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David Bridburg

3 Months Ago

Blog Backlinks

https://www.davefineart.com/

Hi,

Many of us have blogs. Most of us need more backlinks.

I am not clear on what the best practices are in placing them. Please feel free to discuss the placement options.

This thread is mainly for backlink exchanges.

No one can assume the other guy on this thread wants the exchange. Unless we can find a way to place them happily for all concerned. For example in the footer or on their own page with some text.

We can help each other here.

Please do not enter this thread without the intent of creating backlinks. This is not a discussion for other opinions on blogging.

Dave Bridburg
Bridburg.com
Post Modern Gallery

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David Bridburg

3 Months Ago

https://www.davefineart.com/

One way of adding reciprocating backlinks is in the right or left hand column.

I have Recent Posts, Guides and Sources....I can add Friends as a list of blogs.

You might think why would he want to link to the competition?

Well your substantial blogging effort and mine get a boost. And that boost is in more than one way with Google. Your link on my blog would give my blog more authority as well. It is not a one way street. Most of the credit goes to the blog linked elsewhere, but it is not just that.

I link several museums for authority under Sources.

Dave Bridburg
Bridburg.com
Post Modern Gallery

 

David Bridburg

3 Months Ago

If you are considering this serious, but feel every blog might not be a fit contact me privately for arrangements.

People posting here might also get private emails to discuss working together. As opposed to a group list of blogs reciprocating.

I am open to working with all of you.

Dave Bridburg
Bridburg.com
Post Modern Gallery

 

Bill Swartwout

3 Months Ago

Rather than creating a list of links in one of the usual navigation areas I invite people do do a guest blog post. When they create narrative they can also provide a link (or links) to wherever they like. While it is true that it may be linking to a "competitor" I prefer to think of it as linking to a colleague.

I also regard it a two-way street. The narrative from which they link certainly helps their site a bit (in the SEO arena) and the narrative they provide for my site helps me with SEO. As an example, I am in the early staged of developing a site (blog style) about cell phone photography. One of our FAA artists and a forum contributor, Doug Brown, recently did an article that includes links to his premium FAA site. I am happy with the article and he is happy with the exposure and links. We are planning to add more.

I have also been working on a Face Mask and a Jigsaw Puzzle site in the same format. I have welcomed guest blogs/articles on both of them as well. While I cannot attribute any sales as a direct result of the Cell Phone Photograph site (yet), I can attribute sales of face masks and puzzles - to both me and to the guest writers.

~ Bill
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~ Cell Phone Photography

 

David Bridburg

3 Months Ago

Bill,

At some point, hopefully soon, I'd be game for that.

Opening up with fellow artists to blog posts is a great idea.

adding, I see you put Doug under contributing artists in the right hand column. That was also where I was leading.

Dave Bridburg
Bridburg.com
Post Modern Gallery


 

Chicago In Photographs

3 Months Ago

Backlinks don't carry the weight they once did. I would recommend focusing on SEO and churning out high-quality content on a regular basis. I see that your domain is only 240 days old and you have 7 blog posts. Start writing 300 word plus blog entries every week and posting to social media accounts and you'll be noticed by Google.

 

David Bridburg

3 Months Ago

Chicago,

Sorry but all of that is off topic.

This thread is limited only to those who wish to discuss setting up backlinks.

Start a thread on blogging in general if you want.

Dave Bridburg
Bridburg.com
Post Modern Gallery

 

William Selander

3 Months Ago

No thanks, reciprocal linking explicity for SEO is a very dangerous game. Too much and you risk being in violation of Google's Webmaster Guidelines. Backlinks to your site need to be built naturally and from sources that have a legitamite reason to do so.

Also, you get no added "authotiy" by linking to a high authority site, only by them linking to your site.

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/guidelines/link-schemes?query=link%20exchange&topic=&type=&visit_id=637515183727322573-3718804874&rd=1

 

Chicago In Photographs

3 Months Ago

David, you asked for "best practices" and I told you my thoughts. You're welcome.... oh and have a nice day :)

 

Bill Swartwout

3 Months Ago

David, that "Contributing Artists" section is for someone with more than one "guest" article. When there are a couple (or more) articles in place that entry would link to a page within MY site with a blurb about the artist and then link from there out to wherever they like (FAA, personal blog, Facebook, etc.).

Here is an example on a site where I am slightly farther in development: https://www.jigsawpuzzleart.com/about-dorothy-berry-lound/ (Caution, not all links on these pages are links to FAA.)

There are just not enough hours in a day to do all that I want to do. Photography as art is a life long love but it is only one facet of my life.

Addendum: I could discuss what Chicago and William have suggested - but not in this thread.

 

Mike Savad

3 Months Ago

backlinks are very hard. if you have a link on a page that isn't related to the thing that is on your page - you can get hurt. so lets say pete's automotive lets you add the link, you get hurt because your page has nothing to do with cars. it would have to be very relevant. and single links are better than trading links. as chicago said, back links won't help you get found. having a constantly updated site, get get's google excited. it likes on going content. updated weekly or daily. or hourly. i found that when i had a link page i would get a lot of people begging for those one way links that had nothing at all to do with my page. and its not like they will give you a link back.

google has a long list of things it wants and doesn't want. the links would have to be organic, like used as a reference to an article or something.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

David Bridburg

3 Months Ago

Bill,

Interesting, I need to sort out how I will differentiate my menu as my blog and friends' art ideas.

I can shorten some of my menu tabs. I can take out my comment page. Then we can talk about rehashing some of these articles or writing new articles. Probably the latter.

I would need info on how many words, 300 is easy and 1800 is a project.

I look forward to working with people.

Dave Bridburg
Bridburg.com
Post Modern Gallery

 

Gary Whitton

7 Days Ago

Bumping this up.


Mike,

I can't imagine anyone here trying to link to an automotive store, that being said, I have to think that Google offers some leeway in that regard. Lets say someone buys a few of my prints for their showroom, and there is a big deal made about it and its done on social media, and their website. Is Google going to kill me for every non-photography site out there that decides they saw something of mine that was cool and decides to post about it? I hope not. If that's the case I want a phone number to chew someone out. Because I have seen spammers go after legitimate sites, labeling their backlink as some kind of pharmaceutical drug, and linking to a none-existing page on the photographers website. My guess is that Google, much like its adsense program is pretty smart about determining legitimate abuse, vs people guest blogging on each others platforms, in fact guest blogging remains a widely used method for people to get known, and variants of it exist in twitter, and Instagram. Google at the end of the day wants practices that enhance the web experience of real people, and if a guest blogger provides a useful 500 word essay about their art on some other artists blog, and happens to link to their art or their website in the process, common sense suggests that is a legitimate activity that is enhancing value. Having a page with 1000 artist links linking to a 1000 pages that also have a 1000 artist links, is not, and is what Google wants to avoid.

Backlinks, from legit sources, particularly high value websites remains the gold standard of relevance in SEO. It just has to be done properly.

ASCE with 12 million backlinks and 10,000 linked domains talking about Hoover Dam on its website, will always kick my butt in search on the same topic, no matter how well written and keyworded any article on the subject that I might write.

 

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