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A new way of developing link pages

Link Develoment using articles and information

     
7:37 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello,
I came up with an idea that may change the way links are intrepreted.
For example my site is a merchant account information site.
I decided to add links that were travel related. I created a page called travel-information.html. I then decided to place a travel article underneath the links and decided to intertwine my main keyword phrase (merchant account) into the text to make it a legit information page for travellers looking for a merchant account. Does anyone think this is a good idea?
4:36 pm on Sept 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That is a really good idea for attracting niche traffic -- have the article as the main content area and then the links as a sidebar (?) or something like that... keep the 'article' 300 - 500 words or maybe 200 - 400 words so it doesn't take up too much space.

Then the 'links directory' becomes an 'article directory' which is another way of saying a ton of relevant content with handy resource links!

4:04 am on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I do not think anything could be better.
Great Content + Related Links (good anchors) = A high ranked page!
5:42 am on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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but the key is, how many travellers are looking for merchant accounts?
5:52 am on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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...for travellers looking for a merchant account

Sounds like a bit of a niche market - though I think the idea, applied to more logically connected concepts - would be well worth the effort.
6:03 am on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The objective wasn't really to attract travellers finding a merchant ac#*$! as we all know that would be pretty rare, the objective was to feed google relevance to the term merchant account and hope that google wouldn't penalize the site for having non related links to the site.

This way google will hopefully think that the site does have some useful info and give it a PR incentive for providing such content.

This would essentially be a mini information directory once everything has been said and done.

Then you can pretty much accept links from all kinds of partners without worrying if your relevant or not.

5:01 pm on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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IMO, the two great benefits of linking from within content are, a virtually algo-proof links page, and the motivation to add content, which will add value.

Not quite sure what you meant in your last sentence, but to do this properly takes quite an effort, I'd suggest keeping quite strict guidelines on numbers and relevancy (to the page, if not the site)

5:29 pm on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"Then you can pretty much accept links from all kinds of partners without worrying if your relevant or not."

I should have been more specific. You won't need to worry about google not giving the page credit because it isn't related. Now that you have combined the links and content it makes everything relevant.

When I trade links with a site that is a diffrent topic then mine (e.g. health) they refuse because its not related to their content.

This way this has a better chance of enticing them to link because you have essentially created relevant content.

7:26 pm on Sept 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Right On! ;-)
8:01 pm on Sept 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Canucks, in the interview with Patrick Gavin of Text link Ads Inc, the part dealing with "Block Level LinK Analysis" would seem to support the concept.

Look up "Patrick Gavin Interview" you know where....