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It is simply wording a link in such a way (using controversial or inquisitive/mysterious) language that makes it hard for readers not to click on the link. I don't agree with @joe that it's simply content that's worth linking to, its more than that - it's the emotive appeal. The final destination doesn't actually have to be link-worthy, but because the ...


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No, it will not help. What you're doing is trying to serve up different content to Google then to your users. That's definitely against Google's terms of service and is a great way to get banned. There's nothing wrong with outbound links. If you don't want a site to get credit for the link to their site if you are concerned it is spam or otherwise low ...


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A back link is a any link on another website that is not your own that points to a page on your website. This is different from an internal links which is when you link one page on your website to another page on your website. They are helpful in SEO because the search engines, particularly Google, sees links as "votes". Whenever another website links to ...


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That's perfectly fine to do as long as your comments are thoughtful and contribute to the discussion. Otherwise you're just a spammer. Google won't penalize these links but keep in mind that most blogs use nofollow on their links because of spammers and users who leave comments only for the backlinks. So this strategy won't get you very far unless you ...


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An alternative method of doing this is to use breadcrumbs. Not only do they give your users an easy way to go back, but they show the hierarchy of the content which makes it easier for the user to find what they're looking for. Plus they're good for SEO as they: create a natural hierarchy of pages interlink your pages with good anchor text when used with ...


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No, there's no point in trying to sculpt PageRank this way, as Matt Cutts makes clear in the linked blog post. The only reasons to put rel="nofollow" on those pages are if they are paying for the links (could get you penalized in search results) or if you don't trust those sites to not be in "bad neighbourhoods" and harm your reputation by linking to them.


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Good answer: The best way to get backlinks, especially quality backlinks, is to have high quality content on your website. These naturally attract links as webmasters prefer to link to good content and not frivolous content. Not so good answer: Place your link in forum signatures Submit to directories Exchange links Comment on blogs Submit articles to ...


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One way links in context are most desirable. For instance if a sentence read: Reading this programmer's take on the subject (where the italicized text is a link to your blog) is a lot better than a link in the sidebar. Sure, it may increase traffic .. but I don't think it will directly help your ranking. Remember that every new Wordpress blog, by default, ...


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Of course. In fact it can help you get indexed as Google will follow those links to your site. Also, if you can get quality links to your pages, it will encourage Google to index your pages quicker and more frequently.


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Yes, the ALTernate attribute acts as 'anchor text' for links that contain images. A recent test found both Bing and Google indexed/ranked ALT attribute values: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4265397.htm Also, you need to consider that Google operates functionally like the lowest common browsing denominator (like a Lynx browser, or as one SEO put it ...


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There are lots of easy ways to find tips to help you. Just keep in mind that quantity of links doesn't really help you. Quality is what matters. The quicker and easier it is to get a link the less value it almost certainly has. So instead of trying to get as many links as you can, you should be focusing on getting quality links. FYI, the best way to get ...


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The question is really "are your users comfortable using the browser's back button?". If they are then leave the link off your pages. If not then you need to keep it there. The only way you are going to find this out is by testing the different pages and see which ones your users prefer.


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Any type of Pyramid link building scheme is considered black hat and punishable by Google's Link Spam Updates AKA - Google Penguin. The idea of using a 2 and 3 tier system was that you could spam some low quality links to the tier 3 and then dribble it down to the 2nd and then to the main site (Money Site) and the money site would not be punished since ...


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FYI, this won't hurt your website from an SEO point of view. Unsolicited one way backlinks can never hurt you (if you purchase links those one way backlinks can hurt you). If they could then tactics like this would be an easy way to sabotage your competition. At worst, one way backlinks have no value. This is probably the case with the links you are ...


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A link is a link regardless if the page is part of a blog or not. What does affect a link's value is: Is it nofollow? If so the link has no value. Is the page the link is on in Google's index? If not then the link has no value until that page gets indexed. Is the link in a page with content related to yours? If so, it has some value. If not, it has very ...


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According to this article on link schemes "excessive" reciprocal links are a no-no. However, linking back to articles that feature your product shouldn't fall under excessive. In addition, Google tries to evaluate the quality of the links in addition to amount. So as long as it's relevant, it shouldn't be a huge problem. At least, it hasn't been for me ...


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links: is not a Google Search operator, so it is equivalent to just use the word link as an additional keyword in the search. The proper operator to use is link:, not plural.


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Looking at bots vs. browsers, they display every user agent that's ever visited their page. Some clever spammer realised that this would be a clever way to drive traffic to their sites, because webmasters/anyone looking at the site is probably going to wonder why there's a url in the user agent, think it's a new specification or something, and visit the url ...


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The alt attribute is not valid to use with the <a> tag so you can remove that completely. You only need to put the title attribute if you need to explain further what the link is for. That's probably not necessary in your case since I am sure that link will be self explanatory (I am assuming it is preceded by wording similar to "Designed By"). If you ...


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Disqus has a blog post about how using there tool helps, http://blog.disqus.com/post/9956511178/disqus-research-how-comments-drive-traffic. In the comments, Rob Webb asks the Disqus team about the SEO drawbacks of using Disqus because of the JavaScript not being seen by search spiders. The response from Disqus says that they aren't even sure if there are ...


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IMO no! What you have done is fine although I'm not sure how often a search engine indexes other search engines, especially the results... In fact, that would be quite an achievement (although there is a comment further down in my answer about directories like DMOZ). Any way, the consideration is what benefit does it bring more than if you get any ...


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Hi NotMuchOfAProgrammer, It's not a real backlink since the JavaScript is injecting the URL after the page has been loaded. If you disable JavaScript you will see: <noscript> <a href="http://ads.garden.org/www/delivery/ck.php?n=aa4a0d78&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE" target="_blank"> <img ...


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You can't afford to do link exchanges and I can prove it. I explain in detail on my website, but simply put, when you factor in time for discovery, contact, failure, success, implementation, and maintenance, link exchanging is too expensive. It doesn't scale and it has low if any return on investment. What's worse, you can't measure the ROI either. You're ...


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SEO myths get dumber and dumber with time... The ratio of nofollow and dofollow links is definitely not a factor because: It is an indication of nothing. Really, how does this ratio indicate anything about the page quality? Or page's relevance? It doesn't. "Appearing organic" is such a stupid term. Organic is organic. Everything else is not. Search ...


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Perhaps Google renamed "External links" to "Links to your site". Here is the current documentation: Links to your site. Some interesting excerpts: You can perform a Google search using the link: operator to find a sampling of links to any site... To see a much larger sampling of links to any verified site in Webmaster Tools: On the ...


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No-one can tell you exactly when the PR will be updated, since that is fully under google's control. Anyway, as Matt Cutts asserts, .edu and .gov backlinks have no more weight than any other extension. I also find this quote on the web: Are .gov and .edu back links still considered more "link juice" than the common back link? This is a common ...


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Is such link really helpful? As ChrisF noted, this is entirely dependent upon whether or not your site's audience benefits from the feature. How is it better than just a browser "Back" button? Most implementations look like this: <a href="#" onClick="javascript:history.go(-1);">back</a> The practice of hard-coding a Javascript ...


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Webmaster tools, under 'traffic'->'links to your site' gives me the same message for all of my sites: "No data available". Next to "No data available" there should be a (Why not?) link to a help page which gives some clues... "If data is missing or appears out of date". I get "No data available" on accounts such as "example.com" where I have ...


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If the links pass PageRank, Google would regard them as a breach of Webmaster Guidelines and may apply penalties. Bing feel much the same. In short, yes, it should be avoided.



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