Does Backlinking Matter So Much Anymore?

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Hey Warriors,

Wondering if back linking matters so much any more as Google has changed their algorithms and are penalizing sites that have too many back links...

For example: I have now heard that blog commenting is considered as spam now where before it was great method of back linking..

Can someone clear things up a little

What forms of back linking should I be considering.?

Your advice and expertise would be appreciated as this will help out tonnes

Thanks in advance,
Best regards fellow warriors,
MP
#anymore #backlinking #matter #seo 2013
  • Profile picture of the author rjames
    Absolutely it matters. If you want results without waiting until your kids have kids that is...

    You just have to make sure you arent over optimized for backlinking...deoptimize your backlinking and you will be fine. Backlinks are THE thing that moves a site fast...
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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    Originally Posted by Matt Pickstone View Post

    Wondering if back linking matters so much any more as Google has changed their algorithms and are penalizing sites that have too many back links...

    For example: I have now heard that blog commenting is considered as spam now where before it was actually the whitest hat method of back linking.. Hmmm...
    Don't go for tons of unnatural crappy backlinks. Focus on the quality not the quantity.
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  • Profile picture of the author buzilla
    Hey Matt,

    Firstly Google won't penalize your site for having too many backlinks they penalize sites for having too many low quality backlinks that are usually built built using automated software. If you are not using any software you'll never build too many backlinks.

    Blog commenting isn't considered spam but automating it using software is.

    Backlinking is still crucial to having SEO success. The easiest way to get backlinks is to have content that people want to link to because they think their audience will also find it useful. Use open site explorer to see were your competitors are getting backlinks from and see if you can get these link yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
    Backlink is still one of the major factors which affects keyword ranking and it will be in near future as well. Anyway Google has redefined the quality of backlink with every algorithm update they have made. While low quality backlinks will harm your website ranking, on that other side quality links will always have its good benefits.
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  • Profile picture of the author shailender
    Originally Posted by Matt Pickstone View Post

    Will back linking help me rank in this day of age..
    Yes, Backlinks still matters to rank your website for your desired keywords. However you need to be more careful while building any incoming links as there are 2 most dangerous Google animals are hungry to eat poor quality site.

    Originally Posted by Matt Pickstone View Post

    If so what methods should i be doing.?
    As far as methods are concerned, I would suggest you to get links from relevant sites (sites that related to your niche)... as it brings lot of quality link juice and helps to build your brand. However it fully depends upon you what technique you use to get those links.... either it's blog commenting, forums links, guest posting and so on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Pickstone
    So to define high quality back links.. We are talking about... Articles, press releases, web 2.0 sites, social bookmarking, blog commenting and directory linking.. Can you think of any more high quality off site SEO techniques?

    Is automated article submission with unique handwritten content a bad way to go? and can Google pick up on whether the site has been submitted by a human or a bot?
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    • Profile picture of the author buzilla
      Originally Posted by Matt Pickstone View Post

      So to define high quality back links.. We are talking about... Articles, press releases, web 2.0 sites, social bookmarking, blog commenting and directory linking.. Can you think of any more high quality off site SEO techniques?
      Articles, press releases, web 2.0 sites, social bookmarking, blog commenting and directory linking wouldn't be considered high quality. A high quality link would be a link from within content on a page that ranks highly for the keywords you are targeting. For example if you had a site about blogging a link from problogger.net would be high quality. This doesn't mean a link from a comment but an actual link from an article.

      High quality links can be hard to get and take some time but 1 high quality link will trump 100's of blog comments, directory submissions, etc. I would recommend reading The Most Creative Link Building Post Ever for examples of how professional SEO's build links.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matt Pickstone
        Originally Posted by buzilla View Post

        High quality links can be hard to get and take some time but 1 high quality link will trump 100's of blog comments, directory submissions, etc. I would recommend reading The Most Creative Link Building Post Ever for examples of how professional SEO's build links.
        Thanks Dude, will have a read!
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  • Profile picture of the author hirithk
    Hi,
    Backlink are more important part of seo. Backlinks are inbound links and also they are permanent links.The quality back links are important to to get keyword rankings and pr. The quality back links are the links which are from high pr sites. 0 pr backlinks are not worth to the website. it may help in traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeff09
    Backlinks are still most important to any website.
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  • Profile picture of the author rayray7
    After many Google changes, the best way to survive long term online is to do the following:

    1 - Make sure you're creating awesome content on your site (Google loves 600 words to 1000 words articles)

    2 - Been indexed is not the same as been Google's love child (with promises of traffic)

    To build links - stay away from all those link building promises. The following methods will do wonders for your site:

    A; BLOG COMMENTING -USE scrapebox to find high quality blogs in your niche (if your blog is about food, look for blogs talking about food, dieting, health, you get the picture)

    Personally, do the commenting yourself and leave relevant comments. Most site owners are happy you found them and if your comment is on point, the more chances of getting approved. I look for blogs with less than 20 comments and PR3 or higher. I leave my comments and just move to the next one. I leave several sentences dealing with the article. 80% of the time I use different names sometimes mixed-in with my keyword. 20% I use just my keyword depending on other comments on the site. This is highly effective when done right. I love sites that say you have to register to comment. Less competition. I do not pay attention to dofollow or nofollow bullshit! Both would help your site.

    B: Article directories; Only submit to top directories and please stop wasting your time submitting crap to those auto approved directories. Google is not stupid and they know that junk attracts junk. One article per directory.

    C; Bookmarking is still effective, but do it with numerous anchor texts. Stay away from all those junk bookmarking sites - they come and go like yo-yo ball! Stick with the top bookmarking sites.

    D; Web 2.0 - still okay, but less effective due to tremendous spam generated. Blogger is actually a good site for links. Squidoo is also good. WordPress is okay and hubpages is okay too. Many more to find. Please do not think you can submit crap and then rank for long. Remember junk attracts junk. Submit clean readable article in each of them.

    E; Forum links are now less effective due to huge spam ratio. Pick only very busy forums with a clean reputation. Stay within your niche regardless of page rank of the off niche forum sites.

    F; video sharing site including YouTube. Most would allow you a link on the description or profile page.

    Some other techniques can be found on this site. Just some words of advice:

    Stay away from all those automated tools used for content. You might rank for a while but you would not last for long.

    Spend most of your money on great content and not some gibberish nonsense pedaled by some.

    Online ranking is a marathon not a sprint. Quality always gets you on top if consistently done.

    You might find some websites using duplicate content to rank, do not try to copy them as Google has favorite sites within the same fraternity.

    Try to include new article on your site daily and traffic would come eventually.

    Goodluck,
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    This is the worst question I've probably ever seen on the Warrior Forum.

    Yes, of course backlinks matter.

    Just how the hell do you think Google decides how to rank a website in the SERP's? By using a "gut feeling about this page" algorithm? Or by a roll of a virtual dice?
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  • Profile picture of the author TrustedSEO
    Hello,

    Link Building will always matter, links are what creates the "Web"! It's how you go about building your links, that matters the most. Use quality driven resources and don't follow what everyone else is doing. Think outside the box!


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  • Profile picture of the author ZestMedia
    Link building definitely matters!

    But do focus on the quality of the backlinks and not the quantity. Reduce over-optimization!
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    • Profile picture of the author Signal512
      Originally Posted by ZestMedia View Post

      Link building definitely matters!

      But do focus on the quality of the backlinks and not the quantity. Reduce over-optimization!
      Being a new here. How would one go about determining the quality of a backlink and obtaining them?
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      • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
        Originally Posted by Signal512 View Post

        Being a new here. How would one go about determining the quality of a backlink and obtaining them?
        Quality link:

        1) Linking page is already indexed in Google.
        2) Linking page has incoming links of its own and some amount of PR.
        3) Bonus: the page is related in theme to the link-to page.

        Those are the earmarks of a good link. Even better, the page that you get the link from has these characteristics and 'brings traffic.'
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  • Profile picture of the author John Alves
    Backlinks are still very important for increasing rankings. When combined with high quality content, they have the most value. It is necessary to have proper onsite SEO to achieve maximum results. Some types of backlinks have become less effective. Forum profile links are having a harder time ranking websites. However, article links and blog comment links are still performing well from what I have seen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Annie15
    How does search engines identify your page or how will your site or pages become reputed without back links. Back links makes your page crawled frequently.

    The way of back linking should be changed, the back links from relevant pages are always valued.
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  • Profile picture of the author jedsonack2
    Yes,
    Backlinks are priceless, grab them as much as you can but be careful with spammers.
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  • Profile picture of the author jedsonack2
    Yes it definitely matters.......
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  • Profile picture of the author surajramnani
    It still works..but overdoing it can harm you..
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    • Profile picture of the author jonrpatrick
      Are Angela's links (profile links) still valuable at all.
      As an experiment, I did about 15 about 2 weeks ago, and it's interesting not a one has shown up yet in webmaster tools or backlinkwatch.
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  • Profile picture of the author internalsoul
    It does matters if you want good ranking. You are good to go if you do it in a ethical way and you will be rewarded But always remember quality links is always ahead of quantity links and that's gonna help you sustain any google updates.
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    It matter more now then it ever did. Backlinks are integral to your website's success. The difference nowadays is that you need to be smarter about how you build them. Trust and Relevancy is a big factor for Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abigo
    What's scrapebox?
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