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Linking is a Basic Necessity of Online Business

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First, I’d like to offer my apologies to those of you who don’t know and use HTML coding. If you use WYSIWYG web authoring tools then you may as well only read the first half of this article. I’m not sure it’s possible to follow these suggestions if you don’t write your own HTML code. I know that you can insert code in most editors, but each varies. It’s worth looking up in your instructions though, because linking is critical to your site!

In a “linking campaign” your goal is to have many sites link to yours, which gives you visibility among high traffic sites where interested surfers may see your link. This technique packs a two- fisted punch, since it also increases your search engine relevance, the more sites that link to you suggests a wider interest in your business. You can check your link relevancy by pasting the following into your browser “address” or “location” window (replace WebSite101 with your URL):

http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&kl=XX&q= link%3Awebsite101.com (Cut and paste if your email program breaks this link to two lines)

Or go to http://www.altavista.com and type “link:yourdomain.com” into the search box (without the quotes) and hit the search button. The result is a list of sites that link to yours. If you look above the yellow bar just above the results and to the right side, you’ll see a total number listed. My search reads “About 306 Pages Found”

What this does is check how many other web sites refer to yours via a link to your URL from their websites. In order to facilitate this, I recommend establishing a linking “page” at your site to allow sites of a complementary nature to link to you easily. I have a page at my site that you may view to see what I’m talking about:

http://website101.com/linktous.html

This means that you set up linking graphics with your logo and/or some catchy text to attract attention and provide the HTML code so that those who don’t know how to write HTML can easily set up their pages with links to your site. There are additional techniques as well, If you use a service called “LinksToYou” and keep it updated monthly, you can instantly get hundreds of sites linked to yours. { http://www.linkstoyou.com )

This is all part of what is done in a linking campaign.

There is a little trick to providing the HTML code for your visitors to *see* on your page which requires some coding slight of hand. Due to the nature of code, it is meant to be invisible and making it show up requires the following:

Those < brackets > that define HTML to a web browser make the contents within them disappear, so you must use code that defines a bracket, rather than using the bracket itself. That code is < for < the left-facing bracket and > for the > right-facing bracket. So in order to make the HTML show up on an HTML page, you must use < and > in place of all of those brackets in order for them to show up on screen.

The simplest way to understand this is to go to the link page at:

http://website101.com/linktous.html

and choosing “View” and then “Page Source” from your browser menu. This will let you *see* the code necessary to *display* code in a browser. I recommend using a background color in the area you’ve created to display your HTML to separate it from the rest of the page as well as using “comment” tags to show the start and finish of your links. Comment tags are designed to allow you to create instructions or comments in HTML that don’t show up in a browser.

A comment tag is meant to be invisible too, so you will need to use those < and > characters to *make* THEM visible as well.

<!– WebSite101.com Link END –> will show up in a browser as and when cut and pasted by your visitor, they will become invisible code used in their HTML source.

The easiest link to provide is a text link and it can be used in email as well as on a web page. Tbe following is the text we provide at WebSite101:

-==-

This appears on a web page as follows:

-==-

Note the TARGET=”top” in the code? This insures that if your link is used in a framed site, that the resulting page will break out of the frameset.

The importance of setting up a linking page on your site can’t be underestimated when it comes to gaining that all-important traffic to your site. It really is quite simple to do, no matter how hard it is to explain! ;-)

Good luck with your linking campaign!

Mike Banks Valentine operates SEOptimism, Offering SEO training of
in-house content managers http://seoptimism.com/SEO_Staff_Training.htm
as well as the Small Business Ecommerce Tutorial at
http://WebSite101.com and blogs about SEO at http://RealitySEO.com
where this article appears with live links to SMO stories, buttons, blog posts and examples.

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  • http://www.seo-bloggersplace.org Ashish K Arora

    You are very right.but sometimes after giving so much of time in linking you don’t get relevant results. That’s why consistency is very important in linking.

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