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Link Swap: An effective SEO tool October 13, 2008

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A Link Exchange, Swap or Trade is a search engine optimization (SEO) practice, which emphasises on exchanging links with other websites. Email another website owner and ask for a link exchange is probably the easiest way of doing it. Place their link on your site, typically on a links page, and in return will the other site places a link back to you. 

Link popularity is one of the most important factors that determine a high search engine ranking. Search engine optimization experts will agree that finding the right link exchange partners will unquestionably improve a website’s popularity rating. This in turn, improves your search engine ranking, increases traffic and boosts the ROI (return on investment). Outsource SEO to a reputed overseas web marketing company that has specialized in SEO for nearly a decade. 

Why use a Link Swap? 

A link swap is a mutually beneficial SEO tool for the reason that instead of one website buying a link or another selling one, they both exchange links for their websites. There are three benefits of this – better search engine rank, higher traffic volumes, and an increased potential for sales. If the links are easily visible, both websites stand to gain from increased traffic in either one. Since there is no monetary risk involved, link swaps are as expensive as sending the email is! As any expert will tell you, external and internal links are essential to SEO, making link swaps all the more important. 

Is a Link Swap unsafe? 

Link Swaps has the potential to be very risky. It is not wise to randomly trade links, and here are some points to keep in mind. Exchange links only with targeted websites and avoid sites that bear no relation to yours. Black listed sites are best avoided as you may find your site caught in a black hat undertow. Do not link to or add links from link farms; these are spam sites which can wreck havoc on a marketing campaign. It is never wise to jeopardize an investment over a few places on the rankings by switching to a black hat SEO practice. An experienced SEO company can help you sort through the multitude of links and narrow down the ones that are safe and relevant for a secure link exchange.

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How do search engines index sites? July 7, 2008

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The first step in the indexing process is discovery. A search engine has to know the pages exist. Search engines generally learn about pages from following links, and this process works great. If you have new pages, ensure relevant sites link to them, and provide links to them from within your site. For instance, if you have a blog for your business, you could provide a link from your main site to the latest blog post. You can also let search engines know about the pages of your site by submitting a Sitemap file. Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft all support the Sitemaps protocol and if you have a blog, it couldn’t be easier! Simply submit your blog’s RSS feed. Each time you update your blog and your RSS feed is updated, the search engines can extract the URL of the latest post. This ensures search engines know about the updates right away.

Once a search engine knows about the pages, it has to be able to access those pages. You can use the crawl errors reports in webmaster tools to see if we’re having any trouble crawling your site. These reports show you exactly what pages we couldn’t crawl, when we tried to crawl them, and what the error was.

Once we access the pages, we extract the content. You want to make sure that what your page is about is represented by text. What does the page look like with Javascript, Flash, and images turned off in the browser? Use ALT text and descriptive filenames for images. For instance, if your company name is in a graphic, the ALT text should be the company name rather than “logo“. Put text in HTML rather than in Flash or images. This not only helps search engines like google index your content, but also makes your site more accessible to visitors with mobile browsers, screen readers, or older browsers.