What is a backlink? A backlink is a link to one webpage from another webpage. Backlinks not only provide organic traffic, they also help you rank higher on Google. What matters is not so much the number of your backlinks; what does matter most is the quality of your backlinks.
Link juice is a term used to describe the value of particular backlinks. Some sites do not positively contribute to your ranking. You can ask website owners to remove links that hurt your SEO, but often they won’t reply and some will actually ask you to pay for removal. In either of these cases, go to Google’s Disavowal Tool to take care of this: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main
Here’s a tool to help you evaluate your link juice: http://www.ecreativeim.com/pagerank-link-juice-calculator.php
12 Tips for Getting Backlinks to Your Website
How can you get backlinks from quality and relevant websites?
- Create great content. It always starts with your content. Write stuff that others want to share.
- Cornerstone content for your niche will help you build an audience and make it more likely that you will get backlinks.
- Write “How to” posts (like this one!) and list posts (sometimes called listicles). These two types of posts are among the most likely to get backlinked.
- Commenting on other sites in your niche while providing a link back to your site is a way that you can personally build backlinks.
- Submit your site to web directories.
- Submit blog posts to social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon (scroll down for a recent post on using SU), Delicious, Digg, Flipboard, BizSugar, Sharebloc, and Bundlr.
- Submit guest articles to other websites in your niche and always include a link back to your website.
- Post to Discussion Boards like Quora, and forums in your niche, and again, always include a link back to your website.
- Ask questions and answer questions at Q & A sites like Answerbag, Yahoo! Answers, Blurt it, WikiAnswers, FunAdvice, Askville, and Friendfeed. Mention your blog as a source for useful information on your q or a.
- Submit your blog information to blog directories. Go here for a list of 131 different blog directories (by the way, the “Go here” is a backlink to useful information – that’s the kind of information that you want to provide – useful information that will get your content backlinked!).
- Use website review sites to promote your website. Google your niche adding the word reviews to find suitable sites.
- Be active in groups like Google Groups and Yahoo Groups and use your engagement in groups to show your expertise in your field.
What would you add to this list? As always, I welcome your comments and questions and your likes and shares (that’s one way that I get backlinks!).