How to use networking to improve your website’s SEO

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is an ongoing process that often feels like “too much” for the average business owner, and understandably so. There are many technical aspects to optimizing your website for better search engine results, and hiring experts tend to be the best option (in my humble, not-at-all-biased opinion). It’s not impossible, but it can be a little overwhelming for the unfamiliar.

Thankfully, there are tons of ways to improve your website’s SEO without having to look under the hood of your own website, technically speaking. “Backlinks” (links on other websites that point back to your own website) are a very effective tool. In the SEO world, these are highly valuable for increasing your ranking on Google and other search engines, as long as they are links from reputable, relevant websites.

Tips for increasing the number of backlinks to your site

Guest Blogging: Offer to write guest posts for other blogs in your industry. By providing valuable content to other websites, you can earn backlinks back to your own site within the author bio or content itself.

Build Relationships and Networking: Engage with other bloggers, influencers, and industry leaders in your niche. Building strong relationships can lead to natural link opportunities and collaborations. Many people don’t consider the value that networking can bring to SEO, so they lose out on these valuable opportunities to share content, links, and digital resources.

Participate in Forums and Q&A Sites: Join online forums and Q&A sites related to your industry. Offer helpful answers and solutions, and when appropriate, link back to relevant content on your website.

Utilize Social Media: Promote your content on social media platforms to increase its visibility and chances of being shared and linked to by others.

Collaborate on Content: Partner with other websites or businesses in your niche to create co-branded content, such as ebooks, webinars, or research reports. This collaborative approach can lead to mutual backlink opportunities.

PR and Press Releases: Publish newsworthy press releases and distribute them through reputable channels. If your story gains traction, it can attract backlinks from media outlets and industry-related websites.

Scholarships and Sponsorships: Consider offering scholarships or sponsorships to educational institutions or events within your niche. Many educational websites link to scholarship sponsors, creating valuable backlinks.

Create Linkable Assets: Develop valuable resources, tools, or guides that others in your industry would want to link to as references or valuable content.

Remember, while building backlinks is essential, focus on relevance and quality rather than quantity. Spammy or irrelevant backlinks can harm your website’s SEO and reputation. Be patient, as building a strong backlink profile takes time and effort, but the long-term benefits are worth it.

Additional reading on SEO and backlinks:

Backlink Analysis: How to Spot Quality and Toxic Backlinks

How to Get Backlinks: 10 Strategies That Work

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Ashley Ann

Ashley lives in Rankin County, Mississippi with her husband, Jay, and a happily chaotic bunch of children, grandchildren, dogs, chickens, and various other small animals. Not to mention a rather impressive houseplant collection. Find her on LinkedIn!