How To Get Listed on Backlink Index & How to Use Backlink Index to Build Great Backlinks in 2021

Here’s our User Guide on How To Get Listed on Backlink Index, and then what to do once you are listed.

Table of Contents
1 – Quick Recap – What are Backlinks?
2 – Backlink Outreach Campaigns
Backlink Outreach – the problem of Time & Effort
Backlink Outreach – the problem of Cost
So, what’s the answer?
3 – The Benefits of Using Backlink Index
Why do other sites want to be listed on Backlink Index?
4 – How to use Backlink Index
Searching for Niche Sites on Backlink Index
Contacting Niche Sites on Backlink Index
Top Tips for Outreach & Proposals – inc. Template for Collaborations
Offer Free Value and Reciprocal Backlinks, Upfront!
5 – Backlink Outreach Proposal Template
Other Backlink Proposal Variants
Bonus Value – Benchmarking Your Site Against Competitors
Bonus Value – Increasing Your Addressable Target Audience
6 – Recap – How To Use Backlink Index
4 Steps for a Listed Site
5 Steps for Backlink Builders & Outreach Campaigners
7 – How To Get Listed on Backlink Index
Terms & Conditions of Listing
Restricted Market Niches
8 – Application Format for Site Listing
What Happens After You’ve Submitted An Application For Listing?

1 – Quick Recap – What are Backlinks?

Backlinks are hyperlinks from one website, back to your own. They are well known to be a key success factor in getting ranked on Google and other search engines, for your keywords and key search terms. Backlinks are a key ingredient to any SEO strategy.

You can have great content, but if no sites are linking to your domain or your content, then search engines are less likely to discover your content or regard it as valuable. When other sites link to your domain and content, Google (and other search engines) see this as a signal that your content is valuable and worth crawling and indexing.

If the backlinks which you acquire are from other sites which share your subject matter or niche, then that’s highly relevant – and is an indicator that your content is well regarded by your peers and of value to people searching for terms within that niche.

Black and White Image of Links
(Backlinks – a chain of links is a good metaphor… making strong connections between other websites and yours)

Your Backlink profile helps to build a picture of how strong your content is – in terms of relevancy, and quality, and in turn will help Google and other search engines to favour your content and present it nearer the front of SERP pages (i.e. closer to the first page of Google). Ultimately, that is what will drive organic search traffic to your site – the position of your site and content, within search results pages for relevant keywords and search terms.

To gain backlinks from other websites and content publishers in your target niche, you can either wait and hope for them to discover your content and decide that it warrants their time and effort in linking to it, or you can do Outreach.

2 – Backlink Outreach Campaigns

Outreach is proactive, and it’s where you identify other blogs and news sites within your target niche, and reach out to them with a proposal to collaborate.

Typically – you might reach out and ask if you can provide a Guest Post for their site (a relevant piece of content, written by you, which you write, and which contains one or more links back to your own website). Or alternatively, you might ask for backlink placements on their site – in places where you’ve identified key terms for which you have relevant content.

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For example – if you find a blog post which contains the phrase “… we’re always on the lookout for the best new SEO techniques…” and you have a post on your site which focusses on that particular subject – then you could ask them to link the text “best new SEO techniques” – to your post.

Historically, all Backlink Outreach campaigns have faced the same two key difficulties – Time & Effort, and Cost.

Backlink Outreach – the problem of Time & Effort

Put simply, it takes time and effort to get backlinks. You have to spend time researching your target niche, and finding other sites which are complimentary to yours, and which look like they might be open to approach and collaboration. Then you have to actually put the effort in to reach out to them – find their contact point (email or a social media DM), and write to them with a proposal.

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If that pays off, and they engage with you – you then have to put time and effort in to make the arrangements for a backlink placement. Or you might also have to agree upon a Guest Post subject, and go away and either research and write this yourself, or have a freelancer do it for you.

To get a return on your efforts (i.e. secure some quality backlinks), then Time & Effort is always unavoidable… however the amount of Time and the amount of Effort, is something which Backlink Index can help with (and much reduce!) – as we’ll get to in a minute…

Backlink Outreach – the problem of Cost

The other key issue for most backlink building campaigns is Cost.

If you’re a well established publisher and your site is already well ranked and has a huge following and backlink profile – then getting new backlinks to any new posts will likely happen organically. This is because you’re already a well regarded source of content within your niche, and peers regularly read your content, and refer to it in their own.

However, if you’re a new publisher, and you site is just starting up and has very little (or even zero) Domain Authority, then you’ll need to find other, better ranked sites to link back to you to help build your backlink profile.

This is where Cost comes in. Unfortunately for many of us – bigger, more established sites will charge a fee to accepts a Guest post from you, or to place a backlink on their site which points back to yours. A whole industry has built up around this practice, and it’s nothing new. Just think of Instagram, where you have the big players – the “Influencers” commanding large sums of money and fees for ‘shout outs’ and product placements. That’s the same thing, just in a different arena.

The problem here is that the cost of paying for backlinks is often prohibitive for many small blogs and startups.

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(No-one really wants to pay for Backlinks if they can avoid it… with Backlink Index that’s the idea – avoid it and help out others in a similar position through free collaborations)

You likely don’t have a budget for this, and the price tags for backlinks (which can be in the hundreds of dollars per link), quickly add up.

Quick FYI – paying for backlinks is against the terms and conditions of Google and other search engines. So the whole pay-per-backlink practice is a bit of a black market. However it still exists, because there is a market for it – one group of people desperately need backlinks, and the other group and in a position of advantage – being webmasters of sites with high Domain Authority.

So, what’s the answer?

Well, if you have the money and the budget – feel free to go buy up backlink placements on a range of high ranking sites. It will certainly boost your backlink profile and Domain Authority, but comes with the risk of a search engine penalty if Google (or similar) take a close look and determine that your backlinks have been acquired through ‘black hat’ techniques (paid backlinks).

The other option? – build authentic backlinks, through outreach campaigns, and for free.

Sounds nice, but what about the significant Time & Effort which we discussed earlier?

Well, that’s where Backlink Index comes in!

3 – The Benefits of Using Backlink Index

Backlink Index is a free online resource, built to help bloggers, content marketers and online businesses who are looking to connect with other content publishers (websites), to collaborate on content and backlink sharing.

What Backlink Index does is provide a free catalogue of websites which have specifically applied to be listed, and have expressed a willingness to collaborate on FREE backlink exchange activities with other websites.

In effect, Backlink Index does away with the Cost side of backlink building – so that’s big benefit #1.

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It also greatly reduces the Time & Effort involved in backlink outreach campaigns – by providing a directory of sites… this directory is quick to search, relevant – since it matches websites with your niche, and appropriate – since only sites which are open to collaborations are listed. This all greatly reduces the Time involved, and gets rid of wasted Effort – since you aren’t outreaching to irrelevant sites, or sites which aren’t open to approach.

Backlink Index is a place to find and connect with other blogs, news sites, businesses etc. within your market niche (your ‘peers’ effectively), so that you can start a conversation about collaborating – with the end goal being the mutually beneficial sharing of backlinks.

The Benefits – Why do sites want to be listed on Backlink Index?

The same reasons as you. They want to avoid the cost of paying for backlinks, and see what backlinks they can build for free, with likeminded members of the same community.

For sites who are listed on Backlink Index – they get exposure. People can find their site and see what niches and subject matter they specialise in, and they can also see their contact details to be able to get in touch for a collaboration.

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Backlink Index is all about trying to help each other out, through a free transaction – sharing backlinks without any fees… which should be mutually beneficial for both parties. So long as their market niches and site content are complimentary – then the backlinks should be relevant and improve the profile of both sites, in the eyes of Google and other search engines.

As an added benefit – any site which is listed on Backlink Index gets free backlinks by nature of the listing. Just by process of having a profile on Backlink Index – a site will have a link to it’s URL, and also links to any key content examples it wants to share.

For a single listing on Backlink Index – a site can end up with up to 5 free backlinks… 2 which link to the URL / site domain, and up to 3 optional ones which link to a selection of content examples.

On top of that – a site can list up to 4 of their Social Media accounts / pages in their contact options. So that’s a free way to drive traffic to your Instagram Page or Twitter account.

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(A site listing on Backlink Index can also contain links to your Social Media profiles)

The Benefits of using Backlink Index speak for themselves. If you’re a new blog site, news site, or product / service sales site trying to grow your organic search traffic through a better backlink profile and SEO footprint – then using Backlink Index is a no-brainer!

4 – How To Use Backlink Index

To make the most of Backlink Index, you first need to have a think about your current website, and your target audience.

Maybe take a pen and piece of paper and jot down your notes as you complete this 2 minute exercise…

Ask yourself – what is the purpose of your site? Is it a blog, news site, sales site for a product or service? – write that down.

Ask yourself – what is the market niche* which your site’s content best caters for? – is your content written for the Consumer Banking niche, the Music Production niche, or something else? Your site’s content could quite easily be relevant to several niches, and you might find that 3-4 related niches all overlap and are appropriate for your content. That’s fine – write these down. You might want to circle 1 ‘Primary Niche’, and a few ‘Secondary / Additional Niches’.

*(Use our A-Z list of market niches to help identify these).

Ask yourself – what market niches do your Target Audience hang out in? By this we mean – your blog site and content might cater to the Plants & Seeds niche, and that can be one particular niche for your audience – but actually they also move around in the ‘Gardening’ and ‘Home Improvements’ niches.

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(Find your audience – where do they hang out, and what do they look like?)

This is important because – even though your content might not be written specifically for the ‘Home Improvements’ niche, collaborating with a blog or news site in that niche might still be relevant to you and will put your content in front of an appropriate audience.

Searching for Niche Sites on Backlink Index

Once you have a good picture of your landscape – with your content and target niches at the centre, and relevant adjacent niches and audiences around it, then you’re much better prepared to do a targeted search for potential collaboration partners.

Contacting Niche Sites on Backlink Index

Once you’ve found a site on Backlink Index which you think is appropriate (matching or complimentary niches, relevant content examples etc.) – then it’s time for you to reach out, make contact, and propose a collaboration!

Every listing on Backlink Index should have a point of contact. Typically this will be an email address, or one of several social media profiles – which you can direct message (DM) on that platform.

Take the contact details, and then it’s time to craft your first contact message…

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(Making first contact and reaching out to new website owners can be daunting, best to just make the leap and get on with it!)

All of the sites listed on Backlink Index should be open to collaboration and approach, however it’s ultimately at the discretion of each website publisher to accept and provide backlinks.

For best results and highest chances of success (securing backlinks), we recommend that you write your first contact message using our template below…

Top Tips for Outreach and Proposals – including our Top Template for Collaboration

Nailing a good first outreach message and proposal is key to securing backlinks from collaborating sites.

Don’t forget that, much like you – the owners of these sites are busy. they have their own sites and businesses to run, and may already receive several requests for collaborations and backlinks on a regular basis.

If your first message lands in their inbox and is poorly written, with bad English, poor spelling and grammar, and looks very much like a copy / paste job, then they may just ignore it and move on to the next.

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(Review and check your backlink outreach proposals!)

Take a couple of minute of effort, and make sure that your proposal reads well, and doesn’t have the name of one of your other target sites still pasted into the first line!

Keep it simple, to the point and easy to read and respond to.

Maybe reference the fact that their site and yours both overlap in the ‘XYZ’ niche, and that your post… (provide examples) is a great compliment to one of their articles, or one of their products.

Offer Free Value and Reciprocal Backlinks, Upfront!

Offer them reciprocal backlinks! – This bit is so easy and of no cost to you, but offers them some free value in the transaction.

Go a step further – add a backlink on your site, to their site, and then show them the page where this already exists. That way when you first contact them – you can provide evidence of how you’re already providing value to them and of how you intend to reciprocate and build a mutually beneficial relationship.

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(Giving out Backlinks is free, quick and easy for you to do, so don’t be shy – you never know what doors it might open)

Side Note – You don’t have to offer backlinks in return, but it’s a good way to sweeten the deal, and will boost your chances of collaborating again in the future. It’s also just a nice thing to do – and we’re all about helping each other out and supporting the blogging community as a whole.

Draw parallels, sign-post why you’re relevant, and provide examples and links to show that your content is relevant and appropriate. In essence – make it super easy for them to say yes!

5 – Backlink Outreach Proposal Template

Here’s a great example which you can use as a template if you’d like:

(This is an example of a first contact message from the author of, to the owners of…


Proposal for Backlink Collaboration – via Backlink Index


Hi site owner,

Hope that this message finds you well.

Just came across your great site whilst searching for some complimentary sites in the Freelancing niche, and I think our two sites could be a great complimentary fit for a backlink collaboration.

I’d like to propose that I provide a Guest Post for your blog site, and that you publish it, including 2-3 backlinks back to posts and content on my site

I can provide a draft of the Guest Post, and the specific links, within a week, and typically produce posts around 600-1,000 words long. I also have a few titles and subjects to suggest:

  • The Benefits and Disadvantages of Working From Home
  • Productivity Software – A list of the 12 Best Productivity tools for 2021
  • 3 Steps to Better Home Working, through Freelance Outsourcing

My site is still only young and I’m trying to establish it and build it’s backlink presence. A few backlinks from an authority site in the same niche(s) such as yours, would go a long way to helping me with that ๐Ÿ™‚

Please let me know if you have any questions, or suggestions on how else we could collaborate and benefit each other.

Look forwards to hearing from you,

Thanks and Regards,


You can swap out, or add to the proposal for a Guest Post – with a proposal for a backlink placement, a quote / citation link, or something else.

For example:

+ I also see that you have a great post on Productivity and Best Ways to be effective when Working From Home (see: How To Work From Home Effectively – Top Tips)… however you don’t have a list of productivity tools and software. I have just completed a post on that subject, titled “10 Best Productivity Tools for 2021”. Could you please add a sentence to your existing post, with a link to my post on that subject?


+ I really enjoyed your post on Free E-Learning Courses (Best Free Online eLearning Courses and Videos in 2021), but I see that ‘Fiver Learning’ is currently missing from your list. I think it could be a great addition and would be happy for you to include this quote from our post, with a link back to the same post please if you can: “Fiver Learning is a great new online e-learning platform from the team behind Fiverr. It’s full of great short courses, both free and paid, and looks set to rival the likes of Udemy and LinkedIn Learning in years to come” – quote from (include post link:

*(As time goes on, we update and iterate on this template to make it better. This takes into account feedback from our users on what works well, what doesn’t work so well, and suggestions for other ways to boost chances of a successful backlink collaboration between two parties).

Bonus Value – Benchmarking Your Site Against Competitors

Beyond the obvious benefits of using Backlink Index which revolve around reducing Time, Effort and Cost in acquiring new Backlinks, there’s also an opportunity to gain insight from the directory of sites…

Using Backlink Index you can research existing sites in your immediate niche (and secondary niches) and find out more about them. For example – you can quickly see how they position themselves in terms of which Niches they pick as their Primary and Secondary (Additional) niches. And once you have them identified, you can then use external tools including Ahrefs, GT Metrix, Google Keyword Planner, and Google Pagespeed Insights, to check things like their Domain Authority, keyword rankings, backlink profiles, and pagespeed.

Reviewing Data on the Current Market Landscape
(Use Backlink Index to get a view on the current landscape in your Niche – who else is out there, and how well established are those other websites?)

All of this can quickly build up to give you a picture of the current content marketing landscape in your target niche.

You can see where your competitors (and allies) are, and benchmark yourselves against them in terms of current Domain Authority, backlink profile and so on.

All of this is very valuable.

Being able to see the lie of the land and know your starting point, will give you clear goals and milestones in terms of moving the dial and increasing those same metrics over time. The ultimate goal of course, being to become more and more relevant within your niche, have better SEO metrics, and capture more of the organic search traffic volume for your key search terms.

Bonus Value – Increasing Your Addressable Target Audience

You can also use Backlink Index for customer and market research…

It’s one thing identifying your target audience and building a persona or profile for them, but if you search through the niches of the Backlink Index directories – you can quickly identify a shortlist of blogs and news sites which your target audience might be reading and subscribing to online.

Audience of People in Cinema
(Once you’ve identified your target audience, you can start looking for where else they hang out online – you might be surprised in some cases!)

Many of these sites might have fallen under your radar, but once you discover them through Backlink Index – you can get a better picture of where your target audience might be hanging out online.

This is a powerful asset.

If you discover that there is a very popular niche blog site which is focussed on “Garden Weedkiller” and is hoovering up organic traffic from keyword searches related to that, and your site sells complimentary products such as lawnmowers or garden tools – then that site might be an ideal partner for you to collaborate with!

6 – Recap – How To Use Backlink Index

4 Steps for a Listed Site

You can be both a user with a site listed on Backlink Index, and a Backlink Builder who is using Backlink Index for their outreach campaigns and to actively find new sites to connect with.

For those with sites listed on Backlink Index, there are 4 simple steps for How To Use Backlink Index:

  1. Get your site listed (See below for: How To Get Listed on Backlink Index)
  2. Wait for and receive collaboration requests, straight to your provided contact channel (whether that be email, or social media DM)
  3. Review collaboration proposals, and decide which ones to go forward with
  4. Act upon and implement the collaboration, whether that be publishing a guest post, some backlink placements (text, image, video etc.), or a quote and citation link.

For those looking for new find new sites to collaborate with, there are 5 basic steps for How To Use Backlink Index:

  1. Identify what it is that you are looking for. This is the pen and paper exercise described back a few sections previous, where you identify which market niches you want to search within to find complimentary and relevant sites to obtain backlinks from.
  2. Search and navigate through Backlink Index to find those niches, and review the sites which are listed for each of them.
  3. Pick out the sites which are most appropriate to your needs and your content, and which offer good opportunity in terms of Domain Authority, and then contact them using the contact points which they have provided.
  4. If they engage and accept your proposal for collaboration – make the arrangements and provide any collateral needed (content, text, URL links etc.)
  5. Sit back and wait for the partner site to publish the new backlinks. If they don’t provide any timescales or a timely update to say that the links have been published, then it’s probably acceptable etiquette to politely follow up with them for an update after 1-2 weeks.

7 – How To Get Listed on Backlink Index

Getting your website accepted and listed on Backlink Index is quick and easy.

Just apply here using our Application Form, and please stick to the Application Format and complete all fields where possible. This makes it a lot quicker and easier for our team to review your application, and then also to transfer your details into a listing on Backlink Index. Stick to the Application Format for better chances of success, and a quicker resolution.

Our team is only small, and we don’t have time or resource to go back and forth asking for additional information or clarifications. If your application isn’t comprehensive and clear – we reserve the right to discard it.

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That being said, we make every effort to be fair in our review process, and our mission is to accept as many genuine applications and possible and grow the Backlink Index to be a vast directory of valuable niche sites and backlinks.

We have No Minimum Performance Requirements.

What does that mean? – basically, we know that it’s hard to startup a new blog or content website and gain traction. We don’t expect you to have lots of existing traffic or even Domain Authority. We’re here to help you grow those metrics, not handicap you because you don’t have them…

We’ll still review and accept your site for listing even if you have zero (0) Domain Authority, and very few or even zero (0) existing backlinks.

What we do want to see however – is value content and a legitimate site which both our blogging community and search engines in general will find valuable.

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Your site must be presentable, and have published original content on it – preferably in well written English language.

*English is our only supported language for now. As we grow and more people request support for content in other languages, we will look to add those. However, we can only process and review content sites which are written in English currently.

If your site is empty or in a state of “Under Development” – we are unlikely to accept and list it.

If your site is not secured by an encryption layer (does not have an SSL applied and is not reachable over the HHTPS protocol), we may still accept it. However please be aware that Google and other search engines now publicly acknowledge that HTTP (unsecured) sites score lower / will be de-prioritised in their SERP rankings, favour of those with an SSL certificate. So it’s in your best interests to apply an SSL certificate and let us know asap once your site links can be updated to HTTPS.

If you site is reviewed and deemed to be over-saturated with advertising or low-quality content or duplicated content – we are unlikely to accept and list it.

if your site contains content from any of our current list of restricted niches and subject matter (see below) – we are unlikely to accept and list it.

Terms & Conditions of Listing

Its is free to apply to Backlink Index, however Backlink Index accepts no liability for inaccurate data or miss-representation within your site listing and links.

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(Our Terms of Service – we try to make Backlink Index as easy to use and as accessible as possible, but there are a few key terms of course…)

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to provide accurate and correct information.

Backlink Index accepts no responsibility or liability for contact messages, or follow-on relationships and agreements which are made by parties, having found each other through the Backlink Index website.

Backlink Index accepts no responsibility or liability for any Google Penalties (or other search engine penalties), which might possibly arise in the future as a result of your backlinking activities, including the backlinks which appear between our site and yours.

Backlink Index makes every effort to operate within the allowed rules and guidelines of Google and other search engines, and we believe our free community backlink approach to be a ‘White Hat’ and acceptable SEO technique, on account of it being free, and providing relevant and genuine links between valuable content. That of course, is our interpretation, and with the regular updates to Google’s search algorithms, we cannot forecast that Google or other search engines won’t at some point change their stance, or incorrectly look upon our site in a negative light.

Backlink Index accepts NO payment for the service it provides to users – both those who list their website(s) in the directory, and those who search the directory and make contact with listed sites. Our service and site is free to use, and we maintain the site using income from other sites, including paid SEO services through our sister site

We will not accept site listings from Webmasters and Publishers who intend to charge collaborators for their backlinks.

Backlink Index does not endorse other sites who attempt to charge for their backlinks.

If a third party website and business wishes to charge for provision of backlinks, then that is their business, however if we find that sites are listed on Backlink Index by owners who are charging for backlink collaborations – we reserve the right to de-list those sites.

Backlink Index makes efforts to maintain the directory of sites and keep it up to date and accurate in a timely manner. However we are a free service, run by a team of bloggers, or a best endeavours basis. Our site should be up to date. If you find any deadlinks or listed sites which have been taken down or have transformed into sites containing vastly different content or content from our list of Restricted Niches (see below), then please kindly inform us and we will review and update.

Our backlinks to your site are free, and we intend to maintain and keep them live for as long as our site is live.

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Periodically – we will re-check your site to make sure that the content still falls within our terms of use, and matches with your nominated niches. If it doesn’t – we may contact you to agree appropriate update(s), or we also reserve the right to de-list immediately if we find a blatant breach of our terms. A de-listing by ourselves will typically occur if we find that your site contains malware, has become ‘spammy’, or has departed from the originally nominated niches and now contains content from our list of Restricted Niches (see below).

De-listing your site. If you wish to de-list and remove your site from the Backlink Index directory for any reason whatsoever, please notify us via the Contact Us form, and we will endeavour to fulfil the request asap.

There are currently no limits imposed upon the number of websites which each individual or business entity can submit for listing on Backlink Index. That being said however, please do consider prioritising your applications (if you intend to submit several sites), since our team is small and processing time can be significant if we have a backlog and long list of live applications.

All applications are screened individually by a human member of our team, however if we do fail to spot a breach of our terms upon first review, or if the content of your site changes after listing – then we reserve the right to de-list and remove your site from Backlink Index at our discretion.

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(If we re-review your site and something just doesn’t measure up – we reserve the right to de-list it if you are in breach of our Terms & Conditions)

Backlink Index makes efforts to provide a comprehensive list of Content marketing Niches. However that’s a moving target, and we will be constantly updating the list over time.

If you can’t find niches in our A-Z List of Content Marketing Niches which reflect and describe your content, and are absolutely sure that we don’t have a match – you can suggest to name a new Niche under which to list your site. We reserve the right to either implement this, or select the next best match from our existing list of niches if we think another is more appropriate.

Backlink Index will not list any website which contains published content attributable to any of the niches or subjects listed within our Restricted Market Niches (see below). We also reserve the right to amend, add to, and update this list periodically.

Restricted Market Niches

To maintain a healthy, fair and impartial online community which fosters our values for inclusivity, zero tolerance for hate, discrimination, or violence – we have a list of Restricted Market Niches…

We do not accept applications from, and will not list websites containing content which can be attributed to any of the following restricted subjects: 

Pornography, Drug Misuse and Abuse, Self Harm and Abuse, Malware, Ransomware, Racism and Hate Speech, Violence (excluding recognised combat sports, recognised and reputable news outlets, movies or documentaries on the subject), Human or Animal Abuse of any kind, Scams or Exploitation Schemes, Modern Slavery.

We may also update this list (amend, or add to it) periodically, and at our discretion.

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8 – Application Format for Site Listing on Backlink Index

Last check for you – is your site genuine, well maintained, malware free, and offering value to both web users and search engines? – If yes, please continue, we’d love to hear from you!

Do you know which Niche(s) you are apply to be listed under? – As a guide, we recommend that you nominate 1 Primary Niche, and then up to 4 Secondary / Additional Niches. To help identify these – please review our A-Z List of Content Marketing Niches.

If you think that your content doesn’t fit any of our existing niche definitions, then you can suggest an alternative niche title and request that we add this niche to our directory and associate your site listing with it. As per our Terms & Conditions of Listing (above), we reserve the right to either accept and implement this, or assign a next best fit as we deem appropriate. In any case, we will likely contact you over email to discuss ๐Ÿ™‚

Email Inbox Receiving Contacts
(We tend to communicate on applications over Email – so check your inbox if you’re expecting to hear back from us)

Requirements of the Application Form and required fields –

Title / Name of Site

Site URL (preferably in HTTPS format)

What is it?

(Provide a description of what your site is about, what niches it covers, what type of website it is – blog, news site, video content site, product or service sales site, newsletter site etc.)

(Please write 2-3 lines at a minimum, and up to 2-3 paragraphs max.)

Examples of Typical Content & Subjects or Themes

(Optional – Add up to 3 examples of your content…)

(Chose up to 3 examples which are good examples of your content in terms of quality, subject matter, length etc.)

(Give an indication of the subject or theme for each post):

  • SUBJECT / THEME โ€“ (e.g. FREELANCING): {Post title and link}
  • SUBJECT / THEME โ€“ (e.g. FREELANCING): {Post title and link}
  • SUBJECT / THEME โ€“ (e.g. FREELANCING): {Post title and link}

Contact Point(s) for this site

(Provide your preferred method for potential collaborators to contact you via…)

(If you have a Contact Page on your website, then you can provide a direct link to that, or alternatively provide an email address or at least one Social Media profile which will accept Direct Messages…)

Website Contact Page:

 Contact Us page: e.g.

Email and Social Media Profiles:

Email Address: e.g.

Facebook Page: e.g.

Instagram Account: e.g.

Pinterest Page: e.g.

Twitter Account: e.g.

Nominate your chosen Primary Niche:

Pick 1 niche to be your main / primary niche

*(If you’re having trouble deciding what this should be – review our A-Z List of Content Marketing Niches for inspiration and guidance)

Nominate your Secondary / Additional Niches:

Pick up to 4 secondary niches. These are other niches which your sites content overlaps with.

*(Again – refer to our A-Z List of Content Marketing Niches if you’re struggling)

**Please pick and state Niches which already exist within the Backlink Index directory (see the A-Z List)… However if you feel that your content genuinely doesn’t fit any of our current niches and deserves a new niche – please state this and suggest the titles of the niches you’d like to have included. As per out Terms & Conditions of Listing – we will be reasonable in our review and consideration of these, but may ultimately apply a ‘next best fit’ if we think that an existing niche title is appropriate.

And that’s it!

Fill in the form as clearly and comprehensively as you can, and hit Submit ๐Ÿ™‚

What Happens After You’ve Submitted An Application For Listing?

As per our Terms & Conditions of Listing (see above), we endeavour to review and approve every application in a timely manner (currently within 2-3 days). However, please bear in mind that our service is free, and maintained by a small team of bloggers who have days jobs and obligations elsewhere. At times, if we have a backlog of applications to review and process – there may be a delay.

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Once we have reviewed your application – you will receive an email confirmation from us which will state whether your application was successful or not…

If we need anymore information from you – we will ask for it.

๐Ÿ™‚ If successful – we will provide a link to your listing on Backlink Index.

๐Ÿ™ If unsuccessful – we will provide a quick explanation as to why (likely a breech of our Terms & Conditions of Listing and our List of Restricted Niches), but due to time constraints we won’t have time to provide in-depth explanations or back-and-forth dialogue on the matter.

If your site is rejected, please review both our Terms & Conditions of Listing, and the List of Restricted Niches, and then feel free to re-apply in the future, once you feel that your site meets the requirements.

If you have any comments or suggestions for us – we’d love to hear from you via our Contact Us page.