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Link Building Strategies for 2016

by chris rodriguez on February 4, 2016

Link building is a controversial topic in SEO. On one side of the fence, you have those who think it’s useless and on the other side are people who think it’s still an important aspect of a well-rounded SEO strategy. You may be tempted to leave link building out of your SEO strategy because some SEO experts think it’s no longer worth the effort. However, these four link building facts will have you reconsidering it as part of your SEO strategy:

1. Link Building Algorithm

One of the goals of Google’s Penguin update was to put an end to links generated through unnatural methods, such as automation and buying links. Since then, Google has continued to refine Penguin in order to improve its ability to detect unnatural links and punish those who try cheating their search algorithm. As a result of the crackdown, many people have started to simply ignore link building either out of fear of being slapped by Google or thinking that there’s no point in having a link building strategy anymore. Google now evaluates the quality of a link based on its relevance, value, where it’s posted, and how it’s posted. This just means it takes more effort to acquire links that are high quality. Here is a summary of what google looks for:

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Photo Neit Patel

In the SEO world, we refer to these as Google’s ranking factors. They’re determing factors according to Google, there are over 200 criteria that determines ranking for SEO.

Fortunately links are a determining factor to ranking in SEO. Here is a summary of some main off-page factors that we should focus on:


Photo Neit Patel

2. Focus on long-tail keywords

In Google’s ranking algorithm, keywords goes a long way in determining whether you rank for a keywork or not. You might be wondering why focus on long tail keywords. There are a few reasons to focus on long tail keywords when creating articles, pages, etc.

  • They’re easier to rank for
  • They require less resources
  • Less people ranking for them

This helps when you’re starting out or continuing to grow your blog, presence, etc. The less time it takes to rank for a keyword over time the more you have, it builds up. The good news is that there are several tools that can help you search for long tail keyworks. Simply follow these steps:

a).   First step: Go to and input your primary keyword (e.g., cheap airline tickets). Solve the captcha, then click the “Generate” Button:

b).   Second step: Select keywords from the list. Simply locate the keywords that’ll be ideal for your content. Then use them.

On-page keyword optimization all boils down to researching, choosing and integrating keywords that you can easily rank for. You don’t want to compete with top brands with higher and stronger domain authority.

That’s why you should also focus on long-tail keywords. You already know how to find and use them to improve your search rankings. I generate over 20,000 organic visitors to this blog, specifically from long-tail search.

With only 5 hours of work, Jamie Press turned Google Autocomplete ideas into traffic & rankings. He helped his clients to create useful content that ranked #2 and #3 in search results at the time.


3. Create some Inbound links

One thing that hasn’t changed over the past few years is the fact that inbound links give authority to your webpage and domain, which can help it rank higher in the SERPs. What HAS changed is attaining quality links is more difficult. You must write engaging posts that your audience can’t resist sharing. You must also write posts that are good enough for a big name to link to. However, simply writing excellent content isn’t enough. You must actively seek backlinks for your website rather than leave it to hope or luck.

Ken Lyons shared 3 ways to ensure that your internal pages are well-structured and your links evenly distributed, before going out to get inbound links from external sources:


Credit Neil Patel

4. Link building tools

Here are some tools to help you find some tools to create high quality links from. Keeping in mind google’s best practices when choosing the right tool to use, focus on high quality link building tools when deciding on what to do. Here are a few examples:

  • AuthoritySpy
    • AuthoritySpy is designed to help you find the top influencers in your space. It discovers these movers and shakers by searching in places like AllTop, Twitter and Followerwonk.
  • Buzzstream
    • If you do outreach at scale or with a team, you NEED a tool like Buzzstream. Why? Buzzstream makes the messy job of email outreach and link building streamlined and organized. Make sure to check out their new prospecting and email-finding features.
  • Check My Links
    • If you do Broken Link Building (or The Moving Man Method), then you’ll love Check My Links. With a click of a button, this Chrome extension quickly checks any webpage for broken links.

Find the complete list here SEO tools for link building.

So to recap on a few main points you need to focus on when link building. Focus on following google’s link building algorithm on what is more important to google. Focus on long tail keywords, because they are easier to rank, require less resources, and get traffic easier. It’s not about ranking for the most popular, they require the most resources that the general base can’t afford. And lastly, focus on some link building tools. They keep you in the loop on what works and what trends people are searching for.

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One comment
  • Nikolay Stoyanov

    Really nice article. As you mentioned, it all comes down to links and website authority. According to my latest research, most experts believe that high quality links and quality content will remain the most important factors for good positioning. Personally, I am very much interested in RankBrain and real time updates. I feel that they will change the game in practice.

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