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What is Link Building? Strategies & Examples - The Beginners Guide to SEO

For search engines that crawl the vast metropolis of the web, links are the streets between pages. Using sophisticated link analysis, the engines can discover how pages are related to each other and in what ways. Since the late 1990s search engines have treated links as votes for popularity and importance in the ongoing democratic opinion poll of the web. The engines themselves have refined the use of link data to a fine art, and use complex algorithms to perform nuanced evaluations of sites and pages based on this information. Links aren't everything in SEO, but search professionals attribute a large portion of the engines' algorithms to link-related factors (see Search Engine Ranking Factors). Through links, engines can not only analyze the popularity websites and pages based on the number and popularity of pages linking to them, but also metrics like trust, spam, and authority. Link Signals Used by search engines How do search engines assign value to links? Global Popularity Anchor Text

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Top 16 Search Engine Optimization Tips (Infographic) Search engine optimisation is the act of trying to get your website ranked in search engines such as Google organically. This is best done by optimising two key areas, the first being on page optimisation which is actually done on your own website through the use of title tags, meta descriptions, keyword density and many other factors. The second key area is off page optimisation by which we create listings, produce content and put your website out there in the public spaces in hopes of acquiring quality back links from other websites to your own. This tells Google and other search engines that you’re an authority on whichever industry or niche you are competing in. Some of these include but are not limited to directory listings, social, blogging sites and the list goes on. Without going too much into detail about back links and content being an important factor in the SEO world, you should know that there are several other factors you might not know about.

Link Building 101: How to Conduct a Backlink Analysis Every day, individuals who are new to SEO need to learn the basics of link building and important concepts and strategies within a campaign. This link building 101 post will continue the education of new link builders, this time on the topic of how to perform a backlink analysis Being able to perform a thorough backlink analysis is a fundamental element to any link building campaign. What's more, running backlink analyses can help develop your fundamental knowledge of links, link building strategies, and link quality.

SEO Keywords: Guide to Better SEO Keyword Research SEO Keyword: What Are SEO Keywords? Your SEO keywords are the key words and phrases in your web content that make it possible for people to find your site via search engines. A website that is well optimized for search engines "speaks the same language" as its potential visitor base with keywords for SEO that help connect searchers to your site. Keywords are one of the main elements of SEO basics. In other words, you need to know how people are looking for the products, services or information that you offer, in order to make it easy for them to find you—otherwise, they'll land on one of the many other pages in the Google results. Implementing keyword SEO will help your site rank above your competitors.

32 White Hat Ways to Build Inbound Links This is a guest post by Corey Northcutt, who manages a Chicago-based SEO and content marketing agency called Northcutt. Follow him on Google+ or Twitter at @northcuttSEO, and read his SEO blog. There’s no question that building great inbound links to your site is hard work.

9 Tips for Optimizing Your Website for Mobile Users Is your website meeting the needs of on-the-go mobile users? When you’re developing your first mobile site, you may be at a loss. That’s understandable—a mobile website is an entirely different animal from a traditional website. Link Building Tactics (Complete List) - Point Blank SEO Remember how people say, "it's not about what you know, it's about who you know"? The same goes for the Web. Those relationships will turn into links, both in the short-term & the long-term. 9 Places to Insert Keywords on Your Website Search engine optimization (SEO) is essential to the success of most websites, and how you use your keywords is a big contributing factor to that success. It becomes even more important if you’re relying purely on organic search results to drive traffic to your website, rather than paid advertising. Although there are lots of places that I’ll talk about where you can use your keywords, as you’re designing the website and writing the content, you don’t want to do is overload them in every available spot. Yes, the goal is to take advantage of all the opportunities you have to incorporate keywords on your website. You shouldn’t be doing so in a way that’s going to make your website less usable though. Use your keywords in these places in ways that are relevant to your content and that improve your website’s usability.

Link building from a holistic SEO perspective At Yoast, we hardly write about link building. Of course, links from other sites are a really important ranking factor. We do know that ;-)! Link building done the wrong way can easily backfire though (see Joost’s recent post about Google Penguin), resulting in a ban from Google all together. Link building just isn’t easy. That doesn’t mean it’s rocket science, it means it takes a lot of work. What Google’s New Penguin Update Means for Link Building Google’s Penguin updates have been the harbingers of doom for SEO and Internet marketers since 2012, when link penalties for sites were as unfamiliar as a foreign language that we all had to learn quickly — navigational vs. transactional anchor text, unnatural backlink profiles, link pruning and disavow files. Now considered part of the modern SEO lexicon, these are things that weren’t even considered five years ago. With much derision, a number of different industries became familiar with Penguin, and overnight, due in part to the ferocity by which it was released, and the devastating effect it had on sites that fell into a trap no one knew Google was setting.

Disavow backlinks - Search Console Help PageRank is Google’s opinion of the importance of a page based on the incoming links from other sites. (PageRank is an important signal, but it’s one of more than 200 that we use to determine relevancy.) In general, a link from a site is regarded as a vote for the quality of your site. Google works very hard to make sure that actions on third-party sites do not negatively affect a website. In some circumstances, incoming links can affect Google’s opinion of a page or site.

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