SEO 10 Tips for Backlinks

1) Backlinks should contain a variety of words.

Although we are not privy to Google's search algorithm, or any search engine's for that matter, many tests have been done and conclusions drawn that are well worth practicing. For example, the text link or anchor text matters.

Link Text (anchor text) should:

•contain a variety of text, sometimes with keywords or even the URL
•be concise - focusing on one idea

Avoid Link Text (anchor text) that contains:

•generic text, such as click here or home

It should be noted that having many backlinks with the same anchor text may trigger a Google penalty. Again, this is another reason in favor of organic links that naturally have a variety of anchor text.

2) The higher up the backlink is in the html, the better.

Links pass value to the destination or target web page and the higher up the backlink appears in the html code of the page, the more value it gives to the target page. For example, if you link identical text twice on the same page, targeting two separate pages of a target website, the target page that is linked to first is given more value than the second, all other things being equal.

If you think about it, the logic makes sense. If I want to convince you of something, I am going to present my best argument first. Why should Google be any different? It considers our first "reason" for following a link more weighty.

3) Backlinks should be within the content of a page.

Backlinks located within the content of a web page provide much more value to the target page than if they are located in the sidebars or footer.

4) The first instance of a backlink to an URL on a page is the only one that matters.

This is a case where quality is better than quantity, which, like so many things related to search engine optimization, is usually the case. In addition to the fact that a page overloaded with links to the same target just looks spammy, it is ineffective.

Say for example, that you have included five links in an article all leading to your money-making destination website. The only link that Google values is the first link that appears on the page to that particular URL.

5) Backlinks on pages with fewer links give the target URL more value.

If a website has a lot of links on a single page, then the value each of these backlinks might add to its target website is diminished. Once again, quality over quantity is at play. While there is no known link density to avoid, it is always best to only include relevant links that add value to the content which surrounds them.

Google Webmaster Tools lets you see what sites link to your site.
There are many things that website owners can accomplish with Google webmaster tools, including:

•Using Webmaster Tools to see what sites backlinks to yours, and
•Using Google Webmaster Tools to add an URL or submit a site.

6) External backlinks are more weighty than internal links.

It goes without saying that all websites should have an internal linking structure, connecting all the pages within the site to one another. In addition to navigation though, website owners can also create some backlinks within their own content to their own pages. This is internal linking.

However, backlinks from external websites increases the ranking of the destination page more than internal links. While you cannot dictate the keywords that external websites use in the anchor text to your site, having clear and compelling content surrounding a single topic, makes it easier to get good backlinks from external sources.

7) Backlinks from a unique domain matter more than a new backlink from a previously linking domain.

Let's suppose that site A already backlinks to your website in three different locations. Did you know that a new backlink from site B, a site that previously never linked to your website, adds more value to your website's rank than a new additional link from site A?

Backlinks from a variety of domains that are relevant to a website's content is one key to long term ranking.

8) Links from relevant sites provide a lot of value.

Suppose you have a friend who has a website for his plumbing business and this friend offers to place a link on his website to your dog walking business. While this is a very kind gesture, it will not provide you with a relevant backlink. On the other hand, if you have a friend with a website for a successful dog grooming business then a backlink to your dog walking business would be beneficial.

The relevancy of the linking site to the desitnation site's content matters.

9) Backlinks from trusted, reputable sites help destination sites.

Not only is site relevancy important, so too is a site's reputation; its trust factor. Perhaps you've seen terms such as trust rank, trust scores, and trust seeds. Backlinks from trusted, reputable sites pass more value to the desitnation site, than non-trusted sources. Google doesn't single out sites for trustworthiness like .gov or .edu, but these sites tend to have a high page rank because of the number of sites linking to them. Additionally, links from sites closer to the trusted seed may help search engine rank.

It's also speculated that a backlink from a less important page on a site with high trust rank, is more valuable than a backlink on a more important page (i.e. home page) on a site with a lower trust rank. This makes sense because the less important page on a reputable site may in fact have a higher page rank than the page rank of a non-reputable site's home page.

10) Having a quantity of quality backlinks is best of all.

Having multiple, quality backlinks, especially from relevant and trusted sources, is key to increasing the target website's rank in search engine results.

Although a website owner can only control SEO and backlinks from their own articles, blogs, press releases, other websites, etc., it is important to write content where the topic is readily apparent. This will make it easier, a "no-brainer," for external websites to come up with keyword-rich backlinks to your website.

In summary, successful off-page SEO for backlinks is a matter of applying these 10 SEO tips for backlinks and working smarter, not harder. Thanks for reading: SEO 10 Tips for Backlinks

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