Tuesday 1 November 2011

How To Improve Your SEO With Backlinks

How to Improve your SEO with Backlinks
With being so busy lately, it's been quite a while since I've done a featured article on the blog. So for all of you who are interested in SEO, here's a great article by Kristina Weis of AboutUs.org with information and additional articles on getting valuable inbound links to your website...

How To Get Backlinks, The #1 SEO Ranking Factor

Links from other sites to yours - also called backlinks - continue to be the most important ranking factor that search engines look at when deciding where to rank a web page in search results. Also, links to a web page are the one and only factor contributing to the page's PageRank (not to be confused with your web page's rank in Google).

Backlinks are the most valuable and perhaps least easy way to improve your SEO. But seriously, they're worth it.

You don't have direct control over your backlinks the way you do over your title tags or other website content. So how can you get these magical backlinks to help your SEO?

  • First, create great content on your site that people would want to link to.
  • Ask. Contact site owners personally - don't use an automated system or send the same email to everyone. Give people a good reason to link to you, like a blog post you think would help their visitors.
  • Keep an eye out for sites that mention you without a link, or use not-so-valuable anchor text (like "click here" or your website name). Then ask them nicely.
  • Include your keywords and links in press releases, and submit them to press release sites. They'll be republished, complete with the links to your site.
  • Tip: Make sure links you get are DoFollow (not NoFollow) and anchor text.
  • If you haven't already, build a nice page for your site on AboutUs.org and ask us to make its links to your site DoFollow. (more info)

For more details on getting valuable inbound links, check out these articles:

Things to avoid:

  • Paying for links or getting links from "iffy" sites. You could be penalized by Google.
  • Focusing on quantity over quality. A few good links from popular, relevant sites will help your SEO more than many links from random sites.
  • Link exchanges, link wheels, or other link schemes. These provide marginal value, and could hurt you.
  • Leaving generic or spammy comments on blogs. Links in blog comments are usually NoFollow anyway, so they won't help your SEO. However, leaving meaningful comments is a good way to build your brand and get direct visitors.
  • Common website issues that can dilute or throw away your "link juice". For more information, read Quick SEO Fixes for Links.

Do you like this featured article? Please let me know by using the comments section below.

Note: If you're new to SEO, visit SEO in Practice for free, easy to understand tutorials and tips on search engine optimisation.

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The 10 Week SEO Diet
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  1. This post is commendable and helpful. Thanks Derrek!


  2. It's always helpful reading some new information about SEO. Thanks for the easy to follow article!


  3. nice info..v useful.. bookmarked!

  4. Thank you Harpreet, Darian and Geeta for visiting and for your valued comments. I'm happy that you found the article helpful and I hope to bring you more of the same very soon :)

  5. It is best to avoid link farms and unrelated sites when doing off site SEO. There has been a debate about nofollow and dofollow links but for me, backlinks is backlinks, no matter what it is.

  6. Responsive Web Design25 April 2012 at 21:24

    Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.


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