Little Blogging Crackers: Get Backlinks On Autopilot

backlinks-on-autopilotIt’s not money that makes the on-line world go round…it’s backlinks.

We all want more.

That is sort of true…to be more precise…

We all want more quality backlinks.


Because the more quality backlinks we have the…

…More Google loves our sites

…The higher our sites appear in the search engines.

Some methods of getting back links take a lot of work like guest posting, article directories and Hub Pages.

Don’t get me wrong I do all of these methods myself and recommend you do…they just take a little longer than this one…

RSS Directories and RSS Footer

This method is another one-off action…like yesterdays Little Blogging Cracker on Pinging.

I have mentioned this before but many people may have missed it the first (and second / third) time around…hence mentioning it again.

Install the RSS Footer Plugin

The RSS Footer plugin allows you to add an extra line of content to blog posts in your RSS feed, defaulting to “Post from: ” and then a link back to your blog, with your targeted keyword phrase as it’s anchor text.

Here’s an image of my RSS feed:


See the red arrows? They point to my backlink using the phrase ‘Blogging Guide’.


Did you see I’ve been greedy and added a second link as well?

I also use the title of the blog post as a backlink.


Now why would you want to install the RSS Footer plugin?

There are 2 reasons:

1. Let’s say someone takes a copy of your blog post via RSS and copies it on their blog, you automatically have a backlink.

You may not want them to take a copy of your blog post but if they did, you do get a backlink.

2. If you complete the second action below of adding your blog feed to the RSS Directories, you automatically have another backlink.

Action number 1: Install and set-up the RSS Footer plugin

Submit Your Blog Feed to the RSS Directories

RSS Directories hold millions of links to websites and blogs and are some of the most visited websites on the internet.

By adding your blog’s RSS feed to the RSS Directories, every future blog post you add to your blog, will automatically be added to the RSS Directory. And that means it could potentially be seen by thousands of visitors and your blog will receive a powerful backlink from the RSS Directory.

You only have to add your blog’s RSS feed to the RSS directory once and everything is set up to work automatically.

If you have completed action point number 1, you get more backlinks due to the set-up of the RSS Footer plugin.

I’ve submitted my blog feed to approximately 30 RSS Directories so each time I publish a blog post, I get something like 90 backlinks…all on auto pilot.

Action number 2: Submit your feed to the RSS Directories

Read this post for a step-by-step method of adding your blog post to one of the most powerful RSS Directories:

How you make your blog index quicker, build backlinks and increase your traffic with a task that takes 2 minutes and you only have to do it once


Completing the above 2 actions should take you less than 30 minutes and it is worth doing. It is a one-off job and you get automatic backlinks each time you publish a blog post.


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32 Responses to Little Blogging Crackers: Get Backlinks On Autopilot

  1. Justin Germino December 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    RSS Footer is a must have plugin and I use it myself, not only for the backlink but it is important for declaring copyright and branding for auto pilot blogs that just read in RSS feeds based on keyword matches.

    • Andrew December 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm #


      The copywriting idea is a good one – thanks for sharing.


  2. Patricia December 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi Andrew

    Thanks for the reminder of the importance of the RSS directories. I’m subscribed to a few. Will have to review that over the holiday break.

    Patricia Perth australia

    • Andrew December 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm #


      That is exactly the purpose of these little blogging crackers…reminders to take some small action steps.


  3. DiTesco December 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Awesome and solid advice. The RSS footer is new to me and I am certainly going to make use of it in all my websites. Really neat and considering its on “autopilot” mode, the minutes required to get it up and running is certainly worth while. As far as RSS directories is concern, yeah, that’s a great way to build backlinks to as there are many directories and aggregators that do this for free. Just did not have that extra touch on it. Thanks!

    • Andrew December 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm #


      You are welcome – I’m glad you found it worthwhile.


  4. Steve December 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    I installed a great plugin on my sites that takes the first 100 characters including ads and links and uses that for the rss feed.

    • Andrew December 23, 2010 at 9:14 am #


      So what is the plugin?


  5. alexandra December 22, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    this is great to use the mentioned tips,,, i didnt worked on one thing,, that look a bit weired to me is “RRS footer”, how should be it????

    • Andrew December 23, 2010 at 9:15 am #


      Have you added the RSS Footer plugin?


  6. Kimi December 22, 2010 at 10:13 am #


    This is incredible, how can i miss this plugin!

    I am glad i read this post, otherwise i would still have my feed without my copyright.

    However feed spreading is not bad though, the exact copy of content is the problem.

    Thanks, and happy holidays.


    • Andrew December 23, 2010 at 9:17 am #


      We all find new plugins each day / week / month.

      I like it when I find one that someone recommends.


  7. Mukku December 22, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    i agreed with you all guys .. this guide really a time savour

  8. Anasha K Shakti December 22, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Man, okay, this is my next work on my blog. RSS feeds and Blog Directories. Going to work. Thank you!

    • Andrew December 23, 2010 at 9:17 am #


      You are welcome – I’m glad you liked it!


  9. Daniel Rose December 22, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    This is perhaps one of the simplest ideas, but it makes so much sense!

    • Andrew December 23, 2010 at 9:18 am #

      Thanks, Daniel.


  10. Dennis Edell December 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    You raise a question I’ve had, but keep forgetting to ask.

    What about email? Specifically Aweber emails….do links from there count as back links?

    • Andrew December 23, 2010 at 9:24 am #


      Great question and I don’t know the answer!

      I would expect not as the emails don’t end up in the search engines.


      • Dennis Edell December 24, 2010 at 11:20 am #

        Feeds do??

  11. Rob McCance December 26, 2010 at 2:28 am #


    Just installed, activated and set up the plugin.

    Thanks for the tip.

    And Happy New Year – I hope 2011 is a healthy and prosperous year for you!

    • Andrew December 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm #



      I hope your 2011 is simply brilliant.


  12. Brankica December 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    I haven’t heard of this plugin but it sure looks interesting. I am going to check out how it looks on you RSS (and while at it, I better subscribe) and try to make it work for me.
    Thanks for the idea and the tip, I hope it won’t be hard to set it up.

    • Andrew December 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm #


      It’s not hard to set up but if you have any problems please contact me:

      …and I’ll do my best to help.


      • Brankica December 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

        Hey thanks, I think it worked 🙂

        I hope it will bring some results. Thanks for sharing this tip!

  13. TJ McDowell December 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    SWEET! Just installed the plugin, and it looks like it’s working great. When I took a look at my rss feed, I noticed another issue – maybe you guys have run across this too, or maybe it’s normal. My posts are getting cut short when I’m looking at the feed in my browser. Is that a big deal? They can still click over for the full article, so maybe it’s not such a bad thing – kind of like a teaser. What are your thoughts?

    • Andrew December 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm #


      My feed also shows a summary. It’s down to personal preference, I think.


  14. Mike June 5, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Another great post! I was checking out the rss footer plugin, and while it’s still supposed to work, the author recommends trying out his new seo plugin which does this and more.

    Along with being a general purpose seo plugin, it gives you 2 links back to your site, one to homepage, and one to a post. But it’s still in beta testing, and being a newbie I’m a little scared to try it.

    How long does testing usually last? And if I start submitting my rss feeds today, then add the plugin later, will it update it and automatically add in the extra links for me?

    Here’s the url

    Thanks again man!

    • Andrew June 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm #


      Yoast’s new seo plugin is huge and covers many aspects of SEO.

      As you say it is still fairly new. I will end up using it but not yet. I want a few more bugs ironed out.

      When you/we add the new plugin, future links will be created…meaning it won’t be retrospective.


  15. Jonathan September 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Once again you’re a great eye-opener and I want to thank you for your free/good-quality posts.

    I’m news at this and I found this topic (and many others) very helpful!

  16. Taran February 10, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I am glad i read this post.Thanks for the reminder of the importance of the RSS directories.Thanks for sharing this post.


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