Want To Buy High-Quality Backlinks?
As you are starting your affiliate marketing business you will likely come across all types of online "Gurus" that still want you to buy so-called high-quality backlinks from their tools or platforms.
What Are Backlinks?
Backlinks are links that your website can get from another website. Example: If I would put a hyperlink on my website that links to your website would be considered a backlink. My link would look like a backlink from your perspective.
I'll tell you right now that if you are wondering if you should buy backlinks the clear an quick answer is "No". You shouldn't waste your time trying to get backlinks to your website.
Once Google implemented the Penguin update it practically wiped out half of the websites that paid for those so-called high-quality backlinks that were actually a means to trick the search engines into thinking their websites were popular.
Let's look at what I consider the two different types of backlinks
Types Of Backlinks
When we talk about backlinks we could break them down into two different types where one would be considered low quality and the other high, or maybe I should call higher quality backlinks.
What I consider to be low-quality backlinks are those that you're asked to pay for. There is no such thing as buying-high quality backlinks and here's why!
These backlink services from so-called "Gurus" will have you create a new website with a cheap domain name and website hosting.
You will get some kind of blog post put on that website related to your niche.
Sounds pretty legit so far. Getting a new website with a starter content blog post, nothing wrong with that.
Then, this is where the problem, the scamming starts.
They will take that one blog post and use some kind of software that will spin the blog post to read differently by adding some adjectives and substituting with synonyms into some kind of new blog post jambalaya that doesn't make sense.
They will spin out something like 1000 of these mixed up word posts with links to your website. Which will basically create you a huge website with poor quality content.
Having all those links sounds good in theory as search engines like to see that a website is popular but since so many were trying to game the system the Penguin update helped a lot to get those trying to game the system out of the equation.
The search engines can quickly detect that those blog posts provide little to no value to the user...poor user experience.
So is it still worth getting this type of backlinks for your website? How about we first take a look at what actual high-quality backlinks.
High-quality backlinks are those that I consider being free.
Who would have guessed that the best backlinks are free?
These backlinks are the ones you will get naturally as people find your website, find the content to be valuable and helpful so they create links from their website to yours.
You can't really stop or redirect these links nor should you have to.
Search engines like Google still look at valuable backlinks as a way to gauge your website's value which in turn can help your SEO. It can help represent your website as being trustworthy and having quality content.
That said, there are differences in the value a backlink will help your SEO.
Search engines will view backlinks from authority, popular, and trustworthy sites as being of most value in to vouch for your content.
Whereas on the lower end of the gauge they will view scamming backlinks like those I described as low-quality backlinks to be the least valuable.
The best way and really the only way to earn high-quality backlinks is by creating quality helpful content for your website.
Once high ranked and authority sites realize your website covers a topic that explains it better than they can they may backlink to your website.
It's all a matter of time and it's free.
Should You Buy Backlinks
After reading about the low and high-quality backlinks I hope you realize that you don't need and should not buy backlinks.
You will get high-quality backlinks naturally just from gaining trust, creating quality content, and engaging with your readers.
You never know who may be looking at your website and decide that your content is worthy to have a link sent to it.
The other reason you don't want to buy those cheap, useless backlinks is that the search engines will actually penalize your website for trying to trick them.
Once they find out, and they will, your website will never rank again.
If you are impatient and don't want to wait for naturally occurring backlinks then you can reach out to those authoritative website owners to see if they would be willing to add your link to their site.
You can always send them an email saying something like, "Hey love your content, I just wrote a blog post related to your subject matter that you may find interesting. Here's the link, check it out and feel free to link to it if you find it would be helpful."
You may or may not get a response but sometimes it will work. Any authority website will review and check whether the content you are suggesting may be of value to their overall SEO, you won't know what they will say unless you try.
Things To Do Instead Of Worrying About Backlinks
So don't worry about getting backlinks. They will come naturally.
This website alone, where I only really started adding content 2 months ago already has 216 backlinks from various websites.
They came naturally by engaging with social media sites, membership forums, and I did a little bit of requesting to other related, higher authority websites.
I really did minimal requests, I may have sent out 5 emails that took me 10 minutes so don't spend too much time on backlinks.
“Don’t worry about things you can’t control.” Anonymous
Here is what you need:
1. Helpful Content: What really counts, that doesn't rely on potions, any special sauce or magic beans here, just good quality and helpful content.
Most people will do a search query in search engines to ask a question. Search engines are looking for the best website to answer that question. If your website becomes trusted enough and answers the question without any fluff you will have the best chance of being on the first page of the SERPs.
If your website was a cake. You need to focus at least 90% on your (content) cake. Everything else is just icing and sprinkles to make it look nice. I think I'll need to make a video with that analogy, any excuse to make a cake and eat it too. 😉
2. Keywords: This should only take a small percentage of your time (maybe 3%) to complete keyword research for every blog post and page. Then you can add that keyword in your title, the first paragraph and within your content if it comes naturally to explain your subject. No keyword stuffing, that too is an old SEO tactic that no longer works.
3. Latent Semantic Index (LSI) Content: LSI is keywords that semantically relate to the main keyword you used in the title and first paragraph. The LSI will usually come naturally in your blog post content as you write about your keyword topic. An example would be having a keyword "exercise" would semantically relate to "healthy lifestyle".
So you can see that it is no longer necessary to do keyword stuffing and this will ultimately benefit the user's experience. Just write naturally. This would be part of your time and energy for content creation percentage of 90%.
4. Engagement: Having conversations with your users will help show search engines that your content is interesting and of quality. They know that it's much harder to get people to write a comment and engage then it is to get someone to click a "Like" button. Having comments is important, you replying to their comments or questions is ten times as important as this may trigger further responses from your readers and show on the return visitor metric.
5. User Experience: This focuses more on the "how it looks and reacts" part of your website. If we use the cake analogy again, it's the icing and sprinkles. This should only account for about 5% of your time as well.
This is where you want your website to load fast, easy to navigate, mobile friendly (responsive), easy to read, and not loaded with ads or affiliate links.
6. Website Authority: Your website authority/trust is a matter of time. It just takes time for your website to grow as an authority within your niche. If you consistently create good quality content, engage with your readers, and give it time you will see your website move up towards the first page of the SERPs.
"What I love about content is it has the power to change people’s lives for a second or for a day or forever. Great content creates space for people to pause and reflect, and that space is where transformation happens." – Jolie Miller
The bottom line comes down to don't buy backlinks.
If someone tries to convince you that buying backlinks is a great idea, run in the other direction.
If you do, search engines like Google will bury your website and you will never be able to recover.
Continue to create good quality and helpful content and your website will get natural occurring backlinks that are of higher value that can help with your SEO.
Have you ever come across people trying to sell backlinks?
I would love to hear about so please tell me by placing down in the comment section below.
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