Link building

Links to your website are an essential part of SEO. Having lots of backlinks to your site is a signal to Google that your posts or pages must be important for a certain topic. Therefore, when people search for this topic, your post or page tends to end up higher in the search results.

So how do you get lots of links to your site? Read these posts to learn about link building, the right way!

Must read articles about Link building

Ask Yoast: Links to PDF files

23 September 2016 by Joost de Valk »

Ask Yoast reference numbers in URLs

If you’re starting with an (eCommerce) site you might have a lot of content that’s already available in PDF files: product brochures, datasheets, pricing information and so on. So some people might think: why not upload these PDF files and link to them? There are some disadvantages to showing PDF files on your site though. We’ll discuss some of »

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Ask Yoast: can backlinks from one site hurt my rankings?

27 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Ask Yoast reference numbers in URLs

Backlinks to your website usually contribute to your rankings. So generally you’d be happy to get lots of links to your posts and pages. But what if you get lots of links from one site? Would Google consider that as suspicious, and could you therefore be penalized? In this Ask Yoast we’ll take a question from Gabriel Heffes of Alberta »

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Ask Yoast: should I never buy links?

13 May 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Ask Yoast reference numbers in URLs

We understand that, at times, you might be tempted to buy links. Who doesn’t want to start ranking quickly? And, would it really harm your site, even if it’s from a “trustworthy” link selling site? Watch this video and know why you should never buy links! Why you should never buy links Can’t watch the »

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6 steps to a successful link building strategy

24 November 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt »

Link building is part of your growth strategy

Links are important for SEO. And link building should therefore definitely be part of your holistic SEO strategy. But more importantly, link building should be part of your growth strategy. Links should help generate traffic to your site directly. In this post, I’ll describe 6 important steps for a successful link building strategy, the holistic SEO »

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Link building: what not to do?

2 November 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 18 Comments

link building don'ts

A lot of link building strategies can backfire, causing more damage than doing good. If you want to improve your ranking in the long term, using what we call a holistic SEO strategy, you should definitely avoid certain link building tactics. In this post, I’ll describe link building DON’TS: tactics you should most definitely NOT »

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Link building from a holistic SEO perspective

19 October 2015 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 16 Comments

illustration of link building as part of holistic seo

At Yoast, we hardly write about link building. Of course, links from other sites are a really important ranking factor. We do know that ;-)! Link building done the wrong way can easily backfire though (see Joost’s recent post about Google Penguin), resulting in a ban from Google all together. Link building just isn’t easy. That »

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Google Penguin explained

15 October 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

Joost explains Google Penguin

One of the most painful Google updates that can hit a website is called Penguin. Google Penguin aims to remove sites from the search results that have been trying to game Google by buying or otherwise “unnaturally acquiring” links to their website. It does that by basically applying a negative value to specific links. So if you »

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How to clean up your site structure

3 August 2015 by Michiel Heijmans »

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We all know that moment where your website has grown to this monstrous collection of pages. That moment when you realize that you have too many pages in your menu and the coherence of your website is nowhere to be found. And we also know what a struggle it is to clean this mess up. »

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Smart alternatives to dangerous link building strategies

Last December, we wrote about all the things that you should take in account when cleaning up bad backlinks. We asked Christoph at LinkResearchTools to check all of the information in there to make sure we were not missing anything. When going over that post, we felt that we should elaborate on the subject of link building on »

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Clean up your bad backlinks

16 December 2014 by Michiel Heijmans »


This new year, Yoast has decided to provide you with a head start for your website. The general idea: clean up your entire site and start 2016 fresh! In this post, we will go beyond on-site optimization and explain a bit more about bad backlinks for your website.   Bad backlinks, or low-quality backlinks, is a »

Category: Technical SEO