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9 Nov 2017

As part of a comprehensive search engine optimization campaign, gaining inbound links to your website is critical. But what exactly does this entail, and how should you most effectively go about gaining these types of valuable links? When an arduous task presents itself, it is human nature to try to find a shortcut. Sometimes, these shortcuts work, and the quality of the end result is not sacrificed. But often, the shortcut either turns out to be a short-term fix or worse; it backfires, leaving you worse off than you were before. And, in my experience, such is the case in regard to building quality inbound links to your website as part of your local seo service providers campaign.

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After many years of trying to find shortcuts myself, I finally recognized that the best, highest impact, longest lasting links that point to a website are EARNED - not bought, begged for, or stolen. And how does one go about earning quality inbound links? By actually offering something of value - whether it is value found on your website or value you provide to other websites.

Below are a few simple ideas that take a good deal of work, but when applied appropriately, almost always pay off for your long-term local seo service providers efforts.

1. Building an Educational or Resource Section.

As I have written about many times before, an educational section of your website serves a variety of purposes. It adds additional pages to your website that can be optimized for critical key phrases. It can shorten your sales cycle by educating your prospects online rather than over the phone. It can also garner a large number of quality inbound links, simply because you are offering content that doesn't just scream " local seo service providers " - you are instead offering intellectual capital that helps the visitor to make informed decisions, stay on top of industry trends, etc. These are all ideal outcomes of a search engine optimization strategy. People will often link to this valuable content without even being asked, but if you do initiate an effort to reach out to webmasters in your industry asking for inbound links, they are much more likely to comply if you are offering something of value in exchange.

2. Writing and Submitting Expert Articles.

Chances are that your company has a few in-house experts in your industry on staff. But did you know that by promoting these hotshots' ideas, you can help your search engine optimization efforts by getting inbound links? More than likely, these staff members have important things to say about your industry - where it has been, where it is heading, and what issues it currently faces. By having these experts write articles (or having them ghostwritten by a professional writer after he or she interviews your expert), you can then submit this material to popular industry websites, and thereby share that insider wisdom. The upside to this approach and benefit to your search engine optimization goals is obvious - getting inbound links (generally provided in the author bio). In addition, people who may not have heard of your company, but are knowledgeable about your industry can find out about you from visiting a popular industry portal rather than by only finding your website. Again, the basic premise of expert article submission is that you are trading something of value for multiple benefits, one of those benefits being inbound links to support search engine optimization.

3. Creating and Updating a Blog.

Much like submitting expert articles to industry publications or providing a general educational section on your site, a blog is a very specific, popular way to show off your expert knowledge of your industry, albeit in a more informal manner. Blogs are a great part of search engine optimization, as they give your site a boost by offering fresh content (and gain inbound links from interested readers). They also help you to show off your current knowledge of industry trends and events by serving as a publishing platform for these newsworthy items as they unfold - sending a clear sign to your visitors that you are on staying on top of all current issues relevant to your industry. Over time, others in your industry will recognize the value of the information that you are providing, and many will share it with others via a link from their own site. Once again, you are providing something of value for multiple gains.

4. Offering Free, Informational, Industry-Related Tools.

In almost every industry, there are tools that people might rely on as part of their decision making process, and by utilizing a valuable tool, you can actually promote inbound links. Mortgage sites offer free, online mortgage calculators. Car dealers offer similar tools such as payment calculators. This principle can also extend to most industries. Do you sell consulting services? If so, consider offering a spreadsheet that allows people to evaluate a certain aspect of their business. Do you offer remodeling services? Then consider creating a tool where a visitor can provide room dimensions and then add the features of the room that they desire, allowing them to see what it might look like.


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