But again, aren't you changing the topic of this discussion?
No, it's all related- I'm trying to figure out if there is any method to the link madness I see. I don't see any point in just getting traffic if you're not going to do anything with it. And again, the way you are going to try to monetize that traffic will determine what type of traffic you're trying to target and how to go about getting it.
For the most part, all I see is people focusing on getting links with intangible (if any) goals, and no real plan of what to do if/when the goal is achieved. As a link "outsider" I see everyone focusing on the process (researching WHOIS data), or intermediate goals (rankings). I've seen very little analysis on the end results (buying customers or whatever) and analyzing which process(es), if any, will best achieve the end results.
P1R's last post is about the onbly thing I've seen to any sort of detailed analysis.
So I guess the purpose of my post is to find out DOES anyone in link building actually care about end results, or is the focus completely on intermediate goals without any regards as to if those goals actually achieve a positive end result. And if the latter, what type of analysis do people do?
Maybe the problem is that I haven't been explaining myself well. Let me try a different track, using MB's analogy:
Isn't the reason one buys a beer and puts it in the fridge so that you can consume it at some point?
I guess it seems like I am asking why MB is going to that store, and MB answers "to buy some beer." The answer I'm looking for would be somewhere along the lines of "I'm throwing a birthday part for my beer drinking friend. I know he likes this local microbrew, and the only place I know to get it is this specialty liquor store." *THAT* is a well-defined end objective: the local microbrew. Only 1 store has it, so going to other stores won't achieve the desired results. He doesn't like other beers, so buying any other beer won't achieve the desired results. They don't deliver, so MB has to go directly to pick it up to achieve the desired results. Meanwhile, I see all the other link builders going to generic stores then not buying anything because they don't know why they are there in the first place (their only goal was to get to the store). Or maybe they did have a goal to buy beer; but it wasn't the one their friend wanted, so he's not very happy (and many of them are probably happy because they think their "goal" was achieved, yet in reality it did NOT get the result they ultimately wanted to achieve, because they didn't understand exactly what they were trying to achieve in the first place).
Not sure if that analogy helped, or just frustrated everyone more so all they want to do is go find MB's friend share his beer! :)
[edited by: LifeinAsia at 9:00 pm (utc) on June 25, 2008]