Posts Tagged ‘Backlink’
Posted on November 18, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
RSS feeds have made it much easier for people to digest a great deal of information from different sources on the web. The information is streamlined so one can go through much more information than is possible via a web browser visiting a list of sites.
A side benefit for those of us with our own websites is that RSS feeds can be submitted to RSS directories. These directories are meant to be a way for people to find relevant feeds.
They are also a source of good, quickly-indexed backlinks.
This is all fine if you use a platform such as WordPress that creates an RSS feed for you. However, what do you do if you’d like to create a feed for a static website – or even a feed with a list of pages you’d like to do some linkbuilding for?
WebDevTips has a site that lets you manually create an RSS feed from any page(s). I’ve even heard of people using this little trick to get forum profile pages indexed very quickly (Angela’s/Paul’s/Terry’s/etc.). Since there are a couple of errors with the procedures they have on their site, below is a step-by-step for those who need it.
- First, visit this site.
- Choose the number of links you need in your feed then fill in the information. The intent is to create a feed for a site with sub-pages, so you’d normally use the root URL in the “Site” area then the URL for each of your sub-pages in the other sections. If you’re using this technique for something different, you can just place a different URL in each block.
- Fill in details for each page on the list, then click the “make the code” button.
- Following the instructions on that page, copy/paste the code into a new file named your_filename.rss. Please note that when you’re editing the file, you’ll need to change the following text:
- At the top of the file, replace
- Upload the file to your server, then validate the feed by entering its URL at http://feedvalidator.org.
- If all is good, you can now submit your new feed to RSS directories. Feel free to use whatever method you normally use, or if you don’t have a list of RSS directories, check out my list.
If you’re following XFactor’s Adsense method and using XSite to create your mini-niche sites, this is a great way to get an RSS feed “out there” so that the spiders will quickly find and index your site.
Posted on December 6, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
Yesterday I posted a comprehensive list of RSS directories to which you can submit feeds from your sites for both backlinks and traffic.
However, the list is huge.
I can only speak for myself, but although I’d like to be able to say that I would submit every new site to that entire list, I know that over time there would be a dropoff. Before long, I’d be lucky if I remembered to add my feed to the first five on the list .
I prefer an automated solution for this type of repetitive task.
I have a couple of software tools that are designed to help automate this – one of which only handles RSS directory submissions. Neither has anywhere near as many directories as are on the list. (The second tool, SENuke, also does many other things very well, so I’m still happy with it.)
I’ve ironed out a mostly-automated system over the past few days that will make it super simple to add your RSS feed to all of the sites on the list with just a couple of easy steps each time you create a feed-enabled site. Follow along:
- Copy the link for one of your feeds. For WordPress blogs, http://yoursite.com/feed/ will work.
- Go to http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/.
- Either create an account or log in to your account if you already have one.
- Once inside your pipes account, click on the “Create a pipe” button.
- Drag the “Fetch Feed” block into the workspace. This will also create the “Pipe Output” block.
- Enter your feed URL’s into the feeds block. If you want to add additional feeds, just click on the small “+” next to “URL.”
- Click and drag the control point from the feed block to the output block. This will create the “pipe” for your data. (Yahoo pipes is designed to be able to do some pretty complex stuff, but we’re just mixing feeds)
- Click on “Save” and name your pipe something memorable. Your new pipe will be your friend, so treat it kindly.
- On the next page, click on “More Options” to get to the URL for the pipe’s RSS feed.
- Right-click on “Copy Link Location” to copy the feed’s URL into your clipboard.
- Paste the RSS URL from your brand new pipe into every single directory on the list from yesterday’s post. This step is tedious, but the great news is that you only have to do it once.
Whenever you create a new site with a feed, just head back to your saved pipe and add the additional feed(s) to the pipe’s input. You’ve already added the resulting combined feed to the RSS directories, so you’re just adding content to the existing feed.
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Posted on December 5, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
One way to put your blog content in front of a lot of eyes is to submit your blog’s RSS feed to RSS directories. Every time you submit your feed, you increase the chance that it will be picked up by someone who’s looking for content – and you’ll get backlinks and traffic in exchange. Also note that you can do the same thing for any site with a feed, such as a lens, hub, Blogger blog, etc.
Below is a fairly comprehensive list of RSS directories to which you can submit your feed for maximum exposure. This list should be current, and I’ve tried to trim away any niche-specific or paid directories. While there are some automated solutions for submitting your feeds to a handful of directories, I will post a follow-up to this article tomorrow detailing how you can add every new feed-enabled website you create to all of these sites with very little effort and zero cost.
List of RSS Directories:
NGOID News Network
If you know of a generic non-niche-specific RSS directory that’s not on this list, please leave it in a comment and I’ll make an addition to the list.
Posted on August 16, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
It’s all about authority.
The goal is to find a site that Google views as an authority and then have that site share some of that authority through back links. Of course, the context of the link has weight, too, but the authority of the site has a great deal of importance.
Last night I found a resource that helps speed up the search for sources of back links – specifically links from gov and edu pages. Since Google considers these pages significant when it comes to establishing authority, any help along these lines is really beneficial.
The resource is a cheat sheet with many different search engine queries. If you plug away for just a little while using different combinations, you’re bound to find a source of an incoming link.
Posted on August 14, 2008 - by Kelly Verge
Nearly everywhere you look, people talk about the need for finding blogs and/or forums that have follow links (in other words, sites that have not turned on nofollow).
However, I’ve recently read that nofollow links are not as useless with Google as they were once thought. It appears that if your site is already indexed, a nofollow link will still count as a link with Google, albeit with somewhat less weight.
Today I got a nofollow link on an .edu site for one of my pages. Since that’s the only potential .edu link (unless I get really lucky with this brand-new site), I’ll keep an eye on it to see if I get .edu credit. I’ll post the results here as they happen.