How to Check Who's Linking to You - How, Why and What They Use

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How to Check Who's Linking to You - How, Why and What They Useback links and where to find them

 

We all know (or probably should by now being on ActiveRain) that back links are a good thing. Well, most back links that is. A genuine back link in an actual article or in content is a great way to gain more exposure for your site and gain rank in the search engines. But how do you know who's linking to you and what they use?

 

Does it matter?

 

 

Yes!

 

The reason it matters is because sometimes you may find yourself being linked from a link farm or link wheel and this can actually cause your site more harm than good. Sometimes your site may even get banned because of it. You always want to be cautious how you link to your site and who you let link.

If you're like me, you get dozens of link request or link exchange emails a day probably asking for a link here or there. They are all auto generated emails that start off, "I found your site and like the layout and wonder if we could obtain a link on your site". While this  can work it can be dangerous too. (I use can sparingly because given the right site these connections can be ok)

Really, this is no more than the ActiveRain Associates program other than the associates here are typically known better than those random emails.

whose linking to you?There are many ways to check your back links but one of the best ones I use is Backlinkwatch.com It will tell you how many back links are out there for your site, where the back link is located, the anchor text (if any) the link is attached too and if it's a no follow or not. There is also a column that lists the amount of links on that page. You really don't want more than 100 links per page but sites like Active Rain and other blogging or Realtor sites are taken into account as naturally having more.

This is a great way to go through your back links and make sure you don't have some crazy site out there linking back to your site in a black hat technique way. Other real estate related sites are great to have back links from. .GOV or .EDU sites pull even more power. Of course Back Link Watch will try and sell you something... just click out of it and don't listen to their sales pitch about buying back links.

Make sure you have your site listed and linked on every site you have control over. This includes your ActiveRain Profile and the links on the side bar of your blog. Use your keywords and anchor them to the link.

The "Take Away" on this? Know who's linking to you and what their using. Keywords work the best, graphics are ok as long as they are tagged with your keywords and keep an eye on where your site is listed.

Here are some great sites I recommend for back link examples:

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Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Tammy, thanks for the great information.  I received an email newsletter a few weeks ago.  In that newsletter was a blog I had written shortly before that.  The newsletter hadn't contacted me or asked to use it.  They just published it.  It was under my name, but I thought it was odd that they just took it without asking.  Thanks for posting.

Jun 08, 2011 09:16 AM #1
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Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
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That is surprising that they didn't even ask. Many times depending on where the information is located it may be open source.. but I am a firm believer in always asking before using no matter what. Thanks for the comments!

~T

Jun 08, 2011 09:20 AM #2
Rainer
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Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Tammy - some of this is "foreign" to me as a new blogger - but it is interesting.  and I will check it out.  I have several blogs going right now - and for some reason, I have had some very strange comments in some of them (Wordpress) - and that did not seem to even apply to the content of the blog.  I did not "approve" them - not sure if any of that applies to what you have written about - but I will check it out!

Jun 08, 2011 10:49 AM #3
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Tammy Emineth
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Yes it;s a way to gain a back link. But because it's not related it won't make any difference. It's just spammers. Mark them as spam and they should go away easier.

Feel free to ask about anything you want and I will be happy to help! :)

~T

Jun 08, 2011 10:52 AM #4
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I was all excited about your article until you said ~ Use your keywords and anchor them to the link ~ which is totally Greek to me. Maybe you could do a post about WHAT THAT MEANS :)

Jun 08, 2011 12:03 PM #5
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Andi Grant
310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com - Los Angeles, CA
Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA!

Thanks Tammy!  Mine said 541 backlinks which I know is not great.  I know this is an area I need to work on. 

Jun 08, 2011 12:21 PM #6
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Mimi! Ha.. oh... I'm sorry...   well... it just means you hyperlink your keyword to your site like this: Colorado Springs Real Estate.  I have used a good keyword or phrase for your area and linked it to your website. That's all... but you're right.. That does give me a great idea for a post. :-)

Andi, Actually, that's not that bad... many of your competition won't even have ONE.. so you are ahead of the game there. But remember, one SUPER QUALITY link is worth 10 -100 blah ones.. so if you can find one great one from a .gov or .edu or .mil site it can really help :) (You have to solicit them though )

~T

Jun 08, 2011 12:26 PM #7
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Excellent post that hits on something we all should be doing more of...finding quality backlinks.

Jun 08, 2011 02:16 PM #8
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Its hard to do it all.. but little hints and tips here and there always will help :) Thanks Anita!

~T

Jun 08, 2011 02:54 PM #9
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Tammy--you are a delightful wealth of information.  I have never checked on my back links, but I am going to right now. 

Jun 09, 2011 08:33 AM #10
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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Tammy, I don't have many links period. I will go check to see if there are any like you mentioned.

Jun 09, 2011 10:07 AM #11
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Tammy Emineth
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Janet, Thanks! :) This is just one place to check but it seems to be the most accurate with the most information about the link.

Connie,  Keep at it... it will build quicker than you think :)

~T

Jun 10, 2011 12:28 AM #12
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Karen Roberts & Shanna Ponce
Exclusively Yours Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Santa Rosa, CA

You can also check http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/ to check backlinks.

Jul 06, 2011 03:57 AM #13
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Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Lethbridge Real Estate.com - Lethbridge, AB
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Thanks for the great info.  It was fun checking my backlinks.

 

Apr 04, 2013 01:27 PM #14
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Bobbie Smith
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Tammy, Is this something I should be doing with my new website and my blog? (dumb question probably but just want to be sure) Thanks!

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