Are good for ?
are one of the many factors that can help optimize your site for searching in Google. You might already be aware that you want other sites to give you a (an ) to improve your , and to do internal links, but do your know that pointing to high also helps your rankings?
What are ?
An a on another (not to your own), they are sometimes called external links or authority links. They can add more information for the topic you are discussing, or cite research. In effect you are creating a for another . Note that the term can include both an and . directs your viewer to
Do Affect ?
In a recent study 10 new websites were set up with the same targeted keyword, but 5 of them were also set up with to high . As many other variables as possibles were kept the same between the sites. After a number of months all of the sites that included the high quality were rated higher than those without the links.
That study is a good indicator that it is worth including some links to high authority sites on your own . If you think about it, every good research article cites its sources, so Google would expect some citations to demonstrate your expertise, trust and authority. However, you will notice ‘high quality’ being mentioned, the reverse can also happen if you to low quality “spammy” sites, as you will likely have a negative effect on your .
There are additional reasons why it can also have the positive effects of:
- increasing your relevance on a topic
- improves your reputation and credibility if you are known to cite authoritative sites
- Assisting your . If you regularly to a high quality site they will tend to view you in a positive way, and if you create valuable that would be appropriate for their viewers they might to you.
Best practices for adding
Now that you know that it is worth adding , try to use these best practices:
- Only to pages that are relevant to the topic being discussed in your post or page.
- Use appropriate to help your user understand what to which they will be linking.
- Make sure you make the open in a new tab, so that your webpages doesn’t close. Most editing tools include that option when you are adding links but if you are working directly in HTML then add target=”_blank”.
- Before publishing double check all links are still valid – you don’t want a . And recheck them regularly.
- Don’t go overboard with the number of , you don’t want to appear spammy to Google.
Which websites should I ?
In a blog article, to sites that backup your facts and relevant , include research, include an infographic or image that illustrates your point.
But also don’t forget to your to your professional bodies and associations, these work well in your footer. That way you are reinforcing your authority and credibility on every page.
How can I tell if a site is a high authority site?
You can usually tell if a site is a good authority, if their articles are well written, if they cite their research, and their information is relevant However, you can also check their ratings at https://moz.com/domain-analysis, and I would be looking at a reasonable domain authority (it doesn’t have to be too high if it is a new site), and I would be particularly looking at the Spam score and checking it is low (eg less than 5%).
Two types of links – DoFollow and
There are two types of links and some of your page or post editors will give you these options when you set up a . A means that you are allowing the search crawlers to follow that to the . It is the default type if you do not have the two options show, and is the one you would use in most cases for an . The attribute stops the crawlers from going through to that . Hence it is not really appropriate in this situation, but it is more often used in comments on posts. A will stop your site from linking out to everybody’s links that they might drop into your comments (as they might be spammy).
In summary, here are my top tips:
1) Make sure you only to reputable sources. If you find yourself linking to spammers remove those links immediately.
2) Don’t overdo it! You don’t need hundreds of links just because someone told you to get lots of links to your . It will actually make you seem like a spam site if you have too many.
3) Have the links open in another tab, so that they can easily come back to your site.
Is it the most important factor in gaining good positions in the results? The answer is no. But every little bit helps your site in optimization, so go ahead and add some .