Are backlinks good for SEO?


There’s a question we’re regularly asked, and it is ‘are backlinks good for SEO’? It is a difficult question to answer, as some backlinks are good and most are very bad.

The vast majority of backlinks are bad. This is because an SEO Company will actually be outsourcing this to India (or another country), where they will be buying a link building package.

These backlinks are normally from sites that do nothing apart from supply links from that site to thousands of others sites around the world. These site have no credibility with Google and receive a negative score. These then become toxic links, which actually harm your performance with Google.

When you think about this, it makes perfect sense. How could an SEO company in Ireland or the UK provide you with an SEO Package that generates say 600 backlinks a month, for maybe as little as €300, if they were doing it in Ireland or the UK?

Each link would take at least 10 minutes to build, so let’s say six links per hour. At that rate, it would take 100 hours per month to deliver. This works out at €3 per hour for the service. As they say – when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

So all backlinks are bad for SEO then?

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The benefits of blogs for your business

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Whether your website is old or new, big or small, there’s a section of it that’s sometimes neglected but that really should form a key part of your digital marketing strategy. It’s the blog.

Some call it ‘News’ instead, depending on the sort of content it’s likely to feature, but no matter what it’s called, it should be an integral part of your online presence if you’re serious about boosting your business.

Some of our clients like to look after their blogs themselves, and others prefer to have us do it for them, but either way, top reasons we recommend regularly adding new content to your blog/news include:

  • It can help increase traffic to your website
  • It can help improve your SEO
  • It can position your brand as a leader in your field
  • It can help develop better customer relationships.

Let’s look at them one by one:

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Separating SEO fact from fiction


There’s a question we’re regularly asked when we tell somebody we can improve their site’s rankings in Google. It’s a fair question, and a simple one too.

It’s ‘how do you do it?’

The answer can be as straightforward or as complicated as we want to make it, but what it boils down to is this: it’s by making their website as attractive and relevant as possible, to Google as well as to the typical user.

In years of doing that for websites of all types, for businesses of all sectors, we’ve learned to separate some SEO facts from SEO fiction – and it’s the lessons learned there that allow us to deliver such good results too. Read on for some examples:

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Digital Marketing Predictions for 2017

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It’s time for some crystal ball gazing again. The world of digital marketing continues to evolve rapidly, and the landscape is bound to be different in twelve months’ time from what it is now. Here are our thoughts and predictions for the trends we will see in the year ahead:

Mobile will completely dominate

This is not so much a prediction of something new – more a statement of an established trend that will continue. Less and less online business is being done on desktops and laptops, and Google has already virtually phased out from its results pages all websites that are not optimised for mobile devices. If your site is not already optimised, get it updated now – and if you’re having a new site built, pay even more attention to the mobile version than the desktop one.

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Don’t waste your Digital Marketing Budget

don't waste your digital marketing budget

Don’t waste your Digital Marketing Budget

A recent report into the digital marketing landscape in Ireland and the UK shows that companies are spending up to 40% of their budgets on a tactic that just doesn’t work.

It’s the digital equivalent of leaving a shop after just browsing, and then having a persistent (and annoying) salesperson follow you down the street, wailing ‘why didn’t you buy anything? Oh please, won’t you come back and buy something? Please come see us again. We’ve got lovely things for you. Please come look at them. Oh come on, come on, come back to our shop. Please come buy something. We’d love you to buy something.’

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Five Possible Reasons Your Ecommerce Website Is Not Making Money for You

e-commerce site not making money

An ecommerce website is the best way to run your business in the internet space. It not only works for you 24/7, but makes your business available to those who are thousands of miles away from you. However, in some cases, it has been observed that even a beautiful ecommerce website does not seem to bring enough business to the owner. If you are one of those whose ecommerce website is not making enough money, then read on for five possible reasons:

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How SEO Services Can Help Your Small Business in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland

How SEO services help business

Small businesses in Dublin and the rest of Ireland, especially those with a limited marketing fund, can overlook search engine optimisation. Only when they are totally exhausted with the traditional marketing methods, like print advertising, email marketing, classified ad campaigns, etc., does search engine optimisation come to mind. According to a survey, more than half of small business owners in Ireland don’t even update their business website regularly.

Those businesses don’t understand what they’re missing out. According to a study, more than 61% of people research a product online before they buy it. Search engine optimisation gives your small business something that all those traditional methods can’t give. SEO services bring your products and customers close to each other. Here are a few more reasons to help you understand, why your small business requires professional SEO services immediately!

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Why Your Website Design Should Be Responsive & Mobile-Friendly

mobile friendly responsive web design

By 2017, the number of mobile users worldwide is expected to cross the mark of 5.13 billion, and this is one of the reasons why you need a website design that is mobile-friendly.

There are a number of options you can consider, including a responsive website that scales down with different devices and different desktop sizes, or a mobile app that shows website content in a slightly different way. Whatever you decide, the important thing is that your website is easy to navigate while using a mobile device.

Here are 6 more reasons to why your website design should be mobile friendly or responsive:

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Don’t let Penguin Power punish your rankings

Google Penguin 4.0

There’s big news in the world of SEO – and it’s good news for a reputable SEO company like ourselves.

Google has announced it’s rolling out a fresh update of its Penguin algorithm. Penguin 4.0 is the latest instalment of the filter that Google uses to identify and penalise websites attempting to earn higher rankings through the black hat technique of spammy or low-quality backlinks.

While an actual penguin may be timid by nature, Google’s Penguin is a beast. If it decided to penalise your site, you would remain penalised until Google decided on another filter run, which could take several months. That meant there was no chance of improving your rankings even if the problems were dealt with immediately.

Early indications are that Penguin 4.0 will remain just as vicious as earlier versions in imposing penalties.

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