So what exactly is a footprint? Simply put – they are strings of text that we can search for to find sites that run using a specific software.
As an example most blogs that run on WordPress will have the text “Powered by WordPress” somewhere on the website.
So if we wanted to find a whole bunch of WordPress websites I could just do a Google search for this footprint:
Then to get more specific we can add a keyword to the mix. So if I wanted to find a whole bunch of WordPress powered blogs about cannabis we can do a search like this:
So how can footprints help you to find relevant websites to build backlinks on?
We can use these footprints to find specific website platforms that we know allow us to add a link somewhere.
For example WordPress blogs are useful to us because we can leave a backlink by commenting on a post:
Footprints are also useful for finding relevant forums that allow you to build links in your profile and signature section too:
In fact there are quite a few different website platforms out there that allow you to add a link in some way and by using footprints we can easily find these sites.
Below I’ve compiled a list of footprints that you can use to find some of the most popular platforms out there that allow you to build a backlink somewhere on their website.
vBulletin – “Powered by vBulletin”
phpBB – “Powered by phpBB”
MyBB – “Powered By MyBB” “Return to Content | Lite (Archive) Mode”
FluxBB – “Powered by fluxbb”
XenoBB – “Powered by XennoBB” + “Xenno Group”
UseBB – “Powered by UseBB 1 Forum Software”
XMB Forums – “Powered by XMB”
PHPNuke – “PHP-Nuke Copyright” + “by Francisco Burzi”
Blogs & Other Platform Footprings:
WordPress – “mail address will not be published” “Powered by WordPress”
Joomla – “Powered by Joomla!” “Write comment” “Website:”
B2Evolution – “Your email address will not be revealed on this site.” “Leave a comment”
Drupal – Powered by Drupal + “Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.”
4Images – “Powered by 4images” “Author:” “Comment”
BlogEngine – “Powered By BlogEngine” “Add A Comment” “Name*”
SquareSpace – site:*.squarespace.com “Post a New Comment”
SharePoint – “Built using the SharePoint” “Comments”
Geeklog – “Powered by Geeklog” “The following comments are owned”
Plogger – “Powered by Plogger” “Post a comment:”
Movable Type – “Powered by Movable Type” + “Post a comment” -movabletype.org
These backlinks will not only be extremely relevant but are extremely easy to obtain!