Strains of SEO: On Page SEO and Backlink SEO

On Page SEO versus Backlink SEO

The two primary strains of the “pseudo-science” of SEO are commonly known as On Page SEO and Backlink SEO.  Let’s discuss what these two terms mean in terms of improving search engine ranking.

backlink seoOn Page SEO:  Tangible and Easily Definable

On page SEO is an easily understood term because we all can see and easily understand the presence of SEO related content on a page.  It’s SEO on the page.  On page SEO refers mostly to the use and presence of keywords, pictures, and videos which most effectively cause the page to stand out and be noticed in a positive way by search engines.  If you write natural, quality content, on-page SEO is pretty easy to naturally implement, not to mention that in the proicess of writing quality content you also improve your own online image and brand authority. On-page SEO is completely “white hat” because there is nothing tricky or mysterious about it.  Though on-page  rules may change somewhat over time, basically you either implement on-page SEO, or you just don’t bother.  We won’t address here the details about the latest on what Google considers to be the most important on-page SEO factors.  The purpose of this post is primarily to introduce the complex world of backstage and behind the scenes SEO, called backlink SEO.

Backlink SEO: Less Tangible,  Complex, and Less Visible

Backlink SEO refers to the attention a website receives from search engines as a function of the type, quality, and backlink seoquantity of backlinks it receives from other websites.  Backlink SEO has nothing at all to do with the appearance or content of your website. The presence of links from other sites pointing to your website, called backlinks, are important in Google’s eyes. Backlinks carry with themselves inherent SEO clout.  Google measures that clout with a factor called page ranking (PR).  Sites which Google considers to be authoritative are assigned a high PR, while sites that seem relatively meaningless receive no PR. As a general rule. getting backlinks from high PR sites are more valuable to you.  Google crawls the net continually looking for many factors, the types and quantity and PR level of backlinks being one of those factors.  When they recognize your backlinks coming from higher PR sites, they conclude that your site must have some real value.  You get a gold star for being seen as valuable by someone important.  Thus, in general, the more backlinks you receive from authority sites, the more important you appear to Google.  In practice, the subject is more complex than this. The bottom line is that when Google concludes that you have greater online value on account of  the presence of high PR backlinks to your site, this results in a tendency for your content and your website to rank more highly in search results. That is an over simplification.  Because in the past it had been relatively easy to boost one’s own search engine ranking by owning and manipulating your own high PR backlinks, Google has taken steps to level the playing field, and make backlink SEO a little more challenging than it used to be.   They introduced some more complex algorithms that were designed to improve the quality of search engine ranking, and filter out sites which were getting ranked but got there by pure abuse of the design of Google’s system.

Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird

backlink seoPanda, Penguin, and Hummingbird are Google code words for recent updates in the operation and effectiveness of their search engine analysis algorithms.  They were designed to get rid of low quality content.  The pure objective of Google algorithms is to give the most valuable pages the best ranking in search results.  Before the algorithm changes, one could more easily fake out the Google system by implementing some simple backlink manipulation techniques,thereby ranking some  less deserving  high in Google search results.  In pre-Panda (2011) and pre-penguin (2012) and pre Hummingbird (2013) times,backlink seo backlink SEO was not so difficult to implement as it is today.

But none  of these upgrades have  really had a significant effect upon the truly savvy SEO.   The least sophisticated backlinking schemes were addressed and reeled in with the Hummingbird update, and Google was successful in knocking out many truly low quality websites.

In the process, some undeserving and well intending websites were also backlink seodamaged by adaptation of the new Google algorithms.  However, clever and intelligent SEOs can still effectively implement more sophisticated SEO backlinking techniques Summarized in a nutshell, the latest and greatest updates to the Google machine are designed to help weed out the most abusive so-called “black hat” SEO techniques.  Through their most recent algorithm updates, Google has been successful, in eliminating the most abusive backlink schemes, some of which were truly fraudulent and abusive.

Black hat and white hat:  Bad guys and good guys?

I refer to black hat techniques as “so-called black hat” because the powers that be at Google have a powerful tendency to influence public opinion.   Google would naturally, in their own interest, promote the belief that understanding how their system really works and consequently finding ways which defeat their claimed “good guy white hat” objectives is somehow underhanded or immoral. Many SEOs fall in line and bow down to Google as their authority.  I disagree with that philosophy, and I refer you to my own analysis of the ethics of SEO techniques.

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