Like clearing your gutters or changing the oil in your car, auditing your website’s backlink profile is one of those odd jobs that tends to get shoved to the bottom of everyone’s to-do list.
Ever paid someone to build backlinks for your website? Don’t worry, we’re not here to shout at you for risking a penalty or putting your site’s rankings at risk. The dangers of dodgy link building are well documented, but some services are genuine and may even improve your rankings.
SEO has a bad reputation. We all know that. Because the service is intangible and invisible, and because nobody knows definitively exactly what the rules are, there is huge scope for unscrupulous providers to make a quick buck.
As I was heading off to bed last night, my electricity smart meter was flashing green and red. Apparently, I'd gone over my planned budget for the day. The meter was telling me our home consumption for the day had been £15.00, something that would make our annual bill circa £5500. It's closer to £800.
It's quite revealing that people still ask us if we can "place links" for them as in "where do I put links for link building?" I say it's revealing because it shows they're aware, at some level, of the importance of links - but at the same time the fact they think placing links will do the trick implies it's a concept they've not quite grasped. Let's discuss.
A recent post in a business forum I frequent asked the question, what are the best free SEO tools? The replies listed all the usual suspects so I threw something less expected into the mix. My suggestion? A text editor and your brain. Many moons ago I wrote a post titled The Best Free Link Building Software in fact if you search using the phrase best free link building software you'll see it ranks quite well and brings traffic to this blog daily.
Search Engine Optimisation constantly evolves, but this doesn't mean you need to constantly change your website to stay on the right side of Google. Rather it means the good guys are slowly winning out over the bad. Let me explain.