Thursday, September 14, 2006

Getting links to your site

One question that frequently comes up, especially for people who are creating their very first web site, is this: "how do I get links to my new site"? If you have already created a couple of your own sites, and if you have friends with their own sites, this problem is easier to solve -- you and your friends can all link to the new site immediately.

Once you have done that, your next step is to try related forums and submission sites. Places like,,,, etc. let people submit links. Then either an editor or the audience decides whether the link is interesting or not. If your site is interesting, it gets a lot of exposure.

There are thousands of smaller forums as well. Many of them will allow you to register and then submit links. Joining a forum to submit your one link (and then leaving, never to be heard from again) is called "spamming the forum". Spamming is frowned upon, for obvious reasons. Besides, that approach will not accomplish anything because either: a) people will ignore your post, or b) a moderator will delete your post.

Your goal should be to:
  1. Find forums that are closely related to the topic of your new site,
  2. then join these forums,
  3. then participate for awhile both to understand the forum and to let people know who you are, and
  4. then submit a link to your site so that you can get meaningful feedback from forum mmbers.
That is an excellent way both to tell people about your new site and to get ideas for improving it.

Another possibility that is now available is Wikis. is the best example of this genre, but there are thousands of Wikis out there on every imaginable topic. You can find related articles in Wikis and, if they allow it, add links to your site. A big site like Wikipedia can often be quite selective in the links that are allowed in articles. Again, it can be helpful to join the wiki, participate for awhile and then add your link.

One wiki that you might consider trying is called:If your site can be considered to be in some way "helpful" to people, you can create an article and add your link there. is not a huge wiki, but it is easy to add articles and the site has good Pagerank on Google. It will not hurt to add your link there.


At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that you talk about posting on Digg and other similar news sites. I wrote an article recently about monetizing Digg traffic. The article is titled, Can you monetize Digg traffic?

I would suggest that you read it before you start posting your site on Digg.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger pat said...

Trying to use Wikipedia as a medium for advertising is a waste of time and against the rules of Wikipedia. If you're linking to a site with substantial, scholarly information, okay maybe. But a link to an extermination company from the "Cockroach" article or whatever is sure to be deleted, and might get you banned from editing.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, please do not spam Wikipedia! Also, links from forums are not very useful for SEO these days because most are tagged with rel="nofollow" but can still get you a bit of traffic from other forum members who might click on you signature.

More at this SEO and Web 2.0 blog.

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