Getting started with link building
Getting Started With Link Building
Link Building is a Pain in the Butt
Prior to creating the SEO Book training program I conducted a survey of SEO Book members. One of the questions was, "What is the biggest thing stopping you from improving your website rankings and traffic?"
The most common answer to that question was "link building". If links are so important how do you build them? Here are some great techniques for providing content that people will actually WANT to link to:
Quality Links You Can Build Today
One of the easiest ways to start building links is to submit your site to leading general web directories and directories in your niche.
Don't just think of directories as being places that accept websites. Some of the best directories represent business partnerships and exist on sites like manufacturers you sell for, local government sites, or your local chamber of commerce. For example, Google lists some of the most popular Google Checkout business partners
Would some of your business partners be willing to link to your site?
Are there any trade organizations or local business organizations you can join?
If there are no relevant organizations, could/should you create one?
This video covers directory submission.
Here is a list of some of the most well trusted online web directories
Business.com — $299 per year for commercial listings.
Yahoo! Directory — $299 per year for commercial listings. Free for non-commercial listings.
BOTW — one time $299 fee (SEO Book subscribers get a 35% discount coupon)
JoeAnt — one time $40 fee
DMOZ — also referred to as the Open Directory Project or ODP. Free submission, but it may take a long time to get listed as it is run by volunteers.
Here is a link to a $50 off promotional code for Business.com
SEO Book subscribers also have access to a list of a dozen more top web directories.
How to Influence Link Anchor Text
Link quality is one important factor, but another important factor is link anchor text. In this interview Google's Adam Lasnik highlighted the importance of using descriptive anchor text:
Useful descriptive Anchor text can be great, not only for the user who gets a better idea what he or she is going to be clicking through to, but helpful for Google to better understand what that page is likely about.
You can't always control how other people will link at you, but you can guide them. Most people refer to things by their official name. If your domain name is ChicagoDentists.com, and you are aggressive at marketing your site, then many people who mention your site are going to link at your site with Chicago Dentists as the anchor text.
Beyond your domain name you can also guide anchor text with the names you give articles, tools, and other content published on your site. If you want people to reference something on your site using a specific set of words then make sure those words are in the page title, file name, and in the product name. Creating a product logo helps influence anchor text even more.
Tons of Link Building Ideas
Beyond directories, there are many blogs and other websites that discuss your topic. Are there ways you can appeal to their editorial interests?
We made a list of 101 different link building ideas. Rather than publish them again here, we figured it would be best to give you a link to the list. As you can see from the list, many of the ideas are creative, others are weird, and some are downright profitable! :)