90% of trying to get your website on the first page of Google involves building backlinks TO your site. On page SEO is important. Make sure you have your keywords in the tags and metatags and so forth but until you have a substantial amount of quality backlinks, you will be no where to be found.
And what’s the point of having a website that will make you money if no one can find it right? We all want to be found.
Here is why backlinks are so important
Having a website link back to yours is like giving your site a vote. When Google runs all of its scans and it sees that some good quality websites are linking to you it deems your site as important and you will get a big boost in the SERPs.
The single most important factor in getting on page one of the big G is backlinks!
Not all backlinks are created equal
There are websites out there with 30,000 plus backlinks but they absolutely stink in the search engine results. Why is this? because they are getting links from low quality and low PR (page rank) websites. You are assigned a PR from Google and this page rank is determined by the quality of your site. In this post I will not get into all the details of how to increase your PR but I will say that you want links from websites with a high PR. The numbers rank from 0-10. Get a few links from a PR6 or PR7 website and you will see any long tail keyword jump to page one in no time. So don’t try to get as MANY backlinks as you can… try to get as many QUALITY backlinks as you can.
How I used to get backlinks
Here are some methods I used for building up backlinks. Some of them I still used today, but I have found a MUCH better system that is amazing. To get those precious links you can post in article directories, post in forums, post comments on do-follow blogs (like this one=), ask for reciprical links (which I do not recommend), you can pay for links (which Google frowns upon), or you can simply ask webmasters to put your link on their site out of the kindness of their heart.
How I Get Backlinks on Tons of PR4 and PR6 sites:
Forget using any of those blog networks for backlinks. Why? Well since the Google Panda update and since Google is only getting smarter when it comes to finding automated sources of backlinks, it’s pretty much a death wish to try to beat the system. Instead, go for backlinks that will directly result in TRAFFIC! After all, that’s the goal here isn’t it? You want to build traffic to your site so you can generate revenue.
And Google is looking for sites that have backlinks that also result in traffic. After all, those blog linking networks like Linkvana and Build My Rank do NOT produce links that get clicked on. They just exist to try to give you a boost in the SERPs.
SO what do I use? Well I really like Ann Smarty’s website at www.MyBlogGuest.com. It allows you to connect with other blog owners who both need content and need exposure to their own sites as well. Keep in mind that this is NOT a link building system. Rather, it is a way to network with other site owners which can result in links and more traffic. I have seen huge traffic bursts from having a guest post on another site alone.
Be sure to check out my article on the Ultimate Guide to Getting Backlinks too!