Reciprocal Links - Are They Still Effective?

Written by John Calder

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Although reciprocal links may not be as useful for search engine optimization anymore, they can still bring you traffic. After all, your link is on other sites that also receive traffic, and it's only reasonable that you'll get some percentage of that. There's no cost, other than possibly some software to automaterepparttar linking process, so it probably doesn't hurt anything as long as you don't overdo it.

Also, rather than trading links with anyone and everyone who will do so, consider limiting your reciprocal linking only to sites that are on-topic, or related, to yours. For example, if you run a bicycle site, it's reasonable enough to trade links with other bicycle sites, travel sites featuring cycling vacations, skateboarding and inline-skating sites, and so on. It probably wouldn't make sense to link to a jewelry site though.

The best advice is to keep your reciprocal links on-topic, exercise some restraint, and make sure they provide value to most of your visitors.

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Ten Steps To A Well Optimized Website - Step 10: The Extras

Written by Dave Davies

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A tool developed for FireFox users giving them access torepparttar Google Toolbar and Alexa Rankings. It can be downloaded and installed free of charge.

A big thanks to developer Craig Raw for a great tool, free of charge, for those of us who want to use something that isn't powered by Microsoft and that has allrepparttar 128081 advantages ofrepparttar 128082 FireFox browser.

WebAlerts You're doing your link-building, you're writing articles, or you just want to see what others' are saying about you. Do you really want to run searches for yourself and for your articles every few days?

Set up a Google WebAlert for a phrase from an article you've written, for your company name, for your competitors and/or for a phrase fromrepparttar 128083 description you're using in your link exchanges and letrepparttar 128084 most powerful servers inrepparttar 128085 world dorepparttar 128086 work for you.

Beanstalk On Tools ...

There are definitely some very useful tools out there as noted above. What must be understood is that these tools alone won't get yourepparttar 128087 top rankings any more than a map will guarantee you a good vacation if you don't know how to read it and you don't know where you want to go.

The single most important thing anyone hoping to attain (and maintain) top positioning onrepparttar 128088 search engines can do is to keep himself or herself educated. While we noted a few great resources inrepparttar 128089 last article on monitoring here are some ofrepparttar 128090 key resources I uses to keep up-to-date on what's going onrepparttar 128091 in SEO world.

Search Engines

This is definitelyrepparttar 128092 most obvious. Run periodic if not daily searches on your keyword phrases and a few others. Don't just look for your rankings but look at who's inrepparttar 128093 top positions and look at their sites and who's linking to them. Watch for changes and look for what's different inrepparttar 128094 sites that are now on top.

Don't kill yourself trying to figure out every single engine. Google, Yahoo! and MSN arerepparttar 128095 three biggest and just following these three is more than enough work. Generally I've found that meetingrepparttar 128096 requirements of these three will generally result in solid rankings on most ofrepparttar 128097 other "secondary" engines.


I can't speak highly enough about forums. When you're looking for up-to-date information this is where to go. The challenge on forums however is in deciding who knows what they're talking about and who doesn't. Further, you'll need to be able to figure out which members follow your code of ethics when it comes to SEO. Business owners seeking long-term rankings with minimal maintenance should not be taking advice from Black-hat SEOs.

I mentioned a few forums onrepparttar 128098 last article. A few additional forums worth watching are:

Search Engine Watch Forums - There's not much to say about this one except that it's a must-see. Tons of great information, many members so a wide variety of opinions to draw from.

IHelpYou Forums - Managed by SEO Doug Heil this is an interesting one. While I can't say I agree with everything Doug has to say I will give him credit for ethics. If you want to make sure your tactics are squeaky-clean then here's where to get advice. My recommendation: takerepparttar 128099 info with a grain of salt. Doug tends to occasionally make blanket rulings on tactics that have their place but if you go in knowing this he can be a great source of some solid information.

High Rankings Forums - Managed by SEO Jill Whalen, this one has some great discussions. Sticking with my belief in giving credit where it's due I have to advise to pay attention to what Jill says. She knows her stuff and while she definitely falls intorepparttar 128100 category of white-hat SEOs, she's willing to discuss a variety of tactics, their merits, and judge them based on their use and worth. Open and honest discussion - that's what forums are about. Mentioned last week but worth mentioning twice.

The other forums mentioned last week and which are worthy of note are:

  • Web Pro World
  • SEO Chat
  • Search Guild
  • Li'l Engine
  • Conclusion

    So here we are,repparttar 128101 end of it all. 17,000 words read (thank you) and, if you've been followingrepparttar 128102 program, many MANY hours spent optimizing your website.

    Will it be worth it? If you have followed these steps, keep yourself updated on changes, and keep working on building your links, creating quality content, and insuring that you're always putting in 10% more than your competitors then it certainly should be.

    I would like to take a moment to thank those of you who have worked through these past ten articles and to wish yourepparttar 128103 very best of luck in your online promotions. As always, you are welcome to contact me with any questions you might have. Our goal in this series has been to provide you withrepparttar 128104 information andrepparttar 128105 resources to do it. I hope we have done just that.

    Dave Davies and Beanstalk offer guaranteed search engine positioning. Dave is available to answer any questions that you may have about your website and how to get it into the top positions on the major search engines. Read Dave's other search engine positioning articles.

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