What is a backlink and how can I check how many backlinks my hub or website have?
A backlink is just one of the measures used by Google and other search engines to determine where your hub or other webpage should appear in the rankings.
A simple way of viewing it is to think of it rather like a 'vote' for your page or site and the higher the page rank of the page your 'vote' comes from, the more value the search engines attribute to that link. So, not all backlinks are created equal and some are worth a lot more than others!
A link can be made in many ways, other webmasters could decide that your web page has valuable information that they want to pass on to their readers. Someone surfing the net could decide to bookmark your page on their facebook account or 'tweet' it. Or you could create your own backlinks by bookmarking your pages, leaving comments on other articles, pages or hubs or by article marketing - there are other ways but this is supposed to be a brief answer!
A backlink is a clickable link somewhere on the web that when clicked will lead the person to the page you are backlinking to. This can be a clickable URL (or webpage address - what appears in the browser window when you are on a webpage) or it could be anchor text where you use keywords or keyword phrases that you want to get your page ranked for and you make these keywords what is referred to as Anchor Text - either by using the link symbol (as when editing your hubpage) or by inserting a simple bit of html code your keywords then what will show is just your keywords and these will become the clickable link.
I have written some hubs on backlinks and creating anchor text links if you would like to take a look.
Yahoo site explorere was formerly a great place to check your backlinks however this is being scaled down and phased out. I am now using a free tool called Open Site Explorer which you can find here http://www.opensiteexplorer.org and I hope you find this useful as it also gives some other helpful measures about your site's authority in the eyes of the search engines. You can use it for individual hubs or webpages as well as the root domain name of a site (the .com or .co.uk address).
You should bear in mind though that backlinks take a while to show up in a tool like this so don't get disheartened and think your backlinking efforts aren't working if you do not immediately see results in Open Site Explorer.
Alison Graham already gave you an excellent run-down about what backlinks are, so I'll just add that if you have Mozilla Firefox for your browser, there are several plug-ins you can use to easily check your backlinks, PageRank, and other specifics about your pages. My favorite is SEO Quake, which runs at the top of the browser whenever you have it on and automatically shows you all the data for any page you go to, as well as for pages in search results without having to go to them.
Since the definition of backlinks and everything related to that has been provided already I will only suggest some ways of checking them. If you want to check backlinks to your own website - you should better use Google Analytics. It provides comprehensive information on your website's traffic - not simply backlinks but main sources of your traffic - direct, referral, organic search, top countries by visitors and many more.
If you want to check some other website - the one belonging to your competitor, for example, better use browser based online tools as mentioned earlier. I prefer http://moonsearch.com - cause it's free, fast, simple and its database updates regularly.
by Liam Hallam 4 years ago
After 6 months on the site i've started the really wonder how many backlinks is a reasonable number to any hub, and really to a hub becoming successful? Or is it simply a lottery.What kind of figures do other hubbers consider?
by yoshi97 9 years ago
For a long time it has puzzled me how one of my hubs keeps doing great, when it shouldn't. You see, I started a hub on one topic and then changed my mind in the middle of it.Now, back then I had no idea you couldn't change the URL later, so I was horrified when I was stuck with a URL that couldn't...
by Nexusx2 7 years ago
I was wondering if backlinking my sub domain will help me rank better in the search engines. I was thinking the more backlinks I have the more link juice would flow to my article? Or will backlinking my subdomain only help me rank for my name ie Nexusx2?
by Brett A Rogers 5 years ago
This is how I understand backlinks. Linking to a webpage that links back to you is more valuable to SEO than not having it link back to you. The more removed this website is from your own the better. For example, linking from one of my hubs to a non-hubpages webpage is more...
by Chris Mills 6 years ago
How do I turn my hub address into a clickable link.I understand backlinks. I just need to know how to make my hub address into a clickable link so I can post it on blogs and other websites.
by Bill Manning 8 years ago
I've been trying to get a particular article on the first page of Google ever since I made it. It's on the 3rd page now, going up and down that page.I've been making backlinks to it, around a dozen by now. It does not seem to be moving much. So, just how long does it take for backlinks to kick in?I...
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