The Link Landscape Today: Link Building vs. Content Strategies
LINK LANDSCAPE TODAY
AGENDA Why do they matter? Linkbuilding: Old school vs. New School Don’t think about the link!
WHY DO THEY MATTER?Assist in Indexing Indicates Authority Anchor Text (i.e. Reputation) Most Powerful Ranking Factor
INDEXINGMore indexed pages mean betterperformance within search enginesand more trafficLinks mean your content is important,so more pages will be indexed Assume you regularly add pages Non-indexed pages ‘don’t exist’ Site: command in Google Webmaster Tools
INDEXING Content Strategy vs. Link Building If you have valuable content that is not getting indexed, it’s useless Find a balance! Valuable content ought to generate links on its own (but this isn’t always the case)
AUTHORITYNumerous websites on the Internet,which ones should rank?Google used PageRank (PR) as a pre-sorting mechanismMore authority (from links), betterchance to rank in search results
ANCHOR TEXTOnce you have authority, anchor textbuilds your reputation (i.e. what isyour website about)Before Penguin vs. After PenguinWhat is your website about and whatyou should rank for? Anchor text Website’s content in relation to link
MOST POWERFUL RANKING FACTORSearch engines need to gauge theimportance of your website (i.e.authority, PageRank, etc.)Authority flows down to pages (eachpage has its own measure ofauthority)New debate: Link Building vs. ContentStrategy (Must have a balance)
MOST POWERFUL RANKING FACTOR Right now, links User behavior Social signals Feedback & reviews Personalized search
TRADITIONAL LINK BUILDING Find Links Link Outreach Linkbait
TRADITIONAL LINK BUILDING Manual link building takes a lot of work and a lot of time!