One topic that is usually misunderstood by many individuals trying to do SEO on their website is that of quality backlinks. In the SEO industry all of the guru’s have stated their opinions on what defines a quality backlink. It comes down to five major factors. I will discuss each of these below.
Anchor text is one of the biggest factors that influence what keywords you are raking for in the search engines. Anchor text is the text that is found in the actual link pointing to your website. At ioVentures we are trying to rank for many different keywords such as search engine optimization company. Search engine optimization company is our anchor text that links to our landing page that talks about search engine optimization. You see, the search engines use links pointing to your website to help determine what your website is about and what your site should be ranking for. Imagine if your site was about making brownies and you had a hundred links pointing to your site that say "click here" or "making chocolate chip cookies". First of all, your site probably wouldn’t rank very well since the anchor text doesn’t have anything to do with your site. Second, if you managed to get ranked for a keyword that isn’t related to your site, your conversion would be horrible.
One other thing that I should probably mention about anchor text, you need to vary the keywords you use when you get links. Unfortunately, I learned this one the hard way. When I first started out doing SEO, I used the exact same anchor text in each of my links. I couldn’t climb the rankings for even the easy keywords. Come to find out, the search engines analyze the number of links, your anchor text, and dozens of other factors to determine if your linking patterns look natural. If you were a search engine looking at all of my links that say the exact same thing, would that look natural to you? Of course not! This is referred to as Google Bombing.
So, what you need to do instead is come up with some variations of your keyword (at least 5) and use them as your anchor text. (Read our post about grouping your keyword phrases into clusters). For a website about making brownies you might want to use the following variations, making brownies, making gourmet brownies, instructions on making brownies… well, you get the picture. This will make your linking profile look as natural as possible. You might also want to throw some "click here" or "visit our website" in the mix as well. Anything you can do to make your links look natural will boost your rankings greatly.
Another huge factor that determines how good of a link you have pointing back at your website is the type of content on the page that links to your site. If at all possible, you want to find links that are coming from pages that are very similar to yours. You can tell if a page has related content by looking at the keywords in the title tag, header tags, and body of the text on that page.
Basically if the site has something to do with your site, those links are the best to be on the hunt for. The reason for this is because the search engines will not only see your anchor text that is specific to your website, but they will also see that another site in your industry is saying that your site is recommended by them. These types of links with the proper anchor text are powerful links.
So remember, the more relevant the better.
Although not as important, page rank helps you rank higher in the search engines. If you are a beginner, you are probably asking, what is page rank? Page rank is a ranking that Google allocates to every web page on the internet.
Every link pointing to a web page passes along some page rank points. The more links a web page acquires, the greater its page rank will be over time. Generally speaking, the higher the page rank of a page, the higher the authority of that page meaning any links acquired from that page to yours is of higher value.
So, you will want to find links from sites that have high page rank. Page rank goes from 0-10 with ten obviously being the highest. The higher the page rank, the more that will be passed to your site.
Number of Links Going To Other Websites On The Page
The number of links on a webpage is a factor of quality. The more links on one web page, the more diluted the power of each link becomes. Less page rank is passed on through each outgoing link because it is distributed between more links.
To tell you the truth, sometimes you really can’t control this factor. It has been proven that links within the content of a web page or blog post hold more value than those in a footer or nav bar. These types of links also hold more power the closer they are to the top of the content or in other words, toward the beginning of the content. The first link that the search engines see on a web page, the more authority they give that link.
I hope that this will help you in your link building efforts. If done properly, your link building will really influence your website rankings. Remember that you can’t control all of these factors in every situation but do the best that you can.
The key to a successful link building campaign is to ALWAYS BE GETTING LINKS! Be consistent and persistent your link building efforts and it will pay of with top rankings eventually.
If you have any questions or comments about this topic, please feel free to make a comment below.