Top 10 Social Media Sites to Get Dofollow Links From in 2013

Alesia Krush
Alesia Krush Internet marketer, Link-Assistant.Com

Posted on July 29th 2013

Top 10 Social Media Sites to Get Dofollow Links From in 2013

It is always a pleasant surprise after sharing a piece of content on social media to get a link to your site that is "dofollow" (not restricted from being followed by the search engines). This way, not only do you manage to expose your content to a lot of potential "direct" visitors, but also to improve its positions in the search engines for certain keywords.

Not all social links are dofollow. And normally, the more reputable a social site is, the more likely it is to make its outgoing links (especially comments links) nofollow in order to prevent spam. However, there are certain ways to get dofollow links to your posts from some of the major social media sites.


There is a plethora of social sharing and social bookmarking sites on the Web, but the majority of them are not really worth your attention, because you'd barely get any direct Web traffic from them. Instead, let's see what major, highly-trafficked social hubs allow you to do both: get visitors and PageRank value from your social links.

1. Google+

Not all links from Google+ that point to your content are dofollow. For example, the links you get when sharing text content are nofollow. The links people insert in their comments on Google+ are nofollow as well.

However, if you specifically click the link icon in the "Share what's new" section, the link you provide will be dofollow.

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2. YouTube

YouTube allows you to add a description to any video you upload and to include a link to your site in that description. However, that link is nofollow.

Now, I’ve come up with a little trick that could get you a bit more value from your YouTube channel. J Thing is, you can add links to your channel’s header. And, the social links you add there are actually dofollow!

So, if you’re promoting a free-hosted WordPress site or a Tumblr blog, the link that you add to your YouTube channel’s header will be dofollow. But for that, the URL of your blog should end in wordpress.com, tumblr.com, etc.

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So, as far as getting SEO value from YouTube links is concerned, here is the deal:

  • Social links in channel’s header are dofollow
  • Other links in channel’s header are nofollow
  • Links in YouTube video descriptions are nofollow

3. Pinterest

Apart from letting you bring the visual side of your brand into spotlight, Pinterest also lets you link to your site from your profile, and that profile link is actually dofollow.

Image Contrary to what it may look like, links in the "Pinned from…" box on Pinterest are actually internal and don't lead directly to your site. So, just keep that in mind.

4. LinkedIn

If you look at your LinkedIn feed, you'll see that it's full of links to third-party sites that are, in fact, dofollow. These are often short links (such as http://lnkd.in/GB9z-s), but still pass PageRank via the 301 redirect.

However, if you search for these posts on Google, you won't find them, since Google doesn't really have access to a big part of LinkedIn content, and hence those links are likely not taken into account to determine your page ranking.

The only part of LinkedIn where I've seen links that may be capable of passing some SEO value is in "My Publications" in my public LinkedIn profile. Those links to my online posts are dofollow, however, these pages are accessible via 302 redirects.

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Well, the official Google's on 302 redirect is that they are temporary, and hence such links don't pass PageRank. However, there have been multiple accounts by SEOs who have seen rankings boost from 302 links. This likely depends on how long your "temporary" redirect has been around.

5. WordPress

A WordPress blog takes only minutes to set up; and you can do it for free. It may be a great solution for anyone doing content marketing and looking to attract visitors to their site by means of publishing articles on third-party platforms.

When you create a post on a free-hosted WordPress blog, you have a choice of making links in it dofollow or nofollow (the CMS system allows you to do that). However, to prevent spam, WordPress nofollows all comment links and profile links by default.

6. Hubpages

You may've noticed that some "hubs" have dofollow links in them, while some have nofollowed ones. According to Hubpages themselves, either your account needs to have a particular number of points (75) or the score of that particular hub needs to be at least 40 for you to be able to provide dofollow links in your hubs.

Hubpages.com is pretty much like WordPress in the way they fight comment spam: it doesn’t let dofollow links in comments or profiles either.

7. Tumblr

Tumblr is another popular blogging platform that used to provide a loophole for unethical online promoters until recently. Before, if you reblogged a Tumblr post (as opposed to giving it a Like), the link in your profile which showed up in the trackback would magically become dofollow.

Right now it looks like Tumblr has caught up on that; and trackbacks from reblogged posts are now all nofollow.

However, if you simply share a link to your content on Tumblr by pressing the green Link button, that links will be dofollow. Besides, to encourage the Tumblr crowd to like or reblog your post, create a compelling custom title and description for your blurb.

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8. Blogger (Blogspot)

As you probably know, Blogger is presently owned by Google. Many say that Blogger posts get indexed incredibly fast. Yet another advantage of having a presence on this platform is that the links you get from Blogger posts are dofollow.

Now, if you try to place a link into a comment to a Blogspot post, most likely your URL will not get converted into a hyperlink by default (at least I've never seen this happen).

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But even when Blogger comments do have hyperlinks in them, those links are made nofollow, so you won't get SEO value there.

9. Reddit

Reddit is a popular social bookmarking site that lets you bookmark about any type of your content (images, videos, text, etc.). The great part about Reddit, is that it links to your post directly (not via a redirect), and that all links from it are dofollow.

So, if you haven't got a Reddit profile yet, it's probably worth setting up one. To bookmark a URL on Reddit, just click "Submit a new link" in the upper right corner.

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10. BizSugar

BizSugar is a community where people create and/or share small business news and tips. So, if your content is around the topic of business, entrepreneurship, social media, online marketing or similar, go ahead and register with this site and click "Submit an Article" to proceed.

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BizSugar employs a team of moderators to prevent mindless spamming, but the link you get to your content is actually dofollow. And, if your post gets a significant number of "Sugars" (upvotes), it's likely to get featured on BizSugar's homepage.

A way to speed up the process

Now, after going through the list, you may think "nahh, I don’t have the time to share each post on 10 different websites. Plus, I have Twitter and Facebook accounts to manage, too".

Well, there are social media management tools (like BuzzBundle, for instance) that allow you to share links on multiple social networks at once. Besides, many SMM tools let you store all your login information and accounts history in one place, which means you only need to log in to one app to post to the above-mentioned networks.

Conclusion

To sum it up, I'd like to mention there is no guarantee Google or other search engines will actually take those social links into account when assessing your page’s rankings. However, many site owners have observed their possible effectiveness.  For example, SearchMetrics recently did a study that demonstrated that higher rankings are often correlated with a big number of Google + shares the piece receives.  

Know another social media site that provides dofollow links? Do share your findings in comments!

 

Image credit: iStockPhoto by alexsl

Alesia Krush

Alesia Krush

Internet marketer, Link-Assistant.Com

Alesia Krush is a blogger and a Web marketer at Link-Assistant.Com, home to the industry’s best SEO and SMM tools. The software developer’s most recent initiative has been the release of the revolutionary BuzzBundle SMM tool that lets one easily manage their brand’s reputation and wage viral campaigns in social networks, blogs, forums, Q&A sites and other Web 2.0 properties.

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Comments

These are the sort of articles I love to stumble across. I have already applied the Linkedin and the google + techniques!

I have never heard of Bizsugar either so will give that a go too.

Thank you, Andy!

I would also urge everyone to participate with these sites responsibly.  ;)

Cheers,

Alesia

 

 

 

 

Great article :)

Still - you missed one - http://aboutus.org - by default their links are nofollow, but if you complete your page (not with autogenerated content) and drop them a mail they make all links dofollow.

 

Thanks, Emil!

What do you think about StumbleUpon?

I have a StumbleUpon account. I think this service is rather intuitive and always manages to surprise me :)

However, when it comes to links, I don't think it gives you any dofollow links to your content. From what I understand, StumbleUpon uses direct linking to display content from other websites.

Cheers,

Alesia

 

 

 

Hi Alesia,


This was truly an awesome article and I enjoyed reading every bit of it, speically the one about Bizsugar.

I have not only read this article but shared and thanks you via gtalk and also shared on my Linkedin and twitter profile.

God bless.

Regards,

Andrew

 

Hi Andrew,

Thank you! Looks like you really went an extra mile :)

I'm following you on Twitter now.

Cheers,

Alesia

Hi Alesia


Great post, a lot of these links I had already created but its always good to come across a new one every now and again, so thank you for giving out indepth information. The world of SEO has changed so dramatically since google brought out its new algorithms and I still feel a lot of people are stumbling around in the dark, but there can be no doubt the old ways are the best and thats finding good strong backlinks to your page

Hi Alesia

Thank you very much this post, these little tricks will prove him invaluable especially with the weight Google place behind social websites.

One question please - when I try add my website URL for Youtube, I follow the exact steps as shown in your post, however I keep receiving this message "The URL does not match the given network"

The website is built on wordpress and I select the wordpress option but it still doesn't work for me.

My Google + profile works but not my website. Is there something I am doing wrong?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Tom

Hi Tom, 

Thanks! 

To answer your question, YouTube links work for free-hosted WordPress and Tumblr blogs, that is, the URL of your site should contain .wordpress or .tumblr in it. Otherwise YouTube will keep saying it doesn't match. 

So, even if you have a WordPress site but the URLdoesn't end with .wordpress.com, it won't let you add a link :(

Best, 

Alesia 

Ahh I understand! Thank you very much for letting me know :)

All the best,

Tom

Notice no Twitter or Facebook on there :p

Hi, could you give more detailed steps to publish dofollow links in Youtube? I can not find the way..

Ziiweb

This is good articles, thank you! However, I think reddit only dofollow when you logged in. After you logged out, the link will become nofollow. http://www.about.me also give dofollow with keywords anchor tags. Thanks again!

Do you think acquiring dofollow links from targeted blogs still effective today?

Thank you for sharing these important SEO and social media tips. I am a member of the Bizsugar community, and I must say it really helps to promote my blog in there. But in order to benefit from it, we have to share only what we think will be helpful to the community. Articles that get hot on there go to their homepage. And since it's a community of business bloggers, your hot article can also be featured by some of the top blogs who are owned by the members in that community.

Alesia Krush this is really a nice article, But what you mentioned about LinkedIn publications doesn't looks like a dofollow.

The truth is the link from LinkedIn is not a direct link its a redirect so it looks like a dofollow link for us. But for crawlers its actually a nofollow link.

For example this link points to my site from LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/redir/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogtimenow%2Ecom&urlhash=zEK7

What linkedin do is they just block search engines in robots.txt http://www.linkedin.com/robots.txt

Disallow: /redir/ however the what is written is really cool.

Chears,

Sureyea

Great article really appreciate the information.  I do think all the Pins on Pinterest may be dofollow now not just profile links.  But if you put a link in a description then that is no follow, so they only give you one dofollow link per pin.

Also another social media site with dofollow links is Kumbuya -- it is a social sharing site focused around interest communities.  Anyone that joins a community can post a link, photo, video etc into that community.

No the Pinterest pins are actually nofollow.  They are dofollow internally on Pinterest, but then when you get to the actual outbound link it is nofollow.

I have been using Kumbuya for links and its a good suggestion.  All their links are dofollow

really your article it is so great and i learned alot from it

and i agree with the member above who said about aboutus.org  . it also great

thanks

Hi..Its a very useful article..Thanks to all...

thank you for the article, very useful to me


Well most of the links you have said to be as Dofollow are not.

Youtube - Nofollow

Pinterest - Nofollow

Reddit - Nofollow

Ram, thanks for the comment.

As far as I've probed, YouTube and Pinterest let one put both types of links to a piece of content. Depending on where in the network the link is located, it can be either dofollow or nofollow. In the post, I spoke about the places dofollow links were to be found.

As far as Reddit is concerned, all the links I've been adding to it have been dofollow. However, if you have an example which states the contrary, please share it ;) 

Cheers, 

Alesia 

Thank you!

More links pls.

I didn't try all the links you have mentioned, but the ones I did are dofollow....(including Pinterest) 

Thanks a bunch Alesia. You are amazing !

Hi Alesia

I am rahul sharma

Thank you very much this post, this post is really very nice but i want to ask one question

I try add my website URL for Youtube, I follow the exact steps as shown in your post, however I keep receiving this message "The URL does not match the given network"

This is good articles, thank you! However, I think reddit only dofollow when you logged in.

Hi Alesia, great work! Thanks so much!

Most of the links you list on your post are dofollow. However the Pinterests ones seem to be nofollow, even after you verify your web site. I don't know if they have recently changed their policy of if there's anything I did wrong.

I created my profile and uploaded my Ibiza boat blog and my Pinterest profile shows the link to my site and appears checked as verifies, but the link is NOfollow...

The rest of the list works JUST FINE! Thanks so much! :-)

Great post thanks for sharing these great links.  I believe Reddit is nofollow until it's upvoted 3-4 times.  I'm not possitive about that though.

Hi Alesia,

You forgot to mention that the links on the about us page at Google + are also followed eg:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/101483129866912784818/about


Peter

Hi Peter, 

Great catch, thank you!

Cheers, 

Alesia

These are the articles I love. I need to learn a lot yet end this article is very helpfull!

thank you for sharing!!

Thank you very much, I was looking for do follow tips and your post clearly light my way. I also found some great tips from the comments, thanks guys.

This is so great, I've looking for best dofollow sites for my Atlanta SEO Expert keyword, Thanks a lot Alesia.

These sites are great places for getting a Do follow link as well as improving SEO. I didn’t know that Tumbler, Google + provide a do follow link. This post will be helpful for new bloggers like me.

Facebook also has dofollow links in the profile

great article :).

But i think Pinterest has become a nofollow now :). But i will try out another one. Thanks for writing this article 

Thanks Alesia for youseful PR and some of this info is new from like "Reddit".

I have commented to many social media neworks and put a link to my website and blog but when I checked using backlink checker, there are only some of it are dofollow backlinks. I did not know that until I read this post. Do I get dofollow backlink if I keep commenting on this blog?

Ok this is disturbing. For last three months I am writing on a personal blog. Always heared about "Comment"'s SEO effectiveness. So I have been commenting here and there for quite sometime. Mostly on blogger. Please If you could answer one of my question "Commenting on do-follow sites helps?". Thank  you Alesia for the article. I guess It is not too late for working on the right course. 

Hello,


I thank you for your article. In my backlinks search report, I got

  • a lot of "No (link Missing)"
  • a few of "Yes (Nofollow tag)"
  • some "Yes"

Do you know what those "YES (Nofollow tag)" mean? Is it a DoFollow or a NoFollow link? I got thos,e for exemple for links from PINTEREST.

Thank you

Hi Alesia,

Great post.

I'm too using these methods but not convienced about their impact. Even if Google does index the links, the pages on these sites receive no juice from the main domain. I have a feeling like all these acount URIs are practically confiend spaces. What do you think?

And reddit, has some awkward linking method. As far as I can see it creates two linkes and uses one internally and one externally.

Are there any other notable blogs where comments still generate link juice? I am promoting my app for local nightlife discovery but so far almost all blog comments are nofollow. Am I wasting my time?


Regards,

Gene

It's not true that you can't add hyperlink in comments on blogspot. It's not clearly written nearby comment field but you can use some HTML tags in comments. Some are for decoration like b /b but you can also add link simply by using "a href". Anyway, good job with writing this article.

Hi Alesia,

Great info but some info is outdated example info about G+.

Update would do lot more value.

Good work.

Hi u, Google does not seem to get the link dofollow?

Great post. Really useful (: Thanks, Alesia!

I say, if there is no need to have a profile in these sites, then it doesn't make sense to have a link from these sites. Creating an account just for the link and never using it again,.. isn't that a bit spammy?

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