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Inbound Links Boost Website Traffic

Inbound links (aka back links) are url links from pages on external websites linking back to your website. On average, inbound links make up about 50% of the traffic to my website. Presently there are 775 links back to my site.

PageRank is also partially determined by the quantity, quality and relevancy of websites that link back to you. The search engines want to see that your website is popular and valuable. However, there are very strictly enforced guidelines that can negatively impact your PageRank if you engage in deceitful tactics in effort of gaining inbound links. According to Google Webmaster Guidelines, the following activies are considered violations to their guidelines and are applicable for penalization:

  • Links intended to manipulate PageRank
  • Links to web spammers or bad neighborhoods on the web
  • Excessive reciprocal links or excessive link exchanging (“Link to me and I’ll link to you.”)
  • Buying or selling links that pass PageRank

Note: Google has announced that your PageRank will not be affected by backlinks from “bad” sites. [Reference]

There are a variety of favorable ways to achieve links back to your website. Keep in mind that Google indexes text so it is important to manually add your link. (For example, with the exception of forums, at the end of all posts I include Dawn, http://www.freelanceadminsupport.com)

  • Include your website’s link in your signature for all e-mails and forums.
  • Comment on blogs and articles and manually include your link at the end.
  • Sign guest books and include your link.
  • Write testimonials for products and services including your url link at the end.
  • Submit your website to quality website directories.
  • Write and submit valuable articles with your url link in the Author resource box.
  • Carefully chose link exchanges.
  • Word of mouth. (Make an impression and others may refer your website. Just make sure to make a good impression! 😉

People are curious in nature. If you post something on a forum, blog, testimonial ect.., they will likely be inclined to get to know more about you and/or your products and services. Consequently, your website will gain exposure, traffic and eventually PageRank.

Monitoring your backlinks helps determine where you’re achieving the most success. Regularly keep an eye on your referring sites stats to see which back links are bringing in the most traffic. This will help you distinguish how to prioritze your link building time. Google alerts is also helpful for monitoring when your site is indexed from another website. There are also several webmaster tools available online that calculate inbound links to your main domain.

November 24, 2008 - Posted by | Marketing | , , , , , , ,


  1. Great article! Thanks for the valuable information! I have a lot of work to do but I am sure it will be worth it in the long run! 🙂

    Comment by Kim | November 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Super awesome article!

    Would you like to be featured on the Blog Train this week?

    Let me know!

    Thanks, Jen

    Comment by Jen | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. I’ve been visiting your site for some time now.
    This is the first time I would leave a comment.
    I love this blog post!
    So true.

    Arrielle Green

    Comment by search engine optimization orange county | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thank you all for your support! It is greatly appreciated.

    Dawn 🙂

    Comment by dawnaturservice | November 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. Dawn,

    I love your article. I do wonder about putting a URL at the end of blog comments.

    As a blog owner I always feel a bit “used” when someone writes a sentence and then puts their URL. I am left feeling that they only came to visit for the purpose of that URL.


    Audrey 🙂

    Comment by Audrey | November 27, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hi Audrey,
    Thank you!

    I never really thought of feeling “used” from putting a url at the end. I suppose if the comment was something like, “Nice blog” with a name and url, I would wonder if they even read it or are just trying to spread their link around. But if they include statements that relate to my content, then I would believe they read it. There are a billion blogs out there to choose from. The fact that people choose mine to read implies that they had some interest in it. That makes me feel special 🙂

    I also feel like it adds credibility as well. For example, the comment above from Arrielle Green from SEO Orange County made me feel very proud. She is an SEO expert complementing my work. I’m far from an expert, but I study hard. It gave me a boost of confidence.

    I really appreciate all who take the time to read what I write. I would love to give back to them by giving them a little google juice!

    Comment by dawnaturservice | November 28, 2008 | Reply

  7. Great Blog! I learned a lot from it, keep it up! Thanks

    Comment by website design | November 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. Hi,
    This is really interesting post.
    You have nicely described for Inbound Links to Boost Website Traffic.
    Thanks for sharig

    Comment by Web Design Los Angeles | January 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you for your kind words. It is greatly appreciated.


      Comment by dawnaturservice | January 29, 2009 | Reply

  9. […] your author resource box, resulting in more back links and more traffic to your website. Quality back links are good for search engine […]

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  10. […] you will get endless results. Submitting your blog to blog directories increases your backlinks and should bring in traffic. I get quite a bit of traffic from one specific directory, Blog Surfer. […]

    Pingback by Generating Blog Traffic « Dawn At Your Service’s Blog | December 16, 2009 | Reply

  11. Hi. thank you for the information. seem i have to build lots of backlinks then to boost my traffic.

    Comment by MTB | April 15, 2011 | Reply

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