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How many backlinks does your website need
When someone is getting into doing SEO for their website they always ask "How many backlinks do I need?" and the answer is pretty simple. There is not specific amount of links you can build for your website in order to increase your rankings above your competitors. If there was a specific amount of backlinks you needed to build to overcome your competitors, don't you think they would be doing the same thing and every website would be ranked #1 in the search engine results pages? In this discussion I'll go over why you need to build backlinks, how many you might need and how frequently you need to build them.So let's begin
Why you need to build backlinks
Building backlinks increases your rankings, which you probably already knew, and they help you overcome your competition in order to be on top of the SERPs (search engine results pages). You can have the best content and design on your website but if there are no links aimed at your website then you won't be loved by Google or the other search engines. The big 3 search engines, Google Yahoo! and Bing, want to see that other people are sharing your website before they decide to put you at the top of their search results.
How many backlinks you need.
When you ask "how many backlinks does my website need" it's hard to determine because that all depends on your niche and competition. If you're competitor is building 10 high quality links per day then you need to do 15 in order to overcome them. If you're doing a reverse engineering process of link building to overtake your competitors then you'll be building all the same links that they have and adding your own to take the top rankings. This process works very well and is the best when you're trying to play it safe. It's usually the safer method because if your competitor is already ranked #1 then you know they have some good links
How frequently you need to build backlinks
This is pretty tough to determine since you don't want to build too slow and never see a top rankings or build too quick and be penalized for being too aggressive. Usually when building backlinks you have to think of how old your website is. I like to think of a website as brand new if it's under 6 months old and new if it's under 12 months old. After 6 months you can usually increase the frequency of your link building campaign to your homepage and subpages and after 12 months, if you haven't gotten any penalties, you could open up the flood gates and build a lot more links in a shorter amount of time. Now I'm not telling you that you can build 1,000,000 auto approved blog comments to your homepage after 12 months and you'll be ranked #1 for anything you want, that's just silly. I'm saying that you can increase your frequency about 100% but you'll have to watch your rankings in order to stay safe.
It's hard to say how many backlinks you need and how often you should build backlinks to your website without knowing your niche and competition. You will need to figure this out using backlink checkers or doing everything manually and just watching your rankings until you overcome your competition and make them jealous
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