Backlinks FAQs - All about Backlinking


Finally, I am writing my 100th hub. I wanted this hub to be something special. Thus, I present this hub to my fellow hubbers especially the newbies as a help to them for understanding backlinks better. Here I am not going to brag about the importance of backlinks as most of you are already aware of their value and the ones who are unaware of this fact will soon find it. In HubPages forums and other forums, I continuously see people asking basic questions about backlinks, and I am writing this hub to answer the commonly arisen questions.

Now. the FAQs!!!

What are Nofollow Backlinks?

NOFOLLOW links are the hyperlinks that contain rel="nofollow" tag in them. This tag is for the search engine spiders telling them not to follow the given link and thus it is not counted as a backlink towards your website or webpage. But according to some bloggers with high reputation, a few thousand NOFOLLOW backlinks have helped them with their search engine rankings.

So, the bottom line is that getting a NOFOLLOW link is a waste of time, but if you can not get non-NOFOLLOW links, then get NOFOLLOWs.

What are Dofollow Backlinks

As opposed to NOFOLLOW, the DOFOLLOW backlinks are crawled by search engine spiders and have a much higher SEO value. is a site where you can easily get DOFOLLOW backlinks just by writing a 200 character short summery of your articles.

How do I find out if links on a page are DOFOLLOW or NOFOLLOW?

This is simple: 

1. View page source by right clicking on a page. 

2. See if the hyperlinks there contain rel="nofollow".

3. If hyperlinks have the above mentioned tag, then they are NOFOLLOW, otherwise they are DOFOLLOW.

What should I do if I can't get Dofollows?

As mentioned above, get NOFOLLOWs. Although very little, but they have some link value.

Which ones are the best backlinks?

The ones from a page related to the content of your page. The ones from the pages that have same meta tags and keyword as your page.

How do I get backlinks easily?

To find out some ways of getting backlinks easily, read my article on getting backlinks here: How to get Backlinks.

What is anchor text?

The words you use for the backlink. 

For example: How to get traffic to my website

In the above example, the anchor text is: "How to get traffic to my website".

What is preferred anchor text?

You must use the keywords you are trying to rank for in your anchor text. So, instead of using "my hub" or "my website" as an anchor text, use your keywords.

Should I use multiple anchor text while getting backlinks?

Yes, you should. Google don't have enough stall to analyze web pages manually and rank them. Thus they rely on their algorithm for this purpose. So having the same anchor text every time you get a backlink might trigger the spam filter because the search engines might think that the person is using an automated system to get backlinks.

Will I be penalized if my site or Hub has backlinks from adult websites?

No, you won't be penalized as you have no control over who links to your website, blog or hubs. I am sure Google won't give you the benefit of these backlinks.

What is the Importance of Backlinks from Ezine Articles?

The Ezine articles directory, which is commonly known as EZA, is a place where you submit articles for your promotion and getting backlinks. First I was reluctant to submit articles to EZA but then I tried doing this and it did help my search engine rankings. So, I will recommend it.

What about link directories? Do they have any value left?

Generally link directories have lost their importance for backlinks as they do not add content to the web and are made solely for backlinks. However, a few quality link directories that include only the quality websites in their directory still have good amount of SEO value like Dmoz and yahoo directory.

Revenue Sharing Websites for Backlinking

I've compiled a list of five revenue sharing websites that allow you to place backlinks on your articles and bookmarks and you can also earn extra cash through your backlinks by ad impressions sharing.

These were the answers to some basic questions I thought would arise in your minds regarding backlinks. If you need to know anything else about the topic, please ask me by commenting below.

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rb11 6 years ago from Las Vegas

Ultimate, congratulations on Hub #100.

This is a great subject. Have you had any experience with link juicer, UAW or neurolinker? I've read a few reviews and they seem to be good services for foundational link building, any thoughts?


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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

RB11, thank you for your comment. You are the first one to congratulate me on my 100th hub.

Well, I just checked link juicer and it is an automated service. I keep myself away from automated services for building backlinks as search engines want backlinks to come naturally(not from some software). So, I will recommend you to stay away from it.

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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Comprehensive and yet straight to the point! This was most useful...have bookmarked your 'how to get backlinks' too. And Congrats on your 100th hubs! Well done....:)

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thank you MyOwnWorld. Guess it got a bit too much to the point because the introduction paragraph I wrote did not show up, I wonder where did it go? Anyways wrote it again. :)

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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

first rate hub thanks

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Glad to see your comment thevoice. Thank you!

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

This is another great hub. I have bookmarked alot of your hubs. Thank you for the info. Now if I could just put two and two together. Congrats on your 100th. Hub

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

CONGRATS on your 100th web, Ultimate Hubber!! and a well done one too! Thanks for all your contributions to HP!!!! Thanks for the info in this. Much needed!

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Great hub and well explained! Congratulations on your 100th hub! Such a fabulous accomplishment! :)

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thank you Greanny's House, And I feel glad to know that you have bookmarked some of my hubs. :)

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Annn, your comments mean a lot to me, and your comment and forum posts made my day. You certainly are one of the best people I've met on HP.

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thank you a lot for your comment THH. I believe it is the motivation you people gave me, that I wrote 100 hubs, else I would've been sitting on a mere 20 hubs. :)

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY

Good hub. You may wish to consider adding "Reciprocal Links" and "3-Way Links" possibly.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

It is all still a little confusing to me even though your article is well written and explanatory.

Congrats on your 100th Hub

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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Hey, congratulations on your 100th hub. I've bookmarked it to read later cause I've gotta go, but want to give it the time and study it deserves, cause I have trouble with backlinking and hope this hub will be my final answer.

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Good suggestion MyWebs. The link I have provided in reply to the question: "How do I get backlinks easily?" has got the point you mentioned in its first tip.

And thank you for reading and commenting.

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thank you Ethel!!!

You will get the backlink thing soon, just read more about them. :)

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thanks gramarye, I hope it help you with backlinking. :)

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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

I just got back, and yes, it helps somewhat. Seems there are some "links" in my brain on this topic that don't seem to work very well, and I'm waiting for the proverbial penny to drop. Every little bit helps.

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thank you gramarye. I am glad it helps.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

valuable information Ultimate thank you again, Congratulations for your 100 HUBS and beyond, more more more! Maita

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thanks Maita!!! :):)

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Stacie L 6 years ago

ok I'm getting to understand this concept a little more...thanks :=)

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

I'm glad I could help Stacie.

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FindYourSearch 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Congratulations on 100 hubs!

I'd like to add that if you use Firefox, you can also get an add-on called NoDoFollow that lets you right click on a page and instantly see whether links are follow or no-follow. It's just a matter of convenience, but I prefer it to scanning code. :)

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author


Yes I have heard about this tool before. Although I don't use it but I believe this tool will save a lot of time while backlinking. Thanks!

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Lamme 6 years ago

Thanks for all the great information. Very concise and useful, I'll be bookmarking this page. A belated congratulations on your 100th hub!

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thanks Lamme!!! Glad you found my hub useful.

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maheshpatwal 6 years ago from MUMBAI

This is one of the simple and to the point guide to back linking thank you for sharing.......

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago Author

Thanks Maheshpatwal!

Alayah 6 years ago

wow i cnt believe thus

Google Backlinks 5 years ago

thanks this is very helpful and i will recomend this to everyone

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