Originally Posted by fastcat435
I think it would only be fair to put up links of other cruisers forum if they do the same for you .. Gideon
The exchange of links (sometimes known as reciprocal or mutual linking) between websites may be seen as an opportunity to offer each others services or content to their website users; but actually represents free advertising
In this case, we would advertise the “new site” site to our 13,000+ members, and they would advertise ours to their 20 members.
Doesn’t sound like a fair (nor smart) trade, to me.
We would be offering traffic an easy way to leave our site; but leaving our site is exactly what we don’t want our visitors to do! Each link we provide to someone else’s site, is actually helping them increase their own traffic and revenue - but it doesn’t do a thing for our site, when traffic leaves our own pages. Our advertisers pay for our traffic.
If a site is worth linking to, it won't have to rely as much on swapping links as a promotion strategy. Give your site an advantage by giving people a reason to link to it - a helpful tool, a guide or tutorial, or some other useful content that people will feel good about recommending on their site.
Search Engine Optiimisation (SEO)
The best way to get people to link to your site is to provide valuable & useful content.
are another option, but don't go round posting
random posts like 'visit my wonderful new site at my.com'. This is usually considered very impolite - spamming... Some forums
will allow you to link to your site in your signature. If you have useful content on your site, you could link to it in a relevant discussion on another forum - e.g. if someone posts asking for information on a technique that you've used, you could post a link to that site as part of your answer.
There are three main aspects to SEO.
1. Start with your code: you need to optimize your code to make it easy for the search engine
to see what your page is about.
2. Next you need content: make your site worth linking to, and finally:
3. Get people linking to you!