As our good friend and SEO expert Zach Prez outlined in his article Search Engine Optimization and Backlinks,” building backlinks to your site is one of the main components of any SEO strategy. I encourage everyone to read his article and brainstorm ways to get quality, high PR, “do follow” relevant inbound links to your website (and the subpages of your website).
In this post, I wanted to introduce a couple of resources that we started that can help in your link building efforts. We created Of Course I Do and Tog Tips to experiment with user-submitted content and to aggregate interesting, relevant information. While our baby (and focus) is still SLR Lounge (and of course our photography studio), we’re interested in seeing how these other two sites might take off if enough good content is submitted. These two sites work very much like Digg or Reddit, in that all of the content is user submitted, from the stories to the votes to the comments.
1) Dofollow – Both sites are “dofollow” sites, so any links that you submit will be void of the “rel=external nofollow” tag that basically makes inbound links to your site useless in terms of SEO.
2) PR2 (and growing) – Both of these sites are PR2 sites with SEO work continuously being done on them, so they could potentially increase.
3) Permanent Links – Links are permanent on these sites. Other sites that run on different platforms can have good PR, dofollow links, and relevant keywords; but your link might disappear after a given time period or they might be kicked if the submission is not continuously voted on by the community.
4) Traffic and Awareness – While these sites aren’t yet getting a ton of traffic, you should see at least a few hits a week from your submissions, spreading awareness of your work and your name.
Note: These sites are heavily monitored for spam. Please avoid submitting unrelated articles for the sake of SEO. Your account will be disabled and all of your content will be removed.
Here are a couple of screen shots of the two sites! Enjoy!