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SEO experts agree: Backlinks remain the most important ranking factor

Backlinks are the key to search engine rankings

In the last few years there has been much debate about the importance of backlinks. Some SEO experts have stated that backlinks are becoming less important. At Automatic Backlinks we know that backlinks are just as important as ever, but we thought you should hear it from other SEO experts too.

Here are some of the most interesting and convincing studies about the continuing importance of Backlinks from the experts.


Moz’s study examined the top 50 Google search results for approximately 15,000 keywords. This allowed them to examine what factors correlate with higher search rankings, and also how frequently those characteristics are seen.

The relationship between external links and rankings

One of the first things the study found was a strong relationship between the top search results in Google and the number of external links:

“Even more telling is the number of websites found in the top results that had external backlinks, or rather, the lack thereof.

Out of the top results, a full 99.2% of all websites had at least one external link. (The remaining .8% is well within the margin of error expected between Mozscape and Google’s own link index.) The study found almost no websites ranking for competitive search phrases that didn’t have at least a single external link pointing at them, and most had significantly more links.”

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