External links (from other website) that link to your website.

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What is a “back link” and how does it affect search ranking?

I have heard about back links but am not sure what they are or how they affect search rankings and search engine optimization.
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What is linkbaiting?

I have been wandering around some SEO sites this evening and have been seeing this term linkbaiting. The word bait kind of makes it not sound so great. What exactly is linkbaiting and how does it ...
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Knowing your online Competition how to reveal 301’s directing domains

I truly believe that any webmaster entering any niche should investigate their online competition beforehand to know what they're up against and to see if their goals are realistic and affordable in ...
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How do I build backlinks?

I've recently made a site and I want to know how to go about making backlinks?
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Do image backlinks count as backlinks?

If i have lots of images appearing tumblr blogs, the sort of tumblogs with very little text just reams and reams of images for people to browse through (example - http://whereisthecool.com/). If my ...
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How to handle hundred of external links in a site?

The site I am working on has few hundred distributors, each one has its own page, and a link to that distributors website. Some of the distributors have multiple locations and so they have multiple ...
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Will link exchange with similar sites improve my PageRank?

I have a programming blog and I was wondering if link exchange with other programming blogs (where I link to them and they link to me) is a good idea to improve my site's PageRank. I know in ...
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Is it okey to start link building before my site get indexed?

Self explanatory question. If you have a fresh new site which is not yet indexed by google. Is it okey to start with link building or i should wait to google index my site?
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quickest way to research a set of pages backlinks

I have a list of 300+ pages (they were chosen based on which pages rank for a keyword I'm interested in) and I want to compile a list all the (known) inbound links to those pages. What's the fastest ...
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How do I find information on who links to my sites? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if there's a free way to get information on back links to my site. I've had webmaster tools and Google Analytics set up for years. But I can't find access to data about site ...
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Detecting whether banner ads pass link juice

I wanted to determine the relative SEO value of the advertising links passed by this website: http://www.garden.org/. On the right side you'll notice several advertising banners that, when clicked, ...
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Ratio of No-follow & Do-follow Backlinks

I know that when it comes to obtaining backlinks, a no-follow is pretty much worthless. However, does Google (or other major search engines) penalize for sites that have nothing but do-follow links? ...
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Is it a bad idea to promote your site through relevant blog's by commenting?

I've searched the net and wasn't able to find a solid answer to this. Is it poor practice to seek out blogs that are related to your site, and post comments relevant to the particular blog post, in ...
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How to discredit hacked links pointing at my company's website

The competition of one of my company's websites has started a really dirty campaign of acquiring hack links. One of their ingenious tactics has been to seed in links to OUR site withing their hack ...
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Web designers back link on client sites

We're a web design company that have created several websites for clients, all of which have a back link to our own website. I was just wondering the best strategy for this: Should the keywords be ...
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Why do some user agents have spam urls in them (and why are they always Opera/Presto User-Agents)?

If you go to (say) the last 100 entries (visits) to the botsvsbrowsers.com website (exact link, feel free to take a look: http://www.botsvsbrowsers.com/recent/listings/index.html ), you'd notice that ...
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Is there a penalty in link building?

If I have a satellite site with content constantly renewed, and within each new content, there is a link to a target URL, for passing link juice. Will I get a penalty from Google for that?
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Should I bother with a Business.com Listing?

I keep getting promotion codes from business.com stating that I can get a listing at $100 discount. However, that's still $199 and I'm not clear about the benefit. I would understand if I was paying ...
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Is a “back” link on each page really needed?

I saw some sites having a <<back link on each page below the site top level that basically just invokes a JScript function that gets the browser history and navigates one page back. So it ...
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Since Google reduces the value of links alongside nofollow links, what is an alternative?

Since 2009, Google counts nofollow links also as outgoing links, and thus reduces the value of the other links. What are some alternatives to stop Google counting outside links from my page? If I ...
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Is pyramid link building a good practice for SEO?

Can someone help me to understand please? Is pyramid link building a to do practice for SEO? Does it work as per example below? Tier 3 pyramid building for SEO... Tier 3 site, links to Tier 2 ...
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Low pagerank backlinks - does Google penalize?

I have a new stock discussion forum and I would like to promote it. Specifically, I have two ideas in mind to help promote it: 1) Become a member at other stock discussion forums. Make high quality ...
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Buying Backlinks

I came across a website the other day that was selling backlinks. The site was well designed and promised some results for a nice low price but not too low. After a couple of minutes it started to ...
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Importance of having EDU backlinks

I've built a few links on 50 EDU / GOV websites. 1 of them has PR 8, 3 of them have PR 7, 8 of them PR6,7 of them PR5,12 of them PR4,8 of them PR3, 1 of them PR2, 6 of them PR1, 10 of them PR0. My ...
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Is hidden backlink blackhat SEO?

See below link. It will create a huge backlink for me if I put it on dynamically generated blog posts. Is it a blackhat SEO strategy? <a href="http://example.com" style="display: ...
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Adding your website to free web directories as a link building strategy

It's been two months since I've launched a website. I recently ran into some websites which list directories of other websites. Some examples of the web directories can be found at web-directories.ws. ...
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Does shortened URL carry less weight in terms of SEO?

Which backlink would carry more weight in terms of SEO between the original URL to a webpage (like http://www.example.com/Zqe9) or a URL shortened from Google (like goo.gl/Zqe9)?
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How to identify spammy domains giving backlinks to my site (to submit in disavow links in WMT)

Google is out with much awaited feature. But out of 100's of domains giving backlink to my site I want to simply find the spammy ones and disavow domain-wise using "domain:" feature. I'm looking for ...
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Griefing to steal pagerank off my website?

I was looking today in my Google Webmaster tools for my website and see duplicate titles for the following pages on my website (small sample out of many on my site index): ...
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Does Google value links to a page's named anchors (#) as equal to links to the page w/o the anchor?

Occasionally my site gets links directly to a sub-section of a page via a named anchor, e.g. /mypage.html#section1 Does Google give this link equal weight as a link to /mypage.html?
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When does a good link become toxic

It is my understanding and correct me if I'm wrong but with Google's penguin and daily BACKLINK algorithms it will do several checks before rewarding for the link. It will then regularly check that ...
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What is a good way to get many inbound links to your site?

How do you get links to your site from other sites?
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Does Google penalize Wikipedia external links?

Wikipedia external links are all nofollow, so it seems they shouldn't have any effect, negative or positive. But an article that I found online suggested that Google may penalize those external ...
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Does google value blog comments as backlinks?

I recently read an article which said that google doesn't count blog comments as backlinks. I'm not sure about that since, I have 3 sites that rank first with all their backlinks being blog comments. ...
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Reporting paid links to google - does it work?

I am noticing that my competitors have a boat load of paid backlinks, which don't seem to be discredited from google (PR is intact, rather then 0) Problem is, those sites aren't any gambling or ...
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Using disqus for a website (question on SERP and backlink)

I am building a website and am trying to decide between writing my own commenting system and using Disqus. One of the main deciding factors is that (obviously), I want comments left on my page to be ...
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How often are “Links to Your Site” updated in the Google Webmaster tool?

How often are "Links to Your Site" updated in the Google Webmaster tool? I found this thread with various replies on the matter, from "every few days" and "around 20 to 30 days" to "backlinks to my ...
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Seo Fake backlinking from other sites

The title might be a little bit confusing. Well, I noticed that someone had used a page's URL for backlinking or indexing his keywords. This is what he did: The normal url: http:// ...
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Are there benefits of receiving external links from PR 0 or 1 sites for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effect of adding link from PR1 site to PR0 site? I'm thinking to do some link exchanges with PR0 or PR1 sites which have the related contents as my site. And my link ...
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List of backlinks to a specific website, listed by decreasing PageRank

With backlinkwatch.com I can get a list of pages that link to a particular website. Unfortunately, it lists tons of obscure blogs and small forums, it has hard to find what link is really important. ...
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Complete list of my backlinks

i want to detect all my toxic backlinks. but first of all, Do you have any idea 'how can i get complete list of my sites backlinks'? (all of them) you know; we can check it from webmaster-tools, but ...
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Should I pass link juice to my pages on other websites that are already high PR domains?

I am starting a new website for a local business and have entries listed for it on places like urbanspoon, yelp, google+ local, etc. I am thinking of listing these citation sites on my business ...
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pingback / trackback support for a photo sharing website?

Is there a photo sharing service, such as flickr or picasa, that will collect the urls of the locations where the photo has been posted on other blogs (or mentioned in tweets, etc?) This could be ...
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Do irrelevant links help PageRank?

I was recently asked for a link exchange between my PR1 site and someone's PR4 site. They are not related, and even in different languages. Disregarding the degraded user experience and assuming the ...
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Adding site credit in footer of site as a <a> tag - bad practice for google penguin?

When I'm making a clients site I always include a link <p>site by <a href="example.com" target="blank" rel="no follow"><strong>example</strong></a></p> Is this bad ...
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Will a redirected subdomain lose Google SEO links?

Because of a change in brand, I want to redirect our subdomain.domain.com to newdomain.com. The content being exactly the same, I was thinking of using a 301 wild card redirect to newdomain.com. I ...
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How to handle multiple pages of the same site with the same outlinks

I am developing a back link tool for Chinese SEO (our web site URL is: http://link.aizhan.com just like ahrefs.com. I encountered a problem which is how to handle multiple pages of the same ...
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Static Backlinks vs Rotating Backlinks?

I'm creating a sort of widget for use on our partners' websites. This widget will contain several links to our site which will help greatly with our backlink building efforts. For the purposes of ...
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Unnatural Links Message from Google

We just recived (March 8 2013) a message from Google saying. We've detected that some of your site's pages may be using techniques that are outside Google's Webmaster Guidelines. Specifically, ...
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How do I see what pages on the internet link to my site?

I thought I could see this through Google Webmaster Tools, and according to a help file, in Google Webmaster Tools, there should be an 'internal links' and an 'external links' menu item. But in my ...