November 7, 2018 Vincent Do Uncategorized
Link building is a controversial topic. Because there are so many free ideas and free-of-charge advice that pervades the internet.
Let’s take a look at the link building rumors a bit. I have discovered a whole host of false advice throughout my internal linking strategy. It has a serious impact and can bring down the whole website.
Here are eight of the most damaging misconceptions that I think you have to consider before believing in it!
Link building strategies must be focused on naturally finding links (backlinks).
This means, you need to follow the white hat SEO method (White hat SEO). And consider the website quality evaluation principles in Google’s Quality Guidelines. (Google’s website quality evaluation guide)
Note: Make sure you value the accuracy of the information when it comes to:
- Link building (link building)
- Digital marketing strategy
The difference between reality and rumors is important, it will affect your revenue!
- All links on the website have the same power
First and foremost, you should allocate the link juice from the links on a web page.
All links from a given page carry the same power regardless of where they are located in the article.
Pay attention to the difference between the links placed at the bottom of the page (footer) and in the main body (body).
When comparing these two types of links, we can see that link placement is really important.
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This issue is extremely consistent with the Google Patent Application. This degree is called “Ranking documents based on user behavior and / or feature data”. It has contributed to point out many factors affecting the strength of links such as:
- The font size of anchor text is associated with the links
- Location of the link. (For example, at locations in the HTML list, running text, above or below the first screen are viewed on the browser screen 800 × 600)
- The location of the link (if the link is in the list)
- The font color or attribute of the link (eg, italic, gray, font color coincides with the background color, …)
- The format of the link (eg image link)
- Context (context) of words before and after the link
Among them, the most controversial ranking factor is the link position.
Does a link higher position in the content have more impact or power?
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According to Bill Slawski, Rand Fishkin and many other SEO experts, these links can bring significant power to the pages they link to.
You must remember that there are many very important signals that influence the ranking of a website.
If a link is on a related page and in an anchor text with the same topic, then its value is definitely higher than being placed in the HTML code.
In case you have 2 links and all the other factors are the same, then …
The higher link position in the article will bring more power.
In short, I want to confirm with you again:
Links on the same page may have different ranking values.
- Image links are harmful to SEO
Another mistake about link building I will mention next is the image SEO issue.
In my opinion, all aspects of SEO bring harm when abused.
And image SEO is a prime example!
Let me explain to you.
Images are a place where a lot of people spam innocent keywords in the Alt tag to deceive the Google system and bring them higher rankings.
Although the keyword spam in the image alt is no longer applied, sometimes people still think that image links are bad.
Keyword spam in image alt has been deprecated
Another problem related to this mistake in link building is the ability to read images of crawlers.
A few years ago, the Google bot could not read the alt attribute from an image for parsing even though it was easier to read than reading HTML text.
So, Google’s Guidelines has said:
“Use text instead of images to display important content such as Name, Content or Links. If you must use images to display, use the alt attribute to add a few descriptive words in the text.” – Google’s Guidelines
Since then, Adam Powell, the founder of Abacus, explained how search engines view images as follows:
The <img /> image is actually considered to be content (unless it is too small) and therefore must include alt text (alt text). They are also given higher priority when loading and rendering than CSS background images. This leads to accessibility and performance considerations.
So, the difference will occur when:
- The image appears on the site too many times
- When the page has only images without too much content (except for photography websites) and alt text contains many rich and diverse keywords.
In addition, with the evolution of AI (Artificial Intelligence), human interaction with technology and the integration of computer science in life. It almost became natural for Google to enter this game.
That is how Google can read images and understand the elements in that image through object detection in the images.
If we associate images with alt text (alternative text) and anchor text (link text) when they contain the link, the image does not really differ much from the text.
Basically, both will be translated into the same language in coding.
And John Mueller once said:
If possible, you should not leave alt text and anchor text blank. Because both are important and both have SEO value in helping Google understand the context of the article.
While Google is making a lot of effort to better understand images, we can say with certainty that image links are absolutely not bad for SEO if they are used in context with proper alt text.
- All links should be nofollow links
I have heard or read about: All links should be tagged as nofollow, and actually I found this quite funny.
But then, when I realized there were people who really believed this and it was no longer ridiculous for the following reason:
Firstly, in fact most links are dofollow. And worldwide, the site’s nofollow links account for only a very small percentage.
We found that websites with natural backlinks have more nofollow links than dofollow links.
Not only that, it seems that websites with spam links have more dofollow links.
Sometimes even 100% websites are dofollow links, and that caught my attention!
And … I gradually discovered that many of them were trying to cover something up.
Such as the example right below:
The cluster below only has blue lines, meaning that the page has only dofollow links. It looks a little too … “perfect” doesn’t it?
But not! It was a fabrication.
This example is taken from an analysis we created based on a spam link.
Google says that nofollow links are not powerful!
In general, we don’t follow them (nofollow links). This means that Google does not pass PageRank or anchor text on these links.
Basically, the use of nofollow causes us to remove target links from the overall graph of the site.
However, these target pages may still appear in the index if other sites link to them without using nofollow or if the URLs are sent to Google via a Sitemap.
Also, it is important to note that other search engines have different ways of handling nofollow.
If saying all outgoing links should be nofollow, then imagine the next scenario after that?! …
Nofollow links do not carry any value, no authority, no influence.
So, what happens to domains? How will they be assessed?
Right! Then all will have the same quality of links, and will become equal.
However, it does not seem to make sense. Because the Domain Authority (DA) will not exist and it is an important measure in the ranking process.
After all, the fact that 100% of tags are nofollowed is really irrelevant and does not harm the website.
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- Links are case-sensitive
It is a bit exaggerating to say that capitalization affects SEO because Google has made it clear that capitalization does not affect search results:
The search results for “New York Times” are completely similar to the search results for the keyword “new york times”.
Should you use upper or lowercase letters in the title or not?
For testing, we looked at both text and video content. Because videos are becoming more and more popular.
In all the examples, I realized the only difference between these two types of content is the number of Google results.
If you look at the next two images, you can see that the search term “Empire State Building” has 240 million results while the keyword “empire state building” has fewer results – 207 million.
As you can see, I do not capitalize all the characters because they will be spiders of the search engine as spam.
When we searched for the same query in the video content, the results made no difference.
However, I was really surprised when trying to search on YouTube.
Because some keywords do not show any difference in uppercase letters, some of them do – but fortunately just a few.
After all, I do see that there are a few small changes to the point where there is almost no difference (within the same website) regarding the influence of capital letters in SEO.
As Google mentioned, this does not affect page rankings. So, this concept is still a mystery.
- Links from Wikipedia’s Top Rankings
In my research on backlinks, I noticed that you have a notion that links from Wikipedia and similarly high authority websites can ensure your site appears in the top rankings.
In fact, it has been a misconception for a long time with Wikipedia links.
Gary Illyes, Google representative, answered the issue on Twitter. Gary says that Google ranks Wikipedia just like other websites on the web.
Putting aside other ideas, this information comes directly from Google and is probably “more right”.
So, we can clearly see that:
It is impossible to expect rankings from links from sites like Wikipedia and other influential websites.
Because Wiki links are hard to find!
So, what is the advice here?
Pay more attention to more internal links and achieve more success.
Remember never to believe everything you hear. Rumors are everywhere so please check everything first and consider your case!
- External Links are more influential than Internal Links
Next, after the analysis just above of Wikipedia and the like, the next concept is simply an addition to the power of links, both external and internal.
Internal links, in addition to other onpage elements on the web, may be more important than external links pointing to the website.
Internal links can help your unattended pages rank better by linking to high ranking pages.
The method is very simple!
Choose pages with potential but not very good rankings. Then, place their links on the top-rated pages (with lots of traffic) from your website to pull these pages on the SERP.
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By linking them in this way, the power from one page will be transferred to the deep pages of your website.
And of course, you already know how important it is for users to spend longer stays on the website.
To be honest, dwell time is always a long-standing subject of debate along with other ranking factors.
Meanwhile, Google always focuses on user experience.
So internal links can help a website tremendously. Typically, growth in rankings and value is sometimes more useful than external links.
And according to the above, it is wrong to assume that external links are more important than mistakes. Because Google uses a lot of ranking signals and links are just one of them.
- Links is Google’s most important ranking factor
Going further with the explanation of links, I had to clarify for you to understand another misconception.
Is inbound links the most important ranking factor in Google search??
This is not true! ABSOLUTELY NOT!
In Google’s Q&A section, Google Search Strategist Andrey Lipattsev said:
Content, links and RankBrain are the top three ranking factors, in addition to more than 200 other ranking factors
(Do not forget!).
All of them are related to:
- User experience
- Dwell time
- Ability to use on mobile devices
- Quality content
- Onpage SEO
- Organic search results, …
Besides, Google’s ranking signal is very flexible and is created based on providing accurate and contextual results.
This results in two users being able to get two different results based on searches they have done before (context).
So frankly, inbound links are not the most important ranking factor, but have the same impact as content and RankBrain.
- Links from more niche areas of the website do not help in ranking
Another misconception about link building is to believe in:
Links from unrelated websites:
These links are useless, without compromising on rankings. Basically, they are low quality links.
Actually, I myself understand that you will have some doubts about this. Because I also said that you need relevant links, authoritative links to rank well, etc. are essential.
I think people are confused between relevant links and authority links.
- Relevant links are related links in the same niche, it means the same topic.
- Authority links are the links that come from highly authoritative websites.
The fact that SEO advantage leans on the second factor – Authority Link.
It means that if your website has a link from a famous website, even though the link is not too relevant, it will still be useful for your website.
But it is not just DA (Domain Authority) that is important to identify a highly influential website.
Besides, there are many criteria to evaluate quality backlinks such as Trust Flow (trust flow), the number of links, placement of links, anchor text, the number of quality traffic received from that domain and many more.
Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the keywords pointing to your website. However, make sure they are not anchor texts that contain too many keywords!
To be honest, links in your niche can be very helpful.
Typically, these links are difficult to obtain because of the very high competition in the industry. Therefore, people often tend to “structure”, build these links themselves.
Luckily, I have discovered two ways to create automatic backlinks with Ahrefs extremely effective. You can learn through this article on GTV to build quality backlinks and sustainability over time.
You should not believe everything written on the Internet. And do not just blindly believe in information!
All misconceptions and misleading information will harm the site.
People often think that Google favors specific websites. And they are concerned about securing the links on those sites to increase rankings. But, my advice to you is to not become one of them.
That is actually just another misconception about link building. Do not follow all the affiliate strategies that you seem to work effectively.
Simply put, an earned link (link earned by creating truly valuable resources that other reputable websites mention about you) will always be more valuable than anyone. what thing.
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