The world of SEO is a turbulent one. With Google refining its algorithms so frequently it can be hard to keep up with the changes. Google wants to keep people on their toes to keep everyone experimenting and innovating and this includes Outreach in 2019.
One constant for SEO success has been link-building and outreach. Even this is starting to become a changing landscape now with the ways Google sees sites and their validity. With 2019 fast approaching, outreach methods are going to have to adapt more than ever. Iron out some old strategies or try out some new ones. Check out how to make the most of your outreach in 2019.
What is Outreach and Link Building?
Outreach can make or break any company’s SEO results. This is due to Google’s algorithm and how it differentiates content. Before Google was the powerhouse of search engines that it is now, the internet was populated with lots of competition. There were the likes of Yahoo! or AOL, who based search results solely on the written content of the website.
Then Google came in and looked to shake things up.
Their page rank algorithm has changed vastly over the years, with the addition of a multitude of technologies like RankBrain, Google Panda. Despite this, one of the main differentiators from 20 years ago is still important today: how many people have linked to that page? To this day, Google pays great attention to if your page and domain are linked to by sites. People are judged by the company that they keep, even by Google.
This shows that is very important to conduct link building for your pages and domains. It is all about getting third-party web pages to link to your site. The more people link to your site, the higher your website on Google’s rankings.
Backlinks, therefore, continue to be one of the strongest ranking factors in the Google search algorithm. Without a strong backlink profile, a website competing for organic traffic is going to be at a significant disadvantage. Simple as that.
Now, this is great for massive and more established sites which are linked to organically for their expertise. These sites obviously should be rewarded if people are using that knowledgeable content. But what about smaller businesses that need to build awareness for their content and brand? They could be writing even better content but viewers may not be aware.
This is where outreach comes into play. Outreach is one of the ways in which link building is carried out. Outreach is when you reach out to people in order to get build awareness of yourself and hopefully get them to link to you. This can be done through email, email or contacting influential sources such as press and influencers in your field.
Running a carefully measured and planned outreach campaign is key to not just fumbling in the dark. Taking this approach allows you to get yourself out there and see how these people you’re outreaching to are helping your rankings.
What Are Important Factors When Link Building Through Outreach in 2019?
It used to be that any link would help boost your site, regardless of the quality. Sites used to start bombarding pages such as directories with the links of your site. Creating small blogs and just using them as link farms, not even paying attention to the content quality. Then Google began to combat this and make tweaks to the algorithm.
With the tweaks, it isn’t just about the number of the links, but the quality of those links. Furthering the analogy of Google analysing the company that you keep. If your site hangs around with unreliable nobodies, it will view your site in the same way.
For example, if you have a mention and backlink from The Guardian, this will carry much greater importance to Google than 10 times the amount of tiny unknown blogs. Blogs have their place, as the importance of your backlink sites should be relative to your own and scale with you, but you should always aim for the most authoritative sites possible.
To take one step further, Google is also looking at individual page authority (UR or PA) rather than just the authority of the domain.
Not only does the site need to be authoritative, but it also needs to be relevant. Relevancy never used to matter, just the sites authority and rank. Google introduced this to prevent sites from just getting unrelated partners to link to them. Now your backlinking sites need to be authoritative and relevant.
Finally, the positioning and format of the link are important. If your link is hidden away from the main body of the text, in a header or a sidebar, it won’t be valued too much by Google. Once it is positioned within the body it must be positioned with some editorial integrity, not just slapped in there without any thought. Finally, the anchor text that is linking to your site must be relevant to the destination of the link. If not, the site may be regarded as a spammy link.
Methods That Work For Outreach in 2019
By looking at these important changes in the way Google analyses sites and backlinks, we can come up with some improved strategies for 2019. It will be even more about the quality of your backlink profile than ever before, with a new measurement of page authority coming into play. If you play smart and authentic, you can still secure some great backlinks.
Outreach in 2019 Take Home Knowledge
With SEO constantly changing, it is only natural that outreach will evolve with it. If you follow these new methods, your outreach in 2019 will be not only successful but sustainable.
The mindset for SEO, in general, is shifting more towards user experience. There are fewer and fewer ways to game the system. Taking the time to create genuine content will be rewarded more and more. Everyone is going to be forced into creating the most relevant and high-quality content for users. Even guest blogging posts are going to have to offer a lot of substance. This will result, over time, in an incredibly rich search results page.
Link building and outreach are definitely not dead for 2019, in fact, it may be more important than ever. With more and poorer backlinks being filtered out by Google, going out and landing those high-quality backlinks is going to be a real differentiating factor when Google looks at your domain. If you are genuine with your content and genuine with your outreach your links will really stand the test of time.