Are you new to search engine optimization? Do you think you need to put in a lot of effort into SEO to get better rankings for your site? To be honest, search engine optimization does take time and effort, but it can be done with little to no stress on your part. There are numerous SEO consulting firms that claim to help you with increasing your site’s rankings. In many cases, people end up spending hundreds of dollars only to get little to no result. SEO is an on-going process and requires constant work. You can look at it like your site is an individual getting trained for a wrestling match. Once it stops training, it would end up losing some of its performance. With so many requests for easy link building techniques, I’ve managed to compile a list of some of the basic link building techniques for newbies.

Article Submission: Even with the recent Panda Update from Google, article submissions are still a perfect way to begin building links to your site. One thing you need to understand is that, your articles should be completely unique and relevant to your niche. Many article directory sites have been devalued with the recent update and it’s due to the amount of duplicate content they had. A good site to consider for article submissions is Articles posted on this site will get ranked within a few hours and the site only accepts unique articles. Being able to get a couple of backlinks from a site like this should be great for rankings.

Social Networking/Bookmarking: Building links from high profile social networking and social bookmarking sites work amazingly well. In terms of social networking, Facebook is a perfect place to start. Facebook allows users to create fan pages, so get in on the trend and create one for your site. Link back to your site from the profile page, as users will surely click on it to see what you offer. If you have new articles or posts on your page, try bookmarking them with popular social bookmarking sites. These are the small social interactive things you can do, which could easily build your links.

Link Directories: Is it simple enough to fill out a form and submit it? I’m sure it is! Link submissions are easy to do and they build some great links for your site. Target the high page rank directories and submit your links to them. In most cases, these sites receive hundreds of submissions on a daily basis, so expect to be placed on a waiting list for approval. If a particular link directory have been around for several years and offers a paid featured link, you could certainly consider it as it would be reviewed fairly quickly. A number of small SEO service companies offer directory submissions and if you are planning on using them, make sure to let them know that you’d like to avoid the low page rank directories.