This week’s blogging challenge is who is linking to you?
We don’t need to know the specifics, but I’d like to know how many sites are linking to your blog and if you found some surprises in the process of discovering who is linking to you.
To find out who is linking to your blog, WordPress makes it easy by providing incoming links on your WordPress Dashboard panel and for WordPress.com users, also in your Blog Statistics tab.
On the WordPress Dashboard, look in the right side column for “Latest Activity” and you will see a list of the most recent incoming links. These incoming links come from Google Blogsearch.
You can see more of the incoming links monitored by Google Blogsearch by clicking the “More” link next to the title. If your blog is new or you have no incoming links, you can see an example here of Lorelle on WordPress incoming links from Google Blogsearch.
Not all of your incoming links may be accounted for by Google Blogsearch. You can also check with Technorati as they also list who is linking to you through their Technorati tags and site crawlers. According to Technorati, there are currently 4,509 links to Lorelle on WordPress.
To check Technorati, enter your your own domain address/URL in the following example link in your browser:
Search Engine Watch offers a guide to how to use search engines to find out who is linking to you across a wide variety of search engines. Other resources for finding out how many sites are linking to you include (replace my URL with yours):
- Google (overall):
- Linkability – Link Popularity: Article with resources and links and information on finding out how popular your blog is and who is linking to your blog.
- SEO Tools Firefox Extension by Webmasterbrain, shows incoming links when hovering over a link.
Your Blogging Challenge
Go through and check the various resources and post here how many incoming links you find from those different sources to your blog. Share with us what you learn about who is linking to you and if you found any surprises.
Sometimes you won’t find anything “said” about your blog, just a listing in a blogroll. While this does send some traffic your way, examine the content of the blogrolling blog to see if it matches, complements, or conflicts with your blog. Why do you think they listed you in their blogroll? If it really seems odd, consider asking, or just consider it a compliment.
Occasionally you will find that an incoming link is not a recommendation to your blog but a criticism or whine. Freedom of speech gives people, especially bloggers, the right to say all kinds of things without much restraint. Did you find any mean comments or blog posts about your blog? How did that make you feel? How are you going to handle it? Does it change anything for you?
Also, you may find an incoming link tracks back to a copyright infringement of your post. That happens. People steal your content and include links back to your site, the source. You have a lot of options on how to deal with content theft, so what did you do?
For the most part, neither of these scenarios will occur and all you will find is that a lot of people liked something you said on your blog, enough to write about it or link to it. What did you learn and what surprised you? And tell us how this blogging challenge will change how you blog in the future? Will you now blog with incoming links in mind?
And don’t forget the other blogging challenges going on. There has been Tell Us a Story, Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog (which will play a very important role in an upcoming challenge, hint, hint!), and Blog About What You Know. I warned you all that this was going to be a seriously blog-challenging summer, so get your blog in gear and start challenging yourself!
- The Power of the Link
- How People Search the Web and How They Can Find Your Blog
- How Search Engines See, Search, and Visit Your Website
- Site Optimization: Checking Loose Links
- Secret Out – How Google Ranks Websites
- Link Referrals – Linking to Site Search Tags
- Mean Spirited Comments and Blogging
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