We are told here at Wealthy Affiliate not to worry too much about backlinks.

How can a website that is 18 months old have over 25k backlinks, which allows them to rank on the first page of Google for everything?

Interested to know the thoughts of others.

Mick

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TArnold360 Premium Plus
After 3 months with quality content and not Monetized! Jeally just a venture i've embarked on. The reality of scammers is just one of the things that come with the territory. Writing amazing content can do nothing but scale your name and your brands name most importantly. At least when It comes to business!
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YvonneBray Premium
Great question with sound advice. I’m glad you asked this question Wozzy. I’ve learned something today.
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Triblu Premium
Hey Mick,

The reason we are told to not worry about backlinks is that most newbies fall for the scammers who offer low quality backlinking by the boat load.

Focusing on adding quality, unique content should be any website owner's main focus.

Why, you ask?

Because, if you provide enough unique, quality content on your website you will gain quality backlinks organically, and they will help your site, yes. See 1st screen print below...

However, internal links are every bit as important, yet... few newbies ever ask about those.

As you will learn from the 2nd screen print below... internal links are VERY important, as are external links... see 3rd screen print below...

What ratio should a website owner use in their content for internal vs. external links.... is yet another more important question to ask (then worrying about backlinks). External links being QUALITY links of course... see 4th screen print below...

An entire training COURSE on the topic of links could easily be added here, I'm sure!

Hope you find this helpful.
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wozzy Premium
Trish thanks for the info although my question was how can an 18-month site have over 25k backlinks?

I thought maybe these were not genuine and if they aren't then it is not having an adverse effect on Google.

Every post is high on page 1

Pretty much every time I search a keyword I find this site high on page 1, that's why I looked a little deep into the site.

I was just after some feedback because if these backlinks are genuine then I'd certainly want to know how they were created.

I guess everyone else would too.

Mick
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Triblu Premium
There is no magical wand Mick!

If that person is popular to begin with... their organic backlinks will come by the boatload... but theirs will be high-quality backlinks gained from their own popularity.

This is only one site... and if this is a highly competitive niche you may want to reconsider your chosen niche. Just a thought...
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wozzy Premium
Popular after 18 months, I can't see that Trish when it would take several months for Google to even recognize it.

I see many sites that are 5-10 years old I would say much more popular but don't have anywhere near as many backlinks.

I was just brainstorming and thought there was some magical way that I did not know about.

Not sure I buy that!

The MMO niche is probably the most competitive niche out there and not about to change now.
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Triblu Premium
You could hire someone to investigate that site for you, so that you would have a clearer understanding.

Without knowing the full details we are all left guessing.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Where are your backlinks coming from? Are they legitimate or spam?
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wozzy Premium
These are not my backlinks they are a site I came across that was only 18 months old.

Cheers
Mick
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TArnold360 Premium Plus
Maybe a immatue question, but how do you know from spam from legit backlinks? The subject is kinda cloudy to me becasue of seemingly contradicting research....
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jghwebbrand Premium
For sure if you can read the text URL and check it out you will know it is NOT spam. URLs that have the same non readable text over and over is span.

But as a beginner I would not focus on that. It is more important to write helpful original content.
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jvranjes Premium
I would start from your statement "which allows them to rank on the first page of Google for everything?" You cannot know if this is only because of backlinks.

On the other hand, Google publicly admits only two ranking factors, content and backlinks. They say these are the most important factors number 1 and number 2, but they do not reveal which is 1 and which is 2.

So whoever says that backlinks are unimportant for Google, should get informed about the issue directly from Google.
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wozzy Premium
My question was how can anybody legitimately create over 25k backlinks on a website that is only 18 months old?
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jvranjes Premium
Most likely it cannot, these are manipulated backlinks.
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wozzy Premium
Well, that is what I was thinking but it obviously hasn't had any effect on his rankings.
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jvranjes Premium
It would be interesting to keep an eye on this site. I have seen some of that type that vanish after some time. People can play game with Google for a while but this may not last long.
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wozzy Premium
I can't avoid this site because almost every time I search a keyword does this site pop up.
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