This Article is About
anchor text
back links
first glance
search engine results
free traffic
point of view
What Is A Backlink? A Simple Definition
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

What Is A Backlink? A Simple Definition

A lot of new online webmasters read at some point in their online work that they need backlinks pointing to their new sites, but they are not sure exactly what is a backlink.

As with anything else online, things have multiple names, different terms are used to express the same thing, and this is not different than the rest.

A backlink is a link coming from a different web site or domain that points to your own web site. That's more to it, of course, but at a first glance, the backlinking process is just as simple as placing a link to your web site on another web site.

A backlink can be posted as a blog comment, as a bookmark, as a link in an article author box, on a web 2.0 property and so on.

Every link back to your web site is considered a vote for your web site from the search engines point of view. It signals the search engine that your web site is worthy to link to and that the content of it is good for its visitors.

Backlinks are great for a couple of reasons. As mentioned above, the number of backlinks to your web site means that other sites consider your content as being good, and that will improve your web site's ranking in search engine results pages. Another good reasons to start a backlinking campaign is free traffic. The backlinks are the avenues that visitors take to find your web site.

Speaking of backlinks quality, a web site is better off with fewer backlinks that use keywords in their anchor text than a lot of backlinks with no keywords at all. Also, fewer backlinks from niche related high PR web sites or pages count heavier than lots of backlinks from niche unrelated web sites. The quality of the site linking back to your web site is what counts the most.

The weight of the backlinks in search engines is also affected by the way the back links are created. For example, your web site should have backlinks to the domain itself - with the domain keyword in the anchor text, and it should also have back links pointing to internal pages of your web site, with the internal page keyword in the anchor text. You should also use related keywords in your anchor text when backlinking to a specific page.

A good backlinking campaign on a specific keyword will pretty much push your web site up in search engine results for that specific keyword and also related keywords.

The importance of the backlinks can not be underestimated, especially at this time, when the Internet became so social oriented. Definetly, the backlinks to your web site are the way to go, for popularity resons and also traffic reasons.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
What is A Backlink-do Thisand Your Pages Will Be on the Top Of Search Engines In No Time
Getting quality links back to your website is a sure way to increase your page rankings but what is a back link? If you have never heard of back linking, this article will explain what it is and why it is important for your online business. A back link is…
By: suzzy in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  SEO   Mar 05, 2011  
  Likes: 2

The All Important Backlink And How to Get Some
When I was new at this online marketing thing, I read lots of courses and devoured everything I could on how to get going for as little up front money as possible. It always came down to getting backlinks to your site or blog. And it seems you have to…
By: Heather Burns in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  SEO   Jul 26, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Backlinks To Backlinks - Do You Need Them?
Pulling teeth is nothing compared to the webmaster backlinking chore. I know that for a fact. It is time consuming and it seems, sometimes, that those created backlinks never get indexed by search engines. The term "backlinks to backlinks" refers to the links pointing to the existent backlinks of a…
By:  in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Link Popularity   Dec 13, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Link Building Tutorial
As you know, building links is the key to getting a good ranking in Google and search engines alike. In this link building tutorial, I'm going to show you how to build back links in a way that Google picks up on them fast and ranks you on the first…
  Likes: 1

What is Article Writing?
The internet is all about content. Millions of people every day around the world go on the internet to read. Almost every question you could ever think of asking has an answer somewhere on the internet. What is article writing? Article writing is the process of writing a document that…
By: Andy Denton in  Writing and Speaking  >  Writing Articles   Jun 23, 2011  
  Likes: 2

Quality Plr Articles - Is There Such A Thing?
I have been getting questions lately about the quality of PLR articles. Should you use them, is there a benefit to buying PLR, and is there any chance of actually seeing benefit from these types of articles in terms of SEO or "give away" value. First things first, you will…
By: Kyle in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Feb 29, 2012  
  Likes: 27

How To Increase Traffic To Your Blog Or Website
Advetising a blog or website really isn't as hard as you may think but there really is no point in having one unless you can get visitors. I'm going to provide you with information on how to increase traffic to your blog or website and all of these methods are…
By: angie smith in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Traffic Building   Jun 06, 2013  
  Likes: 3

Bring The Fresh Backlink Packages & The Side Effects Of Using Them
I would like to share with you my experience after using Bring the Fresh's Backlink packages and what ended up happening for me. Before I begin though, I would like to point out that I am not happy with the back link services and I'll explain why, but in spite…
By: Vitaliy2 in  Internet and Businesses Online   Jun 14, 2013  
  Likes: 6

Rank Website Traffic
When you manage to rank website traffic will increase to this particular site. At the end of the day, no traffic - no sales - no adsense ( or any other ad system ) earnings. There are a few different tried and tested ways to rank website traffic and all…
By: Chris Evans in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  SEO   Oct 11, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Site Popularity
Building a website these days will not promise anything on a monetary level. There is so much competition online at present I would think it is near impossible to build a website around a subject that is original. This is where site popularity comes in. Site popularity directly effects the…
By: Chris Evans in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  SEO   Nov 02, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Building Traffic to Your Website
Are you stuck on building traffic to your website? Do you you struggle on building consistent traffic? Well I'm here to tell you that building traffic to your website can simple with a few easy steps. What is the key to building traffic to your website? When it comes to…
By: Danny Yantu in  Internet and Businesses Online   May 27, 2011  
  Likes: 0

How To Get Backlinks - Are You Wasting Time?
Learn how to get backlinks and push your website, blog or article up in the SERPs. 4 different ways how to get backlinks listed in this article.
  Likes: 5

What Are Backlinks - How Do You Get Them?
What are backlinks? Why do you need backlinks? How do you create backlinks? All the answers here, and so much more.
  Likes: 3

Effective Ways To Get Relevant Backlinks To Your Site
It isn't as difficult to promote your website through the search engines as you may have heard. If you know how to build targeted backlinks along with effective on-page SEO, you're golden. When building backlinks, the key is to be consistent. Do everything you can to continue gaining backlinks on…
By: Alex Copeland in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  SEO   May 20, 2011  
  Likes: 0

How to Get Visitors to Your Blog
Are you stuck on how to get visitors to your blog? Well I'm going to tell you the exact techniques that I use to get tons of visitors to my blog. For affiliates this means more sales which also means more money! All you you have to do is follow…
By: Danny Yantu in  Internet and Businesses Online   May 28, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1689    Report this Article