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Backlinks what are they and why you need them


Backlinks are incoming links from other websites to your website. They are an important factor in SEO and are used to increase the visibility of your website in search engine rankings. Having backlinks from other websites is a sign that your website is trusted and reliable, which helps to boost its credibility which is also a factor in search engine rankings.

Why do I need backlinks to my website to improve search engine results?

If you're not wanting organic traffic to your website then the simple answer is you don't need backlinks to your website to improve search engine results. If you would like organic search traffic to your website then you most definitely will need backlinks to your website. Gaining good quality and relevant backlinks from other websites, you can increase the authority of your website and enhance its rankings.

What is authority I bet you are wondering? Authority is an indicator used by search engines that essentially score a website. You can think of authority as a trust score and websites that have gained lots of trust, like the BBC website for example will have a high authority or trust score. What does a high authority mean in real terms? It means high authority sites are more likely to appear higher in the search engine results pages otherwise known as SERPs for relevant search queries.

If you can gain a backlink from a website like the BBC or Google, that would be considered a quality backlink and will likely improve your search engine results. Naturally though you are unlikely to only get very high quality backlinks so the algorithms also include quantity as a metric but relevant quantity not just sheer quantity.

How to get more backlinks

There isn't a huge number of ways to get more backlinks to your website but we will try now and take you through them in some detail. If you have other ideas please do let us know.

1) You can hope people find your content via organic search and if they create content they might link back to you at some point which would become an earned backlink or natural backlink.

2) You could go and find places to post your own backlinks to your website. This could be via comments on peoples blogs, adding to industry directories or using forums to comment and leave links back to your website.

3) Create relationships with others, perhaps guest writing a blog article for a blogger, paying a content creator to link to your website, requesting reviews in exchange for payment, or goods or services or finding relevant content that either has broken links that you can then suggest to replace a broken link with your own link or convince a content creator to replace a link with yours because your content is better.

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