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Link To Domain Name Or Sub-pages?
Posted 27 August 2003 - 11:37 PM
When I ask others to link to my site, I provide them with my domain name.
( ....in case I ever change my hosting arrangements the links will still
find me - that's the whole point in having a domain name isn't it? ) The
domain name points to my index /home page, which is optimised for only 2 key
words. But I have alot of other pages in my site that are optimised for alot
of other key words. The point being, do these "other" sub-pages benefit in
SE ranking for the key-words I have them optimised for, when I have all the
links from other outside sites pointing only to my index page?
Posted 28 August 2003 - 07:41 AM
It's fine either way. You can have people just link to your home page, and then your home page passes along it's link pop. to all the inner pages, or you can try to secure deep links to inner pages and get those pages some of their own link pop.
Both methods are fine and you should do it however makes the best sense for your site.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 09:49 AM
if you have content within your site that might be worthy of linking to, go for it. But keep in mind that you wouldn't want to build a bunch of links to internal pages, then change your whole site's structure.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 10:07 AM
But I do agree with Ed that getting links to pages other than your home page could lead to problems if URLs change in the future -- you would have to either set up redirects or contact every site owner linking to those pages and request a change to the link (or both).
Posted 28 August 2003 - 10:25 AM
With a large site with a lot of different sections and products the link may only be peripherally related to the home page so its value will be less. Also links are supposed to be for people, so why not take the viewer directly to the page that the link talks about?
And finally if you have optimized an internal page you have must have done this to be found in the search engines so you want to build as much ranking as possible directly into that internal and highly optimized page.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 06:45 PM
In response to those who made commented so far....all the replies were extremely helpful. I have built my site with Homestead, and I'm thinking for long term I may eventually want to have the flexibilty to build my own website ( Homestead provides templates and I don't actually have control over my own HTML structure etc ). So........though I would like to link direct to inner pages, obviously if I change websites I would lose these links.
Any thoughts on being hosted by these automatic web-building /hosting programs like Homestead versus building your own site from scratch? Some of the limitations are obvious, but before I go too much further down the road are there some insights others can offer that will either allay my fears or get me moving in another direction. I am a serious musician looking at making a living from CD sales over the net.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 08:51 PM
I am a serious musician looking at making a living from CD sales over the net.
Maybe if you are a serious muscian you should stick to what you know and not waste time on building web pages. I don't believe that you are ever going to get a satisfactory design or be able to compete in the search engines with a cookie cutter approach.
If somebody was trying to put on a really good concert and said to you I have this serious web designer who is studying piano by using a paper keyboard template where each key has a different number. What would you say? I think you would say "why don't you hire a professional?".
So if you want to study web design and particularly SEO -- which is what this forum is about -- as a hobby, welcome and we will all help you as much as we can. But if you want to build a web site to promote your business and make a living over the Internet them maybe you should consider hiring a professional.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 08:54 PM
Welcome to the forum.
Definitely invest the time in learning HTML- it is very easy to learn and worth it, even if you continue to use templates or other wysiwyg programs. Knowing what code should look like is a big help when you go looking at your own or other's code for insights into rankings. And it will help you to modify the sites to do what you need.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 08:59 PM
Sometimes you may want a professional- but knowing how things work is always a long term investment and helps you to make better decisions.
I'm not a designer- couldn't be if I tried. (and I have... ) But I know what I want from a designer, which makes it easier to work with them.
You definitely can build a site you can be proud of that ranks well- even if it's not the coolest or most beautiful one out there... but if you are very serious about making a living at it, know when to bring in professional help.
And ask all the questions you want! We are glad to help.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 09:54 PM
It's great to hear that your serious about your web site! Please feel free to ask all the question you want. Yes, it's great if you can hire a professional, but it's also great to learn to do things yourself if you have more time than money.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 11:26 PM
Thanks for your input
Posted 31 August 2003 - 02:11 PM
When asking people to link to my index page, which of the 3 URLs should I use?
.....and does it make any difference, or doesn't it matter?
Posted 31 August 2003 - 02:23 PM
Personally, I'd go with http://www.secretplaceministries.org Other sites need to use the http:// so that the browser doesn't think it is an internal link.
More important, see if you can get them to link to you using your keywords as the anchor text for the link, using the url structure listed above.
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