Posts Tagged ‘linking’

Tips from Google

October 20, 2008

Google’s blog covered a few topics when dealing with SEO with regards to linking, content, site architecture. Many of the same old tips have been reinforced. Despite the same old answers coming up it is somewhat comforting to hear it from a Google engineer.

Site content is very important as well as authoritative sites linking to that content. It is unavoidable that spam sites will always link to good content however the driving factor will be the number and quality sites linking to yours. These inbound links will also affect your page rank. Although search engine results should weigh importantly over page rank (don’t worry if you’re only a PR 2).

Blogs: original and innovative stuff will be a bigger hit with your audience as well as with the search engines. Providing useful information within the community and having a great product also helps. Engaging the community is what blogs are all about.

Despite Google’s battle with link buying what they say and what actually happens are 2 different things. It’s no secret Google is waging a battle vs paid linking advertising however those with bigger wallets have still been winning the battle. Most common keyword search terms are littered with link buyers. Hopefully Google has something special up their sleeves to counter massive link buying campaigns.

Tips for internal links

October 14, 2008

Setting up your internal links will help your external links. It’s going to point new visitors to where you want them to go and help them navigate your site. Make sure you pick the right keywords and titles. Meta descriptions also go a long way. Writing good content will develop page rank which will start bringing traffic to your site. Make sure you don’t duplicate content, this might confuse the googlebot and discount any pages you create. Stay consistent when linking internally. Use nofollow for pages with duplicate content and partner sites that you do not want to pass page rank to.

Take a look at competitor sites, pick out the things you like and incorporate them into your style. Keep your navigation bar clean and limit the number of links. Less choices = simpler navigation.

EFF stands up for consent free linking

September 23, 2008

Mass linking directories and related sites can breathe a sigh of relief. Linking to a site without their permission can get you sued but the ruling might still turn out in your favor. Although the lawsuit seems frivolous it’s garnered attention from many SEO consultants worried about their directories and linking schemes. If a case like this were allowed to proceed a major precedent would change the way SEO works and even how sites are listed, searched for, advertised. Even if fundamentally the basis of the lawsuit were true no judge in their right mind would rule in favor of it. The entire Internet would collapse. Everybody would be suing everyone. Google would close up shop. The Internet would be no more. It’s a small comfort but keep on linking. Reciprocal linking seems like a safe bet for now.

Reciprocal links: how to get lots of bad links

September 10, 2008

If you’re desperate for links this is a quick way to get a bunch of low quality links. Doing link exchange, or reciprocal linking, pay a small fee get a bunch of websites linking back and forth. Just remember to keep track of your partners because there will be a lot dishonest websites out there.

In moderation, linking to actual partner sites or companies which you do business with, can be valuable. However developing links this way will take some time and dedication.

Another way is outsourcing. Pay an SEO specialist to get the links for you. Again, it will cost a bit of money but if you’re in a rush this will get you a bunch of links quickly.

If you’re starting a new site getting others to link to you will be difficult. Your site will not be established, thus the value of your link will deter a lot of website from linking with you. Starting out you won’t have very good quality sites to choose from but everyone has to start from somewhere.