By Robert Emmerson
It is no secret that building links to your website is the key getting high quality traffic and to getting highly ranked by the major search engines.
Before you start to build links to your site, it is important to know how many links already exist for your website.this way you can track how successful your efforts at building new links are. If you don’t already know how, one method is to search for your domain name make sure you enter the entire URL. The results will show all of the links that Google has indexed for your site. Some results are typically left out of the results though, so in order to know exactly how many links for your site are in the Google index you will need to get their free webmaster tools, just google “webmaster tools.”
If you are trying to drive traffic to your website, these tools are a must have. Once your account is open, just go to the dash board and select the pages with external links option to know how many websites are linked to you.
Proven Methods to Get More External links to Your Site
First, Get involved in your niche
If you are starting a new internet business and want to attract traffic to you site. The first step should be to get involved with other people who have chosen the same niche.
What ever business you are in there are Blogs and Forums discussing your topic. By participating in the conversations that are already taking place you will not only pick up tips and tricks, but you will also build credibility.
With that credibility will come traffic from other members of the discussion, and with the traffic will come external links to your site. Of course you will have to have strong original content to keep their atention. On the internet you need to be fast, fluid, and flexible in order to draw the attention of your target market.
Another very effective way of bringing links to your new website is to write articles and submit them to the various online outlets. I try to write several articles per week If you dont know how to get started article writing, just do a quick search and you will find plenty of information on how to get started. Believe me when I tell you it is a very effective way to get links and targeted traffic to your website.
In addition to writing articles, putting out press releases on your new business is another great way to get attention. You can do a press release online, or send it to your local paper. Many times they will pick up a story about a local entrepreneur and you will get loads of free advertising and traffic. Again, if this idea is new do a search and learn how to do it, the results will be worth the effort.
I have not used these services as much as I should, but they are the wave of the future, so you can be sure that I will be building my sites on places like Facebook and MySpace. But they aren’t the only social sites out there.StumbleUpon, Digg, and del.icio.us among many others, are also great sources of traffic. these social bookmarking sites are growing in popularity each day.
Basically members recommend sites to other members in hundreds of diffferent categories. I have used StumbleUpon and submitted posts from my SEO Blog with good results.The key to these sites, once again, is having great original content. Once you put it out to them the community will promote and link to your site. I have heard some great success stories from other bloggers who use them too, so I will continue to post great original content, and hope all of my readers submit me to their favorit social bookmarking sites.
These three steps are a good beginning to a solid link building strategy. They wont always get traffic to your site immediately, but with persistence you will build the back-links that are needed for your site and the traffic will start to come in. I have personally seen dramatic increases in traffic from my linking strategy.
Keep in mind that making money in any online business opportunity is a marathon, not a sprint. It is better to spend a few hours a day doing what works than to spend hours attempting a new scheme and loosing focus on your main goal. Happy link building.
Robert Emmerson is a freelance writer specializing in Internet marketing, SEO, Blogging, and making money online. If your found his article helpful, read his Blog which is loaded with more useful content on this, and related topics. http://www.robemmerson.com