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What is a backlink for SEO?

Published by Jimmy Ombom on

Did you know that a page that appears in the first position has up to 6 times more backlinks than one that positions in the tenth position?

Backlinks are essential in any SEO ranking strategy, something that every website needs.

How are you going to get your page to stand out without them?

There are more than a billion active web pages, the competition is fierce!

To rank a website on page one, you have to do two things with respect to backlinks: get them and control them.

Have you done your homework? Not yet?

Let’s start by clarifying the most basic and end with some tips for your backlinks strategy.

What are backlinks?

The backlinks are the links pointing from another website to a page in your site, also known as inbound links.

The backlinks have a big impact on positioning a website and are one of the most powerful resources in improving the ranking of a page in search results.

How important are backlinks for SEO?

The links can come from anywhere on another website, including from the comments.

Its function is to enrich the information that is offered through a web resource.

But its effects go much further.

Suppose I have a blog about online marketing and I have written a post talking about the importance of SEO in your business.

Soon, that post is linked from another blog of recipes, specifically from a recipe for stuffed avocados.

The person who links my article does it spontaneously, to expand the information offered to users.

But Google and other search engines will interpret something like: “check if there is relevant content here that other users link from their domains to show it.”

And therein lies the crux of the matter. When Google “thinks” that of a website, its positioning improves powerfully.

But it is not as easy as that! I wish it was.

Quality over quantity

But, wait! Google does not value the links themselves.

What it values ​​is, on the one hand, the ability of the backlinks to improve the information that is offered to the user, and on the other, the trust that the webmaster that links our resource shows to our site.

When Google crawls your site, it takes good note of the number and quality of links that point to it, and that determine the authority of your domain.

And, although Google keeps in secret the positioning factors that its algorithm values, the truth is that the pages with the most authority position in the first positions.

Yes, the value lies in the quality of a backlink.

And, as is often the case, quality is much more important than quantity.

The best strategy is to try to receive high-quality backlinks, even if they are few.

What is a high quality backlink?

There are different factors that influence the quality of backlinks.

Broadly speaking, a quality link is that which comes from a site that has a good reputation and that deals with the same subject.

Thus, a link from a betting or pornography site, not only does not help you, it hurts you, since it puts into question the reputation of your site.

Hence the importance of controlling them.

For this, you need a good tool for backlinks that allows you to monitor the links you receive, showing its toxicity index and allowing you to eliminate those that do not suit you.

Backlink Checker Tools

What to keep in mind to decide how to do the link building?

There is no single and definitive answer on how to do link building.

It depends to a large extent on the niche for which you are competing and what other companies are doing to position in it.

Although there are some currents of opinion that focus mainly on text anchors, the reality is that you should not lose sight of any of these factors:

  • Relationship between Nofollow / Dofollow links: should be natural, around 30/70%.
  • Distribution of target URLs of backlinks: links to the home, to categories, etc.
  • Volume: As we have already mentioned, it is important that you control the volume of incoming domains with which the competition counts and try, at least, to measure up to it.
  • Authority: there are several metrics to measure it. The best known may be PA and DA.
  • Speed: the acquisition of backlinks should be done at a regular pace, we want to avoid punctual peaks that then fade over time.

Tips to get quality backlinks

When trying to get backlinks, in addition to choosing sites with a good reputation and related to your subject, ensure that they have the highest possible authority.

You can easily know domain authority (DA) through different platforms that you can check or install in your browser so that you can access this data.

The backlinks have to be natural, or at least look like it.

Remember that what has value for search engines are not the links, but the information they provide to the user.

For a link to work, it has to appear or directly demonstrate that it is there to enrich the information for the benefit of the person who is reading the resource, not for SEO!

Surely you know that Google knows, detects and penalizes artificial practices to get backlinks.

Another factor to consider is the backlinks profile: you will get a much better result if you link from 10 different sites ( talk about sites of good reputation) than if you link 10 times from the same domain.

Types of links in SEO

There are two types of backlinks: “do follow” and “no follow”.

The most powerful for SEO is the first, which are those that transmit authority to the page that receives them.

The seconds are not so important for positioning, although they also have value as a source of traffic.

How do I know if a link is “do follow” or “no follow”?

Easy! Non-follow links include the rel = “no follow” attribute in your code. Knowing what kind of link your page has received is as simple as going to the page that links you, clicking with the right mouse button and selecting “View the source code of the page”.

A simple search with “CTRL + F” will show you the link.

At this point, you may be wondering if Google considers ‘no-follow’ links as quality ranking signal. Listen to what #AskGoogleWebmasters have to say.

How do we get backlinks?

If you have come this far, you are undoubtedly interested in SEO and SEM, in digital marketing in general and, of course, in improving the organic positioning of your website. 

Discover how to make link building with the most effective techniques!

The best way to get links pointing to your site is a natural way, which we have already stated: creating fantastic, unbeatable content so that others decide to link to it spontaneously.

These are the backlinks preferred by Google.

Obviously, it is easier said than done, and more so if your site is little known and/or has with few resources.

Start with the easy!

There are backlinks that you can create yourself directly.

For example, including the address of your website in your LinkedIn profile, or adding your site to content aggregators such as Quora or Reddit.

A good strategy is to investigate what the competition does, especially those that position better than you.

There are tools that allow you to extract all the backlinks that a certain page is receiving.

Find out where they are linking to your competitors and try to get yourself a link from the best sites in that list.

You can write to them by offering a guest article, with a few backlinks.

Or ask them to interview you! If you have knowledge that adds value to your readers and you know how to raise it, you may win a new link.

Do you know the technique of broken link building?

It consists of looking for broken links on websites, creating good related content and writing to the webmaster of the site to link your resource.

Another tactic is to look for sites where they have mentioned your page or your brand without linking and write to the webmasters kindly requesting that they do so.

And put to ask, investigate if it is worthwhile to win a backlink from the companies with which you collaborate or have a relationship.

Guest Blogging

A great option to get inbound links from other domains to your website. 

Basically, it consists of contacting the webmaster of the page in question and proposing to write a post.

In return, he will allow the inclusion of one or two links in him.

It is a win to win collaboration in which all parties leave equally well. 

The owner of the website will have a quality post written by a specialist in a certain subject and you will have a link in your web perfectly contextualized, which will boost your SEO positioning.

Ask them to add a link

Many times, while browsing the Internet, you will find blogs and very interesting pages that talk about trends or topics closely related to your website.

In this case, you can request that they add one of your links to a certain article. Contact them in a professional manner, letting you know your unique content, a material that can enrich your text and improve the user experience.

Sometimes, you will also find pages that mention you but do not add your link or if they do it is like Nofollow. Take the opportunity to contact and try to incorporate Dofollow links in these portals.

Exchange of links

Sometimes, when proposing a guest post or asking them to add one of your links to a certain article, it is very likely that they will ask you for the same favour as “payment”. Again, a perfect win to win.

Comments on blogs and forums

Although this technique allows you to get links in a very fast and simple way, you must be careful not to fall into spam, ergo sees saying goodbye to automatic comments that really have little to contribute.

You must detect forums and blogs in your sector that allow the inclusion of links in the comments; that is, you must be selective when deciding where you are going to write your contribution with a link.

Comments on social networks

Undoubtedly, social networks have become perfect showcases for companies; thanks to its potential to gain visibility and relevance, to interact with the community and to attract and retain potential customers.

Also, does that sound like “if you’re not on social networks, you do not exist” ? Adding these links with comments that contextualize them will not only help your link building strategy, but it will give you greater relevance in the face of society.

Take advantage of trust!

In case you have little time but some money, you can sponsor an event in your sector: maybe it costs less money than you think.

Today, most event organizers establish different categories of sponsors, you may find one at your fingertips.

As a last recommendation: be consistent in the management of your backlinks.

How NOT to do link building

Just as there are some more recommendable practices on how to do link building and that you should try to implement whenever you can, there are others that you should run away from if you do not want your portal to end up badly positioned. Take note!

Fix third-party links

This strategy is as ingenious as not recommended. 

It consists of locating broken links in important blogs, buying the corresponding domains and doing a redirection 301.

 Do not even think about it, okay?

Betting on the amount

It may be years ago that the more links a website had, the better, but nowadays this is no longer the case.

 You can have many links, but if these are of low quality they will end up hurting the positioning on the Internet of your website.

Discard the quantitative way, opt for the qualitative one. 

Bet on the quality of your backlinks, run away from the farms of links and sites of dubious reputation, avoid websites outside your sector, etc.

Generate reciprocal links

This is a very common error when it comes to exchanging links. 

When done, let a prudential time pass between one and another. 

This way you will avoid this unnatural activity being detected by the Google algorithm and you end up being penalized.

Generate many links in a short time

If your website takes months without getting any link and, suddenly, you get ten it will not be natural for the search engine algorithm and it will not benefit you. 

Try to get links progressively and continuously over time. 

Remember, a link a month is preferable for ten months, than having ten links in a month.

Do not count on Nofollow links

Although there are voices that say they do not contribute to SEO, the reality is that they will bring traffic of the same theme to your website, which will sooner or later help you at the time of ranking.

But more important still is that the Nofollow links grant naturalness .

 A page that only points Dofollow links will not be natural for Google and we do not have to say at this point what this could entail, right?

Neglecting the format of links and anchors

Google rewards naturalness, or at least does not penalize it, and what is more natural than a well-contextualized link within the text? 

In comparison, a link in the body of the post will always get better results than a link at the bottom of the page.

In addition, we must also pay attention to the text anchors. 

Always betting on the same anchor profile and/or using anchor keywords other than the ones you want to position is something so unnatural that it can end up becoming a link-bomb that damages your website.

Buy links

Yes, we must also mention the purchase of links. 

I told you earlier that this practice had its dark side and that it was not well seen by Google, so it deserves its own section.

Obviously, the payment for the obtaining of links is not an easy practice to detect if it is done in a prudent way, but the massive purchase through certain portals of explicit sale usually has associated a sanction.

Set yourself the goal of winning a new one often, and do not forget to include the periodic review of the links your site receives.

Very soon you will begin to notice the effects on your SEO!


Jimmy Ombom

Jimmy Ombom is an SEO expert. Very passionate in content marketing, seo and lead generation. When I am not writing, you will find me reading, dancing and travelling.