What is Linkbait?
If you have a web site you should think about creating linkbait!
If you’re somehow involved with online marketing you’ve probably heard the term “linkbait” before. However, for many people who don’t “live online” they probably haven’t. So this post is for you if you haven’t heard of it before.
The term linkbait is used in the online marketing industry to describe content on a web site that encourages other web site owners to link to it. We all know that getting others to link to our site is good. Not only does it produce more visitors as they click through, but it helps with the search engines. The search engines see a link to your web site as a vote of confidence. Generally, the more links to a site, the more it’s trusted and hence the higher it appears on the search engine results pages. So therefore we all should all try and create linkbait to attract attention/visitors. Whether you call it linkbait or just good content is up for discussion. Linkbait is nothing new then, just a new phrase! However it should get you thinking about how you can create your own linkbait.
Linkbait is simply great content that makes others want to share it with the world. Linkbait should make it as easy as possible for others to create a link to that page. On a linkbait page/site you will therefore often see buttons to enable visitors to add the site to social bookmarking sites like del.icoi.us.com or social news sites like Digg.com. Getting your site featured on these sites can create huge amounts of traffic.
It could be a top ten list, a collection of web sites, breaking news, a controversial comment or opinion. Anything really that is going to get others to link to it. Get thinking!
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