Linking for Fun and Profit

Written by Steve Pronger

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6) When you receive a link request visitrepparttar site and check that it meets with your requirements as set down on your link pages. Is it a quality site with good content or just a "link farm"? If it doesn't meet your requirements don't link to it.

The webmaster SHOULD have already linked to your site but be prepared to overlook that breech of linking protocol if it's from a good quality, high PR site.

7) Beware of webmasters who add your site to their "directory" which turns out to nothing but a link farm i.e. has no useful content, just a bunch of links, and asks you to link to an entirely different site, one that HAS good content. These webmasters are playing you for a sucker. The benefit is all theirs.

8) As I said in point #1, links from high PR pages are worth more than links from low or no PR pages. Seek out high PR linking partners but keep in mind it isrepparttar 119353 PR ofrepparttar 119354 actual page your link is on that matters, NOTrepparttar 119355 PR ofrepparttar 119356 home page. In other words ifrepparttar 119357 home page PR is 5, butrepparttar 119358 page your link is on is several layers deep inrepparttar 119359 directory, it will probably have a PR of 0 and be of little benefit to you. Checkrepparttar 119360 PR ofrepparttar 119361 actual page your link is on, or is going to be on, before agreeing to exchange links.

Each page on your links directory should be no more than one click away from your home page, and your linking partner's site should berepparttar 119362 same. If your link is placed on a page which looks something like this - directory/category/subcategory/subcategory with your link - you will derive NO value from that link.

9) Be prepared to negotiate your links. Savvy webmasters understandrepparttar 119363 value of links from high PR pages. If you add a link to a PR-0 page on your site don't expect your link partner to put your link on a PR-6 page, and your link partner shouldn't expectrepparttar 119364 same from you. Exchange value for like value.

When you first start out your site may not have any PR due to a lack of incoming links. This reduces your bargaining power. However, you can overcome this by getting your site listed in as many large business directories as possible. Some of these you will have to pay, such as Yahoo and Microsoft's Business Directory, but many others are free. You'll find a good list here:

10) Be specific about how you want your link partner to link to you. It is MOST important thatrepparttar 119365 link to you contain your targeted keywords inrepparttar 119366 anchor (linked) text. When I ask for a link to my site I don't wantrepparttar 119367 link title to be:

Steve Pronger Web Business Solutions

Instead, I ask for:

Create Website | Small Business Website Designer

or whichever keywords I am targeting atrepparttar 119368 time. A search for those keywords at Google will illustrate my point!

11) And finally, here is an excellent resource to help you find quality link partners. It's called Value Exchange, and will put you in contact with like-minded webmasters:

Steve Pronger is a website designer and affiliate marketer helping small businesses succeed on the Web. Visit his Web Business Solutions site at

Link Building: To Link, or Not to Link, That is the Question

Written by Vik Tailor

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2. This is a great little exercise I would recommend to anyone. a. Write down 20 search terms pertaining to your website b. Go to and type in a search term written in step A c. Contact as many websites as possible listed under that search term and ask them to exchange inner page or homepage links with you. If they're NOT interested, ask whether they would be interested in selling advertising space. If your website is fairly new, you may want to ask sites for advertising prices. Free hits arerepparttar best hits but sometimes you might have to gorepparttar 119352 extra lap and pay for service. I wouldn't recommend spending over $100 / month for advertising UNLESS it's a high traffic site with your site audience. The best deals arerepparttar 119353 ones that offer $10-25 / month. There are sites out there that will sell SUPER cheap advertising, and others that charge an arm and a leg.

EVERYONE gets rejected sometime or another so keep your head up and keep moving along! The internet is comprised of Billions of websites. If you're rejected 500 times, you still have MANY business opportunities left! This is a continuous job so set aside time every week to do this. If you donít have time for this, then you donít have time to make money.

3. Hire a link building firm (this can be quite expensive but if you have money, its minimal work for you)

PageRank Pagerank is a great tool but donít use it as your ONLY measurement for success. I canít explain everything about pagerank but a good explanation is given at

Conclusion In conclusion, link building is not only for increasing link partners and search engine rankings, itís also used to create partnerships and establish profitable relationships with other webmasters. Link building is a tedious process, but one ofrepparttar 119354 best for getting free (sometimes not), targeted hits from other websites.

Vik Tailor is the owner of and He has been in the online advertising industry for over 4-5 years and has extensive online marketing knowledge.

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