The Current List of Do Follow Backlink Internet Sites

November 2011 DoFollow Backlink SitesCredit: Javrsmith

Authors of articles that are hosted on the Internet should be aware of the need for backlinking. This is the traffic building strategy that involves writing a new article that includes a link to an existing article. Ideally, the new article should be located on a different web site than the first. It should also be similar to the first article and it should be hosted on a respectable site. Finally, the new article should be linked to the first with "Do Follow" links. This article gives an overview of the process and provides a list of the current recommended sites of interest to most Internet authors.

What is "Do Follow" Anyway?
Actually, "Do Follow" is the absence of the "No Follow" directive. All Internet web page links must specify the destination web page of the link. Most browsers process optional directives that influence the behavior of the link. Many web sites use the "No Follow" directive when links are included in articles. This provides an instruction to search engines, such as Google, to ignore the link. The intent of the directive is to reduce the tendency of search engines to index the linked page and to reduce the importance of the link. The "No Follow" directive is not helpful to Internet authors.

Instead, Internet authors, such as those members of Infobarrel, should find web sites that provide "Do Follow" links. (IE: sites that do not use the "NOFOLLOW" directive.) Publishing articles on such sites maximizes the value of the link between web pages. There is also value in using web sites that are popular. Links on very popular sites tend to improve the value of the destination web pages. This article lists a number of web article hosts that can be used for backlinking purposes. The list is arranged by the relative importance of the web site as indicated by their Google pagerank and by their Alexa ranking.

What is Google Pagerank?
This is a measure of web site importance, according to Google. Gauged from "N/A" to 10, pagerank indicates how useful a web site is. The ranking is primarily used internally by Google search engine indexing tools but it can be useful for other purposes as well. As an author, you should strive to publish your articles on web sites that have the highest possible pagerank. At a minimum, you should spend more time publishing your articles on higher ranked sites, presuming that the effort is not overly time consuming. It would be better to publish 10 articles on a pagerank 6 site than 1 article on a pagerank 7 site.

What is Alexa?
Alexa is an Internet web site ranking service which has become useful in comparing various sites on a common basis. It is organized as a numerical ranking from 1 to 100, 1 million and beyond. The theory is that the most popular web host on the Internet would receive Alexa rank #1. The next would be #2 and so on. This article uses Alexa ranking as a secondary sorting criteria. If two web hosts have the same pagerank, they will be listed in their Alexa order.

Internet Web Hosts Listed in Pagerank and Alexa Order

Note: all sites are "Do Follow"

Host Name Revenue? Pagerank Alexa Notes   8 1508 strictly judged submissions Yes 7 203   6 270   6 7253 Yes 6 20739 Membership fee of $5 monthly Yes 5 286   5 4683 NOFOLLOW for some links Yes 4 4757   4 4868   4 12772 Moderated registration Yes 4 14471 Yes 4 17869 popup ads   4 19946   3 2500   3 10149 Yes 3 26981 Yes 3 31570 Affiliate of Shetoldme   2 22590 Link submission service   2 35307 Yes 2 243443 Yes 2 352145 Yes 1 271538  

How To Use The List of Do Follow Web Hosts

Everyone will have their own strategy but the classic link wheel or link building are good ones to start with. Here are the details:

Link Building Steps:

  1. Write a quality article on Infobarrel about an interesting topic.
  2. Write a similar, but unique, article for publication elsewhere.
  3. Post the article to another web host with a high pagerank.
  4. Link the second article back to the Infobarrel article. The link should be contextual. That is, don't just link to the article but have a keyword phrase link back.
  5. Write a third similar, but unique article for publication elsewhere.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
  7. Keep writing similar but unique articles and backlink them to the Infobarrel article.

Link Wheel Steps:

  1. Write a quality article on Infobarrel about an interesting topic.
  2. Write a similar article for publication elsewhere.
  3. Write several other articles.
  4. Publish the additional articles on high ranking sites.
  5. Link the addition articles to the article from step #2.
  6. Link the article in step #2 to the Infobarrel article.

What Not To Do

Under no circumstances should you merely duplicate your content by posting identical copies to multiple sites. This is expressly forbidden by many sites and is severely penalized by major search engines when detected. Take the time to write a totally new article and make sure that all of your work is of top quality. In order to make the process easier, many people resort to automated writing tools such as spinners. These are not recommended. They simply take a sentence and substitute various words to create new sentences. The result is usually quite mechanical looking. For example, this sentence:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

would be spun to:

The fast tan coyote leaps past the sleeping canine.


While the two sentences are very different and would not be classed as duplicates, the resultant meaning is changed as well. Many of the results from spinners are quite a departure from the original. This is especially true when the author preserves the keywords in each spun version. In these cases, the keywords stand out and are not supported by the other text in a natural fashion. While search engine robots may not detect the spun result, human readers often can. They will begin to ignore both the author's work and all work from the entire web host. In time, it is presumed that search engine robots will do the same as they become more adept at recognizing spun content. It is generally not worth it.

Instead, write new, original articles for each publishing opportunity. In time, you will find it very easy to write a second article that is similar to the original, is of good quality and is not simply a spun piece. Many authors find that writing a beginning outline in point form allows them to then craft a number of similar, but unique, articles based on the outline.