Improving the Link Popularity Of Your Site

Written by Sumantra Roy

Link popularity, i.e.repparttar number of sites which are linking to your site, is an increasingly important factor as far as search engine placement is concerned. Other things remainingrepparttar 119330 same, morerepparttar 119331 number of links to your site, higher will be its ranking.

What is important is not onlyrepparttar 119332 number of links to your site, but alsorepparttar 119333 types of sites which are linking to you. A link from a site which is related to yours is more valuable than a link from an unrelated site.

In this article, I explore different methods by which you can improverepparttar 119334 link popularity of your site. I start with a method that you shouldn't bother using, then go on torepparttar 119335 moderately effective methods, and then end withrepparttar 119336 most effective methods you can use to boostrepparttar 119337 link popularity of your site.

1) Submitting your site to Free For All (FFA) pages

A common misconception among many Internet marketers is that while FFA pages may not directly bring in traffic to your site, it will help to improverepparttar 119338 link popularity of your site, and hence, will indirectly bring in traffic throughrepparttar 119339 search engines.

Nothing could be further fromrepparttar 119340 truth. Most FFA pages can contain only a certain number of links at a time. This means that when you submit your site to a FFA page, your site will be placed atrepparttar 119341 top ofrepparttar 119342 page. However, as more and more people submit their sites torepparttar 119343 FFA page, your site will be pushed down, and finally, when it reachesrepparttar 119344 bottom ofrepparttar 119345 page, it will be removed.

Now, since you can bet that plenty of other people are also submitting their sites torepparttar 119346 FFA pages, your site will remain in these pages for only a short span of time. Hence, in order to ensure thatrepparttar 119347 search engines see your site if and when they come to spiderrepparttar 119348 FFA page, you will need to ensure that you submit your site to these FFA pages on a regular basis - at least once a week.

Even if you used an automatic submission program to do it, can you imagine a worse way to spend your time and/or money? Furthermore, many search engines recognize these pages which only contains links to other sites as FFA pages and may completely ignore them. And while I haven't yet seen any evidence that submitting torepparttar 119349 FFA pages will actually penalize your site, there is every possibility that this might happen inrepparttar 119350 future.

Hence, when it comes to FFA pages, my advice is simple: don't even think about them.

2) Starting an Awards Program

A moderately effective method of improvingrepparttar 119351 link popularity of your site is to start an awards program. You can have web sites which are related to yours apply for an award from your site. The sites which winrepparttar 119352 award getrepparttar 119353 chance to displayrepparttar 119354 logo for your award. This logo is linked to your site, preferably to a page which contains more information onrepparttar 119355 award.

If you publish a newsletter, consider declaringrepparttar 119356 winners in your newsletter. You can also perform a review ofrepparttar 119357 winners' sites in your newsletter. This adds useful content to your newsletter and also gives more webmastersrepparttar 119358 incentive to apply for your award, since you may review their sites in your newsletter. This also gives themrepparttar 119359 incentive to subscribe to your newsletter to see if they winrepparttar 119360 award.

Make sure that you give awards to only those sites which deserve to win. If you give your award to sites which don't deserve it, your award will have little credibility, which will, in turn, hurtrepparttar 119361 credibility of your company. Furthermore, make sure thatrepparttar 119362 logo you design forrepparttar 119363 award looks professional. If it doesn't, not many webmasters will want to display it in their sites.

3) Giving testimonials

This may sound a bit unusual, but giving testimonials for products or services which you find useful can be another moderately effective way of improvingrepparttar 119364 link popularity of your site. If you really like a product, simply write torepparttar 119365 company and tell them why you likedrepparttar 119366 product so much and how it has helped you. Chances are,repparttar 119367 company will write back to you to thank you for your comments and will ask you for permission to display your comments in their web site. Tellrepparttar 119368 company that you have no problems if they publish your comments, but request them to add a link to your site along withrepparttar 119369 testimonial. There is every possibility thatrepparttar 119370 company will agree since publishingrepparttar 119371 URL of your web site gives more credibility torepparttar 119372 testimonial.

Of course, please don't go about giving testimonials to every company you can locate just because it will improve your link popularity :-)

4) Posting to Message Boards and Discussion Lists

Another moderately effective method of increasingrepparttar 119373 link popularity of your site is to post to online message boards. Atrepparttar 119374 end of every message that you post, you can sign off by mentioning your name andrepparttar 119375 URL of your web site. Ifrepparttar 119376 message board allows it, you can even include a short promotional blurb about your site atrepparttar 119377 end of your posts. However, make sure thatrepparttar 119378 individual messages that are posted to that message board are archived in static HTML pages (i.e.repparttar 119379 URLs forrepparttar 119380 individual messages should not contain a "?"). Otherwise,repparttar 119381 search engines will consider these pages to be dynamic pages and may not spider these pages and hence, will not be able to find your link.

Email based discussion lists which are archived onrepparttar 119382 web in static HTML pages can also be used to boostrepparttar 119383 link popularity of your site in a similar manner. In this case,repparttar 119384 signature file that you use with your email program should containrepparttar 119385 URL for your web site.

5) Starting a Link Contest

A good method of improvingrepparttar 119386 link popularity of your site is to give away prizes to other webmasters if they link to you. The prizes that you give out should ideally be something which other webmasters will find valuable enough to want to link to you, but which do not cost you too much. For instance, if you publish a newsletter, and have unsold ad inventory, you can give away some free advertisements in your newsletter torepparttar 119387 winners. If you sell a software (or an ebook), you can give away a free copy of your software or ebook torepparttar 119388 winners, since it doesn't cost you anything to produce an additional copy of digital goods like software and ebooks.

Link contests work best if you runrepparttar 119389 contest on a continuous basis and if you declare new winners frequently. If you runrepparttar 119390 contest for a few months, and then stop it,repparttar 119391 webmasters who had linked to you will all remove their links. However, if you run it on a continuous basis, and declare new winners every month or so,repparttar 119392 webmasters will haverepparttar 119393 incentive to keep their links to your site.

Also, make sure that you require all participants to have a link to your site either in their home page, or in an internal page of their site which is linked to their home page. Also ensure thatrepparttar 119394 page which containsrepparttar 119395 link is no more than two levels deep from their home page (i.e. it should not take more than two clicks to go fromrepparttar 119396 home page torepparttar 119397 page containingrepparttar 119398 link). If they don't do this,repparttar 119399 search engine spiders may not indexrepparttar 119400 page which containsrepparttar 119401 link to your site, and hence, may not find your link.

What are your views within the Criminal System?

Written by Dymnpece

CRIME...... Do you think treating a minor more like an adult is tough on crime or ineffectively tough on them?

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS......... Do you think part ofrepparttar problem of juvenile crime isrepparttar 119329 Criminal System itself?

JUVENILES...... According to statistics, Juveniles prosecuted in adult courts have a higher rate of recidivism than minors who were tried in juvenile courts, Do you think they should haverepparttar 119330 same rights and responsibilities as adults and are mature enough to understandrepparttar 119331 consequences of there actions?

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