If you are relatively new to the Internet community, it may seem a daunting task to get free, natural, backlinks to your site. You may understand now how important natural backlinks are towards establishing a solid reputation with search engines, but you are caught in the dilemma of the first-time job seeker.

You don’t have the qualifications to attract someone who is interested in you, but the only way to gain those qualifications is to have the working reputation (backlinks) already in place. So, what do you do? If you were in a tight job market looking only for experienced people and you had no such qualifications, then you might consider getting your experience by volunteering or doing an internship. This is not much different than what you are going to have to do to start generating some viable backlinks that count towards your Internet resume.

You will have to do a little upfront work and scout down the backlinks just like you were an eager job seeker with the quandary of having no experience in a job market where all the employers want higher qualifications.


As we mentioned earlier, there is a special attribute that can tell search engines to ignore a link. In fact, search engines and blog communities like WordPress are so afraid of backlink spamming that they automatically put the attribute of rel=nofollow in their templates. This keeps commentators from spamming for the sake of a backlink.

The problem with that approach is that it also keeps genuine people who are marketing their sites from commenting too. So, many community based forums find that the lesser of two evils for them is to switch the nofollow attribute back to a dofollow attribute. Then, they have someone clean up the spam. This allows those commentators with substantial entries that contribute to the community to have their backlink. They are generally called “dofollow” sites, in comparison to nofollow sites.

When looking for back links is important to continue to look for dofollow links to make sure you’re getting credit for all the hard work you’re putting in.