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Do backlinks even matter anymore?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DopeTM, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. DopeTM

    DopeTM Junior Member

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    A site is ranking on a 33k search and has 1 backlink according to ahrefs

    The site has 587 tweets, 1.8k facebook likes and 33 fb shares

    Does social media really only matter now?
     
  2. Hootz

    Hootz Regular Member

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    I'm hearing that a good mixture is very important these days, if that's a relatively new site (only 1 backlink) it's possible they're in some sort of grace period and will be knocked down the ranks in the coming days / weeks.
     
  3. EddieC123

    EddieC123 Regular Member

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    There are also sites ranking with little or no social media presence, so I don't think that's it.
     
  4. Smart SEO

    Smart SEO Senior Member

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    Advanced web developers can smartly block backlink spying by editing the robots.txt, bascally they have blocked all user agents apart from google bots, which means that using tools like ahrefs will show the site having none (or very little) backlinks, when in fact they can have thousands
     
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    dragonrage01 Power Member

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    Tosmekop Supreme Member

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    They still matter.
     
  7. carlikito

    carlikito Regular Member

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    Of course they matter, anybody that tells you otherwise have no idea what they're talking about.
     
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    lakim0 BANNED BANNED

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    What a question, you should've asked "Does anything matter despite backlinks?" :D
     
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  9. shurk

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    This sort of thing would only work if you had full control over your tier 1 links. It's handy for keeping your private blog network private, however ahrefs and similar can still crawl the backlinks to your site.

    Think about it, a backlink links to your site, so your not stopping it being crawled by blocking ahrefs from crawling your site, as all your links are external to your site.

    However, if you block all bots except G to the tier 1 links that you control, then those links to your money site cannot be crawled and will not show up in ahrefs or similar.
     
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  10. walker

    walker Junior Member

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    content is the king and backlink is the queen, :) does it matter? sometimes, king has to obey queen.
     
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  11. jayrat14

    jayrat14 Senior Member

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    Backlinks are the strength of the website.
    Backlinks was, is and will always matter for the website in terms of the SEO.
     
  12. rigolo

    rigolo Registered Member

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    did you check the 1 backlink?
    did you check the age?
    if its new, then its on a honeymoon effect..

    Also yeah, social media matters...
     
  13. gabmasm

    gabmasm Registered Member

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    Beatiful 500 post!
     
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  14. jayrat14

    jayrat14 Senior Member

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    Wow nice observations there..
     
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  15. Smart SEO

    Smart SEO Senior Member

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    Thanks for the reminder guys. Im going to post a thread soon that will benefit those who are struggling with SEO.
     
  16. R0meo

    R0meo Senior Member

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    haven't created a single link yet my blog gets 6k unique/ day and generates 50EU/day

    and yes, my web is 3 month old (nearly 3 month)
     
  17. Kimi

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    Backlinks do matter. That's like asking "Is SEO dead?"

    Slowly building high quality backlinks will raise your site.
     
  18. Getwhatchuwant

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    THIS meaning if they have a private blog network they can block spiders for the tools but how can they block domains they cannot control? They cannot.

    So it is either a honeymoon effect OR they operate a private blog network that blocks tools like majestic and ahrefs.

    Moral of the story if you suspect they are using a blog network try to get your link on blogs, guest posts, web 2.0 creation or even build your own network or just buy some blog network links if you feel like going black hat.