7 Link Building Mistakes Every Marketer Should Know

Ah, link building. It’s one of the most common SEO techniques out there, but it’s also one of the most challenging. No matter how experienced a digital marketer you are, link building is sort of a crapshoot – you never really know what’s going to happen. Needless to say, there are quite a few link building mistakes that anyone can make, and these mistakes could yield some negative consequences.

7 Link Building Mistakes Every Marketer Should Know

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1. Buying links

We hope you’re smart enough to know that buying links is a BIG no-no in the SEO world. However, there are still some people out there that think they can take the easy way out by buying or selling links. It seems too good to be true, right? Well, it is. Paid links can seriously hurt your ranking in search engine results. Search engine algorithms, especially Google’s, are becoming smarter and smarter. So, there’s a high chance that they will catch and penalize any link buyers or sellers out there. Avoid this mistake at all costs!

2. Getting “no-follow” links

Building no-follow links is nothing more than a waste of time since Google ignores any link with the nofollow tag. These links do not count toward a page’s authority, nor their placement in the search results. Use tools like Moz or SEMrush to check your links, and stay away from nofollow links whenever possible!

3. Only building links to your site’s homepage

This one’s a popular link building mistake for beginners. While it may seem like a good idea to build backlinks exclusively to your site’s homepage, it’s not. Google will see this as artificial or spammy, and your search rankings could suffer. It’s important to keep other pages in mind while link building, like links to your site’s blog. This will help you to rank higher in the search results for pages other than your homepage.

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4. Building links too quickly

There’s no rule for how many links you should build in a day, but search engines will notice if you seem to be getting backlinks unnaturally quickly. Link building is not a process that should be rushed; slow and steady wins the race! If you build, say, a thousand links to your site in one day, prepare to be penalized. Search engines will notice this, and they may even ban your website from being indexed as a result.

5. Getting backlinks from irrelevant sites

Link builders should strive to build backlinks for relevant sites only, or, sites within their niche. In other words, if you have a site that sells pet supplies, getting links from a marketing website isn’t going to do you any good, even if the site has a high domain authority (DA). Before trying to build a link, make sure that the site is in a similar niche as yours.

6. Linking to a site with a bad reputation

Linking to spam or duplicate content sites is one of the worst link building mistakes you can make. Building a link to a site with a bad reputation will tell Google that you endorse that site. As a result, you will be penalized. Be sure to thoroughly check the site and their reputation before you link to them!

7. Getting site-wide links

It’s a good idea to stay away from site-wide links or links that come from the header or footer section of a website. While this used to be an effective link building strategy, it isn’t anymore. Google started noticing these types of links and began penalizing the websites.

Can you think of any other link building mistakes that marketers should avoid? Let us know in the comments section below!

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What Makes a Good Backlink?

What makes a good backlink? Just over two years ago I had no idea what a backlink even was, but fast-forward to the present, and backlinks are the gold that I continue to mine every single day! Backlinks are a crucial part of growing your online presence no matter how big or small your company is. On one hand, it’s an exercise in relationship-building, on the other hand, it puts your problem-solving skills to the test. So, what makes a good backlink? Well, below we’ll answer that question and provide a basic overview of backlinks and why they’re so important.

What Makes a Good Backlink?

A Brief Overview

So, what makes a good backlink? Well, before we get into that, it’s important to know what a backlink is, and why it’s so important to your marketing campaign. A backlink is essentially when a website other than your own, links back to your site. These external links will then pass on “link juice” which essentially is the weight that Google uses to rank your website. The more “good” backlinks directed towards your website, the more authoritative it appears to Google. Backlinks are essentially the way for other websites to vouch for yours, telling Google that you have a clean, authoritative, and informative site that should be ranked well.

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Backlinks are vital to your marketing campaign because it gives you the exposure that your brand needs to succeed. While the “word of mouth” marketing tactic can work in some cases, you still need to ensure that you’re being seen on the search engine results pages (SERPs). For nearly 20 years Google has used backlinks as a ranking signal for keyword searches. Even laymen with little SEO knowledge now know that backlinks are the key to ranking in Google. The best link builders, however, are able to pinpoint specific pages on his or her website and build links that go directly to that specific page. That page will then hopefully shoot up the Google rankings, ultimately generating more traffic, and more importantly, more business. We’ll break down some of the factors that make for a good backlink below!

Relevancy

One important factor when it comes to a good backlink is the relevancy of a site. Up until a few years ago, link building was a lawless arena of dirty tactics and blackhat SEO. Okay, maybe it wasn’t as scary as it sounds, but it really was much easier for websites to snag backlinks that weren’t necessarily “good” in the eyes of Google. After various algorithm and policy changes, Google now strongly takes into consideration the relevancy of the site. So, what makes a good backlink? Well, a good backlink should direct the audience to a relevant piece of information. For example, if you’re selling computer software online, it wouldn’t be relevant to get a backlink from an online pet store. Relevancy lets Google know that you can provide the information that your specific audience is looking for.

Diversity

What makes a good backlink? Well, one thing that even experienced SEO marketers forget is that it’s important to have a backlink profile. In SEO, there are “dofollow” and “nofollow” links. Dofollow links send link juice through the backlink, while nofollow backlinks do not. You’re probably thinking “well, we only want backlinks that provide link juice, right?” Well, Google has stated in the past that they also that the diversity of your links into consideration. This means that although your “nofollow” links may not provide any link juice towards your domain, it will still look good in the eyes of Google.

Trust

This is probably the most important trait of a good backlink. With literally millions of domains out there to get backlinks from, you’ll want to ensure that you’re only getting links from trustworthy sites. For example, sites like CNN, HuffPost, and government websites usually have high trust valued by Google. If it’s a blog written by a sixth-grade class in Iowa, then it’s probably not a very trustworthy site. Back in the day, the number of backlinks had a bigger role than the quality, which caused a surge in unsavory tactics to get as many backlinks as possible directed toward their site regardless of trust. If you have untrustworthy sites linking back to you, Google has the ability to hit your site with hefty penalties that could greatly decrease your traffic and cost you a lot of money.

So, what makes a good backlink? Well, a good backlink should be relevant, diverse, and trustworthy. If you follow these guidelines during your link building endeavor, you should have no problem pushing your SEO marketing campaign to new heights.

Link Building Trends For 2018

My relationship with link building started a little over a year ago. What began as just a few emails, dipping my toes in the water of offsite SEO marketing quickly began a torrid love affair with one of the most important tactics of marketing in 2018. I dreamt about link building. I had pictures of link building saved on my phone. Hell, I’d spend hours upon hours with link building. Okay, okay, I didn’t mean to get too spicy, but seriously, link building quickly became a passion of mine. It’s often seen as one of the most difficult aspects of a marketing initiative, but it was the problem-solving and communications aspects that drew me to this tactic. Well into my second year as a link builder, and I feel confident enough that I can pass along some useful information. Below we’ll take a look at some of the best link building trends for 2018.

Link Building Trends For 2018

Using Data and Research to Create Content

With such a saturated industry, it’s no surprise that the link building trends for 2018 are tactics that will push you above and beyond your competitors. The first tactic you should take advantage of is using research and data to create interesting and authoritative content. In an industry where “content is king,” there is no content more valuable than current, and previously unpublished industry insights. Holding creative control over this original research means earning backlinks whenever anyone writes a new blog article or social media post that references your findings.

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Not only can the original data generate backlinks, but you can also recycle it into other forms of content. Perhaps you want to turn that data into a shareable infographic. Another way to repurpose that content is to create a video of the researchers themselves talking about the data they’ve found. Original research is a great way to provide important information while scoring a variety of different backlinks from recycled data.

Adjust Your Campaign For Mobile

We’ve already covered the rise of voice search in previous blogs, but many marketers will fail to consider mobile when link building. Your mobile-friendly content is going to be some of the most valuable link bait that you have. 20% of all web searches are voice searches. This is important on two fronts. If you’re optimized for voice search and landing some valuable rich snippets, this will increase the chances of snagging natural backlinks without lifting a finger.

On the other side, targeting backlinks from sites that rank frequently for mobile search is a great way to snag backlinks that are both valuable and relevant.

Backlink Reclamation

When it comes to some of the best link building trends for link building, reclaiming backlinks is often an undervalued but highly important tactic. As Google puts more and more value into links, losing them can be detrimental to your website. A good backlink reclamation campaign will ensure that there are few backlinks getting lost in the shuffle. A backlink analysis tool like SEMrush or Majestic will allow you to export all lost backlinks. The next stage, outreach, is as easy as emailing the link origin’s site owner with the updated URL. Pointing out dead links is going to be in their best interest as well because it improves user experience and SEO.

Link Building With Videos

We’ve touched on videos a little, but one the biggest link building trends for 2018 is starting link building with videos. Similar to infographics, videos are a great piece of visual content that can garner a lot of traffic, views, and backlinks. Many experts have seen a lot of success in self-hosting videos on their website and/or sharing them on their social media pages. Users consume hours of video content via social media, so it’s a no-brainer that you should be taking advantage of those eyes. First, you’ll want to promote your videos via social media just like you would on any other. Next, you’ll want to use YouTube analytics to find out who is sharing your video or embedding it on their website. This is a great way to request a backlink from those who have been sharing your content.

These are just a few of the many link building trends for 2018. If you haven’t thought about a link building campaign, now’s the time to start. It will help boost those search rankings as well as increase traffic to your site. If you have any other trends or tactics you’d like to share, feel free to comment below!

Link Building 101: What I’ve Learned so Far

Link building is kind of like gambling. You sit and work at it for a long time, there’s very little guidance on how to “win,” but it’s really exciting when you do. The main difference between link building and gambling is that no one comes around serving me free drinks while I build links… although they probably should. I started link building about three months ago, so I’m a newbie. I knew essentially nothing about link building before I got started. However, I used to work as a journalist so I found similarities. I reach out to websites that are relevant in some way to our brands, find a reason why they might want to link to us, and pitch the idea. Sometimes I actually get a response back! That’s winning. In my short time doing link building, here are five things that I learned. Welcome to link building 101!

Link Building 101: Five Things I’ve Learned so Far

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1.     You might be getting links and not know it

The first thing I realized, is that not everyone who chooses to add your link is going to tell you they did it. Most of the links I’ve acquired so far, I found by checking our fresh index backlinks on Majestic.com. Each week when I start my link building, I check our newest backlinks and compare them to my list to see if any of the links are from websites I contacted recently. I was pleased to find that they were. I had been feeling very discouraged about my link building progress until I learned from a coworker to check this. Essentially, I was winning and didn’t know it.

2.     Organization is key

Link building 101 lesson number two – organization. In order to be successful at link building, you need to be organized. This is especially important if more than one person is doing link building for the same brands. Make sure you’re keeping track of who you’ve reached out to and when, so you’re not harassing someone or sending them the same request from multiple people. Follow up is important, but you don’t want to overdo it. That’s why keeping track of all lines of communication is key.

3.     Keep your emails short and to the point

I keep my emails short and to the point for a few reasons. The first reason is that I recognize the person I’m reaching out to is probably getting a bunch of similar emails every day. The longer my email is, the less likely they are to read it. Secondly, if their job is anything like mine, email tends to take up a lot of time that they don’t really have free. That’s why when I reach out about a link, I tell them about my brand, suggest a place for my link, and thank them for their time. It’s short, simple and direct.

4.     Broken links are your best friend

I’ve had the most success in getting links by finding broken ones and suggesting one of my brands as a replacement. Many times, people aren’t looking to add more links to their page. However, if they know one of the links already there is broken they are more likely to take time to replace it than they are to add a brand-new link. This is why broken links are your best friend. I personally use a Chrome extension that checks sites for broken links, but I’m sure there are other resources out there.

5.     Don’t get discouraged

The final lesson of link building 101 – don’t get discouraged. It may seem like you’re doing a terrible job and you’re never going to catch on, but that’s probably not true. Like I said in the beginning, link building is like gambling. You’re not going to win every time. It could take a while, and sometimes it simply comes down to luck. However, you will eventually get links! They trickle in over time, and you’ll slowly start to see all those weeks of outreach pay off.

What additional link building 101 tips do you have? Share with us in the comments below!

Spreading the Love: 5 Link Building Tactics

It’s almost that time of year again. Cupid’s little baby body will be slinging arrows left and right as the romantic side in many of us begins to emerge. I personally enjoy Valentine’s Day, and maybe I sound too optimistic, or too much like a hippie, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than seeing people display their love for one another. As a marketer, there’s a great way that you can spread some love this Valentine’s Day (and no I don’t mean sending a creepy bouquet of flowers to your office crush). I’m talking about link building.

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This SEO tactic is a great way to drive traffic to your site, build relationships with peers, and generate a higher ranking for specific keywords on the SERP. There are a variety of ways to not only build links, but to build relationships as well, so here are just a few ways you can spread the link love this Valentine’s Day.

5 Important Link Building Tactics

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These are just a few of the many link building techniques.

1.     Guest Posting

Guest posting is a great way to share your knowledge with peers, while still garnering traffic back to your own site. However, it’s important to know the site you’re writing for, the audience, as well as how to pitch a guest post idea. Make sure that before you start pitching, you have a list of websites that already welcome guest posting. Then, you can either write a piece, and then pitch that to possible websites, or, you can suggest a guest blog topic to see if that’s something they would like covered.

Once accepted, make sure to write an awesome blog post that’s informative and entertaining, and use infographics and other images when necessary. The most important thing to include is links within the text that will direct readers back to your site. Hopefully, the owner of the website will also to include a photo of yourself along with a short bio that will also direct them back towards your site. Not only are you getting a link, but you’re spreading the love by giving free, informative content that will be beneficial for everyone.

2.    Expert Roundups

This link building technique will allow you to put together content with contributions from a variety of different experts in your field. This expert roundup will begin with a topic question, and below the different experts will weigh in on the topic. There are a variety of benefits from this type of link building including the fact that others will be writing the content for you. Your experts can insert links back to their site, and hopefully, they will post a link to your expert roundup. This is a great way to spread the love so you’re both gaining link juice, as well as more viewers on your site.

3.     Broken Links

Another easy way to spread some digital marketing love this Valentine’s Day is to discover broken links. Many websites aren’t aware that they may have links that do not work. An easy way to help them out is to crawl the website using a program that will detect these broken links. Then, you can reach out via email to inform the Webmaster of the broken links and possibly suggest one of your own. This is a great way to help others while hopefully gaining a link in the process.

4.     Resource Pages

Depending on the topic of your website, resource pages can be a great way to build links while providing information to those that need it. For example, if your site primarily focuses on providing information for models, it might be a good idea to look at the resource pages of modeling directories to see if your website would fit. Many schools or other companies will have a review process to go through possible websites to post, and once reviewed, you’ll have a shiny new link to help boost your traffic and page rank. Not only that, you’ll also be providing important information for those who need it.

5.     Infographics

Infographics are another great link building technique that allows other sites to post valuable information while still giving credit and a link back to your site. A quality infographic can do wonders for your link building initiative. The more the graphic is shared, the more traffic you will see driven to your site. Make sure you’re pitching this to the right websites so you can provide the best information possible to your audience.