Backlinks are fuel for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Backlinks is the whole & sole reason you will receive loads of traffic from search engines. Links from other sites to your site are basically a ‘vote’ that tell search engines you are trusted and you are a good resource for your niche. So, how long does it take for backlinks to register in Google’s index and when does your site start getting credit for backlinks.

Why Are Backlinks Not Showing Up For My Site?

Until your site is indexed, it will not show up in any search engine searches and no backlinks will be registered. You can even do a search for your exact site name or URL and nothing will show up–that is how you know that your site has not been indexed yet.

Factors that influence your credit for Backlinks

Links Are Not Equal

Firstly, you need to understand that not all links are created equal. Links from higher authority sites will generally be counted faster. Low quality free for all links usually take a while to be considered. Some page’s authority is discounted so much they don’t ever get counted.

Links Over Time

Next, the weight a link carries increases with time. And this weight over time factor varies with different situations. If Google notices a page going viral, and it has hundreds of back links from authoritative sites, then there is a strong chance these links will carry heavy weight up front. Others usually increase over time and may mature in 2 weeks to 2 months. If the link isn’t counted after a month or so, it may never be.

Google may also give increased authority to links that have been around 6 months, a year or more. Some of this extra weight though may be associated with an increase in the authority of the linking page over the time of the link.

Generally the “better quality” the link is, the sooner the link will count.

One of the most used methods of checking backlinks is Yahoo Site Explorer, they are not an accurate measure of what Google counts. Yahoo counts links more openly than Google. To see a better representation of your back links, use Google Webmaster Tools.

The best thing to do is to just focus on links and ignore statistics. At the end of the week, check your progress, and move on. Google will either count it your links or they will not. No amount of worry will speed up credit for your backlinks.