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Optimize Linking for SEO: 10 Useful Tips for New Sites

SEOThe way you link, both internally and externally from your site, is crucial for achieving results in today’s competitive market. Proper linking can give you the advantage you need when it comes to search engine ranking and those all-important hits on your site.

As SEO experts are bound to point out, it’s a process that needs to be carried on over time and considered whenever you make any changes to your site. As a new site you’ll need strategies to assist you in climbing the ladder to good Internet ranking placement as quickly as possible.

Here are 10 very useful tips on links and linking architecture for anyone with an interest in SEO, and if you’re involved in marketing of any kind over the Internet, then that’s you.

1. Think About Who Links to You

You’ll already know the value of reputation when it comes to marketing your product or service. If sites that are associated with good quality products are clearly seen by users and search engines to link to your own then this will reflect well on you.

Pay close attention to the number of .com and .co.uk sites that link to you, for example, and think carefully about ways in which you can encourage others to do likewise.

2. Think About Who You Link to

The same rules as before. Linking to good quality sites reflects well on your own. Keep up to date with innovations and developments and stay relevant with fresh links on your pages. Try to develop a balanced portfolio of links on your site.

3. Avoid Broken Links

As part of ongoing site maintenance for SEO you should be aware of any links that are no longer in use and remove them from your site.

4. Think About Relevance

This is very important. Link to sites with a clear relevance to your own only. Search engines pay special attention to this, as do users, and every irrelevant link on your page is detrimental.

5. Internal Links

Think about internal links and whether your site is user friendly. Make the most of internal links and get some advice from SEO experts about ways to link internally that will benefit your site’s ranking.

6. Maps

Think about linking back to homepage and site maps. Make your site as easily navigable as possible. This will encourage users and benefit your site as search engines see these links when they probe it. A map is a useful way to introduce internal links and make the site easier to get around.

7. Link Building

Think about the use of exact match terms for link building. Build links using exactly matching anchor text. Remember though, don’t get carried away – an excess use of keywords can be as bad as a lack. Using terms you want to rank for and that summarize the topic referred to, in moderation, can strengthen the ratings of your site by search engines.

Find a balance and use your senses. If you feel that you’ve gone overboard with repeated words or phrases in your internal links then you probably have.

8. Avoid Cloaking

Search engines are increasingly sophisticated at detecting ‘black hat’ or unscrupulous SEO techniques. While it may be tempting to improve your popularity on the net by attracting unwitting visitors to your site, be aware that techniques that accomplish this can get you into trouble.

Users and search engines are alike in their approach to cloaking – they don’t accept or tolerate it. Stay within the boundaries to avoid problems.

9. Look at Where Your Competitors Link

This is legal and it can give you an advantage or at least level the playing field somewhat when it comes to links.

10. Strategize

Have a solid strategy for linking to, from and within your site. Think before you link and use every intelligent strategy at your disposal. Getting advice from website optimization specialists can really help.

Reciprocating Links Help Drive Website Traffic

This is in part of a series: Drive Traffic to Your Website

Exchange links with quality businesses and websites

Google PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual Googlepage’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for Page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves important weigh more heavily and help to make other pages important.” – From Google

Link ExchangeRead the above statement from Google carefully. Read it again if you have to. While reciprocating links can be useful and helpful to you and your website’s traffic, it can be detrimental if used the wrong way. Please make sure that links you exchange are with reputable businesses and quality websites. You will want to keep the links that you exchange professional and reputable. You can switch with vendors, clients, customers, etc … You don’t want to exchange links with say, your brother’s controversial “conspiracy theory” website or your friend’s porn website.  The last two examples were hopefully obvious, but just an example to set you on the right path. The better quality the links, the better chance at SEO enhancement you will find.

Drive Traffic to your Website

Website TrafficAs a web designer I frequently get asked: “How do I get traffic to my website?” and “How can I get my website to come up on page 1 of Google, Yahoo or other major search engines?” Well, there are many methods of driving traffic to your website. When these methods are combined and implemented successfully, you will reap the benefits of search engines and traffic. Most people do not understand this process. It is a hard and time-consuming process, it will not happen overnight. The following methods will be suggestions to help you in your quest for website traffic.

First and foremost, you need to have your title, keywords and meta tags in your website correctly done. Each page of your website contains different content so they should be labeled as such in the title, keywords and meta tags.  Website pages should contain between 10-14 keywords at the most. Please refrain from repeating keywords or trying to “trick” the search engines. The major search engines and their “spiders” have become extremely smart and too many keywords or tricks will actually work against you rather than in your favor.

I am going to pretty much list the methods here and in future posts, I will go into much more detail for each in future posts.

Social Media and Bookmarking:

  • Blog(s)
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • MySpace
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • YouTube
  • Stumble Upon
  • Foursquare
  • LinkedIn

Place your link in your e-mail signature

Every e-mail you send out (or is forwarded on) will have the potential of someone visiting your website.

Use your link on all printed media and advertising:

  • Business Cards
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Billboards
  • Signs
  • Vehicle Graphics

Reciprocating Links (Affiliates)

Exchange links with quality businesses and websites.

Business Directories

  • Google Maps / Google Local
  • Yellow Pages
  • Super Pages
  • Yellow Book

E-mail blasts and/or newsletters

Send e-mail blasts to clients/customers and opt-in subscribers with relevant information. (Company News, Sales, etc .. )

My website: Should I do it myself or hire a professional?

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In today’s world, with advanced technology and affordable software it is extremely tempting to make your own website. Just because you can, does it mean you should? Well that’s what I will be discussing here.

Creating your own website has it’s benefits. You will keep your costs down. You will feel a sense of pride, because you were able to do it yourself. You will be familiar with the content and be able to make updates and changes as you wish. Now does that mean that you should? That’s a loaded question and the answer will vary from person to person. There are also some drawbacks to creating your own website. Creating and maintaining a website takes dedication, motivation and time. If you are a sole proprietor or a small business with only a few employees, chances are your time is valuable.  You may not have time to run the daily operations, handle customers and clients, take care of bookkeeping and add your website into the mix. In today’s world of instant delivery and information, you will want your website current at all times. Knowledge of website designing elements is also a necessity, and you would need the proper training. Using WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) software may give you the look you want, but that’s only a part of the web building process. There are many other parts of the process and those are things that a professional would know.

Hiring a professional to do your website would give you the solution to the drawbacks of creating your own website.  You will get the web designprofessional look and feel that you desire for your website. Your website will become the online “face” of your business. You want people to be attracted to your company and have their interest peaked within the initial 3 seconds of contact with your website. The general population’s attention span grows less and less the more technology advances. You only have 3 seconds to “grab” their attention. A professional designer will help make that happen for you. Professional designers have the knowledge of increasing your load time, through many outlets. They will also help in getting your website discovered through the ability of having proper meta tags, keywords, alt tags on images and proper SEO (Search Engine Optimization). These things will help increase your rankings with search engines.  A professional designer will also know how to make your website compatible with all browsers including, but not limited to: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome  and Opera.

Now, as you see, there are benefits to both sides of the question here.  I think that it would be in most people’s best interest to hire a professional web designer. The best possible comparison I can think of is the following. If you own a car and are mechanically inclined, you may be able to change your own oil or replace your brake pads. But if your transmission needs to be replaced, you will be bringing your car to your local mechanic or dealership because they are the professionals that have the right equipment, tools and knowledge to get it done.