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Pros and Cons of Link Exchanges

Sep 12, 2008
Link exchanges are different from other ways of promoting your website that you may have already tried. Whether you're a beginner with your first online business, or an experienced marketer, if you haven't tried link exchanges, you might be missing out on something. These exchanges are a blend between traffic exchanges and affiliate marketing programs. The methods to use them and how they work are a bit different.

To begin, an exchange offers the opportunity to have another site place your link on their website, in return you place a link of their website on yours. There are resources out there that allow you to make these requests through an exchange site. The other method is to contact webmasters directly of sites you would like to exchange links with and ask if they are interested in doing so. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, so you'll need to find which fits your needs the best.

The benefit of being a member of a link exchange is that you are sharing traffic with other sites who are, by your selection, going to give you targeted traffic appropriate to the goals of your business. The more exchange partners you accumulate, the better visibility you have for your site. And, as you know already, more visibility means more traffic, and more traffic means higher sales.

There's a few things to consider before going into link exchanges. Most of the time there is start up work involved to set up the process, from contacting webmasters that you'd like to exchange links with, to being able to monitor the effectiveness of those exchanges. There are many valuable tools out there available to help with this process. It's important that you find exchanges that are quality and not just wasting both time and space. Getting link exchanges can be effective, but you need to make it count.

It's important to find quality link exchanges and not just random junk. Trades that are generally totally unrelated to websites that have a poorer web rank than yours are not a good idea. The goal is to get link exchanges with sites that rank higher than yours (not always easy to do), and related to your site's content. For example if your site is about jewelry, you wouldn't want links about cars. Having quality links help improve both the quantity of visitors that would visit your site as being more targeted and better odds of buying your product, plus boosting your search engine rankings.

Sometimes there are great free directories that you can list your website in as well to provide one way links. One major goal of link exchanges is to boost your search engine ranking.

There are some who have argued that these agreements actually take traffic away from your site by encouraging visitors to click a link before they buy anything from you. While this may be true in some cases, it is not the standard. On the other hand, the increased traffic from search engine rank improvement that you may gain by doing quality link exchanges, most likely will offset any possible loss of sales.

Many webmasters have found success with link exchanges and would not do without them. But, here again, it will be up to you to decide whether this system will be a benefit to your business or not, and it will be up to you as well to decide whether it's working once you've gotten into it. Give it some time to evaluate, as results don't come instantly.
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By Shep Samson works to find methods to increase web traffic and internet promotion suggestions for gaining organic visitors to websites.
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