link and a no follow link. Just google Firefox Search Status add-ons.

  183. Greg December 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Just found this and it’s been really helpful. I didn’t have the correct follow choice on my site which was no doubt hurting the cause.

  184. roi motha January 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    More thank you for clarifying backlinks. Now that you mentioned no-follow, I need to change my own blog and add the referenced plug-in. Boy, was I

  185. MercurialCesco January 29, 2012 at 4:08 am - Reply

    I have just started my blog which is not related to real estate but this info helps a ton. cheers

  186. Zcode System February 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    knew about this trick but thanks anyways and keep up the good work! 😉

  187. Daniel February 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    very helpful post thanks! will get to the back-linking asap!

  188. Jerry Charlton February 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks.. great tips for changing my SE”No” into SEO

  189. phillip dobson February 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    i know i have to start backlinking and this article has given me the info i needed cheers

  190. Mukesh@Top Dance Songs 2012 February 25, 2012 at 6:02 am - Reply

    I think the information you have provided in this article is outstanding and it would surely help most of the business people who will read this. It has been seen that Google puts a huge prominence on back links and ranks the websites which have higher number of quality back links. Thanks for sharing this article.

  191. Jodie Tanner February 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Came across the tech savy web site today while doing some research for QR code uses. I am in the learning stages of building my website and all that goes with that. Did not know about backlinking until now.
    Thanks for the information.
    Look forward learning more.

  192. Jodie Tanner February 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Came across the tech savy web site today while doing some research for QR code uses. I am in the learning stages of building my website and all that goes with that. Did not know about backlinking until now.
    Thanks for the information.
    Look forward learning more

  193. James April 16, 2012 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Excellent thank you! Back links are important no doubt, but need to be from similar websites if possible, always helps. Little tips like yours always come in useful, and great when starting out and learning the ropes.

  194. david April 27, 2012 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Thanks for the info!You explained What I have tried to figure out of the last couple days (What exactly counts has a backlink)

  195. Medieval Beatz May 15, 2012 at 12:53 am - Reply

    The Advice is amazing! Thank you for the Brain Wisdon

  196. Timothy S - Minnesota Homes May 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I think people’s comments to this post (and the facebook post) are hilarious. They are so canned and obviously just wanting attention. It’s like:

    “I can’t believe I never saw things this way. My life is changed. I owe you much gratitude.”

    You could post that as a response to about 90% of all blog articles out there.

    That said, I think it’s awesome you guys have a “dofollow” comment section. It’s pretty rare these days. I think I’ve been inspired to do it on my own personal blog (// in case you’re wondering 😉 )

    Don’t suppose you know any other relevant sites that allow dofollow comments?

  197. Cathy August 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the info. it was extremely helpful and easy to understand.

  198. Cathy August 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I hope that I have done this correct? Not really savvy with the blogging thing yet. I think I left the wrong site.

  199. GigaWallpapers August 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Hey,this is really useful post i was really very confused about the back linking stuff.

    It helps alot

    Great Post
    Cheers! 🙂

  200. Freedom of Thoughts September 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I’m brand-new to the blogging world. Just started my website a couple weeks ago and I know I’ve got a long way to go. There is a lot to learn and I appreciate your information as it definitely helps out someone getting started like myself. Thank you!

    -Kevin Barton-

  201. Lowongan September 5, 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Yes sure that SEO OffPage is one of many factors that affects to your site.. But i doubt this Panda (Latest Updated Engine by Google) will see that this backlinking is important. The unique content is the number one now, i think 🙂

  202. Joe September 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    This is exactly what I was looking for! I knew how important back links are but was never really sure how to make the best of them.


  203. Mike b September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    @Lowongan Sadly with googles new Panda thing unique content seems to be making a run for #1

  204. Oscar September 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks! I’m learning about hot website rankings go and this site has been of much help, thanks again!

  205. Kevin September 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I’m still trying to figure how to promote my website and the importance of backlinking. Queston, how do you backlink if there is not a website list box? Can you just leave the URL in text, and if so will it count as a backlink? Thanks

  206. Fredrik September 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks, love when people go through it thoroughly:)

  207. Philip Alex September 29, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Indeed a very helpful post, i’m always looking for new ways to get quality backlinks to my website. What do you think of the backlinking software thats out there… are they reliable???

  208. Rebecca Diamond November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Doing this, on the sites that are dofollow, is probably more advantageous and cheaper than using backlinking software, much of which has a dubious reputation anyway. Thank you for the clear instructions and…ability to backlink 🙂

  209. Juanita Hargrave November 26, 2012 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Thank you. I have heard about backlinks and am trying to increase my internet knowledge. It’s mostly be self taught for the last couple of years. I appreciate your help. I left a “backlink” before I found your article. I was hoping I did it right. You answered my question. Yes I could leave the link in the comment box. 🙂

  210. Sam December 3, 2012 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Wow, Thanks for the backlinking explanation! Now time to hit up all the comment articles sections ^^

  211. Jason Sater December 18, 2012 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Thank you for demystifying the “backlink”. Any other great SEO tips you would recommend?

  212. Les Smith February 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I’m starting to understand back linking now thanks to this article. Any more helpful tips would greatly be appreciated.

  213. Erika February 23, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Thanks for the helpful tips – learned a little bit more!

  214. Caitlyn Hofmaster February 26, 2013 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Yeah…WOW! Thank you so much for explaining this! I was really confused and now I feel miles ahead. Seriously, thanks for writing this in a way that can be understood!


  215. MaxAV March 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip. Ive read quite a few articles explaining this very concept, hopefully it will help small businesses everywhere improve their rankings with respect to elitist big box domination over search engines!

  216. Jeremy April 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Great information on back-linking.

  217. Johnny B April 20, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Does anyone have a list of high pagerank dofollow real estate related websites?

  218. SQA May 2, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Great Backlink info, thanks a lot! Although not new, still a good source 🙂

  219. Streak Wizard May 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Cool, thanks for the info. Wasn’t 100% sure on what backlinking was but this cleared it up. Thank you!

  220. Home Values Ambler PA May 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Interesting to see the non-real estate crowd linking in :).

    PS: this page has a PR2 rank and piggybacks off a PR4 for the site.

  221. Kristyle May 14, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the helpful article. While I was aware of most of what was stated, I did not even think of the “dofollow” and “donotfollow” issue. Thank you for bringing that to light. I am wondering, as I see many other people are, is backlinking still a heavy hand in SEO?

  222. Mish May 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Great article. I had no idea that’s how backlinking works. Been in the Tech industry for a long time but not very savvy in web side of the business. Thank you very much!!!

  223. Brian June 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Backlinking is a essential part of every website wanting some SEO. The more websites linking to your website, the more Google’s crawlers see that your website is relevant. Which is why I have included my website here as well, another backlink 🙂

  224. Sean Feda July 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Great article, never knew how to. Thanks.

  225. A.L. Riley August 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    This is undoubtedly the best and easiest to understand explanation of how to backlink correctly that I have ran across and I appreciate it more than I can say!

  226. […] are very, very important in how well your site ranks. (See this earlier Tech Savvy Agent post for an explanation of backlinking.)  While ‘getting links’ is easier said than done, it’s not as difficult as it may seem to […]

  227. Brad MacKenzie August 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Great post. I can see why people would think they had to leave their url in your comments, though, from your original post. Glad to see that isn’t right, since it looks spammy.

  228. Brad MacKenzie August 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I also like how, on your blog, the commenter’s name is actually a hyperlink back to the commenter’s website! Not everyone has the same form as your What Do You Think? with the same functionality, and that’s a shame. It should be a law! (Kidding.)

  229. Louise Ferguson August 21, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I have been working on my Orlando Homes for Sale Real Estate website for a very long time and did not quite understand how to create backlinks. This one post made it clear and concise. Thank you very much for you wisdom and help.

  230. Tara Woodruff September 28, 2013 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for explaining this so well. I could not figure out for the life of me, what on earth it meant to “Back Link”

  231. mississauga townhouses October 4, 2013 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I’ve been following your site for quite sometime. I’m learning a lot about seo. Thanks so much.
    What do you think about buying links in real estate directories?

  232. April October 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the article. You took the mystery out of backlinks!

  233. Nicole March 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Very helpful article.

  234. Scott August 25, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this! I’ve done this a few times to backlink, but I never knew about the nofollow dofollow situation. i will def be using that strategy, thanks!

  235. Ryan Huggins August 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Great article and very timely as I’ve been reviewing my backlink strategy.

  236. Chris December 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great post Suzanne. I feel like I’m late to the party, but I’ve been researching back-links for a few weeks now and I found this info very helpful. I think ActiveRain is currently charging for their blog if you want your links to be seen by search engines. I’ve seen a lot of big agents in my area have great success with backlinks from Active Rain blogs.

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