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As we all know backlinks are the backbone from the beginning of search engine optimization (SEO) for a website. If you’re managing strong inbound links to your website, it means that you do not only get a better position in search results by certain targeting keywords but strong domain authority. Are you following the right strategies to build links? If you’re not then you’re waiting for negatively affect your SEO efforts. Are you not aware of the right ways to build links? Here we’ve covered the most effective link building tips recommended by professional marketers.
Let’s take a look at what backlinks strategies are really working these days and how generating quality links provide the perfect SEO life to your website;
SaaS Marketing and SEO expert at Nine Peaks Media
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Today, there’s very few to no shortcut in getting more inbound links besides actually having a content worth linking to. Most grey (and even more black)-hat link building tactics no longer work nowadays with the updates on Google algorithm. So, either aim to have the absolute best, most informative, and in-depth content of a certain topic, or approach the topic from a unique angle not explored by others. Both are, arguably, equally difficult nowadays but is definitely do-able with proper research and effort.
Consistency is also important. Focus on a topic, and develop quality content to target keywords surrounding the topic.
It’s no longer a secret that Google nowadays take account of the quality of backlinks over quantity. However, many SEO marketers still don’t realize that getting too many backlinks— even if it’s high quality— can be counterproductive and will flag Google to penalize your site. Remember that there are now billions of sites indexed by Google, and they simply don’t have time to review each site individually even if you get, say, 20 high-quality links with legal means. Google might instead suspect your site using grey-hat or black-hat tactics and penalize it.
So, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Aim for just 2 to 3 authoritative backlinks for each page per month. Build relationships with these high-quality sites so you’ll get more links from them in the long run (so Google will see these as natural links.)
Above, I have addressed how most grey-hat tactics simply no longer works nowadays, but one of the very few exceptions that still works today is social bookmarking and signals. This list by Search Engine Journal can help you in finding the right platform(s) for your social bookmarking efforts.
The idea is, while social shares are not accounted as “real” backlink (as confirmed by Google), by having more people aware of your content, there is a higher chance that some of them might give you those valuable links.
Similar to social bookmarking, being active on social media, and working with influencers can be very effective in spreading your content. Have a strong social media presence, build relationships and work with relevant influencers according to your niche. Create a short video about your content on social media (and link it to the actual content). The idea is to get as many people to consume your content, and get them to share it.
CEO of a digital agency called Rocket Science Idea
it is a nice way to start, especially if you are a newbie. Think about your friends, relatives, colleagues, partners, clients that have a blog or a site.
All you have to do is ask for a backlink. Ask for in-content links instead of links in the sidebar or footer.
Always be careful and make sure that the backlink comes from a website that is relevant to your niche. Otherwise, it will not have too much of an impact and may even be harmful.
You can write an email to approach relevant bloggers and content creators. Be honest and build relations with them, in this email you can say something like this..
Sample Email Template:
I saw that you have a great article on your blog on Topic “Digital Marketing”.
I just posted a very relevant and specific article on Topic “19 Expert Predictions on Digital Marketing Trends in 2019” on my blog, You can check out this article link.
I think your audience would love to read it.. Please feel free to add this link in your article.
Have a great day!
It is a perfect way for them to build customer trust. You can write a testimonials on specific services or products which you have used and how was your experience. Be transparent and write about your problems and solutions you got and how that product or service helped.
On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity for you to get a backlink and right traffic from that site and it usually has a much higher approval rate than your link request emails comparatively.
Always do very good research and write comprehensive article put lot of insights, write an interactive article like two people are talking build a conversation style.
Bring specific points what that every con connect with the flow of your article. Don’t forget to introduce yourself and while addressing topic and bring your unique style (storytelling) so that people remember you.
Bring lot of valuable information so that it becomes irresistible. Make sure that you over delivered that’s what people should feel at the end.
All these points lead to get huge traffic and comment on your post..
Reverse engineering on competitors backlinks
Digital Business Optimizer at The Ducks In A Row
This technique consists in appealing to the “ego” of an influencer by mentioning them so that, in reciprocity, they link your domain in the future. The idea is to encourage interaction between you and influencers, start a conversation and build a relationship.
This strategy can go this way:
Resource pages are pages that link out to awesome content on a given topic.
These pages exist for the sole purpose of linking out.
This strategy can go this way:
“Keyword” + inurl:links
“Keyword” + “helpful resources”
“Keyword” + “useful resources”
“Keyword” + “useful links”
The first of the Four Ps of marketing is Product. A product can be either a tangible good or an intangible service that fulfills a need or want of consumers. Whether you sell custom pallets and wood products or provide luxury accommodations, it’s imperative that you have a clear grasp of exactly what your product is and what makes it unique before you can successfully market it.
Best way to gain domain authority is to be an authority not only online but in the real world. Organic links are built organically, so it’s important that your product owners communicate how great your product is and its improvements.
President and Founder of Anvil Media, Inc
I started my SEO career in 1996, after a brief stint in the world of public relations. I’ve found that leveraging PR skills and techniques is the best form of link development out there, as it results in inbound links from high domain authority websites. Here are my two SEO tips:
Since my first foray into PR in 1994, I’ve continued utilizing and honing my PR abilities since then, resulting in press coverage and mentions in publications including Business News Daily, Enterpreneur, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., New York Times, Reader’s Digest. In fact, last year, I generated ~90 mentions, and ~80 the year previously, primarily via HARO by Cision email pitches. The net result has been a high domain authority for our agency that is much larger than our dozen employees.
Another effective link development strategy is writing syndicated articles for third party industry publications. Over the years, I’ve written for publications including iMedia, Portland Business Journal, Online Marketing Institute and SmartBrief. You can see our coverage here, which includes local media (TV interviews), industry publications (iMedia) and business (Forbes, Inc., etc.)
Content Marketing Manager at Visme
Building quality backlinks is a great way to strengthen your domain authority and ultimately rank higher in search results. But that’s not the only reason why we love backlinks. When relevant and trusted websites link out to your website, it can do wonders for your credibility and help drive tons of referral traffic.
At Visme, we focus a lot on creating insightful, rich and high-quality content that people actually want to read and share. We create plenty of how-to posts, practical and comprehensive guides, videos, eBooks, data visualizations and so on. We also regularly publish guest posts on high-authority websites and blogs in our niche, which helps drive quality backlinks and get the word out about our design tool.
But creating great content and letting it just sit there won’t do much for your link profile. You also need to promote it on the right channels. We make sure to share our posts on multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, so we reach a bigger audience.
We also put a lot of emphasis on outreach and building relationships with influencers and thought leaders in our niche. Our newly developed tool, Respona, helps make that possible. And if we include an influencer quote in one of our articles, we make sure to reach out to the sources and let them know about it. Most of the time, they are nice enough and willing to share it on their social channels!
Another link-building strategy that has worked well for us is creating original, high-quality infographics and visuals, often using our very own design tool Visme. Sharing informative visuals does two things:
They’re bite-sized and shareable, so they help generate a lot of traffic and backlinks.
They show people the different possibilities of what they can create in Visme.
A Professional Blogger at www.borjagiron.com
Once we have our content optimized for both Google and to convert visits to customers we must start working on our link strategy. I’m going to give you the three best techniques to get quality links that work for me as well as for the clients of my consultancies.
This is the first step and the simplest to get links. We must review the links that we already have from other websites but that for any reason we have lost. For example, some 404 errors.
For that we can use plugins like Broken Link Checker or tools like SEMrush or Xovi.
These are for me the easiest content to share and therefore with which we have more possibilities to get links on related websites.
Try to create content that solves specific problems and focus on offering infographics, studies, video-tutorials and rankings mentioning different professionals.
One of the link building strategies that I like most is to review posts well positioned on Google from other websites for which I have related or complementary content.
It is then when I write a very careful email and providing some complementary video, updated content, some study or in short something that contributes or improve the article.
The fact of having worked the personal brand and having a relationship with other Bloggers makes this method work much better.
This is the extra advice I wanted to give you especially for new projects.
Launches a press release exclusively to work on the personal and company brand. In this case I recommend not seeking to optimize the anchor text for certain keywords, just to work the brand.
In this way everything is much more natural.
In B2B marketing, providing a trusted source of reference content or a tool, is still an effective method to attract backlinks as we have found in our experience at Smart Insights. This type of content will attract links naturally if you’re able to gain a top 10 position by encouraging links through initial outreach, since you have created valuable content that other bloggers and site owners will naturally link to in their own articles about similar topics. This type of content fits well with Google’s latest guidance to search evaluators which suggests that good quality content provides Expertise-Authority-Trust or E-A-T https://moz.com/blog/google-e-a-t
Reference content and tools can also be effective for consumer markets. Here are three ideas for you to see if you could apply to your sector covering different variants of this.
Provide a page, link to other reputable sources which people can use for reference, particularly when blogging about a topic.
For example, we provide a reference to the best social media statistics that are useful for marketers which we update regularly. This attracts links organically, without the need for outreach, although you do need to be quick off the mark, to reference the date change at the start of each year. This post has provided more than ten thousand visits per month for several years, but we do put effort in to update it.
An example from the search sector is summaries of algorithm changes. These are covered by blogs like Search Engine Journal which has its Google Algorithm Updates & Changes: A Complete History ranking 1 and a tool-based version focusing on major changes from Moz with its Google Algorithm Update History.
An example here is financial services, I like this mortgage calculator that ranks one, party because it is grouped with related tools which use internal links to boost ranking. These tools can also gain links organically.
Matthew Woodward is the director of Matthew Woodward.
My all-time favourite link building strategy has got to be competitor backlink analysis.
This is a really simple method which helps you replicate the links that your competitors already have and Google already approves of.
This can include a whole range of link building methods such as writing a guest post, leaving a blog comment or joining a forum discussion.
This strategy combined with my intelligent backlink analysis spreadsheet gives you all the information you need to build powerful links.
You just start by identifying your competitors and use a backlink analysis tool to gather data (such as Ahrefs). Load the data into my spreadsheet and then review the plan of attack.
The spreadsheet filters out all the bad, spammy links and leaves you with the links you should go after, and which method you need to use to obtain them.
It really is that easy and is a strategy that has stood the test of time.
There are 3 backlink analysis tools I would recommend (and which I have a backlink analysis spreadsheet compatible for):
Each tool will provide you with the data you need to complete your competitor analysis but if need a cost-effective tool then they all have free (or as good as) trial you can take full advantage of to get the data you need.
So to uncover your competitors best backlinks just follow this strategy which saves you time and money when it comes to building valuable links.
Akash Srivastava is a freelance SEO consultant at Akash SEO.
Backlinks have always been one of the crucial factors for ranking any website on search engines. But over the time search engines have brought in many changes to ensure a fair ranking system. I focus on mainly 2 strategies to get backlinks for my clients’ websites:
Having a complete citation is another way to create backlinks. It should include the name of the company, its phone number, address and website URL. So complete your citations as it proves to be a valuable asset for your business and linking purposes both. Apart from this, the citations ensure the existence of your business and add trust value too. For local search, the citations can do wonders for your business. So choose the websites wisely where you wish to place your citations.
It is one of the effective ways to get backlinks, help you to build your brand and boost the credibility of your business. That is why it is a good idea to come up with as many guest posts you can for your website. However, don’t spam. The number of good backlinks you get will surely help in improving the overall rank
of your website.
So these are the important 2 strategies which you can adopt to get quality backlinks.
James is the founder of SEO Sherpa
Businesses love to publish testimonials to show off when kind words get said about them. They also want to prove their testimonials are authentic, which means they’ll often include a link to you verifying you’re real. In short, this is a fantastic link building opportunity requiring minimal effort.
Here’s how to go about it:
Make a list of every product or service you recently purchased or used.
Check each of the sites of these services or products for the opportunity to provide a testimonial.
Submit or email a short written testimonial letting the site know you are happy for it to appear on their website.
Remember to ask that they include a link to your site alongside it.
In the future, keep an eye out for relevant sites that include testimonials, and seriously consider buying their product so that you can submit a recommendation. The investment can be well worth the cash outlay when it results in a relevant, high-authority link that comes from a website’s homepage.
If you know how to look, you can find many occasions wherein your brand has been mentioned online but with no link. By simply asking for this mention to link to you, you can win some backlinks with minimal time or effort.
Use BuzzSumo or Mention.net to find references to your brand and to get alerts of any new mentions.
For any mentions that do not currently link to your site, check that this is a link that you would like to pursue.
Make contact with the site and thank them for the mention of your brand, and then politely ask them to consider providing a link back to you. If they have already written positively about your service or brand, they will surely be happy to help out.
I hope you have learned some new tricks of link building here. Getting links with the same old old tactics isn’t providing any value to rank organically. Implement these strategies in your inbound link building process to boost search results. If you have new backlink strategies that experts listed above did not mention then send us your SEO backlink tips and we’ll be guaranteed add your ideas here.
About Deepak Chauhan Hi, I am Deepak Chauhan, a Digital Marketing Strategist. I'm the CEO & Co-Founder of VOCSO Technologies, a creative web design, development, marketing agency based out of India & USA. I love to blog about my experiences and strategies to help new startups. When I'm not working, I'm either traveling, playing foosball, cricket or learning photography.
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