If you are doing SEO the only thing better than automatic backlinks is free automatic backlinks. When I refer to automatic backlinks I mean that every time you publish a post to your WordPress blog backlinks are automatically built to these posts. These links are in the form of your blog post being syndicated to web 2.0 sites, social bookmarks, status updates on web 2.0 sites and RSS feeds.
Once you set up these tools you can forget about them. This allows you to spend more time creating content knowing that each time you publish new content to your blog backlinks are being built to it automatically.
To get the most out of the backlinks created by the tools below be sure to bookmark (see my list of automated bookmarking tools) the URL of your account pages and RSS feed at each site. Most sites also have an RSS feed and sometimes more than one for your account. Be sure to submit the feed(s) to as many RSS directories as you can (see my list of RSS feed submission tools).
Automatic Backlink Tools
Ping.fm is site that lets you update over 30 social network and web 2.0 sites (including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Tumblr, Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Fickr, Typepad blogs, Ning, identi.ca, Friendfeed, Brightkite, Multiply) at the same time. Input your message at Ping.fm and then “ping” it to all the sites. Some sites have a 140 character limit like Twitter so you can only post status updates with URL links. Others let you make blog type posts with anchor text backlinks.
If you enter an RSS feed at twitterfeed.com will update multiple Twitter accounts, status.net sites (like identi.ca – see my list of status.net sites), Facebook and Hellotxt.com accounts when ever that feed is updated. Since this works from an RSS feed you can use to announce updates on your blog, YouTube Channel, Twitter account, Tumblr or anything account that has an RSS feed.
When you update your Posterous account you can have it automatically syndicate the posts to web 2.0 sites including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress.com, identi.ca, Blogger.com, LiveJournal and Xanga. You can even update Posterous via email and trigger the syndication process.
Lifestreaming sites aggregate many of your social network and web 2.0 sites in one place. Basically you can add your accounts like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Delicious, Flickr and many many more and the lifestream site will pull all updates from any of those sites to that site with provides a backlink to our accounts and your updates (basically backlinks to your backlinks on auto pilot).
There are a lot of lifestreaming sites. A few of the more popular, high Page Rank, ones include:
- Friendfeed – you can create groups to get even more links and exposure
- Soup.io – you get a sub-domain URL with your account name
- Identoo – creates a new page for each entry in an RSS feed. Go to my account, add blog url (not feed) to the auto discover profile url section.
See our compete list of lifestreaming sites.
There are also some WordPress plugins that will syndicate your content, update social networking sites, create RSS feeds and submit RSS feeds to RSS directories automatically whenever you update your blog.
Be careful with these plugins if you to a lot of “updates” to blog posts. Each time you update a post if the plugin updates your social network sites those sites could ban your account for posting the same content repeatedly.
Free plugin automatically posts your blog updates to one or multiple Status.net servers. Also works withTwitter, Facebook, Google Buzz and Ping.fm. I prefer using twitterfeed.
Free WP plugin that updates your posterous account each time you update your blog. You can then tell posterous to update other social networking accounts such as: Statusphere, Facebook, Facebook Page, Twitter, LinkedIn, FriendFeed, Jaiku, Plurk, Identica, Blogs, Blogger, Tumblr, Livejournal, Shopify, Typepad, Xanga, WordPress, MovableType, Drupal, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler, Blip.tv, Scribd, Xanga, Squarespace
Shorten 2 Ping EDITOR’S CHOICE
Free plugin automatically submits each blog post to to your ping.fm which pings the update to over 30 web 2.0 sites that you have entered in your ping.fm account.
Free plugin automatically posts each new blog post to yout Twitter account
Free plugin automatically distributes your blog post updates to up to 30 social networks including including Twitter, Facebook Profile, Facebook Pages, LinkedIn
Free WP plugin that will automatically post your blog updates to other sites/blogs to that allow posting-via-email. Examples include: multiply.com, livejournal.com, Blogger.com or even other WordPress-based sites
Automatically submits your blog posts to web 2.0 sites.
Web Traffic Genius EDITOR’S CHOICE
Creates an RSS feed for each blog post and submits it to about 20 RSS directories. You can also have it include additional URL’s in the RSS feed. You can specify which URL’s you want included and how many (it use a random number within a range you specify). This is helpful for a couple reasons, it provides additional backlinks to other pages (even non WordPress pages) and some RSS directories don’t accept feeds with only one item. This is a great way to get deep links to your blog posts on auto pilot. You can also schedule to create and submit RSS feeds for existing posts which is a nice feature. Highly recommended.
Automatically creates an RSS feed for every blog post and emails you the feed URL so you can submit it to RSS directories. This is a little more work than the Web Traffic Genius plugin but the plugin is cheaper and you can submit the feed to over 100 directories using RSS Submit (Web Traffic Genius only submits the feed to about 20 directories – and doesn’t provide you with the feed). To get $20 off, exit the page and click “cancel” on the exit pop-up.