You are building backlinks but have you ever checked that whether or not they are getting indexed? Indexing backlinks is a process that gets shunned by almost evry SEOs out there. If you are one of those, I'll show you why they are important and how you are killing your time by not doing it.
Backlinks play a crucial role in SEO. It is one of the most important ranking factors everyone knows in the industry. It is so important that people are spamming all over the internet to get a backlink from an authoritative site. Well getting a backlink by spamming comments on blogs or forums takes a lot less amount of your time than getting it through a well-written guest post. Although it still takes a bit of your time finding the sites through Ahrefs or SEMrush to get a do-follow link.
But those links may not always get indexed by Google. The reason is Google will not index the link unless it finds the link valuable. This means all the time you are putting into making those links isn't enough.
Skeptical about it? No worries...
Go to Ahref, click on referring domains and sort them by "first indexed". It will show your backlinks getting indexed lately. Now check whether it has the backlinks in the list that you have made a few days ago. Probably it may not appear this early. Google may take time to index it. And you don't like to wait for your efforts to start showing results.
So what do you need to do to get the most of your time?
The answer is; get your backlinks indexed by Google.
Yes, you can nudge Google to index your backlinks faster than it will by doing social bookmarking of your backlinks you are making on high authority sites such as steemit, note, apsense.
For those who don't know what social bookmarking is --> Social bookmarking is the process where you promote your content; web pages, articles, images, videos on social bookmarking sites as Reddit, Digg, Slashdot, etc.
So the bottom line is you need to promote your backlinks URL on other social bookmarking sites that have good trust flow in the eyes of Google. Promotion here means you will copy the backlink URL and conceal it somewhere within your comment/post on any social bookmarking sites.
You can also index backlinks using blog/forum commenting. But you'll have to keep one important thing in mind that you should only do social bookmarking of your backlinks on sites where google bot comes frequently in a day, which increases the chance of getting your backlink indexed faster.
In case, you're not putting that little extra effort, you are losing big time as you might have gotten better domain authority than today if you would have been doing it. Go start doing it now!