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Tracing Your Blog Links

Search Engine OptimizationGoogle Webmaster Central offers “Discover Your Links” with new tips on tracking down all the links to and from and within your blog.

Tracking down these various links give you a better understanding of how your blog works, not only for you but on the web in general, as well as for search engines.

Tracing the external links, links that point away your blog, shows you who you are recommending and sending your visitors.

Tracing internal links, links that connect your blog posts and pages to each other, help search engines crawl through your blog, but they also figure out if you are linking to everything and everything is linking to each other within your blog. If a page isn’t linked to, it becomes an orphan, and search engines will ignore it, as will visitors.

Tracing incoming links is a way to find out who is linking to you. Search engine page rank uses the information on who you are linking to as well as who is linking to you to add to the mishmash they call their page rank algorithm to determine how popular your blog is and where it should rank in the search results.

Incoming links are also a clue as to who is talking about you. I think that’s reason enough to investigate them, don’t you? ;-)

Check out all the ways Google offers to help you check all your links.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted March 19, 2007 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    “add to the mishmash they call their page rank algorithm to determine how popular your blog is and where it should rank in the search results.”

    I just wanted to make sure that people don’t confuse this with “Google PageRank”, the little green bar “score” a web page gets from Google. Contrary to waning-yet-still-somehow-popular belief, a site’s Search Engine Ranking (where it shows up for a certain keyword or phrase) has NOTHING to do with Google PageRank Score.

  2. Posted March 19, 2007 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I find this new feature addition pretty useful. SEO is cool but this tool has helped me to close some open sections of my blogs that must not be accessible to the world.

  3. Posted March 20, 2007 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. but i guees, it’s not for wp.com blogs

  4. Posted March 20, 2007 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    There are a lot of features you can use in the Webmaster Tools without verifying your blog. The verification feature doesn’t work for WordPress.com blogs, though rumors are flying that Google may add a third method to accommodate such blogs. So you use the features you can and the rest will have to wait, I guess. I’m keeping my eye open for WordPress.com bloggers, so you will hear as soon as I know.

  5. Posted March 23, 2007 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Nice Tips, thanks. I’ve been translate some of your article in this blog into my language Indonesian. I thinks I will translate this tips either. Whould you please put my blog link ito this blog.

  6. Posted March 23, 2007 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I have a fair strict policy on human translation of this blog. Did you check it first?

    While I appreciate it, I do not do link exchanges with anyone. See Do I Need to Ask Permission to Put a Blog in My Blogroll? and Do You Need Permission to Link to Someone’s Content? for more information on my policy and the general guidelines for all blogs.

    It may sound harsh, but I get 10-25 requests a day for link exchanges to all my blogs, including this one. I can’t keep up. I need to work, too. ;-)


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