Ten Steps To A Well Optimized Website - Step 5: Internal Linking

Written by Dave Davies

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While we will be discussing PageRank (a Google-based term) hererepparttar same rules generally apply forrepparttar 128092 other engines. The closer a page is in clicks from your homepage,repparttar 128093 higherrepparttar 128094 value (or PageRank)repparttar 128095 page is assigned. Basically, if I have a page linked to from my homepage it will be given more weight that a page that is four or five levels deep in my site.

This does not mean that you should link to all of your pages from your homepage. Not only does this diffuserepparttar 128096 weight of each individual link but it will look incredibly unattractive if your site is significantly large.

Figure out what you main phrases are and which pages will be used to rank for them and be sure to include text links to these internal pages on your homepage. It's important to pick solid pages to target keyword phrases on as you don't want human visitors going to your "terms and conditions" page before they've even seenrepparttar 128097 products.

If that hosting company noted above has a PageRank 6 homepage,repparttar 128098 pages linked from its homepage will generally be a PageRank 5 (sometimes 4, sometimes 6 depending onrepparttar 128099 weight ofrepparttar 128100 6 forrepparttar 128101 homepage). Regardless, it will be significantly higher that if that page was linked to from a PageRank 3 internal page.

How To Improve Your Internal Linking Structure

There are many methods you can use to improve your internal linking structure. The three main ones are:

  1. Text link navigation
  2. Footers
  3. Inline text links

Text Link Navigation

Most websites include some form of navigation onrepparttar 128102 left hand side. This makes it one ofrepparttar 128103 first things read by a search engine spider (read "Table Structures For Top Search Engine Positioning" by Mary Davies for methods on getting your content read before your left hand navigation). If it is one ofrepparttar 128104 first thingsrepparttar 128105 search engine spiders sees when it goes through your site it will have a strong weight added to it so it must be optimized with care.

If you are using text link navigation be sure to includerepparttar 128106 targeted keywords inrepparttar 128107 links. Thankfully this cannot be taken as meaning "cram your keywords into each and every link" because this is your navigation and that would look ridiculous. I've seen sites that try to getrepparttar 128108 main phrase in virtually every link. Not only does this look horrible but it may get your site penalized for spam (especially ifrepparttar 128109 links are one after another).

You don't have to get your keywords in every link but if workable, every second or third link works well. Also consider what you are targeting on internal pages. If you homepage target is "web hosting" and you've linked to you homepage inrepparttar 128110 navigation with "web hosting main" which is followed by your contact page so you've used "contact us", it would be a good idea to userepparttar 128111 anchor text "dedicated hosting" forrepparttar 128112 third link. It reinforcesrepparttar 128113 "hosting" relevancy and also attaches relevancy torepparttar 128114 dedicated hosting page ofrepparttar 128115 site torepparttar 128116 phrase "dedicated hosting" inrepparttar 128117 anchor text.


Footers arerepparttar 128118 often overused and abused area of websites. While they are useful for getting spiders through your site andrepparttar 128119 other points noted above, they should not be used as spam tools. I've seen in my travels, footers that are longer thanrepparttar 128120 content areas of pages from websites linking to every single page in their site from them. Not only does this look bad but it reduces that value of each individual link (which then become 1 out of 200 links rather than 1 out of 10 or 20).

Keep your footers clean, userepparttar 128121 anchor text well, and link torepparttar 128122 key internal pages of your website and you will have a well optimized footer. You will also want to include in your footer a link to a sitemap. On this sitemap, link to every page in your site. Here is where you can simply insure that every page gets found. Well worded anchor text is a good rule on your sitemap as well. You may also want to consider a limited description ofrepparttar 128123 page on your sitemap. This will give you added verbiage to solidifyrepparttar 128124 relevancy ofrepparttar 128125 sitemap page torepparttar 128126 page you are linking to.

Internal Text Links

Internal text links are links placed withinrepparttar 128127 content of your work. They were covered in last week's article on content optimization, which gives me a great opportunity to use one as an example.

While debatable, inline text links do appear to be given extra weight as their very nature implies thatrepparttar 128128 link is entirely relevant torepparttar 128129 content ofrepparttar 128130 site.

You can read more on this in last week's article.

Final Notes

As noted above, simply changing your internal navigation will not launch your site torepparttar 128131 top ofrepparttar 128132 rankings however it's important to use each and every advantage available to create a solid top ten ranking for your site that will hold it's position.

They will get your pages doing better, they will help get your entire site spidered, they will help increaserepparttar 128133 value of internal pages and they will buildrepparttar 128134 relevancy of internal pages to specific keyword phrases.

Even if that's all they do, aren't they worth takingrepparttar 128135 time to do right?

Next Week

Next week in part six of our "Ten Steps To an Optimized Website" series we will be coveringrepparttar 128136 importance of human testing. Having a well-ranked website will mean nothing if people can't find their way through it or if it is visually unappealing.

Dave Davies is the owner of Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning. He has been optimizing and ranking websites for over three years and has a solid history of success. 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.

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Written by Alan Stewart

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