Don't let your links get rusty!
Inbound links are some of the most valuable assets your SEO strategy can include. Clare Zurawski, Internet Marketing Consultant at WESST has spent over 3 years helping small businesses increase their sales through SEO.
"Inbound links are most valuable when they come from well-respected entities within your industry," says Zurawski. "Five or ten quality links are worth far more than dozens of links that have no relevance to your business."
What are those "quality links?" Some, according to Zurawski, are URLs with the following extensions: .edu, .gov, .org. According to the "Google Webmaster Blog", quality links are one factor in a proprietary stew that contributes to page rank. But many agree that if you have a well-structured and regularly maintained site with original, high-quality content, users and search engines alike will enjoy you.
Here are some ideas to get you started on your quality link building:
• (From Clare) Write a review of a book in your industry on www.amazon.com. Include your website at the end of the review.
• Join your local Chamber of Commerce. In Santa Fe, go here. Have your business listed in their online directory.
• Join your school alumni organization's website, it may have a .edu.
• Volunteer to write articles or reviews for a non-profit and have them include a link back to you. It's a good way to help out and get help in return.
It's all part of the SEO game plan, which starts with making your website your hub. Inbound quality links are like spokes coming in to the wheel. Clare adds, "If you offer free content that is valued by your web audience, you will attract links and establish yourself as an expert in your field."
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After Link Building, you'll need to get in-depth info on social marketing. Attend WESST's "SEO 101, Session 2: An overview of: Why social media matters and how it complements SEO", Tuesday October 27th, 5:30-7:30 pm at the WESST Enterprise Center in Albuquerque. You can register and pay online at www.wesst.org.
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"Target and Control your Website's Destiny." WESST (Women's Economic Self Sufficiency Team) will be offering in-depth SEO Training with Clare Zurawski on Monday, November 2, 2009 at the Santa Fe Business Incubator starting at 5:30 pm. The class is reasonably priced, but register early! Call 505-474-6556, or visit www.wesst.org.