If you are wanting to get high rankings in the search results you have to do more than create a website. There are literally millions of websites owners out there that have spent good money on having a state of the art website to find that they get absolutely no traffic. In order to get listed in the search results you have to have links from other websites that point you out to the search engines. The search engines are basically a vote counting machine. The more links (votes) you have pointing to your website,the more importance they put on your site. The value of these links vary,but to be sure,each and everyone of them count.
Here are the 12 kinds of sites you should be getting links from:
1. Internal Links: These are links from your site to other pages in your site. Linking to your own relevant content,or site-wide links like “Home.” In some blogs,like this one,you’ll see links below each post to related articles. These are all internal links.
2. Directories:Directories list websites,usually under different categories of interest. The classic is DMOZ,but there are a lot of others out there you should submit your URL to and get a link from. There is one hitch to this however. It seems that when directories find your site on their own by following links to your site,that your site will rise faster than if you actively submitted them to your search directories. See "Social Bookmarking" and "RSS" for a means of having search engines find and crawl your website in a matter of minutes.
3. Press Releases: Press release submission and distribution services,like PRWeb,allow you to submit a press release (gotta come up with something newsworthy to say and have an interesting way to say it). That press release will be distributed to syndication services and republished – with your link.
4. Article Directories: Getting a link from article directories is as simple as penning an article and submitting it. Usually your link will be in the “About the Author” bio box. There are hundreds,probably thousands,of article directories out there for you to submit to. There are also software program available to automate the process of submissions. (See SEO Resources page on this website.)
5. RSS/Blog Syndication: Submitting your blogs RSS feed to syndication services will usually not only give you a link,but each time you publish a new blog post that individual article will get a link. There are WordPress plugins that you can use to help automate this process.
6. Blog Comments:Easy enough – leave a comment on relevant blogs in your niche to get these kinds of links. Don’t be a jerk though,use your name and say something relevant and interesting.
7. Videos: Sites like YouTube,and the many others,often allow you to link to your site either in your video’s description or on your profile page. Some let you do both. You can use a service like TubeMogul or Traffic Geyser to automate this as well.
8. Forums: Forums usually center around a particular topic,so they’re great in providing very relevant links back to your website. You can link in your profile and/or signature line on most forums.
9. .edu Links: From educational sites – colleges,local school districts,etc.
10. .gov links: Like .edu links these links usually carry a lot of weight,but it can be tough to get the government to link to your site!
11. Social Bookmarking:Social bookmarking services allow people to collect their favorite links in one place. If you bookmark your own stuff (there are services that help you do this automatically also) you get a link from the service. Even better if you produce content your readers love and bookmark themselves to refer back to.
12. Social Media sites: Kind of a catch-all here,but this can refer to places like Twitter and Facebook,where people network with each other,to places like Squidoo and Hubpages,where you can place your content on a page on their site and link out to your site.
There’s are other places and ways to get links,like buying text links,trading links with another site owner or participating in a link exchange service. The list above will get you started.