In the late 1990s, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page wrote their first Web search algorithm. It was based on the concept that when a website links to another, it needs to be high quality and authoritative.
The algorithm has been updated thousands of times since then. For instance, Google reported it altered its algorithm 3,620 times in 2019 alone!
The algorithm has changed, but the importance of backlinks remains despite some notable changes over the years. If you’re interested in improving your site’s rank with SEO optimization, below are the types of backlinks you should know.
Generally, there are two sorts of backlinks to know: dofollow and nofollow. The guy reading your site won’t see any difference between the two links. But the code for each type is written differently. There’s an HTML tag in the code that dictates how Google sees that backlink. It also will dictate how the backlink affects your site’s SEO.
These are the most common and essential SEO backlinks. When you place the dofollow link on your site, you’re telling the search engine that it’s an organic link. This means that the website it goes to didn’t purchase the link. As the site owner, you vouch that the content on the other end is accurate.
A dofollow backlink tells the search engine that the content on the page’s link leads to value. Dofollow links are used the most because they’re easy to put into the source code.
These links are not used as much and don’t carry as much value. They tell Google to ignore the link. According to Google, a nofollow link gives a site owner a way to say to the search engine that it shouldn’t follow that link.
Google wants to see a healthy mixture of dofollow and nofollow links on your site. Google stresses the importance of dofollow links, which means they work well for SEO. Nofollow links are ignored, so they don’t do a lot for your SEO.
Why Do People Use Nofollow Links and Where Are They?
Site owners don’t use nofollow links as much as dofollow. But there are many places online where you can get these links. Usually, you’ll see these links on sites where you have the option to upload your content. These sites aren’t vouching for the quality or accuracy of your content.
Some places you can get nofollow links include:
- Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
- Comments on blogs
- Quora and similar question-and-answer sites
- News releases
- Content aggregation sites
Now that you know about dofollow and nofollow links, here are types of backlinks you should know for 2021:
Content and Editorial Backlinks
These are some of the best backlinks you can have on your website, so you should target them as you devise your link-building methods. When a writer creates original content that links to your site within the content, that’s known as an editorial backlink. A quality editorial backlink tells Google that your site should be trusted in a particular subject area.
How do you get the best editorial backlinks? By writing engaging, shareable, high-quality, unique content that other sites in your industry would love their audiences to see. Some editorial content that does well includes how-to’s, case studies, and tutorials. But make sure there is plenty of unique content that gives readers something they cannot get elsewhere.
Infographic and Image Backlinks
Writing a high-quality white paper or case study that solves a significant issue for your readers can take days. But how about getting double the backlinks with 50% of the work? You can do just that by creating images and infographic backlinks.
Everyone likes to share helpful infographics with bold colors and innovative designs. They’re easy to read, and when done right, provide a lot of helpful information in a short time. When you make infographics, focus on making the design as fun and engaging as possible. You can have the best content ever, but if the design is dull, it won’t work as well.
How valuable can infographics be to your website? One study found that articles with an infographic produced 175% more inbound links!
Guest Blogging Backlinks
These are popular and effective backlinks to shoot for any time you’re building links. Here’s what you need to do:
- Email the site owner of a high-authority domain in your industry.
- Offer to make original content for the site if they’ll give you an editorial backlink to your site.
- The site gets new, unique content, and you have a quality backlink from a high-authority site. What’s not to like?
Business Profile Backlinks
Directory listings are an easy way to get backlinks but don’t list on spam directories, or Google will ding you. The best places to list your website are:
- Google My Business: This is the most extensive online business directory.
- Bing Places For Business: This smaller search engine is still worth it as there are 12 billion searches each month.
- Yahoo Localworks: Lets marketers manage many directory listings on one interface. Some links might be for local SEO, like in local directories, while others would have a much broader audience.
Social Profile Backlinks
It’s wise to establish social media profiles for your company and use them to gain more backlinks. When you create your social media page, you’ll have somewhere to provide a link to your business website. When a reader gets to your business profile, they might click on your site. Also, you’ll boost your backlink profile with authoritative social media links.
To boost the impact of your social media profiles, you need to get consumers talking about your brand. You can get a backlink from Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin when you set up those profiles. Then, have several workers in your company update their social media pages with a hyperlink to your business website.
Now that you have the skinny on which backlinks are the best and how to get them, you should be able to improve your site’s SEO. By tweaking your site’s search engine optimization, you’re sure to climb Google search results with time, so just keep at it!
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