Many internet marketers blow mountains of start-up cash on their websites just trying to break into search engine rankings. I was one of these internet marketers.
I spent cash on get-rich-quick submission services that claimed they would submit my page to thousands of seach engines. . .for a small fee. I spent money to get registered with big name search engines. I even spent money on search engine optimization services.
And then I waited. . .
I waited to see SOME response--any response--from all of this work I had done. I waited for the spiders to reach my pages and rank my page for everyone to see. I waited for my blown marketing funds to come back to me in profits. . .
But they never did. The spiders took weeks. The page rankings were dismal. I was ready to give up.
And then I received this vital piece of information from a fellow marketer: the more links you have on bigger websites, the faster your page is spidered. . .
That's right: Since search engines rank higher-PR sites more often, they will find your page a lot faster if you get your link on a highly-trafficked website!
Not only will they find your site faster, but they will also return to it faster and rank it for FREE. This is all in addition to receiving a huge PR boost for having a link on a high-PR site.
So. . .
If you haven't done it already, slap some metatags on your site that are optimized for your content. Make sure you use keywords that are repeated multiple times in the text of your website, so that your pages will rank higher for relevency.
Now begin your hunt for high-PR websites to post your link on. You can start by going to google and searching for your specific service or product in quotes to find high-PR sites in your category.
You'll find out quickly that there are a number of ways to get your link on these websites. Some of them will agree to do a main-page link exchange for free. Others will allow you to submit articles along with a resource box that will give you a link on their website. And others wont allow you to work with them at all unless you have special qualifications or a high page-ranking.
If you have a free product, like an eBook or some software, you can give away free downloads on a high-PR site. Just place an ad on the site with a link back to your website, where they can receive the free download. You can find these sites by googling phrases like "free content directory."
There are plenty of ways to bring in traffic with search engines without paying hefty registration fees. Start searching today. Find the big sites and get your link out there!
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