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So far, I've hit the search engines and went through all the industry link sections of my competitors and related sites/industries.
Thanks in Advance,
Without knowing your industry, I would say expand your horizons.
(Un)related industries - a horse site should be able to find gardening sites (manure/compost).
Blogs, if you really have something unique or worth writing about.
How to sites.
Pick up the phone if you can. These days it will work better than email.
seriously though, like willybfriendly says, expand your horizons, theres several ways to get links in this day and age.
I've got plenty of ways to get links as far as directories and articles go, I'm just not being able to get quality sites to fill up my own "Industry links" section.
Now I know what some people are going to say. "Why not just link to links that are going to benefit your customers?" Well, I did that and guess what happened? I took a massive hit on my SERPs. No good deed goes unpunished right?
I spent all yesterday looking for link parters on google and only found 20 worthwhile for my legal section, and I doubt any will return my call/e-mail. Haha, I hate the "just e-mail us" speech... :D
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Aji, we need to be #1, how can we get links? Almost every other client has this question.
There is a ton that one can write about links. I wish I had enough time. You can get some good links for $s too (most of them do it but very smartly).
But remember this formula
Year 2003: - Page based optimization, get links to targeted pages only.
Year 2008: Site based optimization, get links to site, make your site credible, pages of a credible websites are credible, get some topical links to the pages and you rock the SERPS.
Easy said than done :). Do your dirty work yourself or pay the experts.
Not ONE, not a single ONE, has ever, in the 16 years I have been on the web, offered to exchange a front page link in an introductory text with me. EVERY one has offered to add me to their links page and want the same in return. They will only add me IF I add them first. AND... when I have taken the time to suggest a proper link exchange, as outlined above, to those who imposed on my email inbox, unsolicited, they never email back. Big surprise.
Why would I exchange links with any webmaster who is not even bright enough to clearly see I do not have a single LINKS page on any of my sites? If I did, it would be posted at the bottom of page along with all other 'informational' page links such as terms, contact, faq, privacy . . . yada yada yada.
Why do I not have a LINKS page? Because, I don't exchange links via LINKS pages. Seems obvious enough to me.
Link exchange requests are full of idiots that have no idea, what so ever, how to enter into a proper business partnership. If there was even one remotely reasonable link request, offering me the world, and hoping they might get something of value in return amid the piles of garbage link requests, they would be lost in the stench of ill-thought out promotional efforts.
Why would ANYONE want to do business with an email spammer?
That is why you don't get anywhere in your quest to develop links with others. A lot of people view email link exchange requests, just like me. SPAM
Link exchange requests are full of idiots that have no idea, what so ever,
In recent times because of mutual exchange we were able to get in touch with a lot of good authors, who donated their books to some of our clients. Select a niche were you want to build relationships.
I am now moving into "less" related sectors as I have called or e-mailed every site related to my industry.
One thing that was really effective is searching your prize keyword. Then take the top 30 sites and punch them into Yahoo site explorer. I hope this helps someone else on here as much as it helped me.