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Optimize Your Site For Google With Links

May 13, 2008
The importance of your site is determined by linking. Search Engines like Google rate how important your site is by how many links there are to your site.

Not all links have an equal value. What determines the value of the link is its relevancy to the page it is linked to. The more relevant the page is the greater the value of the link. If not just the page, but the whole site is relevant the link is even more valuable.

How to get relevant links to your site.

Reciprocal Links.

They are not of the value they once had in determining the importance of your site. They are still good but you must make sure that it comes from a site that is on the same or similar subject to yours.

Article Writing.

This is one of the best ways of creating links back to your site. This can have a viral effect as webmasters take up your article and post it on their site or send it out in a newsletter. Articles you submit must have a link back to your site. Most article directories allow you to place a link in your bio section. There are hundreds of these article directories that you can post to. Here are some you must make sure to include: EzineArticles.com, ArticleCity.com, and GoArticles.com.

Link Farms

A link farm is a site with scrolling pages of endless links. They allow you to place your link there no strings attached. If you come across one run the other way. They are considered part of a spammer's network. Linking to these sites can actually damage your ranking. Google will downgrade your links and your page rank.

Directories

Directories such as Yahoo, DMOZ and other reputable directories can greatly increase the value of your links. Try to get your site listed with DMOZ. It's not easy but well worthwhile. To do so you will need to find the perfect category and submit your site. Keep submitting your site every 4 - 6 months until you are listed.

It is easier to get listed with Yahoo. Easier in one way and that is you don't need to keep trying. Not so easy in another way and that is it will cost you $299. Google sees Yahoo directory as somewhat of an authority. Your link will be valuable because of this.

Another link that is important is anchor text. Anchor text is the text in the hyperlink. An example of anchor text is this: For the very best in web hosting you can't go past LinksParadise. The words "web hosting" is hyperlinked. This is anchor text. I used "web hosting" as this would be a keyword my site is optimized for. If you did a search with Google for the words "Click Here" you will find that the #1 site for that search term is Adobe. This is because many sites link to Adobe Acrobat Reader, and use the anchor text "Click Here"

So the key to making use of anchor text is to anchor keywords you have optimized your site for. For example; if your site was optimized for the phrase "cheap reliable hosting" you would use the phrase as the hyperlinked text. This will give the link greater relevance to the search engines.

This of course is just a few of the thing that will help to increase the ranking of your site with the search engines.
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