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Questions About Backlinks?

 9:31 pm on Sep 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,

Im a newbie with regards to search engine opimisation and building backlinks and I just want some questions answered about creating backlinks.

If I create 30 backlinks by leaving 30 separate comments with text urls on Myspace for instance does that mean I will have gained 30 backlinks?

Also when i have checked for a list of backlinks associated with my website i find that these backlinks that i have created on Myspace are not listed? Does anyone know why this is?

And does anyone know of a good free website that will count all the backlinks and give the most accurate total for a website?

And what should I be doing to create the perfect backlink for a website?

Many thanks in advance.



 6:35 am on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Welcome to Webmasterworld Gordonuk.

Your links on Myspace may not yet have been indexed by the SE's.

You can get a list of backlinks by going to Yahoo and typing the command:
Other sites provide better listings of backlinks but they charge a monthly fee.

30 backlinks from one site are not as valuable as one link each from 30 different websites.

To get the perfect backlinks for your site try following this advice:
[webmasterworld.com ]


 8:33 am on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>>And what should I be doing to create the perfect backlink for a website?

That is a question that encompasses the entirety of link building strategies discussed in this forum. That kind of knowledge can't be pulled out of the pocket like a quarter and passed along. Fortunately we have a Library of key discussions [webmasterworld.com] about some of the most important link building issues since this forum began. I highly recommend every single discussion in that library.

Good luck,




 8:45 am on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

As a general rule, the tougher it is to acquire the link, the better it is. Having said that you should focus on getting links from websites that are important in the subject you are optimizing for.


 9:09 am on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi Longen,

Does this mean though that if I send 30 separate comments with url/backlinks that each comment will count as one backlink with google and the other search engines? And will 500 separate comments count as 500 separate backlinks with the search engines?

And if I add 500-700 backlinks on Myspace per week can i be penalised for this by the search engines? For adding too many backlinks in a short space of time ie 7 days? Or is this acceptable?

And lastly is it enough to just leave a short text comment with your url of your website or is it better in the eyes of google and the other search engines to add key words within the text too?

Many thanks for all your help and the warm welcome to this forum.


 9:10 am on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanx Martinibuster and Dertyfern for your great advice too. It is all invaluable for a newbie like myself.

So thanx again.


 12:41 pm on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Gordonuk I wouldn't recommend any of the measures you've mentioned above - either they will be mostly ignored by the SE's, or if you get it wrong you may get hit by a penalty or filter. How the search engines react to those comments/links will vary over time. Best to leave the gray/black hat tactics to people who can afford to lose a domain.
Instead, concentrate on getting a number of plain text html links from authoritative, relevant sites, with keywords in the anchor text. To achieve that you will need quality content on your site.
The threads recommended by posters above are recommended.


 4:26 pm on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi Longen,

Just to clarify things.

If i send any comment on Myspace to another user on my friends list and it contains text and the url of my website it will be seen as a backlink by the search engines? Or does it have to take a particular form and have a particular content other than just the url/text link to be considered as a backlink by the search engines?

As all i have done is left comments for other users saying thanks for supporting my website with the url of my website included in this brief text.

Many thanks.


 8:40 pm on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yes, if is in the format <a href="http//:www.domain.com>Anchor Text</a> and it is on a page which GoogleBot can access, then it will be recognized as a link - however, if you have a number of them on the same page, it doesn't follow that the SE's will list them all when you use the "link" or "linkdomain" command.


 9:57 pm on Sep 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi Longen,

I have seen this backlink code many times before: <a href="http//:www.domain.com>Anchor Text</a> but what does it actually mean? And how do you use it?

All i have been doing is sending my friends text comments with the URL of my website included. And so there is usually one of these backlinks per page.

Many thanks.


 3:29 am on Sep 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

GordonUK, if you have further questions that deviate from the original discussion then please open a new discussion with a descriptive title within the most appropriate forum category. This is to your benefit as well as to the community at large. It benefits you because a separate discussion with it's own descriptive title will attract the more and better responses than a question buried within a discussion about something else entirely. It benefits the community at large because it keeps particular topics within appropriate categories and makes them easier to research.

Your question about how to code anchor text is something you should be asking in the New to Web forum category. Of course, you can always research HTML questions at the W3C [w3.org].

Best and good luck,


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