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Wall Street Journal Gives Thumbs-up to Link Baiting



Hat’s off to Kelly Spors for helping to keep WSJ readers up to date on the latest marketing buzz. In today’s weekly roundup of news, she explains the art of link baiting…

Here’s a new catchphrase in search-engine optimization these days: Link baiting.

The term may sound shady, but link baiting is an aboveboard tactic that calls for generating new or particularly interesting content on a Web site in hopes that a popular Web site links to it. Having well-ranked Web sites link to yours boosts your site’s search-engine results, because most major search engines — including Google and Yahoo — consider the number and “quality” of links when generating their rankings. And, having your site linked to a popular site likely will prompt other sites to link to your site as well.

Suppose, for instance, you’d love to have a blogger who’s well-known in your industry link to your Web site. You notice this blogger frequently highlights interesting strategies for funding a start-up business. So in hopes of piquing that blogger’s interest, you add well-written, interesting content to your site about new trends in start-up financing. Then you conveniently shoot an email to that blogger with a link to the post.

It looks like she got her info from SEMoz…

Search-engine optimization professionals are starting to sell link-baiting services to small businesses. But experts say it must be done strategically and often isn’t easy. “These sites don’t link to mediocre content,” says one poster on a recent Web forum on the topic. “So you’ve got to have the ability to produce something that is very informative, very funny, very nice or very some-thing-or-other.”