As many of you guys might know I'm a big fan of SEO so I thought I would share with you all a simple trick that you can use to find super relevant websites to build backlinks on using "Footprints".
So what the hell are footprints?
Footprints are strings of text that we can use to find websites that operate using the same software. So for example - forums that run on the vBulletin software (such as this one) will have the text "Powered by vBulletin" somewhere in the footer.
This means that if we wanted to find a whole bunch of vBulletin forums we could simply do a Google search for "Powered by vBulletin":
Then if we wanted to find a whole bunch of vBulletin forums that are related to our niche we can do a Google search for Keyword "Powered by vBulletin".
So for example if we have a website about "Healthy Pet Treats" and wanted to find websites about "Pets" we can search like this:
And you've now got a whole bunch of pet related vBulletin forums.
So how can footprints help us to get backlinks?
By searching for footprints for website platforms that we know allow us to add links we can instantly find large amounts of relevant websites that we can build links on.
So for example - almost every forum platform will allows you to add a link somewhere. Usually a link can be added as a signature or as a profile homepage URL (or both).
So to find relevant forums that we can build backlinks on we just need to know what footprints to use.
Footprints for the most common forum platforms include:
vBulletin - "Powered by vBulletin"
phpBB - "Powered by phpBB"
XenoBB - "Powered by XennoBB" + "Xenno Group"
PHPNuke - "PHP-Nuke Copyright" + "by Francisco Burzi"
MyBB - "Powered By MyBB" "Return to Content | Lite (Archive) Mode"
FluxBB - "Powered by fluxbb"
UseBB - "Powered by UseBB 1 Forum Software"
XMB Forums - "Powered by XMB"
Don't forget to add your keyword to the footprint so that you find websites that are related to your niche!
Another good way to use Footprints is to find blogs and other websites that allow you to post comments along with a website link.
Here are some footprints for common platforms that allow comments:
WordPress - "mail address will not be published" "Powered by WordPress"
Joomla - "Powered by Joomla!" "Write comment" "Website:"
B2Evolution - "Your email address will not be revealed on this site." "Leave a comment"
BlogEngine - "Powered By BlogEngine" "Add A Comment" "Name*"
SquareSpace - site:*.squarespace.com "Post a New Comment"
SharePoint - "Built using the SharePoint" "Comments"
Drupal - Powered by Drupal + "Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically."
Movable Type - "Powered by Movable Type" + "Post a comment" -movabletype.org
4Images - "Powered by 4images" "Author:" "Comment"
Geeklog - "Powered by Geeklog" "The following comments are owned"
Plogger - "Powered by Plogger" "Post a comment:"
Now get out there and build some backlinks to your website!