top_seo_backlinksHow to find top SEO backlinks is always a subject of constant debate among internet marketers. I firmly fall into the minimalist backlinking camp, which is to say that I hardly put any thought into generating new backlinks.

In general I believe that manual link building does not work with today’s search engines.

That said, minimal backlinking is very different than no backlinking, and there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re trying to generate more incoming links.

Have a Small Stable of Sites to Link From

I like to think about backlinking in terms of two elements: exposure and indexing. Having a small list of popular sites that you use to submit articles to can help to accomplish both.

I recommend making the list as diverse as possible, including top social media sites, a few article submission sites, and a few blog directories or feeds. The sites don’t have to be industry-specific, but it’s a great benefit to you if they are.

This stable will allow you to perform a mini “press release” every time you submit a post. Whether that’s with every article a few times a week, or (at a minimum) once a month, it will not only help index your site, but demonstrate that your site is active and alive.

The point, then, is not even really about ‘generating a link’ but about the side effects that result from that link. If you’re interested, here is a sample list of 20 High PR Backlinks that meet this criteria.

Top SEO Backlinks Come from Real People

As mentioned above, exposure is the real key when it comes to backlinking, because the links that matter for SEO purposes cannot be manually built. Strong, relevant links come from getting your blog in front of other authorities in the community, and gaining the respect of those authorities.

Many times, this comes in the form of other bloggers, industry critics, or product reviewers. References from relevant authority sites are the number 1 way to start pulling weight with the search engines.

One mistake a lot of new marketers make is trying to focus only on extremely high PR sites, believing that page rank is the most important factor to consider. Equally important is an idea known as keyword authority or domain authority which recognizes the weight of a webpage in relation to its topic.

From a backlinking perspective, having links from a blog with a lower page rank (with a PR of 2, 3, or 4, for example) that is directly relevant to the linked page on your site can be far more effective. Even targeted sites with a PR of 0 or 1 can be helpful if the content is of a good quality and the site is clearly not spam.

I hope this post helps clarify some of the common questions and misconceptions that arise when marketers start talking about top SEO backlinks.