How link building by metrics can have a negative influence on your rankings

Links are still the most important factor in Google’s ranking algorithms. That’s why most webmasters focus on building links that point to their web pages. That is a very good idea because it will have a very positive influence on your rankings if you do it right. Unfortunately, many people focus on the wrong metrics and that can lead to problems.

Some websites are not as good as they seem

You probably know the following situation: you search something on Google and there seems to be a good website on the first results page. You click through to the website just to find out that the page seems to consist of ads and boilerplate text (or even worse: ‘lorem ipsum’ text).

Sometimes, these pages also contain broken images, non-working search forms, and other things that don’t seem quite right.

Theoretically, it would be a good idea to get a link from that page. After all, it has been listed on Google’s first results page and it’s likely that the website also has good metrics (otherwise, it wouldn’t have high rankings).

Nevertheless, it’s better not to get a link from that site. Would you trust a website that is listed on a spammy or low-quality site? If you want to get long term results, it’s better to skip that site.

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Three things to consider when getting backlinks

Judging the quality of a website isn’t difficult. Basically, you have to check three simple things:

1. Check the content of the web page

Of course, the content of the linking page should be related to the topic of your website. It also helps a lot if the content is good. It should have a clear structure and there shouldn’t be too many typos in the text.

If the link to your website can be found on a page with good content, chances are that people will trust that link. It’s pointless to get a link from a website that people do not trust.

2. Check the usability of the web page

If the usability of the web page is bad, users won’t be able to find the great content and your link. Is the page with your link easy to navigate? Is it easy to find your link? Does the web page load fast enough?

If your link does not look like a link, people won’t click it and you won’t get visitors through that link. Usability is important.

3. Check if the page works on mobile phones

Have you ever visited a website that does not have a mobile version with your smartphone? A web page that looks super-tiny on a smartphone won’t send your website visitors. Mobile users either immediately leave the site, or they cannot find your link because it is too small.

With Google’s mobile-first index, mobile web pages are more important than ever. People view web pages on smartphones and it is important that your link can be seen on these devices.

Metrics aren’t important (and they can be harmful)

PageRank and other metrics aren’t important when it comes to link building. It’s important that a web page is related to your website, and it’s important that visitors trust the linking web page. Google’s algorithms try to mimic the decisions of real people. The better your links work with real people, the better the links will work with Google’s algorithms.

If you’re building links based on metrics, chances are that your rankings will drop when Google changes the metrics. That’s what happened when Google discounted links from low quality pages. The metrics were fine before Google updated the algorithm. All of a sudden, the links were harmful. If you focus on real visitors, this won’t happen.

Use the right tools to find good web pages

SEOprofiler offers many powerful link building tools that help you to find good web pages that could link to your website. SEOprofiler also offers a link manager that helps you to keep track of your link building activities. With the right tools, you can build high-quality links as efficiently as possible. If you haven’t done it yet, try SEOprofiler now:

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Johannes Selbach

Johannes Selbach is the CEO of SEOprofiler. He blogs about search engine optimization and website marketing topics at “http://blog.seoprofiler.com”.

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