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Should I Make A Links Page?


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#1 brdlands2

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 05:33 PM

I was wondering if i should make a links page?
Would that add to my overall authority?
Rank or content?

#2 qwerty

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 05:49 PM

Do you have a bunch of sites you want to recommend to your readers, or are you just looking for a place to stick all the links you've agreed to provide in trade for reciprocal links?



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:41 PM

Seriously? Are you reading SEO advice from the 1990's or something?



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:38 AM

Do you have a bunch of sites you want to recommend to your readers, or are you just looking for a place to stick all the links you've agreed to provide in trade for reciprocal links?

 
Well, I thought it might make the site more attractive and cover more ground that way. It was just a thought.


 

 

Seriously? Are you reading SEO advice from the 1990's or something?

 
I am reading "How to do SEO now and forever" right now.

#5 Mikl

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:53 AM

 

I am reading "How to do SEO now and forever" right now.

 

The words "SEO" and "forever" don't seem to go together somehow.

 

Mike



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:35 PM

 

The words "SEO" and "forever" don't seem to go together somehow.

 

Mike

 

And yet they do! http://www.highranki...w-to-do-seo-367



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:42 AM

 

The words "SEO" and "forever" don't seem to go together somehow.

 

Mike

Why not? You cannot make ANYTHING better than "optimal", and doing things the right way from day one means it doesn't need to be rethought every time search engines make a change.

 

Marketing and promotion is a continual process but optimisation doesn't need to be.



#8 brdlands2

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:19 PM

I wonder if I should make a links page......I mean It couldn't hurt can it? 

 

 

115 views, wow, I guess I wasn't the only one thinking about making a links page...

 

:vaccuum:


Edited by brdlands2, 30 October 2013 - 03:23 PM.


#9 chrishirst

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:47 PM

I doubt that googlebot is considering a "links" page.



#10 Jill

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:31 PM

 

 I guess I wasn't the only one thinking about making a links page...

 

 

There are many out there still living in the 1990's apparently...



#11 piskie

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:15 PM

Interestingly, the only place that "forever" appears in Jills article is in the Title.



#12 Mikl

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:49 AM

Well, when I talked about "SEO" and "forever" not "going together", I simply meant that SEO has changed so much over the years, it seems likely that it will change some more in the future.

 

Mike



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:39 PM

I still make links pages because people still browse them and click on the links.  Try to make an interesting links page, and that will contribute toward your being perceived as an "authority".

 

A lot of major, well-known Websites publish "links pages" all the time.  They are published in the form of "top ten" articles where they say something brief about an illustrative example of some principle or concept and then link out to a more informative source of information.

 

For example, you could write about the "top ten Internet startups of 2013", say something about each and why you think they belong in the list, and then link out to each site.  THAT is a "links page".  It just doesn't look like an old school "links" page.

 

But I also create old school "links" pages from time to time when I don't want to provide detailed source references on every article.  It depends on the site.  My only criterion is to make sure the page is something that people will find useful.

 

Back in the day, when most of us were a little more forgiving, I would simply embed a list of links on a page.  But over the years I have come to feel that the visitors deserve something more than that -- not content that distracts from the links, but at least content that explains why the links are there.

 

The best links pages make visitors think (and feel) "wow -- this is so cool".


Edited by Michael Martinez, 06 November 2013 - 01:39 PM.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:51 PM

The second most "well known" search engine started life as somebody's "links page". :)



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:57 AM

I think Michael Martinez said it beautifully. And chrishirst is right, too.

 

brdlands2, if you think a Links page is going to help your users find more relevant resources to further their research, by all means go for it. Every good book comes with a meaty bibliography and a lot of appendices and "learn more" chapters; and a good website is like a good book from a user's perspective.

 

Just make sure to tell your visitors why you deemed these resources worthy of a mention. That will help them apply a criterion to their research, too.

 

~ Luana






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