Natural Link Building

Links are one of the main currencies of the Internet. Tweet This Search engines use them to determine whether a website is popular, trustworthy, spammy, and authoritative. Think about it. Do you ever link to another website on the Internet? Maybe you wrote an article about kitchen sinks and linked to a website that has a picture of the kitchen sink you have always wanted. When you put that link in your site, was it because you were super impressed by how spammy and unprofessional the other website was? Or, was it because you trusted that website and you recognized it as an authority? They probably also had a fantastic picture of the sink.

Link building happens naturally across the web all the time. But many organizations find that they need a boost to start getting their links out there. That is where strategic link building comes into play. Tweet This

Great Content Invites Natural Link Building

The #1 best link building strategy is to not focus too much on the act of link building itself, but rather to focus heavily on creating excellent content that is authoritative, fills a need, and is highly engaging.

If the content is authoritative, others will naturally want to link to your article as a resource. If your content is interesting, valuable, and engaging enough, it should gain a following by virtue of the fact that people naturally like to share and link to interesting and valuable content. The key here is to provide something of significant value to your readers, and to do it in a way that is easy for them to share with others.

Once you have the right content, you’ll just need to get the word out via social media, email marketing, and other advertising campaigns and let the link building magic happen on its own.

That isn’t to say that you should forget about link building altogether. Link building campaigns are still very important, and many organizations may need a supplemental link building strategy that goes above and beyond focusing solely on creating authoritative and engaging content.

Supplemental Link Building

One great supplemental strategy is to include your URL in your social and online commenting. Be careful though. It isn’t a great idea to go around using your URL just anywhere. The idea behind natural link building strategies is that the links are just that: natural. This means including a link to your content only on sites and posts that are relevant to your own. In other words, don’t leave spam (i.e. random comments on websites all over the Internet). Instead, just look for opportunities to get your link out there in a natural way when you are commenting on another great webpage that is relevant to your own.

Conclusion

Whatever your link building strategy, just remember that link building is important. Search engines, like Google, perceive links to your website as “votes,” so to speak. So make an effort to gain votes (i.e. links) that search engines can trust. That happens when links to your website appear on other quality and authoritative websites, and when links happen in natural ways.

With a consistent link building effort, your site’s authority and page rankings ought to increase over time. When you focus on natural link building instead of relying on outdated black-hat tactics that search engines recognize as spammy and unnatural, you’ll find that the results are very beneficial for you and your business because the content will be very valuable to your readers.

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6 Comments

  • Paige Thompson, March 4, 2015 @ 3:14 pm

    I love your focus on “strategic” link building, Josh. To create the most effective SEO possible, we have to keep in mind that it’s more than just about sticking links on random pages throughout the web. Because the high quality content aspect is so important, do you think it’s usually (or even always) in a company’s best interest to hire a professional writer who can create those authoritative links (and keep up to date with them)?

  • M Andrew Eagar, March 5, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

    Great post Josh. I think you nailed it when discussing non spammy link building. Just like you said, it is best to create links that add value to the content of the page you are getting a link from. If it doesn’t really add value, then it is probably not a good idea to get that link.

  • Maria Williams, March 5, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

    Good job Josh! The article was good and interesting. This will help me to explain to my clients the importance of link building.

  • Kelly Shelton, March 6, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    Link building is not dead and I don’t believe it ever will be. Links are what make the world wide web a web. Bottom line is that searchers find links helpful and useful. The key is to simply promote your business online with great content that consumers will find valuable and you will earn links. Google is getting really good at telling the difference between an “earned” link and a “beat the system” link. Great post, thanks.

  • Mark S, May 11, 2015 @ 1:08 am

    Hello Joshua,

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing this amazing information on link building strategy. I really enjoyed reading post and I believe it will help other SEOs to boost link portfolio. Good job!

  • Jamison Michael Furr, May 11, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

    I did not write this blog post – but I’m glad you found in the information useful, @eliteinfoworld:disqus!

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