After sending an email to my list, I got this message from one of my readers:
>My name is Andre. I run a site that promotes support and encouragement for those with genetic anomalies. As I am not a stranger with cold calls, I can easily go to a site and ask them to submit my link on theirs and they on mine. The only problem is that I don't get many answers.
Are you able to help with this? Thanks, --------------
Always happy to help others
I asked for more details in how the sites were contacted -he send me the details of the email he used to make the first contact:
>>I run a site called GendersInX.org I have been referred to your site through members who frequent your site and I wondered if you could put my link into yours.
GendersInX was conceived by a curiosity of different conditions such as Turner's syndrome, Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, more so the similarities we share amongst us. In any genetic anomaly it is easy to forget that we are human as well.
The site is upbeat, encouraging and informative, certainly that is what is needed at all times because when we turn off the computer, we are met with the world that we live with day to day. It would be preferable to look at that in a positive way and GendersInX aims towards that.
I invite you to look at the site and see if it fits in your site under the links, I will certainly put yours into mine once it has been accepted.
Thanks Andre Lorek
So, from the email, we can see he is looking to exchange links.
Lets look at the sites we should contact to exchange links first. I use this check list:
1. They have Page Rank -Page Rank is Googles way of saying that the site is trust worthy. Page Rank ranges from 0-10 with 10 being the highest.
The reason I would only exchange links with sites that have some PR is because it means they have done "something" to promote there site and it has been online a while- more likely to be around in the future.
2. The have a links page -Do they have a page or area with out going links on it?
3. They have a clear exchange links policy- This can be as simple as a note to please contact us here, to a detailed list of terms and conditions as to what sites they will and will not exchange links with.
So how do you find these sites? - someone smart said "There is plenty of traffic out there...just get in front of it".....so how a do we find sites that are specific to exchanging links. Here are a few:
www.DigitalAwol.com/links www.linkpartners.com/ www.linkalizer.com
I have been doing some work in the linkalizer.com area and have found it very easy to use- I have the Premium version- which I recommend as it does the hard work for you.
I have around 100 requests for exchanges pending (those wanting to exchange links with me) and am doing me best to get through them -doing an hour per day.
I have completed 32 exchanges in a few days- the system verifies the link back to you, and shows you the link on the other site.
Before you go over their I do recommend that you have a directory type system for exchanging links as it better for more content for your site (it creates more pages) and it makes your site look like a directory of resources.
Break the links down into pages of approx 20 (Google recommends 50, but I am on the cautious side)
The best way to run this is software based, installed on your web hosting, I use autolinks pro which has a great interface for adding sites, plus can manage anybody applying at your site.
You can see it running here:
Autolinks is a paid program, and really well priced- more details and full demo here: Autolinkspro.com
With this type of program, make sure you have it installed so it forms a normal looking part of the site, not something of a "Add on".
So now are you ready to ask for links?....not quite. Have you every been to a online discussion forum to find only a few discussions going on? If it were a room it would echo....
You need to avoid those you are looking to exchange links to arrive at the site and see it empty...so place a few links in each area- at least 5 to make sure it looks active- they don't have to be exchanged links, just helpful sites.
Ok now you are ready....to ask for links. Once you have found a site that you want to exchange links.
In Andres approach above, what he did was tell the owner all about his own website and it doing this, he missed a vital point- the WIIFM -The webmaster reads an email (or a website) and is thinking- what's in it for me? (W I I F M)
Why should I take an action?
So the first action you need to take is put a link to the owners site FIRST and then contact him something like this:
----------- Hi, I just visited you site and I can see you have done a lot of work and have great content- I especially like the information on ( a subject) -very helpful. Well done!
My website is on a similar subject, but not competing. I can see my visitors would benefit from your content and I have linked to you here:
Please let me know if you are happy to exchange links. My details are below
Best Regards (your name) http://www.yoursite.com/
(name of site) ---------------
This is the short version, but you get the idea. You could include the html you want him to link to you and a link to a page on your site with the details.
If you don't here from them in a week- you can send a follow up, saying that you know that sometimes email goes missing and asking if they got the message and insert a copy of the previous message.
If you still don't here from them - delete the link and carry on. With any marketing, it is a numbers game - The real key to exchanging link is simply focused effort.
Google has said that reciprocal links do count however to not be "excessive" .
To what exactly excessive is - I use this concept: don't exchange links with everybody and every subject.
I prefer to avoid subject like gambling, dating - anything that may not be enjoyed by my visitors.
I guess the most important thing to ask is does it work?
On one site which I been very active in only exchanging links it has increased 4 places in the last 24 hours- No other promotion has been done so I can presume its starting to have some effect.
Inch by Inch with search engine ranking -It works if you do ;)
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After sending an email to my list, I got this message from one of my readers:
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To succeed as marketer, you must direct meaningful traffic to your website.
No matter how well designed or interesting your site is, it is a waste of time if no one sees it.
In the initial stages of your business, getting traffic is not easy with the steep competition of thousands of web sites all trying to get their message out there. There is hope, though, according to successful marketers. The following seven methods, applied consistently, can mean a great increase in the quality and quantity of traffic to a site:
1.) Utilize Search Engines
Use search engines to your advantage. You need to have your web site appear near the top of the results, ahead of other websites offering similar content to gain the maximum benefit from a search engine. How is this accomplished? See 2.
2.) Popularity Linking
Your site must already be attracting a considerable amount of traffic to achieve high search engine results. One method for accomplishing this is by connecting to other relevant sites via links. These "popularity links" help drive traffic, and if targeted to the correct search queries they can boost your search engine ranking.
Link popularity always starts with finding web sites that are similar but do not compete with your own. You would contact the website owner and request a link to your site. You would, at the same time, offer a reciprocal link which would advertise their website on one of your pages.
3.) Writing Articles
Writing your own rich content articles on topics targeted to your audience helps promote your web site by increasing the number of popularity links coming to your site (see 2) as well as attracting interested readers. Your articles can be placed on other sites, in ezines, or even in newsletters. Always be sure to ad a source box with a link going back to your site.
4.) Joint Venture Marketing
Joint venture marketing, a marketing relationship in which two individuals cooperate to help promote each other, is also an effective way to promote a product or service. Joint venture agreements can also include swapping ads and exchanging links. Both parties benefit as they reach a wider customer base fairly quickly.
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Use as many strategies as possible to generate targeted traffic. Relying on search engines is obviously important but there are numerous other ways to generate traffic. Combining these methods will maximize the traffic you get.
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What are the company logos that you remember the most? As you are about to design your corporate identity, take a look around and notice the logos that are all around us. Most of the time, they are very simple icons. Sometimes they graphically represent exactly what the company does, but others are a simple mark that makes an impression. Here are some tips to help you get a memorable corporate identity of your own:
1) Find a Designer You Can Trust
First of all, you need to find someone that truly understands the importance of the creation and implementation of a company’s identity. Beware of a designer that says “Yeah, I do logo design.” A logo is only part of the package. In order for the logo to work, it needs a color scheme, fonts that complement it, and a complete ‘look and feel’ that ties all your communications together.
Take a look at the designer’s portfolio and make sure that they have designed memorable, striking logos, but also make sure that you take a look at how those logos were applied to different types of items such as business cards, brochures, Web sites and even 1-color giveaway items like pens and magnets. In every occasion, the logo and surrounding design elements should work as a cohesive whole. If they do not work, the designer does not understand the true idea of corporate identity design.
Make sure that the designer can answer tough questions about their design choices. There should be a reason behind everything that was done. Remember, your identity is going to be with you for a (hopefully) very long time.
There are now many cheap, fast logo creation services online. Many people are satisfied with these services, and they seem to do a decent job of creating a logo. But corporate identity design is a whole other matter, and these logo design Web sites don’t fully address this more complex issue.
2) Think Simple
Once you find a designer, make sure to explain to them everything that your company does. Make sure that you can articulate your company’s philosophy of doing business and what sets you apart. The corporate identity process depends on conceptualizing all of these abstract ideas.
Remember, though, that some times the simplest expressions are the most memorable. If your company manufactures widgets, trims them on a machine and then delivers them to a store, don’t expect to be able to show that entire process with one small icon. Instead, concentrate on what sets you apart. Maybe it’s your personal touch, your strong foothold in the marketplace or your innovative ideas. Don’t be afraid to simplify.
3) It’s All In a Name
Sometimes your corporate identity design might simply be your company’s name. Take Sony®, for instance. No need for a fancy icon beside the name. They have made their name speak for itself. Now, you might be thinking that your 2-person company in a small town will never be competing with a large multi-national corporation, and you might be right. You can still make a striking impression with everyone that sees your company’s name, though.
Also, remember that different types of fonts say different things about you and your company’s identity. A serif font, or one with small decorative lines, such as Times Roman, can say that you are a little more traditional, established and conservative. A sans-serif font, or one without the small decorative embellishments such as Arial or Helvetica, looks more modern and clean. Either one has its place.
Some times I use a combination of font types to create a refreshing contrast, or create a clean, modern logo and use a serif typeface to create a balance between traditional and modern. The best part is that there are no hard and fast rules.
4) It Helps to Squint
As you are finalizing your corporate identity design, make sure that you continue to imagine it being placed in any possible situation or surface. A trick I use some times is to put the logo and company name on my screen or print it out and hang it on the wall. I back as far away as I can and squint. If the resulting image is still pleasing to the eye, then it works on an aesthetic level, even without reading the text or knowing exactly what the logo design might be. Make sure that the colors represent your company correctly.
Your identity designer should be able to explain their color and font choices to you without trouble. Don’t let them tell you that they just “thought it looked good.” There needs to be a meaning behind your corporate identity design, even if it is abstracted.
The corporate identity process can take a few weeks or it can take a few months. It might seem like it takes forever sometimes, but remember that once the process is over, you’ll have a lasting look and creative direction for your company for years to come.
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Greg RS Kihlstrom is creative director for Carousel30 - http://www.carousel30.com. His corporate identity work has won international awards and been published in books, magazines and design Web sites.
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