How to Do SEO For A Tiny Site With No Backlinks | Neil Patel SEO Tips

Backlinks, content, people who have both of them do well when it comes to SEO. Websites who don't have either of them tend not to do well. But does that mean SEO is helpless if you have a tiny website with no backlinks? Today I'm going to share with you how you can do SEO for a tiny website that has no backlinks.


The first that you need to know is you need some sort of content.

You don't need a ton of content but you need some sort of content. And the content you create needs to hit hard.

So before you go out there and write any types of content, what I want you to do is go to Ubersuggest and put in all your competitors' URLs. When you put in your competitors' URLs you'll see a page, it shows you their traffic, this page shows you all of their top pages.

And by doing that you'll now know not only their top pages, what they're about, but the keyword that they're ranking for. What I want you to do is look at their most popular pages of content, look to see if you've already covered any of those topics.

Chances are if you have a tiny website and you don't have any links, you haven't. But just in case, double check them because in that case you'd want to adjust your content.

If you haven't you'll want to create new content. What I want you to do is create more in depth versions. In essence, all advanced guides are definitive guides or beginner guides, whatever you want to call them.

So the way you do this is you look up all your other competitors who are ranking, you look at their pages because you saw those articles in Ubersuggest, you go to those articles, you read them, you make sure your page is five, 10 times better, more thorough in length, it's not just about putting the key words in there, it's about thoroughness.

I would add in custom images, graphics. You can do this for free using tools like Canva or if you want to pay someone you can use And then by having that you're now going to have a detailed guide that's super thorough.

The second thing I want you to do is invest 50% of your time in promoting your content.

Now, I would tell you in most cases to spend 80% of your time promoting content but when you're creating these detailed guides they take so much work that you need to spend at least 50%. 80% is probably realistic but 50% should be doable.

Again, in Ubersuggest when you found these URLs it shows you all the people linking to them. If you aren't able to go back to them just go to the backlinks report in Ubersuggest, put in the URLs for all your competitors, it'll show you every single person that's linking to their page.

When you see the list of links, you can hit them all up and you can email them.

The third thing you need to do is nurture a following.

Have you noticed if you leave a comment on I respond? If you leave a comment on Facebook, I try to respond. I say try because sometimes there's too many there.

That helps me boost my rankings as well because Google's looking for brand queries.

The fourth thing I want you to do is build a network of content promoters.

Remember how I told you to email people to share your content? Email people to link back to your content.

Well, you're going to start seeing a pattern in which some people are willing to and some people aren't.

Most people aren't but even the percentage that's willing once you publish a handful of articles, you'll notice that consistently there's people who don't mind sharing and linking to your content.

Now that you got your list of promoters now you know who to go back to every single time you create a detailed guide. You don't need to create one of these detailed guides each and every single week.

Last but not least, use Ubersuggest's Backlinks.

That's that backlinks report in Ubersuggest to identify new link opportunities. Always look at your competitors, their new links, the lost links, ones that they're recently getting.

Ubersuggest will show you this in the backlinks report. If someone recently linked to one of your competition, what do you think the chances are of them linking to you?

Well, it's much higher than someone who’s linked to your competitors five years ago. When people are linking right now that means they're open to linking today.

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    25 Responses to How to Do SEO For A Tiny Site With No Backlinks | Neil Patel SEO Tips

    1. The Kareng August 17, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

      Nice Video, I am the first viewer

    2. Trendy Commodities August 17, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

      Hi Neil, how do you find out who your competitor’s are? Im is new affiliate marketer for Amazon, thanks.

      • Tony Omary August 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

        Trendy Commodities People who produce the same content as you

      • Neil Patel August 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

        By researching your niche, products, keywords, etc.

    3. digitalmarket preneur August 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks man i this is a great video. I never understood the backlink process

      • Neil Patel August 17, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

        I am glad you liked it! There are quite a few in-depth articles on my blog about link building that I am sure you will find helpful.

    4. hellocourage August 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks Neil for the tips! Quick question. For the last tip, how do you know the site is active in linking out?

      • Neil Patel August 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

        Because you can track those links by using tools like Ubersuggest 🙂

    5. dr Priyanka August 17, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

      Whenever I wish to hear about some content or watch some Ultimate video, ‘Neil Patel’ is my final or only destination…. Superb Man !

      • Neil Patel August 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

        Thank you!!

    6. Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

      Can we expect some videos on social media marketing agency like how to get clients

    7. Ziu Hoque August 17, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

      more video about
      SEO For A Tiny Site

      • Sergeant Camacho August 17, 2019 at 8:51 pm #


    8. Mehedi Max August 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

      Following you man.
      You’re the best..

    9. Harpreet Singh August 17, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

      Hello Neil Bro, How many long tail keywords can we use in one article or we have to make numbers of articles for all long tail keywords?
      Example. Suppose I have to write article about ” Hydraulic Brakes ” and I found approx 20 long tail keywords regarding this articles, like Hydraulic Braking system, Hydraulic Brakes diagram, Hydraulic brakes bleeding, Hydraulic brakes working principle etc. so can I optimise content around all these 20 LTKs. Thanks in advance

    10. Creating Website August 17, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

      Come on Good Stuff Neil as usual. Thank you.

    11. Marinesthing dotcom August 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

      Sir, I have tried out your SEO tool to check my website…it’s showing issues regarding my website…but I don’t know how to fix it…It have multiple tag issues,multiple meta description…I have corrected it but then also it’s showing same issues

    12. Hanhan August 17, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

      Thank you so much for making this video. I don’t have a blog yet, but I’m planning to start real soon. I’m also still currently studying, so I don’t have the money to pay for certain things or hire someone. This is a great video for small time bloggers thinking of expanding their blog. Thank you so much once again!

    13. Sam Samo August 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

      You Are Awesome! Thanks Neil.

    14. Darrell Lischka August 17, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

      The skyscraper technique is a great way to do this Neil. In fact, I was watching a video earlier in the week and they stated, produce 1 really good piece of content per month and then promote it. Cheers Neil.

    15. Prince Creation August 17, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

      Hi Sir
      I Need your little help can you please guide me what is the best niche to start a blog on in august 2019 that has low competition and has high traffic and CPC rate

    16. muskanlif August 17, 2019 at 7:08 pm #

      I am new in blogging and trying my best to rank my site but still I am struggling whenever i gets discourage i see ur videos to motivate my self thank you sir

    17. Roberta D August 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

      Neil I just wanted to say thanks because Ubersuggest is reeeeeally helping me with keyword research!!!

    18. estar estar August 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

      Hola. Uber sugest does nota work good un Spain,

    19. Inner Peace Mentor August 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

      Thank You Neil, appreciate your wisdom.

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