A crucial part of building your website traffic is to establish good backlinks. The correct links can project your website far and wide to relevant audiences. However, done incorrectly, you can find yourself with a number of problems, for example being marked down by Google or attracting the wrong traffic. Both of these undesirable results can be avoided, so good planning is needed.
What is a backlink?
A backlink is a link directed towards your website. Typically a higher number of backlinks (also known as inbound links) will lead to your website ranking well.
Lots of backlinks, does not however mean fantastic search engines results. The relevance of the backlink is measured, if they are not seen as high quality backlinks, Google algorithms will understand this and your rankings will be affected in a negative manner – defeating the objective.
- relevant links will be seen as good and rank well.
- Non relevant links to your site will be considered poor-quality and could affect the reputation of your website.
Search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing all like to see websites gaining relevant links over time and not manipulated for quick gain, that’s why it’s important to have an effective back linking strategy, so you avoid creating potential problems.
Do I use a Link Farm? NO!
Google and other search engines use algorithms to score backlinks. Google quickly identified website owners who were using hidden links and automatically generated pages, where they provided easy inbound links to websites.
Your site can be permanently banned if you employ these methods.
So, lets do it right!
The main reason anyone with a website gets involved in SEO and back-linking is simple… new traffic, new leads and new business. Back linking is one of the most successful ways to induce traffic to your website. But that is not where it ends.
Time and effort needs to be spent on great content which helps and informs people and above all is sincere and honest. For assistance with your link building or strategy, content and digital marketing visit www.redmandesign.com/contact
This article gives a small insight into backlinks and other SEO techniques and is by no means exhaustive.