5 tips for high-quality backlinks
Obtaining high-quality links like those described above may seem a tall order. But smart marketers know that there are methods to obtaining high-quality backlinks. These methods take time, and then even more time to boost your site’s position in the SERPs. That won’t happen overnight. But these methods are both proven and ethical for increasing your backlink profile as part of an overall SEO strategy.
Tip 1: Review your current backlink profile. Take time to review your domain’s current backlink profile. The previously mentioned Ahrefs is an industry standard tool that provides a wealth of information, but there are others to help you examine your site’s link profile and domain authority. They include Majestic, Moz, Small SEO Tools and more.
Start a file on your computer, or a spreadsheet, to record your site’s current link profile. You’ll need this to track progress over time and your work on your backlinks profile.
Record your site’s current backlink profile in your folder or spreadsheet. How many links do you have? What sites are they from? Visit some of the sites to view their quality. Check their rank and authority. What content is attracting links, and can you capitalize on those keywords?
Tip 2: Create a list of your top posts and keywords. You have to give websites a reason to link into your posts. Relevant, authoritative, engaging and unique content forms the backdrop of all inbound linking activities. Go through your current website and develop a list of your most-read content and keyword phrases that bring in the highest traffic levels. You’ll use these as a springboard for your backlink development efforts.
Tip 3: Add long-form content to your site. Long-form content, roughly defined as content over 1,000 words, attracts backlinks. In one study, the average Google first page search result contained 1,889 words. Look for good content on your own site now that can be expanded into online guides or longer pieces. Add images to your content, too. Another study found that pages which rank well have at least one image.
Tip 4: Generate a list of websites that you’d like to link into your site to start a guest posting effort. Guest posts enable you to add natural backlinks to your website from a wide range of sites. You pitch an original topic to a webmaster, and if he likes it, you submit your post. In exchange for the content, the webmaster links to your site. It takes time to develop content for other sites, so pace yourself or hire a freelance writer to create guest posts for you. Don’t repurpose existing content or use duplicate content; that can hurt both your SEO efforts and the site you’re pitching.
Use your folder and spreadsheet to develop a list of websites that you’d ideally like to link into your site. Find the contact information for the webmaster, and add that to your spreadsheet.
Tip 5: Pitch your best content to websites. Another strategy to obtain backlinks is to email the webmasters on your target list with a pitch to link into your content. If the content is good enough or relevant enough to their sites' target audience, they may consider your request. Provide them with anchor keyword phrases you’d like to have linking into your site, and be patient. They may take weeks to respond.