Build The Path and They Will Come

Written by James D. Brausch

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3. Submit Articles To Other Newsletters

You are already publishing your own newsletter; right? Why not write an extra article and submit it to other newsletters withrepparttar same topic as your own? Most will include a link to your site in their newsletter (another path). Many will also publish your article on their site along with a link to your site (yet another path).

4. Participate in Online Discussion Forums

Join all ofrepparttar 125063 online discussion forums, newsgroups, and mailing lists you can find in your topic area. Never discuss your product/service onrepparttar 125064 discussion forum. This is considered very bad taste in many forums and outright spam in other forums. However, if you participate in these forums by answering questions and being genuinely helpful, you will be noticed.

Include a link to your site in your signature so that those who like your advice can drop by for a visit. The simple link in your signature becomes a new path to your site every time you help someonw by answering a question.

5. Syndicate Free Content

When you are building content for your site, always offer it for use on other sites. Simply include a note atrepparttar 125065 bottom of your page saying that webmasters are welcome to copy anything in return for a link to your site.

This might include articles, pictures, scripts, etc. Encourage others to copy your site as long as they provide another path to your site.

Be sure to do a little of each of these methods every week and your site will soon be amongrepparttar 125066 most visited sites in your topic area.

Someone once said "If you build it, they will come." I believe that statement to be true. But you can't just buildrepparttar 125067 best website inrepparttar 125068 world and expect everyone to visit tomorrow. You also have to buildrepparttar 125069 paths to get to that website.

If you build those paths, they will come!

James D. Brausch, is the Vice President of Marketing for Target Blaster, Inc., an Internet Marketing firm specializing in targeted traffic.

Why You Need an Add URL Page

Written by James D. Brausch

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7. Provide an easy way forrepparttar webmaster to copy/pasterepparttar 125062 code along with a sample of whatrepparttar 125063 link will look like on their page.

8. In each text link, make sure your major keyword is inrepparttar 125064 click-able part ofrepparttar 125065 link text. Many search engines userepparttar 125066 click-able part ofrepparttar 125067 link text for links on other sites to determinerepparttar 125068 appropriate keywords for your site.

9. Forrepparttar 125069 banner links, make surerepparttar 125070 "Alt" tag contains your keyword. This is what will be displayed for surfers who are surfing without graphics capability (or who have turned off their graphics capability). It is also whatrepparttar 125071 visually impaired will hear when they "read"repparttar 125072 page with their equipment. It is also what some search engines will use to determinerepparttar 125073 topic of your site.

10. Also include a text link below each banner with your major keyword. Many webmasters will delete this part, but some will keep it. Text links receive a much higher click-thru rate than banners. You want to give every opportunity forrepparttar 125074 webmaster to give you a text link... without forcingrepparttar 125075 issue. You don't want to give up a banner link if that's allrepparttar 125076 webmaster is willing to offer.

11. Have a simple form to request a link on your site. Askrepparttar 125077 minimum amount of information you need to provide a link. The example asks for URL, Title, Description, and Category. If you don't need any other information, don't ask for it. Some webmasters will turn away if they are faced with a daunting form asking for a bunch of nonsense information.

12. EXCEPT: Ask for their email address. This is important. You wantrepparttar 125078 ability to contact them if your link disappears from their site. You also wantrepparttar 125079 ability to send them a reminder to link back to you if they haven't already.

13. Addrepparttar 125080 link right away when you receive a link request from your form. Send a confirmation email letting them know that you added their link and where they can find it on your links pages. Some webmasters have dozens of sites. They will submit your form for just one site. When they see how fast you add their link, they will be back to exchange links with perhaps dozens of other sites.

14. Checkrepparttar 125081 links you receive in this way periodically to ensure that they are still linking back to you. If not, send them a friendly reminder. Often dropping your link will be a simple oversight during a site redesign. Don't assume otherwise.

15. Never use their email address for anything else. Trying to sell your product to your link partners is NOT very effective and will likely annoy them. You may lose your link on their site or worse. Be responsible with their email address and only use it to communicate about your link exchange.

That's it. If you follow all of these steps, you can start receiving inbound links without doing any ofrepparttar 125082 work to go find sites to exchange links. Of course, you will have to do that work inrepparttar 125083 beginning to get enough traffic to your "Add URL" form, but then you can rest a little and reaprepparttar 125084 rewards of your hard work.

James D. Brausch, is the Vice President of Marketing for Target Blaster, Inc., an Internet Marketing firm specializing in targeted traffic.

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