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Every day we send several targeted link requests, but the return is discouraging. We send the request in Japanese language.
We noticed that:
- Japanese sites are not so frequently updated
- It is very rare to receive a reply
- Very few webmasters accept to link
Compared to English, German and Spanish language sites you need 10 time efforts!
Do you know any tricks?
Is there an Asian SEO expert specialized in link popularity in Japan?
Most Japanese sites don't make concessions to non-Japanese visitors...but then, how many American sites have Japanese versions? ;-)
Are you looking at individual-run sites, or are these corporate? If they are run by individuals, then you need to look for a BBS - you can almost always get in touch with someone through their message board. BBSs are really popular on Japanese sites.
If you're talking corporate, then you have a *much* more complex process ahead of you. There are not doors to get in contact with the proper people, unless you know someone who can intermediate between you and the company. It sounds silly just for a link, but trust me. :-)
In our staff we have a Japanese person.
We are looking mainly for corporate sites.
> There are not doors to get in contact with the proper people, unless you know someone who can intermediate between you and the company >
We know this culture: all the companies interested in the Japanese market say that any businessman need a minimum of three meetings just to be "considered". Japanese need a "familiar" face before doing business.
I hope that there is here a Japanese SEO that can suggest the right strategy.
But a corporate site is different. Think how hard it would be to get CNN to link to you because your site is "cool." :-) Same goes for Fuji TV, or what have you.
When I just can't find contact information on a site sometimes a politely worded letter to the PR Department works. They're the ones usually responsible for catalogs and things and a lot of times get the website responsibilities thrust upon them.
> > "viral spread"
> care to expand?
Basically, someone over in Japan found my site and reported on it on a topical news site. Other news and personal sites picked up on it and the next thing I knew, my normally 2% Japanese visit percentage went up to about 5% for the month.
My site was mentioned or linked on several dozen various sites that I had not previously located in searching my keywords on Google Japan. (For various reasons these sites were practically negatively optimized - some actively don't want to be found unless you already know someone who knows.)
This may not seem like very much impact, but given the incredibly niche market this particular site caters to, it was an amazing jump.
You may want to locate some related topic grassroots sites and post information about your site - it might get that viral thing happening too.
If it's a tech-y or cultish type topic (say a new high-tech product,) that might even do more good for you in the long run than a corporate link. In fact, it might net you that corporate link, if someone from the company is perusing the other sites and takes notice. that last is a bit of a long shot, but you never know!