Msg#: 4532821 posted 1:46 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
This my first time posting here, and I am new to the field of SEO. So thanks in advance for any assistance!
The website I am optimizing against in Google shows 21 Referring Domains and 1,433 External Backlinks. The Backlink Breakdown shows Images: 942.
Can someone please explain what this means, and how you go about getting backlinks from images? Is the URL contained inn the EXIF data from the image, or is a URL reference made in the IMG ALT attribute?
Msg#: 4532821 posted 11:02 pm on Jan 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hello G_Lee. Welcome to Webmaster World.
A typical text link consists of an opening anchor tag with an HREF attibute pointing to the page to which you're linking followed by the link text followed by a closing anchor tag like this:
<a href="URLBeingLinkedTo">My Link Text</a>
Many times you want to have an image (instead of text) that is "clickable" so that when you click on the image it takes you to another page. This is achieved by placing an <img> element inside the anchor (<a>) element where the link text would normally appear like this:
Msg#: 4532821 posted 4:06 pm on Jan 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
Without knowing details, it's honestly hard to say.
Links are still a huge part of rankings as they affect so many different ranking factors. I would say, with recent changes at Google like Penguin, that I would avoid acquiring links from low quality sites. I would also avoid acquiring site wide links from other sites (like blog roll links or footer links), especially if they contain keyword rich anchors (something other than the company name or its domain name) and/or are from non-authoritative sites. Such links create an unnaturally high percentage of backlinks with the same keyword rich anchor text.