If you’re paying a few hundred bucks and are getting good, high DA back-links in return, chances are your website is at risk. Here’s how you can check if the links are clean or not.

It’s not necessarily a rule that cheap SEO means bad links. We know that acquiring quality links is an expensive process and takes a lot of time, therefore whenever we see competitors offering comparable services for a fraction of the cost, we doubt that the services are actually comparable at all. The purpose of this blog isn’t to explain how we actually spend money for you and that if we can’t get you quality SEO for your budget then it is likely that you won’t get it elsewhere. I’ll support this claim until someone proves me wrong. So far I haven’t seen that.

What I am trying to say with these high DA links is the fact that the easiest way to get someone back-links is to just pay someone else to get them for you. There are lots of ads for back-links on various job sites which will sell them as low as $5. Super deal, right?

Wrong – a high DA doesn’t necessarily mean that the website is a good, healthy website that can transfer over SEO juice to your website. It is very important to ensure that the websites linking to your site are real, legit, stay away from industries like Cannabis, Gambling, Pharma and obviously Porn. Alongside the DA, you (and/or your SEO specialist) needs to check that the website has healthy incoming organic traffic from Google. That’s a very important signal which shows that the website is held in high regard by Google’s algorithms, it has no penalties and its content is good.

The DA is only calculated based on the referring domains and therefore it is easy to manipulate with shady techniques like PBNs (Private Blog Networks) and buying links in bulk. Such websites, no matter how high their DA, eventually get penalized. When that happens, again and again and again and your website has multiple such websites that get penalized, you can understand how your site can become the target of a manual action.

It’s easy to check for such links, most professional tools will help you identify your back-links and the same tools will also show you what they rank for (the more keywords, the better) and how much (estimated) traffic they’re getting from search engines (Google). If you see some high DA links (well, even medium DA links for that matter) that don’t get any (or very little) traffic from search engines, then that’s a red flag. If you have multiple red flags, you should consider adding those links to your website’s disavow list.

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