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How To Be A Prolific Blog Writer

How To Be A Prolific Blog Writer

Time and again you have heard how Google has put a lot of emphasis on quality content creation. It therefore goes without saying that as a blogger you need to know how to approach blog writing.

As a blog writer you realize that the more quality content you publish, the more money you will make. This also applies to all types of writers; the more productive you are the better for you.

Blog writing has proved to be the best strategy of influencing peoples’ decision making process. Word of mouth is powerful but do you know that as a blog writer you are even more powerful?

The question that people fail to ask is, for someone to talk about your product, he or she must have been influenced to do so by someone else. It is the same ask asking, who influences the influencers?

Here is the answer; the internet has become the source of information. And what better way than becoming a blog writer and influencing people’s course of action.




For all these to happen, you have got to acquire writing skills and more importantly, you have to learn how to be productive. This is especially the case for people who blog for business purposes.

Nothing in life succeeds if you do not have a laid out plan. The same applies when it comes to blog writing. As a blog writer, you have to be ready to work for long hours and stretch your body and mind to its limit.

The reason being that, the more you manage to write, the higher your bank account will smile at you. At the same time, you have to publish articles that will make your audience take the desired action.

On this write up, let us discuss some important tips for writing that will ensure you perform to the maximum and still produce quality content.

Research comes first: Before you get down to writing, the first thing you need to do is gather information on what you will write about. If you are going to write more than one blog post, ensure you have researched on all the topics first.

Also included in the research process is gathering links that contain sources of your information. As a blog writer you know you have to support your points by linking back to other authority sites.

The idea here is to avoid been distracted once you get down to writing. Referring to other sites will require you to connect to the internet and that will distract your flow of writing.

It is recommended that after you have done your research; put that information on a sticky note where you can be referring as you compose your articles.

Read widely: This article has been influenced by several articles I have been reading over time. To be a good blog writer you have to be ready to read anything related to your niche.

As you read what others have written you get to learn new and better writing skills. You also get to learn from other peoples’ experience thus avoid doing similar mistakes that they did.

Read as many books and blogs as you can, this is the only way to become a prolific writer. Something you will note when you read widely is that ideas will flow freely once you put pen to paper.

The mind is a powerful organ that can store more information that you can dare think about. Therefore, as you read what others have written, your mind subconsciously stores this information. You will be amazed how content will flow when you begin writing your own articles.

Perform one task at a time: Unless you are a robot or some super human being it is always advisable to concentrate on one thing at a time. You cannot expect to come up with quality articles when you are writing and at the same time chatting with your friend on facebook.

As a blogger, your primary goal should be to generate content, all other things come second. Furthermore, ideas flow freely when you are focused on your writing. If there is something else that has to be done, first complete your article then, attend to other pressing issues.

This is a matter of prioritizing, knowing what you need to attend to first and so on. The only way for accomplishing a given task is to focus and make sure it’s completed.

Doing several things at the same time will only result in time wasting. Besides, by the end of the day you’ll probably discover nothing has been done and if you have completed the work, it will not be perfect.

Multitasking has been found to result in procrastination since tasks appear difficult to perform.

Write none stop: This strategy may not work for all people. Some people require to take breaks between as they work. But it also depends on the kind of work you do.

For me I discovered that once I get down to blog writing I prefer to go all the way until am done. Taking breaks chokes my ideas and when I get back to writing my mind becomes blank.

Especially when you want to really write many articles, it is best to write none stop. This entails writing for like 5 hours without stopping.

This idea will also work for you if you are a freelance writer. In freelancing, the more you write the more cash you will pocket.

But this might not be the case with other people. Some bloggers think and write better when they take rests.  Therefore, experiment and see what works best for you.

Work ambiance: Do you find it difficult to write? Then you need to check your work environment. There is nothing as distractive to a blog writer as noise from the surrounding.

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Noise from children playing outside or music playing on radio is enough to distract your blog writing. If your surrounding is affecting your blogging it is advisable to try and relocate. You can go to your friend’s place that has better ambiance.

When you are writing you need to concentrate fully. Therefore, switch off your TV, Radio or anything that will affect the flow of your writing.

Take time to relax and do some workouts: This applies to everyone no matter what walk of life you come from or what you do. The only way to remain productive thus refresh your mind is through regular exercise.

By the way, you do not need to enroll in a gym in order to exercise; you can perform some simple workouts in the comfort of your bedroom.

Instead of going to the mall with your car or taking a cab, you can decide to take a walk. This is both for your general well being and more importantly it will make you a more productive blog writer.

It is true that you need to work hard in order to be a successful blogger but that does not mean you should not rest. In fact, the more you work the longer you should rest.

In your working schedule, you should also allocate time to rest. You can decide that you will only be working in the morning and resting in the afternoons. Or you can work a whole day and take a break the next day.

Remember, too much work with no play made Jack a dull boy. What will you achieve if you break down in the name of becoming successful?

Proofread after you are through with drafting: Believe it or not, proofreading before you are through with your blog writing can be very distractive.

In most cases, proofreading every paragraph you write will lead to loss of concentration and block flow of ideas. In addition, when you proofread a sentence after writing it you end up overlooking your mistakes.

This is because in your mind you know what you wanted to write but on paper the sentence could be reading something else. Trying to be faultless is the worst mistake you can make.

It is better to write your article to the end and only come back to proof read when you are done. As for me, once I’m through with writing my articles, I leave the house to attend to my other duties.

I then come back in the evening when my mind is fresh and I’m detached from what I wrote earlier. This is like having someone else proofreading my articles.

You can also ask your friend or someone in your household to proofread your work.

Conclusion: Blogging is fun as long as you have clear set goals. In order to be productive you need to be a focused blog writer. Success is guaranteed only when you put your mind to it.

I have stated my point, now I leave it to you to get down to work and become the best blogger who influences influencers by publishing quality blog articles.

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How To Create A Successful Business Blog From Home

How To Create A Successful Business Blog From Home

If you happen to browse the internet you will come across millions of business blogs. But how many of these bloggers can truly say that they have achieved their goals?

The process of setting up and building a business blog requires patience and determination. This is especially so to new home bloggers who face major competition from established bloggers.

Corporate blogs have the finances to hire publishers to generate hundreds of articles on a daily bases. Where does that leave a small home based business blogger? Does that mean you give up and continue facing your financial challenges? No way!

Blogging has become one of the best and easiest ways of generating income online. The internet if filled with stories of lone ranger bloggers who have cut a niche for themselves. Some of the successful business blogs include Problogger, Copy Blogger, Shoe Money, John Chow, Income Dairy and the list goes on and on.

These are individuals who set their eyes to achieve success through blogging. Look, today they are reaping the benefits of their efforts. The amazing thing is that some of them have been in the game for a short period time. This is an indication that you too can make it if you put your heart into it.




What is the definition of a successful business blog? It is any blog that satisfies the desires and adds value to its target audience by providing purposeful content and products.

This may not be case with all blogs since others seek to achieve different goals. There are blogs which act as personal online diaries where someone just shares his life. But if you are talking of a business blog the above definition will definitely apply.

The difference in blogging is determined by what a blog wants to achieve. A blog that shares product reviews will use a different format of writing from a blog that sells affiliate products.

A lawyer seeking to boost his credibility and profile will also use a different writing style. But the one thing that remains constant in all blogs is that they all focus on attaining their set targets.

You might be having a business blog, expert blog or personal blog; the aim of whatever blog you set up should be to achieve its goals. Objectives need to be thought out before you launch and as you build and promote your blog. When sharing content, your objectives must always be at the back of your mind.

Now let us get into the thick of things and discuss some of the issues to consider when creating a business blog.

Target one niche: The one mistake that most bloggers do is been Jacks of all trade. There is no way you can be an expert in everything. Show me a business blog that is targeted in nature and I will show you a success blogger.

Choose a niche you know you are good at and then study to know the preference of your audiences. Get to know where your target visitors spend most of their time and the language they use. This will help you to publish content that appeals to them.

A business blog should always seek to attract the right type of visitors; that is the way to make money blogging.

Have a plan: It does not matter what type of blog you have, planning is very critical to creating a successful blog. Set your goals and objectives even before you start your blog. You also have to make sure you do not get destructed along the way and divert from your goals.

In business, you have to be focused even when you are facing obstacles. If you ask any successful person out there, you will note that they all have one thing in common. They all overcame many challenges to get to where they are today.

It may take you long to generate traffic to your blog but that does not mean you give up. Keep at it and you will eventually rank high and attract lots of online traffic.

Be ready to write: Let no one lie to you, the best and legit way to blog is through ssharing content. Social media has brought an aspect of micro blogging, but some people fail to ask themselves; after I have posted that one liner on twitter, where do I take my visitors?

Therefore, you cannot escape creating a business blog that is content based. Your content should be focused and captivating enough to reach your target audience subconscious. The way to achieve that is to choose a niche you are most passionate about.

When you write on a topic you love, it will resonate with your audience thus compel your readers to come back for more.

business blogUse Different writing styles: Every writer has his or her own style of writing; or you can call it signature. To make your content more palatable and interesting you need to use different writing styles.

One of the ways to achieve that is through adding images within your content. Make it easier for your readers to digest your content by using sub heading, writing in point form and use of bold letters.

Break the monotony by sometimes sharing interesting stories to pass on your message. The more exciting you content is, the high your retention level will be thus help you earn income from your blog.

Avoid anything that will sidetrack your readers from reading your publications. These include adding too many flickering images and popups within your blog.

Plan for a launch: The more people that get to know about your business blog the more money you will make. If you are confident enough and know that your content is rich, you need to publicize your blog.

Some of the best strategies to use to launch your blog include posting press releases, email marketing, forum marketing and any other avenue available to you.

Show enthusiasm in your blog in every promotion tactic you employ. Your readers will notice your online activities thus boost your online presence.

Be ready to promote your business blog: One of the most important aspects of blogging is marketing. There is no point of creating a blog if you are not going to promote it.

Marketing on the internet is not a one day affair, you need to do it on continues bases. This is in form of adding content on a regular basis, boosting your link profile, bookmarking your content and sharing your webpages on top social media networks.

You can also promote your business blog using offline marketing strategies like adding your link in your business card. Use all modes of marketing available to you to bring in as much traffic as you can. Ultimately, the more blog visitors you generate the higher the chances of succeeding in blogging.

Conclusion: You hold the key to your blogging success. Therefore, do all that is necessarily to create a successful home based business blog.

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Increasing Work Online Money Making Opportunities

Increasing Work Online Money Making Opportunities

Thousands of people today have discovered that they can work online at home and still generate decent incomes. This is by the number of websites and blogs being launched each passing day.

I believe these people cannot be wrong and that there is money to be made on the internet. The sad part is that most of them may never make money while a small fraction of them will actually succeed in working online.

The question you should be asking yourself is these, what are the secrets of online money making? Believe it or not there are no hidden treasures or secrets. If you can find ways of driving traffic to your blog then you will succeed in any work online opportunity you enroll in.

There are those that would like you to think that making money as you work online is difficult. They do that in order to make you buy their products. As much as some of these products are integral in online business, others are not worth spending your money on.

Then the next question is, how do I know which are the right products and services to purchase? The answer to that is simple, RESEARCH. Once you do proper groundwork by reading product reviews and reading comments on related online forums then you will be good to go.




Anyway, the one thing that will ensure you succeed in work online opportunities is traffic generation. You can turn your niche site into an avenue of earning income at home with ease.

This is how to ensure you generate high volume traffic as you work online

Automation: When I first started out in working online I did most of my things manually. I moved up the ranks but I got to a place that my affiliate marketing business stagnated. By that time I did not know why until a read an article that completely changed my thinking.

My main strategy of online marketing is through article writing. I used to submit my articles manually until I discovered a tool that immediately took my affiliate business to the next level. This tool is called Unique Article Wizard (UAW).

The internet is rich with great softwares that can really make things easy for you. Rather than spending all day repeating the same process, find ways to automate your online work.

Most online marketers like boasting how they work 2 hours daily. This is because they have tools that they use to automate their online home business.

work from homeEven as you sell your own products on your site, find ways of improving your customers’ experience by automating your site. This is in terms of payments, delivery and most importantly after sales services. Every time you make the life of your customers easy you can be assure of more traffic and income online.

Don’t be a master of all: No man/woman is an island. It is not possible for you to know how to do all things that pertain to work at home business. This is where we get to talk about outsourcing. The best way to boost your business is working with experts.

In fact, outsourcing can go a long way in minimizing cost of operation. Rather than hiring people, it would be better to outsource for some services that you are not good at. These days there are affordable virtual outsourcing opportunities that will really ease your online work.

When you outsource, it means that you get time to concentrate on other issues that are important to your work from home online business.

Legitimize your site: Registering your business with the government is vital in ensuring your business is legit. Making your work online business formal will earn you good reputation thus an entrepreneur status. Good online reputation greatly increases your online traffic because of trust.

You may be working from home alone but it is advisable to plan ahead and have structures in place. This will make it easy for you to manage your home based business well when you incorporate other people.

On your site include the terms and conditions of business and make certain you adhere to them. For instance, follow the correct rules when it comes to financial transactions.

In addition, design a logo and build on your work online trade mark. This will eventually help you cut a niche for your online business and more so boost your online presence.

Once you have succeeded in traffic generation you can monetize your blog or website. The best approach to monetization is by having several streams of income. The internet is rich with many work online opportunities that you can take advantage of.

Click here to go through the several ways of making money from home.

Today, you can start making money at home.

First is to choose a niche.

Second, select the keywords to optimize on

By a domain name and web hosting (Use the coupon code “workonline25” to buy through my Hostgator Affiliate link and get 25% discount.)

Add content regularly

Build backlinks.

Soon I will publish an article detailing the step by step procedure of how to work online and earn income at home.

How To Maintain #1 Ranking As You SEO In Google

How To Maintain #1 Ranking As You SEO In Google

Have you ever asked yourself this question; when I finally rank on 1st page of Google for my targeted keyword, how do I maintain that position?

Going by recent events in the Google SEO world, you can never be assured of a first page ranking leave alone a number one spot.

As difficult as it is to get to page one, so is it to maintain the position. On this write up we want to answer a burning question that most bloggers and online marketers ask; after I get to position one what do I do next?

It is a nice feeling to wake up one day and find your site firming sitting on the number one position for your targeted keyword. This means that your bank account will be worth talking about and more importantly people in your niche will start looking at you as an authority.

When this happens the worst thing you can do is sit back and enjoy been driven by the google SEO current. You too need to hoist your sails and determine the direction your site is going to take.

As we said earlier SEO in google is so volatile, today you could be perched comfortably in position one only to wake up the next day and find your site featuring nowhere.

Though you cannot 100% SEO proof your site, you can apply some tactics that will ensure you maintain the number one status in search results for the longest time possible.

#1 ranking comes with many goodies which include high targeted traffic and of course higher and better conversion. Getting to 1st page is no easy feat, now you have to embark on making sure you maintain that position.

Here are legit google SEO strategies to employ so as to maintain your top SEO ranking:

1: Avoid HTML errors:

Here I will talk from experience. Some time back I really wanted to change my site appearance to make it look more attractive and professional.

This led me to searching for a new template. I finally got one but I did one cardinal sin, I did not read reviews about the template.

One week after loading the template my site lost its ranking. That is when I discovered the templates had errors which made google to remove my site from their listings.

Although I have recovered if it wasn’t for that mistake my google SEO rankings would have been much better by now.

When adding new plugins or changing anything in the HTML coding, make sure you do your groundwork well to ensure you don’t get in the bad books of google. It would be better you get expert advice before make such adjustments.

2: Seek To rank for even more related keywords:

Finally, you are ranking for your major keyword phrase, you should not stop there.

In any given niche there are several keywords to rank for. Use your 1st page status to rank for other related keywords in your niche.

For example, if your site is ranking for a keyword like “home business”, start a campaign to also rank for other related keywords such as “home based business”, “work from home business”, “home business in USA” and so on.

As you seek to rank for more related keyword phrases in your niche you will increase your online visibility.

Below are techniques to target other related keywords

  1. Diversify your anchor text when building backlinks to your site
  2. Target different keyword phrases in every webpage you create.
  3. When back linking to your site remember to also link back to your individual pages.
  4. In each of your individual pages include links pointing to your homepage. Use different keywords in your anchor text in every page.

Note: Be careful not to over optimize by linking with only one keyword. The secret to succeeding when you SEO in google is appearing natural. Therefore, use different keywords in your anchor text when creating backlinks.

3: Intensify your search to get more backlinks:

Do not get comfortable once you get to position one in google search results. There are 9 other sites below you plotting strategies on how to dethrone you.

Take advantage of your top position to increase your link popularity. How do you do that?

  1. Post articles on top rated sites such as ehow, about.com and Wikipedia.
  2. Approach authority blogs in your niche and request them to link back to your content. This you can do through guest blogging.
  3. Participate in more top forum sites in your niche and ensure you add a signature which contains a link to your site.
  4. Post comments in any top related blog you come across. Make sure you read what they have written so as to submit comments that add value and make you look as an expert.

As you increase backlinks to your content it will become more difficult for your competitors to dethrone you. Furthermore, it will help boost your Google SEO ranking for even more related keyword phrases in your niche.

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4: Create linkable content:

The heart of SEO in google is content and backlinks. This has been the case all along until people started to look for ways to game search engines in order to rank higher.

With google algorithm updates seeking to remove spam content in search result, it means people have to go back to the basics of SEO. This is to tell you that the more things change the more they remain the same.

Anyway let us get back to business.

The moment you get the #1 position you will definitely see a steep incline in traffic to your site. Instead of calling your friends for a party, take the opportunity to prove to your readers that you merit that position.

I would rather you publish a post once a week but make sure your posts blows the minds of your readers. A case in point is Glen who runs viperchill.com. His articles can some time contain more that 10,000 words. If this is not what is called epic, then I don’t know what else this is. By the way, Glen did win a blogging award in the beginning of this year, 2012.

Writing epic content will definitely elicit more backlinks and increase the chances of your articles going viral on social media sites and in the blog-sphere.

Appearing on position one exposes you to more traffic and with rich content you can further solidity your position by creating more linkable blog posts.

The secret is to make sure that the people who come to your site help you to maintain that position. In your articles make certain you add a call to action message telling readers to subscribe to your email list, share on social sites, comment or link back to your content.

These are strategies that make your link popularity appear more natural in Google’s eyes.

Other ways of boosting backlinks thus confirm your Google SEO ranking include;

–          Work on your site appearance. Get an attractive and professional theme template and add eye catching images within your blog posts.

–          People don’t like to be sold to or linking to over monetized site. So, once you hit position one reduce the number of adverts on your site.

–          Post original content that cannot be find anywhere else on the web. For instance, write on current events taking place in your niche. Your content will definitely stand out.

–          Add social buttons. This will help your content go viral thus exposing you to more people who are likely to link back to your site.

5: Find ways to increase CTR (Click Through Rate):

Once your site starts ranking in the 1st page of search engine results you have got to encourage people to click. The fact that you are ranking position one in search results does not automatically mean traffic will increase.

You need to put in place incentives that will leave people with no choice but to click on your links.

a)      The first thing you need to work on is your headlines. Come up with captivating and juicy titles that will attracts clicks.

Within your title you can add a call to action message such as “This you must read”. Also remember that your headline is important for onsite optimization thus include your target keyword phrase.

Note: Search engines only show the first 70 characters thus ensure you keywords are within this limit

b)      The second thing you need to look at is your site description. This is the text that appears below your title in the search engine result pages.

If you use wordpress then you can install an SEO plugin that can determine which text will show in the title and description.

Some of the recommended SEO plugin includes All In One SEO Pack, WordPress SEO, Platinum SEO among others.

Although google may change the description depending on what people are searching, you need to set a description using your SEO plugin. In addition, every page you create should also have a META title and description.

Note: As you seek to improve your SEO rankings in google in the site description, remember to add a call to action message. This will help to boost your Click Through Rate (CTR).

6: Target both short and long tail keywords:

It would be naive of you to assume that you can never be removed from ranking number 1. From recent events, top sites have experienced dropping in ranking thanks to Google SEO algorithm changes.

Therefore, it is possible that this can happen to anyone even if you are using white hat SEO strategies.

We are seeing new technologies and strategies coming up every other day in the SEO world. Therefore, the big question is what can you do to maintain top ranking?

The secret is to first focus your Google SEO campaign on targeting long tail keywords. By the way, to help increase your sales conversion rate, seek to rank for long tail keywords.

Long tail keywords produce little traffic but since they are more targeted the chances of people purchasing your products is higher.

Bonus Google SEO Tips:

From what we have shared above it is obvious to see that epic content and quality backlinks is the secret to ranking high. But there are other elements that search engines have started measuring to determine a site’s authority.

Bounce rate: Some of the data that Google has is user activities. This means Google is able to tell how long their users spend on any given site.

SEO experts believe that very soon or if they have not started already, Google is going to rank websites depending on influence. Hence, you need to check your bounce rate and make sure you improve it.

A good bounce rate should be 80% and below.

Diversify your source of traffic: The last thing that Google wants to see is a site generating traffic from search engines alone. This to Google looks unnatural thus making your site appear generic.

You need to work on your branding and thus be in a position to generate traffic from all quarters.

Diversifying your traffic sources also helps you to keep on generating traffic even when Google drops you from their search results.

Some of the strategies to build an online brand thus boost your online presence include participating on related online forums, social media sites, guest blogging, posting comments and social bookmarking just to list a few.

Summary: If you work on the points that have been discussed here you can be sure to keep generating traffic for a long time to come.

It is true that search engines provide a great avenue to promote your site but remember the adage that states “Do not put all your eggs in one basket”.

Now you know what to do when you finally reach the number one position.

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Top 6 Ideas To Increase Your Blog Google Page Rank

Top 6 Ideas To Increase Your Blog Google Page Rank

For you to boost your google page rank you need to continuously work on your link profile. The challenge that most bloggers and webmasters go through is identifying the right link building strategies.

The mistake that most newbies do as they seek to increase their google page rank is back linking without a strategy. It is good to note that link building should not be a one off thing; rather it is an ongoing process. Additionally, you have to be tactful, patient and be ready to invest some money on things like keyword tools.

Something you need to know about improving your google page rankings is to build your link profile step by step. The more natural your link profile grows the more search engines will trust your website or blog.

Over the years there are strategies that SEO experts have used to ensure top search engine placement. By top placement, we mean page 1 or 2 of top search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask for targeted keywords.

In order to better your google page rank you have to employ several SEO tactics. This will make your back links appear more natural and furthermore boost your direct traffic.

On this write up we shall reveal to you top 6 strategies to combine in building link popularity hence increase your blog google page rank faster and naturally.

1. Press Release: One of the best ways to be an authority in your niche is by posting press release. People will trust a press release more that they will do a blog publication or an article submission.

Though there is money to be invested in publishing a press release, the ROI is guaranteed especially if you target the right keywords. You also need to do proper timing to ensure you capture your target audience.

In most cases you are guaranteed high placement on top search engines the day the press release is published. This is why you need to do your timing very carefully and know when people in niche are online.

If your post is good, you are also assured that top sites will feature your article thus generate direct traffic. The power of press release in based on the fact that you can anchor your link using targeted keywords. Hence do your ground work before writing your article. Also learn the best way to format your release.

As journalists and magazines pick your press release you will get backlinks thus boosting your overall site ranking. A good site to visit and open an account for press release is PR Web.

When writing a press release avoid the use of high marketing pitches and also do not use words like “I” rather use the rule of the third person. Note: The more people pick your release the more backlinks you create hence boosting your google page rank.

2. Get backlinks from top blogs in your niche: In whatever niche you are in there will always blogs that feature at the top. Find these top blogs and ask them to link back to your site. The reason that most fail in these strategy is because they use the wrong approach when asking for a back link.

It is recommended that you show courtesy when asking for a backlink. Blogs are more like community based where people in the same niche will find forums to hang out. You can join such online communities and build relationships. As you related it will be easy for other blogs to accept your request for a backlink hence increase your site google page rank.

google page rankNote: Always seek to link to blogs that rank higher than your blog.

3. Use social media networks: One of the best strategies of boosting your google page ranking is through social media sites. Today, sites like facebook, twitter and YouTube have taken over the internet.

Webmasters have seen their blogs and websites go viral through content sharing on social networking sites. To effectively use this online marketing arsenal, join groups which share the same interest as you. Make sure you are active so as to build a web presence.

As you post links to your blog pages you will generate direct traffic and at the same time increase your google page rankings. On your blog you can add the share button and ask your visitors to share your content on social sites. With time your link profile will grow thus help you get a better search engine placement.

4. Guest Posting: This is one of the most powerful strategies of boosting your google page rank. SEO experts even recommend that if you have a website you need to link it to a blog.

Working from home online through blogging is more beneficial when you update your blog regularly with quality content. Some bloggers in a quest to post content regularly request others to be guest bloggers. In return, the quest blogger is rewarded with a backlink.

If you search for niche blogs that are open to guest bloggers you will defiantly get one or two. The best approach to guest posting is to target top ranking blogs. Work with blogs that are search engine friendly; that means blogs that do not use “nofollow” attribute.

5. Article Marketing: Content is the driving force of the internet. For this reason article marketing remains one of the best tactics of improving your google page ranking.

Apart from boosting your page rankings, article marketing helps you generate direct traffic and increase online presence. Some of the top article directories that are search engine friendly include Ezine Articles, Amazines, Go Article, Idea Marketers, Street Articles, Sooper Articles e.t.c.

The secret is to publish exciting and educative articles on top article directories. Since you will be giving these directories free content, in return you get to add a backlink to your blog in the author resource box.

Some bloggers are known to use only top article directories while others use mass article submission to hundreds of article sites. Both these strategies work, it is up to you to choose which best suits you.

6. Submitting your site to business directories: In your link building campaign you should incorporate directory submission. Some years back directory submission was a great way to boost your site SEO value but with time this has diminished to some extent.

But this does not mean that it will not be beneficial to link profile. If you happen to be listed on a directory like Dmoz.org you can be sure to improve your google page rank.

Make certain that as you are submitting your site you post in the right categories and on top listed business directories.

Recap: The best technique of improving your link profile is to have an ongoing link building plan. Seek to have your link appear on top rated sites in your niche and you will be guaranteed of a top google page rank any day.

Professional SEO Is The Only Way Out Now

Professional SEO Is The Only Way Out Now

The jury (google) has come back with its verdict and it has sent paid link networks to the gallows. In short, the so called old fashioned SEO professionals are back in the game.

For the last two weeks, SEO headlines news have been buzzing with stories about how link buying sites have finally been axed. To some this came as a surprise but by the way things were going on in the SEO world it was just a matter of time.

Many webmasters and some SEO experts had ran away from white hat SEO strategies. But can you blame? For as little as $50, webmasters saw their site rankings soaring upwards and so were their traffic and cash.

People had forgotten about building online business relationships with other bloggers and webmasters since they could easily get backlinks cheaply. Researching and generating quality content was thrown off the window thanks to paid link networks.

It was not hard to see sites that were adding no value in terms of content ranking so high. And any attempt to beat them seemed so futile because of the many backlinks they had. On further investigation, you discover even the anchor text been used were not related to their site content.

Sites that used black hat tactics to rank got their first warning shot when Panda was released. The writing was on the wall that it would not be long before underhand SEO marketing strategist would be punished.

Google Venice that took effect on February 2012 was long overdue. SEO professionals had become lazy. On the other hand, webmasters who only used white hat techniques were struggling to rank.

The reason for saying it was long overdue was because catching this paid link network sites was easy. For them to pull in customers, link buying sites had to place ads on advertising programs like Google Adwords. If you ask be, these sites should have been arrested a long time ago and the internet would have been a safer place to live.

By the look of things, google has managed to some great extent to level the playing field. With the death of link buying, now SEO experts can revert to telling their clients to go back to publishing rich content.

Link popularity had moved away from building backlinks from sites with related topics. Thumps up to Google, they have woken SEO professionals from their slumber.

Blog network sites that sell backlinks brought with them some problems. These networks used span articles within their blogs and sites. This meant that their content added no value to internet users who are considered by search engine the most important.

Are you are victim of blog networks? Please share with us how Google Venice has affected you. Submit your comments in the section provided below this post.

The big question to ask; is there hope for sites that used to buy backlinks? What about SEO specialists who were advising their clients to pay for backlinks in order to rank, do they have a future?

Yes and No is the answer. In business there are ups and downs. Falling is not the issue for we are all set to someday hit rock bottom. What matters most is what you do after you fall.

Gone with the wind are the days when you would lazy around and still rank high. In short, you will only rise from the ashes if you get back to the basics of SEO.

Slowly we are going back to the good old days when the internet was filled with valuable and insightful content.

This is what you need to do if you are a victim of Google Venice:

Go back to social media marketing: For the tenth time, anyone that ignores social media marketing is leaving lots of cash on the table. If you have relied so much on SEO to generate traffic it is high time you also thought of social marketing.

Open an account on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. In case you are not aware, there is a new kid in the block going by the name Google Plus. While on these sites try and build relationships by offering your expertise and you will definitely get a loyal fan base and customers.

Social networking sites will provide you with quality backlinks and direct referral traffic if you follow the right social media marketing strategies.

SEO specialistsMonitors your site traffic analytics: Time and time again, legit SEO professionals advised webmasters to monitor their site traffic. Though webmasters adhered to this rule, they only cared about the amount of traffic coming to their websites and blogs.

Now it is time to further examine your site traffic statistics by checking visitor loyalty, return visitors, bounce rate and the number of page views per visitor.

These are elements signify that people are spending more time on your site and thus boost your conversion rate. There are 3 ways of achieving all of the above:

  1. Working on your call to action strategy.
  2. Generating high quality content.
  3. Onsite optimization where you link together your relevant pages

In addition, you can enhance your site appearance and performance by uploading quality video content. People love images especially moving pictures. Adding videos will ensure people spend more time on your site thus increase online sales.

Video marketing is so powerful and it is a wonder that SEO professionals resulted to using underhand tactics like buying links. Uploading a video on YouTube is free and you will all agree with me that there are things you can only explain better on a video clip.

You don’t need to have a face like Brad Pitt to produce quality videos. You will be amazed there is a big audience out there just looking for what you have to offer.

The fact that motion pictures appeal to most people, getting backlinks as people share your videos means more link power to your site. Therefore, start creating video clips related to your niche and upload them on sites like Vimeo, YouTube, MetaCafe and Daily Motion just to mention a few.

Build an email list: Lucky are you if during the days your site was on page 1 you created an email list. As for those that didn’t, hope from now on you will devise a way of capturing your visitors contact details.

Having an email list is one of the best strategies of ensuring you continue making money even when SEO traffic dwindles. It can only take one email message of a new product to your opt-in list to make $100,000.

Do a site cleanup: If you ask me this you should have done when Panda Update was released. But it is never too late, go back and scrutinize each of your webpages and remove the ones with crappy content or have been over optimized.

If you see an opportunity to make a page better, kindly do it right away. Ensure all your individual webpages contain content that addresses the needs of your visitors comprehensively.

Try and remove all the backlinks from the paid link sites if possible.

Ensure your site loads faster: A factor of SEO that should not escape any webmaster is loading time. The faster your site loads the better it will be for you in terms of site ranking.

Besides, a site that loads faster also improves visitor experience thus resulting to a higher conversion rate.

Work on your site appearance: Most website owners shy away from altering their site appearance especially when they are ranking on page 1. This is because it may lead to disrupting their site visitors.

Now that you have been thrown backwards you should seize the opportunity to upload that beautiful template. Soon you will be heading back to page 1 and this time you want to make a real impact.

Listing on business directories: It’s been long since I came across an article discussing the importance of building backlinks from business directories. But from the look of things people will have no choice but to revert to directory sites.

The secret is to list your site on legit and top directories like Dmoz. But be careful not to have your links on paid directories that are there to help you in SEO ranking alone.

Apart from adding your website link on local directories, join online forums in your niche and participate actively in discussions. You can also build quality backlinks by posting relevant comments on blogs within your niche.

Connect with other webmasters and bloggers in your niche: I remember the days when SEO professionals used to advice their clients to build relationships with other webmasters and bloggers. This was good for building backlinks through guest blogging.

It is true that guest posting is not easy but the results are worth the effort. It may take time to get to top ranking through guest blogging but the day you get there it will be difficult to come down. Now is the time to foster relationships with other people in your niche, thus boost your link value through guest blogging.

Summary: With the death of link building through buying links, professionals in SEO who use white hat strategies can now breathe easy. If I’m not wrong, people using white hat strategies are the ones smiling all the way to the bank.

Before February 2012 the people who dominated SEO ranking were those who had the cash. Now that the playing field has been leveled we hope only quality content will appear in SERP’s.

If creating content is a tall order for you, why don’t you head to sites like vWorker, oDesk, elance or Freelancer and hire a professional to generate for you content?

Freelance writers too have a reason to smile, thanks to Google.

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How To Approach Article Submission In Google Eyes

How To Approach Article Submission In Google Eyes

Many online marketers really profited from article submission, this was until Google Panda came calling. The change in algorithm has seen many sites drop in search engine ranking and in the process losing lots of traffic.

A category of sites that has really faced the wrath of search engine algorithm update has been article submission sites. In turn, webmasters and bloggers using article directories to promote their sites have been wondering where to go now.

If you are still not with me this far, let me rewind the clock for you. Things were OK for article directories until the beginning of December 2011 when Google released Panda update.

One of the website that was adversely affected was Ezine Articles. The number of articles that where been submitted to this site where in thousands.

Many online marketers used Ezine Articles to attract direct traffic and get backlinks. This is to suggest that with Ezine Articles been hit by the update, internet marketers also felt the pitch.

For years now, article submission had been the source of building link popularity and thus boosting website ranking. With your articles ranking high on search engine, you were also guaranteed of direct and targeted traffic.

As we speak things have changed, many articles that used to rank high are now nowhere to be seen within search results. Article writing that was the backbone of web marketing, now seems to have been removed in the equation.

But let us pose for a while and try and examine where the problem started. When article marketing was first introduced to the internet, marketers used these sites appropriately.

The main intention of article submission was to offer readers with a source of rich and educative content. In addition, the article sites where intended to provide webmasters a place to get articles to post on their sites.

In exchange the webmasters were to give credit to the person who actually published the article by picking the article’s resource box. In article marketing this is what is also known as syndication.

With time some marketers started misusing the article directory sites to their own benefit. Most articles where not up to standard with marketers spinning and submitting unreadable content.

This they did all in an aim of gaining backlinks and in the process failing to add value to readers. Black hat marketing strategist took advantage of article submission and from there the writing was on the wall. Search engines (led by Google) had to do something to bring this to an end otherwise they would lose their visitors and in the process their advertising revenue.

It is true that users borne some of blame, but the group with the greatest responsibility were the article directory owners. They should have put in place strict measures to ensure users posted only high quality content.

To add insult to injury, article submission sites increased their advertisement space all in the name of increasing their affiliate and adsense revenue.

Where do all these events place you as an internet marketer? Do you subtract article submission to your array of online marketing arsenals? Or do you need to consider where to submit articles?

It goes without saying that article marketing is still one of the best and most powerful means of website or blog marketing. Therefore, you cannot say that you will stop using article directories to generate online traffic.

Looking back to the good old days before things got out of hand, webmasters and bloggers really did benefit from article directories. In those early days, bloggers used to command a huge fan base through article directory sites. The volume of traffic from article submission in those days was in the thousands.

For article marketing to rise from the ashes, online marketers will have to rethink their strategies. Ask yourself, what made readers consider article sites as the source of rich content in the first place?

The answers to this question are simple

–          To gather information regarding their area of interest.

–          Readers could have been following you as a person to hear what you have to say about certain issues

–          To be updated on current events taking place in their niche

In the above scenarios one thing remains constant, as a blogger or webmasters you have to be ready to continuously feed your audience with content. This calls for regular article writing and more importantly updating your website or blog frequently.

Carrying all that load of coming up with content can be a daunting task for some marketers. But that does not mean you starve your target audience. That is why article marketing sites still remain vital as far as content generation is concerned.

Article sites are a rich source of getting content to place on your site. Hence, offer your readers content from other writers by syndicating articles. But make sure the content is of high quality and makes sense to readers.

article submission

With these in mind, how do you expect to post bogus write ups and hope that webmasters will re-publish your articles on their sites?

It is high time article marketers ran away from submitting low quality articles. Take advantage of the fact that webmasters need to outsource for captivating content.

For your content to be noticed by publishers you have to submit articles that add value. That was the case when article marketing was first introduced as an online promotion strategy.

Bloggers would rush to article directory sites and browse for content that would meet the needs of their target audience and syndicate them on their blogs. Since the rule was and is to give credit to the owner of the article, article marketers would build quality backlinks and generate direct traffic.

On the other hand, people re-publishing content would offer their readers with fresh content. As you can see, there is a symbiotic relationship where both webmasters/bloggers and articles writers are both beneficiaries.

A look at most article directories indicates that they have learned from their earlier mistake. Today, sites like Street Articles, Article Base, Isnare and Buzzle have stringent rules of article submission.

Gone are the days when an article of 250 words would be approved automatically. Nowadays, most article submitting sites only approve articles with 400 words and above. Others go as high as 600 words and above.

This is an indication that article marketing is still a force of internet marketing to be reckoned with. It means that having your articles approved will get you more backlinks than ever before.

Why? Most people are lazy when it comes to writing articles therefore when you step up your article marketing campaign and follow the new rules you will be ahead on 95% of web marketers.

Thanks to Google for finding a way to tame wayward web advertisers. Gone are the days when crappy articles would show up in search engine results. This is both to the benefit of webmasters and internet browsers.

Below are strategies you can use as an article marketer to boost your site traffic:

1: Start generating insightful and educative content that will be beneficial to your target audience.

2: Avoid adding high pitched marketing messages in your articles. Ideally, articles should be a source of quality information and not an opportunity to talk about your products or services.

3: Use narratives and descriptions to make your articles more exciting to read.

4: Your articles should act as bait whereby you leave some unanswered questions in your articles.

5: Create a resource box with wordings that will make readers see that following your links will offer answers to their unanswered questions.

6: Links within your bio box/resource box should take people to webpages that offer content related to your articles. Again, it is advisable that your articles offer answers to people unanswered queries.

Now that you know how to go about submitting articles, for there to be maximum effect you need to replicate the process over and over again.

Soon enough, readers and website owners will be lining up to read and re-publish your articles. Make certain you maintain a high standard of article creation to keep getting new fan base thus your content will go viral.

Summary: Article marketing is still a powerful tool of generating targeted traffic. Submit your articles to top article marketing directories and for sure your content will be syndicated.

With your articles going viral, you will stop depending on search engines alone to bring people to your site. Search engine organic traffic is good but direct traffic from article submission sites is much better since it’s more targeted.

I have noticed that people from article directories tend to spend more time on my site than visitors from search engines.

What is your experience with regards to search engine traffic and article submission websites? Which of the two sources have a lower bounce rate? Do you have an idea of where to submit articles and get better traffic?

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Home Affiliate Business Guidelines As You Work Online

Home Affiliate Business Guidelines As You Work Online

For those who are looking for legit and easy ways to generate money online in 2012, you have got to try affiliate business. There are many small online business entrepreneurs that have made it big online through affiliate sales. You too can become one of them if you observe the right guidelines.

Apart from affiliate business been affordable, it is easy to implement even from the comfort of your home. All you need is a computer and good internet connection.

Some of you may be asking; What is affiliate marketing?

This is the business of selling other people’s products for commissions. It means that you do not need to go through the hassle of producing your own products or services. You also avoid the trouble of dealing with after sales services which sometimes can be quite a headache.

With affiliate business all you do is send traffic to an affiliate site. Some affiliate companies like Revresponse pay you per lead while others like Clickbank pay you per sale.

So far it may sound like generating online income through affiliate marketing as an easy task, but am about to burst your bubble. Just like any other work online business, you need to have the right tools, skills and commitment in order to succeed in affiliate business.

On this write up, we shall see some guidelines that you need to adopt to bring in revenue from affiliate programs.

Create a website or blog: For you to thrive in any online home based business you need to have your own website or blog. A website acts like a one stop shop where you can promote many affiliate products on one platform.

When creating a blog or website make sure it has content for one particular niche. This will help you generate targeted visitors thus generate online leads and sales faster.

Once you have a niche site do not make the mistake of promoting unrelated products. There is no way you can create a site on how to work from home online and then promote cook books and expect to make affiliate sales. Make certain that your content is related to the affiliate business products you are selling on your site.

Learn the preferences of your target audience so as to sell products that will address their needs and wants. If you match your content and products to your target visitors you are good to go with affiliate business.

You also need to aggressively promote your site or blog. Placing adverts of your affiliate items strategically on your site does not mean you will succeed in home affiliate business. Generating targeted traffic is also very important.

Find the best techniques of marketing your site so as to generate affiliate sales. This you can do through pay per click advertising, search engine marketing and optimization, article marketing, email marketing video marketing and so on.

With high volume of traffic to your site you are guaranteed of making sales especially if your visitors are targeted. (Click here to learn the best ways of marketing on the internet).

Build an opt-in list: With a website or blog you can also create your own opt-in list. There are affiliate firms that are known to generate leads at the expense of their affiliates. But if you had your own subscriber list, you can periodically be sending them new affiliate products in the market and make money online.

Avoid affiliate companies that concentrate more on building a list rather than selling products.

Product knowledge: As you are doing affiliate business, you need to know all about the products you are promoting. Therefore, take time to read reviews and research on a product you intent to promote on your site.

This will help you when your visitors start asking you about a product or service you are advertising. If you ask me, you are better off trying out a product before you become an affiliate.

Product review: The beauty of trying out a product before you become an affiliate is that you can also come up with quality product reviews. Product reviews are very powerful when it comes to convincing customers to purchase a product.

It is even more powerful if you are considered an authority figure in your niche.

Home affiliate businessSell products that move: There is no point of selling affiliate items that do not move. You would be better off promoting one product that moves than selling many that do not produce sales.

Hence it is important when conducting home affiliate business to be selective. Place more emphasis on products that are up-to-date and are easy to sell.

Monitor affiliate sales: To ensure you promote product that sell it is imperative to track your affiliate traffic and sales. This will help you to know which products are moving and which ones are not.

On a site like Clickbank, you have an option to add a tracking code. This will help you to know which affiliate links are generating sales. In addition, you will learn the best strategic places within your site to position banners.

Work with top affiliate companies: The best way to approach this is by selling products from affiliate network sites. Network affiliate sites usually vet to make sure merchants only post quality products.

Some examples of top affiliate networks include Pay Dot Com, Affiliate Bot, Nanacast, Commission Junction and Click Bank.

Before you join any affiliate business, do some ground work by reading online reviews. By doing this, you may come across complaints that other affiliates have posted about a certain company thus make informed decisions.

Reading reviews also tell you of companies have been awarded for their exemplary performance like paying affiliates or producing quality products.

You can also get in touch with affiliates of a company you intent to work with and learn how the affiliate program is operated and how the commissions are paid out.

Another way to determine a good affiliate company is how much the merchant is willing to pay affiliates. The finest affiliate companies pay their affiliates well and allow affiliates to bargain for even better commission rates.

Share your experiences with different affiliate companies in the comment section below.

Promotional tools: Advertising is an important aspect of affiliate business. There is no point of working will a company where you as the affiliate have to come up with your own adverting material.

Affiliate firms need to have a website that has promotional tools like email marketing messages, landing pages, banners, articles, videos and so forth. The promotional tools also need to be attractive and designed in a professional manner.

For example, affiliate business works well if the affiliate firm you are working with has attractive banners of different sizes and colors. This will help you in picking the best banner that will blend with your blog design and theme.

Subscribe to product updates: Keeping yourself abreast with what is happening in your niche is very critical. Apart from sharing fresh content, you also need to know the new affiliate products that are featuring in your niche.

New products mostly are more up-to-date and thus tend to move faster. Therefore, subscribe to news in your affiliate company to learn of the latest products in the market.

Summary: Affiliate business is one of the best strategies of making money on the internet from home. But you need to have the right skills on how to move sales.

Picking affiliate products and uploading ads on your site does not guarantee you will make sales online. You also need to how to promote your affiliate links by aggressively marketing your site.

It is also important to join affiliate companies with good track records, programs and products. Some affiliate business firms can easily make you have negative views about affiliate marketing hence research before joining any.

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What Is Google Places Page And How To Optimize It

What Is Google Places Page And How To Optimize It

Did you know that 20% of natural Google searches are local and that small work online business generate over $ 30 billion in revenue from Google places pages?

Currently, google search listing is featuring more and more sites that appear in google places pages. This is an indication that internet entrepreneurs need to list their businesses on Google Places. Google has established over 50 million Google Places but the amazing thing is that 10% of this has been utilized.

Are you seeking to rank high in your local google search? Do you want customers to find your business location? Do you want people to get accurate details regarding your business? The answer to all these questions is to have your business listed on Google Places Pages.

Note: You need to optimize your business listing so as to rank for relevant keywords.

What is Google Places?

20% of all natural google searches are conducted using local searches. This means that internet browsers are targeting more on searching for businesses and content in their local area. Google in their pursuit to improve user experience established Google Places Pages to assist users locate local businesses faster.

Google Places is a webpage designed to help people find what they are looking for in any place in the world. The place pages were launched in 2009 and are part of Google maps.

Establish and claim your page here

So as to see the power of this search type in the google search box, enter the name of one local restaurant. The results will show the first 7 entries from Google places listing.

As earlier mentioned only a small percent of businesses have actually listed and claimed their listings. To make things even more interesting, very few of the listed businesses have been optimized for search engine ranking.

But the trend is changing fast, thus it is the high time local small online businesses took advantage of Google places. Since the places page is customized for browsing on smart phones and iPads, it will mean you will have more customers locating your internet home based business quickly.

Here is what you need to do to make sure that your listing appears at the top of your category for local search:

Edit all the required fields on Google Places Page: The information you put should be accurate and up to date.

Some of the information you are required to add include your company name, phone number, postal address, email address, your business image, reviews, coupons if any, tags and so on.

The importance of adding your business information is;

1. To make sure clients have first hand and correct information about your business.

2. To properly optimize your Google places search page in order to rank high.

Remember anything you do on the internet you need to consider both human beings and search engines. Therefore, ensure you use your targeted keywords in your Google place search page. This will help in that customers will locate your business easily on Google Places before you get you on Google search.

Google Places PagesClaim your listing: This should ideally be the first thing you need to do. Search your business using your business name and then claim it.

The claiming process involves google sending you a postcard by snail mail or sending a message to your mobile phone.

Note: Sometimes the information added by google could be incorrect thus you can edit and optimize your business description better.

Here are simple instructions on how to claim your listings on google

List your site on top local directories: Posting your business on local directories is a good way of ensuring you rank high on search engines. Ideally, google checks where your business is listed in local business directories and adds them to your Google Places page.

Therefore, to help increase your search engine ranking, add your site to as many local business directories as possible. It is preferable that you post your business on top local directories. Some of the best sites include:

Yelp

Yahoo

Foursquare

Kudzu

Show Me Local

CitySearch

Insider Pages

Considering that these sites have high volume traffic, you will increase the chances of generating direct traffic to your site or blog.

It can be quite tasking to list your business in as many local directories as possible thus it is advisable to automate the process by listing on Localeze.com.

Another strategy of improving your Google places ranking is by sharing videos on YouTube. The secret is to add the same google places tags, address and phone number on your YouTube description file.

Note: To better optimize and make certain you target the right keywords use a site called Whitespark for keyword research.

Post testimonials and reviews: The more people who recommend your services or products the higher you will rank on Google Places. But remember to only post real reviews that have been posted by real customers.

If you post phony reviews, it will not take long before people realize you are lying thus you will lose your online reputation. Search engines will also catch up with you and send your listing to their sand box.

It is advisable to also get customer approval before you publish their reviews. There are smart online markets who post hand written reviews from their customers by scanning and uploading them online.

Talk to your visitors to share their reviews about your business and post them on Google pages. The more reviews you submit the higher you will rank on Google Places pages.

Conclusion: Online marketing is best tackled when you include several internet marketing arsenals. As you work on your search engine optimization, you also need to rank on Google maps by optimizing your Google Place webpage.

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How To Check Links That You Intend To Backlink With

How To Check Links That You Intend To Backlink With

One of the most important elements of search engine algorithm is link popularity. Links pointing to and from your site play an important role in the ranking of your website or blog on search engine result pages. Hence, you need to know how to check links that you want to use for your link building.

The importance of checking links is because different links have different levels of authority. You may see two links that seem similar but when you check the links they are of different quality.

Question: How do you tell the worth of a link?

In order to evaluate and check links quality, you are required to look into several aspects. This includes assessing the internal aspects and external aspects of a link. Proper scrutiny of a link determine to a great extend your site search engine positioning.

On this blog publication we shall share with you some of the things to look at as you build backlinks. We will explain how to check links value metrics thus boost your link profile. In addition, you will find out some of the best link checker tools to use.

Factors to look out for in sites you what to link with:

The site pagerank: Here we are taking about the Google 1-10PR. It is important to check for this ranking to determine is the site is banned or is completely new. Even if the PR is 1 that is OK since it tells you the site is live and authentic.

Use MozRank: A valuable site to visit and check links quality is MozRank. This will give you a more in-depth analysis of a site unlike Google PR. Example of statistics you will collect include web reputation,  domain age, SEO Moz results, link authority, backlinks among other important details.

Is the site indexed? Before you link to any site you need to make sure it is indexed by top search engines especially google. In order to check links that are indexed on google enter site:domainname.com in the google search box.

If you do a search and find that the site you want to link with is not indexed, keep away from that site like a plague.

Language: Many are the times when you will see sites that use a different language from your site seeking to link with you. It is important that the sites you are linking with to use the same language as your site.

Topic: The more a site has content that is related to your content the better. This will help in boosting your link profile thus rank faster and higher on search engines on relevant keywords.

Content Update: The more a site or blog is updated the better. This is because a blog that is updated regularly keeps on increasing its rank thus boosting your rank profile with time.

Content to avoid: At all cost do not build backlinks with sites that have adult content. In addition, keep away from poker sites, gambling sites and link farm sites. Any site that is in a bad neighborhood will hurt your overall page rankings.

Automation: One aspect to check links with is whether a site is updated by human beings or by article generating softwares. It is much better to link with sites that are updated by human beings since their link building will be more natural and not spammy.

Factors related to link:

Anchor text: Always seek to link with anchor text that are natural and related to your site content.

Positioning of links: Links that are placed at the top head bar and in the article body are the best to link with. Links that appear on the footer or side bar are not so good for building link popularity.

check link qualityType of link: Usually there are two types of link; text link and image links. It is best to link with text links.

Type of font: As you are checking links to build backlinks, determine if they are using good fonts. The right fonts are the ones that are readable. Avoid links with italic fonts or the ones that are so tiny.

Follow or nofollow attributes: The best sites to link with are the one with a follow attribute. A rel=nofollow link signifies that the link has no real value according to Google.

Factors related to a site’s webpages:

Are the pages cached? A good way to check links and whether they have been cached is to use google. Enter cache:domainname.com/webpage in the google search box. If you see the cache is for a week that is good but it will be even better if the page was cached a month ago.

Stay away from pages that have not been cached at all since it signifies those page are not important according to Google.

Page Indexing: Just as it is important to check the indexing of a site homepage, the same applies to a site’s webpage. Use the site:domainname/webpage operator in the google search box to determine this. If you discover that the page is not indexed, keep away.

Outgoing Links: An aspect of checking links is the number of outgoing links a page has. It is best to link with pages with less outgoing links. But if it has no outgoing links then avoid linking to such webpages.

Content quality: Over and over again you have heard that Content is King when it comes to the internet. Check and see whether a page has unique content and not duplicate content. A simple way to check this is by searching the page headline or first sentence on the google search box.

Enter in the search box “the webpage headline” and if you see that the webpage is the one that comes first then that signifies the content is unique. But if you see Wikipedia coming first, keep your hands off from linking to such a webpages.

Broken links: It is very important not to link with pages that are broken. Therefore, prior to linking to any page, check whether the link is broken. In addition, check links within the whole site and see if there are any broken links.

If the broken links are 1 out of 100 links then that is OK but when it is 3 out of 20, keep away. It is also important to see if the page you are linking to is linking to other pages with broken links.

Hidden Links: As you check links within a webpage, determine whether the links are of low or high quality. There are some sites known to hide low quality links within their content. In addition, when you note a site which has many links at the footer, it should raise a red flag.

Page Topic: Check to see if the page topic is related to the body of the article. Always link with pages that have relevant content to your site.

Summary: At all times link to actual links. By this it means links with href or http within it. It is true that all this factors can be a bit too much to consider as you are building your link profile. But there are some tools like Blekko, Web Analyzer, Google Webmaster Tool among others to assist you check links for sites you want to link with.

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