Build Link Popularity The Smart Way
Build Link Popularity The Smart Way
A Brief Introduction To Link Popularity
As webmasters research various ways to get more traffic to their
site one method that is gaining more and more publicity is Link
Popularity. Link Popularity is the number of links that point to
your website as measured by the search engines. In theory if your
site has many sites linking to it then it is considered to be a
valuable resource on the particular topic so the search engines
will give it a higher ranking.
As with many rules/laws eventually people found a way to manipulate
it. Sites were created solely to build the link popularity of other
sites. These sites are called ‘Link Farms’ and contributed
to the pollution of search engine results. They increased the search
engine rankings of many sites that did not deserve the position
Eventually the search engines caught on to this deception and some
such as Google adjusted their algorithms accordingly. Google now
penalizes websites associated with Link Farms imposing penalties
they deem appropriate based on the site and the scenario. Many people
that felt the effects of this penalization were fairly innocent,
well that is if you consider ignorance to be an alibi. They simply
did not know that what they were doing was wrong; some even paid
for SEO services and were victims of bad services.
As the search engines change their algorithms aiming to reduce
fraudulent activities by webmasters, more and more ways are conceived
to manipulate them, and so the battle continues.
An Honest Link Building Strategy
Getting quality links to your site from related resources is not
always as easy as some make it sound. The key word here is ‘quality’.
It is a very time consuming process and involves the following steps:
* Search for quality sites that are related to yours.
* Contact the Webmaster of the related site.
* Wait for a response from them.
* Swap links if the response is positive.
There are also some automated methods of doing this that speed
up the process, however, I would not recommend any of them and hence
won’t list them in this article.
So you have started your link building campaign and are hopefully
seeing the results. Now you say this is great but how can I make
this process more efficient and effective without risking your good
standings with the search engines.
Here is the solution.
The Smart Way To Increase Link Popularity.
One thing webmasters are always looking for, and find hard to
refuse, is good quality content. If you are knowledgeable on a particular
topic that is related to your site, writing informative articles
is a great way to gain your website additional link popularity.
If you are reading this article and are not reading it on Li'l Engine
SEO Resource then there is your proof.
If you don’t consider yourself a writer don’t worry,
you don’t have to be. Get your article in the best shape you
possibly can and then have others, who you consider to be better
at writing than you are, look it over. Make your edits and there
How is writing articles efficient and effective?
Well-written articles do take time to produce but as you write
more you will get better and will find that it starts to take less
and less time. This method offers several more benefits than the
linking method listed above. These are as follows:
* Articles are, in most cases, permanent additions to sites.
* Writing Articles demonstrates your knowledge of various industry
related topics and this helps to build credibility.
* If users are interested enough to read your entire article then
there’s a very good chance that they will click on your link
to visit your site in hopes of learning more or even just out of
* You are able to include several links with articles. You can
have several links in the resource box also known as the bylines
as well as in any ‘appropriate’ spots in the article.
* You have the ‘option’ of including your affiliate
links in the article if it includes information on that resource.
* You also get to add this content to your own website.
* If you include reprint information in the bylines then others
that read the article, and feel it would be a valuable addition
to their site, will add it and then it becomes almost viral. It
spreads even though you are not doing a thing.
Link Building Summary
Building link popularity is a vital part to your search engine
ranking and should be approached in either of the two methods listed
above that you feel is more appropriate for your individual situation.
The benefits from writing, however, far outweigh those of requesting
reciprocal links in most situations. Hopefully this article has
helped to shed some light on this and will encourage more knowledgeable
people to start sharing their knowledge with others.
About the Author
Alec Duncan is the
founder of LilEngine.com a Search Engine Optimization resource site.
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