90+ CSS galleries to kick start your practice website link building

published on November 27, 2010 in SEO & PPC

Originally published 20/3/10, last updated 27/11/10

Link building is essential to your website’s success.

Getting links to a website is hard work. Getting links to a B2B site is even harder. We therefore need to cover a wide range of basic sources of links to help the site along the way.

CSS galleries are one of them. Each website submitted to a gallery is manually reviewed, which means that their listings are a bit stronger than those of directories.

So to get started, here is a list of over 90 CSS galleries that were active in the past month.

Oldies, the galleries that started it all

  1. CSS Based
  2. CSS Beauty
  3. CSS Drive
  4. CSS Mania
  5. Unmatched Style
  6. Web Creme
  7. W3C Sites

Not as established, but already outstanding

  1. CSS Design Yorkshire
  2. CSS Clip
  3. CSS Creme
  4. CSS Elite
  5. CSS Impress
  6. CSS Showcase
  7. Design Fridge
  8. Design Shack
  9. Design Snack
  10. Moluv

Fresh blood, galleries showing great potential

  1. Ad Design Link
  2. Beautiful2
  3. Best CSS Design
  4. Best CSS Gallery
  5. Best CSS Vault
  6. Blazing Web Gallery
  7. Boxed CSS
  8. Colorgorize
  9. Crazy Leaf Design
  10. CSS 2.0
  11. CSS Bag
  12. CSS Blaze
  13. CSS Breeze
  14. CSS Brigit
  15. CSS Cake
  16. CSS Collections
  17. CSS Count
  18. CSS Cutie
  19. CSS Daddy
  20. CSS Dance
  21. CSS Deluxe
  22. CSS Dose
  23. CSS Dsgn
  24. CSS Envy
  25. CSS Flavor
  26. CSS Fresh Blend
  27. CSS Gallery
  28. CSS Gallery Pro
  29. CSS Garden
  30. CSS Heaven
  31. CSS Heroes
  32. CSS Leak
  33. CSS Line
  34. CSS Loggia
  35. CSS Luxury
  36. CSS Mayo
  37. CSS Mix
  38. CSS Orgy
  39. CSS Perk
  40. CSS Ray
  41. CSS Showcase
  42. CSS Showcases
  43. CSS Smooth Operator
  44. CSS Star
  45. CSS Style
  46. CSS Transmit
  47. CSS Vote
  48. Design Awards Gallery
  49. Design Bombs
  50. Designer Source
  51. Divine CSS
  52. Dzinemart
  53. FantastiCSS
  54. Fave Design
  55. Folio Focus
  56. Folio Stars
  57. Gallery Buzz
  58. Link Creme
  59. Mabucplus
  60. Nice Stylesheet
  61. RGB Garden
  62. Selected Webdesign
  63. Site Inspire
  64. Style Boost
  65. Style Vault
  66. Submit CSS
  67. Swell CSS
  68. The CSS Awards
  69. The Web Based
  70. Very Inspirational
  71. W3C Gallery
  72. Web Design Ire
  73. We Love CSS

How to use this list

Manual vs. automated submissions: I would always recommend doing manual submissions to galleries and directories, but it is not always practical because very time-consuming. There are websites that can do all the work for you for a small fee, and a search for “css gallery submission” in your favourite search engine should unearth a few, but make sure you take into account the next point.

Frequency of submission: I tend to manually submit sites to 8-15 galleries a week, especially if the site is new or has recently been redesigned. For more established sites the frequency will depend on the history of the site and the past rate of adoption of inbound link. Slower for “dormant” websites, faster for very active sites.

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Karl Foxley
Twitter:
March 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm

You’ve certainly put some time into creating this list. I’ve added it to our list of traffic generation articles that we are collecting over at our site. We want to create a useful resource of articles that can become a great reference post for new and experience site owners and Internet marketers.

Regards,

Karl

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Rodney from new home building March 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I agree, you put some work into this list. Thank you for sharing it. Frankly I never thought about this approach, so thank you again. Good blog.

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netaccountant March 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

Hi Karl,

Thank you for stopping by and for the link. I will try to keep the list up to date (every quarter) by adding new and removing the galleries that no longer update their listing, as I find one of the biggest issue with those types of lists is that they quickly become deprecated.

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Web Yazilim June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Mate, seriously. Thanks a ton for this list. I’m getting a new design and i was thinking about how to find some CSS galleries and i can easily say that this list saved my a**.
Bookmark’d and thanks! :)

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netaccountant June 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

You are most welcome. I’ve updated the list today, but I need to find a couple of new galleries as the total is now below 90 :)

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Jonas from Nottingham SEO July 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

this will keep me busy for a least 2 days…
thanks for sharing it. this collection is not readily available if you did not consolidate it.

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Marty from home theater systems December 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

Wonderful list! I am a beginner web designer and I’m always looking for inspiration and new coding techniques. Thanks a lot for the article!

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Roko from WebmasterFormat December 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm

This is a great list, thanks for creating it and sharing! The only thing to keep in mind when submitting to galleries is that they usually accept only original design, not sites built with templates.

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netaccountant December 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Very true. Being realistic can also save you quite some time, only submit a descent design completed, not half-way there.

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Geoff from Plymouth SEO January 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Awesome collection, very handy to have these all in one place as was aware there were plenty of these out there.

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netaccountant January 12, 2011 at 8:17 am

Cheers, I will try to keep the list up to date every couple of months

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Ana from Traffic Generation January 15, 2011 at 3:25 am

Love the list, Leo – I never gave this link building strategy much thought in the past, but I certainly see its validity.

Ana

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netaccountant January 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

It’s a “get the ball rolling” kind of stage, especially useful for business sites on keyword rich domains. Glad to see you here Ana, thanks for stopping by.

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Susan from iPhone app design January 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Many thanks for this list! I watched some galleries from your selection and they are really great and provide dofollow links. I wonder, if this method of link-building has any cons, I mean, can it be applied for any kind of site, e.g. a corporate one? Because I have never heard about the use of such galleries for B2B sites… It’s kind of a very fresh idea for me)

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netaccountant January 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hi Susan, it’s particularly useful if you have a keyword rich domain. Whether your website is corporate or not, the only cons I would see are:
- it can be quite time consuming: leaving valuable blog comments is a lot faster;
- you can’t pick the keywords (has to be domain / website name);
- not all sites get listed: gallery owners are more and more picky about the sites they let through, they do have to look GREAT. (which is probably adding to the value of those links).

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Adrienne February 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Hi Leo,

Wow, you’ve been busy. What a GREAT post and we appreciate you taking the time to create this list for us. I do have one question for you.. I know that when submitting your site to directories they say to only submit your site once. Would this be the case for CSS Galleries as well? May sound like a silly question but I’d rather ask then not.

Thanks Leo, really great post my friend.

Adrienne
Adrienne also wrote Dress Up Your Facebook Profile Photos

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netaccountant February 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Hi Adrienne, yes definitely (most of the galleries actually say so): if your entry does not get published, do not re-submit it unless it underwent a major redesign.

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Karl Foxley
Twitter:
February 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Hey Leo and Adrienne,

I would like to add that sometimes it can be worthwhile sending an email to verify that your site was received by the CSS gallery site that you have submitted to. Some (if not most) submission forms have spam filtering built-in and some submitted sites may get filtered due to their name having certain keywords that have a high incidence of spam (make money sites, affiliate marketing sites, SEO service sites etc.).

I only send an email a good while after my sites have not shown up in their listings. By doing it this way you are also not abusing the ‘only submit your site once’ rule. This does require a little bit of extra leg work but it can often net you a link that you may of otherwise thought was not approved, when in actual fact the site owner just had not received it.

I hope that helps.

Karl
Karl Foxley also wrote Elegant Themes Release Their First WordPress Plugin- Anticipate

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netaccountant February 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

That’s solid advice Karl, thanks for sharing it

[... off to email 90 CSS galleries about a site I submitted a couple of months ago (NOT this one) ...]

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Tony from SuccessBlogger March 1, 2011 at 3:25 am

Hello. This is the first time I read on CSS galleries as source of backlinks. I am looking at the many links o the post to know more on this technique.
Tony @ SuccessBlogger also wrote Building Your List Is The Key

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Ben Jackson from link building strategies March 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Wow this is outstanding – I’ve never heard of this method of link building before. Is it an issue if my site does not use an original design? Also, could I upload other designs and have them link to my site, or does it have to be the design I currently use for my site?

Thanks in advance,
Ben Jackson
Ben Jackson@ link building strategies also wrote Image SEO – Optimizing Your Images

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Don from Internet Marketing Tools March 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

*bookmarks page*
My 2nd quarter plan is a big design revamp so this will definitely be using this list then.

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netaccountant March 8, 2011 at 7:37 am

@Tony,@ Ben, @Don, this works really well if you have a keyword or two in your domain name as these sites usually are quite restrictive – and rightly so – when it comes to anchor text. CSS galleries are the “new” directory listings that people where chasing 5-6 years ago.

@Ben – CMS themes bought – be it WordPress, Joomla or anything else of the sort will not get through. CSS galleries want unique and great looking designs, that’s why I believe they offer “more value” that online directories who accept anybody. I had a couple of sites gain more links by being features on designers’ blogs so there are some possible beneficial ripple effects worth considering when creating a “masterpiece”. Having said that, using CSS galleries to build link is only 6th or 7th in my list of avenues to pursue because it’s time consuming and getting listed is almost totally unpredictable.

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Damon from Credit Card Debt Settlement
Twitter:
June 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Hello Leo,
I appreciate the list and have been learning quite about about various backlinking strategies over the last year or so. I have gotten a lot of great information from Karl’s site on the subject.
I certainly understand the concept of looking at CSS galeries just like better link directories. My question is I am wondering if you could take a quick look at my site and let me know if I should even bother wasting my time submitting it. I think it looks nice but it is a theme from elegant themes so it certainly isn’t a one of a kind masterpiece or anything.
Do you think someone that doesn’t have a 100% original site design should even bother with this technique?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Damon@Credit Card Debt Settlement also wrote Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Review – Secret Business Plan Exposed

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