Links have always been an important factor in how search engines like Google rank websites in their results, and that still holds true today.
Search engines essentially view each link to your site as a vote of confidence in the quality of your content.
After all, if another site is willing to cite you as a source or direct their users away from their own site in favor of one of your pages, you must be offering something of value.
So the more links you have pointing to your site, the more trustworthy your site will appear.
Unfortunately, Google hasn’t released specifics on how it measures credibility, or how reputable it considers your site. But there are plenty of tools that can give you an idea of how trustworthy your site appears.
Many of these tools center on domain authority. This metric is based on a site’s link data, age, popularity, size, and trust-related indicators, and is scored on a scale from one to 100.
Essentially, the higher your domain authority, the easier it will be for your site to earn high rankings in search results.
You can get an idea of your site’s authority using Website Authority Checker.