Directory link building used to be a primary link building strategy.
Search Engine Optimization has changed significantly.
Today’s link building services include very few, if any, backlinks from traditional internet directories.
The best backlinks have some of the following features:
Though not as powerful as it was in the past, directory submission can still provide businesses with value in terms of targeted traffic and improved ranking.
If you’re relatively new to SEO, the following are some tips for creating effective content and link building strategies through the use of directories.
Right from the start, it had been Google’s and other search engines’ goal to serve not only the most relevant information to users, but also to direct them to information that is of great quality.
By providing high-quality information, you will optimize not just for search engines, but for the real market here, which is other human beings. People search the Internet for real solutions to their real-life problems. If you fail to provide the quality of information that users are looking for, they’ll turn to your competitors instead.
So the more you provide high-quality information, the more people will perceive you as a valuable source of information. They’ll grow to see you as the go-to expert in your field.
It might seem like a daunting challenge to try to churn out extremely high-quality content on a regular basis, but don’t be too concerned about it. The search engine game has shifted from quantity to quality. You don’t have to produce massive amounts of content, as long as you provide high-quality content on a regular and consistent basis.
While link building from directories has declined as a primary source of backlinks to websites, it still remains a source for creating a diverse backlink portfolio.
Admittedly, the mix and share of directory backlinks has significantly declined.
With the exception of a few high quality directories, there are other means of producing quality backlinks for your website.
First off, you need to pay attention to the type of directory you will be submitting content to.
Since Google Penguin has wreaked havoc and taken down low-quality directories, the type you have in mind may no longer enable you to appear on Google’s radar.
There are paid directories and free directories.
Many of the paid directories took a huge hit when Google Penguin started demoting sites it regarded as spammy link farms.
When you choose a directory to get linked from, try to ascertain the level of the quality of traffic it provides.
Choosing a directory that has a high authority can still be helpful (as long as it’s not a repurposed site as part of a private blog network).
However, as a result of recent developments in search technology, relevance trumps general directories and general guest blogging opportunities, especially if you’re gunning for targeted traffic.
That’s why it’s important to reiterate the value of posting content on niche directories; because no matter how high the PR of a directory, if you don’t get the attention of the right kind of customers or audience for your content or business, your efforts will have been wasted.
And there’s also the risk that you’ll earn a penalty from Google.
Be sure to choose niche directories, or directories that are relevant to your site. And before finalizing your choice of directories where you will post your links, check their history as well as authoritative reviews of their performance.
Many newbie marketers commit the mistake of linking only to their site’s homepage.
You will ultimately want to take advantage of deep linking, however.
Deep linking refers to the use of specific keywords as anchor texts linked to specific pages on your site that are relevant to those keywords.
This is important because Google has been taking variations into consideration. Deep linking also helps individual pages on your site to rank highly in search.
While many of the traditional means of link building have been devalued, there are still some benefits to be enjoyed from directory submission. Quality and relevance are key to gaining highly targeted traffic that could translate into better conversion opportunities for your business.
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