Oh the Dreaded backlinks! How we hate to ask for them as bloggers! It’s the last thing on everyone’s list right? It almost feels like begging to be put on some team or something doesn’t it? But unfortunately the Google algorithm still determines backlinks as the major indicator as the authority of a blog. The more backlinks you have, the higher you rank in search results. They sure make it tough to get ’em though.
Plenty of services offer to get backlinks for you and it sure sounds good but be careful. You can get penalized by Google for this. Then you will lose whatever ranking you currently have and be at square one all over again.
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Let’s take a look at some of the ways we can build proper backlinks and try and get some more for your site.
What is a backlink?
Backlinks are one of the most important facets of SEO.
A backlink simply put is when another website links to your blog.
What do backlinks do?
Backlinks have several purposes depending upon whether you are the one linking out or the one being linked to.
Some of the main reasons for backlinks are:
- They send traffic to your site
- When you get a backlink from another blog you will get traffic from that blog as people click through to read the article.
- They make your blog seem really important
- A backlink is a lot like an endorsement from another blog
- They provide new resources for readers
- When you link out to other blogs it gives your readers new information. Don’t be afraid to link out a lot as it shows that your posts are well researched and valuable sources of new information.
- They get your noticed by the owners
- When you link to another blog and someone clicks through that click shows up as a site visitor in statistics programs. This is a good way to get other blogs to notice your blog and should form a valuable part of your blogging strategy.
- They help you rank better on Google
Google uses all these factors to determine how your site ranks. Resource – backlinko.com
- Domain Factors
- Page-Level Factors
- Site-Level Factors
- Backlink Factors
- User Interaction
- Special Google Algorithm Rules
- Brand Signals
- On-Site Webspam Factors
- Off-Site Webspam Factors
This post is just a starting point for anyone who wants to delve into more research about backlinks.
But for the time being let’s focus on how to earn backlinks for the purpose of ranking high on Google to get traffic for your site.
How to get more backlinks
1. Produce quality content that stands out
We all know it’s a good idea to use your target keywords with content and intent that is geared towards your niche and target audience. The other part of that is that Google looks for content that is relatable but also valuable and exciting. Something slightly different and not the same old duplicate, boring content.
This is one of the best ways to get backlinks and have your blog shared. I recently commented on a top blogger in one of my posts, sent her out an email and she added my post to her blog.
This is a great way to get reciprocal traffic!
If you look at other big, popular blog sites like Nichehacks.com their articles are filled with helpful links.
This not only gives the readers more resources but it also gives them more promotion.
Just make sure you always tweet out to the owner that you’ve mentioned them in your blog. Do this for 20 minutes 5x per week and your blog will get more traffic for certain!
Here’s an unscientific traffic pie chart from iwillteachyoutoberich.com – The thing is, it’s pretty darn correct!
3. Explore local options
Many states and local cities or townships have websites or online magazines that regularly feature local businesses as a way to support and encourage them.
Sometimes you can find a way to get mentioned by creating some content that helps their website.
For example, the city of Jupiter, FL. where I live, has a website called Healthier Jupiter which works in partnership with the Jupiter Medical Center to address health and quality of life issues, with a focus on diabetes.
If your business or blog was related to health or doing something to help this issue or could offer advice, it’s quite possible you could submit an article to them.
And keep in mind that links from government websites are very valuable from an SEO standpoint.
4. Collaborate to host/develop something with another blogger
If you follow ladies like Gina Horkey of the HorkeyHandbook.com and Kristin Larsen of believeinabudget.com you’ll notice that they’ve partnered up to promote How to Become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant together.
This is a really clever idea because both individuals then go their own way and promote the event to their own audience which has the double effect of building interest for the event and also tapping in to the other guy’s readers.
What’s more, this type of event helps internet business people succeed and, as such, they are much more likely to link out to the event or the people that helped them.
Try and think about something that is missing in your niche and then make contact with another blogger who might be interested in teaming up with you to either develop it or just promote it.
Often if you’ve already done the hard work and are willing to give naming rights to someone else you can get a really big link.
6. Write valuable content off-site (not just guest posts)
A lot of SEO advice is aimed at improving the content and optimization of our own blogs – and rightly so – but we should also spend a bit more time creating content on other sites.
For example, we all know that guest posts can be important in this respect (although the advice has changed somewhat) but there are a lot of other options that can really help to build backlinks.
There are sites like Medium.com that have an original articles section where experts write about topics in depth.
You can, of course, includes links to your own blog in these but the main advantage is getting in front of other bloggers and site owners who might link to you if think your stuff is really good.
Make sure to also share on LinkedIn and share on mix.com (formerly stumbleupon) as they really favor long form content and well crafted stuff seems to do extremely well and sometimes even gets picked up companies.
7. Should I buy links?
Categorically across the board I cannot stress enough that my answer is no, no and no.
Buying links seem to work for some folks but not for the long run.
These sites get hit with penalties and the rankings go right down the tubes.
So for the long haul, if you want a long term, sustainable blog the best way to build links is to do it with the natural outreach methods above.
Are there any other ways that you build links? Please let me know in the comments!:)