One of the biggest and most enduring search ranking factors is the link. Links have been important since the very dawn of search engines, and I can guarantee they will be important for as long as search engines exist. Links are the foundation of SEO, but they’ve changed a lot over the years.
In the very early dates, a link was a vote. That was pretty much all there was to it. A site with more links was a site with more votes, and it appeared higher in the search results. Obviously, this was very easy to abuse, and abused it was.
Since then, there has been an ongoing arms race between marketers on the dark side of the rules and the search engines themselves. One of the latest weapons in that race was Google’s Penguin algorithm, which helps assign values to links and penalizes sites that abuse them in a negative way.
The thing is, you don’t need to know any of this to learn how to analyze links. All you need to know is what makes a good link and what a bad link looks like.
What Makes a Good Link Good
There’s a lot that goes into the analysis of a given link. Every link that exists has to meet these criteria to be considered a good link. Good links are valuable; bad links are not. The worst…