The more value you’re providing the user, the more trust Google (and other search engines) place on your links, and in turn, your website. If you point a user to a product page, and your link is, let’s face it, sticking out like a sore thumb, it’ll pass on value, but not much. If you point a user to an informative article that is completely relevant to the content they’re clicking through from, it’ll pass on heaps of value.
The problem with links
If you’ve got a website, and your website has pages, then we can build links to it. Technically speaking, you can build links to any page on a website, and some might think that’s a good thing.
I wholeheartedly disagree.
So, how can you make sure that your content is relevant enough that it’s passing on as much SEO value as possible? Consider two main things: the hosting site and the content.
The Value Breakdown
Many experts will claim that if you create good content, then the links will follow – and there is truth to this. However, unless you are Forbes or Apple or similar, you still need to work the content. And that’s where good outreach comes in. Good content + good outreach = a lot of value for your website.
But, one without the other, while it will still be effective, won’t result in the link value you want. If we’re carrying out outreach activity on a brochure site, and it looks great, is fully functional, and is just generally a nice site, we’ll get links, sure, but, what are these links doing? Google places value on natural links that are informative and valuable to the users clicking on them. If you’re just linking to a plain old product page, or a nicely-designed, yet boring homepage, you’re not going to reap the full benefits of that link value.
Having a page that just states your thing and what you do is fine, but, the real value lies in the following:
What your thing is
What it does
How it does it
Why it does it
Who it does it for
How it helps them
How they can use it
And that list goes on. You’re not going to answer all of these questions on one page! You need supporting content to answer these questions. You need supporting content to gain properly distributed link value. You need supporting content to be successful. Link value gained from strong links, driven by good content improves your rankings for whole sections, if set up properly.
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