While search engine algorithms are constantly changing, some SEO practices never do.
Quality backlinks continue to be one of the most significant factors in your site’s search ranking. In the case of online shopping, a backlink is a link on a relevant website that directs users back to your
Due to Google’s increased watchdog concern for generating
Fortunately, there’s an alternative that won’t break the bank. And the best part? You don’t even need to be an SEO expert to do it.
In this article, we’ll teach you how to generate
Why External Links Are Important for SEO
Imagine a professor that publishes their work in scientific periodicals. The more people refer to the work and cite the author on a particular issue, the more that professor is considered an expert in their field.
The same is true for websites: if quality resources related to your niche refer to your
And that’s not the only benefit to building
- Increased brand awareness by reaching your target audience on external resources;
- And more conversion opportunities because customers can click to your store from other websites where it’s linked.
You can use Google Analytics or other services to track how many visitors came to your site (known as referral traffic) from links provided on other websites. Sometimes this can even be a significant driver for website traffic.
Without quality backlinks, it can take months or even years to promote your website in a competitive environment.
Now that you’re convinced of the importance, let’s take a look at some of the practical
9 Ways to Get External Links
There are a ton of ways to get links to your website. But that doesn’t mean they’re all good ways. While some methods might appear simple initially, they actually require significant digital experience or expensive SEO tools to really be effective. We say nay. Not today, sir. Today, we’re focusing on nine methods you can use right now to guarantee results with minimal cost and little to no experience.
1. Create social media pages
The first thing you can and should do to start building links is create official pages for the store on social media. This is the easiest way to get external links immediately after launching an online store. Even if you don’t plan to actively engage on social media for your store, you should absolutely take advantage of the opportunity to snag a couple of free backlinks.
Don’t limit yourself to the most popular platforms like Facebook and Instagram; create pages in Google+, Twitter, YouTube — even Pinterest.
SEO experts argue whether search engine algorithms count social links for calculating a website’s ranking. But even if social links don’t influence page rankings directly, other social signals such as likes or shares can prove your website’s credibility.
2. Engage on forums
Engage on niche forums, general discussions — whatever — and if your site contains information that could be potentially useful to the participants of the discussion, share the link in the thread. Not only are you providing valuable content for the forum, but you’re also creating some handy backlinks for your store.
Some forums even allow users with a certain number of posts
Learn more about marketing your store on popular forums like Quora.
3. Work with reviews
Customer feedback is important for any company, regardless of size. That’s because shoppers will inherently trust the opinions of other shoppers more than your own claims about your product. For many shoppers, user reviews can be one of the biggest factors in purchase decision. So naturally, you’ll want to encourage as many positive reviews as you can. And, of course, backlinks.
There are several great websites that compile user reviews including TripAdvisor, Consumer Reports, Yelp, Influenster. To get started, create a company profile where customers can leave feedback; then inside your profile, drop a free backlink to your website.
Such platforms allow you to create a company page where people can leave their feedback, and you get a free link to your website.
4. Give interviews and comments to media and online publications
The trick here is targeting local media over major national outlets. Because local media often lack quality stories to fill their production needs, it’s much easier to get a foot in the door with their producers. Offer an interesting story about your product or company, and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with a shiny new backlink — and some brand exposure for good measure.
In addition to interviews, you can create other materials like blogs and whitepapers or offer comments as an expert for relevant online publications. And services like HARO make it even easier by partnering with media teams to connect journalists with subject matter experts whenever a new comment is needed.
Check out our article on publicity on a budget for more help building backlinks through the media.
5. Register in directories
Most communities have an online directory of some sort for local companies, and registration is almost always free. Creating a directory listing provides an extra touchpoint for potential customers and an easy backlink for your website.
6. Use thematic aggregators
Aggregators are websites with a large amount of organized, usually
- a catalog of foreign language courses…
- a catalog of dentists…
- a catalog of sheepskin slipper companies…
- You get the idea.
If your target region is large enough, you can find dozens of aggregators for your specific product or service. And you can register on any aggregator by simply creating a company page. To look for relevant aggregator websites, use search terms like your niche + catalog/aggregator or your niche + city.
7. Create and share valuable content
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This method of marketing is particularly popular in
Visit our article on how to write and sell your ebook for more insights on creating valuable content for your audience.
Learn more about promoting your store with content marketing.
8. Work with influencers
Some bloggers and social media personalities have an audience reach similar to that of major media outlets. Ask an influencer to test your product or send it along as a gift in exchange for a review or mention for your online store.
Pay attention to blog authors, popular Instagram accounts and relevant YouTube channels. There’s a reason they’re called influencers. Like a close friend or a trusted authority, these individuals have a high degree of influence over their audience, and their review can make or break a follower’s purchase decision. The right word from the right influencer, and a backlink won’t be the only thing you’re celebrating.
For example, The video is a collaboration between an individual blogger and fashion brand Topshop:
Learn how to promote your online store on popular Instagram blogs.
9. Provide promotional support for events
Even in small towns, farmer markets, exhibitions, and major celebrations are regular activities. In order to be successful, event organizers often collaborate with media and other organizations to spread the word and attract participants.
Contact organizers to offer promotional support (like mentions on a blog or social media) in exchange for a link to your store. As a sign of goodwill, partners’ links often appear right on the main page of the event website.
You can also work with market and workshop organizers to provide sponsorship products in exchange for links. Arrange a product giveaway, or provide participants with small gifts, and in return, organizers will talk about your store on their website and social media.
Read more about promoting your online store at offline events.
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