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What is Link Building?

link-buildingThe process of link building involves getting external websites to link their pages to yours. This results in a higher SEO ranking for your website. It is a long and difficult process, because all links have different values. A link from a big company’s website like the NY Times will have more impact on the search engines’ results than a link from a newer or smaller website.

The Basics of Link Building:

  • Editorial Links are those that are given to you naturally by other websites that want to connect themselves to your content or company. No specific action by the SEO is required for the acquisition of these links other than creating a page with good material, so that other sites automatically want to link to you.

  • Outreach Link Building is done when the SEO reaches out to bloggers or webmasters to link themselves to your website. This is an effort done to achieve a higher SEO ranking. It includes some incentives for the target webmasters in order to convince them that linking themselves to you is in their best interests.

  • Non-Editorial Links are a type of spam that search engines now penalize websites for. These are the links that are created by the users in the form of comments, user profiles, guest book signings etc. on the web pages. These are links formed by the website for itself, through the user without the user’s knowledge.

How to Build Links:

To get external sites to link to you, you need to work a little. Some strategies that are used commonly to achieve this are;

  • Content that is compelling enough to make people want to link to it and refer to.

  • Submissions of your content and news to directories and press releases etc.

  • Mentions and Reviews from influential webmasters and bloggers.

  • Links from partners and friends

General Types of Links:

  • Reciprocal Links are those in which both parties link themselves to each other in order to generate mutual traffic. This type of link building is no longer supported or ranked by search engines.

  • Directory Link Building is done by submitting your website to directories that keep these links in the form of categorized lists. Some directories are free while others may charge you for accepting your link.

  • Blog Comments, as mentioned earlier are a type of non-editorial link building. Commenting on a blog leaves a link, which is a functioning link in case of a well thought-out site, but is usually a no-follow link, and therefore has no importance in the eyes of the search engine.

  • Social Bookmarks are saved web pages, on the web, in a public location. As these are stored publicly, they have a good amount of SEO value.

There are two main issues in this whole process; first, it is a very slow procedure which requires good copywriters, and a lot of work in order to make others link to you. And second; you rely on forces that you don’t control, and you are unable to control the quality or type of page that might get linked to yours.

Link Building is an important element in any web design, as they are basically the most preferred way of getting an SEO ranking, because modern search engines rank websites on the quantity and quality of these links.

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