Link building is one of the most important skills in SEO. In fact, it’s a culmination of several different skills: you need to master content, sales, programming, psychology, and good old-fashioned link building marketing if you want other people to link to your site.
SEOs have only focused on content and On-Page SEO and neglected links saying: “We already know everything about links”. But do they know everything about links? Links are important since Google confirmed that links are the #1 ranking factor, alongside great content especially if your a new client. Ranking without links is hard, and why would anyone try to rank without links in the first place? Google cares about links more than anything, and so should you.
Google Penguin changed SEO forever Before April 2012, one could easily buy his ranking position. A little bit of these and a little bit of those links, and you could manage ranking on the first search engine results page. Well, that time is long gone. The Google Penguin Spam Filter is now part of Google’s Core Algorithm and works in real time.
Why do we think that?
“The more, the better” saying doesn’t go for links. At least not as long as “more” means links you buy without checking if they are risky for your backlink profile or not. You’d better aim for fewer high-quality links, then for thousands of links that bring no value to your backlink profile. Weak or risky backlinks won’t help your rankings at all. It can go even worst. These links can get you a Google penalty and severe (if not 100%) loss of organic traffic.
Links are not at all the same. The point is to understand:
Also, these factors can be evaluated differently in different cases. A link can also be good or bad depending on the industry, the country, the language and the keywords. Unfortunately, there is no generic rule. For example, it is NOT the same whether a domain links to 1,000 subpages, or whether 1,000 domains link to a subpage. That’s why we always recommend using the Site-Wide filter in LinkResearchTools.
Although proper link building is not an easy thing to do, there are still many white hat SEO techniques you can start with even today, without considerable efforts or expenses.
This is a good way to start, especially if you are a beginner in this job. Think about your friends, relatives, colleagues, partners, clients that have a blog or a site. All you have to do is ask for a backlink. Ask for in-content links instead of links in the sidebar or footer.
But be careful and make sure that the backlink comes from a website that is relevant to your niche. Otherwise, it will not have too much of an impact and may even be harmful.
For good link building, you need to build good relationships. There are plenty of opportunities to build new contacts. You should start with niche-related communities: forums, blogs or social groups, such as the Link Building Experts Group on Facebook, for example.
Make the first step and start contributing with interesting and relevant comments and posts, providing contextual value to each discussion.
By actively participating in these online communities focused on your niche, you will not only gain some good backlinks, but you will always have access to the newest industry news and be able to connect to some interesting people that share your passions.
Testimonial link building is a win-win scenario. Many businesses offer you the chance to say a few words about your experience using their products.
On the one hand, this is a perfect way for them to build customer trust. On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity for you to get a backlink and potential traffic from that site and it usually has a much higher approval rate than your standard link request e-mails.
Companies get another testimonial to place on their site, while you get a new backlink.
Don’t make a blog with one post and one backlink to your site. If you do, you not only wasted your time but probably also just created another risky link for yourself. If you want to have your own blog, you need to keep it alive.
Write posts on a regular basis. Focus on your industry and on your client’s needs! In time, it will most likely gain authority. Make sure that your content is relevant, useful and well-structured.
This is the only way to ensure that the world will want to link to it again and again. That’s how you get great backlinks; you earn them!
There are many sites and blogs that will accept to publish your article. Before you write an article somewhere, make sure that:
It’s important that you build links that help your website and not links that can negatively impact your website’s ranking in search results.
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