6 Ways to Build Links with Your Graphic Design Skills

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Are you good at photography, “photoshoping” or graphic design? Then why don’t you use these skills to build backlinks? Even if you are an amateur graphic designer, you still can promote your unique artwork and build solid completely white-hat (as very well deserved) inlinks:

Build inlinks with your artwork

1. Create an artwork desktop wallpaper and submit it to wallpaper directories. Here are a few search queries to find these directories:

  • [submit wallpaper];
  • [desktop wallpaper inurl:submit];
  • [desktop wallpaper inurl:submit inurl:wallpaper];
  • [wallpaper inurl:add inurl:wallpaper];
  • [apple iphone wallpapers inurl:submit];
  • [iphone wallpapers inurl:submit intitle:wallpaper OR intitle:wallpapers].

Make sure the directory offers a linkback to the author’s site before submitting your wallpaper. Besides, comply with the site requirements to make sure your wallpaper will be accepted. You can find the list I once compiled here:

2. Add your website to CSS directories and design galleries:

  • [design gallery +submit];
  • [css gallery +submit];
  • [css directory +submit];
  • [design gallery inurl:submit], etc

Or try this list containing 101 CSS galleries that accept website submissions.

3. Market yourself at Flickr by promoting your photography at relevant communities. Here is a guide by the best Flickr marketer I am aware of – Matt McGee.

4. Take part in web design and graphic design competitions. Choose date range advanced Google search and these queries to get updated of the current competitions: [web design competition], [graphic design competition], etc. This website, for example, constantly posts recent updates on graphic competitions you might want to participate in.

5. Submit your site for participation in web design awards:

  • [web design awards +submit];
  • [web design awards inurl:submit];
  • [graphic design awards inurl:submit];
  • [graphic design awards +submit], etc.

6. Explore the backlinks of any prominent graphic designer’s website and get plenty of new ideas of how to promote your own artwork.

Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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  • David Vogelpohl

    Interesting post. Another good trick is to submit design work to open source projects (logos, navigation, etc.). I’ve snagged some good .org back links that way.

  • http://daxbradysheehan.cabonmade.com buffalo web marketing

    Open source is a great way, never thought of that David!

    Also do some non-profit work! Talk about authoritative back links…and of course helping your fellow man!

  • http://www.graphiccompetitions.com/ Francesco

    Thank you Ann for the link to the Graphic Competitions website!

  • http://www.voorwebmasters.nl Webmaster Resources

    Whoo, Nice m8, some really original stuff. I will use it for my own website. Thx

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  • http://www.eyeforweb.com/ graphic designing

    perfect stuff to explain the depth of web designing. my thinking about the design is “logo is to a organization what a window is to a home”

  • http://webprintbrand.com Bryan Moore

    Good ideas. Appreciate the resources and I’m going to try a few. Thanks!

  • http://www.ozam.com.au ozam

    can you elaborators the inurl term