SEO backlinks explained [2019 UPDATED]

Welcome to my SEO backlinks explained article for 2019. As you might know, backlinks are an important part of a website’s SEO score. Today I’m going to talk about what are backlinks and how do they work. If you already know what backlinks are. Then, Feel free to visit my advanced article on backlinks here: Best way to build backlinks in 2019.

What are backlinks and how do they work

Let take a look at a qoute from WIki’s defenition of a backlink:

Backlink for a given web resource is a link from some other website to that web resource. A web resource may be a website, web page, or web directory.

The quantity, quality, and relevance of backlinks for a web page. Are among the factors that search engines like Google evaluate in order to estimate how important the page is.

 PageRank calculates the score for each web page based on how all the web pages are connected among themselves. Furthermore, This is one of the variables that Google Search uses to determine how high a web page should go in search results.

Let me break it down for us, In short think of Backlinks as a web network of links( you can call it an extension of yourself) from various external sources who point back to you(your domain). However, If you’re still asking yourselves why are they important. I got the simplified logic for you:

What are Backlinks and why are they important?


Now hold on there, i know that right now you are probably thinking one two thoughts:

  • How do I capitalize from this for my benefit
  • How can I cheat the system and get a ton of pages linking to me

First of all, you can check out my article on how to acquire quality Backlinks here: Best way to build backlinks in 2019.

Now let’s talk about cheating the system. In short, you cant, you Shouldn’t even try. When I say cheating I’m talking about taking Backlinks from unrelated niches. Honestly, it will help in the short term. However, if we take the long term into consideration, then you will drop unless we’re talking huge scale websites(in a category class of HUGE TRAFFIC websites). In most cases you won’t get such a link 🙂 Besides that, any unrelated Backlinks will eventually hurt your SEO instead of helping it. Hence, focus your efforts in acquiring quality Backlinks that are in the same niche as you are.

To sum up SEO backlinks explained for 2019

I want to thank you for tuning in. I hope my article helped you understand what backlinks are. In addition to the subject discussed here today, I would suggest you check out my article about link type. Due to the simple fact that not all link were created equal. If you want to know what it means read about it here: Difference between follow and nofollow links explained. In addition, you could check out MOZ’s guide here.

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