Building links is one of the most important factors in getting top placements on the major search engines
Just to cover the ground, lets go over what link building is quickly. Link building is the process of building back links to your site. The more back links (links from other sites to your site) a site has, the higher it ranks on the search engines. Link building therefore is a mission of all money making webmasters.
Link building methods have changed from time to time and a specific method that worked yesterday may not work today. This is due to changes in the industry over time and in some cases extreme abuse. If a specific link building method has been abused too much, then that method will not work anymore.
It is therefore very important to know which link building method works today so that you can spend your time in a most productive way.
Top Positions in the Web's Largest Article Directory - There are many link building methods out there today that work with some working better than others. Below are some of the today's popular links building methods:
Article Submission - If you are reading this article, then you know that you can publish your article in article directories. Not only do you gain backlinks to your site from your published articles (see bottom of this article), you will get some traffic as a bonus. Think of you reading this article. There might be many reading your published articles as well.
Article submission is a great way of building backlinks as it provides you with 100% relevant contextual backlinks that Google loves.
Directory - Directory submission used to work lot better before, but it is still a popular link building method that still works if done properly. How many directories are out there as of this date is anyone's guess but one thing is certain: that most of the directories aren't worth submitting to.
Another good directory to submit to is the BOTW directory that costs $99 for a yearly submission and $299 for a permanent listing.
Other than the above, you should look for quality directories where you can submit your site. You can judge the quality of the directories by analyzing the number of sites listed, number of backlinks the directory has, PR, age of the directory, etc.
SEO Spamming - Also termed unethical or black hat SEO, this involves attempts to artificially influence the search engine results page (SERPS) to achieve high rankings. Spam methods include using hidden text and cloaking.
Social Bookmarking - If bookmarked on authority and quality bookmarking sites like Digg, Mixx, Propeller, etc, then you can still make good use of social bookmarking. Other than backlinks, social bookmarking also offers you some bonus traffic depending on where you submit to. Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web resources
In social bookmarking websites, users create and store bookmarks of their choice. These bookmarks can be viewed by others and that let them know about new services and latest concepts which are making news in the online world. For example del.icio.
Blog Commenting - This is a link building method where lots of spamming has already been done so to make the best of it, you need to work a little harder here. It is best to find quality blogs related to your category and make on-topic relevant comments. Not only do your comments add value to the blogpost, you now have a greater chance of getting your comment approved and your comments have greater chance of staying on those blogposts.
Newsworthy articles intended to be published in the media for the purpose of showcasing the company's activities to the public.
Social media and Web 2.0 links are very popular these days because they work great. They give quality, relevant contextual backlinks that Google and other major search engines love. There are lots of other link building methods out there, but if you can utilize the above ones to their fullest potential, there is no need for any other methods.
The second generation of the Web, focused on user-generated content and community. Examples include social networking sites, social bookmarking sites, and wikis.
The interaction between a group of people who share a common interest; Using social contacts to network; Using internet's network groups (such as
Social networking websites allow users to be part of a virtual community. The two most popular sites are currently Facebook and MySpace. These websites provide users with simple tools to create a custom profile with text and pictures
Simply put, social network sites are communities of people who share information and news about each other to their "friends" or "connections." There are a vast number of social network sites -- most tied to some specific element such as hobbies, profession, or ownership -- but the ones that get the most press because of their size are Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. Include Twitter in that mixx too.
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) - System where an advertiser pays an agreed amount for each click someone makes on a link leading to their website. Also known as Cost-per-Click, the results are dependent on reserved keywords for which the website is shown when they are entered into a query.Online advertising payment where the host of the advert is paid by the numbers of clicks-through.
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RSS Feed means Syndication of your website or blog....whenever you placed a new content on your website. The people who have subscribe you already get the post without visiting your website
Internal linking - An internal link is a hyperlink that is a reference or navigation element in a document to another section of the same document or to another document that may be on or part of the same website or domain of the internet.
Links are considered either "external" or "internal" depending on perspective. Generally, a link to a page outside the same domain is considered external, whereas one in the same domain is considered internal.
What is a External Link?
An external link is a link that points at an external domain.
* External links pass Link Juice (ranking power) differently than internal links because the search engines consider them as third-party votes.
* Top SEOs don't believe that the title attribute is used for rankings purposes.
External Links are hyperlinks that point at (target) any domain other than the domain the link exists on (source)
What is Anchor Text? - Anchor text is the visible characters and words that hyperlink display when linking to another document or location on the web. In the phrase "CNN is a good source of news, but I actually prefer the BBC's take on events," two unique pieces of anchor text exist for two different links - "CNN" is the anchor text pointing to http://www.cnn.com/, while "the BBC's take on events" points to http://news.bbc.co.uk. Search engines use this text to help determine the subject matter of the linked-to document. In the example above, the links would tell the search engine that when users search for "CNN", SEOmoz.org thinks that http://www.cnn.com/ is a relevant site for the term "CNN" and that http://www.bbc.co.uk is relevant to "the BBC's take on events". If many sites think that a particular page is relevant for a given set of terms, that page can manage to rank well even if the terms NEVER appear in the text itself.
In the example above, "would be the anchor text of this link
The two most common subdomain choices are:
* http://www.example.com (www is the subdomain)
* http://example.com (has no subdomain)
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with a dot txt extension, UTF-8 encoding. The file is to be placed in the
highest directory order during uploading it to your website.
uses just the file name. For example, in providing a link to the main SEO
Primer, an absolute link looks like:
Alt Attribute. When using images within your site, use the alt command both to assist the search engines (and your marketing efforts by using keywords) as well as visually impaired by providing a short description of each image.
Anchor Text. The word(s) that users click on to follow a link, which search engines review
for keywords, so you want to choose your anchor text carefully -- using the
keywords for that particular link. For example, in providing a link to the main
SEO Primer, the anchor text looks like:
SEO Primer for Enhancing Websites, where the keywords are
"SEO Primer" and "Websites" and
"EnhanceMyMarketing.com" (for branding purposes).
Blog. A Website that is formatted as an online journal in which the writer posts
regularly dated entries. Many thousands of blogs exist, but only a much smaller
fraction are active, and even fewer are part of a marketing campaign. There are
many blogging platforms available to users. Blogs are also a great place to
post a comment, leaving a link to your site in the process. To see a few of our
blogs, go to: Empowering Sites: Empowering Blogs.
Branding -- is a promise, a pledge of quality. It is the essence of a product, including
why it is great, and how it is better than all competiting products. It is an
image. It is a combination of words and letters, symbols, and colors.
Browser. The tool people use to view the Web. You need to test your site on all the
major browsers to make certain your Website loads properly. The major browsers
include Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.
Conversion Ratio (CR). The percentage of site visitors who become (convert to) customers. The ratio is derived by dividing 100 by the average of the number of
visitors to complete one sale. (For example, if it takes 135 page views for
each sale, divide 100/135 to equal .74 percent CR.) While the conversion ratio
varies based on the type of products and Websites selling them, the Web has an
extremely low CR, typically ranging from 2-3 percent -- 2 to 3 sales per 100
Crawling. Search engines send spiders to visit Web sites and crawl their way through the
site, indexing the site's key pages in the process.
Directory. Unlike search engines that rely on users to use keywords to find relevant
Websites and Web pages, directories are basically a catalog of Websites
organized by subject area. Directories play a key role in Website marketing
because many search engines first find Websites through various directories.
Obtaining a place in directories should be one of the primary goals of any new
site marketing plan.
Favicon. See that little icon of me in your browser by the Web URL? That's a favicon, which
can be any image, from a photo to a logo, and can be created in a number of
freely download programs (such as IrfanView). It's a great little thing you can
do to build your brand identity. The actual file you then upload to your Web
directory is named favicon.ico.
basically a waste of your time, and can actually hurt your site's page ranking
because search engines discount the links from these types of sites.
your site's pages listed within Google's massive collection. Google also
produces key Webmaster tools and resources, including Google Analytics and
their site, including overall traffic, top-visited Web pages, keywords used to
reach the site, length of time of visits, and much more.
Google Sitemap. A file you create (using free sites or downloads) in XML and upload to your directory that lists every page on your site that you
want Google to include in its index of Web pages. A Google sitemap is no
different than any other search engine sitemap.
Hidden Text. An unethical (Black-Hat) SEO technique in which the site owner loads
keywords onto a Web page that are invisible to a regular visitor but which can
be read by search engine spiders. In the end, most search engines catch on to
the practice and penalize those sites that practice this technique.
HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language). The basic language used by the majority of pages on the Web. Some newer pages are formatted using XHTML.
In-Bound Links. Links from external sites pointing (linking) to a page on your site. A key part of any Website marketing plan must be to acquire
high-quality in-bound links. You can review at least some of your site's
in-bound links by typing "link: www.tusharwebseo.page.tl" -- without
the quotation marks and with your domain instead of QuintCareers.
Internal Link. A link from one page of your site to another, whether for helping the visitor find more information or as part of your site's navigation.
Internal links also help search engines, which start on one page, follow links
to other pages within your site. Remember to use full and consistent anchor
text for each link.
ISP (Internet Service Provider). Unless you have your own server(s), you'll need to buy Web space from an ISP. Smaller sites may need only low-cost space on a shared
server, while other sites will need one or more dedicated servers. The larger
your site -- and the more visitors you receive -- the more likely you will need
at least a dedicated server.
Keywords. Words and phrases (up to about three words) that describe the content of a Web
page -- words you expect people to use when searching for the content on your
site (and similar sites). A key part of Website marketing is determining
keywords and using the right mix of keywords to drive traffic to your site.
Because some keywords result in millions of results, specificity is critical.
See also, long tail search.
Keyword Stuffing/Spamming. An SEO practice you want to avoid. Keyword stuffing is such repetition of your keyword(s) on a page that when calculated, more than 50
percent of the content of a page contains the keyword(s). Most search engines
consider keyword stuffing as spam -- bad pages.
Landing Page. A page other than your index/home page that becomes an entry into your site. Landing pages can be focused on specific content (for example on
Quintessential Careers, we have landing pages for networking, resumes,
interviewing, salary negotiation) or a specific target audience (for example on
Quintessential Careers, we have landing pages for students, job-seekers,
career-changers, coaches and counselors, and other visitors).
Websites and request/suggest a link back to your site, submit your site to key
directories and search engines, and attempt to get your site mentioned on
blogs, social media sites, and social bookmarking sites. (See a sample linking
Link Farm. An SEO practice you want to avoid, as these kinds of links can potentially hurt
your rankings. A link farm is a group of Websites that all link to every other
site in the group in an effort to boost the number of in-bound links to member
Long Tail Search. When a search engine user chooses a keyword phrase rather than one keyword to search for relevant content -- typically because the long
tail search will result in better results than using just one keyword. For
example, a search on "resumes" will result in millions of pages while
a search for "executive resume writers" results in a much smaller
number of pages. A larger percentage of searches are long tail searches.
Marketing -- the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion,
and distribution of ideas, goods, services, and people to create exchanges that
will satisfy individual and organizational goals. Marketing is about solving
people's (customers) problems better than the competition.
Metadata. Essential shortcuts that search engines and directories use to understand a
Website. Key metadata include page title, description, and keywords.
description should be about 150 characters (including spaces) and illustrate
the content of the page using your keywords (and reinforcing the title of the
page). Not all search engines use the description meta tag, but it's still an
important part of your marketing. The coding looks like:
highlights the keywords (and keyword phrases) that define the Web page.
Keywords should not be repeated more than 4-5 times, and separated by commas.
Many search engines ignore these keywords, so some SEO experts do not even
recommend using this meta tag anymore. The coding looks like:
tags, including copyright, robots, language, etc.
tags provide information to the search engines to better place and describe
your site in search results. Because of its importance, some people include the
web page title as part of a
even though the "title" command is not a meta tag.
tags and the title command all go within the "head" command. (For
more details about basic HTML commands, see my Using Basic HTML to Develop a
News Release - Also referred to as a media release and press release. These documents, written in journalistic style (with compelling headline and news
hook), are produced with the purpose of gaining favorable publicity for the
company, individual, or Website. In order to be the least bit effective, they
must have some sort of news value. News releases should be published on your
Website, emailed to key journalists and bloggers, and submitted to at least one
news release distribution Website.
News Release Distribution Websites. Commercial sites that will assist in the writing, editing, and distribution of news releases. Some sites offer a number of basic free
services, but most charge fees based on the services and distribution sought.
Organic Search Results - Sometimes also referred to as natural search results. These are search engine results that result from good SEO practices, but not from
sponsored links -- or paid for in any way.
PageRank. An algorithm constantly being tweaked by Google that examines a Web page's
links and then estimates the importance or value of that page, relative to all
the other millions of pages on the Web.
Page View. Also called a page impression, it's a statistic that measures the total number
of Website pages viewed by site visitors. In advertising terms, it refers to a
site's total impressions served. Compare to the term, Unique Visitors.
Paid Inclusion. To speed the process of getting listed in a directory and some search engines, some site owners pay a fee to in order to gain exposure
Pay-Per-Click (PPC). A tool used by some Website owners to increase traffic to the site -- by purchasing (or bidding for) keywords, with the site shown in the
page search results section of a search engine or in relevant ads on other
Websites. Google's AdWords is the largest PPC program on the Web.
Positioning -- developing a specific marketing mix to influence potential customers'
overall perceptions of a brand; to develop a specific image of the brand in the
minds of consumers.
Promotion -- any type of persuasive communication between a marketer and one or more of
its stakeholder groups. Promotional tools include advertising, personal
selling, publicity, and sales promotion.
Publicity -- receiving favorable media coverage. A strategic marketing promotion tool
involving building relationships with journalists, reporters, bloggers, and
editors; responding to reporter media requests; and producing news releases or
Reciprocal Links. Link exchanges in which two sites link back to each other or where a third site is involved to
mask the one-to-one link. While having all reciprocal links -- or reciprocal
links with low-ranked pages -- can hurt your site's ranking, a reciprocal link
strategy is an especially good policy to follow for newer sites. Many
well-established sites will not provide a link to your site until you link to
them first -- and it's something you'll want to do anyway because of the value
of linking to high-quality sites. The key is to find similar, but not competing
sites, for your reciprocal linking strategy. (See a sample reciprocal linking
Search Engine. A site that catalogs Web pages and returns results for users based on keywords used in the search. Most search engines accept
submissions (some free, some for a fee), but many prefer finding new pages
using their spiders. Google is by far the most important search engine,
followed by Yahoo! and MSN Live.
Search Engine Marketing (SEM). Developing strategies targeting specific search engines with the goal of increasing your page relevancy, ranking, and visibility. SEM
techniques include SEO, buying pay-per-click ads, and paid inclusion.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Part art, part science, SEO involves a combination of creating valuable
content, producing well-developed Web pages, and marketing them in a way that
results in a high ranking for each page within your Website.
Search Engine Submission Services. Companies for which you can pay to have your site submitted to multiple search engines. While there are some legitimate companies
completing these tasks, for most people, it probably makes better sense to
develop a list of key search engines and then do each submission personally.
Signature (Sig, Siggy, Sig File). A line or several lines of text added to the end of an email that includes a mini marketing message about you or your site. For
purposes of SEO, any time you are commenting within a community, you should
have a signature that refers people back to your Website.
Site Map. A page on your site that lists every single page of your site, organized by
sections or categories -- or at least the most important pages if you have a
rather large site. Think of a site map akin to a book's table of contents. Site
maps are useful to both your visitors and to search engine spiders. Most
Websites publish two types of sitemaps, an HTML version for visitors and an XML
version for search-engine spiders.
Social Bookmarking Sites. These sites are basically extensions of people's personal bookmarks, allowing users to share favorite sites with anyone else who is a
member of the site. Popular social bookmarking sites include Del.icio.us, Digg,
Social Media. These are part of the Web 2.0 in which users create the content, building communities through stories, pictures, audio, and video. The two most
common types of social media sites are social networking sites (LinkedIn, Facebook.com,
Twitter, etc.) and social bookmarking sites (Del.icio.us, Digg, StumbleUpon,
etc.). The relevance for Website marketer is that you want these folks talking
and linking to your site, building traffic and key in-bound links.
Social Media Optimization (SMO). Developing a strategy for creating publicity and buzz for your site in key social media sites is what SMO is all about. It involves
encouraging bloggers and others to write about your site and/or bookmark your
site -- building additional site traffic and building/strengthening your
ranking and relevance among the search engines.
Spiders. Search engines use spiders, robots, and crawlers -- programs that follow the
internal links on your site -- to find pages to include in the search engine's
index of Web pages.
Strategic Marketing Planning -- the process of managerial and operational activities required to create and sustain effective and efficient marketing strategies,
including identifying and evaluating opportunities, analyzing markets and selecting
target markets, developing a positioning strategy, preparing and executing the
market plan, and controlling and evaluating results.
Title. Each Web page of your site should have a unique title, which should include
keywords that describe the contents of your page -- in about 5 to 10 words (no
longer than 60 characters total). Titles are what show up in search engine
results and what people then click on to visit your site. Ideally, your page
title also matches the top heading of your page. The coding looks like:
though it may seem no different from many others just like it.
Unique Visitors. A statistic that measures the number of visitors to a Website, counting them only once regardless of how many individual pages they visit. In advertising terms, unique visitors describes a site's reach. Compare
to the term, Page Views.
URL (Uniform Resource Locator). The URL is the unique address of any web document.
Website. A collection of Web pages under one domain, typically with the same look and
navigation, that contain can contain text, graphics, audio, and multimedia
elements. A Website is typically developed around a common idea or theme --
with the name and URL containing either the company name or one or more
White-Hat SEO. Ethical SEO practices -- the kind of SEO practices you want to do to improve your Website.
Word-of-Mouth (WOM). One of the most powerful marketing tools -- and certainly the most powerful marketing promotion tool. Word-of-mouth describes the buzz
around your company or brand -- what people (customers, employees, other
stakeholders) are saying to each other. Good word-of-mouth can increase
goodwill, sales, and Website visits, while negative word-of-mouth can be deadly.
Some marketers attempt to manage word-of-mouth by utilizing customer
evangelists (customer who absolutely love your brand) to help sing the benefits
of the brand far and wide.
XHTML (Extensible Hyper Text Markup Language). A newer version of HTML that is designed to move HTML to conform to XML formatting.