I hear this question from lot of users every year. Are backlinks still important to rank higher in search engines?
Simple answer - Yes it’s very important and it helps the site to rank higher in search engines.
The strategy is to build a quality backlinks rather than the quantity. Many users makes mistake in their initial stage of blogging by just posting their links in every forum or spam websites. Doing this will bring down the value of the site and search engines like google might treat SPAM and remove your links from Search engines.