The topic of attracting quality incoming links to your website is ever popular and will be that way until Google removes the weight that they put on links in their ranking algorithm. For this post I would like to touch on a subject that I believe more people could use to their advantage when trying to attract links to their websites.
First let’s establish the problems with getting high quality links from other websites. The list is not the final but I think that these are the most pressing problems that a webmaster faces:
1. The website linking to you must be of good quality (+ good PR and Age).
2. The website should cover a very similar topic (be “on topic”).
3. The website should link out to few other sites besides yours.
4. The link to your site should have the anchor text that you’ll need and link to wherever page you want it to.
5. The website should be spidered regularly.
Finding websites that will live up to these 5 requirements + who wants to link to your site can be hard to find. I know because I have tried to find them for a lot of websites but I have often had to give up and go for sites that could only live up to 2-3 requirements.
Is There a Solution for This?
Yes I think there is. It will not be the only tool to use but if you’re targeting some of the “low hanging fruits” (long tail keywords) I think you will find that this solution will provide you with rather nice rankings over time.
This is not a “Quick Fix” and it will require time and work on your part but when you’re finally there it will provide you with great benefits in terms of ranking.
The Solution Is To”¦
“¦create your own linkpartner sites. With all the web 2.0 options that are available to you today you’ll have an almost unlimited sea of possibilities to choose from. In the end of this article I’ll give you a link to a list that will keep you busy for a while, but before I get to that let me explain what you could do.
Let us assume that you have a blog on a niche topic. It could be the niche topic “electrical wheel chairs”. You’ll want to rank for the broader terms as well as the types and model numbers. For the broader terms there will possibly be a little more competition so you’ll need more than just a few links but for the model numbers you’ll probably do quite well with just 1 or 2 on topic links from another PR3 or PR4 blog.
All of these are websites that will let you create free blogs that are hosted on their domain and server. You will have no ownership of these blogs (but that isn’t different from any other site that might link to you) but you’ll have full control.
So now you have 4 blogs on high PR domains. This doesn’t mean that you blog will start off by having a high PR but it will give you a better opportunity to get a fair PR faster than if you hosted the blog on your own server. You are leveraging the goodwill of their domains and you’ll also benefit from having sites hosted on different A, B and C-class domains which in return will give the links more “juice”.
But won’t this give you 4 times as much work to do as you are already doing? Well that depends on how you are going to do it. Let’s say you’re already doing article marketing and you upload 5 articles per week to article directories. Each article will probably be around 3-600 words long.
What if you instead took 3 or 4 of these articles and re-wrote them to be about 200 words each? That would potentially give you between 6 ““ 12 articles that you could post on these new blogs (1.5 ““ 3 articles per blog). How much extra time would that require? No much.
Use Videos, Pictures and other Web 2.0
And what about videos? Could you find some funny or educational videos from YouTube that you could use as posts for these new blogs? What about Picture posts (Flickr etc.)? Could you use articles from article directories that you find valuable (yes you’ll have to link to the authors site!!)?
Now take these sites and ping using Pingomatic for each post you make on each of the four sites. Submit the new blogs to site directories and rss directories (using tools for this would be the easiest way). Repeat the process over and over (the best way would be to make it as automatic as possible) and see your new sites gain PR and popularity.
Now you don’t have to wait for your sites to gain PR3 or PR4 before you start linking to your main site. However I suggest that you don’t link out from every post you make because that would seem strange and Google might pick up on that.
The trick is to do the best you can so that nobody (Search Engines) will know that you are the owner of all of the sites. They will probably always be able to find out but don’t make it easy for them. Using different names, email addresses and preferably IPs would make it harder for anyone to link the sites to you. This means that you should not use Adsense or Affiliate IDs on these sites (at least not the same ones) because that would make it easy to link it all back to you.
So now all there is left is to get to work. Here are the links:
And if you think that 4 sites is not enough then here is an additional list of 40+ other sites that you can sign up for. Happy linking.