Marketing Tip for Social Media Marketing and SEO

by Josef Katz on January 3, 2010

in SEO

I noticed that many first time marketers and people starting out in social media marketing often don’t understand effective linking.  One benefit of being involved in social media is the ability to build links across the internet (on your blogs, profiles, comments etc) and create your own little web while leaving a trail of backlinks to your site.

I often see the following linking format from those new to social media:

“Josef Katz writes a marketing blog.  Here is the link to his blog:”

The writter most likely went to the browser’s addresss bar, copied the url and then pasted it into their post.  This link doesn’t tell the search engines what is relevant to the link.  However your site will get “credit” for the link.  The more links you have pointing to your site the better (they are like votes for the search engines).

How to link with inbound or backlinks

So now you know all web-links are not created equal but they all have value.  If you are working on “ranking your site” (show up high in search results) for specific keywords try to create inbound links that use the keyword(s) in the anchor text (the words you click are also referred to as text links, inbound or backlinks).

Take this example:

  1. Josef Katz writes a marketing blog.  This links to my site but without the keywords (marketing blog)  in the inbound link.
  2. While Josef Katz writes a marketing blog uses the keywords in the inbound link.

The second version is going to help rank my site higher in natural search results when someone searches for “Marketing Blog”.

Note – This tip will help drive traffic to your site through search engine optimization but it takes time and involves a lot more then linking so you won’t see results overnight.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

JLSimons January 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Great advice, Josef. I don’t always think about which words I use as the anchor link, and I’ll keep that in mind. What impact does the use of keywords in the description have on the impact of the link? Also, I love the new blog layout!

January 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Thanks for the comments. Glad the info is helpful.

Stephen Strydom January 12, 2010 at 8:19 am

thanks a lot that’s very useful information! I will most definitely use it to improve my rankings on my blog:

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