A links external pages to your own website with the intention of improving your site’s search engine ranking. Link building can enhance the visibility, traffic and relevance of your webpage because it is one of the main factors in which Google ranks websites. Basically the more popular you are with other websites; the higher your site will rank in a Google search.
Link building is a rather time-consuming and complicated process, as countless variables need to be adjusted before you see tangible results. This is why many online businesses employ link-building services. In other words, you pay someone else to do the grunt work for you.
A good link building service will aim to maximize the number of high quality links to your website. This can involve several factors. Firstly, many small businesses require a focused, geographically relevant audience. A link builder will then try and link websites with the same ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain). An example of this would be a South African online business that is back-linked to URLs containing ‘.za’.
Linking services will also make sure that you are linked to reputable websites. Spam generating sites such as casinos, porn sites and pharmacies are dismissed by Google and so too many of these links will result in a lower search engine ranking. Many linking services thoroughly research the pedigree of a linked website so that no blacklisted or dubious sites are connected to you. Being linked to reputable pages, on the other hand, especially if they are relevant to your site’s content, can greatly boost your ranking. It is in your website’s best interest to be linked to pages with high PR rankings.
Anchoring text is another crucial component to good quality links. This is the actual text on another page that links to your own website. Often link building services have access to vast directories and so they can constantly update anchoring text and links to keep up with ever-changing search engine algorithms. Some companies also offer one-way linking services, meaning that you need not worry about reciprocal links.