What Are Do-Follow Links & How Do They Help Your Small Business?

Are you trying to boost your website’s SEO ranking? Are you sick of tirelessly re-posting blogs throughout social sites, without seeing any improvement? Certain social sites provide do-follow links that will help to improve your SEO value, but which? Below, we explain the process and give you the top 10 social media sites that provide do-follow links!

what are do follow links

What is a do-follow link? A Do-Follow Link tells Search Engines like Google, to follow the destination inside the link, thus indexing your page and helping your SEO value.  Certain sites automatically provide do-follow links, although most popular sites provide only no-follow links. A No-Follow link does not help your SEO value because it tells Search Engines that they should not follow the link, hence not indexing your page or helping boost your SERP.

1. YouTube

YouTube is a great place to ensure a video about your product, company, or service will be seen by lots of people, and better yet, YouTube allows you to add a description where you can include a link in your header, as well as social links, that are all do-follow links. Links added in your description or in the place specifically asking for a link, are actually no-follow.

2. Hubpages

You may have noticed that Hubpages have do-follow links in the articles, rather than mainly no-follow links. The catch here is that your Hubpages account needs a particular number of points (minimum 75) or the hub score needs to be minimum of 40, to provide do-follow links in the hubs. Also, remember Hubpages does not accommodate do-follow links in the comment section or profiles.

3. Google+

Google+ is a tricky site, as it provides both do-follow and no-follow links. The links in the comments and the links we get when sharing text content, are no-follow. The content posted in the “Share What’s New” section however, are do-follow links.

4. LinkedIn

All the links you see in your LinkedIn feed are all do-follow links, however your LinkedIn posts will not appear in a Google search, as the search engine doesn’t have access to a huge part of LinkedIn content. The most notable place that LinkedIn offers do-follow links are in the “My Publications” section. The ranking factor for the links posted in the “My Publications” section are based on how long the redirect has been around.

5. Pinterest

Pinterest is one of the first sites people think of when they think of social sites that offer do-follow links, although it doesn’t allow for as much linking as you would think. Pinterest links to your site from the profile, via a do-follow. Contrary to popular belief, links in the “Pinned from…” box are internal and don’t lead directly to your site.

6. WordPress

WordPress offers an excellent free blogging platform. WordPress automatically uses no-follow profile and comment links, in an attempt to prevent spam. However, WordPress does offer the opportunity for you to turn your links into do-follow with each individual post you create.

7. Reddit

Reddit is the ultimate in social bookmarking sites, as it allows you to bookmark virtually any type of content. Bonus! All links that are provided via reddit are do-follow (the only exception of this are links that come via a redirect.)

8. BizSugar

BizSugar is an awesome site that encourages the sharing of business tips and updates for entrepreneurs, digital markets or those in social business. All links posted via BizSugar are do-follow!

9. Tumblr

Tumblr is a super popular blogging platform that offers lots of beneficial links. Links in both your profile, a well as links shared via posts are all do-follow links, so get to tumblring!

10. Blogger

Blogger is owned by Google, and thus it shares the posts that get indexed first, plus all the links on both Blogger and Blogspot, all are automatically do-follow links.

As an added linking benefit, we have included social bookmarking sites that fetch do-follow links!

www.digg.com

www.stumleupon.com

www.delicious.com

www.diigo.com

www.technorati.com

www.slashdot.org

www.folkd.com

www.newsvine.com

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