Do I really need backlinks?

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My question is do I really need backlinks and why isn't there a google dance instead like there used to be?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    If you have a popular site with loads of traffic sources that is earning good money...nah, you don't need backlinks.


    People try to fake backlinks, game backlinks - they work far too hard for poor results. You've been around a while - you know this stuff.



    A backlink is, simply, a PATH leading to YOUR site. Instead of finding your site only by looking for THAT site...visitors come through links on other sites. Googlebots notice you are creating a 'map of links' leading to your site and if the links are good ones (from active sites in related niches)...google rewards you by increasing visibility of your site.


    increased visibility = increased traffic = increased sales....ta da!



    There's much more to it, of course, but if you don't 'get' the basic reason for adding inks, not much point in learning the details.
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    • Profile picture of the author VirtualVeena
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      If you have a popular site with loads of traffic sources that is earning good money...
      nah, you don't need backlinks.

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      Thanks for sharing this info, really appreciate this.
      All over the web, one reads that a site must get backlinks.
      Your input changes things for me - tremendously!
      Thanks a lot.
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        You do not need backlinks, ever. You need backlinks only if you want organic traffic. You can have a thriving business and all your traffic could come from post cards or email marketing or ads in the newspaper.


        What you must have, if you're to make money, is visitors who are highly interested in buying what you're selling and have the means to pay you the prices you want.


        There are many ways to get them, so backlinks is not a necessity.


        Originally Posted by VirtualVeena View Post

        Thanks for sharing this info, really appreciate this.
        All over the web, one reads that a site must get backlinks.
        Your input changes things for me - tremendously!
        Thanks a lot.
        Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
    What my question is more complex, why isn't there a google dance instead of neeeding backlinks?

    Getting backlinks nowadays is impossible?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    The google dance has been gone for years....that was back when google updated 'on occasion' - google updates now are ongoing rather than the big shift here and there.

    Not impossible to get backlinks if your site is one others are willing to link to..you might want to check backlinko.com to refresh your backlinking skills. Everything you need to know about backlinks is probably on that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author aminshahid
    backlinks is the most important thing in seo
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  • Profile picture of the author Isabella Jack
    Backlinks are important to your rankings, but quality matters more than quantity here. You want to create valuable content (with linkable assets) that will earn links from other authoritative domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shahzaib Raza
      But i have seen Quantity matters too when if i got 1000 links from 1000 different sites and i got 1000 links from one good site... Is there any chance of camparison?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by Intrepreneur View Post

    My question is do I really need backlinks and why isn't there a google dance instead like there used to be?
    Your question makes zero sense.

    First, yes, if you want to rank in Google for anything at least moderately competitive, you need backlinks. Anyone that says differently is clueless.

    Second, wtf does a Google Dance have to do with links?

    Really, there is no such thing as a Google Dance and there never was. Things move around for a ton of different reasons, but some mysterious influence by Google is not one of them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Reddevil007
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Your question makes zero sense.

      First, yes, if you want to rank in Google for anything at least moderately competitive, you need backlinks. Anyone that says differently is clueless.

      Second, wtf does a Google Dance have to do with links?

      Really, there is no such thing as a Google Dance and there never was. Things move around for a ton of different reasons, but some mysterious influence by Google is not one of them.

      So I cannot rank my site based on content marketing alone?
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      • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
        Originally Posted by Reddevil007 View Post

        So I cannot rank my site based on content marketing alone?
        Yes it's stupid needing back links isn't it. What on earth is Google doing
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        • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
          Originally Posted by Intrepreneur View Post

          Yes it's stupid needing back links isn't it. What on earth is Google doing
          Well, according to laughing silly their asses off G's. humor section,
          continue to maintain these backlinks are irreplaceable part of having
          good time when it comes to troll wannabe's SEOs by keeping them
          too busy chasing wet backlinks dreams for G's.staff entertainment.

          It's would be hard to imagine if one sunny day G. announces that era
          of backlinks have ended, by making clear: "the game is over" the same
          way it canceled PR but this is the only inference one should anticipate
          that this time is around the corner.

          World without SEO, WF without SEO Forum, SEOs without jobs,
          not to mention Trollsylvania University would have to close it doors,
          the galactic proportions nightmare G. would left behind after mighty
          G. decided enough is enough to play cat and mouse game.



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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        No. You cannot rank it for good keywords.


        You can rank it for Reddveil007 just by putting that as the title of a post that has not words (except the title).


        Originally Posted by Reddevil007 View Post

        So I cannot rank my site based on content marketing alone?
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by Reddevil007 View Post

        So I cannot rank my site based on content marketing alone?
        If you promote that content in places that it could potentially attract links, yes you could rank.

        Without links, you will not rank for anything competitive. You do not have to be the one building each link, but you absolutely need links.
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  • Profile picture of the author albatros2000
    By importance:

    1. Amazing Content (based on keyword research)
    2. Backlinks

    dozens of links from authority websites will not rank content about "training dogs" for the keyword "best laptops".
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      Amazing content has nothing to do with ranking.
      Lots of amazing content on pages 3, 4 and 12.

      Look sometimes at all the keywords people find pages on your site in Google console.

      It will be edifying.

      Originally Posted by albatros2000 View Post

      By importance:

      1. Amazing Content (based on keyword research)
      2. Backlinks

      dozens of links from authority websites will not rank content about "training dogs" for the keyword "best laptops".
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    • Profile picture of the author internetpages
      Yes, I agree. that's what I've been told also.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Suggest READING the thread before commenting...just an idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mara Drijbooms
    1. Backlinks help Google and other search engines determine which pages should rank the highest for a given query => To put it simple, backlinks correlate with your website ranking!

    2. Backlinks can send you visitors through referral traffic => Backlinks increase your traffic.

    3. Backlinks can help search engines discover your pages faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobusinesscom
    Backlinks is one of the important factor in SEO ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Himanshu Jakhar
    In my experience, good quality content is not enough. You gotta have some backlinks one way or another. I never had this experience where I would rank for good keywords with a fair amount of search volume without any backlinks.

    For long-tail keywords with very little to no search volume, you might rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ace OfAllMedia
    OP: Your post truly asks 2 completely unrelated questions (not one "complex" question as you claim and seem to believe it is) but here you go:

    1) Yes you absolutely NEED backlinks to rank in Google Search, or Bing Search for htat matter. That is non-negotiable, they have been the strongest ranking factor for almost 2 decades now, and will continue to be for the forseeable future.

    As far as getting backlniks being "impossible" - NOT EVEN CLOSE - Granted they're not a complete no-brainer as they were before, where any third world peasant (e.g. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Phillipines, etc) with access to the internet could randomly post 10,000,000 gibberish non-sensical blog comments or forum posts with the spelling grammar and sentence structure so poor that you can pretty much read the foreign accent. That was pre-2007...

    Gone are the days where automated programs that any Belarusian bunmblehead (or Russian) could execute a software spamming out 100,000,000 Web 2.0 Blogs, Profile links, Directory links, Wikis etc in no time and quikcly rank a crap site (some of those worked well up till 2017/2018)...

    Nowdays, gaining backlinks actually requires intelligence, creativity, and a strong command of the language you are targeting. If you intend to rank in any english speaking market, you'd better be a native english speaker with a strong command of the English language and proper spelling and grammar.

    So, I suppose if you're a complete moron, need "step by step instruction" on how to do (anything for that matter) and are incapable of coming up with your own ideas and solutions, are completely reliant on spun content and article generators (which don't work for SEO anymore and NEVER worked for quality content), are not a native English speaker, and can't afford to hire one - I suppose it WOULD be impossible for you to get backlinks in any English speaking market.

    For the rest of us who have a brain and (IF targeting US/UK/AU/CA/NZ/ZA/BZ) are a native English speaker with a basic understanding of grammar, sentence structure, word usage and spelling - It's acutally quite easy to build backlinks. For any niche.

    Now For your second question:

    The "Google Dance" continues. But it has absolutely NOTHING to do with backlinks. And it's definitely not an either/or thing. They BOTH have always been in existence, not having anything to do with one another (nor do they even topically overlap).

    Based on the question you asked, I think it's a safe bet you have no idea what "Google Dance" is. You should probably look things up from now on before posting so you don't make a complete buffoon of yourself.

    Here's a helpful article to educate you on the topic courtesy of Serp.co

    Now quick question for you:

    How is it REMOTELY possible that you've been on/around this forum for 12 years and still know so little? Honestly, it wasn't till I saw some of the replies referencing your length of time on the forum that I went back and noticed your tenure here - yet that question is one I would expect of a BRAND new noob in their first hour on the forum - and not much beyond fhat...

    Shocking really, and quite sad... Long time memners should be rather embarrassed - It's like the research study that demonstrated that Fox News Viewers were typically (LOL) less informed on the news/current events than people who don't watch (or read) the news at all

    If one were to screenshot this thread and your tenure on this forum and post it on BHW, Wicked, DP, wjunction or GFY they would have a field day picking you apart and referencing YOU as IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE that this forum is useless and full of morons... #FACT . ..

    If you STILL understand that little about SEO when you're 12+ Years in, this most likely isn't for you... Find a new career
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  • Profile picture of the author itsmohiit
    Back-links is the most important factor in SEO ranking,
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    World without SEO, WF without SEO Forum, SEOs without jobs,
    not to mention Trollsylvania University would have to close it doors,
    the galactic proportions nightmare G. would left behind after mighty
    G. decided enough is enough to play cat and mouse game.

    Makes me want to sing 'blue skies, smiling at me...nothing but blue skies do I see..."
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  • Profile picture of the author pelete
    Linkbuilding is still a very important factor, perhaps the first of all, but not all links work the same.

    Sending visits to those links seems to be working great lately.
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  • Profile picture of the author aromasuccess
    Ugh backlinks. I'm back at the internet business after a 10 year hiatus. Do they still work? I was a master of them and I know they worked then. Seems now social media and "engagement" is taking over yet social media sites never come up in Google searches. Theyre a world to themselves.

    (...goes to rediscover backlinks)
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    • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
      Originally Posted by aromasuccess View Post

      Seems now social media and "engagement" is taking over yet social media sites never come up in Google searches. Theyre a world to themselves.
      Well, from where I see it, 95% of SERP is nothing but "social media" cesspool
      and specially when you are trying to find useful stuff inside of first 10 pages.

      Yes social media is a world G. has been pushing above and over regular stuff
      because that is where Joe Public enthusiastically investing it time.



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  • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
    So then, does anyone know how to get free backlinks these days?

    I have been out of the game for a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I suggest you read back over all the answer in this thread - and find some of the 'stuff' you may have missed on the first go around....sometimes you pick up more the second time as it starts to make sense.


    Not impossible to get backlinks if your site is one others are willing to link to..you might want to check backlinko.com to refresh your backlinking skills. Everything you need to know about backlinks is probably on that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maple Labs
    no its not necessary depends on keyword competition !!! and optimize on-page fully !!
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  • Profile picture of the author Amirsohel12
    In the starting of the website you need back-link and quality really does not matter but not bad back-link and when you become established as a website then you can receive also need back-link but of higher quality and most of all you do need back-links.
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  • Profile picture of the author praetserge
    1. Yes, you need links
    2. Google dance makes sense... all of a sudden you become popular (got some decent links) so google doesn't know how to rank you so it dances till it gets reaction from real visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author hyperjerkseo
    Built out foundational backlinks will help with branding and give your site some legitimacy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Techcloud
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    As such, backlinks are helpful in light of the fact that you understand what you're getting. You can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the connections you're building are high-esteem and, after some time, will create the inactive traffic you long for. The other advantage of great connections is that everyone will in general be worth more for your SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author eliasaziz
    yes you indeed need them. They are important to bring people on your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author toysoldier80
    Link building is great when its natural. Whatever niche you are in you should love it. Read articles, be in forums and leave links where it applies. When you leave links for the purpose of just leaving them, readers, and the owners of the website or article will notice it and maybe ban you for being spammy. You do not want to earn a reputation as a spammer.

    Whatever business you are in you should be in business to provide a service or product that will help the customer. You should not be in business to just earn a dollar or scam someone out of there hard earned money. This is what spammers have a reputation of doing. Spamming innocent people out of there money or wanting to earn a quick buck.

    I never heard of the Google Dance. They say you learn something new everyday and this was cool to learn. Google is always coming up with new algorithyms and different terms and policies to rank sites. Sounds like they are making sites more even instead of ranking them in house.
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  • Profile picture of the author shipwrecked
    Google wants you to pay for the traffic, but Google is also full of sites, so SEO is VERY difficult nowadays. Still, links are very important.

    Get quality referral links through guest articles. It also helps in obtaining good traffic. But these guest articles are usually paid nowadays.

    PPC is very costly nowadays, but can complement your SEO effort. Google Search is very expensive, but you might want to try Facebook Traffic campaigns (at some point it was driving very cheap targeted traffic with even better conversion rates than Google Search).

    Consider YouTube commenting, but don't overdo it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nazrul3201
    I think after on-page backlinks is very important for google rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author divyakochar
    Yes, you need a backlink when you are new on google as the backlink work as the support to your website from another website. Backlink supports your websites very silently but strongly as they show confidence in your content that worth giving support to your website. The more important thing about backlinks is the quality of backlinks matters more than the number of backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mahaly Akther
    I think , if you want to boost your site on the first page of google, you need to build backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author SaddamHassan
    Backlinks plays an important role in SEO because, it can garner traffic, build credibility, and help your brand rank higher on search engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
      Originally Posted by SaddamHassan View Post

      Backlinks plays an important role in SEO because, it can garner traffic, build credibility, and help your brand rank higher on search engines.
      Let me see.
      So, are you saying if Google see that some site has many, many, many
      backlinks it will decide to move some useless stuff to the top just because
      someone "awarded" site with useless credibility?

      If this is the criteria G. ever uses, it will blow every fuse there is in G's system
      by trying to determine which content-less site to put at the top.



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  • Profile picture of the author Dokemion
    Originally Posted by Intrepreneur View Post

    My question is do I really need backlinks and why isn't there a google dance instead like there used to be?
    Every SEO knows the importance of backlinks but not everyone knows how to utilize them properly. So yes we all need it.

    For me, it's still Google dance now called half-a$$ update that they roll-out to test it then if they make a final decision and place everything accordingly they'll announce it and call it a Core algorithm update.

    Those half-a$$ updates they keep rolling-out are probably the reason why there's a lot of issues going on in their algorithm (e.g. deindexing issues, indexing issues, bugs here bugs there.).
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  • Profile picture of the author mohammad umer
    yes you need a more traffic in your domain do follow the rule of backlinking steps.
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  • Profile picture of the author koolstories
    yes, traffic point of view you need backlinks and be careful with broken links from time to time you need to check your broken links also.
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  • Profile picture of the author fasilend
    of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marjahan mumu
    yes, backlinks are the most important when you want to boost up the ranks of the website.
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  • Profile picture of the author mafruha1313
    A big fat yes if you want to increase traffic and get SEO in your web backlink is really important to add that's how people will visit your website but please maintain niche when you are adding backlinks, in this case, it could be a game-changer for your webs on-page SEO. Try to add both inbound and outbound links.
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  • Profile picture of the author semreseller
    Linking your content to a website that is relevant to your business niche can be one of the best ways to create a backlink. Backlink helps crawlers to figure out the content and website URL directed to a specific website i.e. your brand. Having backlinks helps your business rank in the search engines; it does help when it comes to quality backlinks instead of quantity. Make sure you follow the search engine guidelines, this way you can get a more generic and well-directed backlink with more value.
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    • Profile picture of the author semreseller
      Agreed Daniel, Also the website that you are getting a link back for your website should be your business niche; Then it could bring more positive effect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
    One powerful backlink is " Lucky you get link from sites which their traffic is very very good "

    Means other site owners find your stuffs not bad, can include on their site.
    Once done you will feel suddenly why your traffic spike partly due to their site traffic is good thus benefit you back
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  • Profile picture of the author 10bestgloves
    YES,, In other words, quality backlinks are beneficial because you know what you're getting. You can know for a fact that the links you're building are high-value and, over time, will generate the passive traffic you dream of. The other benefit of high-quality links is that each one tends to be worth more for your SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Travis26
    Backlinks helps you to rank your website in search engines and also it helps to get organic traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author xatajam823
    Getting backlinks nowadays is impossible?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shahzaib Raza
    Is there anyone who can guide me how to get quality backlinks from authorative sites?
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    • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
      Originally Posted by Shahzaib Raza View Post

      Is there anyone who can guide me how to get quality backlinks from authorative sites?
      Well, based on how much money you would like to spend,
      you can buy them, that is if you can find authorative sites



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    • Profile picture of the author semreseller
      Finding authoritative sites for quality backlinks might be a little difficult but not impossible. Depending upon the budget you are willing to spend for your link building process, you can find authoritative sites for your business.
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  • Only the opinion of a newbie, backlinks with good relevance are still needed to win the competition on the SERP
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Coulson
      Definitely, backlinks are a major factor even today. However it's more important to have good backlinks than to have a lot of backlinks, because having a lot of backlinks from spammy sites and such will actually lower your discoverability. One backlink from a reputable site is worth infinitely more than 20 links from low-moderation vbulletin forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnsmi
    As such, quality backlinks are advantageous on the grounds that you understand what you're getting. You can know beyond all doubt that the connections you're building are high-esteem and, after some time, will create the latent traffic you long for. The other advantage of great connections is that every one will in general be worth more for your SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    You need the backlinks . they help the search engine recognise how important your website is and so inrease your chances of your site being ranked high.
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  • Profile picture of the author mydigitalsketch
    Backlinks really matters . This how search engine determine the worth of a website. More authoritive Backlinks are, more chances of you getting better on SERP's
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  • Profile picture of the author Gauravs0021
    Backlinks are important to increase ranking, traffic, and website authority. If you want to improve your website ranking, traffic then you should think about creating backlinks. I would suggest you create backlinks on high authority websites.

    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author parmarjeet
    If your website is older than 5 years and your keyword competition is very low, you can rank with only on-page SEO but if you website is new and competition is medium or higher, you definitely need quality backlinks with special campaigns.
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  • Profile picture of the author mydigitalsketch
    Yes, Link Building is utmost important. That gives your website an authority. So, yeah definitely building quality backlinks.
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    • Profile picture of the author semreseller
      Try to focus on natural link building, it has great importance in SEO; rather than just increasing the number of backlinks. Make sure you are getting the backlink from the same business niche sites from which your site from. Also, keep a close eye on Google algorithm updates.
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  • Profile picture of the author parmarjeet
    Backlinks is a engine to pull your website higher.
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  • Profile picture of the author accactg
    Ensure to build interlinking on every post of your blog then connect them to another related post in one category. It can help to improve your Google SEO since interlinking also play a huge consideration factor on Google SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author bracknelson
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    There is no doubt to say backlinks are the most important part of SEO and it is a basic step through which you can generate huge traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author niamul21
    If you are getting enough a number of traffic with your content, then you probably do not need backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author lorenburton
    Search engines attract your business, product or services though you good UI and UX then its good you can rank on on page but getting backlinks makes your business appearance in terms of user search intent from which you can get more branding sales and traffic.

    Backlinks move your business, product, blog more accurate in search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacey Tome
    For more traffic you need backlinks in authorities sites.
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