How to Get the Most from Links

Posted by: Chris Marentis

How to Get the Most from Links

Do’s
Don’ts

With all of the website analytics tools available to small businesses, it’s easy to focus too much on where links are going. After all, building website authority is important. But sometimes small business owners also need to stop and take a look at the basic formatting of their website text and hyperlinks.

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Get Back to Basics

Internet users have been trained over the years to recognize blue underlined text as a link, so it’s best for small businesses to stick with the tried and true. Keep in mind that the purpose of links is to steer people toward more web content and, as a result, increase their engagement with your business. There’s no need for flashy pop-up links; users like it when links are simple and easy to find.

If you decide against the blue underlined text because it clashes with your website’s color scheme, or for some other reason, at least make sure that your links stand out from the rest of the text on your website. Surprisingly, many companies don’t format their links at all, which costs them lots of web traffic. Also, if you change the style of your links to something other than blue underlined text, make sure you apply the same formatting to all of the links on your website.

As a general rule, avoid underlining any text that isn’t a link. When people try to click on it and go nowhere, they become frustrated and may even decide to leave your website.

Make It Easy on Users

Without the ability to use the Back button in their browser window, many users are lost. Yet some small businesses fail to recognize the importance this basic web navigation tool when they format links to open in a new browser window. That’s why local marketing experts say it’s best to make all links open in the same browser window.

Think About Your Internal Linking Strategy

An internal linking strategy is one of the key components of search engine optimization. Remember that the goal of your internal linking strategy should be to provide value to your customers. Think about what information they need and make sure that you give them an easy route to their destination.

Also, make sure that you’re using keyword-rich anchor text. If your links say “Click here” or “Learn more” instead of “View our custom window frame options,” you could be missing out on better search results.

If you take your customers’ needs into account and apply it to your website structure and formatting, it will be easy for search engines to recognize which pages on your website are most important, and they will index your website appropriately. As always, small businesses can turn to local internet marketing professionals for help with their website.

Chris Marentis

Chris Marentis is a passionate entrepreneur and innovator determined to leave a legacy bigger than himself. Chris grew up in an entrepreneurial family with a father who owned a home contracting HVAC business. When traditional media was disrupted by the online world, empowering consumers to rely less on sales people and advertisements to make decisions, large companies with big budgets could afford to play the game, but the local entrepreneur, like Chris’s father was left behind. This disadvantage inspired Chris to write Surefire Social: the guide for local SMB’s to compete in the digital world. Chris was invited to speak at events and demand grew for ways to implement his ideas. Chris turned his vision into a reality when he started Surefire Social in 2009. Feedback was strong. Businesses began asking for help implementing their digital marketing and Surefire evolved into a SaaS and services business. The company’s dramatic growth came with only 1-2 sales people at any given time and a limited marketing budget, thanks to referrals from rabidly loyal clients. The company’s latest innovation Surepulse, an SMB’s Digital CMO, provides data insights and competitive tactics to marketing novices, giving them complete control over their online marketing activities. Chris has spoken at the following events: SMX, BIA/Kelsey, Hanley Wood International Roofing Show and Contractor Summit, NAILBA National Conference, Tech Summit, CCN, GAF Wealth Builders, Gutter Helmet National Dealer Meeting. Publications Chris contributes to: Street Fight, Search Engine Land, iMedia, Social Media Today, Franchising World‏.

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