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To construct a great content-rich website takes planning. A competent designer would use online architectural design principles, carefully combining information delivery and intuitive navigation to satisfy the visitor’s needs (why they visited) while accomplishing their own goals for fame or fortune (why the website was created). Having a proper architecture is vital to the search engine optimization (SEO) of a site that will attract and also satisfy visitors. Simply put, designing an award winning website is not enough. The site needs to be placed in front of potential visitors or they will not know you exist. It is the integration of web design, development, and SEO with focused marketing and promotion tactics that is vital to the success of a site. Without smart promotion a great website will fail. This site focuses specifically on how to succeed through website design, optimization, and promotion. Without having to design search engine tools of your own.
In search engine optimization, “off page” factors have become more and more important as they relate to rankings. In particular, solid link popularity can literally make or break a site with the search engines.
Before we go any further, what is “link popularity”? In very simplistic terms, link popularity refers to the number and quality of the incoming links that are pointing to your site. These other sites consider your site important enough to link to. So, in the engine’s view, your site is considered important as well. What is meant by “link popularity” can get much more complex, which is discussed further in this article.
However, one of the most difficult areas of SEO is building link popularity. Why? Because the engines don’t want “artificially created” (or useless) links, so there are no easy ways to build link popularity. The days of link farms and huge link exchange programs are over. Try those strategies now and you can easily find yourself booted out of an engine.
Rather, the engines want links from authoritative sites, or links from sites that share the same focus as your site.
But besides the link popularity you gain by getting an authoritative site to link to you, you also gain additional visibility for your Web site. So, when working on building link popularity, don’t forget those two basic reasons for requesting links.