- A Backlink (plural Backlinks) is an incoming link or hyperlink from a one web page to another page on a different website.
- When someone links to your site from their site
- Types of backlinks:
- Follow: This is a link that uses a tag that says “Follow this link to the page it links to.” These links are more valuable for the recipient site.
- No follow: A link that uses a No Follow tag that allows webmasters to tell search engines “Don’t follow links on this page” or “Don’t follow this specific link.” Often used in forums.
- Also known as: incoming links, inbound links, inlinks or inward links
While Google has somewhat downplayed the importance of backlinks recently (mostly because people have abused them), they are still a factor when it comes to appearing in search results.
Think of it this way. When someone links to your site it is essentially a vote saying that your site is a good site. Also, not all backlinks are created equal. A link from a site like CNN.com is worth more than the pizza shop in town.