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Sorry to tell you, but directory submissions don’t provide a ton of traffic. Don’t expect to see visitors coming from any directory that you submit your site. But what can you expect?
You can expect that the links from these directories should count as backlinks to your site if the directory page where your link resides after being approved is cached in Google. Content may be king, but backlinks are still important.
Niche directories rather than general directories are a much better quality link, so I suggest seeking them out for your niche. Below is a list of travel directories that I have compiled.
Warning: Don’t just submit to Niche directories, but use niche directories as an arrow in your SEO Quiver. Create great content, and remember to use a variety of types of links.
All-travel-sites.com premium, but has a lot of free methods..comment on the blog or do a guest post. (my site)
Well, that’s my list of travel directories and list of lists of travel directories that I can recommend. I know there are a ton of directories out there with lists of travel directories or lists of general directories with travel categories. I would recommend using the former, but chose wisely when using general directories with travel categories.
With all the changes Google has made and continues to make, I believe its best to use these sparingly.Variety is not only the spice of life, but is the spice of your SEO.
You can check out this TechCrunch article which gives several methods for embedding links. If you decide to use Blackbird Pie, be sure not to use the https version of your tweet links. Also, you must click on the time link below the Tweet which says something like “about 1hr ago” and copy and paste that link into the Blackbird tool to get an embedded tweet like the one on this post.
Other Twitter Stuff
You do know that many of the search engines are using Twitter results for part of their real time search results right? Well tweets do often show up in the SERPs.
Something that makes me go hmm
As you may or may not know, as part of the Baldydog.com company, we not only do SEO, but I as the Social Media Director, do manage several other blogs.
Anyway, while reviewing and publishing travel site submissions on the travel directory, as part of the submission process, I usually send out several tweets about the newly added travel resource. I usually say something like the tweet below.
I also send out a tweet with the individual page for the listing and may include a direct link to the url of the listing if it is a short url.
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What I have noticed is that links that I tweet, such as individual listing pages, will then be cached in Google. If I don’t Tweet them, they won’t get cached, and as you know, an un-cached page is as good as invisible to Google because it doesn’t know about the web page.
Does this mean you should go and send thousands of spam links to Twitter so they get cached? I wouldn’t recommend it. I think it is ok occasionally. What I try to do when I do these types of “resource addition” tweets, is to sandwich them between tweets that seek to share, communicate, rt, or be genuinely helpful.
Even these types of tweets, I feel are helpful and not spammy, as I am only tweeting about travel related resources, and most of the 2000+ followers have some sort of travel interest.
So How Can You Use Twitter for Link Buiding
Twitter links as you know are nofollow type links, so they really don’t count for much Google Juice, but they do serve to notify the search engines of your resource, which may otherwise have been uncached.
If you do link building as we do, when you get accepted into a directory, send out a Tweet for the actual listing page of your resource or the category page that your listing appears if it is not too heavily populated with other similar resources.
Try to get as many cached links pointing to your site as possible. Cached with PR is better, but cached at the very least.
So have you noticed similar results using Twitter, or do you think I am erroneous?
**note – to get the box around my tweets, I put the tweets into a table. <table border=”2″><tr><td>Tweet code</table></tr></td>
A great way to promote your online business is via article marketing. This involves writing articles to submit to article directories. Learning how to write articles to promote your internet based business will be an invaluable skill to have.
It’s a straight forward process. You write good articles on your niche and include a bio with a link or two back to your site in the resource box. Then you submit these articles to article directories.
The quality of your article will determine how much traffic you receive and whether Google and other search engines are impressed. It is recommended that the articles you submit to article directories are newly written. With other words avoid re-using the same articles from your site.
Although it is good to write articles on your particular topic or niche in which you are marketing, it is better to approach the articles you wish to submit using a more broader approach.
As an example, if your blog income is based on marketing a particular diet product your articles could be on the broader topic of living a healthy life. Your aim is to attract a larger readership base than just those who might be interested in the product you are selling.
Article directories have a stream of readers interested in a range of topics. Your articles end up being read a surprising number of times.
But what is even better than the number of readers it that it your articles are read over a long period of time. This is contrary to a blog where mostly the newest articles receive the immediate traffic. Thereafter articles are at the mercy of search engines to receive further air time.
Each time your article is read you have the chance that the reader might be interested enough to click on the link to your site which is shown in the resource box at the end of the article. This allows for a possible constant stream of traffic to your site.
Besides the regular readers who use article directories for information or entertainment, article directories are also used by non-writing website and blog owners to source articles for their sites.
They are allowed to use them on their own sites in exchange for including your bio with live links. As a source of links this can be invaluable. And it requires no further effort on behalf of the internet marketer.
However, probably the most valuable part of this exercise and what makes it really worthwhile for internet marketers to submit articles to directories is the backlink the directory itself provides to your own site.
Most of the well established article directories such as Ezinearticles or Go Articles have a high PageRank. Having a link back from their site to your blog or website has high value for you the internet marketer.
Learning how to write articles for submission to directories is an excellent marketing strategy for the internet marketer. As an article writers who is developing an online business with the aid of good content you will certainly miss out on a golden opportunity if you do not make this part of your marketing strategy. Read more at The Digital Archives.
There are many keyword tools such as Keyword Discovery, Wordtracker and Keyword Spy, but for this series, which is being done for the beginner, the Google Keyword tool will be fine.
First, look at your site, and ask yourself – generally speaking what is it about? Looking at Mybarebags.com, I see that cloth bags are being sold here. So “cloth bags” is what I put into the Keyword tool. I might also look around the site and take note of any other keywords that might apply. On some sites, depending upon the site, I might actually go through each page and see what keywords apply to each individual page…if the site owner wants the entire site optimized…
To learn what “dofollow” means, check out the PageRush dofollow FAQ. Now that you know what dofollow is, here is why you should join the movement.
10. Dofollow Rewards and Encourages Commenters
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Converting your blog to dofollow means that you will give search engine visible backlinks to people that post meaningful comments. This is a nice complement to your commenters and means people will seek out your blog and spend time writing comments.
9. Give your Blog a Kick Start
For a brand new blog, making it dofollow will attract new visitors. Think of it as a “survival of the fittest” link-exchange. The people who write the best comments get links. The best bloggers will find you, then you can set off to comment on their blogs.
8. Narrow your Niche
Authority on the internet is all about expertise. By making your blog dofollow, you in effect become more specialized. Visitors who know about dofollow will remember that your blog is the one where comments count. This little change makes your blog more remarkable, and more differentiated from your competitors. By responding to your commenters, you will naturally develop a community of readers.
7. Join the Movement
It is great to know people with common interests. Think of the analogy of moving to a new city. Even though you may be an accountant or lawyer, you are still likely to seek meet ups with other people who are new in town. In the same way, dofollowers hang together even if they are blogging about different topics.
6. Get Backlinks
Paradoxically, making your site dofollow (giving away better links) will make it qualify for lots of lists of dofollow blogs. Dofollow blogs qualify for special directories (like the PageRush dofollow list). Also, links to dofollow blogs are often passed around and shared in blog posts and on twitter. Going dofollow qualifies you to be included in that “ultimate guide to dofollow blogs” you saw last week. What is that quote… “if you see a parade, you might as well get in front of it.”
5. Take the Lead
By learning about dofollow, and sharing what you learn with your readers, you establish yourself as not just a domain expert, but also an expert in blogging. By going dofollow, you are ahead of the curve. There’s a good chance you will have some readers who are bloggers, and the more you can help them learn, the smarter you look.
4. Spam Filters are Good
As long as you have a good blog spam filter, and moderate your comments, there is no need to be nofollow. In fact, your blog will be better (more relevant and interesting) as moderated dofollow than as un-moderated nofollow.
3. Get more Content and Customers
Of course, ultimately you want to encourage commenting because you want more commenters, content, and *customers*. People stopping by in search of dofollow comments are potential customers you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Their comments are content you would otherwise have to write yourself. Its a Web win-win.
2. These Effects Compound Upon one Another
Like compounding interest on an investment, a blog post with one comment is more likely to get two comments. When combined with the backlink buzz you create by joining the dofollow movement, dofollow can be a real boon to your blog!
1. Why not?
OK, if you are superblog.com with 10,000 daily visitors, congratulations. You have graduated and don’t need to reward your commenters anymore. But lets face it, when you are climbing the ladder you’ve got nothing to lose. Your PageRank isn’t going to leak out to commenters, instead you are going to create a loyal audience and build your reputation at the same time.
The last post in this series on Social Bookmarks was Social Bookmarking with Delicious, where in I introduced the series and highlighted the post with a video about Delicious, which you should watch if you have not done so. This long over due social bookmarking video goes over my opinion about Delicious and suggests a few other social bookmarking sites that would be better used for the general purpose of link building.
Is Delicious Good for Link Building?
My advice, don’t use Delicious as a means of getting direct one way links since all Delicious links are currently no-follow. However, if you concentrate on creating a site that is truly helpful or entertaining, then visitors will gladly bookmark your website in Delicious as well as any of the other bookmarking sites that your visitors use. If you get a ton of Delicious bookmarks within a short period, your page will go to the home page, which will result in more people visiting your site. The thing that is important about Delicious, is that it is a bookmarking site, which means if they do bookmark you, they are doing so because they intend on revisiting.
Link Building with Social Bookmarking
Using Social bookmarking sites for link building is and can be done very easily. There are services such as those offered by WLmarketing that will create profiles on numerous social bookmarking sites. There are also services, such as Social Submitter, that allow you to easily post a link to many bookmarking sites at once. I myself have only tried one of the mass submission services one time, and did receive questionable results. Many of the links that are built with these tools have little if any link juice. When submitted like this, unless you take the time to develop your profile on each of these sites, the traffic return will be minimal if any.
A Few Other Social Bookmarking Sites
Digg- Who has not heard of Digg, if you have not, here are some Digg posts for your to read. Links are good links, and if you get to the front page of Digg, expect a ton of traffic…make sure your host can handle the traffic load.
Stumbleupon-links are either redirects or nofollow, so there is no juice here. But again Stumbleupon can give you a lot of traffic. Here are some Stumbleupon posts if you need more info.
Mixx- Within the last month I started using Mixx on a regular basis. With a little regular Mixxing my Karma is already over 400…woot. I have not done any reviews of Mixx yet, but at least one of these is forthcoming. Link juice is questionable for mixx since many of the links are redirects. However, it does as I said before have a very positive community. I also like the ability to create community portals that closely resemble your website.
Solinkable – I just started using Solinkable after one of the site owners left a comment here. Since that time I have come to really like the ease of using Solinkable. Its “Promoted/Queued Links system follows the Digg system, but Gravity follows that of Reddit.” meaning you can vote on stories that others submit and your friends can do the same. Its a pretty new site, however the thing that I like about it that the links are all direct, and blog links that are added show up as trackbacks. Since it is such a young site, I would sign up and add Solinkable to your Bookmarks toolbar. Visit the Solinkable blog and sign up to receive updates of developments as the happen.
Social bookmarks are just another source of potential links. As Wayne said in his post about Social Submitter, use common sense when using social bookmarks. When link building in general, remember to use variety, so over doing it with the bookmarks could potentially hurt you.