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Backlinks are a vital component of any website’s traffic plan.  Without backlinks, a website will have a difficult time ranking for their most important keywords. 

However, with a proper backlink plan in place, a website can shoot to the top of the search engines, even for some remarkably competitive keywords, while generating organic traffic to their websites quickly and easily (and at no cost).

Why Are Backlinks Used As A Measure Of A Website’s Overall Relevancy?

Many years ago, it was possible to secure top search rankings simply by repeating your keywords more often on the page than someone else did (known today as ‘keyword stuffing’).

Even the most advanced search engines couldn’t distinguish quality sites from spam, so searchers would often leave frustrated, unable to find what they were looking for in a sea of spam and misleading offers that would heavily focus on implementing irrelevant keywords into their websites simply to rank for terms that had absolutely no significance to their actual websites or offers.

But something happened that changed the way websites ranked within the major search engines, offering a fair, genuine method of measuring a website’s overall relevancy to the keywords that were associated with it.

Google’s algorithms made it much harder for low quality sites to make it to the top of the search engines, because instead of gauging a websites relevancy based on keywords alone, they began to use a form of “social proof” to determine which sites were truly of the highest quality and overall value.

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