You often start to think about the backlinks when it’s a bit too late and they’ve led you into your search engine’s list of banned websites. However, there is much more to backlinks than just an attempt to avoid the negative ones – monitoring your backlinks can have a huge impact on how you run your business, where you save your money from going to waste and what you do to respond to your clients’ (and media) opinions. Here you have top 5 reasons why it pays off to keep an eye on who’s linking to your website (plus a great tool that will become your third eye in this quest).
1. Be your own fortune teller and predict the future!
As an old saying goes, an apple a day keeps a doctor away. The same is true for bans from the search engines – a regular checkup of your current backlinks situation will save you a lot of troubles. In many cases, losing the website from the search engines has resulted in a business failure, especially true for e-commerce and emerging small companies.
Monitoring your backlinks will let you in advance see and, more importantly, react to an increasing number of negative links. Maybe the policy of a search engine is changing and different links are viewed as negative now, maybe your competitors are trying to get on your nerves or maybe the positive links you’ve acquired have changed – in any case your quick reaction by disavowing all the negative links will let you predict the future and change its course!
2. Keep an eye on your competitors
Unless you’re doing something extremely unusual that nobody has ever heard of or pioneering something new, you’ll always have competitors. In general, competition is a great motivator to getting better. But in some cases they may step on an unfair path to undermine your credibility by linking your websites on pages of very low quality. The idea behind that is very simple – you get too many negative backlinks, you lose your website from a search engine. Luckily for you, there is WebDNA backlinks monitoring! Step in before your unfair competitors push you out of the business.
Pssst, soon we will also tell you how you can use backlinks monitoring to not only avoid your competition but actually LEARN something useful from them!
3. Don’t waste money
It may happen that you’ve spent a lot of time and money on getting your links on websites of very good quality. You may even keep paying a fee to feature there. Unfortunately, in the meantime the websites have been neglected, taken by someone else who doesn’t keep the high profile, lost their value and are no longer of any use to you but have turned into a burden. Without monitoring your backlinks you’ll never know something like that took place. And instead of a time-consuming trip through all the linking websites that you remember, you can simply keep it all in one place. On a more positive note, monitoring your website will also show you the valuable websites that voluntarily started linking to you and maybe it’s worth your time to pay them a visit and arrange some cooperation?
4. Never miss the buzz
We’ve seen a lot of negative scenarios above so now for something different – spotlights and fame coming from the media, bloggers, vlogers and all the important internet people. Monitoring your backlinks will let you see whenever your website and brand is talked about – maybe your website was quoted by someone from the industry giving tips on where to find great specialists, maybe an online newspaper wrote something positive about how your business is contributing to the local community. With this knowledge you can visit the website linking to you, respond, say thank you, answer any questions, shed more light on any doubts or just talk. I think that’s already PR!
5. Know your customers’ mind
And what sort of business would we be if not for our customers. They also frequently voice their opinions on the internet and it may just happen that they are talking about us, giving their feedback, recommending us to someone else, maybe criticising something we’ve done wrong, marking our service, judging our performance. If you want to improve your business and increase the satisfaction with your product or service, there is no better way than listening to your customers and clients. And definitely no better and easier way to do this task than by monitoring with WebDNA where your link is being used.
All the advantages are just a step away from you so sit down, visit WebDNA and start monitoring your backlinks today!