April 1st, 2016 – If you don’t know what a back link is by now, you probably are stuck in 2012 or earlier on the web. Nowadays links from other people’s websites are considered valuable but only in certain instances.
For example if you have a backlink from a new website without any Domain Authority you probably will not benefit from a someone linking to your site. Usually friends and family members will throw ya a bone and give you these sort of links.
Another type is usually done in a link exchange. Link exchanges are taboo for SEO in 2016 (as they’ve been for a few years). The development of link farms, websites that exchange, buy and sell links to anyone and their Mom!
So every link you can get from a high ranking website is valuable. And links from educations, the government or Fortune 5000 companies should be equally good. Those domain extensions usually end in .edu, .gov, and .com.
Recently we posted a job opening for an Intern and we used Craigslist. I was curious if Craigslist would be valuable backlink to our company’s website which I was going to post in our ad. The value as it turns out is that Craigslist posts (the free kind) only produce “No Follow” links, which in SEO Land isn’t valuable at all. 🙁 (See image).
Here is the original ad (as it appears online).