Winning something – like a photo contest or a sweepstakes – can result in a link to your website. Entering contests doesn’t take much time and counts toward your SEO.
Similarly, you can honor other people with your own award or recognition so that they feature their victory with a link back to you.
Time: 1 hour per submission or 4 hours to host a contest
Look for opportunities to “enter to win.” Keep a document listing all the award websites you find and the dates that nominations are open. Next year you can come back to the sites at the correct time.
Enter a photo contest photographyspark.com/photo-contest-website-list/, best local business competition kcra.cityvoter.com/best/wedding-photographer/weddings/sacramento or photography-related product giveaway.
Create a “Top 10” or “Best Of” page to showcase the people, photos, websites or companies you admire. Email each honoree a website badge, making it attractive for them to link to you. Example: photographyspark.com/best-photography-business-products/.
Host a giveaway on your site that pulls together donations from partners and awards a prize package to a lucky winner. Make it a requirement that each vendor post about the giveaway on their blog. This could attract multiple links! Example: simplicityphotography.com/blog/?cat=11.
Donate something (like a free print or mini-session) to a local business or partner to give away. That small donation will result in a link and great branding.