Why Quality Backlinks Matter

Categories

computer screen with an ecommerce websiteGoogle has changed its algorithm yet again and this time it’s aimed at product review websites. As stated in Google’s latest announcement, informative and more in-depth product reviews will receive a rankings bump.

As Google explained to Search Engine Land:

We know people appreciate product reviews that share in-depth research, rather than thin content that simply summarizes a bunch of products. That’s why we’re sharing an improvement to our ranking systems, which we call the product reviews update, that’s designed to better reward such content.

It’s important to note that this update is not aimed at any customer-submitted reviews on an eCommerce site; rather, it’s aimed at websites that produce product review content to help improve the trustworthiness of a business. These websites not only inform consumers about your products but can also provide important backlinks for the business’ website.

So, what does this algorithm change mean for your eCommerce website? Before we answer that, let’s look at why Google is targeting product review sites now.

The Swift Advance of eCommerce: 10 Years in 3 Months

Thanks to Covid-19, eCommerce has soared in the past year. According to a recent report from McKinsey & Company, eCommerce saw approximately 10 years’ worth of growth within three months.

It makes sense — Covid-19 drove us all indoors and we were either too afraid or just not able to go to their favorite brick-and-mortar store. So what did we do? We went online and shopped.

The report also states that 75% of US consumers tried different stores, brands, and websites during the pandemic and 60% stated they expect to incorporate these new brands and stores into their post-Covid-19 life.

Of course, this also means that competition has become extremely stiff. It’s now essential to have a well-designed website as well as a marketing strategy to get your products shown throughout the internet. One such method is affiliate marketing — where your products are sent to a partnering website for a review. Unbiased product reviews can not only help increase your customer base but can also help your SEO by providing a link to your website. It’s a win-win — your website improves in the rankings and you gain new consumers through the affiliate.

But if that product review website producing weak content, this could have the opposite effect. Instead of getting people to buy, it could hurt your rankings and your brand’s presence on the search engines. Here’s how.

The Problem With Low-Quality Backlinks

Let’s say you own an eCommerce website. You want to bump up your SEO so you decide to improve your backlink profile to help improve the trustworthiness of your website. You find one website that says it can create a bunch of backlinks for you by creating blog websites with posts that link back to your site. Great idea! You purchase the services.

A few months go by and what happens? Your SEO starts going in the wrong direction.

But why? You thought backlinks would help, not hurt!

Well, yes and no. It all depends on the quality of backlinks. In fact, that’s the key to any SEO effort — quality, not quantity.

You want backlinks from high-authority, trustworthy websites that produce content that is authoritative and exhibits the expertise of the writer. If that content meets or exceeds expectations, the website is rewarded with a higher ranking in the search engine. If it doesn’t demonstrate these attributes, then their ranking won’t go very far.

But then there’s the opposite — the spammy website. These websites have little to no authority or were created for the sole purpose of increasing search rankings. These toxic backlinks will not only harm your own website’s ranking, but you can receive a penalty, hurting your rankings, or even have your website completely removed from the search engine.

How To Tell If a Backlink is Toxic

Backlink building is a process. It takes a lot of time and effort. And even though there are reputable services out there that will help with your backlink profile, you still need to keep an eye on who is linking your website and it’s helping your SEO efforts.

Here are a few signs that a backlink may be hurting rather than helping:

  • As explained in the example above, the website was created solely for the purpose of creating a backlink to your website.
  • The content where the website is linked is not topically relevant to your website.
  • A link is forced into the comments on a blog article.
  • The link is hidden on the site.
  • The website is a money site.

Want Some Help With SEO? Yeah, We Can Do That

If you need help building up your eCommerce website’s presence online, you’ve turned to the right place. From website design to marketing and everything in between, Zen Agency can help get your products in front of the right people. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you.

Want more digital strategy advice and insights?

Sign up for our newsletter.
!
!
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Kelly Franks

Kelly Franks has over 10 years of experience with multichannel internet marketing, specializing in content marketing, copywriting, social media marketing, search engine optimization, and pay ­per click advertising. She has been a regular contributor to the Citizens' Voice Newspaper and has developed numerous promotional campaigns to successfully maximize the visibility of both online and storefront businesses.

See more digital strategy posts

 
 

 

 
Someone navigating a website with ADA compliance on a tablet

ADA Compliance Services

Your website is the tool through which you connect with all of your customers. Accessibility is key for ensuring that customers have equal ability to access your website, regardless of their personal capabilities. ADA compliance doesn’t just help ensure that your website meets the right standards for legal compliance. It also helps you connect with…

Two people browsing a headless e-commerce site

Why You Should Consider Headless E-Commerce

Using a content management system, such as WooCommerce, for your website provides an all-in-one solution for business owners with little or no custom coding. Many website developers are familiar with the approach, but it’s restrictive, providing limited options for creating a user interface. Having multiple front ends for different purposes is difficult. But fortunately, there…

Marketing team pooling knowledge to build customer personas

What Is a Buyer Persona, and Why Is It Important to Your Marketing Strategy?

You are confident that your marketing plan is solid or at least heading in the right direction. But you’ve also heard an awful lot about incorporating buyer personas into the strategy. For those who may be asking “What is a buyer persona?” or wondering how to leverage them for your marketing efforts, keep reading. We’ll…

two monitors with web pages open

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Website’s Core Web Vitals

For years now, Google has been stressing the importance of the user experience to web developers, PPC specialists, and SEO experts. Each year, the search engine giant has been adding several UX components to its ranking algorithm, such as mobile-friendliness, safe browsing and HTTPS security, and the intrusive interstitial penalty (i.e. intrusive popups that can…

computer in front of a purple light

How Bad Web Design Can Affect Your Digital Marketing Campaigns

When you create a marketing strategy, you want to make sure that your marketing dollars are going to good use. While you put a lot of thought into developing a strategy that works to grow your business while staying within budget, there are some things that could be detracting from your marketing efforts without you…

creative team work together in brainstorm meeting to discuss branding and branding misconceptions

6 Branding Misconceptions That. Just. Won’t. Die

You’ve likely heard the term “branding” used in a few different ways, so maybe you have a picture of what branding looks like in your head. Is it that bright red Target logo? Or maybe it’s that catchy jingle you can’t get out of your head. Or maybe you don’t have a clear picture of…

Two friends shopping on their mobile devices

5 Mobile Marketing Mistakes to Avoid in 2021 (#3 Should Make You Sit Up)

It may already be a cliché, but someone has to say it: customers expect to engage your business on their mobile devices. We live at a time when smartphones are practically an extension of the individual. With the popularity of smartphones, mobile-initiated commerce has taken off. According to statistics published on OBERLO, mobile commerce sales…

apple ios 14 update

Apple iOS 14 Update: How Did It Affect Your Facebook Ads?

Privacy has become a hot topic in the past few years. From the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation to the California Consumer Privacy Act, laws and regulations aimed at protecting the privacy of consumers while on the internet have popped up in recent years, changing the way of how advertisers collect data. And it…

man reading web page on his tablet

The Right and Wrong Way of Writing a Local Landing Page

If you’re a small business, you are well aware of the importance of ranking high for keywords for your products or services. For example, if you are a dentist, you know your practice’s geographical area is limited. You are well aware of who your audience is and who your competition is in getting that audience.…