Maximize SEO Through Linking

SEO Linking 
How to Increase Traffic to Your Site

If you want to maximize your SEO, and drive traffic to your site, It is important to gain links to your web site as a part of your overall Search Engine Optimization strategy. Links to your site, or content in your site are an important aspect of SEO, but not all links are created equal.

Natural one way links are absolutely the best types of links to build to your site. These are links posted on other sites that point to your site. This is one of the safest ways to gain links, but unfortunately it is also one of the slowest methods. You should also consider the ranking of the page that links to you, since a high page ranked page will be crawled more often. If a link to your site appears on a highly ranked page, the crawler will go to your site. There are several ways to accomplish getting a link posted on a high ranking site, including paying, link exchange. One often overlooked free source of natural links is posting comments to articles like this, or on highly ranked blogs. As long as the comment is pertinent and respectful most content producers would appreciate them.

Link baiting or link bait is a term used to describe content, videos, pictures, or any other item on your site that is created with the intent to draw links to it. This is not an easy way to get links. It will require a bit of creativity on your part to generate the content. Depending on the “bait” used this can be a very inexpensive and yet effective way to increase traffic to your site. One other benefit of this method is that all of the links appear to be natural, so at the moment, there is no negative effect in ranking from the search engines. If you chose to use this method, it could be greatly enhanced by social book marking. In doing so the high page rank of the social networking site add greater value.

Paying for links, this is a higher risk plan. If it is done incorrectly it could cause more damage than good in your efforts. If you do buy links concentrate on placing your links on sites that are similar to your own.

Pay attention to who you link to as well, since bad outbound links will also have a negative effect on your page ranking. Avoid things like link farms, and Free For All link pages, these will not help drive traffic to your site. in fact the search engine may count them as a negative toward your ranking, so pay careful attention to where you link to as much as where you are linked from.

With a little effort your linking strategy, combined with a smart SEO strategy will pay off big.

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