What is a SEO backlink? Basically it’s a hyperlink your website gets given from another website. Backlinks have a massive effect on a website’s prominence and optimization in the search engine results. It’s the reason they are considered so effective for improving a website’s SEO ranking. Search engines calculate rankings using a mix of factors to display search results. No one knows for certain exactly how much value search engines apply to backlinks when listing results. But we are 100% certain that they are a top ranking factor among the 200 that Google’s algorithms take into account.
Be aware that there are three main types of backlinks in SEO and they are not the same. These are inbound, outbound and internal links. Let’s look at how these links differ and their importance for optimisation.
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The other big factor that will influence your organic search ranking – that’s where your website is positioned in Google’s listings – is your on-page content. The content is why people come to your site after all so it should be relevant and useful. It should also use your target keywords wisely and in the right places to communicate to Google their relevance. This is a big subject to cover but in brief, you should be doing the following:
Appropriately means just that. Not over-cramming your keywords into your content where it doesn’t make sense but using them where they’ll be useful to your website visitors. Use our SEO page analysis tool to check how well you’ve composed your on-page content.
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Backlinks take time to acquire and build up and you should always focus soon the quality of your backlinks as opposed to the quantity. It’s not a case of the more you’ve got the better. Far from it. It’s more effective to have 20 links from authoritative sites than 1,000 from sites that have no reputation or no valid connection with yours. You need to give others a reason to link to you and that’s down to the content of your website. What you want to aim for is that someone comes upon your website (hopefully through a Google search, a social media post or perhaps a link on another site), finds your content valuable and useful, and links to it to let their own visitors know about it.
So focus on the content you publish and make sure it’s original, fresh, interesting and engaging. Take a look at what your competitors are publishing and try and improve on it. If your content gives nothing more than does your competitors’ websites, why would anyone link to yours instead? You could compare backlinks to conversation markers among websites. It’s well worth assessing your competitors backlinks. There are a host of free and paid-for tools available that allow you to do that and even compare a group of your competitors. Once you know what links your competitors have achieved, you can aim to do the same.
Search engines’ big goal is to deliver the most relevant content to the query that is typed in. So they aim to provide relevance in their search result. Relevance per se is a major consideration when they judge your backlinks. A backlink can be relevant in different ways. Is the backlink from a site in a similar niche to yours? Is it in the same subject area or covers closely related topics?
Say you’re in the alternative health field, and you secure SEO backlinks from another health-related website, this would be well-seen by Google. But if you get SEO backlinks from a website that has no relevance to yours – say from a shoe retailer – then Google would not attribute it much worth. Search engines will look at the relevance of the linking site, the relevance of the content on the specific page with the link on it, and the relevance of the content or anchor text directly around the link.
They will also be checking if your backlinks come from what they deem a high quality website that is a trustworthy site. To determine if a website is trustworthy, search engines use a set of trusted sites and these tend to be government, university or news outlets such as Wikipedia, BBC, The Huffington Post which they know for sure are high quality and which are difficult to get links from. The fewer the number of SEO backlinks away your site is from one of these all important sites, the higher its TrustRank is, and the higher the quality a link from that site is deemed. Read here how Wikipedia explains it: “TrustRank seeks to combat spam by filtering the web based upon reliability. The method calls for selecting a small set of seed pages to be evaluated by an expert. Once the reputable seed pages are manually identified, a crawl extending outward from the seed set seeks out similarly reliable and trustworthy pages. TrustRank’s reliability diminishes with increased distance between documents and the seed set.”
If you’ve good quality content on your website, now’s the time to start promoting it via your social media channels, whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or any other. Making your content such as your blog posts as visible as you can will mean more people are likely to want to link to you. Getting SEO backlinks in this way is a marketing activity like any other, with the one goal of using each backlink for optimization. You can also be more pro-active about getting SEO backlinks yourself – although it takes time and effort. Research websites in your niche area, find their email address on their websites, and point them to any useful content on your site that you suspect they might like to link to. Make this easier for yourself by creating blogs with helpful explanatory guides to your subject area that are engaging and useful. Use infographics. Why not run a competition and promote it on social media with the link to your website? Post on Twitter and link to your website. Create a webinar in your area of expertise. Offer to write an informative guest post on a site of a competitor in return for a do-follow link. Create an explanatory video and place it on your site and YouTube. Suggest to website owners that they might like to link to your content as a valuable resource for their own visitors. These are all ways of attracting SEO backlinks. Each backlink is a step nearer optimization. A simple way of building quality backlinks is to get yourself listed in relevant (make sure they are relevant) business directories and relevant industry body lists, posting and answering comments in forums, commenting on blogs and getting your business in article directories. This too all takes time.
Link building is tricky and time-consuming if you don’t have time for outreach and making the right connections. Acquiring the right sort of SEO links takes time to do organically. You should avoid taking up the linking services of what are known as ‘link farms’. These are suppliers who market backlinks in high numbers. Most of these will place links on your website that have no relevance to your own site. At Keyboost, we don’t recommend link farming. Our link building service is overseen by specialist technicians that use a personalized modus operandi. With our backlinke services, you’ll achieve higher results in the SERPs for your website in less than a month.
We’re currently offering every customer a free Keyboost for your domain. If you’re happy with the results of the SEO uplift you receive, we’ll then be pleased to give you a quotation for continued backlinking services. The cost of our backlink optimization service is good value in comparison to search engine marketing such as PPC or Google Adwords. The price will be related to your position at the time in Google, the amount of keywords for which you want backlinks for and the existing competition from other website owners for those SEO keywords.
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