Why Does the Price of a Link Vary? - SearchEye.io

Why Does the Price of a Link Vary?

Chris Porteous Chris Porteous Mar 15, 2023 1 min read
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In the digital marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) industry, link building plays a crucial role. High-quality backlinks from reputable websites can significantly improve a site’s ranking on search engines, leading to more organic traffic and better online visibility. However, the cost of acquiring these links can vary greatly. 

Here’s the TLDR (now if only recipe sites did this 😉)

Factor Impact on Cost
Metrics High
Difficulty High
Editorial review Moderate
Use of brokers Moderate
Broker pricing Moderate
Exclusivity High
Content creation High
Link inserts vs. guest posts Low

Metrics (Domain Rating, Traffic, etc.)

Links from high-quality websites with strong domain ratings and high traffic are more valuable, leading to higher prices. These sites tend to have a more significant impact on your website’s SEO performance, so acquiring backlinks from them is more expensive.

Difficulty in obtaining the link

Some websites have strict standards for accepting backlinks, making it more challenging and time-consuming to build links on these sites. The additional effort required increases the cost of link-building services.

Layers of editorial review

Websites with rigorous editorial processes require more content resources and project management, which can drive up the cost of link-building. The more layers of review, the higher the price.

Use of brokers

In some cases, link-building services use brokers to acquire backlinks. These brokers charge a fee, which is added to the cost of the link, along with a small markup. At Searcheye, we try hard to avoid the use of brokers (and go direct to the source) – unfortunately, this isn’t always possible.

Broker pricing

Some brokers charge higher fees than others, which can impact the final cost of a link. Many link-building services are actively trying to bypass brokers and work directly with websites to reduce costs.


There are websites where only a few content marketers have access to build links. These exclusive relationships are often the result of significant upfront investment, leading to higher costs for these unique backlinks.

Content creation costs

For guest post opportunities, link-building services often work with internal teams and high-end freelancers to create top-notch content. The cost of producing high-quality content can significantly influence the overall price of the link.

Link inserts vs. guest posts

Link inserts are generally cheaper and quicker to acquire since they don’t require creating new content. The link is inserted into an existing piece of content, which reduces the overall cost and effort.

>> For more information on the differences between link inserts and guest posts, refer to our article on Guest Posts vs. Link Inserts

Understanding the factors that influence link-building costs can help you make informed decisions when investing in SEO and digital marketing services. By considering these factors, you can optimize your link-building strategy and maximize the return on your investment.

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