Good Linking Strategy Drives Traffic

What does linking strategy have to do with traffic?

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Keep the traffic flowing!

Before you start messing with designing a linking strategy within your website and/or blog, it’s best to first have a handle on the general guidelines of good SEO practice.  That means that each time you create a new post, you should already be in the habit of including the key word in the title, URL, and meta description, and be following a few other basic SEO rules.

It also helps to use an SEO quality checker each time you post.   We work in WordPress, and for SEO checking that we use a plug-in called SEO by Yoast, but that’s not our subject here.

If you’re at least that far along in getting a blog rolling, this post may help you.

Linking strategy and the power of backlinks

My purpose in this post is to introduce the concept of linking strategy to those striving to increase their traffic, and who  already practice good SEO habits in their content creation.   Various SEOs seem to have different experiences and therefore different recommendations about linking strategies.

Perhaps nobody except the algorithm writing gurus at Google understand how the search engines really look at and treat backlinks. Therefore I’m not going to make any recommendations about how to design a backlink plan that works.  I’m only going to introduce the idea and then advise you to think about it.

Outbound links and backlinks

Don’t stop reading now because you don’t know the difference yet.  It’s easy.  Outbound links refer to links you put in your site directing people to otherlinking strategy sites.  Backlinks is a term that refers to any link which points back to your site.  One is outbound, the other is inbound.

What does a backlink do for you?

A backlink links to your site from somewhere outside of your site.  Search engines maintain a continually changing database of every webpage’s level of importance.  That level of importance is called its PR, or page ranking, and is on a scale of zero to 9.   The higher is your PR, the more likely is that page to rank highly in searches.

Search engines raise your PR when more highly recognized authority sites, those with higher PR, link to yours.  Of course, there are other vital factors.  The most important other vital factor is that the site that provides a backlink to you only contributes to raising your PR if it is a site that is related to the same subject as yours.

So the bottom line about backlinks is this:  Your site gains significance when search engines see that sites of higher relevance than yours are linking to you.

linking strategyThe Concept of Link Juice

When sites of higher PR than yours link to you, you gain power from them.  In SEO jargon that power is called “link juice”.   As your site is empowered by more and more link juice, the pages that are getting juiced from them get higher search engine rankings.  That’s an over simplification, for now.

 What does an outbound link do for you?

There are differing opinions in answer to that question.  Again, only the Google gurus know what they are doing this week.

One school of thought says that outbound links to important sites are good for you, and that Google wants to see them.  I cannot pretend to know whether that statement is true, partially true, conditionally true, or false, but I think it falls somewhere in the middle.  Sometimes outbound links are really helpful in terms of providing significant content for the reader, and it makes sense that Google would recognize that as a factor to rank by.

Another school of thought says that outbound links only serve to bleed vital link juice off of your site and back out into the web world.   Few also can verify the truth of that statement.  We have been experimenting with the line of thought that says it can do us no harm at all to remove any outbound links that add no real quality to the content of the post.

Can external link juice be amplified within your own site?

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Amplify the juice!

In short, yes, and that is the subject of another post on the concept of link “silos” and internal links.  You can boost the importance of posts on your blog which need the most boosting using external juice from a high PR site,  and then spread that juice within your site by passing it on to boost your other pages or posts that don’t need quite as much help.  We’ll address silos and their effects on PR in a coming post.

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